Amy Grover--Studio Co-Owner, Artistic Director "One of my favorite things to do as a little girl was visit my grandma's classroom where she taught school. I remember one day when I was about 3 or 4, walking through her room while all the students were busy with work and "shuushing" them to stay on task. A round of giggles from the 2nd graders followed. Being in Grandma's classroom, watching her teach and seeing the joy she brought to so many children for over 40 years was an incredible experience for me. I was bit by the teaching bug and have never been the same!
Since those days wandering in Grandma's classroom, I have always enjoyed teaching and finding new avenues to pursue that passion. From Elementary school, youth and adult church classes, and dance - I just love teaching kids! There is something so amazing about sharing knowledge and dreams with someone else and watching them light up inside - it's indescribable! My goal is to teach and nurture our dancers to become incredible young adults through the art of dance and theater. Come dance with us today and feel the difference at Jeanne's!"
Kaley Farnsworth--Studio Co-Owner, Business Manager "Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to have a little brother or sister to play with. But as life would have it, I ended up as the youngest child in my family. While the dream of having younger siblings to play with disappeared, a new dream emerged - teaching. As I got older my love and desire to teach children grew stronger and I knew I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. After many years of education, I finally had my own classroom and while nervous, the excitement of working with children overcame me.
During my first year of teaching 5th grade, I was blessed with the opportunity to change the life of a young man who up to that point could not read and had been stereotyped as a "behavior problem." He was the kindest boy that just needed someone to give him a chance. I am beyond grateful that he came into my life and made such a deep impression on me as a person, mother, friend and teacher. Teaching to me, is more than instruction. It's making long-lasting connections that are stepping stones along our journey through life. My love of dance combined with my love of teaching has brought me to where I am today. Jeanne's School of Dance is the perfect place to learn and experience DANCE!"
Laurie Silvestri--Ballet, Turns and Technique Laurie has a professional background which includes both classical ballet as well as contemporary jazz. She has gained recognition for her work as a Dancer, Director, Choreographer, and a Teacher, with performing credits such as live concerts, TV commercials, industrials, as well as numerous dance companies. While touring locally and abroad, Laurie enjoyed teaching master classes that combined contemporary movement of today with classical sense of line, placement, and technique. Her style is fluid, expressive, and emotional.
Jory Nance--PFDT Co-Director, Jazz, Princess Ballerinas, Front Desk Staff "I grew up dancing at Jeanne’s School of Dance--Chandler from age 3 through 18. Although I spent most of my time at Jeanne’s studying jazz, tap and ballet, I also enjoyed hip hop and lyrical classes as well. During high school, I trained as a student teacher for Combo Classes which allowed me the experience and opportunity to teach my own Combo Classes as a Junior and Senior. I have always loved learning new dance movements and styles and continues to push herself to learn new things—which is why I have such a passion for DANCE! Since graduating from ASU, I am excited to be back home at Jeanne’s School of Dance—Chandler as Power Force Dance Team Director as well as teaching Power Force Dance Team Jazz. I'm looking forward to an amazing year with her dancers!"
Shannon Schaffer--Competition Director, Musical Theatre, Front Desk Staff "I started dancing at Jeanne’s School of Dance—Chandler at age 3 and continued as a member of Jeanne's Power Force Dance Team until I graduated from high school. Even though I really do love all styles, tap has always been my favorite! In college at the University of Arizona, I continued to work on tap technique and took courses in the history of dance. Totally fascinating! Since graduating from U of A, I have been super excited to be back home at Jeanne’s School of Dance—Chandler as part of the Teaching and Front Desk Staff. I love working with all my dancers and seeing the progress they make every week!"
Javier Gonzalez--Musical Theater Director Extraordinaire Javier Gonzalez, or "Mr. Javy" always keeps his students on their toes by challenging them to be authentic to the role they are playing. He is currently teaching at Agua Fria High School as the Theater and Drama teacher/director in Avondale. In his theatrical career Javier has performed in well over 40+ productions varying from Shakespeare, drama, comedy, and of course musicals. In between teaching and acting on stage, Javier is also the lead male dance instructor for Powernow Entertainment, a professional dance company that performs for corporate events. Javier is very excited to be a part of Jeanne’s School of Dance-Chandler and is looking forward in sharing his passion of the Theatre.
Stephani Szoke--Contemporary, Clogging, Adult Classes Stephani Szoke, has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in choreography and pedagogy. Stephani is the Artistic Director of The Powernow Dance Company, a professional dance company that performs for corporate events. For the past twelve years she has been the choreographer and director of the "Sunsationals", an adult tap group that performs all over the Valley. Stephani has judged dance competitions and has been a master teacher for dance conventions. While teaching at local dance studios she has received numerous awards and accolades for her choreography and has turned out many well-rounded, exceptionally talented dancers, choreographers and teachers of dance. She was a Cardinal Cheerleader 1995-1996. She was also in a professional dance company, WNZ Showtime and appeared in several commercials from 1997-2000. Stephani choreographs throughout her community for venues such as High School Dance Companies, Theater Companies, Choirs, and Churches. She is excited to be a part of the Jeanne's School of Dance--Chandler family.
Heather Ferguson--Tumbling Heather Ferguson is excited to have joined the family of Jeanne’s! She has been teaching dance and gymnastics for over 13 years now and previously taught for a couple other studios in the valley. She has worked mostly with the younger ages for tap, ballet, and jazz. Heather has taught ages 6 months to 25 years old though for gymnastics. She has previously operated and managed a mobile dance, gymnastics and swim program and did that for 6 years. She also had an opportunity to work as a gym director for The Little Gym as well and loved every minute of it. Her passion for spreading the love and dance and gymnastics to the younger generation has only grown stronger over the years. She loves that she has something to hand down and pass on to the children she teaches. Heather has a 4 year old little boy at home that loves to dance too! She is looking forward to the new family at Jeanne’s and working with all of your children!
Shauna Opitz--Ballroom, Ballet, Adult Classes "I started Jazz dance at a very young age. I loved everything about it; fun, upbeat, energetic, wild. It was always something I enjoyed through high school, but it wasn't until after that, that I discovered you could earn a degree to be a dancer. As I was always one to encourage others to follow their dreams and do what they love, I took my own advice and auditioned. It was in college that I found the true passion for dance and that there is so much more to it than learning moves and putting them to a song. I learned to grow my strength and flexibility with a lot of dedication, to let the music move you (not the other way around), to think creatively and uniquely with movement to match, and that you could use movement to relay emotions and tell stories. A whole new beautiful and mystical world had opened up.
Dance frees my soul. I am inspired by music, the artists that create the music, the lives of others and all that is around me. With the right lenses we can see that we are surrounded by inspiration each and every day. I am so excited to share my love of dance with my dancers at Jeanne's!"
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