About

Established in 2009 by Chon Reneé, in Dallas, Texas, Chon Reneé Dance Academy (CRDA) relocated to Vallejo, CA in 2012. CRDA offers recreational dance arts programs to give people of all ages a creative outlet and artistic platform. One of the primary aspects of the company is producing theatrical dance arts performances. Our mission is not just to develop a skilled dancer, but to ignite passion, build character from within, and create an experience that transcends the dance floor to the real world.

Through classes, performances and unique experiences in our community awareness work, our dancers learn essential life skills such as teamwork, hard work, responsibility, respect and time management. Students study the arts for all kinds of reasons – to have fun, enrich themselves and keep physically fit, while there are others who would like to pursue a career in the arts. Regardless of the reason, CRDA has a spot just for you!

We offer creative movement, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, dance theater, tumbling, and fitness classes.

Aside from classes in the studio, CRDA offers on-site dance & fitness programs inside of schools, senior living communities, and health facilities around the SF Bay Area. From tender tots to seasoned seniors, we believe everyone can benefit from dance! Every dance program is uniquely built around the facility’s needs and customer-base.

Students of the academy have the chance to perform year-round throughout the community of Vallejo, and around the SF Bay Area. Some of those appearances and performances include: City of Vallejo’s Juneteenth Celebration; City of Richmond’s Juneteenth Celebration; The Mad Hatter Holiday Parade of Vallejo; Unity Day of Vallejo; Vallejo Together Youth Expo & Parent Summit; Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Vallejo; and various senior living communities. Each year every class performs in the Spring and Winter Showcase to display their talents.

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Chon Reneé (aka Ms. C), is a choreographer, professional dancer, and creative producer. She has been deeply involved in performing arts over the course of 30 years. Her passion for teaching dance was ignited in church around the age of 12. “What inspires me to teach is that I am able to give underrepresented youth a platform and confidence to perform,” says Chon.

Chon Renee, a Vallejo native, has facilitated various workshops and dance trainings around the country; founded a high school dance team; served as captain for Langston University’s Golden Feline Danceline for two consecutive years; performed at “Honda’s Battle of Bands” at the Georgia Superdome two consecutive years; performed during halftime at the NBA New Orleans (Oklahoma City interim) Hornet’s basketball game; choreographed for an NBA Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game halftime performance. Amongst these achievements, she was also the recipient of various dance & talent awards at the 2003-04 International Model and Talent Association conference in Los Angeles. After many years of modeling, acting, and performing, Chon Reneé now develops children to be dynamic performers with the belief that regardless if they decide to take their talent to a professional level or not, the experience and benefits will take them further in life than they can imagine no matter what career path they choose. Chon stands by the motto, “Dance Lessons are Life Lessons.”

 


INSTRUCTOR

Lataycha, also known as “Ms. Tay,” started hip hop dance at the age of 4. From the start, she was taught its history and context along with the movement. Around 8 years old, she began learning the many styles of West African dance, along with Afro-Haitian, and was able to connect the influence those styles had on hip hop dance. While obtaining her dance degree, she dove deep into the history of classical ballet and early forms of modern & contemporary dance. She has danced for living legend Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, and has also performed during the Super Bowl halftime show. Teaching kids a good foundation in dance, and passing down knowledge is one of her many passions.