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 is born and raised in Santa Barbara and began dancing at the age of 3, 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, Juan Talevera, Briseyda Zarate 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 settings, private events, commercials and instructional videos and traveled to perform in Mexico, Texas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
At age 12 Daniela had a desire to start teaching flamenco classes, and with the help of her mom (a substitute teacher at the time) she pulled together her first group of students and called “Fuego Gitano Dance Studio.” Throughout Jr. High and High school, Daniela successfully ran a flamenco dance studio while also studying jazz, hip hop, lyrical and gymnastics to expand her knowledge of dance.
Immediately after graduating high school Daniela was asked to take the assistant coaching position of both the La Colina Jr. High Emeralds Dance Team and San Marcos High School Marquettes. As assistant coach Daniela led the two teams to 5 national titles. She recently took over the Marquette program at San Marcos as the Varsity Coach and Program Advisor.
In 2009 Daniela won the prestigious title of Santa Barbara’s Spirit of Fiesta, serving as Santa Barbara’s and Old Spanish Day’s ambassador. The following year she passed down the title to her first student winner, Erika Martin Del Campo. She continues to prepare numerous finalists for the audition each year.
In May 2011 Daniela renamed her studio to Zermeño Dance Academy and opened her new studio location.
As Daniela’s passion for dance has evolved over the years so has her growth in her business. This fall she hopes to create a non-profit scholarship program to encourage families in need to involve their kids in the community through dance. Daniela hopes to travel to Spain this year to continue to strengthen her own technique and knowledge of flamenco, but teaching and giving to her students remains her first priority.