It is no secret that I favor the educators in our community who are looking to build relationships with their students and with Marcella and Mood Studio, her dance space is built with heart. When she agreed to sit down and zoom with me to talk dance studio shop, I was thrilled! A sweeping view of SF city in the background of our meeting was as captivating as her personality. Here’s how it went.
theFoxyDancingMama: Okay first question: If an actress could play you in a movie, who would it be and why?
Marcella Palazzo: I’ve thought about this one before: Jennifer Lawrence, she’s kind of silly but she can be serious.
theFDM: What’s your favorite thing about SF?
MP: Definitely the fact that they’re so accepting of everyone. You can be whoever you are and if there’s somebody that doesn’t accept you, you will have someone backing you up. It’s so diverse. Least favorite thing? How expensive it is.
theFDM: What is your goal with MOOD for the SF dance scene?
MP: I kind of want to spice it up. There is not much performative style classes and I really want to bring that into my studio with feedback on performance quality. I want to focus on performing, it’s not always about technique.
theFDM: Why the name MOOD?
MP: Because I feel like every class you take there’s always a mood.
theFDM: What do you bring differently to the SF heels game in your classroom?
MP: I incorporate a little bit of jazz and burlesque, adding sensuality to the style; the students can take that with them if they want to expand.
~ Marcella began her heels training in 2019. Her advice for the beginner? "I started taking fundamentals and became better. It makes sense after you get that"~
theFDM: What does your creative process look like?
MP: I imagine in my head first, steps last- I close my eyes and imagine how I want it to be. Imagining comes first, steps come later.
theFDM: How do you pick who teaches at your studio?
Marcella Palazzo: I go by two things: 1. Does their choreography stand out; are they diverse?2. Are they friendly, down-to-earth? I look for people our students feel comfortable with and if they have a clientele.
theFDM: How will you contribute to the growth of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area?
MP: Having a studio in the city is one of the main ways. The pandemic closed up a lot of studios so there are not many anymore; providing a place for teachers to teach.
fun fact: Marcella started dancing at 15 years of age. A dance program in high school helped her break out of her shy shell and she hasn’t looked back since.
Before we go…
MOOD offers both adult and kids classes along with studio rentals for rehearsals and videos and private lessons with existing clientele. If you live in the Bay Area or are visiting SF, https://www.moodstudiosf.com is a wonderful option if you’re looking for a sparkly dance teacher who cares about your experience and growth. I can honestly say I envision myself making a concept video with the beautiful space and vibes Marcella has built.