Claylee's Dance Academy

Claylee's Dance Academy


I heard that Lizzo ✨ is looking for ballet dancers en pointe that look like her.....where do I sign up 👀 .[a story of kindness + compassion + self-love]💗
I took these photos a few months back with the purpose to actually get back in my pointe shoes. 🩰 I’ve studied ballet since age 3, started exams at age 9, and went on pointe at age 12. I loved it. 💗 My examiners would always leave the comment, “Grace was very graceful.” Which I laughed at then, but it was true...

I felt graceful when I danced ballet. But I never put as much effort behind it like I did with the rest of my performing, because I knew that it was a dead end.❌ There weren’t ballerinas that looked like me...

I remember being about 10 or 11 and finishing class, staring at my body in the mirror, and confused. That night I realized that I had shorter legs and a longer torso. My hips stuck out, and my feet looked different in my shoes. 😔 I broke into tears. Thankfully, I had my amazing teacher, Ms. Claylee at Claylee's Dance Academy hug me and tell me that I was perfect just as I was. That dancers don’t just look one way. She told me, "Talent doesn’t discriminate."💗
So I kept going. Ballet is one of my goals to get back to this year, because it’s been a minute! But even to this day as a dancer & a dance teacher, I know the importance of young dancers having different examples in front of them. 🙌🏽One of my first years teaching I had a student come to me before our last class. She thanked me and said, “I’ve been dancing since I was little, and I’ve never had a teacher that looked like me, until you. That’s really cool.” 💗
SO while I still need some time back at the barre and in my pointe shoes, I truly hope that Lizzo finds those plus size ballerinas - because WE need to see them! 💜💜 Young dancers, older dancers, everyone. Casting agents, parents, teachers. Plus size dancers exist, and they’re just as talented. 🏅 .
📸: @taclarkphoto on Instagram
From the director:

I had a wonderful time at the @cecchettiusa Summer Course this past week in Las Vegas. Although I didn't have any students in attendance this year, I had the pleasure of working with Cecchetti students from all over the USA. Since beginning my Cecchetti training back in 1992, and taking all of my exams with my training buddy Claylee, I have made invaluable friendships and professional collaborations. It is always a pleasure to meet up with other Cecchetti teachers, fellow Committee Members, and the amazing women that have taught and mentored me. It is a pleasure and an honor to teach and work in the Cecchetti family! Thank you Claylee (roomie)for another fun week!
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Claylee's Dance Academy
Thank you to Claylee and the studio for hosting our Zumba class. It is such a beautiful studio and everyone had a blast!!! Looking forward to having more events in the future!
Anyone receive results of pointe test yet?
Love the Alice video Claylee!!
Dress rehearsal!! It is going to be a great show . The students have worked very hard:)
Picture time!! I can't wait to see the show next week. Everyone has worked so hard this year:)
Please help our group of girls from WYB fundraise for Cecchetti USA Camp 2016 and keep the kitchen clean at the same time. Today from 4 to 8pm. Thank u!!
Excited to Have Claylee's Dance Academy perform at this year's Uptown Whittier Holiday Sonata on December 5th in Historic Uptown Whittier.

FREE Community event, holiday entertainment, horse drawn carriages and more.

#uptownwhittier #whittieruptownassociation #holidayfestivalinwhittier
Does anyone have a picture of the schedule for Nutcracker pictures they can post?
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Family friendly dance studio specializing in Cecchetti Ballet Technique. Claylee Stewart established Claylee’s Dance Academy in 1991 specifically for dancers of all ages.

Claylee was determined to create a comfortable environment for children and adult participation. The studio offers a family friendly atmosphere while at the same time providing benefits not found at other studios including two large dance studios, ample free parking, two viewing areas where parents and students can relax and enjoy watching ongoing classes. Today, the studio has kept the same famil

Operating as usual


Showtime at Disney on Nov 12th, is 11am. The stage is "Hollywood Backlot" stage. Please be there at "Guest Services," which is left of Disneyland main entrance by 8:15am. It will be busy. Who can be the earliest? Please be prompt look for other dancers, Claylee and I will be there too. Line -up with chaperones. If don't know who chaperones are, gather with other dancers.


The cast list is in and our date for Disneyland is Nov 12th. We will keep you posted when we have performance time and discount tickets go on sale.


This is the first full week of classes. Still time to sign-up.
Nutcracker Auditions coming this Saturday. See you there.


Just five more days till Registration... I hope you'll all be there to get plugged in before your favorite classes fills up. Our schedule is online...check it out...


Picture day this weekend! Please arrive 30min early to fill out order forms and pay for your pictures. We tend to run on time or early so please be on time.


Studio is closed tomorrow for Memorial Day. Have a nice day off!


Attention: Founder's Day show for this morning has been canceled due to rain and puddles in the park.


Just a reminder. There is no class this week. Have a nice Spring Break! Classes will resume as regular on Monday March 28th. Happy Easter!

Timeline photos 02/22/2016

Such great advice! Have a great Monday everyone.

Timeline photos 01/19/2016

First day en pointe for these girls. Takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this day but so worth it! We're so proud of them!


Studio will be open tomorrow, Monday January 18th for regular classes. Costume book is at the studio with all the pictures of the costumes teachers selected for the July show, Alice in Wonderland.


The Nutcracker cast after performing at Knott's Berry Farm


CDA will be open today for classes. Happy Veterans Day!

Photos from Claylee's Dance Academy's post 10/26/2015

Halloween Party fun!


Our annual Halloween Party is tonight! Come join us for a fun night of costumes and dancing! 7-10pm at Claylee's.


Reminder: studio is closed today. Happy Labor Day!

Discount Dance Supply is having a shoe sale today. Buy one get one half off! Use our teacher code: 29709.
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Photo schedule for today and tomorrow. Held at the studio. Please come dressed and ready and 15 minutes early to purchase pictures.


Studio is open today, closed tomorrow. Happy 4th of July!

Photos from Claylee's Dance Academy's post 06/01/2015

Costumes are starting to arrive! Tickets are now on sale at CDA for the July 18th show of Peter Pan.


Reminder: The studio is closed today. Happy Memorial Day!


Studio is OPEN tomorrow, Good Friday and this Saturday 😊


Reminder: CDA is closed for Spring Break March 23-27. Studio opens Saturday March 28th.

Still want to dance? Facebook Message the studio to set up a time for a private with Miss Vanessa. You can even get a group together for a private and split the cost!


Reminder: Studio is closed tomorrow. Have a happy President's Day!


Just a reminder: Studio is OPEN tomorrow, Monday January 19.


We are so proud of our former student, from age 3-18, and current teacher Miss Holly Leonard who was cast as a dancer/aerialist on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Since she will be traveling the world from January to August of this year her Acro Jazz classes will no longer be offered. However! We are happy to announce a few NEW classes taught by Miss Jessica: Combination class, ballet and tap for ages 5-6 on Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm. And Musical Theater 2 (invitation only) Tuesday's 5:00-6:00pm.


Happy New Years dance family! Studio opens back up this Tuesday January 6, 2015. Teachers have been working hard on picking costumes for our July show "Peter Pan." We're looking forward to a great year at CDA!

2015 Nutcracker-2 12/31/2014

Claylee's Nutcracker

Pictures from the 2015 presentation of The Nutcracker By Claylee's Dance Academy. Please feel free to tag your friends or download your favorite pictures.





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