Ms. Marian's Dance Garden

Ms. Marian's Dance Garden


Opened in 2013, Ms. Marian’s unique “performance-focused” Dance Program for boys and girls means frequent stage time at the end of each class in the studio, on TOUR to elementary schools each December and at our Annual Recital. In the Dance Garden dancer, we see growth in self-esteem, confidence in body and mind, and an understanding of how the body moves.

The Dance Garden offers a variety of Fall and Spring semester-long classes supported by performance opportunities. These include Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Creative Movement, Jazz Dance, Hip Hop, Tap, Broadway, Acrobatics/ Tumbling, and Sports Conditioning for Boys.

Ms Marian’s Dance Garden…..where dancers grow

Mission Statement

  • INTEGRITY: To conduct oneself with honesty, courtesy, and respect. To express consideration for one's fellow dancers, educators, parents, and staff. To be a person who leads by example and honors commitments. To be a person other people can rely on.
  • LEADERSHIP: To guide, direct and influence people in achieving their highest goals and ideals. By setting an example through one's actions and speech. To inspire and serve the people of your community through full participation in all dance related activities.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of a studio activity, event or workshop. To be a person who interacts with others in a mature manner. To question authority in a respectful manner. To speak of any issue or grievance to the person who is able to resolve the concern to be willing to receive coaching and direction without attitude or complaint.
  • CHARACTER: To be a person who represents high levels of personal integrity, leadership, and responsibility for oneself and others.  A person who has the courage and willingness to face issues and concerns with maturity and dignity.  To avoid gossip, criticism, or denigrating comments for any member of the dance community, parent, or peers.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: To respect the dance profession and uphold our values and standards of conduct. To support and encourage one another. To voice opinions and initiate change that will elevate the dance community. To recognize oneself as a role model at all times. To love the study and performance of dance as a universal art form.


"My five year old son and I take classes at Ms. Marian Dance Garden. This was his first dance studio experience and Ms. Marian is his loudest cheerleader. My son looks forward to going to his hip hop boys class class Wednesday and camp for the summer." - Lina D.

"My granddaughter attended Ms. Marian's classes when she was with the Richmond YMCA.  She has now opened a beautiful, light and airy dance studio for children from 3-18.  All the children adore Ms. Marian and she teaches them movement and dance in a very relaxed and caring way.  I highly recommend Ms. Marian's classes." - Lorene N.

About Ms Marian

Marian Roth-Cramer has a BA in Theatre/Dance from Barat College, LakeForest, IL and an MFA in Dance/Choreography from Mills College, Oakland, CA plus 2 years work toward her Masters in Dance Therapy. 

Her 30+ year career in Dance includes Performance, Teaching & Directing.  She performed and toured the globe for 10 years, has been a Guest Teacher and Choreographer to Ballet companies, has directed 4 dance companies, sat on CA Arts Council boards as well as contributed to the SFUSD Arts Plan. Her book, Creative Movement for Young Children – a manual for alternative movement, has been used by Pre K and Kindergarten teachers for 20 years as substitute for traditional PE classes. 

After developing and running a successful children’s dance program for 11 years for a neighborhood YMCA in San Francisco, Ms Marian found a bright, happy space to call her own!

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