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Dance Arts Los Alamos :: Tina AndersonTina Anderson

DALA Instructor

Tina Anderson was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. She studied on scholarship with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and full scholarship with Ballet Chicago and has trained with world renowned Hip Hop Choreographer Tricia Miranda. She has performed in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop throughout Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles. Tina is currently on the Faculty of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Dance Arts Los Alamos, and National Dance Institute of New Mexico - Dance Barns.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Allison BeauxAllison Beaux

Instructor

Allison Beaux is originally from Spokane, WA. Prior to college she was involved in gymnastics, dance team, various dance genres and competed in a world competition in color guard where they placed twelfth. She received her B.S. in Dance at the University of Idaho in 2005. Modern dance is her most influencing genre with techniques including Humphrey/Weidman, Graham, Horton and Limon. She was selected to perform in a group piece at ACDFA.

Beaux has also participated in a variety of social dance for many years. She worked with swing legend Franky Manning and performed his choreography at UI; also with guest choreographer Victoria Uris; and performed a work from Bill T. Jones. She has also attended master classes by Urban Bush Women, Christopher Morgan and Henning Rübsam. While attending the university, she choreographed over twenty pieces as well as organized and directed multiple performances. Both teaching and composition have stood out to Beaux.She has taught at various schools, universities, studios, and non-profits. Teaching from ages three to elderly and including genres of African, ballet, cardio-kickboxing, creative movement, horse vaulting, inversion dance, jazz, modern, step box aerobics, stretching, tumbling, compositional tools, personal training and more. She has choreographed many routines, including group and solo pieces as a student, teacher, guest artist and director. In January of 2009, she became owner and director of Northwest Dance Center in Pullman, WA. Since moving to New Mexico, she has worked with different dance studios in the area.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Neslihan Ceren-ZeytunNeslihan Ceren-Zeytun

Belly Dance Instructor

Neslihan was born and raised in a southwestern town of Turkey where Turkish, Greek, and Arabic music and songs are mixed and sung. She studied Landscape Architectures in Konya Selcuk University while observing whirling dervishes. While she was living in Turkey, she learned and practiced modern Turkish belly dancing with the music from various cultures. While she was off in summer, she taught Belly dancing in her town, Anamur. She moved to Los Alamos in 2003.

After raising her son and daughter, Semih and Beste, she again started teaching Belly Dancing at the YMCA in 2013, then NMDT from 2013-2015, and DALA (Modern Belly Dancing, Bollywood Fusion, and Creative Movements)from 2014 to present. Her students were in numerous shows in Los Alamos since 2013. She was trained in belly dancing by Sadie Marquartdt in Denver CO, and obtained certification to teach Zumba and Strong Zumba. Simultaneously she is pursuing her second BS degree in Art and Sciences at the UNM

Dance Arts Los Alamos Britta Heermann-WynneBritta Heermann-Wynne

Instructor

Britta Heermann-Wynne was born in Hamburg, Germany. She studied at the Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, the International Centre of Dance in Cannes, France and the Hamburg Ballet School, Germany. Following her training, she was contracted as a company member with the Music Theater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, the Freiburger Tanz Theatre, and the Tanz-Forum at the Metropolitan Opera House in Cologne, Germany. Moving to the USA in 1994, Britta co-founded the Philadelphia based contemporary company At Marah Dance Theatre.

She worked as a soloist, Assistant Artistic Director, and Trainee Program Instructor. In 2003 she relocated to Jackson, MS, where she served as a Specialty Instructor at Belhaven University. In May of 2010 Britta began her education of the Feldenkrais Method at The Institute for the Study of Somatic Education in Houston, TX. She graduated December 2013 as a registered Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Britta served as Ballet and Feldenkrais Instructor as well as Rehearsal Assistant for the Sangre De Cristo Ballet in Pueblo, Colorado for two and a half years. Britta is a member of the Feldenkrais Guild and is working as a freelance Feldenkrais Practitioner®. From 2015 to 2017 Britta was employed as dance faculty with Arts Immersion and Immersion Schools for Science Technology and the Arts. Britta is excited to relocate to New Mexico and begin her work with DALA together with her husband.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Kim HochKim Laskey

Ballet

Kimberley Laskey is in her second year of teaching creative movement and ballet with Dance Arts Los Alamos. She previously served as a board member and was the office manager for DALA for the 2010 and 2011 school years. She trained in Colorado with the Academy of Colorado Ballet and Littleton Academy of Ballet and later at the Boulder Ballet Theater, all in Colorado. She was a member of the Littleton Civic Ballet Company where she performed in the classical ballets "Don Quixote," "The Nutcracker," "Paquita," and "The Little Mermaid," along with other original works.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Lisa JaegersLisa Jaegers

Ballet Instructor

Lisa Jaegers is currently a ballet instructor with DALA, and has previously served as board member and co-artistic director. Ms. Jaegers is grateful to have received her primary ballet training on full scholarship at the Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet in Chicago, and to have continued her studies with Boston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Ms. Jaegers, a native of Chicago, and her family came to Los Alamos in 1992, and has had the pleasure of being a member of the Dance Arts Los Alamos family since 1994. In addition to her dance training, Ms. Jaegers holds Nuclear Engineering and M.B.A degrees from the University of Illinois and is also employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Patrick MacdonaldPatrick MacDonald

Musical Theater & Tap Instructor

Patrick MacDonald acts, directs and choreographs in local arts productions and is a four-time national tap dance champion. MacDonald began his dance career at the age of 3 and quickly became an accomplished actor, musician and dancer appearing with the San Jose Cleveland Ballet and the Missoula Children’s Theater, among many others. He is a prominent local talent who lends his acting and dance expertise in a number of productions, including the Los Alamos Little Theater's acclaimed production of Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" and guest starring as the Nutcracker Prince in DALA's production of "The Nutcracker."

Dance Arts Los Alamos Leslie HighlandLeslie Puckett

Instructor

Leslie started Scottish Highland dancing at the age of five while living in Ontario, Canada. She moved to Los Alamos at age 11, and continued dancing (even though there were no teachers in NM at the time). Leslie performed and competed in Ontario, the Eastern Provinces, all over the United States, and in Scotland. She stopped competing in 2001, but she still performs with the ABQ & Four Corners Pipes and Drums.

She has been teaching private highland dancing lessons at her home for the past 15 years. She has been a Highland member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) since 1990. Leslie has taught gymnastics with High Flyers Gymnastics for the past eight years, where she has taught all ages/abilities of children. She also teaches gymnastics at Quemazon Montessori School. She also plays the bagpipes

Dance Arts Los Alamos Theresa WilsonTheresa Wilson

Pilates instructor

After moving to Los Alamos from Santa Barbara, Theresa adapted to the area by continuing with many of the activities she was used to - running, hiking, biking, swimming, and attending exercise classes. After becoming a little restless with her office job, she enrolled in an intensive personal training certification course and realized the fitness industry is where she belonged. Over the past ten years, she has become a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor and has been teaching classes throughout the community. Helping others become stronger, more flexible, and improving their balance has become her passion.

Student Instructors

DALA's student instructors participate in a mentoring program which includes observing classes, receiving instruction from existing faculty, co-teaching. and teaching with observation from a mentor. When they complete the program, student teachers often substitute for other faculty or assist in class and/or performances.

Performance & studio photos by: Paulo T. Photography