"Tika Morgan is a rare gem of a dance teacher in the Bay Area—dedicated equally to both her craft and the art of teaching. Armed with a keen eye for detail and a fierce belief in her students to excel, Tika pushes students to master technique, yet still find their own personal expression. She is also a gifted explainer and dance ethnographer—simultaneously able to break down movement components as well as impart a sense of the cultural traditions and historical evolution of the dance forms being referenced in her classes. Above all, Tika has cultivated a loyal following because her classes are grounded in the things that matter: rhythm, community, joy, and a sense of connectedness to the past and present - Shenandoah Weiss 2014
"Tika’s class is amazing… I’m not exaggerating when I say EVERYONE should have an opportunity to take it. In fact, the descriptor “Latin Fusion” downplays it. It’s a latin world tour, a mythical journey into the African roots of latin music. And it’s a total gateway drug to multiple forms of dance…west african, samba, salsa, etc. I’m a total beginner… and not a dancer, never taken latin dance, middle-age beginner. I wouldn’t say Tika caters to beginners, but if you want to learn, it’s a good environment. The movements are repetitive enough that you can catch them the 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time around. And there are enough experienced dancers that there are others you can follow. It motivated me to try other Latin dance classes. I took my very first Salsa class this week at Dance Mission! Yeah, I was the guy in the back messing things up. You have Tika to blame for that." Tony M (A letter to Dance Mission) 2016
"I was someone who used to perform professionally and lived for every minute I was given to share my love of dance with those around me. After beginning college and then a career on a completely different path, my only dancing outlet came when I became licensed to teach Zumba Fitness. While teaching Zumba gave me a way to get dance time in every week, something was missing. I hadn’t experienced that powerful thrill we as dancers feel in quite some time; enter Tika.
Tika Morgan has livened up a part of me that hasn’t felt awake since I was studying and performing dance as a child and adolescent. She made me feel and rediscover deeply inside myself, have child-like wonder, while simultaneously incorporating powerful imagery in every moment of her classes. Tika is dynamic, humble, and a master of her craft. She is so knowledgeable, inspiring, and talented beyond her physical form and technique. She paints a picture of the lineage, culture, and the purest form of meaning behind each individual movement, propelling those lucky enough to call themselves her “students,” forward as dancers. I am eternally grateful for the gifts she has given me, as it has been over 15 years since I have felt this fire." - Denise Faicco 2018
"I love how Tika puts meaning behind the movements when she does the carnival choreographies of Brazil.
She really captures the Brazilian Spirit!" - Natalia Carbonare 2002
"Tika employs an engaging teaching style... breaking down complex moves into their requisite parts so we can perfect them, then weaving them together into a seamless whole. Tika is an accomplished dancer, demonstrated by the fluidity and soul that emanate from her form. I respect Tika’s dedication to her art, which she shares passionately each week." - Tenaya Amelia 2006
"Dancing with Tika Morgan is a powerfully moving experience. Her ability to articulate the subtle distinctions between cultural dance styles and movement is truly a gift. Always with careful attention to body consciousness, Tika encourages you to explore all your mind and body are capable of. Her passion is contagious!" - Sandra Orellana Sears - 2015
"Spending several days in Mexico dancing with Tika Morgan was the ultimate in luxury for the mind and body. Tika teaches the fundamentals of individual movements while incorporating the cultural history of every dance. Couple that with the beauty of Cabo, it was pure bliss." - Judy Safavi 2013
"Time spent with Tika dancing was reviving and refreshing, not only because we were in Mexico, but because she was able to remind us why we are alive, what we have to offer to others as well as what we have to offer ourselves. Tika brought us into the present with dance and movement, and helped us be conscious with what we want in the future."
- James Sarria 2013
"Through her reverence for technique and origin, we learn to move and be moved. This relationship allows the soul to grow and our bodies to open and learn. Through these classes she connects the African Diaspora to the contemporary dances we so love, engaging the body and mind in a dance that will continue with you in your day, in your life, and beyond." - Abigail Rob Silva 2016
" My body and spirit feel on fire for hours after her classes. I am always in awe of Tika's ability to introduce new students to the beauty of this music, dance form and lineage while also challenging and demanding growth from her more long-term students. It's impossible to be stagnant or to just "go through the motions" in her class ". - Halique Hanna 2013