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.
Owner / Artistic Director
Ms Brianna D
Director of Instruction and Teacher Development / 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.
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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 senior at Arizona State University and is working towards to Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Justice Studies. Brianna loves being a part of the Dance 101 family!
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.
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 sons, Hudson and Nash. 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!
Mr. Jemel was born and raised in Arizona. He is a self-taught Urban dancer/choreographer who started at the age of ten. In the beginning, he only dabbled a bit with dancing. Mr. Jemel decided to take dancing more seriously when he started high school. Mr. Jemel became a Dance Company member for his high school. He gained recognition from teachers for his performances and choreography. Students of the school would see him as an icon with many titles: The Ninja, The Asian Dancer, The K-Pop Dancer, The Company’s Greatest Weapon. Having such an amazing reputation, Mr. Jemel was given the opportunity to teach dance classes. After high school, he transferred to Mesa Community College to obtain his Associates Degree in Fine Arts: Dance Education. Meanwhile, he became a member of ASU’s AZNA Dance Team. After AZNA, he became a Jukebox FAM member as well, a team of Hip-Hop dancers that have been a part of different dance competitions such as Urban Paradise, VIBE, and Hip-Hop International. As a dance teacher, Mr Jemel wants to teach foundational movements and inspire his students emotionally and mentally. He wants to give an open space for anyone that wishes to share their voice. He will simply listen and do what he can to support anyone. Mr. Jemel is willing to guide others to a positive path!
STUDIO MANAGER / 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 graduating Jordan 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.
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.
Ms Niamey is a graduate of Arizona State University (ASU) with a BA in Communication, Minor in Dance and Certificate in Brazilian Studies. With her strong faith background and love for the community she graduated from Elevate International Antioch Discipleship and Arts program in 2017 where she learned how to be a disciple implementing projects and initiatives to enrich the community. Niamey has been dancing for eighteen years; she has been a member of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop Squad, Anomalous Dance Crew, Arizona Raw Talent and many more. Niamey has performed in the Valley, Chicago and Atlanta (just to name a few) and she has trained with amazing world-renowned choreographers. Niamey has taught many dance residencies in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe.
Ms Riley’s love for Dance started at the age of three. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico she danced at many studios such as Duke City STARZ and Albuquerque STARZ while being the youngest girl on the competition team. Ms Riley enjoys jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and most of all tap. As she became a little older, her love of dance flourished at All Stars Dance Academy. This studio holds a special place in Ms Riley’s heart because on top of being a student, this is where her teaching began. To gain more teaching experience at such a young age, she also volunteered at In 2 Dance Co. Before moving to Arizona, Ms Riley was captain of the Valencia High school dance team. She graduated from Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona in 2021. Currently, she is a student at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, where she is pursuing a certification in personal training and nutrition. When Ms Riley is not dancing or studying you can find her at the gym.
Assistant Studio Manager / Dance Instructor
associate DIRECTOR / INSTRUCTOR