Where the artistic mind begins to flourish...

Happy Feet uniquely brings dance, yoga, music, gymnastics, Spanish and sports fitness specialty classes directly to your location! We have been instructing classes in public and private schools, recreation centers and churches for 19 years and continue to be one of the top schools of it's kind!

Free Demo

Happy Feet will come to give your students a free 30 minute demonstration class in any of the disciplines we teach so that everyone can have a taste of the Happy Feet experience! Please email happyfeetclasses@gmail.com to schedule a free class.

Happy Feet has been teaching preschool and elementary aged students the arts of dance, yoga, drama, music, rhythmic gymnastics and Spanish since 1992. We currently teach in many schools throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Marin and Orange counties and are continually expanding.

Happy Feet instructors are professional, passionate personalities who have excelled in their artistic fields. As they pursue their academic or professional careers, they commit to joyfully bringing enthusiasm and focus into their Happy Feet classes.

Owner and founder of Happy Feet, Laura Schifferli holds degrees in Dance and Psychology and emphasizes learning through play within a structured class. Classes are only turned over to an instructor once they meet Laura's exceptionally high standards of performance with the children.

Preschool Classes

Dance Class

2.5yrs. and up Our dance classes teach a combination of creative movement, tap, jazz and ballet styles and we can tailor the class to your preferences of styles. We bring in props such as streamers, scarves, and hoops to move, create and play with and add to the fun :)

Rhythmic Gymnastics

2.5 to 7 years old

This confidence building class teaches tumbling tricks, balance beam exercises and coordination skills. To make learning fun we bring in hoops, balls, beanbags and streamers to aid in the improvement of your child's developing coordination! Children's bodies and minds will become stronger and more flexible as they learn their first front and back rolls, cartwheel, head stand and hand stand, all while being fully supported by our loving and talented instructors.

Dance/Gymnastics Combo class

2.5yrs. and up

Happy Feet Yoga

2.5yrs. and up

Happy Feet Yoga classes facilitate in the development of strong, flexible and healthy bodies, increase concentration, build self-esteem and confidence, cultivate a peaceful, relaxed state of body and mind, and encourage expression of creativity and imagination. Take a trip with us to the beach for example...we'll ride our bikes there and after saying hello to the sun, we'll see starfish, turtles and crabs, then take a boat ride and see dolphins and sea lions! The possibilities are endless when we have our imaginations turned on :) Yoga develops the entire body and mind. Participating in our Happy Feet Yoga program sets the stage for a life-long foundation of well being for your child. Don't miss it!

Happy Feet Sports Fitness

2 to 7 years old

Happy Feet Sport Fitness classes are designed to inspire your child to live an active, healthy life! We will instill in your child a love for sports while increasing their awareness of the importance of eating a healthy diet, stretching daily and working as a team :) Happy Feet will bring into the classroom lots of fun props such as scarfs, bean bags, hoops, cones, parachutes, mats and ribbons in addition to more classic sports equipment like balls, baskets and goals to enhance your child's developing love of sports. Our class will begin with a sports cardio section that gets everyone's blood pumping, followed by stretching including some age specific yoga. After we've warmed up we'll focus on one sport per month, all of which include hand-eye coordination games, relays and teamwork building.

World Music Discovery

2.5 to 6 years old

This exemplary class teaches music theory (exp. note duration and dynamics), a bit of history and geography of the origin of popular composers of various genres, introduces children to a wide variety of instruments, and teaches them to play various rhythmic instruments such as Bongos, Xylophones, Tambourines, Maracas, Triangles, Recorders, Cymbals and many more!!

Happy Spanish

3 yrs. and up

Our classes are designed to introduce Spanish to your child through seeing, hearing and connecting pictures/objects to Spanish sounds and vocabulary by utilizing songs, crafts, movement, stories, creative visual aids, and games to reinforce the innate ability of your child to learn languages. *Colores *Frutas *N�meros *Alfabeto *Animales *D�as de la semana(days of the week) *Saludos(greetings) *�Vocabulario del cuerpo(body), de la casa,(house) y tanto m�s(lots more)! **�Venga ensamblar la diversi�n!(Come and join the fun!!)

Elementary Classes

HFDance Hip-Hop and Jazz

K to 6th

This high energy class will focus on stylized jazz and hip hop routines and is structured to include a central warm-up, across the floor techniques of dancing, a main dance combination and then creative movement to finish. Activities will encourage children to begin to choreograph and will utilize props such as hoops, streamers and scarves to get your child's imagination flowing. Come join the fun!

Happy Feet Hip-Hop/Jazz/Tumbling

K through 6th

This high energy class will focus on stylized jazz and hip hop routines and tumbling skills. Class is structured to include: a central warm-up, across the floor techniques of dancing, a main dance combination, practice of tumbling skills such as front and back rolls, cartwheels, headstands and handstands and creative movement activities. We bring in props such as hoops, streamers and scarves to get your child's imagination flowing. Come join the fun!

Yoga with Happy Feet

K through 6th

Happy Feet Yoga classes encourage a deeper sense of body awareness and interpersonal skills. Alive with flowing sequences, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and creative relaxation techniques, children are sure to awaken to the beauty and strength within. Our classes convey lessons in self-expression, body image, social skills, positive thinking, and environmental awareness. Partner poses and cooperative yoga games inspire positive peer interactions which they will carry as a powerful tool into their futures. We provide yoga mats, but if your child would like to use their own, please have them bring it to class!

Keyboard Classes with Happy Feet

4.5 to 12 years

In Happy Feet Keyboard classes your child will learn; proper posture and hand position, how to read and write music, knowledge of music theory including dynamics, proper rhythm and counting, and to play the piano beautifully! Classes are 30 minutes each week and structured as 2 students for 20 minutes of technique and 10 minutes of theory.

Happy Spanish

Elementary

Our classes are designed to introduce Spanish to your child through seeing, hearing and connecting pictures/objects to Spanish sounds and vocabulary by utilizing songs, crafts, movement, stories, creative visual aids, and games to reinforce the innate ability of your child to learn languages. *Colores *Frutas *N�meros *Alfabeto *Animales *D�as de la semana(days of the week) *Saludos(greetings) *�Vocabulario del cuerpo(body), de la casa,(house) y tanto m�s(lots more)! **�Venga ensamblar la diversi�n!(Come and join the fun!!)

Great Instructors

Happy Feet instructors are professional, passionate personalities who have excelled in their artistic fields. As they pursue their academic or professional careers, they commit to joyfully bringing enthusiasm and focus into their Happy Feet classes.

Laura Schifferli

Laura Schifferli created Happy Feet in 1992 with the goal of sharing the joy of movement with children. Laura holds degrees in Dance and Psychology from Long Beach State University and has performed modern dance with various companies in her dance career in addition to producing and choreographing. Laura has taught and created various classes over her career, including adult Healing Through Movement Aqua Ballet classes in addition to more formal styles of modern, jazz and ballet dance styles, preschool music, gymnastics, Spanish and yoga for all ages. Her current passion is teaching yoga to large groups of elementary aged students and continuing her education in child development. Under Laura's direction, Happy Feet has grown in size and breadth and has been teaching classes in Northern and Southern California for over 18 years.

Veronica Hash

Veronica Hash has been teaching with Happy Feet since 2006. She received her Bachelor's of Arts in Dance from California State University, Sacramento in 2003. She is trained in jazz, modern, ballet, improvisation, Afro-Caribbean and creative movement for children. She has danced for Sacramento Black Art of Dance, the California State Fair, Great America Theme Park and also choreographed the musical Noah's L'ark. She has taught for VALA (Visual Arts Language Arts) and various other programs since moving to the Bay Area. She enjoys working with the Happy Feet children because their love and joy is contagious. She credits her success to her relationship with God and her loving community of family and friends.

Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh has over fifteen years experience working with young children. She graduated from University of Memphis with a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance. In Memphis, Laura danced with Project:Motion, a modern dance company, and later moved on to co-direct the company. She was also a member of Professor Chameleon's Eccentric Medicine Show, a children's theatre company. Currently, Laura dances with Right Brain Performance Lab, and Spinning Yarns Dance Collective in San Francisco. In addition to her work with Happy Feet, Laura also teaches for the San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department, Brisbane Dance Workshop, SF Arts Education Project, and Nancy Karp and Dancers. Her classes are fun, challenging, and developmentally appropriate. Laura truly believes in the importance of dance education as a part of educating the whole child.

Carly Westergard-Dobson

Ms. Westergard-Dobson holds a BA in Art history from the University of California, Irvine and an MFA in Dance from Mills College. She has trained predominantly in Modern dance but has trained in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Scottish Country Dance and African dance forms. She has trained with instructors such as Jill Working, Sonya Delwiade, Heather Gillette, Shelley Senter, Molissa Fenley, and Rachel Berman. She has had the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by Sonya Delwaide, Lisa Wymore, Heather Gillette, Jenny Backhaus, Mike Esperanza and Kari Jensen. She is also a certified Pilates instructor from Body Arts and Science International and trained under Rael Isacowitz. She is currently a part time faculty member at Santa Ana College and teaches at numerous preschools around Southern California. She has also taught for Reflections Dance and Fitness Center, the Laguna Niguel YMCA, Old Towne Dance Academy and Saint Joseph Ballet.

Shelby Weis

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska this is Shelby's first year with Happy Feet. Shelby began her training at the age of three with Ballet Omaha. She continued her training with Robin Welch at the Omaha Theatre Ballet. Shelby has performed in A midsummer Night's Dream, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Cinderella,and Firebird ballets. She holds a B. FA in modern dance performance from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. While at U. Arts, Shelby assisted with the reconstruction of the Martha Graham's Steps on the Street. Shelby has performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Brian Sanders' JUNK, and the Omaha Modern Dance Collective. She was an instructor with the Omaha Theatre Company's outreach program Mindspaces before her recent move to the Bay Area.

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson is a graduate of New York University where she studied music education. She plays piano, bassoon, saxophone, and violin and she is now studying elementary education at Berkeley University and will get her Master's next year. Barbara has played in a number of orchestras and jazz bands but really just loves teaching kids.

John-Paul Lepeley

John-Paul started teaching music and guitar to pre-schoolers at age of 13. He has years of experience in teaching, writing, recording and performing in English, Spanish and French. John-Paul has a strong visual sense, excellent communication skills, and the ability to translate any idea into a tune to deliver enthusiastic presentations with clarity and humor. He is a seasoned teacher for music and instrument instruction (piano, violin, guitar -acoustic/electric-, clarinet, and drums), and languages (Spanish, French).

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll my child in Happy Feet classes?

If your child is attending one of the preschools where we offer classes, there are enrollment flyers either near our poster or on a desk nearby. If you can not find one of our flyers, please ask your director for one. Once completed, please either leave the enrollment section along with your payment in the "Happy Feet" payment envelope at the school or send it to the address found on the flyer. If our class is apart of an elementary school's after school program or a community/recreation center you will need to follow the directions of those centers, which may be an online form through the school itself or sending the enrollment form found online to our address. Please ask the activity coordinator where you'd like to take Happy Feet classes what their enrollment process is.

Happy Feet

Email: happyfeetclasses@gmail.com

How can I pay for classes?

Please send a personal check or set up an automatic payment through your bank (we do NOT accept credit cards or direct deposit). ALL checks are to be made out to "Happy Feet", no matter what type of class your child is taking with us (i.e. music, dance, yoga etc.). Payments are due the 1st of each month for ongoing classes or at the beginning of the session for certain elementary or community/recreation centers (please check with your elementary school or community/recreation center about session information).
If paying monthly, checks need to be received by the 15th of the current month to avoid a $5 late fee.

How can I find out how my child is doing?

You are welcome to occasionally come to watch our classes in action, but if you are not able to attend, please call us and we will either call you or have your child's instructor write you a note to let you know how they are progressing. We also occasionally perform at the schools and hold our annual recital in June each year.

How many children are in Happy Feet classes?

Typically our minimum number of students is 6 and maximum 12 in most of our classes although there are occasionally exceptions of either fewer or more. Keyboard classes are taught 2 students at a time.

Do you have performance opportunities?

YES! Each year we hold our annual recital for our dance, gymnastics, yoga, and preschool music classes at the Diablo Valley College Theater. Please see our Recital page for updated information. We also have mini performances at the schools we teach in at various times throughout the school year.

Happy Feet

Email: happyfeetclasses@gmail.com