Summer Session Enrollment Now Open at


Lock in Last Year's Rates for Summer Session - Early Bird Special Ends April 12

The Pretenders Studio is thrilled to announce our summer session dates! Dive into the rhythm and elevate your dance skills this summer.

Whether you're part of our company or a passionate dancer looking to enhance your artistry, we've got a summer filled with movement, expression, and growth waiting for you.

  • Be part of our summer sessions during the weeks of:
    • June 24
    • July 1
    • July 8
  • Sessions held from Monday to Thursday
  • Time: 10 AM - 3 PM

Reserve Your Spot

First Come first served

Space is limited


"The first time I arrived, I noticed a palpable difference in the air…instead of encouraging competition and personal success, there was community and cooperation. From making a music video fundraising for wildfire relief, to creating instructional dance videos for hospitalized children during COVID-19, I grew beyond the focused world of life-on-pointe, to one of meaningful contribution to society.”  CeCe - recent graduate 

“I love dancing and Miss Lisa. I have fun at Pretenders.” — liv, r. age 6

"The Pretenders Studio is more than a dance studio, it’s a community; a place you feel welcome and loved. The Studio allows for great development in dance technique and a safe space to try new things and be yourself. Growing up at the studio was one of the most beneficial things in my life. You’re taught to be yourself, strive to your greatest potential, and be open to the success and failure you experience through life. The Pretenders Studio encapsulates authentic dance education in a warm welcoming environment. The greatest staff makes up the heart of the program. Each teacher is there to help you feel your best and support you through your learning. There is no better dance community than this one. “ - Bella, age 15

Be Part of Our Summer Session

During the weeks of June 24, July 1, and July 8. Monday - Thursday, 10 AM - 3 PM

Standard Rate

After April 12, the rate goes up to $775 per week

Early Bird Special

Secure your spot by April 12 for just $710 per week

Extra Savings

Get 10% off when you refer a friend!

Dance Your Way Through Summer

Don't miss out on this chance to dance your way through the summer with The Pretenders Studio. Early bird pricing ends March 15, so act fast to lock in these special rates.



Ready to make this summer unforgettable? Enroll today and let your dance journey take flight!

Mia F., age 16

At Pretender’s I have found my sisters and role models, who I always strived to be, until I became the big sister.  Now I get the opportunity to be that figure for the group that will take my place, it's almost like a Pretender’s life cycle.  I think that’s what makes this place so beautiful and magical. To call Pretender’s just a dance studio, is an extreme undercut.  This place gave me somewhere to be silly, myself, and make mistakes without fear of the outside world.  Pretender’s served as a safe place while I grew as a young girl.

Katie R., proud studio mom of 3

“Our daughters have trained at many studios on the Westside over the years, but none was ever quite right.  When we found Pretenders we knew we were home -- in addition to receiving excellent technical dance training, our girls have been welcomed into the Pretenders extended family and a tight-knit community normally only found in small towns.  Unlike most other studios, Pretenders doesn't rush girls to grow up too soon -- instead of focusing on competitions, make-up and negative body stereotypes, there is strong emphasis placed on giving back to the community, positive body image and development of the whole child.  I love knowing that when they are at the studio my girls are in the care of such caring, smart and dedicated teachers.”

Laurie M., proud studio mom

My daughter's experience with Pretenders really began as a toddler watching her older sister dance! She has enjoyed dancing with the studio for over 6 years now. I've watched her evolve into not only a beautiful and expressive dancer but also a much more confident young woman. I attribute this all to the very safe and creative environment Lisa provides for these young dancers –wonderful group to be a part of!

 Lisa Gumenick, Pretenders Founder/Director and studio mascot, Gidget
Lisa Gumenick, Pretenders Founder/Director and studio mascot, Gidget

Dedicated Teachers

Our teachers offer classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Yoga, Acro/Tumbling, Musical Theater and Acting at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Read more about our teachers here.

Getting to Know The Pretenders Studio

The Pretenders Studio is dance studio in Santa Monica, Ca  that specializes in dance training for local youth on the Westside of Los Angeles.

We are a dance studio offering a wide variety of dance classes and acting for kids and teens at all levels. We have classes for the most novice dancers who are curious and eager to learn something new and also for those who come to us seeking out a new or different dance experience from the one they had prior to becoming a “Pretender.” No matter your level, we have a spot for you! We offer dance classes weekly in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theater, Acrobatics and Tumbling, Acting and Yoga. Dancers 2.5 yrs of age through high school are welcome to join us.

We work with each dancer and their family to curate a dance schedule that fits each family’s individual needs. All of our performances have a charity component to them so you can be sure you are “Dancing For A Difference” while you are with us!


The Location

The Pretenders Studio is located at 1438 9th Street, Unit B in Santa Monica Ca. The entrance to our studio is in the rear of the building with access from the alley only. Please enter the alley from Broadway between Sweet Fin Poke and Jersey Mikes to drop off dancers.

Please use the Santa Monica Blvd entrance to the alley for pick up. The alley runs between Lincoln and 9th street. If you need help finding us please don’t hesitate to call the office.


Spots Fill Up Quickly

Have questions?

Summer Sessions Calling:

Save with Early Bird Enrollment

Reserve Your Spot: Secure your summer session place today.

Early Bird Special: Secure your spot by April 12 for just $710 per week.

Standard Rate: After April 12, the rate goes up to $775 per week.

"The Pretenders is my daughters happy place! She has grown in dance and as a young woman. This is a positive place that becomes a family." - Molly L.