We, the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII) have had the great fortune of connecting with the vibrant Monique Salez of Raino Dance Studio.  Luckily for us, her son decided to come to the school (great guy) and we have been able to work out an excellent partnership to use her awesome dance studio only a few blocks down the road.  Stoked.

The school is only intended to be a hub for the students.  We want them to get out into the community to work with professionals and gain experience.  Like with Monique:

“I am a flamenco artist/producer, artistic director/owner of Raino Dance & a pilates/yoga instructor. I love teaching movement, responding to music with my body, and creating with adventurous folk.”

We are currently trying to work out a plan for Monique to teach us some Efunk choreography to be put into a show in the spring.  I am still in the process of sorting out my dancers, but I know that there is definitely interest.  I am trying to coordinate juggling, dance, improv, acting, music, script writing, film and multimedia to emerge into a show by the end of the year.

Do not just think about school as a classroom and learning within 4 walls.  The best learning happens through experience in the field.  A huge thank you to Monique for helping us facilitate that.


  1. I am so excited to be able to contribute to PSII. What a gift this school is for the community, for the students and for parents like me who want to be involved in cutting edge education opportunities. We will get funky and have loads of fun…can’t wait!

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