Joy of Motion Dance Center is proud to employ a diverse team of world-class instructors. Our faculty members embody our core values in their instruction. They offer student-centered teaching with a focus on progress and individual care in a nurturing environment where every student counts.

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Full Fall 2020 Instructor List


As we continue to expand our roster of teaching artists and add to this page, this list and the photo grid below will be updated!
Updated as of Monday, August 24, 2020.

    Staff

  • JASMINE ANDREWS
    KidMotion, Commercial, Heels, Hip Hop
  • TAURUS BROADHURST
    Contemporary African
  • RACHAEL COAD
    KidMotion, Ballet, Jazz, Modern
  • LEXIS FIRESTONE
    Ballet, Contemporary, Dance Fitness, Jazz, Modern
  • SUSAN GRESKO
    Ballet
  • TIFFANY HAUGHN
    Modern
  • NATASHA HAWKINS
    Hip Hop
  • TAMARA HENRY
    Tap, Jazz
  • TAMMY HURT
    Ballet
  • JOCELYN ISAAC
    Contemporary Jazz, Modern
  • ALEXANDRIA JOHNSON
  • DESMOND JORDAN
    Hip Hop
  • SANDRA KAMMANN
    Energy Movement, Improv, KidMotion, Modern
  • JESSE KELLEY
    KidMotion
  • MARLAYNA LOCKLEAR
    Ballet
  • JA' MALIK M
    Ballet
  • KATIE NERUD
    Jazz
  • TANYA NUCHOLS
    Zumba, Fitness
  • KRYSTAL ODOM
  • DANIEL PAREDEZ
    Flamenco
  • ESTELA VÉLEZ DE PAREDEZ
    Flamenco
  • POFINA VERESYUK
    Hip Hop, Pilates, Fitness
  • ELIZABETH WATSON
    Ballet, Scottish Highland Dance
  • SAMANTHA WILLIAMS
  • VINCENT WILLIAMS
    Jazz, Dance Fitness

JASMINE ANDREWS

APPROACH TO CLASS:

My first approach to class is to see what is the objective or goal in that particular class. Whether it is a beginner level class drop in advanced class or enrollment there is always something a student is working towards. It can be to have fun, find your rhythm, or sharpen your choreography retention skills. No matter your goal I always like to make sure everyone is having fun and enjoying themselves in the process. I’m very energetic and silly because learning does not have to be stressful. Learning is more successful when it’s not stressful.

AGES TAUGHT:

KidMotion (5 Year Olds), 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade, 6th-12th Grade, 9th-12th Grade, and Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I teach from intro and beginner level to professional for kids and adults. This fall, I am teaching Youth Levels I-II and Community level classes for adults.

STYLES TAUGHT:

I teach hip hop dance culture as well as the sub-styles in hip hop dance culture. Look for my Commercial, Heels, and Hip Hop classes on the schedule!

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

I’ve been training in various dance style classes since the age of five. From West African which is my original style to hip-hop ballet jazz and modern. But for the past 15 years I have focused solely on hip-hop in the sub-styles and hip-hop culture. I am also a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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TAURUS BROADHURST

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Intro, Community, Intermediate/Advanced

STYLES TAUGHT:

Contemporary African

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company. 

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RACHAEL COAD

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

KidMotion (3-5 Year Olds), 6th-8th Grade, Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

KidMotion, I-II, Intro

STYLES TAUGHT:

Ballet, Jazz, Modern

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance from Texas Christian University.

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LEXIS FIRESTONE

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

3rd-5th Grade, 6th-12th Grade, 9th-12th Grade, Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I-II, Youth Performance Training, and Community Level

STYLES TAUGHT:

Ballet, Contemporary, Dance Fitness, Jazz, Modern

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SUSAN GRESKO

“I teach ballet because I love the technique, the exquisite lines, fluidity of the body, and the strength and control to make it all look effortless.”

APPROACH TO CLASS:

First and foremost, I want my classes to be enjoyable. I love encouraging students to push themselves and to continuously strive for improvement and progress, and I try to accomplish this in a positive, cheerful, and even humorous way.

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Susan teaches students who are new to dance through students who are intermediate/advanced. Joy of Motion, Susan’s classes are Community Level.

STYLES TAUGHT:

At Joy of Motion, Susan teaches classical Ballet technique. Outside of Joy of Motion, Susan teaches Yoga & Floor-Barre.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS:

Began ballet training at age 12 with Janis Ray in Annandale, VA. Continued training at the National Academy of Arts, Jacobs Pillow, and the Pennsylvania School of Ballet. Received my B.A. in Dance from George Mason University.

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TIFFANY HAUGHN

APPROACH TO CLASS:

I strive to impart to my students, above all, the joy of dance. My sincere enthusiasm and love of the art is infectious, and my students will hopefully develop a passion and interest in dance that will carry through their lives. Not only do I want them to become better dancers, but I hope that they will become life-long patrons of the arts and dance enthusiasts. I strive to find a balance between technical exercises and full-body combinations that will allow them to feel the exuberance of dance. (Read more.)

AGES TAUGHT:

Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I have taught all levels of dance from brand new dancers through professional. I love the differences and challenges that arise in the varying abilities of students. Look for my Intermediate/Advanced class on the schedule!

STYLES TAUGHT:

I’ve taught modern, ballet, jazz, and pilates. I’m teaching Modern this fall!

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

I’ve been teaching dance for 27 years and have taught at Joy of Motion for 15 years!

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS:

BFA in Dance from Jacksonville University; BA in Psychology from JU; MFA in Dance from George Mason University; Pilates certification with BASI Pilates

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NATASHA HAWKINS

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

9th-12th Grade, Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

III, Intro, and Community

STYLES TAUGHT:

Hip Hop

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

RJV School of Dance in Washington, DC

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TAMARA HENRY

“When I dance I can completely be myself; express my inner thoughts and feelings; be more expressive than I am normally; speak without having to say a word. Dance is my therapy, my addiction, and the love of my life.”

APPROACH TO CLASS:

When students come to class, I want them to feel welcome and know that they’re about to have some fun! With a warm, inviting environment students open themselves to learning new and exciting things. I do like to challenge my students, but always open to helping and getting them to perform skills better than they thought they could.

AGES TAUGHT:

3rd-5th Grade, Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I teach Beginners to Intermediate Dancers. I always believe that the basics are important, even as an advanced dancer. You can always build on a good foundation. I have youth Level I and Intro classes on the schedule this fall!

STYLES TAUGHT:

Tap, Jazz

YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Started coaching university dance lines in April 1994. Started teaching at Joy of Motion in March 2011.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Morgan State University – BS (Business Education); Bowie State University – MS (Secondary Education); Maryland State Education K-12 Dance Certificate; Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) Certificate of Study (Kennedy Center)

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TAMMY HURT

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Community, Intro

STYLES TAUGHT:

 

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JOCELYN ISAAC

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Community

STYLES TAUGHT:

Contemporary Jazz, Modern

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

BFA/BBA in Dance, Marketing from Temple University. Philadelphia Dance Company, Danco2. Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba. MFA from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.

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ALEXANDRIA JOHNSON

More information coming soon!

APPROACH TO CLASS:

My approach to class is teaching what needs to be taught based on the people who are in the space. I work to create an environment where everyone can feel equally challenged and encouraged in their learning process. In the end, I hope we all experience the joy of dancing and being in our bodies.

AGES TAUGHT:

At Joy of Motion, I teach Adults.

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I teach Community level classes at Joy of Motion. I also teach a range of levels, from beginner to advanced/professional.

STYLES TAUGHT:

Alexandria teaches Dance Fitness at Joy of Motion. She also teaches Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Fitness, Floor Barre, and West African Dance.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

12 years; Starting my 2nd year with Joy of Motion.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

I am a graduate of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program, and I have an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies from Pratt Institute. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Zena Rommett Floor Barre®️ Instructor.

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DESMOND “DEZ” JORDAN

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

Youth

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Youth Performance Training

STYLES TAUGHT:

Hip Hop

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SANDRA KAMMANN

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

KidMotion (2-4 Year Olds), 1st-2nd Grade, Adults

LEVELS TAUGHT:

KidMotion, I, Community

STYLES TAUGHT:

Energy Movement, Improv, KidMotion, Modern

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

MFA in Performance and MA in Cultural Anthropology from George Washington University.

 

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JESSE KELLEY

“My continued passion for dance stems from a desire to express myself creatively and movement allows communication when words fail.”

APPROACH TO CLASS:

My philosophy of teaching is to provide a classroom environment where students are encouraged to express their own ideas and participate in their educational experience. Although I stress individual responsibility for learning in the class, I provide clear explanations and guidance through instruction. I want my students to enjoy the interaction in my classroom, freely express themselves through movement, and to be challenged to learn and to try new things. I use active learning techniques to draw individuals into class discussions and movement exercises. By using these active learning techniques, I hope to help my students understand they are responsible for their own educational experience where I can serve them as a mentor and guide.

AGES TAUGHT:

Jesse’s classes at Joy of Motion are for our KidMotion students, children ages 2-5.

LEVELS TAUGHT:

KidMotion. Outside of Joy of Motion, Jesse has taught classes for adults of varying levels.

STYLES TAUGHT:

Jesse has taught Creative Movement, Dance Basics, Beginning Tap, Jazz, and various levels of Ballet with Joy of Motion. Outside of Joy of Motion, Jesse has taught ballet and contemporary.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Andalusia Ballet Association. Troy University. JD from The University of Mississippi.

 

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KATIE NERUD

APPROACH TO CLASS:

Dance class is a fun, safe, and educational environment. In my classes, students will align their body and creativity through vulnerability in dance.

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I teach all levels! Look for my youth level I-IV classes and my Community level adult classes on the schedule.

STYLES TAUGHT:

Modern, ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

I have been teaching dance for 10 years & this is my first session with Joy of Motion!

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

I studied at the University of Maryland and received a Masters in Education and a Masters Certification in Dance Education.

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KRYSTAL ODOM

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

Youth

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Youth Performance Training

STYLES TAUGHT:

Ballet, Hip Hop

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Jones-Haywood School of Ballet.

 

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DANIEL PAREDEZ

More information coming soon!

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Community, Intro

STYLES TAUGHT:

Flamenco

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Trained intensively with local flamenco artist Estela Velez and renowned Flamenco masters Alejandro Granados, La Farruca, Carmela Greco, Antonio Santaella, Miguel Vargas, David Coria, Antonio Vargas, and many others.

 

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ESTELA VÉLEZ DE PAREDEZ

APPROACH TO CLASS:

I believe in a fully interactive teaching environment. Students should for both virtual and in-person classes to receive individualized feedback during class. Classes also have a strong focus on developing a strong technique for a strong foundation.

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I teach all levels from the absolute beginner to advanced. Look for my Community and Intro level classes on the fall schedule!

STYLES TAUGHT:

Flamenco

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

I have been teaching at Joy of Motion for 18 years.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

I have trained intensively with many notable dancers from Spain. My most intensive training was provided by Antonio Santaella.

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POFINA VERESYUK

“Dance is my life. I find myself dancing without thinking about it”

APPROACH TO CLASS:

It is all about sharing. Not only to share with people who have guided me and sharing with myself to push and evolve, but also to share with anyone and everyone who is open to give and take!

AGES TAUGHT:

6-12th Grade, Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Pofina’s Joy of Motion classes are Level I and Community. She teaches students of all levels!

STYLES TAUGHT:

At Joy of Motion, Pofina’s classes are Hip Hop and Pilates. But she also teaches Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Dancehall, Ballet, and African dance styles.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Virginia Commonwealth University, NYU, Alvin Ailey, and Trevecca Nazarene University. 7 fitness certifications.

 

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ELIZABETH WATSON

“The lessons learned in the dance classroom inform our behaviors as we interact with others; how we provide service, how we treat our bodies, how we communicate, and how we collaborate.”

APPROACH TO CLASS:

I have always loved puzzles. I love finding new and interesting ways to solve problems. What I find most exciting about teaching is that each class is a new puzzle and I use this approach to help my students to explore their technique. By laying down a foundation of basic anatomy and kinesiology, I teach my students to safely solve technical puzzles as they apply to the execution of movements in their bodies. This approach allows me to create a positive learning environment where students can explore and celebrate their differences without fear of judgment.

AGES TAUGHT:

Both Youth & Adult Students

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Elizabeth’s Joy of Motion classes are Level II – IV and Intro, but she teaches students who are new to dance through professional dancers.

STYLES TAUGHT:

At Joy of Motion, Elizabeth teaches Ballet and Scottish Highland Dance. She also teaches modern outside of Joy of Motion.

INFLUENCES:

Jose Limon, Nacho Duato, and Jury Kylian.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

I hold a BA in Dance and Choreography from Mercyhurst College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona

SAMANTHA WILLIAMS

APPROACH TO CLASS:

Everyone deserves the right to dance education and training regardless of their background or circumstances. All are unique and must have a positive learning environment that promotes the proper growth for their dance development. It is my goal and desire to create an atmosphere where students can meet their full potential and are free from judgment. I will encourage all my students to take risks with their learning and express individuality in their craft.

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

I’m teaching Community, Intro classes this fall and I teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

STYLES TAUGHT:

I love teaching ballet and modern and incorporating jazz styles into those genres. At Joy of Motion, I’m teaching Jazz this fall!

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Been teaching for 5 years and began teaching at Joy of Motion in June of 2019.

TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Studied at The Dance Institute of Washington and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Received my high school diploma from Baltimore School of the Arts- dance department and Obtained my BFA in dance and choreography from VCU in Richmond VA. I am currently in the process of completing requirements for my teaching certification.

 

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VINCENT WILLIAMS

More information coming soon!

“Dance is a creative expression of yourself. You have to dance with purpose — dance with passion — dance with feeling… I don’t even know what I would be doing if I weren’t dancing, because I wouldn’t be ME unless I was moving… You have to communicate something.”

AGES TAUGHT:

Adult

LEVELS TAUGHT:

Community

STYLES TAUGHT:

Jazz, Dance Fitness

 

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