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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.

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Madison Watkins

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!

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Amanda Trimble

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.

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Ann Fischer

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.

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Jordan Salmonson

Jordan started dancing at the age of 5 in Tracy, CA, and started teaching dance at age 17 immediately after her high school graduation. She has trained in classical ballet and pointe, contemporary, jazz, and tap, and competed in contemporary, jazz, and tap styles with award-winning competition teams. Jordan has been privileged to perform throughout Sacramento and surrounding areas with William Jessup University, Sacramento Railroad Museum, Capital Christian Center, Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet, and Leighton Dance Project. Jordan has danced in many classical ballets and musicals including White Christmas, The Sleeping Beauty, The Polar Express, Les Sylphides, and most recently, as The Sugar Plum Fairy with Camino Classical Ballet's The Nutcracker. Jordan believes in the great responsibility she has as a teacher to not only help students become the best dancers they can be, but also to help them grow into kind, responsible, and empowered individuals.

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Rebecca Newton

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.

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Samantha Rasi

Samantha is excited to be a part of Ballet Rejoice. Samantha began dancing ballet at the age of 7. At the age of 13 she received a full scholarship to the Harid Conservatory where she trained for one year. The following year she went to study ballet with Pacific Northwest ballet on full scholarship for three years. She went on to dance professionally with Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Long Beach Ballet and Inland Pacific ballet as a principle dancer. Throughout her professional career she danced leading roles such as Myrtha in Gisselle, Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Balanchine’s Who Cares, Romantic girl in Graduation Ball, Prayer in Coppelia, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Arabian in the Nutcracker and many more leading roles in varies ballets. Samantha became certified in Pilates in 1998 through Long Beach dance conditioning with Marie Jose Blom. After working many years rehabbing injured patients at Rehab Technical Works Physical Therapy she decided to open her own Pilates studio in 2001, State Street Pilates in Redlands California. After her retirement from her ballet career she began to fall in love with yoga. She is now also a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga daily in Roseville and El Dorado Hills. Samantha is excited to work with the dancers and bring her knowledge of the body and injury prevention to Ballet Rejoice. She lives in Loomis with her husband and three boys.

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Cherry Hayes- Voice

We are excited to host Cherry Hayes, award-winning music educator/director with 37 years teaching K-12 in public schools. Cherry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and a Master’s of Education in Creative Arts. She has also served as a worship leader for 10 years and 12 years as an adjudicator for Festivals of Music. Cherry is an innovative teacher who inspires the best from her students. Her choirs have consistently earned 1st place honors in competitions & performed world-wide, including Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Disneyland, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and aboard the Norwegian & Carnival Cruise lines!