Tricia Gomez is the Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and the President of Dance – In a Box Publishing. She is considered a pioneer in the pre-school and elementary hip hop education field and is the creator of a ground-breaking rhythm and dance program specifically designed to aid people with learning differences and other specials needs in reaching their developmental goals.
Tricia’s unique teaching methods have landed her on the Dr. Phil Show and as the Head Judge of the TV show “Dance Revolution.” Her philosophy on teaching kids hip hop has made her the subject of countless articles in dance and fitness magazines across the USA, Canada and Australia.
A few of Tricia’s performing credits include dancing for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, Universal Dance Association, Disneyland and Universal Studios. Her choreography credits include: Saved By the Bell, the Laker Girls, The Clipper’s Spirit Dance Team and ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as the head choreographer for Dance the Magic!
After teaching in the studio setting for over 20 years, Tricia is now a consultant for the Disney Performing Arts Program where she has the honor of working with dancers from around the world.
Being an effective dance teacher means we need to go above and beyond just teaching choreography and technique. It’s important to continue to educate ourselves on all aspects of teaching kids (and adults), such as inclusion, body image, self-esteem, bullying, and abuse. At some point, we all come across situations where we’re unsure how to handle it, so we ignore it, or wished we’d handled it differently. YPAD fills a gap by providing unique education for students and teachers that’s backed by evidence-based research findings.