Tessa White, School Director
Tessa is the founder of both Ballet Rejoice Company and School for the Arts as well as Fairytale Ballet. Over the past 20 years Tessa has had the privilege of coming along side of hundreds of dancers and helping them to reach their goals and inspiring them in their training and beyond. She enjoys all aspects of this mission from technical training, to choreography, and performance. She has staged classical ballets as well as creating and choreographing many full length original ballets for Ballet Rejoice Company. Many of her students have gone on to pursue dance as a career. She enjoys working with all ages and levels of ballet from beginning through pre-professional.
Tessa found her passion for ballet at a very young age and dance has always been a part of her life. Previously, Tessa was also the founder and director of The Conservatory of Dance for 5 years, and was a teacher and performer with Ballet Hawaii, and Assistant Director and Principal Dancer with Placer Theater Ballet for 7 years.
Through her many years of working with dancers Tessa value's most the relationships she has formed with her dancers along their dance journey.
Madison Watkins trained in classical ballet for most of her life. She studied at The Conservatory of Dance and performed with Ballet Rejoice as a company member for many years. After graduating high school, Madison danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet, followed by Los Angeles Ballet. During her professional career she enjoyed performing in "The Nutcracker" as well as Balanchine's, "Four Temperaments" and many other ballets. Madison is excited to be at Ballet Rejoice School for the Arts as a teacher and choreographer for Ballet Rejoice Company and looks forward to investing in the students here!
Madison will also be assisting in the office at Ballet Rejoice School for the Arts, we are thankful to have her help with administration!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Becca Newton, originally from Sacramento, CA, is a graduate from CSU Long Beach where she obtained her BFA in dance. Growing up, she trained with a pre-professional dance company under the direction of Jen Bradford where she had the opportunity to perform at venues such as Royal Festival of France, and The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has been teaching dance for about 10 years and along with teaching, Becca also has a love for choreography. Her work has been presented annually with Northern California Dance Conservatory (NCDC), at CSULB's Contemporary Dance Concert, and at The Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert where her work took first place. Becca has had the privilege of dancing as a full time company member with Backhausdance Company, Nhan Ho Project, and CORE Contemporary Dance Company. She also performed as a guest artist with LA Contemporary Dance Company. She is a current faculty member at NCDC where she works as a teacher, choreographer, and rehearsal assistant. This is Becca's first year at Ballet Rejoice, and she is looking forward to a wonderful first season.