MoveNation Dance Academy was founded out of a passion and need for sharing the owner's expertise and passion for dance to the youth and adults in Houston Texas.
Houston is now the third largest city in the United States and we are excited to contribute to the development and growth of the performing arts in our city!
Jennifer San Miguel - Owner/Director
Mrs Jennifer San Miguel received a minor in Dance a major in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management from the University of North Texas for the express purpose of owning a dance studio. While at UNT, she studied under Ballet Master Arleen Sugano where she honed her technique and performed in the contemporary ballet "X=10". She also gained great appreciation for improvisation and modern dance. Prior to that she was a Senior Company Dancer at Joy's School of Dance in Waco, Tx where she had the opportunity to dance with the Austin City Ballet in the Nutcracker, attend TATD and LA Dance Force Conventions, open for the Texas Special Olympics, and much more. Jennifer also danced as a Dance Management major at Oklahoma City University under the direction of Jo Rowan, Lyn Crammer, Liz Retter, and other inspiring master teachers.
Her teaching career has been a balancing act with raising and supporting a family. She has taught private lessons in Denton and Houston, taught a jazz dance school program in Waco, was a ballet, tap and jazz teacher at Rodriguez Academy of Dance in Houston, and held various substitute positions in Oklahoma City and Houston throughout the years.
Dance will always be her passion and she has shared that passion with her three children. Her daughter was colonel of her high school dance team and they both recently traveled to New York to take classes at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. She enjoys sharing her technique and passion for dance with others.
Vandhana Sridhar - Zumba Instructor
Vandy started doing Zumba in 2014 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and absolutely fell in love with it. When she had the opportunity to substitute for her Zumba instructor, it filled her with happiness to help others reach their fitness goals. She believe a fitness regime should not feel like work, but it should fill you with joy and that’s what she aspires to do when she prepares for her classes. As we smile and cheer through each song we don’t even realize an hour has passed. What better way to stay fit! Apart from teaching at MoveNation Dance Academy, she works full time as a Data Analyst. Vandy has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Applied Statistics. "Zumba helps me disconnect from the stress of my hectic work schedule. I truly feel it makes me a better person."
Dominique Donato - Master Teacher
Miss Dominique's passion and love for the performing arts started when she was 6 yrs old. She developed her dancing skills with the late Margo Marshall School of Ballet (City Ballet of Houston) for 14 years and the High School of Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) Dance program. She studied classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop, tap, pas de deux, improvisation, dance composition and dance history. She has attended Joffery Ballet workshops and various other dance workshops and competitions throughout Texas, Louisiana and New York. Some performances that she has appeared in are: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Witching Hour, Dance Adjudications and Dance Jubilee Workshops. Miss Dominique has several years of experience developing young dancers through private lessons that have led to dancers success in their dancing careers as well as customized a dance program for dancers in need of audition preparation for competitions, stage performances, solos, and even performing arts school auditions resulting in first and second placing in those avenues and the dance school acceptance letters.
Dancing has and always will be her life long passion and love. She takes great pride in every student she teaches and treats them as the individuals they are even in large class settings. As a dancer your body is your instrument of expression and voice and dancers want to tell their stories and be heard in their own way. The development and growth of every student no matter the age is rewarding on both ends. She hopes to spread much knowledge and learning, joy and happiness to her students and help them develop dancers to become the best they can be and to pursue their goals and dreams as dancers and performers.
Johnnique Nunez - Hip-hop Instructor
"I was a dancer before I was born. I was destined for it. I was dancing in my mother's womb. I grew up watching my mother practice routines in our living room and I was mesmerized by how beautiful movement could be. How could an extension of an arm tell a thousand things?" Johnnique made her debut into dance class via a Mommy and me (afrocuban) class in Manhattan at the age of 3. At the age of 8, she was selected to perform at an all adult production because of how amazed her instructor was with her talents. Johnnique was slated for a future of touring and getting special training when she moved to Texas. She was then introduced to her hiphop instructor. "What a beautiful soul. A tall muscular man taught me to strut and become confident within myself and inspired me to want to make a difference in someone's confidence one day." Johnnique danced throughout high school and was H.O.L.A (latin dance club) choreographer her senior year. Johnnique is a patient and energetic instructor with a passion for dance that is a great fit with MoveNation Dance Academy.
Seanna Steel - Assistant Instructor
Hi my name is Seanna! I’ve been dancing since I could walk, I love it with a passion but what I love more is bringing smiles to others faces!! Dancing and teaching are my two favorite hobbies, what better job could I ask for?! ️ I look forward to watching these kids grow and learn as much as they will teach me and allow me to grow as well.