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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.
Shana O'Brien is a graduate of Goucher College with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. Shana is currently on the faculty of Forest Hill Dance and the Dance Conservatory of Maryland, and is resident choreographer of Ballet Chesapeake. As a member of The Danse Macabre, Shana has directed local dancers in original productions including The Scarecracker: A Halloween Sweet; Snow White and the Seven Demons; Cinderella, Vampire Slayer; and Malice in Wonderland. Shana's students have received numerous scholarships to study at professional training programs and colleges throughout the country. She enjoys watching her students grow in confidence and dedication and she hopes to help each of them develop a lifelong love of dance, theater, and music.
Anita Johnson is a current student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, pursuing her B.A in Dance. She intends to attend graduate school for early childhood education. Anita has studied primarily ballet, tap, jazz and modern at several dance programs including Praise Ballet Academy, Perry Hall Dance, A Step Ahead Dance Center, CCBC and UMBC. She began as a teacher’s assistant for Perry Hall Dance and was promoted the following year to an instructor. Anita has taught classes with Belair Dance Academy, Dance Baltimore, and Dance & BMore, A Step Ahead Dance Center, and Perry Hall Dance, and she continues to teach classes at Dance Conservatory of Maryland and Forest Hill Dance. Anita has performed in various works set by choreographers including Peter Pucci of Pilobolus, renowned tap dancer Baakari Wilder, and Justin Lewis of The JaM Project and World of Dance. Anita is a member District Tap, a tap dance performing company led by Baakari Wilder and Lisa Swenton-Eppard. With the company, she has performed at venues such as Dance Place, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian museums, and Baltimore Theater Project.
Rebecca Ostrowski is currently a student at The Community College of Baltimore County where she will soon receive her Associates Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She will then attend Towson University and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Rebecca began dancing in 2003 at Dancemoves Studio of Dance, where she performed recreationally and competitively for 13 years. There she studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, and Musical Theatre. During her Sophomore year of college, Rebecca was a member of CCBC’s Dance Company under Melinda Blomquist, where she had the opportunity to perform in concerts and showcases on multiple campuses. One of Rebecca’s favorite memories of her dance career include her repeating role as the Maid in The Nutcracker: Tea With Clara by Maryland Classical Dance Academy. Rebecca has been a student of Deborah Engerman, former Maître de ballet of Rasta Thomas’ Rock The Ballet, Brandon Perry-Russell of Dance Theater of Harlem and Bad Boys of Dance, and has taken master classes with Braham Crane of Broadway Dance Center, Adrienne Canterna, choreographer for Bad Boys of Dance, and Peter Pucci of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. In 2017, Rebecca joined the Forest Hill Dance community as an instructor and will now be starting her 3rd season with FHD. Most recently, Rebecca, along with co-instructor Jessa Rosenberger, choreographed a piece for Forest Hill Dance students to perform at the Iron Birds Game in the Summer of 2019. When Rebecca isn’t teaching dance or studying, she loves to spend time with her 60 pound puppy, go bouldering and do yoga, or hang out with her incredibly loving family. Rebecca is so excited to spend another year at FH Dance and feels incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with her co-workers and students.
Jessa Rosenberger 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. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her mini-goldendoodle puppy, Finn, and spend time with family and friends. 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.
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.