Jessica Solomon has been teaching all genres of dance and gymnastics for over 16 years. She is known not only for her creativity and award winning choreography, but her amazing connection with children of all ages. Jessica is a committed teacher and mentor to all of her students. Continuous education is a major priority to Jessica. She continues to travel the country to educate her self on all the latest trends and concepts in the dance business.
Jessica is a sought after teacher and choreographer, she travels to studios all over the country to set routines and share her love for dance with people from coast to coast. Being an award-winning dancer in her days of performing and competing has contributed to her discipline and focus. She has achieved many nationally acclaimed awards for her choreography and has students who have continued on to dance in professional dance teams, perform in Broadway shows, on cruise ships and TV shows. She has been honored to choreograph and instruct for Star dance alliance’s Power Pak for the past 10 seasons, as well as, choreographing for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Dance team. She has also discovered a new found love and opportunity to share her knowledge and love for dance with more children and teachers across the country. Being selected to judge for dance competitions around the country has been and honor and chance to influence all ages, levels of dance!
We're Dancin' is a dream come true for Jessica. She is looking forward to the future with an open heart and determination to make each child's experience a success.
Allyson has been teaching all disciplines of dance and choreographing competition dance routines for over 20 years. She is certified through and has been a member of Dance Masters of America and the Cecchetti Council of America. She has obtained numerous choreography awards from multiple talent competitions, and many of her students have won National titles from all major talent competitions in the country.
Allyson continues training through work with the most nationally known master teachers and choreographers in the business! She is a well sought after judge for many talent competitions, and also teaches master classes all over the United States.
Her former students have danced in videos and on tour with Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, and Michael Jackson just to name a few. She has had many students go on to perform on Dancing with the Stars, multiple cruise ships and in Vegas shows!
It is her effort and focus to maintain a family atmosphere in her classroom, allowing for a positive environment to receive superior dance instruction! Allyson feels very blessed to have been given the opportunity to share her love for the art of dance with children of all ages and all levels through teaching and choreographing!
Kristen Brown has been involved in the dance industry for over twenty years. Her personal dance experience consists of various styles such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, African and Acro. She has choreographed numerous top overall numbers. Kristen has also received many choreography and entertainment awards.
As a child, Kristen danced competitively and was also a part of the Chamber Ballet Company. She has won numerous awards and scholarships. Some influences in her life are Tina Caspary, Dee Caspary, John Crutchman, Debbie Roberts, Alan Sherfield, Stepp Stewart, Tony Gonzalez, and Ray Leeper. Kristen’s experience in competing and performing have made her into the passionate dance teacher she is today.
Kristen is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was a member of the UNCC dance team all four years of her college experience. She enjoyed traveling, performing, and competing. Kristen’s favorite dance team memory is dancing at the National Dance Association Competition (NDA), where they took first place.
Although Kristen enjoys performing, teaching children to dance is where her passion lies. With a full time career in accounting, she still makes time to fulfill her passion as a dance instructor. In addition to teaching, Kristen loves to judge auditions and dance competitions, choreograph for pageant participants, and continue perfecting her own technical skills through formal instruction. Her quote to young dancers comes from Martha Graham, “Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion.”
Marnie saw her first ballet when she was 3 years old and told her mom that is what she wanted to do. Begging her mother for years, she finally enrolled at the Portland School of Ballet in Maine. At the age of 10, Marnie’s mother began driving over 2 hours away to the Boston Ballet, so she could receive additional training. Marnie was accepted in to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer intensive and the following year attended School of American Ballet in New York City as a scholarship student. This was where she studied for 4 consecutive summers with teachers that were trained by or had danced for the world renowned George Balanchine.
Marnie’s family moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina, so she could further her ballet training and gain more performing experience, while mixing academics into her rigorous schedule at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She attended from grades 7-12. After graduating, she went on to perform in Philadelphia with the Pennsylvania Ballet in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Concerto in Three Movements, A Mid Summers Night Dream, Donizetti Variations, Swan Lake and Concerto Barocco. This was where Marnie was first asked to teach a ballet class and quickly fell in love with the notion of being able to bring joy into the ballet classroom and not boredom.
Marnie’s teaching led her back to North Carolina where she has taught throughout the state at such schools and companies as: Wake Forest University, The North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Dance Shop (Archdale), ExtravaDance and Tumble (Kernersville), We’re Dancin’ (Matthews), Dancers Unlimited (Mooresville), Visions Dance Academy (Ballantyne), High Point Ballet, and Sandhills Dance and Performing Arts Academy (Pinehurst). She was a Principal dancer with the latter two companies for several years, as well as co-producer for Sandhills bi-annual performances. Marnie has choreographed mini ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Snow White, The Western, Cinderella, Gaîté Parisienne, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Alice in Wonderland and Firebird. She also won the teacher division for a pointe solo during a Showstopper dance competition and was recruited by the owner, Debbie Roberts, to teach ballet at her then, Archdale, North Carolina, dance studio.
Marnie’s other accomplishments include a BA in Liberal Studies from UNC Greensboro, being a certified Yoga instructor, judging for Applause dance competitions and choreographing award winning pieces for North Carolina pageants. However, her greatest achievement is her family, daughter-Selena, son-Luca and supportive husband, Kevin.
Kyra Shelley joins our staff this season bringing her flair for contemporary dance. Trained as a competition level dancer, she has background in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop dance. Her break-out choreography this past season was award winning throughout the season and won a national title! It is such a privilege to have Kyra join our Studio to train dancers where she grew up dancing herself.
Ballet intensives with TROY D. BROWN. Troy has been dancing professionally for over twenty years. He has performed in many productions including the Nutcracker, Firebird, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aida, and Carmen Jones with companies such as the Chicago City Ballet, the Baltimore Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Washington Opera. Troy attended the School of American Ballet in New York City under full scholarship, and is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has studied with renowned teachers such as Sandra Fortune, Melissa Hayden, Sylvester Campbell, and Maria Tallchief. He currently teaches, choreographs, and performs throughout the Baltimore/Washington area and New York City. His students have won local, regional and national competitions and gone on to attend School of American Ballet, Kirov Academy of Washington, DC, Maryland Youth Ballet, and The American Ballet Theater School.
Kathy Morrison has been teaching all levels and ages of tap for over 20 years. She graduated college with a major in elementary education. Kathy has been the head tap educator at Nebraska Dance since 2001. She choreographs and teaches across the country educating and encouraging kids to keep the love of the Tap art form alive. She currently expands her own Tap education by attending Tap festivals, classes, and dance conventions. Kathy looks forward to teaching at We’re Dancin!
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