by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Nurturing a Passion for Dance

4S Dance Academy Offers Top Quality Training in a Family-Focused Environment

Shay and Jason Galloway are excited for the 2017/18 school year, their third as the new owners of 4S Dance Academy. They’ve built a strong community of dancers, instructors, and parents and are thrilled to expand the studio’s outreach. “We dedicated ourselves to developing a family-focused studio that provides students with a safe and welcoming environment,” related Shay, who also serves as artistic director for the studio. “Our classes are held to 12 students or fewer, providing excellent individual instruction while accelerating our students’ growth so they can mature as dancers and in life.”

4S Dance Academy is a ballet-based school, but students are encouraged to broaden their dance training by adding tap, jazz, contemporary, or lyrical dance classes. They learn proper classroom etiquette, discipline, and technique while still being encouraged to have fun and express themselves in their movement, resulting in stronger, well trained dancers who love dancing. “It doesn’t matter the age or level, our students always learn something new and leave class with a smile on their face. They feel safe, motivated, and ready to express and challenge themselves in class while holding dear the joy of dance in their hearts,” stated Shay.


“Offering top quality and personalized dance training with this family-focused philosophy is our top priority.”

4S Dance Academy is conveniently located in the Westwood Shopping Center, near I-15 and Rancho Bernardo Dr. “We have grown a lot in two years, as has our surrounding community. Parents can watch their dancers through the studio viewing windows, the HDTV in the lobby, or they can grab a coffee and complete their errands at the other businesses in the center,” revealed Shay.

A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Shay trained at several prestigious schools and danced professionally with Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas, as well as Nova Ballet in Tempe, AZ. She has taught ballet for more than 18 years at many reputable schools including SEDMA and the Los Angeles Ballet School. Shay and the other dance instructors at 4S Dance Academy are committed to precise training in a nurturing and caring environment. “Each of our teachers was either hand-selected or referred to us based on their professional dance and teaching experience,” shared Shay.

“We are excited to continue to grow as we look forward to building long lasting relationships within the community. This December, we will present our first Nutcracker production, and we can’t wait for our students to share their joy of ballet with the community through such a wonderful story!” 4S Dance Academy students range in age from 2½ years to 18 years. Auditions for Nutcracker will be held in late August, early September.

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Name of Business: 4S Dance Academy
Owners: Shay and Jason Galloway
Years in Position: 2
Year of Establishment: 2010
Address: 17631 West Bernardo Dr., Ste. A,
San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858-385-1999
Description of business: 4S Dance Academy believes a strong understanding in ballet technique is the foundation for all forms of dance. All students receive personal, hands-on, high-quality training. Though a ballet-based school, they offer and encourage all forms of dance in a nurturing and enthusiastic environment.