• Faculty

  • HYPE’S faculty is comprised of the most professional, talented instructors in the north state. Each instructor brings unique and exceptional teaching styles to HYPE’S classes, creating a diverse instructional staff, sound curriculum, and fresh choreography.

    "We are proud to know the students and families of HYPE Dance Studio and we're here to pass on our enthusiasm for dance! We will work hard to provide the best experience for you and your child. We thank you for being a part of HYPE!"   - HYPE Staff


    Sarah Schneeweis

    Owner, Director, FDC Creative Director


    Sarah Schneeweis is the owner of HYPE Dance Studio in California, and creative director of award-winning Fusion Dance Company.  She is sought after for choreography by numerous professional dance teams, nationally ranked college and high school dance teams, dance studios across the country, recording artists, various commercial industrials, and much more. She is a current choreographer and instructor for the NBA Sacramento Kings Dancers, and is a former dancer and choreographer for the NBA Golden State Warriors Dance Team.  She is also a former UDA Head Instructor, and a current choreographer and master teacher for UDA/Varsity. She is a veteran judge for National Dance Team Championship and UDA College Dance Nationals annually.  Sarah is the co-creator of annual dance production "Believe" that runs in the holidays in Northern California.  Sarah’s vision and specialty in dance production choreography has been awarded and recognized throughout her career.  Sarah’s work and devotion to education in the dance industry has established her voice with her students, colleagues and professionals.  HYPE Dance Studio has been a successful business in the Chico area since 2003 and acclaimed as on the of the top 50 Studios in the United States by Dance Spirit Magazine.  Sarah has also been recognized by Inside Dance Magazine and Danceprenuer Podcast on iTunes, both of whom did feature articles on Sarah, her choreography, and her philosophies on dance.  Sarah also leads the award-winning Fusion Dance Company into its 15th year on the competition/convention circuit with over 60 members.  She looks forward to continuing her work as a major influence in the dance industry. 


    Tomi Daly

    Studio Manager

    Fusion, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap


    Tomi was born and raised in Orange County, California, where her love for the performing arts started at an early age. She began her training at Huntington Academy of Dance, where she committed herself to a rigorous ballet program known world-wide as the Cecchetti method. Under this method, students are tested and graded on a yearly basis in both their ability to properly execute particular ballet movement, as well as their knowledge of the French theory and terms. Tomi spent 7 years training under the Cecchetti method, attending summer intensives across the country and completing 7 graded Cecchetti exams, passing with honors as a pre-professional student. Her performance history includes 8 years in The Nutcracker, receiving the lead role as "Clara" in 2003, where she danced with Principal guest artist, Aram Manukyan of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, a master instructor since 1988 throughout Russia. She has also performed roles in popular classical ballets and variations such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, and Giselle. Her training extends beyond ballet as she has been a competitive dancer since the age of 8 in tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical and contemporary dance, receiving numerous awards as both a soloist and group competitor. She began her teaching career at Orange County's Impact Dance Center, at the age of 16 where her love for teaching grew into a passion. After graduating high school she continued her training into college becoming a member of the pre-professional modern dance company, Leverage Dance, from 2009-2013. As a college student, Tomi decided to broaden her horizons and moved to the North State where she found herself continuing her education at Butte College and California State University, Chico and has earned a B.A. in Communication Studies: Public Affairs. Tomi is very excited to be able to continue teaching at HYPE! 


    Natalie Wyman

    FDC, Ballet, Contemporary, Pilates


    Natalie Wyman was born in Santa Cruz, California and began studying dance at the age of 3. She studied at the esteemed pre-professional ballet program, The Studio and was a member of the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater from 2004-2012.  She attended and performed at Regional Dance America Conferences in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and danced annually in the SCBT's production of the Nutcracker, accompanied by a live orchestra. She performed roles including, snowflake, flower, marzipan, and soloist for Arabian. Natalie studied individually with the former principle dancer, Deborah Hadley of Pacific Northwest Ballet and was chosen to attend Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive. In 2012, Natalie left the pre-professional program choosing to focus her dance studies on contemporary and lyrical genres. She joined Coastal Vibe Dance Company and competed in regional, state, and national competitions. Natalie also had the opportunity to work with Duncan Cooper who choreographed a modern-ballet solo for her. And she also had the opportunity to take classes taught by Misty Copeland, Travis Wall, and Kent Boyd. She won numerous 1st place awards for contemporary solos and duos. In her final competition of her high school career, Natalie placed in the top 4 at Spotlight National Dance Competition in  Las Vegas in 2015. Since moving to Chico, to pursue her college education, she was selected to be  a member of the Chico State Expressions Dance Team and was also elected as an officer for the team. Natalie continues to be committed and passionate about all forms of dance, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass her knowledge and enthusiasm on to the younger dancers here at Hype!


    Lexie Greminger

    Pre-Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tumbling


    Lexie Greminger is starting her senior year at Pleasant Valley High School. She started dancing at HYPE Dance Studio when it opened in 2003 when she was just 5 years old. Lexie was on HYPE’s very first Mini Fusion team in 2006 and again in 2007. She started her competitive dance with Fusion Dance Company in 2008 and is still currently dancing for the company.  Since then she has traveled to conventions and competition all over California.  She has had high scoring solos including Platinum awards from various companies. While being apart of our Fusion Dance Company, Lexie has studied in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Contemporary, and Lyrical. When she was in 7th grade she was in her first big production, HYPE’s “Big Top” and has continued to do shows such as “Believe” the past two years as a lead dancer in many roles. In 2012 Lexie became an apprentice at HYPE, assisting classes in jazz technique, ballet, and tumbling. Lexie is very excited to join the Hype staff and share her passion for dance with her students.

  • Tatum Wozniak
    FDC, Jazz, Hip Hop


    Tatum was born and raised in Sunnyvale, CA where her love for dance blossomed at the age of 6. She began her training at Dance Attack Studios and began competing at the age of 12. The name of her dance company was, DAC PAC, which stood for Dance Attack Contemporary Performing Arts Company. It is the mission of DAC PAC to cultivate and to prepare students for a successful career in the dance field. Throughout middle school and high school, Tatum competed all over the United States at conventions and competitions such as NYCDA, JUMP, Nuvo, Adrenaline, Hollywood Vibe, West Coast Dance Explosion, and many more. She attained numerous scholarships and opportunities over the years. Her team won countless first overall awards in jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop. She has worked with well-known choreographers such as Anthony Morigerato, Nick Lazzarini, Melody Lacayanga, Sidra Bell, Chris Jacobson, Karen Chuang and Chantel Aguirre. Tatum also assisted choreographer, Cheryl Copeland her sophomore and junior years of high school. Tatum attended the BHUMN Summer Forum in Austin, Texas the summer before her junior year of high school. She was also accepted into the Peridance Summer Program in New York City where she attended the summer before her senior year of high school. She is currently a member of the Expressions Chico State Dance Team and is entering her sophomore year at the university. Tatum is majoring in Journalism/Public Relations and minoring in Marketing. She is eager to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the HYPE family!   

  • Liz Murphy


  • Laken Race
    Pre-Dance, Tap, Jazz, Fusion Dance Co.

    Laken’s passion for dance began at age two in a princess ballet class through CARD. By age six, she transitioned to Hype Dance Studio where she added weekly jazz and hip hop classes. For two seasons, she was a dancer on the Lil Rascals Dance Team performing sideline routines during the Chico Outlaws games. From there Laken joined the Hype All Stars Dance Team competing at UDA Competitions throughout Northern California. In 2013, she joined Fusion Dance Company (FDC) and is currently on the Senior Team. As a member of FDC, she has traveled to several conventions and competitions throughout the state receiving high scoring awards and scholarships. She continues to study ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, and lyrical. She has been cast in five “Believe” productions dancing in many roles. Freshman year, Laken became a Hype Apprentice assisting technique, jazz, and ballet classes and has participated in several Student Choreography Showcases. Laken is finishing her Junior year at Pleasant Valley High School. She is part of the Enloe Junior Volunteer program and is planning to pursue a nursing degree in college. An interesting dance fact about Laken – she only started tap at age 13. Not only is tap a favorite dance style, but it is one of her top co-choreographed and competition routines. Laken is thrilled to share her knowledge and love of dance as an instructor for Hype Dance Studio!
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