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Rana Cummings

Founder/Director/Owner

Rana was born and raised in San Francisco and began her journey with dance at the age of three. At the age of five, her love for dance would blossom as she began to study classical ballet through the South San Francisco Civic Ballet. Here she would build a strong and technical dance foundation under the instruction of Maria Spremich, a former professional dancer with the Lines Ballet Company and instructor for the San Francisco Conservatory of Ballet. As the years past, she would learn the fundamental techniques of classical dance, as well as the dedication and discipline it took to master the art of dance.

At the age of ten, her journey with dance continued as she attended Schumacher’s School of Dance. Here she would broadened her training with four additional dance genres; including jazz, lyrical, tap and hip-hop. Rana feels very fortunate that she was able to attend two different dance programs at once, taking anywhere from seven to ten dance classes per week. At the age of twelve, she received her very first pair of pointe shoe; from that day forward her passion for dance would only grow stronger, she knew that dance was her life and that she was destined to own a dance studio one day.

In addition to her extensive dance training, Rana also has a solid performance background. She performed in the Nutcracker for fourteen years with the South San Francisco Civic Ballet; some of her favorite roles included snowflakes, Spanish dancer, Arabian dancer, flowers and soldiers. Rana also participated in Showstoppers annual dance competition while she attended Schumacher’s School of Dance.

In high school, Rana began teaching dance and exploring choreography as a member of the advance dance team. After high school she started a jazz dance program through a local dance school, at the same time she was teaching dance camps and enrichment programs in several schools along the Peninsula. After receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University in 2010, she decided to follow her passion and continued teaching dance. After working for several dance schools on the Peninsula, Rana thought it was finally time to open her own dance academy. With her twenty-two years of dance training and nine years of teaching experience, she knew it was now or never.

In June 2012, Rana founded Rana’s Academy of dance. Rana feels very blessed to have her own dance academy and believes that dreams really do come true. She absolutely loves dance and working with all age groups. Her goal is to provide a positive and creative environment for her students so that they can explore their love of dance. Rana looks forward to teaching her students a strong dance foundation and hopes to inspire them to become graceful and passionate dancers!

Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?

Margot Fonteyn

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Danielle Haskin

Teacher (since 2012)

Danielle began dancing at the age of three and attended Schumacher’s School of Dance in South San Francisco (now Tiffany’s Dance Academy). She focused only on tap for the first few years, and then began ballet, jazz, and lyrical when she was eight. Training with Schumacher’s over the years lead to numerous recitals as well as opportunities to participate in local, state, and national competitions. Danielle continued to study tap, jazz, ballet, and both classic and contemporary modern techniques while attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2002. While attending Loyola Danielle had the opportunity to study contemporary dance in Paris, France while taking part in the Montpellier Danse Festival. Upon graduation, Danielle performed as a principal dancer for six years with Meh-Tropolis Dance Theatre, a Los Angeles-based contemporary ballet company.

Danielle has always had a passion for dance and feels most at home on a dance floor. Teaching and sharing this art form is a great source of happiness! Danielle’s other passion is teaching Kindergarten at Saint Charles School in San Carlos. She earned her credential from CSU Northridge in 2007 and completed a Masters in Teaching Reading from USF in 2012.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Martha Graham

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Ruth Segalis

Teacher (since 2016)

Ruth graduated ‘The Jerusalem Academy for music and dance’ and got a scholarship from the ‘America-Israel cultural foundation’ to study abroad. She traveled to London to study at the ‘Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance’ there she received her MA degree with distinction in Choreography and Visual Design.

After graduating Ruth founded ‘Rose’s Thoughts dance company’ which was based in London and performed across the UK, France and Israel for 10 years. During that time she won several awards for best choreography and was short listed for the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award (London).

In 2005 Ruth moved to Israel and parallel to being a choreographer she was working as a dance teacher for 11 years. She was teaching modern, contemporary, creative dance and ballet in different dance schools and communities for ages 5-adults .She also was a dance instructor teaching improvisation, composition, choreography, repertoire and dance history in several schools and colleges. Ruth was working at Zikit Theatre as a choreographer and produced three dance pieces performed in festivals and theatres across the country.

Shogher Oknayan

Teacher (since 2017)

Shogher has her MBA degree from Notre Dame University in Lebanon. Shogher always had a passion for dance and arts. She has started dancing since the age of 11 and has participated in different ballet and Armenian folk dance groups. At the age of 18 she has joined the Caracalla Dance Theatre which combines Western and Oriental techniques, as a professional dancer and has joined their Euro tours, as well as US, China, and gulf tours. Since 2011, Shogher has participated in many art projects and thought at different dance schools. Shogher has a mixed background of Martha Graham discipline, Ballet, Jazz, and Armenian folk dance.

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Daryl Popin

Office Manager (since 2014)

Daryl grew up in San Francisco and lived in Burlingame for 25 years; currently she resides in San Mateo.   She attended San Francisco State University earning her B.A. in Broadcast Communications with minors in Film and Design.  Daryl spent 18 years as the office manager for Pringle Construction in Burlingame and helped manage Skyline Terrace apartments which the Pringle’s built and owned.  Daryl has also worked in the insurance industry taking on various roles.  She looks forward to becoming part of Rana’s Academy of Dance and working with the students and teachers to create a happy and positive learning atmosphere.