Xavier Huerta

Sips & Salsa Partner / 

Salsa Instructor

Emily Cassi

Line Dance Instructor

Gabrielle Aguiar-Forrest

Founder / Owner / Director /

Ballroom Dance Instructor / Choreographer /

Wedding Dance Specialist

Exercise in a NEW & FUN way!

Have you been going to the gym and running on the treadmill?  Does exercise feel like an obligation? Here's an idea: how about breaking a sweat while you learn some fun dance moves?  You can strengthen your body to the rhythms of Salsa, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa and more!  Dance classes bring you a work-out combined with moves that strengthen your legs, arms, abs, and stabilize your body's balance.  Because sustainable exercise must be fun and full of variety, dancing is a powerful way to get fit!  Experience the joy of moving to music with dance exercise, and burn 300-500 calories per hour while doing it!

Wedding Specialists

Your wedding is going to be the event of a lifetime. Nothing about your wedding will be generic - it will be uniquely yours.  That is why we want you to experience the joy of dancing a special first dance that is customized just for you.  Imagine gliding across the floor with confidence to your own special dance!

Wedding dance lessons prepare you for that all-important first dance, for the father/daughter or mother/son dance, or for a fun and different group dance.  We make it easy and fun!  You have a variety of Ballroom, Rhythm and other dance styles from which to choose!


Meet Our Faculty:

Gabrielle has had a passion for the performing arts her whole life through being involved in musical theater.  When she was 14, her parents were taking ballroom dance classes at a local studio and she has been hooked ever since! She began teaching ballroom dance at the start of 2009, and she knew she had found her calling.  In Portuguese, Alegria means happiness, and dancing makes her so happy! Together with her team of incredible instructors, her passion is instilling passion for dance and the arts in other people!

Patient and Personalized Instruction

We understand that everyone learns at a different pace and in different ways.  We are here to help you learn and feel comfortable with your learning. We have a group classes at our studio in Downtown Turlock and private lessons available to fit your schedule and personal needs.              

About Our Founder:

Experience the Magic of Dance

McKenzie Anderson

Hip Hop / Jazz / Cheer / Line Dance / Aerial / Country Swing Instructor

Ashley Cahill-Soto

Music / Voice Instructor / Little Tunes Founder

Alethia Alvarez

Latin Dance Instructor

A Co-Op of  Talents

All of our instructors are independent contractors with their own specialties.  Because of our growth and variety in what we offer, we are rebranding to Alegria Performing Arts Academy!  We pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of dance styles and music to all of our students.

Anneke Van Dyk

Belly Dance Instructor

Jason Cushenberry

Country Swing Instructor

Ramina Issac

Assyrian Line Dance Instructor

Daniel Snell

Ballet / Tap / Hip Hop / Contemporary / Modern / Hip Hop / Jazz / Musical Theatre Instructor

Mark Forrest Jr.

Guitar Instructor

Courtney Cushenberry

Baile Folklorico / Line Dance / Country Swing / Instructor / Quinceañera Choreographer