MAGIC Dance Arts Inc. is a non profit organization founded by Executive Director, Chelsea Sioxson, in an attempt to provide creative outlets for preschool-aged children in the South San Francisco Bay Area. In order to accommodate a sensory-friendly environment, lights may be dimmed, music may be lowered, and a variety of visuals and props will be used.
Our curriculum is based upon principles gathered collectively from Applied Behavior Analysis, Early Childhood Special Education, and Autism Movement Therapy. Each class will be taught by a lead instructor and at least one assistant. Children are encouraged to participate as much as possible, but staff members and instructors are patient with individual student needs. MAGIC Dance Arts Inc. strives to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for students of any and all abilities.
People Who Make Magic Happen
Chelsea Sioxson Laxa
EXECUTIVE Director & Founder
Chelsea has been dancing since the age of four and grew up in the South San Francisco Bay Area. She is trained in ballet, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, and tap. Chelsea has been a member of multiple adult performance companies and frequently attends local dance classes to maintain her craft. She has danced competitively throughout the state of California and has choreographed numerous pieces for children and adults. Chelsea has been instructing children’s dance classes for over 15 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a minor in Dance Studies, and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She is also certified in Autism Movement Therapy.
Chelsea has experience working with individuals with disabilities as a respite caregiver, a developmental interventionist, and a special education teacher. She has served as the Director of Behavioral Services at a local school for individuals on the Autism spectrum and is currently a clinical director for a behavioral health agency. As a professional in both the educational and performing arts fields, Chelsea is dedicated to uniting people of all abilities through creative outlets and artistic expression.
Board of Directors
President & Co-Founder
Eidref has had multiple leadership experiences through church, academic life, and his professional career. He has gained management skills in the retail business, the public health realm, and within various social organizations. He strives to make this world a better place and is always thinking of innovative ways to do so.
Eidref received his Bachelors degree in Public Health from California State University of Los Angeles and was nominated to give the commencement speech for his department upon graduation. Currently, he is working in the field of social justice as an External Organizer with Service Employees International Union. Eidref has enjoyed learning about the population he currently serves through MAGIC and is excited to help push this company to its full potential.
Board member - vice president
Ms. Angela is one of our former teachers at MAGIC Dance Arts. Currently residing in Southern California, she provides assistance with various administrative duties while continuing to spread awareness about our programs. She graduated from Santa Clara University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and also minored in Urban Education. Ms. Angela has had many years of experience working with children of varying ages at the elementary level. She describes these experiences as showing her first handedly the importance of education in a child’s life. Furthermore, Ms. Angela has experience working with lower elementary age students and provided an arts based after school program.
She acknowledges and advocates for the arts as being an essential component in a child’s life. Through these experiences and her experiences at MAGIC, she reports having witnessed artistic growth, boosts in creativity, and newfound confidence within her students. Ms. Angela hopes to follow in the footsteps of her mentor Ms. Chelsea and therefore strives to further her education and pursue a career in Special Education.
Courtney Maya George
Board member - secretary
Courtney Maya George is a Senior User Experience Design Lead at Adobe, where she works on creating digital tools and services for today’s creatives. She is also the founder of her own company, Courtney Maya Design LLC, which specializes in graphic design & brand strategy services.
As a designer by trade and a former dancer, she has always been passionate about creative expression in all forms. Courtney has been a supporter of MAGIC from the beginning, helping initially to create the logo and now working as a board member leading the brand and marketing committee.
Jacqueline Wood manages Woodcrest Inc that encompasses an academy and a philanthropy to support alternative education programs across the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. Woodcrest is committed to empower children and educators with scholarships, communications, marketing and design consultation and other resources. Jacqueline’s career spans over 20 years of experience as a service, product and user interface designer for software applications, online social media networks, publisher’s platforms and other high-trafficked websites.
She combines visual design and technology to deliver solutions for brands such as Time Warner Cable, Ford Motor Company, Pfizer and Merck Pharmaceuticals. She has lectured at private colleges such as Loyola University. Specialties: Create programs, products, prototypes and mock-ups for education and community. Create digital media applications, websites and advertising campaigns.Derive design decisions from data gathered through user-centered research and produces projects from beginning to end.
Charlene is thrilled to be a part of the MAGIC team! She received her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at San Jose State University. She is working towards applying to an MSOT program in hopes to become an Occupational Therapist. Charlene has been dancing since the age of 8 and has performed in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and Filipino folk dance. She also has experience in teaching basic tumbling/gymnastics to preschool-aged children. She is excited to be dancing with the MAGIC kids and hopes to help them reach their full potential. When Charlene isn't dancing with us, she works as a behavioral technician at an Autism/Speech therapy company.
Corrine has been a dancing since she was four years old studying Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, Cheer Pom, and Musical Theater. She has competed in these genres all over the United States, and has over five national titles in both cheer and dance. Currently she is a Dance major and Special Education minor at SFSU, and once she has graduated she is hoping to go to UC Santa Barbara to achieve her Masters. So, she can reach her goal of get her Dance Movement therapy license. What brought her to this field is that she knows for herself dance proved to be more than just doing steps and choreography, but it allowed her to have a space to help escape and her to just to be herself. So, she is looking to encourage and provide more children to have that same kind of space. Another reason she loves this line of work is she herself has ADD, and found dance to be her saving grace when she would have ruff days. Her six year old brother also has ADHD and when she can, she is giving him mini dance lessons at home. She also has worked with kids in the past at her old dance studio, and she volunteered at Walden West Science camp for two years. Her favorite quote that keeps her going is “When in doubt dance it out."
Kimberly was born and raised in San Jose, California. Majoring in Psychology with minors in Urban Education and Studio Art at Santa Clara University, she has always been passionate about social justice, working with kids, and creative expression. She first gained experience working with individuals with disabilities as a respite caregiver and counselor at a camping program for children and adults with special needs. She is currently in the process of becoming a registered behavior technician and aspires to one day be a school counselor. Kimberly is grateful for the opportunity to work and dance with such an energetic and fun-loving population and is excited to be a part of a company that encourages and develops the gifts and talents of their students.