by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Rob Sheridan

Teaching Kids How to Be Successful On and Off the Stage

About 10 years ago, Arwen Daniels was involved in a harrowing – and near fatal – car accident that almost shattered her entire life. “After having my life almost taken away from me, I realized it was vital for me to teach others what my passion in life was,” explained Arwen. Her passion was, and still is, dance – something she has been serious about for the past 23 years. “I had a renewed desire to share my love and knowledge for dance with the next generation,” she said.

So, three years ago, Arwen established her own dance studio, Arwen Daniels Dance Academy. “I wanted to have the freedom to be creative and train my own dancers, be my own boss, and form my own competitive teams of passionate kids and teens who love to dance as much as I do,” said Arwen.

Her studio, which offers classes in jazz, contemporary, improv, hip hop, tumbling, ballet, and private lessons, is staffed with five main teachers and three assistants – all of whom Arwen considers close friends. “Each one of them I respect how they teach, choreograph, and approach their job as a role model and example for my students,” gushed Arwen, who is extremely proud of her studio’s family-like atmosphere. “I feel like everyone genuinely cares and supports each other.”


“My mission is to create well rounded young people, not just as dancers, but as human beings that have a positive body image and self-awareness.”

Arwen is also thrilled with her students’ progress in the mere three years that the studio has been open. “The team has done extremely well at competitions so far,” she said. “I am really proud of the overall work ethic and dedication to becoming so advanced and open minded when it comes to trying new things, new choreography, and always giving 100 percent as a group.” She added, “I love seeing the girls change over a fairly short period of time, from unsure kids to flexible, strong artists, who work so hard, believing in themselves as dancers and in their own futures.”

As for her own future plans, Arwen replied, “I want to keep growing, keep pushing myself as a teacher and as a mentor to these dancers, pushing to become a better dancer as they are every day.”


mp_arwenlogoName of Business: Arwen Daniels Dance Academy
Owner: Arwen Daniels – choreographer, teacher, and dancer
Years in Position: 3
Year of Establishment: 3
Address: 134 East Cliff St., Solana Beach CA 92075
Phone: 949-293-7017
Description of Business: A dance studio in Solana Beach specializing in creating well-rounded dancers, as well as confident, strong students who are prepared to be successful people in all areas of life.