Highly Qualified & Fun Instructors

Not only do our instructors have a passion and love for teaching dance and they also the credentials to back it. Dance 101 instructors have college degrees in dance as well as certifications from reputable dance organizations. Instructors have access to continued education with some of the nation’s top professionals. This provides our students with up-to-date steps, technique and the latest dance trends.​

We teach fundamentals, creativity and self-expression
Dance is not just about the steps and choreography. By teaching students dance elements alongside technique we give them the tools and confidence to not only duplicate movement, but to express their self through it.
We teach fundamentals, creativity and self-expression
Dance is not just about the steps and choreography. By teaching students dance elements alongside technique we give them the tools and confidence to not only duplicate movement, but to express their self through it.
Emily Finch Dance 101 Owner

Ms Emily

Owner / Artistic Director
Ms Emily, a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, began her dancing career at the age of three. Always knowing she wanted to be a dance teacher, Emily attended the University of New Mexico to study dance. Ms. Finch then transferred to Arizona State University where she earned her BFA in Dance Education. She was the Outstanding Dance Education Student for the ASU Department of Dance and the 2001 winner of the Arizona Choreography Competition. Following graduation, Emily danced with two Valley modern dance companies. Ms. Finch then moved to Iowa where she was an Instructor and Studio Director for her childhood studio in 4 neighboring communities. Emily was a core member of Des Moines’ only professional modern dance company and performed in Canada and Minneapolis with them.
 
Since moving back to the Valley in 2006, Emily has taught for local studios in Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe. Ms. Finch has 18 years of experience instructing classes in pre-school dance, creative movement, ballet, modern, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, contemporary, pom/cheer, yoga and fitness. Emily is thrilled to be celebrating Dance 101’s 8th season.  Ms Finch also shares her love of dance with her two beautiful daughters.
Ms Tessa

Ms Tessa

associate DIRECTOR / INSTRUCTOR

Ms Tessa was raised in Chandler, Arizona and began dancing at the age of 9. She has trained in styles from tap, jazz and ballet to ballroom, pointe and musical theatre. She danced recreationally for a few years and then began competing with the company at Dance Connection 2. Ms Tessa competed regionally throughout Arizona and on the national level. Ms Tessa was awarded the Senior Scholarship at Dance Connection 2 for her leadership and work ethic. Competing taught her professionalism and gave her confidence. Tessa has also participated in many community dance events, and performed at events through school during her years in college. Ms Tessa graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2019 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Dance. She has been teaching at Dance 101 since 2016 and has taken on the role of Associate Director beginning this season. She has a love of learning as well as teaching and hopes to learn just as much from her students as her students learn from her.

Dance 101 Ms Jess

Ms Jessica

Studio manager / Instructor

Ms Jessica, originally from El Paso, Texas, moved to Chandler, Arizona at age 10. In Texas, she participated in gymnastics, dance, and was a member of her five older brother’s dance crew. After moving to Arizona, she joined her middle school’s Cheer and Pom team and entered into her high school’s dance program graduating a member of the National Dance Honors Society. Ms Jessica directed the Boys & Girls Club summer dance program from 2013-2017 at the Chandler-Comprade Branch, where as a youth she was apart of their DAINOW dance crew. Ms Jessica is in her third year as the Pom and Dance coach for Willis Junior High in Chandler, Arizona. She is an Arizona State University alum, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Dance and Educational Studies. Ms Jessica plans to continue to achieve a Masters Degree in Secondary Education, and use her K-12 certification to enforce more Urban Arts & Culture into Public Schools. At Dance 101, Ms Jessica is the Studio Manager and teaches Urban, Ballet, and Tap classes.

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Ms Brianna D

Director of Instruction and Teacher Development / Instructor

Ms Brianna, originally from Woodward, Oklahoma and raised in Gilbert, Arizona, has always had a passion for dance and believes it to be something that brings her family together. Ms Brianna started taking dance class in middle school and knew she could not live without it. Ms. Brianna went on to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from Arizona State University and is K-12 certified. Traveling to parts of the world like Paris, Italy, Germany, California, and New York, Ms. Brianna is interested in experiencing how different people include dance as part of their culture. Ms Brianna’s favorite style to dance is House dance. Ms Brianna loves teaches all forms of hip hop foundation. “You don’t have to be good, but you do have to be good at trying and trying again.”

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Ms Alexis

Dance Instructor

Ms Alexis was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona and began dancing at age 9. She danced recreationally and competed at Prestige Dance Academy. When she reached High School she began to pursue other activities such as equestrianism and art. She studies at Arizona State University progressing towards a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Design Studies. She has nannied for 3 years and has a passion for children. Because of this love of children, and her past with dance, teaching at Dance 101 is a perfect way to incorporate what is most important to her into her life.

Ms Brianna H

Ms Brianna H

Assistant

Ms. Brianna was born in Long Island, New York and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She started dancing when she was young and in later years danced at a competitive level. She has been on various performance teams and is trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, modern, and hip hop. What sparked her interest in teaching dance and choreographing was when she was given the opportunity to become assistant choreographer for her high schools musical theatre program. During her senior year of high school she started teaching for her former studio Dance Academy North. There she was able to teach and assist younger ballet and tap classes and absolutely loved it. She is now a sophomore at Arizona State University and is working towards to Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Justice Studies. Brianna is very excited to be a part of the Dance 101 family!

Dance 101 Ms Brigid

Ms Brigid

Dance Instructor

Ms Brigid is originally from northern New Jersey her whole life. She started dancing at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love with it. She began dancing competitively when she was 6 and graduated from her studio when she was 18. When she was 15 she joined Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap Project. She continues to perform with the company in New Jersey. After coming to Arizona to attend ASU in 2016, she became an executive board member of the ASU club “Free the Dance” and has performed in the undergraduate show for the dance program. Along with that, she was in Brandon Trieu’s contemporary show held at Unexpected art gallery. Besides dance, Brigid is currently a senior pursuing a double major in Design Studies Management and Communications with an internship in digital marketing. Ms Brigid has loved getting to teach at Dance101 and is so excited to begin her third year of teaching here!

Ms Brittany

Ms Brittany

Dance Instructor

Ms Brittany, originally from Northern California, has been passionate about movement her entire life. She danced recreationally and competed at her home studio, CVPA for over ten years. After high school, she continued to develop her teaching skills by instructing tap classes at two different studios in the Bay Area. Once she moved to Arizona, she became extremely focused on educating herself with the arts community, teaching at different studios, and pursuing two different degrees. Currently, she has over four years of experience teaching dance to various age levels and hopes to open her own studio one day. Ms Brittany is well versed in dance styles including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. She recently received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University. With a knowledgeable background in both performance and teaching, she hopes to learn and evolve while working with the students and Dance 101 faculty. 

Dance 101 Ms Caitlyn

Ms Caitlyn

Dance Instructor

Ms. Caitlyn is originally from Iowa Falls, Iowa where she had extensive training in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, lyrical, jazz, pom, and hip hop under the direction of Emily Finch. Since moving to the Valley she received her Associates Degree in Dance Performance from Scottsdale Community College and performed with Instinct Dance Corps, S.A.J.E, and Moving Company. Professionally she performed as a principal dancer for former company Vega Arts and Entertainment for three seasons. Aside from teaching dance, Caitlyn is also a Physical Therapist Assistant, a wife, and mom to son, Hudson. She has been teaching dance for over ten years for numerous dance studios and the National Dance Alliance and is most excited to dance with everyone at Dance 101!

Ms Dee

Ms Dee

Dance Instructor

Ms Dee was born and raised in Detroit where her passion for dance started.  She began dancing at the age of five and focused her training in the style of Hip Hop.  In 2013, Dee and her family moved to Phoenix, where she opened her eyes and heart to training in other styles such as contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, and improvisation at her local dance studio, Desert Sun Performing Arts. In high school Dee was the captain of the Urban Dance Team, on the Mountain Pointe Dance Company, and a member of the BSU Step Team. Dee is a third year Dance Education Major at Arizona State University and a Be Kind Crew Member.  Dee’s passion, determination, and devotion to dance are inevitable as she continues to perform and create work that brings light into this world.

Ms Jordan

Ms Jordan

Dance Instructor

Ms Jordan, originally from Chicago, Illinois, moved to Arizona at age 11. Up until she was 15 years old she was a competitive gymnast. She took her first dance class her freshman year of high school at Gilbert High and fell in love with it. She started to study musical theatre, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap and jazz at Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy. The following year she became a member of their competitive dance company. Ms Jordan then went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in Dance Education from Arizona State University. While attending ASU she choreographed multiple pieces for showcases within the school and danced for Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company. She also directed a competitive dance company for ages 10-18 where she received multiple choreography awards from competitions like Cathy Roe, Releve, and No Limit.  Immediately after she graduated she started working at Tempe High School as a dance and yoga teacher. Jordan plans to continue to teach, choreograph and learn as much as she can within the dance community.

Dance 101 Ms Lindsey

Ms Lindsey

Dance Instructor

Ms Lindsey, born and raised in Phoenix, began dancing at the young age of 3, started competing at 10 and teaching at 15. In high school she was president of performance dance, choreographing for all levels in the school, as well as captain of the pom team. After graduating high school Lindsey went on to make Arizona State’s Hip Hop Coalition where she performed at games and other events for the university. During her time at ASU she studied dance abroad for one year in Northern Ireland focusing on unique dance styles. Dance has opened so many doors for Lindsey leading her to her love of children, other passions such as acrobatic yoga, and teaching. She plans on continuing to be involved in the dance world for as long as possible.

MsSara

Ms Sara

Dance Instructor

Ms Sara was born and raised in Arizona. Her dance experience started when she was two and a half years old and from then on it became her passion. She grew up training in many different styles of dance as well as participated in a number of competitions through local dance studios. Ms Sara has trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, modern, musical theater and much more. While a member of the Dobson High School Dance Company for 3 years, Ms Sara was President her senior year and received the Dancer of The Year award out of her entire school. Ms Sara has had the opportunity to work with many prominent choreographers in the valley and out of state. She has graduated with a dual degree in Fine Arts in Dance and Applied Science in Dance Technology. She enjoys setting choreography and has set work on many students throughout her life and even took many of them to competition. Ms Sara loves being able to share her knowledge of dance as well as being able to encourage the students to be themselves whether in dance class or on a daily basis. She has enjoyed being able to set a positive outlook on other people’s lives. Ms Sara is currently working and educating many students at a few local dance studios in the valley. She is also a member of two local dance companies which include The Be Kind People Project and HALO Movement Collective. Ms Sara is looking forward to this amazing opportunity at Dance 101 to share her knowledge as well as her passion for dance with so many other artists.

Ms Tatum

Ms Tatum

Dance Instructor

Ms Tatum was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona and started dancing at the age of 3. From an early age she knew she loved to dance so she began studying ballet, tap, acro, jazz, and ballroom at Tempe Dance Academy. At the age of 7 she started to compete with her studio and spent six summers in NYC after she was awarded “Outstanding Dancer” at New York City Dance Alliance. Ms Tatum was also involved in her high school dance program along with being a part of the pom team. Teaching young students the art of dance has made her even more passionate about dancing. Teaching young children inspired her to pursue her education at Arizona State for elementary education in hopes of becoming a 1st grade teacher. Ms Tatum hopes to make her future classroom just as fun and positive as her dance classes.

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