© Photo courtesy of Rose Bedard

© Photo courtesy of Rose Bedard

Rose Bedard

African Jazz • Hip Hop

Rose just completed her third year at the Flynn Performing Arts Center where she teaches hip hop and jazz and is part of the education team for their Student Matinee Series. Rose is also in her twelfth year as coach of the famed Mt. Mansfield Union dance team, which has won four jazz and hip hop championships in the Vermont Northern Athletic Conference and also just collected their sixth state championship title in hip hop and second state championship title in jazz. Her team also went on to be placed in the top five in both hip hop and jazz at the New England level for the third year in a row. Recently, she became the creator and director of her own adult dance company, “SynRgy Dance Company,” and attained her LLC, “2INSPIRE Dance.” Throughout her career Rose has always been known for instilling self-esteem and passion through dance. She relates best to these two quotes:

"I believe that I was born to dance, but I was created to make a difference in people's lives."

 "There is always somebody who may be seeing me for the first or the last time, I owe them my best." - Joe DiMaggio

A combination from Rose's Sunday evening African Jazz class at Lines. Beginners welcome!
Rose demonstrates a combination for her hip hop class.

© Photo by Larry Coleman

© Photo by Larry Coleman

Haley Bradstreet

Ballet

Haley began her dance training in her home state of New Jersey. With a focus in ballet since age four, she continued her training attending summer intensives with The Rock School, Saratoga Summer Dance, and The Mercyhurst Dance Experience. Haley graduated from Mercyhurst University cum laude in 2012 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. Haley then moved to Philadelphia where she taught the members of Penn Ballet at the University of Pennsylvania, and within both the ballet and theatre departments at the Philadelphia Dance Academy. While teaching, she also performed with Beyond Dance Company, Reverie Dance Theatre, and Esstant Dance Company and worked as the programing manager for the Koresh Dance Company. Haley now works for the Graduate College at the University of Vermont and teaches at various ballet studios throughout the state. She is a founding member of Paula Higa's dance company, PH Dance & Ers and performs several times throughout the year. A versatile artist, Haley has also performed as an actress at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Black Tie (Elsie) and The Fantasticks (The Mute).

 
Haley Bradstreet 1-6-2015-155.jpg
© Photo by Larry Coleman

© Photo by Larry Coleman

June Buechner Carney

Ballet

June is originally from Syracuse, NY where she began her dance training in ballet at Center of Ballet and Dance Arts. After high school, she continued her training with a focus on modern dance at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in NYC and received a BFA Degree in Dance Performance at SUNY Purchase in both ballet and modern. She also attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Steps on Broadway in NYC, both on full scholarship. She then performed and taught dance in New York and became a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. June moved to Vermont in 2004 and began choreographing and teaching master classes and dance intensives at various schools throughout the state. In 2008, she opened Lines for the Body, a dance retail store, in Williston. Lines for the Body is now the Lines Vermont Store, and June is a Co-Founder of the Lines Vermont Studio.


© Photo by Brian Farnum

© Photo by Brian Farnum

Kristina Desjardins

Femme Hip Hop • Street Jazz • Ballet

Kristina Desjardins began her dance training at The Adams School of Dance in Vermont. She then joined The Vermont Chamber Ballet, where she’s danced many roles such as Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, and Sugar Plum Fairy. She’s also performed with New York City Ballet’s summer seasons at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and studied at Boston Ballet for their summer intensives. After graduating from Rutland High she moved to New York City to study Musical Theater at American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then she’s joined New York City based companies such as ELSCO Dance, Metaphors&similiesDance, GIG(Get it Good), and Enzo Celli’s VIVOBallet. She has worked for Dublin Worldwide Spirit Productions in numerous shows all over the USA. Kristina’s been fortunate to work as a Dancer/Choreographer in Music Videos shot in L.A., New York, and London. Locally she’s choreographed Musical Theater shows at Merchants Hall and Castleton State College. She’s thrilled to be sharing diverse techniques to her home state of Vermont.

A combination from Kristina's popoular Sunday Femme Hip Hop class--for anyone who wants to embrace their inner femme!

© Photo courtesy of Ali Gingras

© Photo courtesy of Ali Gingras

Ali Gingras

Zumba

Born and raised on Long Island, Ali began dancing at the age of three at the Jan Martin Dance Studio in Huntington, NY and has not stopped moving since. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont. There she was a member of the Catamount Dance Crew and also minored in dance, ultimately touring New England and Nebraska. In 2010, Ali started teaching dance at Studio 3 in St. Albans and began coaching the South Burlington High School Dance team in 2015. Ali became a licensed ZUMBA® instructor in July 2018. She is very energetic and excited to share her love of ZUMBA® Fitness!

30-seconds of high-energy Zumba brought to you by Ali Gingras at Lines Vermont!

© Photo by Karl Lopez

© Photo by Karl Lopez

Drew Grant

Ballet • Contemporary • Jazz • Body by Barre • Core Strength

Drew was born in Philadelphia, PA. He trained on full scholarship with the Dance Center in West Chester, PA and The School of American Ballet in New York City. He attended summer courses with The School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship. He has danced professionally with Los Angeles Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, Carolina Ballet and Stadt Theater Chemnitz in Germany. Throughout his career he has danced principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Dwight Rhoden, Helen Pickett, Medhi Walerski, Uwe Schulz, Amy Seiwert, Ben Van Cauwenbergh, and Ohad Naharin. He retired from professional dance as a principal with Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theater) in 2019. He lives in Essex, Vt with his husband, their dog and two cats.

Drew and a student demonstrate one of Drew's contemporary combinations.
Taryn--a barre workout enthusiast who's just had a baby--tries Drew's Body by Barre conditioning class for the first time.
Drew and a student demonstrate one of his combinations from his Friday evening Jazz Funk class.

© Photo by PJ Edrinal

© Photo by PJ Edrinal

Don Obviar

Ballet • Contemporary

Don was born in the Philippines where he trained extensively in classical ballet and modern at Teatro Baile de Cavite under Brezhnev Larlar and many other notable dancers and teachers nationally. Don won national awards for his dance and choreography while on full scholarship to De La Salle College of Saint Benilde at Manila. Don was promoted as Romançon company member on 2007. Don's interests include modern ballet, contemporary and jazz. He has danced several full-length ballets, contemporary original works and musicals, and has earned multiple Best Choreographer titles since his youth while on full scholarship with Ballet Philippines. Don has taught various master classes throughout New England and enjoys making dance a part of every day.

One of Don's combinations from his Tuesday evening Int/Adv Contemporary Class at Lines Vermont.

© Photo courtesy of Jen Ruest

© Photo courtesy of Jen Ruest

Jen Ruest

Tap

Originally from Connecticut, Jen has been dancing since the age of 2. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a minor in dance. She then went on to Hartford Conservatory where she graduated with a certificate in Dance Pedagogy. From there, she danced professionally in Boston and New York. Jen has taught in many studios across Vermont over the past 20 years and is excited to be a part of Lines! Looking forward to dancing with you!

Jen's students demonstrate one of her int/adv tap combinations from her Thursday evening class.

© Photo courtesy of Josh Seibel

© Photo courtesy of Josh Seibel

Josh Seibel

Ballet

Joshua Seibel began his dance training in Yuma, AZ. After two years in the Houston BaIIet II, he joined the Houston Ballet as corps de ballet performing a variety of roles from choreographers such as Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, Christopher Wheeldon, Christopher Bruce, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, and many more. Throughout his career he was able to perform with Ballet Memphis, Ballet San Jose, and Ballet Met. Josh continues to share his love for dance with teaching in all the places he travels.

Josh a la second.jpeg

Josh grande jete.jpeg
Josh jump in second.png
© Photo by Joey Jones

© Photo by Joey Jones

Megan Stearns

Ballet

Megan began her rigorous training in classical ballet and Russian character dance at the age of 9 at Seiskaya Ballet Academy on Long Island, New York. She danced at a pre-professional level throughout high school, studying under world-class teachers and performing for large audiences at the Staller Center at Stony Brook University, NY. After devoting most of her childhood to dance, Megan decided upon a hiatus in her 20s. But after 8 years and a move to Vermont and its cold winters in 2010, Megan resumed her training, discovering she loved and appreciated dance even more as an adult. In 2015 and 2016, Megan had the great pleasure of originating the principal role of Farmer in Farm to Ballet, performing at farms across Vermont and for a PBS broadcast. She has also danced in a few music videos for Vermont bands. Megan still loves taking class as often as possible, recently adding Contemporary dance to her repertoire. She began teaching ballet in 2018, and is thrilled to create more opportunities for other adults who love dance with the co-founding of Lines Vermont Studio.


© Photo courtesy of Steffi Thomas

© Photo courtesy of Steffi Thomas

Steffi Thomas

Pilates • Ballet

Steffi was born and raised in England and trained at the Central School of Ballet in London. Steffi has worked and performed with Peter Schaufuss Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland. A few of Steffi’s other credits include dancing for the Queen at the Royal Variety show, performing in Shanghai China and Kazakhstan for Jaguar and performing at many corporate events such as The Discovery Channel, Bvlgari, Audi, Honda and QVC. Steffi is also a Pilates instructor and has taught ballet and Pilates in several different studios/schools in England, Ireland and America.

Lines teacher Steffi Thomas, former dancer with the English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland, demonstrates how arm movement in ballet starts from your back--with properly positioned shoulder blades.

© Photo courtesy of Elisa Van Duyne

© Photo courtesy of Elisa Van Duyne

Elisa Van Duyne

Tap • Broadway Jazz

Elisa is a professional performer, choreographer and arts educator with over 20 years experience in theater and musical theater. As a performer, she's been seen and heard on Broadway in 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Finian’s Rainbow, and 110 In The Shade. On TV she's acted in Person of Interest, As The World Turns and the 2001 TONY Awards. She's also performed Off-Broadway, in European & national tours, and in regional theaters all over the country. She has choreographed for universities, international entertainment companies, BC/EFA benefit concerts and professional theaters. Her work includes Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma, Big River, Footloose, Hairspray, The Who's Tommy and stand-alone contemporary and tap dance pieces. As an arts educator, she’s taught in NYC at Cap 21, Broadway Dance Center, STEPS and American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA); Paper Mill Playhouse and local performing arts schools across the nation. She is currently also on staff at The Flynn Center for Performing Arts, as well as other local performing arts schools. Find more information about Elisa at ElisaVanDuyne.com.

Lines Vermont teacher Elisa builds on her first warm-up video for beginning tappers..