Youth Advocate and Non-Profit Founder Tamaira “Miss Tee” Sandifer Named Woman of The Year by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty and The California Legislative Women’s Caucus

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Woman of the Year Tamaira “Miss Tee” Sandifer outside the Studio T Arts & Entertainment community studio space

My life was transformed through my love for the arts…I believe it can do the same for anyone

Sacramento Assemblymember (District 5) Kevin McCarty has named Tamaira “Miss Tee” Sandifer, Youth Advocate and Founder of Studio T Arts & Entertainment for its 5th District Woman of the Year Award for 2022. The Award, sponsored and organized by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus in recognition of Women’s History Month, names honorees from each Senate and Assembly district in celebration of the history-making contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California.

Tamaira ‘Miss Tee’ Sandifer is being acknowledged by McCarty for her success in developing youth programs that provide critical creative and life skills through exposure to the arts. Her goal is to ultimately “train youth to use the arts as an entrepreneurial tool to generate income, creativity and healing.”

Having spent more than 30 years immersed in the world of dance and advocacy, Sandifer’s lifelong dedication to being a champion for the development and confidence of every child has earned her a place among this notable group of women. Through her tireless efforts, she has mentored nearly 200,000 youth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in school districts and underserved communities throughout Northern California and virtually across the globe. Centered around dance, this work has included fostering educational partnerships and enrichment programs related to physical, as well as mental and emotional health. In February 2022 the Studio T dance/mentorship program was launched in the San Diego Unified school district in San Diego, CA. This is a major step toward the goal of becoming a key PE and Visual and Performing Arts partner with schools across the State of CA and beyond.

In 2021, Sandifer appeared in Forbes Magazine among the inaugural For(bes) The Culture 50 Champions list along with top culture shifters such as Colin Kaepernick, Issa Rae, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Dwayne Wade, Angel Rich and Amanda Gorman, recognizing “Leaders making the most impact through their capital, creativity, connections and commitment.”

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected to receive this recognition,” says Sandifer. “I have always simply done my best to reach young people in need, and to offer whatever I can to increase their lives in some way. My life was transformed through my love for the arts and entrepreneurship. I believe it can do the same for anyone. I’m humbled to be named among such impactful women who are all doing amazing things for the State of California. Our future as a community and a nation depends on how we pour into our youth. We have come to a time that demands we all do our part as guides, educators, and extended family to build opportunities and hope through a rich global village.”

The Woman of the Year, 5th District honor will be presented during the upcoming community event founded by Sandifer, California’s Day of Dance (CDD). On April 4th-9th, 2022 this interactive series of family events brings free dance workshops throughout the city and an explosive celebration dance concert at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, April 9th at 4 pm. CDD celebrates a wide diversity of dance styles from Hip Hop to Ballet with performances, award presentations, community interaction and special guests. For more information and to secure tickets, please visit California’s Day of Dance

To view the complete list of honorees from 2021 please visit Womens Caucus. For more information on the Studio T Arts program, volunteering, or to provide support, please visit Studio T Arts or follow on IG @StudioTDance @SweetTeeTime, TikTok @ItsSweetTeeTime @StudioTDance, YouTube/StudioTDance and /SweetTeeTimeChannel, and Facebook/StudioTDance

About Woman of the Year Award

The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D), who noticed that the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, Women’s History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments. The women were to be recognized as Woman of the Year in a formal ceremony on the floors of the Senate and Assembly. This yearly event, sponsored and organized by the Women’s Caucus, is greatly anticipated by all Legislators today.

About Studio T Arts & Entertainment

Founded by Tamaira “Miss Tee” Sandifer in 2005, Studio T Arts & Entertainment provides social services and job skills through the performing and visual arts to aid youth and their families in developing confidence, community leadership, and a desire to thrive beyond their perceived limitations. Originally established as an elite training facility specializing in hip hop and urban dance instruction, Studio T’s graduates have traveled the globe working with artists like Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Beyonce, and many others. In addition to being featured in movies, music videos, commercials, and on television shows like America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance, Studio T alumni have won international and regional Hip Hop dance titles and were voted “Best in Sacramento.”

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