Staff

Founders

Chelsea Sioxson,  Creative 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 is an active member of LĪV Dance Collective, NorCal Dance Project, and Hiyas Philippine Folkdance Company. 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 the past 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 behavioral therapist. She was previously employed as an Autism SDC preschool teacher and now works as a Behavior Consultant while she obtains her BCBA license. 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.

 

Eidref Laxa, Business Manager & 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 Dance Arts and is excited to help push this company to its potential.

 

Teachers

Kimberly Ramos

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.

Jacqueline Duong

Jacqueline is currently an undergraduate at Santa Clara University pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor Dance. Jacqueline has performed and competed as a member on the Presentation Dance Team and Santa Clara Spirit/Dance Team. In addition to her technical training, Jacqueline has experience choreographing "Fiddler on the Roof" for Mills High School. Also, she has assisted choreographing musicals for Presentation High School and SCU. When Jacqueline isn't dancing, she also works as an ABA therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and looks to pursue her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Charlene Estolas

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 a 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.

Staff

Angela Dionisio 

 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. 

 

 

 

Awesome Interns

Cassandra Amores Cabales found her love for dance at the age of three. Growing up in San Jose, she trained in every style the Joy of Dancing dance studio offered and participated in as many performance opportunities as she could. Her favorites were among the 7 years she spent as a member of the Dynamics Performance Team and the 4 years as captain of Notre Dame San Jose's ASB Class Cheerleaders. 

With a younger brother on the Autism Spectrum, Cassandra has always had a special place in her heart for helping differently-abled individuals. As a former counselor at Via West Services, Cassandra has years of experience providing care to individuals with various genetic disorders, developmental delays, and/or physical impairments. 

Upon receiving the Performing Arts: Dance Scholarship at Saint Mary's College of California, Cassandra decided to pursue degrees in both Psychology and Dance as a double major. She is an active member of the SMC Dance Company, the SMC Spirit Team, and the Asian Pacific American Student Association - all of which allow her to explore, develop, and share her abilities through leadership, choreography, and performance. When she isn't dancing at school or with MAGIC, Cassandra is also a Teacher at Gymboree Play & Music in Sunnyvale. 

Helping individuals with special needs and dancing are two passions that Cassandra has always dreamed of combining as a career. Becoming an Intern with MAGIC was a huge step in making that dream a reality.

Awesome Volunteers

Brandon Lew 
Brandon Lew is a graduate of Santa Clara University who earned his Bachelor's degree in Public Health Science. He is currently working towards becoming an Occupational Therapist. After graduating, he worked as a Rehabilitation Aide in the Skilled Nursing setting. In his free time he likes to take pictures, try new food, watch movies, and binge watch tv shows. He is currently in the middle of watching/re-watching: How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Parks & Rec, and Friends. He is also a pun enthusiast, so feel free to hit him up with your most eggcellent yolks. 
 
 
 
Mae is a graduate from Brown University with Bachelor's degrees in Public Health and Ethnic Studies. After four years in snowy New England, she returned to the Bay Area and is working towards a career in Community Health. Mae gained a passion for working with families through her role as a resource advocate at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI. Her creative background comes from her time as a poet and assistant coach for the Brown University Slam Poetry Team, where she co-choreographed award-winning spoken word poems for the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In her downtime, she loves to cook and care for her houseplants. She's excited to be dancing with MAGIC and to help kids discover their creative side!