Tessa White, School Director
Tessa found her passion for ballet at a very young age and dance has always been a part of her life. Over the past 15 years she has had the opportunity to share this love with hundreds of dancers through teaching, directing, choreography and performance. Tessa has been the founder and director of many dance programs including Ballet Rejoice Company and School for the Arts- Northern California's Premiere Christian Dance Company. She was also the founder and director of the Conservatory of Dance for 5 years and a teacher and performer with Ballet Hawaii for 3 years. More recently she founded Fairytale Ballet, a program she developed for young dancers to introduce them to classical ballet through imagination and storytelling. She loves teaching and has worked with hundreds of students helping them pursue their goals. Many of her students have gone on to pursue dance as a career. Her style is encouraging, and she works to build a strong technical foundation and love for dance within her students. She enjoys working with all ages and levels of ballet from beginning through pre-professional.
Tessa received her early training in the Bay Area and attended intensive training at Marin Dance Theatre, Sacramento Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi. She enjoyed 7 years as principal dancer for Placer Theatre Ballet as well as Assistant director for 5 years. She enjoyed such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White in Snow White along with many other theatre and stage productions.
Through her many years of teaching Tessa value's most the relationships she has formed with her dancers along their dance journey.
Anna Monroe began dancing in 1995. Anna studied ballet, jazz and tap at The Conservatory of Dance in Rocklin. She became a member of Ballet Rejoice, and also performed with Placer Theater Ballet for 15 years, dancing lead roles in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella, and Coppelia. She attended summer ballet intensives in Utah with Ballet West, and with Oahu’s Ballet Hawaii performing in their production of Giselle at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Anna has been teaching ballet for 9 years and has proven to be an excellent teacher. Her passion for dance has led her to train and inspire students of all ages. She has an excellent way of teaching technique while encouraging her students to reach their highest potential.
Amanda Trimble is a mother of three, professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor. For 17 years, Amanda has incorporated the dance world into her life. Amanda trained under Tessa White a the Conservatory of Dance as well as other instructors. She has experience in Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, and Hip Hop with her emphasis being classical and contemporary ballet. Amanda has worked to develop dancers from 3 years to 18 years of age. Amanda spent two summers studying with the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive Program. Following her two summers at Milwaukee Ballet, Amanda was offered a scholarship and role as an apprentice with the Milwaukee Ballet. Amanda’s objective is to infuse a love for the art of dance within each of her students that incorporates passion, discipline and technical strength. Amanda will help each student identify their individual strengths and opportunities. Amanda is committed to teaching with integrity, honor, and consistency and looks forward to being a part of your dancer’s journey.
Originally from Irvine, California Karina is a return artist with Capital Dance Project – after premiering her choreographic work Theme on a Crush in the 2015 ‘Behind the Barre’ showcase. She holds a BFA from the University of Utah and dedicates much of her time to teaching local area students the art of ballet performance. Ms. Hagemeyer has graced the Sacramento stage in such featured roles as George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes (First Campaign Lead), Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love (Mexican Trio), Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake (Little Swan) & in the introductory performance of CDP’s: ‘Behind The Barre’.
Ann Fischer is an experienced ballet instructor with an extensive training and performing background. She has been teaching in the Sacramento region for 10 years and holds a Bachelor of Art in Dance from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), as well as a Masters of Art in Teaching from the University of Southern California. She began her training at Deane Dance Center, performed in the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker, and trained with the Milwaukee Ballet on scholarship in their pre-professional summer intensive program for four summers. At UCI, she received grant funding to train and perform in Austria and Germany with the Salzburg International Ballet Academy, and was invited to perform in Paris at the Conservatoire de Paris.
As a dance instructor, Ann’s emphasis is to build in dancers a strong technical foundation while fostering a positive training environment. In her free time, Ann enjoys attending dance productions, skiing, bicycling, rock climbing, and yoga.
Jordan has studied many forms of dance over the past 16 years including, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary Dance. She has performed for companies and audiences throughout the region including Leighton Dance Project, William Jessup University, Capital Christian Center, and Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet. She values the athleticism and artistry in dance and enjoys teaching all ages and levels. Her classes focus on stretch and strengthening exercises as well as technical proficiency, She also incorporates choreography and/or improvisation exercises. She loves sharing art of dance with her students.
Anne began dancing as a young child and ballet instantly drew her in - she loves the beauty and art that can be represented through dancing. She participated in the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker 6 years in a row and had the honor of dancing the role of Clara. Anne danced with Dean Dance center for 7 years under the instruction of Barbara Crocket, Sacramento Ballet's founder, for most of her pointe training. At the age of 17 Anne began teaching in local dance schools and taught for several years before heading to college. Anne danced at many churches for special events and performances during that time. Anne and her husband attended William Jessup University and shortly after graduation they moved to India as missionaries. Anne and her husband currently live in Auburn, CA and work with Global Fellowship which focuses on planting churches in areas of the world with no Gospel presence. They find it a joy travel and work alongside these people! They have 3 kids, the oldest of which has just started ballet!