Happy Feet Dance School

Serving the Marin dance and performing arts community of all ages since 1978 and going strong.


Caitlin Bechelli McSunas

Cece Bechelli

Happy Feet Dance School

Est. 1978

15 Montford Ave, Mill Valley CA 94941 | 415.381.0811

Happy Feet Dance School, established in 1978, is located in Mill Valley California and is proud to serve the Marin County dance and performing arts community. Happy Feet offers a variety of dance classes in tap, jazz and ballet to students ages three years old through adult. Our Tiny Toes parent-child dance program is offered to students age 18 to 36 months. The Happy Feet teaching staff is comprised of experienced professionals who excel in specific dance disciplines, but all share a common goal. Director, Cece Bechelli says, “Our goal is to provide a quality dance program where students learn to dance in an environment that is stimulating and exciting, while at the same time safe, warm, and welcoming. We believe in the physical, emotional, cognitive and social benefits of dance, and we personally place students in age and level appropriate classes where they will feel challenged, encouraged, joyful and ultimately successful in their pursuit of learning to dance.” Because we offer over fifty classes weekly, we are accessible to students of all ages and abilities.

Cece Bechelli Owner Happy Feet Dance School

Cece Bechelli – Director

Our Classes

Core Curriculum

  • Classes start once a year in September and continue through the end of May.
  • For 3 and 4 year old students, we offer 45-50 minute classes, which include instruction in tap, jazz and ballet.
  • For students ages 5 years through early teens, we offer one-hour classes which include instruction in both tap and jazz. The students also learn ballet technique during the jazz portion of the class.
  • For older teens and adults, we offer one-hour classes in tap, jazz, and ballet. Each discipline is offered in a separate one-hour class.
  • Depending on age, class size is limited to approximately 12-15 students per class.
  • Appropriate dance attire and shoes are required. Information will be provided.
  • The yearly tuition is paid in two installments, the first in September and the second in February.

Tiny Toes Classes

  • We offer a parent/adult/child participation class for littles 18-36 months.
  • This is a 45 minute morning class.
  • This class is offered in either 8 or 10 week session, depending on our calendar.
  • No formal dance attire is required.

Happy Feet Curriculum

Tiny Toes

Tiny Toes Dance


Tiny Toes Dance

Grades 1-6

Tiny Toes Dance

Grades 7-12

Tiny Toes Dance

Adult Tap

Tiny Toes Dance


Tiny Toes Dance

Happy Feet Staff

Cece Bechelli Director

Cece Bechelli

Years at Happy Feet: 37
See Cece’s Bio

Caitlin Bechelli Co Director.

Caitlin Bechelli

Years at Happy Feet: 26
See Caitlin’s Bio

Vicki Marie Bassing

Vicki-Marie Bassing

Ballet Instructor
Years at Happy Feet: 13
See Vicki-Marie’s Bio

Maria Elan Cacciatore

Maria Cacciatore

Dance Director
Years at Happy Feet: 23
See Maria’s Bio