Who We Are
Founded in 2012 in Oakland, CA, our mission at Studio 1924 is to bring joy and community through dance. We provide a range of classes for all levels and ages while fostering an environment of feeling at home.
We were selected as Oakland’s Best Dance School of 2016 by the Oakland Award Program!
Co-Founder, Executive Director
While working as a researcher for thirteen years, Melissa developed two side careers. She began to have art shows and offer services as a photographer in 2009. She also developed a love of cooking and a desire to learn more about the role of food in many of the ailments facing today’s society. In 2010, Melissa became certified as a nutrition educator and has since been holding nutrition workshops and working with clients to help them see the value of real food.
In 2000, she discovered dancing. Growing up a timid girl, dancing was a very unexpected passion for her. It undeniably helped her shed layers of herself in order to find her expression and happiness. Over the years, she has enjoyed the dances of salsa and swing, and currently is drawn to Argentine tango.
Studio 1924 represents a vision that Melissa started to piece together several years ago, when she started to support herself outside of the office. Art shows and photo opportunities will be part of the studio as well as nutrition and cooking workshops, to help dancers be the healthiest they can be. The studio allows her to combine three of her biggest interests while building a community in a city that she is proud to live in.
Co-Founder, Creative Director
Count Glover is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer of Argentine tango. He has studied with some of the world’s most renowned tango maestros. He is a well-rounded, versatile dancer and performer, with a tap and ballet background that began at the age of two with his grandmother’s dance company in Chicago. Count is also a well-received social dancer of tango and is adept at all forms of tango from all time periods, considered one of the best dancers of Argentine tango in San Francisco.
Count has performed in the Bay Area and around the U.S. in many stage performances and was a featured artist at the restaurant Destinos in San Francisco. He was also a principal dancer for the MonTango Orchestra base in the Bay Area since 2000 and the featured dancer in the ensemble Tango del Cielo. Count has also been featured on the KRON Channel 4 program “Latin Eyes” and various documentaries about tango.
He has performed in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Michigan, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Orlando. In 2000, he won first place in the west coast tango competition organized by the Argentine government and in 2002 was a finalist in the world tango competition held in Miami.
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