Learn More About Zermeño Dance Academy
Zermeño Dance Academy is a unique and diverse performing arts studio, under the direction of Daniela Zermeño. With over 100 students and counting, ZDA offers varying styles of dance classes year round such as jazz, leaps and turn technique, hip hop, contemporary and it’s specialty, Flamenco. The studio participates heavily in Santa Barbara’s annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, as well as public performances, parades, and private events. Students ages range from 2 ½ years to adults, all ages and levels are welcome!
Zermeño Dance Academy’s goal is to give each student a solid dance foundation. It is important to it’s instructor that we create a fun and positive atmosphere to teach our students responsibility, commitment and creative expression. We encourage all students to build self confidence by performing and giving back to our community through dance in Santa Barbara!
About Daniela Zermeño
Daniela Zermeno was born and raised in Santa Barbara and began dancing at the age of 4, studying flamenco at a local dance studio. Her love for this passionate art form pushed Daniela and her family to travel to Los Angeles throughout her childhood, to study with numerous professional dancers and instructors such as Domingo Ortega, Alfonso Losa, Concha Vargas, Nino de los Reyes, Concha Jareño, Adela Campallo, Pastora Galván and Roberto Amaral
She began her career at 8 years old, performing professionally under the direction of LA’s renowned flamenco instructor, Roberto Amaral. Through her young career Daniela danced in countless theater productions, restaurant shows, private events, commercials and instructional videos and traveled to perform in places such as Mexico, Texas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
At age 12 Daniela had a strong desire to teach flamenco classes and quickly pulled together her first group of students to form her studio “Zermeño Dance Academy” (formerly known as “Fuego Gitano”). Throughout Jr. High and High school, Daniela successfully ran a flamenco dance studio while also studying jazz, hip hop lyrical to expand her knowledge of dance.
As Daniela’s passion for dance has evolved over the years, so has her business. Her dance studio, Zermeño Dance Academy, has grown tremendously through the years and is now comprised of 150 dancers studying in several different genres. In recent years over 25 of Daniela’s students have been chosen as finalists in the local dance competition representing Santa Barbara and Old Spanish Day’s Fiesta!
This past fall, Daniela was asked by the Old Spanish Days organization both to participate in and prepare choreography for the dancers representing Old Spanish Days and Santa Barbara in the 2015 Tournament of Roses (Rose Parade) in Pasadena, CA.
Daniela and her brother Ryan Zermeño performed together for the first time in years in Domingo Ortega’s “Cumbre Flamenca”