Instructors


  Anne Fernandes
     
  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. 

     
  Brook Sullian
     
  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.

 

     
  Heather Bemisderfer

Bio coming soon!

     
  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!

     
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.

     
  Kayla Stump
     
  Lydia Lund
     
  Riley Schmitt
     
  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.

     
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 Yaro Carpenter