Teachers

Jean Marie Mysliwiec  (Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Teacher) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jean Marie Dance Studio. Born and raised here in Maryland, she trained at Edna Lee Dance Studio and began her professional career at the age of 16. With over 25 years in the performing arts as a professional singer, dancer and actress, and over 15 years teaching, she brings these unique talents from the stage directly to her students. A certified member of Dance Masters of America and trained instructor in Finis Jhung ballet technique, Jean Marie’s technical training and background are unsurpassed in the region. JMDS produces production shows and an annual stage production featuring its students and other regional talent which has all the trademarks of a professional show. Her experience working for and with some of the biggest names in the Entertainment Industry is a dancer’s dream. This is her 13th year teaching here in Queen Annes County.

Alannah Carter  (Teacher, Choreographer) Alannah is a senior at Washington College this year.  She has been dancing at JMDS for the past 12 years since they first opened.  Alannah has taught dance classes and assisted as well for the past 5 years.  In addition to dancing, Alannah enjoys hiking and as well as animals, especially her dog Koda.  Alannah has shared her talents traveling abroad on several mission trips, helping those who are less fortunate.  She is majoring in History at Washington College and plans to be an Investigative Historian.  She brings much talent to JMDS with her teaching and choreographing skills!

Caroline Johnson (Teacher, Choreographer) is a graduate from James Madison University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.  While attending JMU, Caroline was a member of the JMU Dukettes, the official dance team of JMU.    Before attending college, Caroline was trained at the Edna Lee Dance Studio. Starting dance at the age of five, she studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and tap.  In high school she was a member of the Severna Park High School Advanced Dance Company, where she was able to choreograph and lead as a captain of the company.  Caroline is now working as an RN at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is excited to be teaching her 4th year at the Jean Marie Dance Studio.

Patti Snyder  (Teacher, Choreographer) grew up in Western Pennsylvania and spent over ten years dancing with Laurel Ballet Theater and continued to dance in college.  She is a graduate of Penn State University and spent nearly 20 years serving her country as an officer in the United States Navy .  After completing tours both in the U.S. and overseas, she is now a government contractor and is thrilled to be dancing and teaching again.  Her first and continuing love is ballet.  Patti is a very talented dancer, teacher and choreographer!  We are very pleased to have her here at JMDS.

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Kara Blevins (Teacher, Choreographer) is a freshman at Chesapeake college. She has been dancing at Jean Marie Dance Studio 8 years and has been teaching, assistant teaching and choreographing since 2014.  A dedicated dancer en pointe as well as contemporary, jazz and tap. Kara is also a successful  choreographer with a wonderful repertoire..  She will be sharing her love and passion for dance as she teaches throughout the year.

Miss Gracie   (Teacher, Choreographer) this will be her 6th year dancing with Jean Marie Dance Studio. Gracie has propelled to the top in a short time. Her extreme hard work ethic has made her a winner in many ways. Over the years, she has won a DMA scholarship intensive at SUNY and also placed first in a solo at Star Quest Dance Competition. She is already a seasoned choreographer and she enjoys all genres of dance, choreographing, and teaching as well.

Amy Claypoole (Teacher, Choreographer) is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she has a BS in Ed with concentrations in reading, mathematics, and dance.  She also has a Masters in Education from Slippery Rock University.  While attending IUP, Amy was a member of their Concert Dance Company where she had the opportunity to teach classes, choreograph pieces, and participate in dance competitions at the college level.  After college, she has taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary at various studios in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Currently, she is a reading specialist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Amy is excited to be teaching her 4th year here at JMDS this year!

Miss Anya (Choreographer,Teacher, Assistant Teacher) Anya is a Junior in High School and has danced at the Jean Marie Dance Studio for 9 years now.  Anya has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap.  She has also represented the JMDS dance team as well!  This will be Anya’s 4th year assisting in dance classes at JMDS!

 Catherine Kauffman (Teacher, Choreographer, Assistant Teacher) Catherine is a Sophomore at Anne Arundel Community College.  Catherine has been dancing for a total of 14 years, 6 of those years being at JMDS.  She has studied ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, pointe, and hip hop.  Catherine has not only taught dance classes but has also choreographed many dances throughout her career.  While she attended Kent Island High School, she was also on the Varsity Dance Team for 3 years.  After a brief hiatus from JMDS, Catherine is extremely excited to join the team back as an assistant teacher this year doing what she loves to do, Dance!

Miss Madeline (Assistant Teacher) Madeline has been dancing since she was 3 years old.  This is her 4th year dancing at Jean Marie Dance Studio.  Madeline has trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap and contemporary.  Her passion is dancing and she looks forward to assisting in dance classes this year!

Bailey Neales (Teacher, Assistant Teacher) has been dancing since she was thirteen years old in many different styles to include tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and hip hop.  She trained in all these styles at Jean Marie Dance Studio.  Bailey wanted to find a hobby and decided to try dancing and she fell in love with it!  Bailey has performed in Sleeping Beauty at Maryland Hall with the Ballet Theater of Maryland.  When Bailey is not dancing, she enjoys reading as well and has traveled abroad on mission trips helping those less fortunate.    Bailey has a strong passion for dance and is a wonderful teacher as well!

Tabby Lundstrom (Teacher, Choreographer) started taking classes at Jean Marie Dance Studio in 2007 where she completely fell in love with the art of dance. In 2011, she began teaching contemporary classes for the studio. At this time, she also coached and choreographed for the award-winning JMDS dance team. After a short hiatus from dance, Tabby is back with a bachelor’s degree in Bio-Behavioral Health from Penn State University. Now, she works for Anne Arundel Medical Center as a phlebotomy technician. Tabby is thrilled to be back at Jean Marie Dance Studio, dancing and teaching again!  

Christine Coburn (Assistant Teacher) Christine recently graduated from UMBC in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology.  Christine has been dancing since she was a little girl.  Christine has learned so much and grown with JMDS over the years.  Christine loves the thrill of being on stage and performing.  She loves animals, especially spending time with her dog, Carmela.  She cannot wait to share her passion and love for dance as an assistant dance teacher at JMDS this fall!

Miss Marissa (Assistant Teacher) has been dancing with Jean Marie Dance Studio for 7 years. She takes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Acro, and her favorite- Tap. She is excited to start assisting classes for the 2nd year and helping out around the studio.

Miss Brooke  (Assistant Teacher) is on her fifth year of dance. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, and pointe. Over the years, she has found a passion for dancing and helping teach around the studio. This year, her senior year in high school, she is hoping to grow not only as a dancer, but as a teacher and a role model for the little ones. She is excited to see where her future in dance takes her as her days in high school come to an end. 

Linda Esper (Substitute Teacher) is a graduate of University of Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Currently, she is working as an RN at University of Maryland Medical Center on the Pediatric Progressive Care Unit. Linda began dancing at age 7, studying at various schools, including the Marianne Melcher School of Dance, Peabody Conservatory, and Maryland Hall. She enjoys all genres of dance but her main love and focus is ballet. This will be her fourth year at JMDS. 

Gabrielle Rafter (Vocalist and Musical Theatre Teacher) has been singing on stage since she was a young girl. She has toured with national artist Kurtis Blow and shared the stage with countless other national artists such as POD, Disciple, Brian (Head) Welch from Korn, and many others. She sings in 3 different bands and helps with praise and worship at her Church in Easton.
Gee loves to teach and adores mentoring young girls to help them become confident in their skills and also brings energy and fun to our Musical Theatre and Voice class at Jean Marie Dance Studio.  This will be Gee’s 3rd year teaching at Jean Marie Dance Studio.

Miss Jasmine  (Assistant Teacher) Jasmine has been dancing since she was 5 years old.  She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, and has participated in the Musical Theater class at JMDS since it began 5 years ago.    Jasmine also takes dance and theater at her High School and has participated in musicals for the last three years.  She has appeared in Shrek the Musical Junior, Beauty & the Beast Junior, and High School Musical Junior.  Jasmine is excited to begin her 2nd year of assisting as a student teacher this year!

Miss Abigail  (Assistant Teacher) Abigail (Abby) is a Sophomore at Queen Anne’s Count High School and is excited to start her 5th year of dancing.  While at JMDS, she has trained in various styles of dancing including Ballet, Contemporary, and her favorite, Jazz!  Abigail adores the energy of performing and loves to share that passion with the younger dancers as an assistant teacher.  She is very excited to assist with dance classes at JMDS for her 2nd year now and to improve her own skills along the way. 

Miss Sarah  (Teacher) Sarah attends home school along with her six siblings.  She also works very closely with her church youth group and worked with operation Christmas Child for three years.  Sarah competes at a level 8 with the Island Gymnastics Team and has been a gymnast since she was 4 years old.  Sarah has much experience with children and looks forward to teaching the Acro for Dancers class at JMDS.