4S Dance Academy (4SDA), founded in 2010, originated in 4S Ranch. After 5 years, the lease ended on the shared studio space and new owners Shay & Jason Galloway began the search for a new home. The forced move proved a blessing as 4SDA located in a 5300 square foot retail studio space in the Westwood Shopping Center. The center is conveniently located on W. Bernardo Rd. and is easily accessible from I-15, Rancho Bernardo Dr. and all surrounding areas (4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain, Del Sur, Escondido, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Pancho Penasquitos, San Marcos).
Artistic Director: Shay Galloway
Shay began her ballet training at Laguna Dance Theatre with Shery Gilbert, right around the same age as many of your little dancers. She grew, advanced and trained with several other prestigious schools including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Alonso King’s LINES Ballet. As a freshman in High School, Shay was accepted into the University of Arizona’s dance program and later attended, where she danced notable roles like Russian Principle in George Balanchine’s Serenade and was part of a small group of selected students who traveled to and performed in Italy. After graduating with a BFA in dance, Shay joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas where she performed many soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutracker, Napoli, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, and George Balanchine’s Who Cares? to name a few. In the summer of 2006, Shay was one of five chosen from the company to perform at the Vail International Dance Festival with Peter Anastos’ Yes Virginia. Shay later joined Nova Ballet in Tempe AZ.Shay has been teaching ballet for over 18 years at many reputable schools including Laguna Dance Theatre and San Elijo Dance and Music Academy. Most recently, Shay was a teacher and the registrar of the Los Angeles Ballet School, official school of the Los Angeles Ballet. Shay is meticulous and precise in her training, and she believes in creating a nurturing and safe environment for all her students. She is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of 4S Dance Academy, and can’t wait to share her love of ballet and dance!
Jason brings a unique combination of performing arts and business experience to 4S Dance Academy. As a child actor, he was actively involved in school plays, landed roles in community theatre and booked various local print ads and TV commercials. Hollywood beckoned, but Jason delayed the move in order to complete his academic education, eventually graduating from the Leads School of Business at The University of Colorado. The move to LA quickly followed and Jason soon used his education to start his own IT company, which supported his acting career. To date he has been a working actor for over 30 years, appearing in numerous stage plays, national TV commercials and most recently on the TV shows Bones and The Muppets. His IT career has spanned over 17 years where he catered to industry clients that included notable local theatres, production companies, directors, musicians and producers. Jason is excited to continue combining both his performing arts and business experience as the Executive Director of 4S Dance Academy and looks forward to meeting you!