The year was 1975 and Action Day Primary Plus was a daycare that was expanding rapidly as a result of the amount of mothers entering the workforce. Because the facility wanted to offer activities to children that all stay-at-home parents can provide their kids, the dance program was created, and our first dance class was held on April 5, 1976 in a small classroom at the preschool’s location on Moorpark Avenue, San Jose.
The new dance program, entitled Action Day Dance Academy, became hugely successful and studios were opened at each of the daycare’s 11 locations. The program offered professional studio classes, all of which were conveniently located at their respective schools. By the late 1990s, the studio had over 800 students, and we were proud to produce a yearly production-style recital at downtown San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) theater. Between 1976 and 2009, Action Day Dance Academy saw over 15,000 pairs of dancing feet come through its studios, and we are proud to have many alumni that have continued to dance through college, some even going on to perform professionally.