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Jeanne Mattis Jeanne Mattis
Jeanne is the Owner and Director of the Design In Motion Dance Studio located in Gambrills Maryland.  She has been teaching dance for the past 15 years in the Anne Arundel County area.  She was accepted to the School of Performing Arts in Baltimore and held a full dance scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  She held a certification from SHRM - Society For Human Resource Management, as a Human Resource Professional. After working 15 years at the NASA Federal Credit Union, she left the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources position, to pursue business ownership. Jeanne has built the Design In Motion Dance Studio and Student Dance Company philosophies on service and community outreach.  Jeanne directs an annual community performance, which is hosted by her studio’s student dance company, to benefit a different charity each year. She is very proud of the commitment these young students give to helping others. Jeanne enjoys spending time with her husband, Karl and son, Norman. 
     
Kristin Brown Kristin Brown-Maki
Kristin Brown-Maki grew up in Tampa Florida, where she was a graduate of Howard W. Blake High School of the Performing Arts. She received her early training around Central Florida before joining the Florida Dance Theatre (formerly the Lakeland Ballet). She was the Donald Bryd/Ruth Eckerd Hall Dance Scholarship recipient, the First Place winner at the National Society of Arts and the Letter Ballet Career Competition, and was recognized as a merit Award recipient from the National Endowment of the Arts. Kristin continued her dance education on scholarship at the University of South Florida working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance. She has danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Brandon Ballet, United Nations of Dance, THINK Dance Company, and Bowen McCauley Dance. Kristin taught extensively in the Tampa area for three years before relocating to Maryland where she has continued to teach at Design in Motion Dance Studio and other local schools.
     

Jodi Hissong
Jodi began dancing at the age of 5. She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh where she studied dance and musical theatre. She recently had the opportunity to travel Europe as Patty Simcox in the musical Grease. While living in New York, Jodi performed all ­over the country doing numerous shows. Some favorites include: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, 42nd St., Thoroughly Modern Millie, Singing in the Rain, Candide, Hello Dolly, Anything Goes and A Christmas Carol with Tony Award winning choreographer Rob Ashford. Along with performing, Jodi’s choreography credits include: Meet Me in St. Louis, Swing, 42nd St., Cinderella, Singing in the Rain and Oliver. She has taught and judged all over the country for NYLA dance and Beyond the Stars competitions.  Jodi is also a member of the YouTube sensation Spangles dance company and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.


Stacy

Stacy Lynch
Stacy was born and raised in Baltimore Md.  I have been dancing under the tutelage of Edna Lee Kuhn, and Mary Moran since I was 3 years old. Dance soon became my passion. I have been trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz and tap.  I knew at an early age that I wanted to be able to teach the wonderful things I have learned through my dancing career.  I also performed in the Nutcracker every year since I was 9 years old, and I still perform every year in the party scene as a party parent.  I have done some competitions and performed in dance companies at Edna Lee Dance Studio, and my high school dance company at North County High School.  I was a student teacher from the age of 12-16 years old. At the age of 16, I began teaching. I have taught jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet. I love sharing my love of dance and all that I have learned from my many teachers, including Ms. Jeanne. Along with being a Teacher Assistant for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, I am a dance teacher.  I hope to keep dancing and teaching for a very long time.

 
Eve

Eve Varner
Eve began her dance training at the Edna Lee Dance Studio in Linthicum, Maryland where she studied ballet, tap, and jazz for 11 years. During those years, Eve competed at the local and National levels, culminating in her participation at Youth America Grand Prix in 2007. While in high school, Eve was active in Glen Burnie High School's nationally recognized Dance for the Athlete Program as both a dancer and choreographer. Eve entered Goucher College as a Dance Performance major in 2009 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2013 after dancing abroad at the prestigious arts conservatory, Taipei National University of the Arts, in Taipei, Taiwan during her senior year. Eve has taught all levels of ballet, tap, and jazz for five years. She has danced professionally for two seasons with Ballet Theatre of Maryland.

Jen

Jennifer Lisica
Jen holds a B.F.A in Dance Education from UMBC . During the day she works in administration at Northeast High School and is also the schools choreographer for the drama program. Jen has been performing professionally in Regional Theater for the past 12 years. Some of her favorite shows include: White Christmas, Hairspray, Footloose, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, West Side Story Thoroughly Modern Millie, Peter Pan and Chicago. Along with performing, her choreography credits include: Seussical, Hairspray, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, Sound of Music, and Music Man. Jen has also choreographed for many dance companies in the Anne Arundel County area and her pieces were taken to the Anne Arundel County Dance Festival

 

Melissa Nibali
Melissa graduated magna cum laude from UMBC with a BA in Dance. At UMBC she had the privilege to study under amazing faculty and guest artists. Melissa was an active participant in the dance department, performing in many shows and at the American College Dance Festival. After college, she was asked by both faculty and guest artists to perform in independent projects such as the Reston Arts Festival and Open Marley Night. Melissa currently dances for Kinetics Dance Theatre and has been featured in roles such as 'Peter' in 'Peter and the Wolf' as well as performing in adult concerts. Melissa has taught dance for eight years, in a wide variety of styles, for all ages and adult. She served as the School Director of Kinetics School of Contemporary Dance as well as the Junior Company Director, in addition to teaching and dancing for their Professional Company. During her time on Hatteras Island, Melissa directed the recreation and parks program for dance and fitness and coordinated their end of the year recital. Melissa is thrilled to be at Design in Motion and looks forward to many great years to come as Company Director.

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Rachel Wesley
Rachel is a Design In Motion alumni. There, she danced for 12 years and trained under Kristin Brown-Maki, Melissa Nibali, Eve Holmes Varner, Joseph Webb, and Jodi Hissong. She was a member of DIM's Leaders in Motion Student Dance Company. She also performed in Edna Lee Dance Studio's annual Nutcracker when she was young. Currently, her training focuses on tap, contemporary, modern, and ballet. She continues to educate herself in tap, including attending conferences like the Syncopated Ladies DC Tap Fest where she took class under various great artists like Michelle Dorrance and Chloe Arnold. She is currently a student at UMBC, where she is pursuing†a B.F.A. in Visual Arts with a Graphic Design concentration and two minors, Dance and Print Media. She has been chosen to perform in multiple pieces under the UMBC Dance Department and worked with Ann Sofie Clemmensen on "Elsewhere, Again". Under Emily Godfrey, she was chosen to be part of "terminal", a piece that was chosen by UMBC to perform at the American College Dance Association's (ACDA) Mid-Atlantic†North Conference. There, the†piece was chosen to be part of the Gala and as 1st-runner up to perform at the Kennedy Center. She is excited to be able to work with DIM students and is looking forward to continuing her education.†

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Sarah Gilliam
Sarah Gilliam began her dance training in Roanoke, Virginia under Terri Post and Pedro Szalay. In 2007, she was accepted to attend Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts' boarding program in Torrington, Connecticut, where she continued her training in ballet and modern until she graduated in 2010. During her time at Nutmeg, Sarah spent her summers training with Virginia School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet, and Orlando Ballet. After graduation, Sarah accepted a position with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland where she performed numerous leading roles before retiring as a Principal dancer in 2018. While dancing for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Sarah also taught ballet, pointe, variations, jazz, and contemporary dance to students of the Ballet Theatre of Marylandís school and post-graduates in the professional trainee division. In addition to teaching for the school, Sarah taught company class and helped run rehearsals for the professional dancers of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Since she began teaching in 2011, Sarahís students have gone on to dance for Texas Ballet Theatre, Oklahoma City Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, Ballet Hartford, Nashville Ballet, Tampa Ballet Theatre, Verb Ballet, The United States International Ballet and many other professional companies and college dance programs. Aside from dance, Sarah received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Yogaworks in the spring of 2019 and is currently in pursuit of a career in physical therapy.

Facility
Design In Motion Dance Studio offers two large 30 x 40 studios with high ceilings. We are proud of our studio and your assistance is requested in the following areas. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. Our hope is to offer a comfortable waiting area and siblings are welcome to watch through our studio windows. We ask that you take care in supervising your children and help us to keep the studio clean by picking up after yourself. Parents are responsible for their child's behavior and any damage incurred by their children, enrolled or otherwise visiting. Employees only are allowed in the office area.

Studios
No food, gum or drinks are allowed in either of our studios. Water bottles with lids are permitted. Only dance shoes are allowed on the studio floors. This applies to family members. Students are asked not to hang on the barres or touch the mirrors.

Staff, Dancers, Parents & Visitors
It is our hope that you have a positive experience at our studio. Dancing is an opportunity to emote joy and good energy. Allow yourself the opportunity to participate fully in the joy of dancing. It is essential that we respect each other. Proper behavior, positive talk and following the rules of our studio ensure our goals are met. If you have any concerns I ask that you share them with the appropriate staff that can assist in getting them resolved. Our owners and manager are always willing to help with any questions, comments or concerns you may have as a parent or a student.

 


743 Route 3 North
Gambrills, Maryland
21054

Phone: 410-923-9925
Fax: 410-923-9926

melissa@designinmotiondance.com


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