Micaya / Producer/ Founder / Artistic Director

Photo by Blake Tucker

“One doesn’t expect to encounter this kind of entertainment at a hip hop festival, but, then, other hip hop festivals are not run by Micaya, whose flair for exceptional programming is probably unrivalled in the business.”
– Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

With over 20 years experience, Micaya is a dance instructor, choreographer and producer extraordinaire.  Formally trained in many diverse dance forms, she incorporates a wide range of diversity in her choreography and teaching styles. Micaya’s classes are LOVED by many students of all ages and backgrounds due to her exceptional teaching skills and the non-intimidating atmosphere she creates in her classes. In 2012, she was awarded “Best Dance Teacher” by the SF Bay Guardian Readers Poll.

In 1993, Micaya began producing high energy, grassroots, sold-out hip-hop dance shows in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Those shows led up to the creation of the First Annual San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest in 1999 at Theatre Artaud. Now in its 16th year and presented at the historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, the critically acclaimed San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest has grown to be THE event that has put San Francisco on the map for presenting hip hop dance.

“It takes a festival like Micaya’s to show us – and challenge us to reconsider just how diverse, amorphous and all-embracing hip hop can now be.”
– Rachel Howard, Special to The Chronicle

“It occurred to me Saturday that, around the country, there are probably a dozen cities that could produce a hip-hop festival comparable to San Francisco’s, drawing its substance from local talent. If they’re smart, they’ll ask Micaya for advice.”
– Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

Micaya is also the founder, director and choreographer of SoulForce Dance Company. Micaya’s choreography and SoulForce dancers have been in music videos, commercials, touring productions, festivals, corporate events and more.

Micaya also produces “Mission in the Mix” every June at Dance Mission Theatre. Mission in the Mix is a multidisciplinary performance showcase that features SoulForce as well as up and coming local talent and students from Micaya’s performance workshops.

 “Choreographer Extraordinaire”
– San Francisco Magazine 1999

Email micaya@micaya.com for information about her classes and workshops.