Resolved to serve

Zaneta Encarnacion

Fri January 15, 2016 10:38am

Neisha Hernandez has lived in Chula Vista all her life. Growing up on the west side and currently residing in Rolling Hills Ranch, she appreciates all that our community has to offer. Hernandez has made it a mission to offer service to the community she loves so dearly.
Hernandez has served the community through her business — Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Originally opened in Terra Nova, the school stayed full with waiting lists of more than 500 families. Hernandez soon expanded to three locations and eventually built a training academy, added music lessons and established a nonprofit ballet company.
“The most important thing to me is impact. Our mission, vision and values are at the core of everything we do. Of course we want to train the most technically proficient dancers and musicians and, yes, we are doing that. But the end of the day, encouraging kids to lead inspired lives is our primary goal and focus. If we have done that, then we have succeeded.”
Hernandez has built community service into her business by giving away $10,000 in scholarships, providing free dance classes at the library, having dance teams volunteer for Feeding America and providing financial donations to many local nonprofits.
One of the charitable activities that inspired Hernandez the most this year was a donated dance performance at an event called Danceinspiration that raised money for A Night to Remember Prom — a prom for students with special needs.
2016 brings new opportunities that were inspired by Hernandez’s experience supporting Danceinspiration. She has launched a new class called Danceabilities — a dance class for children with special needs, affording all children the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beauty of dance, creative movement and self expression.
The class will be on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and information on signing up can be found at neishas.com
Hernandez’ 2016 resolutions are simple: continue to serve the community.
“I love living in the community I serve — I can see the impact we make. And I love raising my children in a multicultural area. Our family is resolved to bring back the extended family and friends Sunday afternoon dinner!”
Zaneta Encarnacion is engagement director of communications and external affairs at South Bay Community Services.