Instructors

Miss TinaTina Travers

TINA TRAVERS is the owner of Cecil Dancenter, as well as the administrative director of Cecil Junior Dance Troupe and Cecil Dance Theatre.  She received her B.A. Degree in Dance Education from Goucher College in 1989 and has been teaching dance for 25 years.  Mrs. Travers taught at the Baltimore Actor's Conservatory, Harford Gymnastics and Dance Center, Ballet Studio of Glendon, Harford Community College, and Cecil College’s Kids in Kollege. She has also choreographed for Cecil Dance Theatre, Dulaney Dance Company and Harford Dance Theatre.  She was a dance specialist for the Cecil County Public Schools through the CREATE grant and assisted in writing their K-12 dance curriculum and the integrated arts curriculum. She has attended intensive dance teacher conventions in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Mrs. Travers has studied at Body Arts and Science International in Washington, DC, where she received intensive training in Pilates.  She is active in providing extra-curricular performance opportunities to dedicated dancers as well as opportunities to enhance their technique and experience through scholarship opportunities, multi-cultural programs, Maryland and Delaware dance festival participation, community out-reach events, master workshops, and organization of ‘professional company’ field trips.  Her prestigious nominations for Cecil County’s 2006 ‘Most Beautiful Person’ and the 2013 Cecil County Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award is an indication of the joy she receives from bringing her love of dance to our community.  She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Council for Dance and has taught teacher training workshops for the Maryland Dance Festival and Davy Dance Academy in Annapolis.


Miss Anya

ANYA IVANOVA began her ballet studies at the Perm Ballet Academy in the former Soviet Union and later studied at the Frunze Ballet Academy. Upon graduation from Frunze, she performed with Cheliabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater as principal dancer. After accepting invitation to become a principal dancer with the Donetsk ballet, Miss Ivanova toured the eastern United States, From 1994 to 1999, she was a principal dancer with the Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware and, in 1998 she was a finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. Miss Ivanova is featured guest artist and ballet mistress with ballet companies throughout the United States. Noted for her lyrical style, Miss Ivanova performed roles in many of great classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and more. Her repertoire also includes many of contemporary works by choreographers including Daniel Baudendistel, Leslie Browne, Robert LaFosse, Scott Joovovich and Matthew Neenan. For last thirteen years Miss Ivanova has been teaching advanced levels in Ballet companies throughout Mid Atlantic States, including Oxford Center for Dance, Russian Ballet Centre, Longwood Performing Arts, Brandywine Ballet Company, Anna Marie Dance Studio and also performed Master classes in many other Ballet Schools and Academies.


Miss HeatherKRISTIN BJERKE has been dancing and performing for 17 years and joined our teaching staff in 2015. She has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical. She has studied dance at the University of the Arts as well as at intensives at Saratoga Springs Dance Summer Intensive, Upper Chesapeake Summer Center for the Arts, Maryland Dance Festival, and Delaware Dance Festival. Kristin has trained with master teachers such as Avram Gold of the Minnesota Ballet, Michael Sheridan and Anne White of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Donald Lunsford of Philadanco, and Dinita Clark as well as Tiler Peck and Daniel Ulbricht of the New York City Ballet, among others.  She has performed the lead roles in the "Little Mermaid" and in "Snow White" and has performed in numerous classical and contemporary works through the years.   Kristin loves working with children of all ages and is thrilled to share her passion for dance with our students!


Miss HeatherHEATHER ESTEP received her B.A. degree in Dance Education from Brigham Young University in 2005 and currently teaches dance in the Cecil County Public School system.  Before college, Mrs. Estep danced with Cecil Dance Theatre.  She has been dancing all her life and enjoys tap, modern, ballet and jazz.  While attending Brigham Young University, she performed with various tap groups for the Tap Caucus of Utah, Brigham Young University’s Homecoming Spectacular as well as the school’s annual production of World of Dance.  She was also involved with Kinnect, a dance company that emphasized teaching and performing in the public schools in the state of Utah.  Mrs. Estep taught at the Academy of Music and Dance in Utah, Cecil College’s Kids In Kollege and University of Delaware’s Ice Arena for off-ice dance classes.  Performance credits include roles in La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.  She also performed this past Thanksgiving in the nationally televised Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She joined the Cecil Dancenter staff in 2006 and loves sharing her passion for dance with her students.


Miss MonicaMONICA EVANGELISTA has had a passion for dance since she was three years old when she started taking dance classes at Oxford Center for Dance; from then on, the studio became her second home. She trained for fifteen years in ballet (her favorite discipline!), pointe, tap, jazz, and modern. Over the years she has performed in numerous productions including Openings, competitions, and The Nutcracker ballet in which she was cast as Arabian Lead, Dancing Doll and Dew Drop Fairy. Monica was also part of OCD’s first “Performing Group” which led her to participate in Starpower competitions, the New York City Dance Alliance, and enjoy a mock audition with the Rockettes in NYC. While attending Arcadia University Monica became an officer, and later president, of their dance team. During this tenure she had the opportunity to perform at the Wachovia Center as part of the Philadelphia Wings Lacrosse Team’s halftime show for three years in a row. In May of 2013, she graduated from Arcadia with a B.A. in psychology. She is thrilled to continue teaching her love of dance with us!


Miss HeatherPLATINUM J has been dancing since he could walk and it's what he loves to do anytime, anyplace, all day, every day!  He has trained under S Funk at the Baltimore Dance Center and took advantage of every opportunity it had to offer.  He made an appearance on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" season one (second call back) which was an amazing experience.  He has also danced for Baltimore recording artists CR Da Show which gave him the opportunity to perform on the Baltimore Believe Tour and to open for Ginuwine at the Lyric Opera House.  He won the 2009 Baltimore's Got Talent and has performed at numerous community events & venues. He is currently a hip hop choreographer and teacher at the Baltimore Dance Center and Diamond Dance Studio. Platinum J thrives on creating routines, cutting and mixing his own music, and having ideas that make the crowd go wild!

TRACY MCCOY-SOPER earned a BA Degree in Dance Performance at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA.  She is certified by the National Dance Masters of America and has furthered her dance education professionally by studying with world-renowned teachers and choreographers while living in Pittsburgh, Miami, and Baltimore.  Her professional experience includes dancing and performing for dinner theaters around the world, The Electric Light Parade in Disney World, the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC and becoming a semi-finalist on Star Search.  Mrs. McCoy-Soper’s many years of teaching include the Sandra Lynne’s School of Dance, Berlin Dance Company, Company Elite, and Harford Dance Center.  She has created dance programs for the Cecil County Public School System, where is she is also a dance specialist for the integrated arts program CREATE. Tracy has also worked with other school programs, the ESPN National Cheer & Dance Competition and other conventions throughout the Eastern United States.  Her students have won platinum awards and scholarships under her non-profit organization BAAC Stage Dance Company. Some of her former dancers have received invitations into the NYC Rockettes Summer Program and some have become NFL Cheerleaders. Miss Tracy has been on staff since 2007 with Cecil Dancenter.

Miss Heather

ADELINA MITCHELL has trained in dance for 15 years and has loved working with young dancers for the past eight years.  She has trained in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical under numerous instructors and master teachers. Addie has trained at Towson University, Craze Dance and has taken many dance workshops and intensives through her years as a dancer.   Addie has danced in Peter Pan, Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, The Nutcracker, Holiday Enchantment, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Swan Princess and was the lead inThumbelina.  She also has a love for musical theater, having performed in Once Upon A Mattress , Oklahoma! and The Little Mermaid.  Addie is thrilled to be on our teaching staff and is excited to share her love of dance with her students!  


Miss KatieKATIE PIAZZA has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and theater for over 18 years and has had extensive performing experience at a variety of venues.  Katie has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland where she was active in all aspects of theater production.   She has performed in Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker,  Brigadoon, Puss in Boots, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Fiddler on the Roof, Bugsy Malone, The Tempest, The Wiz and As You Like It.   She was the assistant director of Anon in Show Business, James Joyce’s “The Dead” and has directed various student productions.  Katie is a former student of Cecil Dancenter and she joined our teaching staff in 2013.


Miss HeatherCANDICE CULMER-SMITH graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2005 from Towson University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and was awarded the Jim Synder Award for Excellence in Dance.  There she was a member of the Towson University Dance Company and had the pleasure of working with Geoffrey Holder and Jawole W.J. Zollar.  She continued her training on scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and River North Chicago and then went on to complete two seasons with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado, where she has had the privilege to tour nationally and internationally.  She was invited to teach at In Motion School of Dance in Bermuda to serve as their Jazz Director and has been on faculty there since 2007.  There she has had the pleasure of performing and choreographing with Bermuda’s greatest talent and collaborating to produce international events held on the island.  She has also been invited to choreograph and perform with Bermuda’s professional dance company, In Motion Dance Company, where she serves as Rehearsal Director.  While in Bermuda, Candice performed with Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda as a chorus girl and dancer in the musicals, The Producers and South Pacific.  Candice has been teaching and choreographing for over fifteen years at various studios throughout the U.S. and Bermuda, and has had the honor of being chosen to set several works on various public schools, community colleges, and dance companies on the East Coast including The Grier School, Howard Community College, Academy of Colorado Ballet, Dance Discovery, Mid-Maryland Performing Arts, Annapolis High School, Absolute Dance Company, Centerstage Starz and Old Mill High School.


DANIELLE STRANGE began her dance training at The Harrisburg Dance Conservatory and the Harrisburg Ballet.  She later received her BFA degree in Dance Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  Danielle currently teaches dance in the Cecil County Public School system.  She is a skilled dance instructor in various forms of dance including ballet, modern, jazz and tap.  Danielle has choreographed and taught at Pine Forest High School in NC, Hempfield High School in PA, and for the Philadelphia High School of Performing Arts.  In 2013 Danielle was one of the choreographers for CJDT’s performance of The Wizard of Oz.   For the past six years she has choreographed the musical productions at Rising Sun High School.  She is also the lead dance instructor for the Upper Chesapeake Summer Center for the Arts in Chestertown, MD.  Danielle joined our staff in 2011 and is always excited to bring her knowledge of dance to our students.


Miss JenJEN TRONE is a professional musician residing locally in Elkton, Maryland. Jen studied voice at Shenandoah Collegeand Conservatory, first as a Music Theatre major, then completing her Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Music with voice concentration. A business professional by day, Jen feeds her love for the arts by staying active in music, theatre and dance. Jen has experience in a variety of genres, including Classical, Jazz, Rock, and of course, Music Theatre. Jenhas had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, and of course some of the typical singer 'gigs', such as weddings, graduations and a few local establishments. Jen has also been a member of the Elkton Presbyterian Church Choir. Her love for the arts knows no bounds and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with young people and share her love of music.