Rene Jones was raised in North Carolina where she started her dance education at the age of two. She studied ballet, tap, jazz & contemporary for over 16 years. She was a member of the Dance Theatre of Fayetteville for 10 years where she performed in many of the classics like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Coppelia. At the age of 14, she added Ballroom & Latin to her repertoire by studying under instructors Sunday & Roland Bersch. She began competing with her partner Roland Bersch II on the competitive circuit at age 19. Rene & Roland won many awards in the Latin 5 Dance category & Theatre arts division at National competitions such as the Heritage Classic, Atlanta Open & the Atlanta Dance Classic. They were coached by many legends & world champions such as Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin (SYTYCD Choreographers) & Toni Redpath (SYTYCD Judge/Choreographer). She also spent her time as a Ballroom/Latin instructor at Roland’s Dance Studio in NC. After many years as a Ballroom instructor, Rene was invited to teach at Cumberland Dance Academy, an award winning competitive dance studio in Fayetteville, NC. She was an instructor at CDA in Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Lyrical for 7 years. She is excited to bring her passion for dance & teaching to the students at Footloose!
Heatherly Ahern, Studio Manager
Heatherly is a dance educator with 4 years of professional teaching experience, teaching competitive students of all age levels. Heatherly has studied ballet for 22 years and throughout her life has added jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, modern, and belly dance to her studies. During high school she was able to be a part of her various high school dance teams, which gave her the opportunity to compete in competitions all over the United States and to be a part of some exciting performances like the 2005 Gator Bowl Half Time Performance in Jacksonville, Florida. Heatherly received her AA in Physical Education K-12 from the College of Southern Idaho in 2011. While she was there she was able to pay for a part of her education with a scholarship provided by her participation with the CSI Golden Girl’s Dance Team. After receiving her Associates, she continued working towards her BA in Dance with a dance based scholarship with the University of Nebraska Lincoln. At UNL she participated in a number of master classes, some of her favorites include; The Russian National Ballet Theatre, Chicago Touring Company, Memphis Touring Company, and getting to work with artist Elizabeth Streb as she prepared choreography for the STREB pre-show. In May of 2014 Heatherly graduated with her Bachelor’s in Dance.
Classes: Ballet (ages 5-7), Ballet/Jazz Combo (ages 5-7), Beginning Level 1 Ballet, Intermediate Level 1 & 2 Ballet, Pre Pointe, Intermediate Level 1 & 2 Contemporary, Intermediate Level 1 & 2 Jazz, Intermediate Tech/Flex
Team Director (Team Gold and Star Company)
Alexis started dancing at age 3. She has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and modern, as well as flexibility and technique classes. She began competitive dance at the age of 8 competing in Dallas, Texas. Outside of studio classes, Alexis was a drill team officer. Drill team provided her with some incredible opportunities such as taking classes in New York City, performing at Disney World, and at the annual Children's Christmas parade that is held in downtown Dallas.
Classes: Beginning Level Contemporary 1 & 2, Beginning Level Ballet, Beg/Int Level Ballet (Non Performance), Ballet/Tap Combo (ages 3-4), Hip Hop (ages 5-7), Beginning Tech/Flex
Team Directory (Team Gems)
Born here on Okinawa, Japan, Hajime started to train at various dance studios around the island. He continued his dance, as well as his educational studies, over in California, nabbing himself a degree in Psychology and an assertion of his dance skill. In both America and Japan, Haji has performed and competed with numerous companies including Academy of Shock!, Dance Over Styles and Academy of Villains. And the number of times he's placed in the top ten at battles in both countries is too many to count, so when all is said and done, he's not someone you want to be up against.
カリフォルニアでダンスを続けながら、心理学の学位を取得し、ダンスに専念する。 アメリカと日本で舞台に立ち、Academy of Shock!, Dance over Styles と Academy of Villains を含む多くのカンパニーと共に競い合う。 多くで、日本とアメリカで上位１０位に入った大会の数は数えきれないほどであり、彼と対決するのはご承知の通り、かなりの挑戦である。
Classes: All Hip Hop Classes
Tiffany comes to you from Glendale, Arizona, having trained with multiple companies across the valley such as Physical Graffiti (part of Glendale Community College's Semi-Pro dance company), No Limitz Dance Crew, Scorpius Dance Theater, Epic Dance Co, and various other companies. Tiffany grew up a competitive dancer traveling the west coast to conventions and competitions. In her later years she was a key member of No Limitz Dance Crew. Tiffany has performed in multiple venues across Arizona including half time shows for the Phoenix Suns, Mercury, and the Harlem Globetrotters. She also has performed at the Arizona State Fair, Herberger Theater, Phoenix Orpheum, Glendale Amphitheatre, and specialized theaters across the Arizona. She has a love for Jazz and Contemporary and a passion to make people happy. Tiffany's recent choreography has been featured on the American TV Game Show Spinoff.
Classes: Ballet/Tap combo (ages 5-7), Broadway Fundamentals, Jazz Funk Fundamentals, Beginning Jazz, Ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-4), Tech/Flex (ages 5-7)
Cerrin has been dancing since she was 2 years old, studying Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, and Jazz. She took her dance education one step further and got her B.F.A in Dance Studies from Arizona State University in 2007. At ASU she graduated with multiple recognition scholarships and awards including the Outstanding Dance Studies Student Award 2007 and Arizona's Best Choreography Award 2006. She has studied with numerous dance legends, performed and choreographed for dance companies in Portland, OR and Phoenix, AZ, and taught in studios all over the world. She was Artistic Director of Off-Center Dance Company Jr., Temenos Dance Collective, and is currently Co-Artistic Director of SubRosa Dance Collective. Here on Okinawa, she has taught in the American and Japanese communities as well as danced with and choreographed for FootLoose's award winning dance team "High Heels." Most recently, her FootLoose students won 1st for the Group Creative Dance Division as well as 2nd and 3rd for the Solo Creative Dance Division at the 6th Ryukyu International Ballet Competition.