Miss Shauntrese Ambush
During her 20-year career as a dancer and choreographer Shauntrese has traveled all over the United States performing and choreographing in shows for dance companies, organizations, dance competitions, and events. Many of her former students have gone on to perform with Beyonce, Usher, and Rihanna as well as on Broadway, Professional Dance Companies, Cruise Ships, and become dance instructors themselves. She studied at Maryland Youth Ballet and Washington School of Ballet. Miss Shauntrese has also judged local and national competitions for dance and cheer. She has received numerous awards for her choreography from Overall High Scores, Top Teacher and Outstanding Studio. She has been a dancer and instructor for several company teams. Throughout her travels she tries to remain humble and give her all in everything that she does. Her goal is to teach and uplift students in all areas of dance. She wants her students to love and appreciate the art form of dance as much as she does.
Miss Laurie Arenas
Miss Laurie Arenas has been teaching dance for 20 years. Laurie grew up in Frederick County Maryland where she studied many styles of dance, gymnastics, and music. She was a competitive dancer for 8 years and began teaching as an assistant at the age of 18. While in college, Laurie studied ballet at a local studio where she performed with the Rockingham Ballet Theatre. She has done choreography for high school show choirs, High School musicals Grease and the Sound of Music, and worship dance for high schools and churches in Virginia and Maryland. Laurie has taught students ages 2 to adult. Laurie’s teaching experience includes ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, lyrical and musical theatre. She has also directed competition teams and had many overall high score award winners in Tap, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Laurie is very passionate about teaching dance and is excited to teach at Shannon Rush Dance this year.
Miss Sara Bache
Sara Bache has been dancing since 1996. She was the captain on the Good Counsel Poms Dance team. She went on to become the co-captain, captain and President of the Salisbury State Poms Dance team from 2012-2015. She has been teaching dance for many years now and received her degree minoring in dance from Fulton School of Liberal Arts. Miss Sara's course work was dance appreciation, creative modern dance, ballet, jazz, and dance teaching. She has received many awards at dance competitions in the WMA area. She has taught all ages of dance teaching ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. She recently participated in the Dance Teacher Summit in New York where she was able to obtain information to further her teaching career while taking class with Mia Michaels, tWitch, and Mandy Moore. Miss Sara is excited to join the CM Dance family and looks forward to a great dance year.
Miss Tatiana Francisco
Miss Tatiana has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She has grown up in the dance world. As a teen, she joined the competition team at Wheaton Studio of Dance and competed for 5 years. She has training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. Tatiana has been teaching dance for the past 5 years and has been the assistant teacher for the competition team for 3 years. She enjoys teaching all levels and ages but particularly enjoys teaching our younger dancers. She currently studies Family Science and Special Education at University of Maryland. Her future goal is to receive her Master’s degree in School Counseling. Tatiana is excited to be with the Shannon Rush Dance family, and share her experiences with all the young dancers.
Miss Tamara Henry
Tamara Henry is a dancer, musician and artist who started her dance career at the age of four in Tuckahoe, New York. After moving to Wheaton/Silver Spring, Maryland, she continued her studies at Peter’s Studio of Dance in Glenmont, Maryland. In college, Miss Henry studied dance at the University of Maryland, danced with the University of Maryland Dance Team, and danced with the Morgan State University Modern Dance Ensemble. While earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees, she was the dance coordinator/choreographer for her university's (Morgan State and Bowie State respectively) marching band dance lines.
Miss Henry loves performing, choreographing, and has taught various styles of dance throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan area to include ballet, tap, jazz, salsa and poms. At Knock on Wood Tap Studio, she was an 8-year member of its Resident Company Step Aside, had the chance to study with several renowned tap dancers and learned salsa rueda/casino. In 2009, she founded and became the director of Artistic Rhythms Alliance/ARA Tap. In 2010 she began producing A Holiday SpecTAPular, an annual tap show that brings over 100 tap dancers from the Metropolitan area together for a festive holiday concert.
Miss Henry has had the opportunity to perform at several venues including the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Publick Playhouse, Dance Place, Montgomery College, Joe's Movement Emporium, Jack Guidone Theater, tap festivals in Austin, Chicago and New York, and at the Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch. She holds an Advanced Professional Certification in School Administration and Supervision and has happily worked in the public school system for over 18 years, 17 years as a high school business education/computer instructor & IT Technician and currently as an elementary school dance teacher.
Miss Megan May McNellage
Miss Megan joined us in 2009 with 12 years of dance experience. She has been teaching dance for the past 9 years. Miss Megan was a student as well as an assistant teacher at the Mt. Airy Studio of Dance. Miss Megan has an A.A.T. in Elementary Education and an A.A. degree in American Sign Language from Montgomery College. Miss Megan is the President of The Damascus Theatre Company, where she has been performing, choreographing, assistant directing over the past 20 years.
Miss Tina Stanton
Miss Tina has been teaching dance since 1992. She started dancing at age 6. She received dance training at the Olney Studio of Dance for many years under the direction of Miss Donna Reese. Throughout the years Miss Tina attended numerous dance competitions, workshops and dance conventions. She also received dance training from Glen Echo Dance Theater and Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School.
Miss Tina has been a member of National Dance Education Organization as well as American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Miss Tina is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist.
Miss Jessica Thomas
Miss Jessica has a long history with Shannon Rush Dance. She joined at the Mt. Airy Studio of Dance as a dancer in 2001, performing in her first recital in 2002. She has not stopped dancing since. At the Mt. Airy Studio, she has taken classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. Along with being a student, she became an assistant in 2011, assisting at both the Mt. Airy and Damascus studios. This is her second year as a teacher with Shannon Rush Dance, and she could not be more excited to share her love of dance with her students.
Miss Jordan Wright
Miss Jordan was born in North Carolina, but has lived in Maryland since age 9. She has been dancing for about 10 years and has trained in jazz, hip hop, tap, modern and ballet. She took lessons at B. Funk dance studio, was a member of her high school dance company and was captain of the poms team. Throughout her time as a company member she received multiple awards and was the recipient of the Ricki Huff dance scholarship. After high school she has continued studying dance at Howard Community college. During her dance career she has had the opportunity to dance in Florida at Disney World, in New York City with the Rockettes and at Goucher College with Doug Hamby. Jordan is passionate about dance and always pushes herself to be better. Her goal in joining us here at Shannon Rush Dance is not only to teach, but to share with others that dance is so much more than movement, it is discipline, motivation, expression and passion.
Miss Jillian Yaniga
Miss Jillian is a senior at Damascus high school and has been dancing since pre school. She started at CM when she was seven years old. This year will be her third year with the Damascus team. She has been an assistant for four years and is ready to start teaching her own classes. Miss Jillian is very excited to be teaching at Shannon Rush Dance this year.
Miss Christina Zarrelli
Miss Christina has been dancing since 1998 at Dawn Crafton and Olney Studio of Dance. She was on the Company Dance Team at Olney Studio of Dance from 2007-2009, attending competitions promoted by StarQuest and Showstopper. She taught dance classes at Sherwood High School from 2010- 2013. She began teaching at Concepts In Motivation in 2011. Her styles of dance include Ballet, Jazz, Hip hop, Tap, and Lyrical. Miss Christina has an Associates of Arts Degree and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland.
Whether you seek a professional career in dance or just want to make friends and have fun, we are here to help you accomplish your dreams. At Shannon Rush Dance, our goal is to nurture and motivate children in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We have instructed many of the area's finest dancers for over 40 years. Our instructors are professional choreographers holding many degrees, certifications, and awards.
Miss Jessica Hibbert
Jessica began to dance at the age of 2 and at age 11 started dancing with Concepts in Motivation. Not only was she a student for Concepts, she began her teaching career there. She first attended Oklahoma City University and performed in their Dance Spirit Team in the fall of 2002-2003. She then studied at Shenandoah University where she graduated in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While at school, Jessica discovered her love of choreography and created many dances for her peers to perform in a variety of showcases. A member of Sigma Rho Delta, a National Dance Fraternity that specializes in service, Jessica was elected Historian for the 2005-2006 term. Jessica and twelve other dancers from SU and Kansas State traveled to Banyoles and Mataro, Spain on a performance/study tour in July 2006. Along with teaching since graduating Jessica has also performed in the DC metro area with local dance companies. She is happy to be teaching at Shannon Rush Dance and looks forward to each dance year, and years to come, teaching her love of dance to her students.
Miss Amanda Klippel
Manager for Wheaton, Olney, Damascus, and Mt. Airy Studio of Dance.
For the past 12 years, Amanda has been an instructor for dancers in all levels and styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. Amanda has been dancing at the Wheaton Studio of Dance since she was 5 years old. She became DMA certified in 2015 through the Teachers Training School program, while studying dance education in levels from beginner to advanced. She has since been a member of Dance Masters of America (DMA) Chapter 17, and continues to attend workshops, classes, and conventions, both locally and out of state. She recently attended the N.Y.C. Dance Teachers Summit where she participated in classes taught by celebrity instructors including Twitch, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, and more. She recently began training the Petite Competition Team at Wheaton Studio of Dance, where her dancers have won overall high scores and titles in both Jazz and Lyrical. Amanda's dancers also attended Nationals in the Poconos this recent summer, taking home more titles and awards. As an educator, Amanda believes in the artistic potential of every student, and emphasizes that dance should be fun for all. Amanda looks forward to another dance season, and is excited to pass on her love of dance to her returning and new students.
Miss Angelique Waldron
Angelique, a native Washingtonian has studied many styles of dance since the age of 3. She is formally trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. Growing up, she competed at regional and national dance competitions as well as participated in many dance workshops locally and abroad. Angelique was captain of her high school pom pom squad. She was awarded NCA Superstar for two consecutive years and awarded first place Captain at the County Championships.
Angelique moved on to attend Shenandoah University where she majored in Dance. She was a member of the Shenandoah Dance Ensemble, as well as a member of the Shenandoah Sensations Nationally Competitive Collegiate Dance Team. Angelique has been teaching dance in the Metropolitan area since 1996. Formally the Children’s Director & Artistic Director of Jr. & Teen Dance Company in Montgomery County. She is a former judge of the Washington Wizards Professional Dance Team. She has also served as head judge for the past three years with American Cheer and Dance Academy. She earned her Early Childhood Education Certification in 1995. She resides in Olney with her husband and son.
Mr. Darren Wilson
Darren's love for sound and rhythm began at a young age. He studied dance at Knock on Wood Tap Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland as a member and dance captain of the resident Tappers With Attitude Youth Tap Ensemble. The countless rehearsals, master classes, and performances in venues such as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap were made all the more enjoyable because he could share it with his mother; who was a member of the co-resident Step Aside. He went on to attend Michigan State University to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism. While there, he served as a rhythm and Broadway tap instructor for the award winning Synergy Dance Academy competition team in Okemos, Michigan. Darren's passion for teaching extends far beyond the studio. He is entering his 9th year teaching in the Montgomery County Public Schools System. Darren is excited to join this amazing faculty and can't wait to hit the floor. In the words of one of his favorite dancers Sammy Davis Jr: "If I should die, let me do it with my tap shoes on."