CREATIVE KIDS PRESCHOOL
This is a preschool class where the focus will be on dance, creative movement, crafts, and musical exploration. Students will receive early childhood education and gain social skills. This is perfect for working parents or busy moms who need a couple hours free during the day. Available for ages 3 - 5 (Must be potty trained)
1 day - Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday $85/month
2 days - Tuesday and Thursday $165/month
3 days - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday $230/month
Non refundable curriculum fee that covers crafts, supplies, etc $100.
Kimmy’s early dance training started at the age of 3 in Orange County, CA. She is proficient in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Acro. At age 11, she became a member of The Imperial Russian Ballet Company, focusing on ballet and pointe. In High School, she joined an award winning competitive dance team who took the National Title for several dances all four years of her attending. She took her first teaching job during high school at IRBC teaching ballet to preschool children. Kimmy attended Orange Coast Community College and received her Early Childhood Education degree. After moving to Central Oregon in 2000 and having three beautiful children, she started working at a local preschool in 2009 where she worked until 2020 Getting back to teaching dance in 2010 at a local studio, Kimmy won a Choreographer Award at a dance competition in 2013. She opened Diamond Dance Academy in July of 2015 with a competitive dance team. In 2016 and 2018, her studio won the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award which is given for great sportsmanship, respect backstage, a love of dance, and all around team spirit. To stay current on the latest styles and techniques, she continues her dance education with Dance Teacher Summit conventions, master classes, and enrolling in NDEO and Acrobatic Arts enrichment courses. Kimmy is also the head coach of the Oregon High Desert Storm Girls professional cheer/dance team.
Owner & Instructor
Ashley Elizabeth Gaona was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. In elementary school, she discovered a love for music when she took part in daily music lessons and yearly plays. Ashley was involved in the Youth Choir of Central Oregon, jazz choir in middle and high school, and started taking hip hop classes at Gotta Dance Studio and Company in 2001. In college, she studied music education and conducting at Central Oregon Community College, joined chorale and jazz choir, and sang in 3 productions of the Obsidian Opera.
Her focus soon switched to dance when an assisting opportunity presented itself, and she never looked back.
Ashley attends dance convention/competitions each year, and has studied with Poppin' Pete, Mr. Wiggles, Nappytabs, Brian Friedman, Luther Brown, Phi, Rhapsody, and Dave Scott just to name a few.
She has been a dancer for Dirtball, the Hot Shots, Globetrotters, and Lady Dice.
Ashley choreographed a video called "Beer, Wreck, and Tech" in 2015 to highlight all the wonderful aspects of Central Oregon. She has choreographed dances from weddings to bachelorette parties, kids birthdays to local school plays.
Currently, Ashley teaches at Diamond Dance Academy, Gotta Dance Studio and Company, Dance Arts Unlimited, Sisters Dance Academy, The Cottage Daycare, and is a dancer/ Halftime Choreographer for the Storm Girls Pro Dance Team. She welcomes any dance opportunity that comes her way.
"There is nothing better in this world than spreading the joy of dance. I truly love what I do. I have the best job in the world."
Favorite dance quote;
"Do it big, do it right, and do it with style."
Miss Renny moved from Lincoln Nebraska to Redmond last March! She has enjoyed every second she’s spent here since then. Miss Renny enjoys music, art, reading and being outside. When she’s not out hiking or hanging out with friends, you can usually catch her at home with a good book snuggling up to her favorite little companion, her sweet kitty Rubeus.
Miss Dee has had a love of dance and performing since she was little and loves to share that joy with her students. When she isn’t dancing or hanging out with her daughter, you can find her traveling the world as she runs her business Revive Lifestyle and Travel.
About Diamond Dance Academy
DDA provides experienced, age appropriate instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Competitive Dance.
Our Facility: Our 2,000 square foot state of the art facility is located on Evergreen Ave in the heart of beautiful downtown Redmond. 12 foot ceilings make partnering a dream and our 1,275 square foot floating dance floor topped with Alvas Matlay help our dancers train like professionals. Stop by today to see for yourself!