Owner of Growing Wild and Santa Cruz Dance Company

  • Zumba Education Specialist, ACE and AFAA Faculty
  • Graduate of Institiute For Integrative Nutrition
  • Zumba Education Specialist, ACE and AFAA Faculty
  • Gerson Basics Workshop and Internship at Charlotte Gerson Health Restoration Center and The Optimum Health Institute



We are now located in the Pacific Arts Complex (PAC) at 1122 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 95062

Park behind the building or in the free lot across the street.

Our new spacious, urban dance space has a beautiful sprung wood dance floor, is flooded with natural light and is located within walking distance of some of Santa Cruz's best restaurants, cafes, and markets. They also have a massive parking lot, ready and waiting for our SCDC bustle and post-class conversations. Why the move? Here’s our story.


Growing Wild programs led by Joy Smith bring important yet distinct approaches to cleansing, detoxifying, nourishing and nutritionally re-educating. Get on the road to achieving a sustainable, healthy, vibrant, energetic, pain and disease-free life. learn how to cleanse and detox the Growing Wild way.


  • Monday 10am-Mitch
  • Tuesday TBA
  • Wednesday 10am-Joy
  • Thursday 10am-Mitch.
  • Friday 10am-Joy
  • Saturday 10am-Mitch
  • Sunday 10am-Cassandra or special guest instructors (Joe, Angelo, Jenny, or Joy).

Up to the minute changes can be found HERE on Facebook.


Established in 2002, Santa Cruz Dance Company has been dancing, sweating and smiling for 12 strong years.

Our studio is beautiful, spacious and accommodating but, what will really surprise and delight you, is the warm and authentic welcome you will get from our teachers, our staff, and our entire community of big-hearted folks just like you.

If you love dance and agree that those who use it as a way to stay sexy, fit, vibrant and fully engaged, are no less than genius, then you are definitely our kind of people.

Someone once said “Bathing frequently in an active, joyful and endorphin-provoking activity keeps one youthful and brimming with life!” We couldn’t agree more.

Super rusty or think you have “two left feet”? We’ve got you covered. Step in to ANY of our classes and take it at your own pace, or come to our classes flagged “Basic” or “Intro” for an easy-going and digestible walk-through of steps

If you value an instructor who is humble, grounded and service oriented, yet ridiculously talented, you have come to the right place.

Come see why Santa Cruz Dance Company has been named “Best Fitness Studio” in The Best of Santa Cruz awards.

First class free for locals!


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