EDN!SB Welcomes Five New Dance Instructors
Along with the influx of EDN! Summer Dance Classes came an opportunity to bring five incredible dance teachers on our team. Not only are the young ladies excellent dancers and instructors, but they are genuine young adults who are looking to make a positive change in their community.
Shenandoah Harris is currently a UCSB student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance as well as a Minor in Theater with an emphasis in Design and Production. Shenandoah began dancing at the wee age of just 3 years old in Denver, Colorado. Taking both creative dance and theater performance lessons. From there her love of dance was sparked and she continued on to take Ballet, Jazz, Tap and hip hop classes. At age 10 she moved to Northern California where she decided to further her dance education by beginning to take modern classes as well. Shenandoah has studied at many different schools; some of which being Cleo Parker Robinson’s School of Dance, Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area, Ballet San Jose and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Under her training in the Lines Ballet summer program Shenandoah was selected as a soloist for Alonzo King’s Repertoire Performance. Since attending UCSB Shenandoah has had the wonderful opportunity in auditioning and being cast in every MainStage and other student dance performance. Shenandoah is extremely excited to work with EDN as she has always enjoyed teaching others to dance. She personally has found much comfort and love in the arts, dance especially, and feels it is extremely important to give every child the opportunity to find their confidence and happiness in dance just as she did. Can’t wait to see you in class!!
Jasmine Miller has been dancing for 13 years, and began taking ballet classes at the age of 5 in her hometown of Alameda, CA. Throughout her adolescence she continued taking dance classes, with ballet as her main focus. In high school she attended summer dance intensives including Joffrey New York, ABT Detroit, and Ballet West located in Utah. In addition to dance, Jasmine was very involved in her community with 300 hours of community service accumulated in high school and 4 years of student government. In student government Jasmine was in charge of organizing and finding talent for school assemblies including talent shows, alcohol awareness education assemblies, and pep rallies. She was also in the dance class at her high school, where she performed and helped others learn choreography. Jasmine has worked with children teaching them dance since the age of 12 at her ballet studio, and was also a soccer coach her senior year of high school. She enjoys the happiness and enthusiasm the children she works with show, and finds inspiration in this for her own dancing. Although her favorite dance form is ballet, she loves teaching creative movement and hip-hop inspired movements to her students. She hopes to be able to take a variety of dance classes in the future and incorporate these movements into her classes. Currently, Jasmine is in her second year of college double majoring in communication and dance at the University of CA, Santa Barbara. On top of schoolwork and being a member of the EDN! team, Jasmine hopes to perform and be a part of stage crews for upcoming performances at UCSB. Jasmine loves to dance and inspire others through dance, and is very excited to work with students of all age groups.
Kristina Stodder started dancing from a young age at a studio in San Diego, California, where she trained in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet. During high school, Kristina danced at San Elijo Dance and Music Academy and joined their senior performance company, “The Moving Company.” Upon graduation, she received the Zona Murray Arts Scholarship and moved north to attend school at UC Santa Barbara. Kristina is currently a junior at UCSB and is actively involved in their dance department. Most recently she has preformed in the junior’s choreography production, “Twelve Ways Home.” Kristina is excited to be a part of the EDN! team and hopes to share her passion for dance with others.
Martha Grimes is new to the Everybody Dance Now! but is thrilled to join the team given her incredible passion for dance. She began dancing when she was two years old in her hometown, Encinitas, California, and hasn’t stopped since! She started training in hip-hop when she was six and competed in numerous national competitions. Her crew won the USA Hip Hop Championships and went on to receive 7th place at the World Hip Hop Championships when she was 13 years old. In high school, Martha used her dance training and became Captain of her high school cheerleading squad, requiring her to choreograph large-scale performances every week. She also choreographed an entire musical for her high school theatre department. She has performed at countless San Diego venues, and also behind artists at the Universal City Walk at Universal Studios as well as Club Eleven in Los Angeles. When she is not dancing, Martha is a full-time student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Economics and Accounting. After graduation, she hopes use her passion for dance and performance to find a career in the entertainment industry. Martha is excited to be a part of Everybody Dance Now! as it encourages everyone to join in on her favorite activity, dancing!
Nicolette Doolittle has been dancing since age 9. She began dancing in a jazz class at the art center in Ojai, California. When she attended high school she dance in the Nordhoff Dance Program for all her four years. While being in the program she was able to participate at the yearly Pasadena Dance Festival. Being at the festival inspired Nicolette to choreograph dance pieces for her spring dance concert. She was able to have the honor of her pieces stage since her sophomore year. She also had the privilege of being a peer tutor her senior year, for the into to dance class at her high school. She loved every second of teaching her pieces to her classmates and realize that she wanted to continue inspiring and teaching others. She looking forward to working with all the dancers in EDN.