Tutu Performing Arts is a children's performing arts company dedicated to enriching the lives of students through music, movement, and dance. Tutu strives on teaching at each child's level. In order to do this best, staff is trained not only in music, dance, and theater, but early childhood education as well.
The goal of Tutu Performing Arts is to let students shine through a variety of classes! Tutu Performing Arts is currently providing classes within multiple Preschools in the Sacramento area as well as one studio location, Fusion Elite Performance Center in Rocklin. We provide several styles of dance classes, and are regularly adding more classes and locations to meet the needs of our students.
Owner/Director - Melissa Reich
Melissa has been teaching young children and dance since 2005. Her passion for the performing arts emerged while still a young girl in elementary school and steadily grew throughout high school and into college.
Experienced in teaching children's dance, art, and theater, Melissa strives to give each student the individual attention they need. She is trained in early childhood education, has worked with special needs children, and has extensive history with teaching preschool through school age children. This helped her create a unique curriculum that is taught at a developmentally age appropriate level.
Melissa believes learning is best accomplished through a fun and supportive environment. With Tutu, Melissa helps young children develop through her programs, become more confident, and most importantly... shine!
Teacher - Lucinda Navarrete
Lucinda joined Tutu PA so she could combine two of her loves in life..., children and dance! She has been working with children for over 6 years and is experienced in several different dance styles including ballet, ballroom, zumba, and modern.
Lucinda has a bachelors degree from Sac State and is currently attending grad school focusing on child welfare. Having high level of education and understanding of child psychology allows her to focus on each child's individual needs, strengths, and motivations. She loves working with children because she feeds off their energy and allows her to tap into her creativity.
Besides children and dance, Lucinda's other passions include painting, eighties music, and exploring the outdoors.
Teacher - Erin Smith
Erin has a thirteen year background in teaching a variety of dance styles, including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and modern. She has taught with Melissa dating back to 2011 and joined Tutu Performing Arts in 2017.
Erin has a strong passion for helping young children develop the same passions as she did from teachers. And ones who poured into and believed in her, to help champion her to success. Erin has a gift of encouragement and maintaining fun in each class. As well as keeping the fundamentals and technicality that will stay with children for years to come.
Erin believes that our mind, body, and spirit are one and that they are all equally important. She believes,dance is one of the greatest forms in expressing ourselves, and our emotions. She has passed this love of dance down to her daughter Nova, who at four years old is already a dance teacher in the making!
Teacher - Paige Smotherman
Paige's love for ballet started at the Tutu Cute age of 3 years old and has continued to grow! When Melissa reached out to Paige, she jumped at the opportunity to be able to teach ballet to little ones.
Paige has long had an interest in teaching children, she will be graduating from William Jessup University this spring with a bachelors degree in developmental Psychology and has several years teaching and nannying for infants to school age children.
Paige loves to see the excitement in the little ballernias' faces and how much the enjoy learning and dancing with friends. It reminds her of herself at a young age.