Instructors


photo Anne Fernandes

Anne's favorite pastime is reading in a quiet place. If she can sneak off to the Mocha Lounge, all the better.

That's pretty rare though, as she and her husband run a household of five children, one dog, and two cats.

Anne is a homeschool mom, physical therapist, novice knitter, and loves to swim and dance; especially tap dancing! Anne knows how to keep things moving, and she has a real knack for nurturing progress in all of her endeavors.

     
photo Annika Kroeker

Annika has been performing in musicals and dancing since she was a young child.

When she needs a break, she loves to relax by journaling and preserving her memories. If she's feeling crafty, calligraphy is one of her loves.

Annika lives with her parents, siblings, and dog, Elsbeth.

A teacher at heart, besides teaching dance, Annika instructs students in strings, Latin, and English. She enjoys witnessing the delight on a student's face when they have one of those lightbulb moments.  

     
photo Heather Bemisderfer

Heather is a tap-loving homeschool mom of five who spends a lot of her time helping her children achieve their goals.

For a treat, she loves chocolate or a good pedicure. Her culinary appreciation for Sapporo is unparalleled.

Heather has owned a dance studio in days gone by and is fluent in several styles of dance. Her desire to train students properly from an early age with positivity and enthusiasm is apparent in every class she teaches. 

     
photo Kayla Stump

Kayla loves children and has served as a nanny to several families over the years. We refer to her as "The Child Whisperer" around the studio; she has a lot of tricks up her sleeve that engage young dancers with a positive vibe that contributes to their overall development. 

Kayls is an avid movie watcher, with Harry Potter topping her list of Best Movies of All Time, of course!

Kayla loves enjoying a good meal with family and friends, especially if it's at Granite City. Her cat, Newt Scamander, is one of her favorite "people" in the world.

     
photo Taylor Frazier

Taylor is your friendly Welcome Concierge and the studio's Operational Excellence Officer.  

She has a smile for everyone who comes through the door at Pure Dance Works, and she handles vital behind the scene tasks with elegance and ease. 

Taylor enjoys decorating her home, traveling, and anything "dessert!" Favorite hangouts include Chik-Fil-A with her sweet kiddos, Baker Street with hubby Rick, and Target (solo!). 

     
photo Tiina Hazelett

Tiina is the founder of Pure Dance Works and serves as the CEO or Cheif Enchantment Officer.

She is the mom of three mostly grown-up young ladies and the wife of one awesome husband. Her pets are Iivi and Lebam. 

Tiina highly values anything having to do with stories for the entertainment and educational opportunities they provide. That's probably why her very favorite role is leading Sparkle 3 and 4 ballerinas through a class full of imagery pretend play.  

Tiina enjoys reading and watching historical fiction,  playing long board games, being outside in warm weather, and traveling. She loves taking tours of any place, and she thinks that being a tour guide in later life would be the icing on the cake.

     
photo Samantha Stoiche

Sam's go-to drink is a coconut lavender latte from Mocha Lounge. She loves long walks downtown while listening to one of her twenty (20!) weekly podcasts.

One of Sam's favorite jobs has been working with children with disabilities as a respite caregiver. One of her driving desires in life is to make a positive impact through real connection with children.

Fun fact, Sam is a Classical Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano, which means she can sing really loud. On a good day, her high C can reach 110 dB which is the equivalent of some rock concerts!

Sam's cats are named Magenta and Mel. A favorite book is The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.

 

     
photo Madelyn Shankster

Madelyn has a great rapport with little dancers. For one thing, her favorite color is lavender, which is a mature variation on the popular "purple;" a favorite among Sparkle Students. Her aim is to teach with positivity, leaving her dancers with better form and in a better mood at the end of every class. 

Madelyn enjoys crocheting, cycling, doing yoga, dancing, pilates, and BAKING! Especially cookies :). Yum. One of her favorite restaurants is the Mellow Mushroom, a higher order of pizza place that regrettably has no locations in Fort Wayne. Yet.

Her dog's name is Pablo, and a favorite book series is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

 

     
photo Lauren Bemisderfer

Lauren loves reading and watching movies with her family. Her favorite book series is Kingdom Keepers, which is kind of perfect for a Sparkle Ballet teacher. Lots of imagination and adventure there!

Some of Lauren's top strengths are communication, being a relator, includer, and an achiever. Her unique blend makes students feel loved even as she gently prompts them to do their very best. 

Her other "hobby" is ballet; as a current pre-professional student dancing 6 days per week, Lauren has her sights set on becoming a professional ballerina one day soon. 

In her free time, she loves being Aunt Lauren to her niece. Her favorite color is yellow, and she revels in long bike rides.