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Lindsey Freiert Lindsey Blick Freiert
Lindsey Blick Freiert started dancing at Edna Lee Dance Studio, in Linthicum, Maryland under the direction of Mary Moran and Ashley Canterna-Hardy. She grew up attending Dance Masters of America workshops and competitions both regionally and nationally. Through DMA, Lindsey held the titles of Junior Miss Dance 2007, Teen Miss Dance 2009, and Miss Dance 2011. She placed 4th runner up to Miss Dance of America in 2011. She placed top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix with duo partner Derek Dunn. She was given the “Excellence in the Arts” award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as a graduating senior in 2012. She has modeled for Discount Dance Supplies and Curtain Call Catalog. Lindsey started her college career at Anne Arundel Community College under the direction of Lynda Fitzgerald and Laura Garza. Lindsey attended Towson University on scholarship and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography along with the K-12 Teaching Certificate. She has done guest choreography as well as taught at different dance studios throughout Maryland. Lindsey taught Dance through Anne Arundel County Public Schools at Northeast Middle School (formerly known as George Fox Middle School) for 4 years. Lindsey is the proud owner of Design in Motion Dance Studio.
     
Jodi Hissong 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.

 


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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.

 
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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
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Rachel Wesley
Rachel is a Design In Motion alumni. Her training focuses on tap, contemporary, modern, and ballet. She holds a B.F.A. in Design with studies in Dance and Print Media from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Currently, she is pursuing her M.S. in Human-Centered Computing at UMBC. She has been chosen to perform in multiple pieces under the UMBC Dance Department, including working with UMBC faculty Ann Sofie Clemmensen on "Elsewhere, Again" in 2020 and performing under her direction in “A Degree of Randomness” in 2022. Under Emily Godfrey, she was chosen to be part of "terminal", a piece selected 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 won 1st-runner up to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2021, she received an Undergraduate Research Award from UMBC to pursue her research in analyzing the synergy between performance and audience titled "The Fourth Wall". She attends tap conferences like the Syncopated Ladies DC Tap Fest where she has taken classes under various great artists like Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Melinda Sullivan, Assata Madison, Jason Samuels Smith, Evan Ruggiero, and more. She is excited to be able to work with DIM students and continue to call Design In Motion home. 

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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 Maryland’s 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, Sarah’s 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.

Elisabeth Lee
Elisabeth was born and raised in Linthicum,MD. She grew up attending Edna Lee Dance Studio where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. She was a part of their competition team as well as performed in their annual performance of “The Nutcracker”. She attended North County High School and Anne Arundel Community College where she was a part of and also choreographed for both Dance Companies as a student and alum. Elisabeth moved to LA where she lived from 2015-2020. There she focused on training in hip-hop and heels. Elisabeth was a part of several productions such as her role as a lead dancer in, “La Magie” as well as “The Tony Martini Variety Hour” along with other gigs. Elisabeth has a true passion for the performing arts and is excited to get back to teaching and choreographing!

Elda Trombley
Elda began her dance training at the age of 5 with Ms. Jamie Rohanna in Annapolis. At age 8, she began dancing competitively for Rohanna Dance Productions, earning multiple awards and dance scholarships in regional and national competitions and conventions. Elda has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, lyrical and musical theater, participating in numerous dance workshops, including The Rockette Experience, New York City Dance Alliance, and JUMP, learning and training with world renowned choreographers Debbie Allen, Brian Friedman, Bobby Newberry, Chloe Arnold, Mandy Moore, Mike Minery, Lance Guillermo, and Lane Napper. Elda was chosen to dance on Broadneck High School’s Varsity Senior Dance Company for 4 years, as well as the AACPS High School Dance Ensemble for 2 years, performing in several dance festivals each year. She earned her degree at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), where she was the President of the Dance Company from Fall 2017-Spring 2018, directed by Ms. Lynda Fitzgerald. She choreographed and performed in multiple pieces, and danced for The American College Dance Association (ACDA) for 3 years in WY, MD & PA. Many dances that she was apart of were selected to perform for their Galas. Elda taught classes at AACC’s Kids in College Youth Dance Festival for 2 years, choreographing and teaching tap and contemporary styles for students ages 10-18, along with other team building activities. Since getting her degree, Elda received advanced placement, auditioning for Debbie Allen’s 2018 summer program, and has danced with Annapolis’ first contemporary dance company, MC3. She continues to study with highly acclaimed teachers at Broadway Dance Center. She has taught and choreographed throughout Maryland and West Virginia for several years, receiving many awards for her choreography at dance competitions. Elda is very excited to be at Design in Motion and is looking forward to nurturing students in their love of dance for many years to come! 

Bethany Sandusky
Bethany Sandusky is a dancer, choreographer and educator. She began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown of Pasadena, Maryland at Dancers Dreams Dance Studio under the direction of Gail Charney. She began her serious dance training at the age of 14 and studied under Dyana Cronin at Chesapeake High School. In 2012 she attended the Joffrey Ballet Summer intensive. At the age of 18 she attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia on a scholarship, pursuing a BFA in dance and took classes from various influential dancers including Sidra Bell, Kim Bears-Bailey, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Michael Sheridan and Denis Gronostayskiy. Two years later she followed her passion for teaching and transferred to Towson University to pursue a K-12 concentration in dance where she studied under Catherine Horta-Hayden, Runqiao Du, and Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell to name a few. Bethany has studied a wide variety of dance styles- her favorites are Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Lyrical and Jazz. She is currently spreading her love for dance in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and local studios. 

Rebecca Reed

Rebecca Reed
Rebecca began her dance journey at the age of 3 in the company of Mary Moran and Ashley Canterna-Hardy at Edna Lee Dance Studio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. She began competing on a local and national level at the age of 10 and has attended a multitude of Dance Masters Of America workshops since. While attending Broadneck High School she was a member of their Varsity dance team for 4 years where she had the opportunity to perform in county showcases and travel to train with highly esteemed artists. After High School she began to find her love for teaching at a local elementary school where she directed an after-school dance program and has taught locally ever since. Rebecca is ecstatic to be teaching at Design In Motion and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with her students!

Jeanne Mattis
In 2005, Jeanne opened the doors to a special place we call Design In Motion Dance Studio.  Under the umbrella of dance, she wanted to create a space of community, volunteer work and charity.   She started dancing as many do, at the age of 3. Quickly, dance became her passion and has brought her many great memories and lasting friendships.  Dance has always been a positive outlet for her as a young child and so her desire to open a dance studio filled an opportunity to become a business owner. Additionally, founding the studio broadened her personal love of dance and awareness of the gift and therapy dance truly gives to young people.  The motto of *Give*Be Kind*Work Hard has been her key focus to encourage DIM dancers to do what they love and benefit others along the way.  It has been an extremely rewarding experience.  She is grateful and thankful to all those who have been a part of this journey these past 17 years.  Jeanne is looking forward to a continued relationship with Design In Motion Dancers as she enters into retirement. In 2022, she will begin a DIM Alumni Program to foster the ongoing special connections we have at and for Design In Motion Dance Studio to ensure, as “Ms Jeanne” says often… “We are forever connected."  

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

Lindsey@DesignInMotionDance.com


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