Studio Dans Staff

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Zoe Carr

Managing Director

Zoe began her dance training at the age of 3. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballroom, Hip Hop, and Pointe at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland and Studio Dans. She was a member of the Senior Dance Company and Dance Team at Howard High School. Zoe was also a member of the Studio Dans Dance Company, providing her the opportunity to attend conventions and competions throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. After High school, she received her Associates Degrees in Dance Performance and Biology from Howard Community College. She attended Morgan State University, studying Public Health with a focus in Pre-Physical Therapy. While she enjoys working with and teaching dancers of all ages, she finds the most joy in working with the youngest dancers. During Zoe's professional career, she has had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for private studios, for after-school recreational clubs, and in the public-school setting.


In 2013, Zoe began her position as a receptionist for Studio Dans. In 2016 she was promoted to Assistant to the Directors, then became Studio Director in 2019. In the last 8 years at Studio Dans, she has had the pleasure to work under Dana Keane and Samantha Redman teaching classes, organizing and managing front desk staff and operations, ordering and altering costumes for competitions and recitals, planning end-of-year recitals, and working directly with students and families on a daily basis. She has built extensive knowlege in managing the day-to-day operations at Studio Dans and takes pride in creating standard operating procedures within the studio that promote growth and confidence in every dancer.

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Brittany Tourtlotte

Artistic Director

Brittany began dancing at the young age of 3. Brittany has trained in Vaganova and Cechetti styles of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Rhythmic and Broadway Tap. She received her early training at the Carroll County Dance Center and spent her early summers training at Carroll County Dance Center, The Kirov Academy of Washington D.C., Butler University, and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM). She attended Butler University, graduating in May 2012 with a BA in Dance Pedagogy, with concentrations in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Character, Choreography, and Education. Upon graduation, she was hired as a Trainee with BTM, and promoted to an Apprentice in 2013. After an injury leading to retirement from dancing professionally, Brittany continued her education at Towson University where she obtained her K-12 teaching certificate in Dance Education. Prior to her start with Studio Dans and during her time with them, Brittany worked with dancers in the private studio setting and dancers in the public school setting, as both a substitute teacher and guest choreographer. Additionally, Brittany has worked with athletes seeking supplemental training.


Brittany began her career with Studio Dans in 2013. Since her start, she has had the privilege of aiding in the development & expansion of the ballet enrichment program, teaching a plethora of ages, abilities & styles, planning end-of-year recitals, choreographing and coaching for the SDDC, and serving as the SDDC co-director. In 2019, Brittany became Studio Director, while continuing her normal teaching duties. She is incredibly grateful to Sam & Dana for the opportunity to serve as owner and Artistic Director of Studio Dans, as well as the mentorship they both provided her in her roles as a teacher, choreographer, and director at Studio Dans.



Dana Keane


Dana has been teaching dance for over 25 years. She danced professionally on Broadway in the productions of Cats and Me and My Girl as well as Off-Broadway and in national touring companies. She also worked on two Broadway workshops and was chosen by Ginger Rogers to participate in another. Dana received her dance training at Point Park College where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in dance with concentrations in Vaganova ballet technique, jazz and modern. While performing in NYC, she trained with Finis Jhung, Nancy Bielski, and Randy Skinner.

Dana has choreographed productions locally for various schools and also for professional theaters across the country. She has also earned choreography awards for her pieces at dance competitions. During her career as a professional dancer, Dana worked with Tony award winning and MTV choreographers. Dana continues training, and attends seminars in New York City regularly.

Meet the 2021-2022


Mariah Appleton

Contemporary & Jazz

Mariah Appleton is a professional choreographer, freelance performer, and dance educator, from Montgomery County, Maryland.  She has been training in the art of dance since age two, in various genres including ballet, jazz lyrical, contemporary, tap, improvisation, composition, hip-hop, and modern.  She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Mariah has performed with various Maryland based companies, including ROOTED Dance Productions and Kinetics Professional Dance Company, as well as with the Backstreet Boys, at the NFL Pro Bowl. Mariah is a guest choreographer in the public school system in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Hartford, Howard, and Montgomery County.  She is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher. She is currently working with competitive companies, as a rehearsal director and choreographer, focusing on movement quality, technique, and proper education of the body. She has received numerous awards for her choreography in regional and national competitions, in the past decade, and had her work honored in many professional showcases. She is very excited to continue to share her passion for performing arts and dance with the Studio Dans family!

Natalie Boegel is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in the Washington, D.C area. A Maryland native, she received her primary training at the Carroll County Ballet Company under the direction of Sandra Woods and Megan Logee. Natalie moved to NYC in August of 2012 to attend The Ailey School. She graduated from Fordham University magna cum laude with her BFA in Dance Performance and English with a Creative Writing Concentration.

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Natalie Boegel is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in the Washington, D.C area. A Maryland native, she received her primary training at the Carroll County Ballet Company under the direction of Sandra Woods and Megan Logee. Natalie moved to NYC in August of 2012 to attend The Ailey School. She graduated from Fordham University magna cum laude with her BFA in Dance Performance and English with a Creative Writing Concentration.

Natalie Boegel


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Debbie teaches ballet, pointe, tap and jazz extensively throughout Howard County and beyond.  She was awarded a scholarship at the Maryland Ballet, and has also developed and instructed dance programs at public and private schools. She has worked extensively in the Vaganova method of classical ballet. Additionally, Debbie has choreographed and coached dancers for competitions including the Youth Grand Prix. She co-directed and performed with the  Ellicott City Can Can Dancers for over 25 years.

Debbie Braun



With more than 17 years of experience teaching dance, Brittany’s choreography has won numerous awards at local and national dance competitions.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Education from Loyola University Maryland.  Brittany is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and ballroom and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor.

Brittany Budden

Operations Manager

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, PBT

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Sarah Degler graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a PreK-12 Dance Education certification. Her performance experience includes Charm City Ballet and the Towson University Dance Company. Over the past several years, Sarah has taught over 2,000 dancers at eight different dance studios, two elementary schools, and two high schools in the Greater Baltimore area. Currently, she is a dance teacher at Arundel High School in Gambrills, MD.

Sarah Degler



David Gourov was born and raised in Michigan, where he attended Dance Dynamics PAC. He trained in all styles of dance and guest performed for Ballet Americano, MI, in their Nutcracker. He graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and a double major in Economics in May of 2016. Alongside performing, he also had the pleasure of teaching repertoire and workshops at many universities in the midwest while also serving as a mentor at Chicago High School of the Arts.

David Gourov

Contemporary, Jazz

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Jen Graham, MFA CMA RSME/T is a movement educator and artist who creates inclusive and exploratory spaces to instigate shifts in awareness, perspective, and pattern through embodied experiences. Using innovative and sometimes unconventional approaches, she promotes curiosity, investigation, connection, and understanding.


Jen holds both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Maryland. She also holds her Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.



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Courtney “Bobbie” Michelle Harris is a professional singer, dancer, choreographer, creative director and budding entrepreneur who is passionate about fitness and mental wellness.  She is from Bowie, MD and for the past 7 years she has been working as a professional artist as part of the R&B Girl Group “Good Girl” performing, recording, and appearing in venues across the nation including Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.  Bobbie has always been interested in the arts from the very young age of two years old when she started dancing for the first time and since then she has never stopped performing.   She was a part of many performing dance groups growing up and often assumed leadership roles in everything that she participated in.  She attended Bishop McNamara High School where she served as dance team captain.   She was also a very involved student assuming memberships with various clubs and organizations, including project earth club, The National Honor Society, peer ministry, and the school talent show.  “Bobbie” holds a B.A. in both Sociology and Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park and plans to use her degrees and her years of experience to assess the mind, body, and soul wellness needs of her community and others.  Aside from her performing life, Bobbie has also been teaching dance and movement to students ages two years old to adult (both male and female) for over 12 years and it continues to be something that she enjoys.  In fact, when she’s not in front of an audience somewhere Bobbie works as a Youth Education & Development Specialist, offering creative academic and learning solutions to students.  Bobbie is a lover of the arts and an advocate for full body wellness and is so excited to be able to bring her talents to Foreman Arts School.

Courtney "Bobbie" Michelle

Hip Hop

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Aimee graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a ballet concentration and earned her B.A. in dance from Goucher College. Aimee has taught ballet and modern at Aesthetics Dance, Harford Community College, Harford Dance Theatre, Jane Bittner’s Dance Center and the Greater Dover Dance Academy. While at Studio Dans, she has assisted in developing curriculum and setting ballet suites for the annual recital.

Aimee Jennings


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Taylor started her dance journey at the age of 3 and instantly found her passion. She trained in all styles at EPIC Dance Company in Flemington, NJ under the direction of Shana Bonetti, and often teaches there when she is in New Jersey. Through her time at EPIC, she had the opportunity to learn from master teachers and choreographers such as Shannon Mather, Marinda Davis, Terry Schulke, Amy Schulke, Ade Obayomi, Shelby Bonetti, Jordan DuMars, Michael Susten, and Elijah Morton. She has also won numerous scholarships at conventions such as Jump, NUVO, 24 Seven, NYCDA, and Velocity as well as many first place national wins with her teammates. She ended her competition career winning first overall senior solo at Groove nationals. Taylor is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. Since her competition career ended, she has been continuing her love for dance by teaching and choreographing in all styles for all ages. Taylor is so excited to continue her dance journey with the students at Studio Dans.

Taylor Kramer

Pre-School & Elementary Combo Classes


Candace (Shani) began dancing at age 6 studying ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap, participating on competition teams and dancing in the Columbia Chamber Ballet through high school. She studied ballet, pointe, modern and jazz at Virginia Intermont College then transferred to Point Park College where she studied jazz, ballet, modern, tap, folk, and Dunham technique where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance. Candace has performed with Neil Young and continues her dance education periodically in NYC.

Candace McKindra

Elementary Combo Classes, Jazz, Tap, Jazz/Hip Hop

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Lisa Swenton-Eppard is the founder and director of tap ensembles Capitol Tap and District Tap in Washington, DC, adjunct professor at Bowie State University, Programming Director at Knock On Wood Tap Studio, and faculty at Spotlight Studio of Dance and Studio Dans.  She was quoted in Dance Magazine (2019) and Dance Studio Life magazine (2015), featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (2020, 2015), and selected as “Teacher in the Spotlight” for Dance Studio Life magazine (2013).  With over 35 years teaching experience, her credits include faculty for DC TapFest and JAM Youth Project Intensive, assistant director for Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble, national guest instructor, and adjudicator for tap competitions and scholarships.  Notable achievements include award-winning choreography and producing an evening-length tap production for the Kennedy Center.  Her students have been accepted at the prestigious Tap School at Jacob’s Pillow, awarded merit-based scholarships, and booked for professional gigs, going on to become full-time professional tap dancers.

Lisa Swenton-Eppard


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Marina trained in the Vaganova style at Russia's Perm Ballet Academy and began performing with the Chuvashia State Theater of Opera and Ballet as a soloist. She worked with the Moscow City Ballet by Smirnov-Golovanov, Russian National Ballet Theater by Moiseev, Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS), and toured with Gordeev's Russian State Ballet. Marina has toured with ballet companies throughout the world. Since her performance career, Marina’s teaching emphasizes correct form and technique.

Marina Timofeeva



For the past 9 years Lea Yanome has been encouraging children and adults from Colorado to Pennsylvania. Lea grew up in Bucks County and studied at multiple studios throughout the Tri-State area. In 2009, she graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts (LVPA)..Lea went on to continue her education at Point Park University in Pittsburgh where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance.  During her training she completed two seasons with Fancy Pants Productions Incorporated as a showcased dancer at Dorney Park.

Since 2011, Lea has been a resident instructor at nearly nine dance studios in over seven cities. Having become an Air Force wife in 2016 to a strapping man in uniform has made putting down roots a little difficult however it has given her the opportunity to teach at multiple wonderful dance studios.

Lea recently moved to Columbia, Maryland, and is looking forward to her first season with the Studio Dans family!  

Lea Yanome

Elementary Combo classes, Jazz, Contemporary