Instructors


  Anne Fernandes

Anne's favorite pastime is reading in a quiet place...maybe at the Mocha Lounge. That's pretty rare though, as she and her husband run a household of 5 homeschooled kids, one dog and one cat. Her degree in physical therapy keeps everyone at home in good shape. Anne is a novice knitter and loves to swim and dance. Anne especially loves to tap, and adores teaching her students each week. 

     
photo Bri Mason

Bri loves boutiques and Disney and her dog, Allie. She is pretty excited about her upcoming wedding too! Bri enjoys a good Hibachi restaurant on occasion. Bri's degree is in Community Health and she currently manages activities for senior adults at a local residential facility during the day. She grew up in Indiapolis, having danced her whole life with a couple of different companies. Her favorite class ever was Khattak, a form of classical Indian Dance. She loves helping her students discover the joy of dance!

     
photo Brook Sullivan

Brook and her husband are both physical therapists and parents to seven homeschooled kiddos. The family dog, Peanut, gets lots of attention! Brook loves reading her favorite book, the Bible, and taking long walks with her family. She eats a mostly plant-based diet and loves her 85% dark chocolate! Brook grew up dancing, and has a heart for quality education. She is trained and certified in both the Leap ‘N Learn method and Integrative Dance. Brook is especially excited to mix her love of teaching children with her knowledge as a physical therapist to bring dance to children with learning differences. 

     
photo Hillary Allison

Hillary loves strolling through a farmer’s market, and if she can stop for ice cream after, all the better. Hillary is an advanced pre-professional ballet student, taking class 6 days per week. Her professional goal is to join a dance company in the next 3 years, and we think she’ll succeed! She’d also love to learn to do a headstand without any support, and we’re pretty sure she’ll nail that one too.  You can find her teaching ballet at Pure Dance Works and assisting in a varitey of other classes. 

 

     
  Heather Bemisderfer

Heather is a tap-loving homeschool mom of four 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 Jana Fey

Jana is a busy mom of five kids, one fat cat and one adorable puppy. She loves to have fun, work hard, and relax outside in the SUN!! Biking, yard work and travel are among her hobbies. Always a lover of music, Jana has been a trained and certified Kindermusik teacher since 2000. She also teaches private piano lessons, and she loves it when her new piano students are also Kindermusik graduates, as they understand rhythm, counting, and have already learned to play the recorder, glockenspiel, and dulcimer. 

     
photo Jayda Hazelett

Jayda has been with Pure Dance Works since it’s inception in 2011. Her excellent rapport with children makes her a much-beloved ballet teacher. Jayda loves quality time with others, especially over a cup of good coffe or at Baker’s Street for a special occasion. Her favorite book and movie is Little Women. She loves her dog, Iivi and cat, Lebam...ask her how Lebam got his name some time....

     
  Kayla Stump

Kayla nanny's almost full time in addition to teaching dance. She is a homeschooler and avid movie watcher. Her favorite is Harry Potter, 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 Lydia Lund

Lydia is an avid reader, with Anne of Green Gables being her favorite series ever. A homeschooler, Lydia started at Pure Dance Works assisting in Miss Tiina's Tuesday morning classes. She is in now her third year working at Pure Dance Works. She loves teaching ballet and has an uncanny nack of picking up names in a wink. Lydia enjoys the occasional outing to DeBrand or a movie night. Or maybe both! War Horse is her all time favorite movie. Her professional goal is to join a small dance company in the next three years, and while we will miss her dearly, we will rejoice with her when that happens!

     
photo Riley Schmitt

Riley lives to dance, and so teaching and assisting classes is the perfect exentsion of who she is. Trained as an advanced ballerina, Riley teaches ballet to beginning and intermediate students. She also loves assisting in hip hop, jazz, and tap classes.  

     
photo Spencer Fey

Spencer is an accomplished vocalist and loves teaching his musical theatre students and private voice lessons. He also has a ton of fun teaching hip hop classes. Spencer is an avid traveller. At home, his puppy spends a lot of time chasing his cat around. A collector of instruments, Spencer's favorite is a didgeridoo from Australia. 

     
  Taylor Frazier

Taylor welcomes everyone who comes through the door at Pure Dance Works. She is your go-to gal whenever you need anything at the studio.

     
photo Tiina Hazelett
     
photo Yaro Carpenter