Teachers

Calling all Dance Teachers!

If you are interested in becoming a part of the JMDS team, and you work well with others and have positive energy, a degree in dance/or professional experience  please send your resume to the founder and owner of Jean Marie Dance Studio, Jean Marie Mysliwiec at jeanne@jeanmariedancestudio.com.

Jean Marie Mysliwiec (Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Producer) 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 16 years teaching, she brings these unique talents from the stage directly to her students. A certified member of Dance Masters of America and trained 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. Jean Marie will be opening her second studio this year JEAN MARIE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION STUDIO in Berlin Maryland where she plans on expanding show productions and classes.

Suzanne Luoma (Teacher) Suzanne has been involved in dance since she was five years old. She has studied ballet, ballroom, belly dance, creative movement, jazz, modern, tap, and traditional dances of Japan, Portugal, and Spain. Formal education includes Young Artists Maryland’s Teaching Artists Institute, Butler University in Indianapolis IN, and National Academy of Arts in Champaign IL. She has performed in the United States and abroad, as an amateur and professional, in most of the styles of dance she has studied. Suzanne’s teaching experience began as a teacher’s assistant at the studio in Columbus OH where she had her early training. The majority of her teaching has been in ballet to students aged two and a half through professional level. Suzanne draws on her many experiences to help each student learn to dance to their full potential.

Alannah Carter (Teacher) Alannah has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Washington College. She has been dancing at JMDS for the past 13 years when they first opened their doors. Alannah has taught and assisted dance classes for the past 6 years. In addition to dancing, Alannah enjoys hiking and animals, especially her dog, Koda. Alannah has shared her talents traveling abroad on several mission trips, helping those who are less fortunate. She majored in history in college and plans on becoming an archivist. She brings much talent to JMDS wither her teaching and choreographer skills.

Abigail Holthaus (Teacher)  Abigail is a senior at Queen Anne’s County High School and is excited to start her 7th year of dance. While at JMDS she has trained in various styles of dance to include ballet, pointe, contemporary and her favorite, Jazz! Alongside dance, Abby is also an active member of the high school’s drama club, participating in plays and musicals. She adores the energy of performing and looks forward to sharing that love and passion with the younger dancers this year.  She will begin her 4th  year assisting dance classes at JMDS and her 1st year teaching!

Gracie Jordan (Teacher) Gracie Jordan studied with JMDS for five years, and is currently a BFA student at Towson University, studying Dance Performance and Choreography. She has studied under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, former principle of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Vincent Thomas, founder of VTDance Company, and Catherine Horta-Hayden, chair of the dance department. Before college, she performed with the Ballet Theatre of Dover as “Snow Queen” and “Arabian” in The Nutcracker, as well as a soloist in the ballet Paquita among other roles. She is well versed in multiple ballet and modern techniques, as well as contemporary, tap, jazz, and pointe. Gracie is excited to share her love of dance this year!

Haley Pumphrey (Teacher) Haley is 25 years old and is from Easton, MD. She has danced since the age of 3. Haley has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She began competing when she was 6 years old. She has attended Maryland council for dance where she took classes from professional dancers from all over the world in every style of dance from salsa and swing to contemporary and jazz. She has also participated in conventions where she was able to take classes from professionals like Travis Wall and Christopher Scott. Haley began teaching in 2009 while still in high school and taught at Jean Marie dance studio for two years back in 2014 and 2015. She is so excited to be back and share her passion with the Jeanne Marie crew this year!

Hannah Krampitz (Assistant)  Hannah is a junior at Kent Island High School and is taking classes in performing arts and human resource services. She is very excited to work with children and more experienced dancers.  Hannah enjoys jazz and contemporary dance styles, but her favorite style is hip hop.  Hannah has always had a love and passion for dance and would love to help other dancers discover theirs.

Audrey Martin (Teacher) Audrey has studied many forms of dance from ages 3 to 11 at Debbie’s School of Dance and was on the competition team. At age 11 she moved to Mobile Ballet in order to put more focus on ballet and joined the studio company at age 16 and was a member until she graduated high school. She studied ballet, jazz, and modern from ages 12-18 at Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School and WP Davidson High School under the direction of Lori Bilbrey Vaghefi, Sheila Goodrich, and Angela Dussoy. She was accepted in to Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and was 17 when she spent her first summer training there. In January of 2013 she moved to NYC to train full time at Joffrey Ballet School where she recently graduated with a certificate of dance. She has taught jazz and ballet classes at Dunbar and WP Davidson High School. She has performed in several musicals, such as Beauty and the Beast (Playhouse in the Park), High School Musical 2 (Playhouse in the Park), and Give My Regards to Broadway (WP Davidson), and Nonsense (Chickasaw Community Theater) and many classical ballet works, such as The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swan Lake, and Viva Vivaldi, a Cunningham Event, and many other small works. She is currently dancing her fourth season with Ballet Theater of Maryland.

Issac Martinez (Teacher) Isaac Martinez began his training at the Hartt School in Connecticut. He trained rigorously with faculty from Cuban National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Martha Graham Company, and José Limón company. In 2015, Isaac transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he finished his degree in Ballet Pedagogy; following his graduation he worked professionally for two seasons with Ballet Spartanburg. His repertoire includes works from Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, The Firebird, in addition to original works by faculty, students, and choreographers around the world. Isaac has choreographed and produced works of his own, which have showcased in university productions, professional theater productions, as well as international dance festivals. Isaac is thrilled to embark on his second season with Ballet Theatre of Maryland and looks forward to teaching as well.

Madeline Jones (Teacher) Madeline Jones started dancing at an early age, and most of her formative training was with Sandra Balestracci at the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. She performed in Community Alliance for the Performing Arts’s The Nutcracker every year and attended many summer programs. After graduating, Madeline attended the University of Utah’s Ballet Program, where she performed in original works by Ballet Program faculty and renowned guest artists such as Penny Saunders and Katie Scherman. She taught for several ballet schools in the Salt Lake City area and received her certification from American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum in Levels Pre-Primary through Level Three. Madeline earned her B.F.A. in Ballet with a Certificate in Ballet Studio Teaching in May 2019, as well as a B.A. in English. She is currently in her second year of dancing with Ballet Theatre of Maryland and is excited to be teaching our students.

Cindy Case (Teacher) Cindy Case, DFCCA, is a Maryland native who trained locally with Pamela Moore. She has been a trainee with Richmond Ballet, a second company member with Nashville Ballet, an apprentice with Charlottesville Ballet, and a company dancer with San Diego Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Previous professional credits include Myrtha in Giselle, Big Swan in Swan Lake, Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and an ensemble role in Serenade. She has danced contemporary works by Gina Patterson, Heather Maloy, R. Colby Damon, and Gregory Hancock. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Cindy has staged a one-act Peter Pan for Jessica Morgan School of Dance, introduced elementary-school students to dance through Charlottesville Ballet’s Chance To Dance program, and adapted story times for Nashville Ballet’s community outreach program. In the summer of 2020, she attained her Diploma Fellowship with the Cecchetti Council of America. When not dancing or teaching, Cindy serves as the Communications Leader for Digital Dance Project and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Communication.

Benta has been dancing with Jean Marie Dance Studio since she was 3 years old. She has studied ballet, pointe, contemporary and tap, and her favorite is ballet. She hopes to help inspire others with her love of dance, and is so glad that even during these times we can still connect through dance!

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