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Molly Beichler began her dance training at the Dance Conservatory of MD at age 6. She continued dancing at Harford Dance Theatre, Forest Hill Dance, and the Dance Conservatory of MD throughout high school, training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Lyrical. Molly’s enjoyed studying Ballet at several prestigious Ballet schools for their summer intensives, including The Rock School for Dance Education, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has also enjoyed performing in over 30 productions, including playing Wendy in Harford Dance Theatre’s “Peter Pan”, Aurora in the Danse Macabre’s “Screaming Beauty”, and Dew Drop in Harford Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”. Molly has recently finished her Senior year at Towson University, and received her degree in “Dance Performance and Choreography” in May 2019. Molly began her career teaching dance at Churchville Rec. during their 2016-2017 season. Molly has loved her first two years teaching ballet at Havre De Grace Dancers. She was also thrilled to teach at Charm City Ballet this summer. While Molly’s in love with ballet, she is also thrilled to be a newly wed to her second love, Matthias Beichler. They had their dream wedding in July 2019.
Molly is excited to return to Forest Hill Dance as an instructor, and is thankful to the Volunteers, and her fellow instructors for this opportunity!
Lexie Hewitt began her dance studies at the age of four at Upper Falls Dance Academy, a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) studio, where she completed the RAD Graded Examinations Syllabus. She graduated Cum Laude from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BA in Dance with K-12 Teaching Certification and is currently working on her Master of Education degree. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, lyrical and character, she has been able to pass her love of dance onto others through her teaching. Lexie began her teaching career in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and now teaches dance in Baltimore County Public Schools. She has also taught at numerous dance studios. Her choreographic works have been performed on stages at UMBC, Hofstra University, Olney Theater, Towson University, Maryvale Preparatory School and numerous public schools throughout Harford, Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.
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Jessa Raitzyk is a Harford County native and has been dancing since she was little. She has danced ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary and many other styles. Jessa danced competitively for many years and went on to dance in college at Towson University. She has also danced professionally for the Baltimore Blast soccer team for 3 years as a Baltimore Blast Cheerleader. She has been teaching dance for 5 years and absolutely loves sharing her passion with others. Jessa is a Kindergarten teacher for Harford County Public Schools. Jessa is excited to combine her passion for dancing and teaching and hopes to Foster a love for dance in our youngest dancers!
Stacey Royal has been a dance educator and performer for 12 years. While earning a degree in Environmental Science, Stacey performed with both Fordham University's Dance Team as well as the campus dance company, Expressions Dance Alliance. Stacey earned a Masters of Education at University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she also performed with their resident dance group, Major Definition. Stacey has performed professionally with the NY Knicks City Dancers, former NJ Nets Dancers, and the WNBA's NY Liberty. While performing and teaching in the state of New York, she was honored to have the opportunity to take classes with a number of reputable choreographers, including Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, Tina Caspary, and the late Doug Caldwell among others.
Stacey has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hiphop, and modern in studios in both Rochester, NY and Baltimore, MD. As a former competitive gymnast, she also possesses an additional love for teaching acro/tumbling. Her choreography has won awards and been performed along the East Coast in Rochester, NY, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Orlando, FL.
Stacey earned her national dance teaching certification in ballet, jazz, modern, and acro through Dance Masters of America, Inc. She actively pursues continuing dance education through organizations such as NDEO. When not dancing or taking adult class, you'll typically find Stacey working full time, or seeking a new adventure with her two vivacious daughters.
I started dancing when I was 3 at Harford Community College and continued until I graduated from Forest Hill Dance program. I was an assistant teacher for the littles throughout my high school career and also subbed in and volunteered at various HCPS schools. Jazz is my personal favorite style of dance but I also have experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and musical theatre!
Outside of the studio you can find me at college studying human psychology!
Julie Thomas began dancing at the age of 3 at Berkshire Dance Program in Dundalk, MD. She attended Frostburg University where she participated in their Dance Company and various master classes with guest choreographers. While at Frostburg, she earned a BA in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. In addition, she has a master’s degree in Reading Education from Towson University. She currently teaches 5th grade in Towson, MD, runs an after-school dance program for elementary and middle school students, choreographs for the school’s theatre program, and teaches recreation dance to all ages. Tap is her favorite genre of dance, but she also has experience teaching Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Theatre Dance. When she is not teaching dance, she enjoys taking dance classes at Towson University, reading, and crafting.
Kristen Tirocchi began her dance training at the early age of 3 years old. She has developed a background in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Lyrical. After high school, Kristen pursued her dream and graduated from Towson University with a B.F.A degree in Dance Performance and Education. While at Towson, Kristen had the opportunity to study with various faculty and guest artists, to perform in many concerts, and she also choreographed a dance for the camera piece which won second place in the 2006 Student Media Arts Festival.
After graduation, Kristen started performing with the Baltimore-based modern dance company, Impluse Movement Project. While she loves the performance aspect of dance, Kristen’s main passion has always been teaching dance to children. She has been teaching technique classes and choreographing for student performance groups at various dance studios throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania over the past twelve years. Kristen enjoys introducing children to the world of dance, and hopes to help them develop their passion and love for the art form.