Studio Dans Staff
Zoe began dancing 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 participated in the Dance Company and Dance Team at Howard High School as well as the Studio Dans Dance Company giving her the opportunity to attend conventions and compete throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. After High school, she received her Associates Degrees in Dance Performance and Biology from Howard Community College. She attends Morgan State University, studying Public Health with a focus in Pre-Physical Therapy.
Zoe enjoys working and teaching all ages but finds the most joy in working with the youngest dancers. She has had the opportunity to teach and choreograph in studio, after-school recreation, and public-school settings, and continues to attend dance instructor training seminars and conventions.
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.
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 retirement from dancing professionally, Brittany continued her education at Towson University where she obtained her K-12 teaching certificate in Dance Education.
Brittany has experience and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Her favorite styles to teach are Ballet, Pointe, and Lyrical. She has years of experience working in the private studio setting, as well as public schools. She has been hired to choreograph pieces for several high schools in the surrounding area. Brittany continues to train and attend classes and seminars locally and in New York City regularly.
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.
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.
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.
Alicia Canterna is a native of Illinois and began her Classical Ballet training with the St. Louis Ballet. There she became an apprentice with the company at age 14. Alicia graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C in 2000. Alicia studied Modern dance at Shenandoah University. In 2005, she joined CityDance Ensemble. Then in 2010, she helped create a new company, Company | E in Washington, DC. Alicia is also a certified Pilates instructor and a Flexistretcher Ambassador.
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.
Shebrae began dancing at the age of six. Born and raised in Baltimore, she has studied with various studios throughout Harford County and Baltimore City/County. Shebrae has been recognized by the Baltimore City Mayor's Office for promoting performing arts through an inner city program. Currently a senior at Goucher College, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in dance, Shebrae has been the recipient of many choreography awards and is a dynamic teacher!
Sandra has been teaching dance in MD for over 30 years. She studied at Peabody and continued her dance training at Towson University, graduating with a BA in English. While living in Germany, Sandra started a dance program on a military base. She has choreographed for many high school and community theater productions. Sandra is YMCA certified and has been a trained Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor.
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 Art
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.
Shannon Kapoor was a member of the Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company for four years and is now a member of Culture Shock DC, a non-profit dance company focused on inspiring youth through hip hop. Through these companies, she has performed and competed all over the East Coast and parts of Canada. Her focus has been on urban choreography, but she has trained in locking, waacking, krump, heels, and house. She has choreographed pieces for Phunktions and assisted in choreography for Culture Shock DC.
Candace (Shani) McKindra
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.
Lisa Swenton-Eppard is the founder and director of Capitol Tap and District Tap, adjunct professor at Bowie State University, Program Director and faculty for Knock On Wood Tap Studio, and assistant producer of Baakari Wilder’s annual Metro Tap Roots event at Dance Place. She has been quoted and featured and many dance publications. With a career spanning thirty years, Lisa’s passion for teaching has expanded into a training course designed to encourage the next generation of tap educators.
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.