photo Tiina Hazelett

Meet the Director

The Gist - Hi! I'm Tiina Hazelett, owner and director of Pure Dance Works. I have been married to my awesome husband, Jason, since 1995, and together we are the proud parents of three girls, a cat, and a very spoiled little dog. I'm a home school mom, an avid reader, and I love spending time in nature. I have taught ballet, tap and musical theater in the Fort Wayne area since 2005. In 2011 I founded Pure Dance Works out of a desire to provide fun, appropriate, and effective dance classes for young children. In 2015 Pure Dance Works outgrew our original facility, and I was able to purchase Steppin' Out Studio of Dance, effectively merging the two studios. In 2017, the studio name became Pure Dance Works once again.

A Brief History of Experience - I grew up dancing, with ballet as my first love. Over the years I have taken pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary and ballroom classes. I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Indiana University and have taught children in a wide variety of circumstances for over 25 years, including dance, church, and homeschool classes and co-ops.

My Journey With Leap 'N Learn - Early in my teaching career, I was researching various approaches to teaching ballet to children when I came across a program called Leap 'N Learn, a syllabus written by master ballet teacher Beverly Spell and clinical child psychologist Annie Spell, PhD. It is an education-based program that incorporates the physical, social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones of each age group into lesson plans that meet meet kids where they're at and help to ensure their success in class. Because children learn through play, lesson plans for the youngest students constantly incorporate pretend play into the class, pairing familiar concepts with ballet terms and skills. In 2011 when I started Pure Dance Works, it was built partially on the Leap 'N Learn ballet syllabus. It is very important to Leap 'N Learn that studios utilizing their materials are held accountable to truly using the best-practices approach to dance training presented in the program. By 2013 I was fully convinced of the program's effectiveness, so when the company began requiring a certification program for studios using it's product as a quality assurance measure, I had no problem hopping a plane to Louisanna with one of my other teachers to become certified in the Leap 'N Learn methods. I have never looked back; we've used the program exclusively for the studio's ballet, tap and musical theater classes for young children ever since. The benefits it offers children beyond excellent dance training truly make it the cream of the crop. The outcomes for our students have been phenomenal; I know they are learning and having a blast doing it! In the fall of 2016 I was pleased to bring Beverly Spell to Steppin' Out to personally train 17 of our teachers and assistants in the Leap 'N Learn methods. It is so amazing to have a team of dedicated teachers training our students with Leap 'N Learn.

Today - I currently teach a handful of early-childhood classes at the studio, which is my dream job :). Connecting with each student and watching them grow is a priceless gift I do not take for granted. I love that our classes just work well for children, providing them with appropriate skill-building activities in a caring, fun, and imaginative atmosphere. Whether a child dances for a short time or becomes a life-long dancer, I am dedicated to providing a program that gives children a strong foundation in dance. Besides teaching, I work on administrative tasks as well as direct and oversee all aspects of the studio as a whole. I have instituted the use of the James Robey jazz syllabus for our recreational jazz classes which has already proven to be effective in training our jazz dancers age 7 and up with a progressive, codified jazz education. I am pleased to run a teaching studio, where most of your younger classes have assistants who not only provide invaluable help to the teacher and students, but offer apprentice-style training to future potential teachers. I observe our weekly classes frequently, providing written observations to the teachers. I never could have guessed that this is what I would be doing "when I grew up,"  but I count myself blessed to have the opportunity to influence the wonderful community of dancers we have at Pure Dance Works.

photo Paige Hazelett

Paige Hazelett started taking dance classes at age 3 including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and modern classes over the years. She has recently graduated from New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory in the most advanced class. Throughout her years at New American Youth Ballet she participated regularly in master classes from notable teachers and choreographers such as Michael Vernon (IU Ballet Professor and Chair), Shawn Stevens (IU Ballet Professor and former NYCB dancer), and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Leslie Rauch. 

Paige has loved performing regularly in the Nutcracker, and learning new repertoire for Spring Concerts. She has also attended summer intensive at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Masterworks Festival. 

Paige has assisted in and taught classes at Pure Dance Works since 2011, and started teaching at Steppin' Out in 2015. She has an excellent rapport with students. Paige says her favorite thing about teaching is helping students start off on the right track with good technique and good social manners. As an advanced ballet student, she also recognizes that teaching is beneficial to herself, “because having to explain how to do something to someone else gives you a fuller understanding of what you are supposed to do yourself.”

Paige is very involved in her church and youth ministry where she volunteers her time on the worship team. Paige will be heading to Indiana University this fall where she will be studying Visual Art Education. 

  Alexis Eicher

Lexi is a senior at new American Conservatory. After assisting in Mrs. Hazelett's classes for a year, she has taught ballet and tap in our early-childhood classes since 2015. Lexi has been dancing at New American Youth Ballet since 6th grade, taking over 20 hours of ballet technique per week. She has particpated in many master classes from teachers such as New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck, Indiana University's Michael Vernon and Shawn Stevens, Edward Elllsion, and many more. In the summer of 2016 Lexi spent 7 weeks at the prestigious Chataqua Institution in New York, training in their ballet summer intensive program. Lexi was pleased to be chose to perform at Chataqua with Charlotte Ballet. She has performed many lead roles, including Clara in The Nutcracker. One of the most memorable performances she was cast in was Kelly Ann Sloan's "Meticulously Mozart." Lexi won a performance award for this piece, and has recieve awards for Most Improved Dancer and Ballet Student of the Year. She says, "Being able to train and become the ballerina I always wanted to be is so rewarding. I love what I do, and I want to help make other aspiring ballerinas know that they can do it too. I love being around children, so teaching them what I love to do is one of the best jobs I could have."

  Bri Mason

Bri grew up in the Indianapolis area, and has been dancing since the age of three. She has extensive training in Ballet, Pointe and Horton Modern Technique and is well-versed in Tap and Jazz, inlcuding Broadway, Fosse, & LA styles. Bri has also seriously studied Ballroom, Bollywood, Khattak, and Scottish Highland. Bri currently manages activities for senior adults at a local residential facility by day and teaches dance in the evenings. 

photo Chloe Hazelett

Chloe is a student at New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory where she studied ballet for 5 years, reaching an advanced level. Prior to that, she studied ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop at Studio 149 and Kinetic Revelation. Chloe has attended 5 week summer intensives at both the School of American Ballet in NYC and Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. She has taken master classes from notable teachers such as New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck and Indiana University's Michael Vernon. Some of her favorite roles have included Mints in The Nutcracker and the Ugly Duckling in The Ugly Duckling

Chloe started as an assistant in 2011 and currently teaches ballet at Pure Dance Works.

photo Hannah Moore

Hannah is a student at New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory, and has been training under the school’s direction since 2013.

Previously, Hannah trained extensively in Horton-inspired modern instruction, as well as contemporary, jazz, and musical theatre. Hannah has been highly involved in programs provided by the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, and has interned with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and South Side High School’s Dance Program. Her passion for teaching has lead to opportunities choreographing for show choirs, schools (spanning ages 3-18), and additional theatre companies/groups through the Fort Wayne Community. Hannah has not limited herself to merely school performances, but performed in productions with the Civic Theatre, University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

In 2015, Hannah traveled on full scholarship to attend the two-week National Choreography Intensive in Tallahassee, Florida. In the summer of 2017, Hannah attended Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Summer Intensive for five weeks in San Francisco, California.

Hannah joined us as a teacher in the fall of 2016. She teaches ballet, hip hop, musical theatre,  jazz, tap and special needs dance classes to students in pre-school through high school. Hannah teaches the Musical Theatre and Ballet Leap 'N Learn syllabus, the James Robey Jazz Syllabus, the Hip-Hop in a Box syllabus, and is a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor.

  Heather Bemisderfer

Bio coming soon!

  Hillary Allison

Hillary is a student at New American Youth Ballet & Conservatory where she attends high school and pre-professional level ballet classes 6 days per week. She started dancing at age 4. Previously she studied multiple styles of dance with Fort Wayne Ballet. Some of her favorite roles have been Little Red Riding Hood in Sleeping Beauty, and Clara and Mints in the Nutcracker. She has taken Master Classes from Ashley Bouder, Melinda Roy, and Melinda Howe. Hillary teaches tap, ballet, and jazz at Pure Dance Works.


photo Jayda Hazelett

Jayda is a homeschooled high school student who attends pre-professional level ballet classes at New American Youth Ballet 6 days per week. Having danced since age 3, Jayda is currently an upper advanced level ballet dancer. She attended a two week summer intensive with the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in New York in 2015, and has performed the lead roles of Snow White, and Clara in The Nutcracker, among many other roles. Jayda has been an assistant and substitute  teacher since 2011 at Pure Dance Works, and is currently teaching ballet classes.

photo Karen Skinner

Karen is a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Education and has recently received her Indiana teaching  license. Karen has worked in the public school system for over 10 years serving students with special needs. She grew up dancing and now enjoys meshing her love of dance and heart for the special needs community and their families in leading RWID classes.

  Kate Gray

Bio coming soon!

photo Savannah Serban

Savannah Serban began her ballet training as a toddler in the basement of a very dear teacher. She continued her studies at Fort Wayne Ballet, but then started at the New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory starting at the age of 14 under the direction of Beth McLeish. She was selected to attend the summer programs at Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco and the Richmond Ballet. She soon discovered her love for choreography after participating in and winning the Emerging Choreographer's Competition at NAYB in 2008, and went on to study with Charles Moulton in San Francisco, Michael Vernon at Indiana University Ballet Theater, and at the Glenda Brown Choreography Project.

She continued to study both contemporary dance and choreography at Indiana University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology. While at IU, she was accepted on scholarship to Dance Italia located in Lucca, Italy and studied under world-renowned teachers from Nederlands Dans Theatre, Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, as well as several other notable teachers from Europe. She has participated in the Fort Wayne Dance Collective's Choreographers' Lab, and hopes to eventually attend graduate school for choreography. 

Currently Savannah teaches ballet, contemporary and lyrical to students of all ages at Pure Dance Works as well as serving as Office Manager.

  Spencer Fey

Spencer is a student at Carroll High School. He has performed for three years in Carroll's Show Choir and in 2017 was awarded Best Male Vocalist two times.

Spencer currently teaches pre-school through high school level musical theatre classes at Pure Dance Works.

  Jana Fey

Jana has been teaching preschool and early elementary music classes for over 20 years. She also teaches private piano lessons. Jana loves new piano students who have been through Kindermusik - at age 7, they can already counting music, even though they may not realize that is what they are doing!

  Morgan Stillman & Orlando Canova