seattle dance academy
Kayla started dancing at a young age but it wasn't until she graduated high school in 2011 when Hula found her. It was then she began her near decade journey of specialized training in Hawaiian & Tahitian dance under the direction of Kumu Hula, Krista Moani Espiritu, of Halau Hula O Lehualani.
Here she danced and studied the methodologies of Auana and Kahiko hula styles. Her training was grounded in technique of fluid body movements and controlled continual motions.
In February of 2018, Bachata Sensual made its way into Kayla's life. From the similarities in body movement and basic steps, she quickly picked up the dance form and dove right in; eager to learn and eager to grow. Kayla soon met her current dance partner, Brian Dinh, and together they trained intensively for a year which led them to running SCT's Beginner's Sensual Bachata Performance team all of 2019. They continue to teach Bachata Sensual training teams, series classes, workshops, and privates.
Though she now specializes in Bachata Sensual - and has cross-trained in multiple dance forms such as bachata, zouk, salsa, and hip hop - the majority of her dance career was dedicated to hula and she pays respect to her Kumu’s training for the dancer and teacher she continues to evolve into on her dance journey.