MEET THE FACULTY
Co-Owner/JPB/Ballet - Miss Jen attended the University of Music and Art in Frankfurt, where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Theater Dance with a major in Classical Vaganova Technique. During her residency in Germany, she danced with the Frankfurt Ballet Company and was a guest performer with Royal Ballet Company in London. Miss Jen began her teaching in Germany and has continued teaching here in Washington for roughly 14 years. She is the founder of JPB's Le Petit Ballet studio in Bremerton, which opened in 2007.
Co-Owner/CDG/Lyrical/Jazz - Miss Stephanie attended Cornish College of the Arts receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Degree, Cum Laude. She formerly danced with Cornish Dance Theater company and appeared for years as a guest performer for Olympic Perfomance Group on Bainbridge Island. She directs the studio's competition dance team, Clarke Dance Group, & formerly served as director/choreographer for the Kitsap Admirals Basketball Dance Team. She has been teaching and choreographing for 16 years throughout Washington State & her specialties include Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz & Modern dance.
Musical Theatre - Miss Gretchen Dru holds a BA in Drama & English, and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. She worked as a teaching artist for TheatreWorks Theatre Co. in California’s bay area, and extensively for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Colorado for the past several years. Gretchen has studied voice, piano & dance for the stage since childhood and has a special place in her heart for American Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella in Cinderella, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Irene in Crazy for You, and many more.
Ballet/Combo/Lyrical - JoAnne Wynn is a native of Washington State and relocated to Delaware in 2002 where she has spent the past 14 years as a studio instructor. JoAnne built her strong foundation through the study and performance of Classical Ballet and has spent the last decade developing her skills in all dance styles by attending professional workshops in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. JoAnne is certified in Anne Green Gilbert’s acclaimed Creative Dance program, has taught and adjudicated for International Teachers of Dance, Inc., and brings an added layer of expertise to the dance classroom based on her experience teaching pre-school. JoAnne’s choreography has received Critic’s Choice/Best in Show, Exceptional Staging & Outstanding Ballet Performance Awards at many regional dance competitions and many of her students have gone on to pursue dance on the college and professional level.
Hip Hop/Boys - Sam Picart originally started dancing as a teenager, being self-taught in urban dance styles. Sam is continuing to develop his own unique style blending Urban Street disciplines and contemporary dance techniques respectively. He began his formal dance training with his Aunt Jennifer Picart- Branner(formerly of the Frankfurt Ballet) when he was 18. He received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and has studied on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Sam has danced featured roles in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Jose Limon's 'Psalm', and Camille A Brown's 'New Second Line'. He is also a founding member of Ashani dances directed by Iyun AshaniHarrison. Recently, Sam was the chosen winner of Ellen's Dance Off competition and was a featured guest on the show. Currently, Sam teaches, choreographs, and performs all over the US with Seattle as his home base. He forever considers himself a student.
Lyrical/Jazz/Ballet - Rebecca Smith is a local dancer, performer, and choreographer. Born and raised in the Seattle area, she received her technical training in the UW Dance Program, along with Ewajo Dance Centre and Bainbridge Ballet in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and afro-latin. She continues her training and education in dance by attending workshops such as Strictly Seattle and the Doug Varone and Dancers Winter Workshop. Over the last year she has performed in many new works for choreographers such as Cheryl Delostrinos, Imana Gunawan, and Hallie Scott. Rebecca is a dancer with The Three Yells Performance Company and is a member of Au Collective. Her own work has been produced at LAUNCH, LAUNCH 2.0 and LAUNCH 3.0 Choreographer’s Showcases at The Studios, as well as in Au Collective’s Gold & Skin 2015. She has also premiered Settlers, a film, at Strictly Seattle 2015. She has an immense passion for teaching and is thrilled to be able to share her love for dance with others.
Acro/Jazz - Jessica Carpenter started dancing and gymnastics at the age of 3. She studied jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and tumbling for 17 years while growing up in Montana. She performed and competed on an acro/tumbling team on a local and national level for 7 years. Jessi started teaching dance in 1995 and has taught in the Kitsap area since 2002. She holds a BFA from Montana State University and recently received certification from the Acrobatic Arts Teacher Training course. Jessi has also choreographed for competitive jazz teams and local pageants.
Combo/Jazz - Jamie has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has been performing since she was 8. She competed on a dance team for 7 years. During this time she participated in many competitions and conventions culminating in throughout Washington and California and competed at the Hollywood Connections National Finals in 2005. She also performed in Disneyland in 2000 and 2002. She has taught for 5 years in various styles, ages 6-18. Jamie is now married and has four kids, three of who currently dance at Northwest School of Dance.
Combo - Annanise Lowney has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a minor in dance from Pacific Lutheran University. She grew up learning dance in Astoria, OR. After graduating high school, she trained and performed with PLU’s dance team and ensemble. She moved to the Kitsap area after graduating college and began teaching at local studios. Annanise has been teaching dance for over 10 years and is excited to have started teaching with NSD in 2015. Annanise also works as an RN at the Harrison Medical Center as a Hospital Supervisor.
Hip Hop - Jireh Soriano, also known as JirehSpoon, started dancing locally when he was in middle school in Bremerton, Washington. Through the years of breaking he had competed (battled) in some of the largest dance events in the Northwest. While living in San Francisco he began to study the different styles of Toprock, Footwork, and other hip hop related dance. In 2012 he moved back to Bremerton to pursue promoting dance events and educate Kitsap County on a positive Hip Hop culture. Crew affiliations include: The Hoodz, Soul Felons Crew, Boogie Down Bremerton
Tap/Jazz - Kathy Dalessi has been dancing more or less non-stop since the age of three. As a featured dancer for Disneyland, she has danced in countless parades, special events, commercials, and has performed for a variety of audiences range from Presidents to the Rose Bowl crowd. She also was part of the Entertainment production team for many Walt Disney Studios movie premiers including Evita, Pocahontas and Mulan. She was a member of the New World Ballet Company, and was an elite gymnast as a child. For the last fifteen years, she has taken her love of tap and jazz to the classroom and taught thousands of students in Colorado, Nevada and Washington. She has directed numerous award winning competition team numbers and has received acclaim for her innovative choreography for the Olympic Performance Group. Her greatest personal accomplishment has been passing on the love of dance to her daughters.
Modern/Lyrical - Virginia Moore received her BA in Political Science with minors in Dance and Journalism from Gonzaga University. As a youth, Virginia studied both Royal Academy and Cecchetti styles of Ballet; this training later transformed into a true passion for Modern, Creative Movement, and the choreography process. Virginia has presented original works at the American College Dance Festival and at Gonzaga University’s Choreography Showcase. Virginia uses her skills as a youth mental health clinician to create body-positive content and safe spaces for movement. Virginia enjoys working with dancers of all ages and focuses on a strength-based teaching approach.
Office Manager - Ms. Sunshine is the Office Manager at NSD and is also an Assistant Teacher at Central Montessori and Administrative Assistant at Silverwood School. She has a Business Management Certificate from Olympic College, has over 20 years of management experience, and lives in Silverdale, Wa with her husband Brian and her 9 year old daughter. She is highly involved with NSD classes, CDG, and organizes the backstage volunteers and front-of-house for the recital and Winter's Tale production.
Office Assistant / Birthday Party Coordinator - Miss Joelle has 3 children dancing at NSD, is involved with the school, CDG, JPB Ballet Company, and Winter's Tale. She works part time in the office and will happily help you with any dancewear, questions, and tutu needs with a smile on her face.