Jane Maurer & William Blair have had a long and successful involvement in the arts and are excited to invite you to take part in their latest creation!
Jane Maurer – Dance Director:
Jane is a DEA certified dance instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. She grew up as a member of the Olympia Ballet Company, and completed an extensive teacher’s training program encompassing tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, and musical theater. Her choreography credits include NFL Cheerleaders, The Seattle Sea Gals; the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia; many summer theater programs including Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella; industry showcases; and more! In addition, Jane is an award winning competition choreographer. Her students have won numerous awards including overall high scores, scholarships, and cash prizes. Jane has also been awarded the prestigious choreography award multiple times at various dance competitions. As a coveted instructor, she has taught Master Classes throughout the United States and Canada.
William Blair - Music Director
William is a professional musician with over 25 years of experience. Originally a piano student, he turned his focus to guitar after discovering the dynamic range of the instrument. His extensive music education started with top notch private instruction and eventually took him to Hollywood, California to attend Musicians Institute. William's unbiased passion for music is very evident. He is comfortable in all styles of music and has produced original works that cover the entire spectrum of musical genres. His music has been used for commercials, competition routines, and most recently, a nylon string solo show. He has performed all over the western half of the United States. His strong professional reputation in the Pacific Northwest secured him a spot in Washington State Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen's "Strategies for Youth Show." He has also worked for Legends in Concert, performing in "Woodstock Tribute Palooza." Aside from his performing career, he has developed a unique instruction method for teaching music. This along with his patient personality makes him an excellent instructor!
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Lisa Pinkney - Dance Instructor
Lisa Pinkney has been dancing since she was only four years old and teaching for over ten years. Her training includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. A California native, Lisa studied at Backstage Academy of Dance in Turlock, CA where she performed in their senior company for many years in the production of “The Nutcracker,” plus many other shows and competitions. She has also danced for various colleges, and received her B.A. Degree in Communication Studies from California State University of Stanislaus. Her choreography for several competition teams has garnered awards and recognition for her students. She is very excited to be apart of Astudia Dance World and share her passion for dance!
Greg Benoit - Drums & Percussion Instructor
Greg Benoit teaches drums & percussion at Astudia. Greg has years of drumming experience which includes recording and touring with the band “Sub Factor”. Greg is also an avid film maker. He attended the College of Southern Nevada film school. While attending school Greg made the film "Words of Courage” which went on to win a semi-final spot in the Action/Cut Film festival in Hollywood.
Our Customer Care Crew
These lovely ladies are here to help you to have the best Astudia experience possible!
Julia Szydelko - Dance Instructor
Julia is current member of Astudia's Senior Company competition group. She has trained with Megan King and has had extensive training with our dance director Jane Maurer. Julia is a wonderful role model. She takes a very active role in her school by participating in things such as dance team, band, and she holds the position of Student Body Vice President. Julia is a fine example of someone who has grown with Astudia and is now ready to give back!
Ami Khauv - Dance/Music Instructor
Ami is a phenomenal gymnast and a trained dancer, which is the perfect combination to bring high energy instruction to Astudia! If that isn't enough, she is also a trained musician. Ami attended Seattle Pacific University where she received her Bachelor of Arts as a music major. She is an avid musician of the Chinese dulcimer, violin, and guitar. Ami's unique blend of training and her willingness to share her knowledge makes her a perfect fit at Astudia!
Stephanie McCoole - Dance Instructor
Stephanie was enrolled in a tap class at age 4 by her mother as a way to overcome shyness. It worked great and she hasn’t stop talking or performing since. Stephanie started to teach when she was 13 years old and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in Dance. She has taught tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop to all ages and loves to choreograph as well. She has created choreography for the Miss Hawaii pageant circuit and staged the opening act for The Miss Kona Coffee pageant, along with various other groups including the Navy Seabee’s, Kona Youth Neighborhood Watch and the St. Michael The Archangel Youth Group who performed for the Pope at Vatican City. She loves to see students learn, succeed, and enjoy themselves at the same time! Stephanie is looking forward to teaching all the dancers at Astudia Dance World!
Cherity Harchis - Dance Instructor
Cherity began dancing at the age of five, studying ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics. At seven she became a dance and vocal soloist with a traveling performing company. By age ten, Miss Cherity made her professional debut in various theatrical productions such as Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, The Miracle Worker, and The Sound of Music. It was during this time that Actor/Director; Dennis Hart from Hollywood CA, hand-picked her to become an original cast member of Broadway Babies. She has worked with artists such as Al Gilbert, Mallory Graham, Joe Tremaine and the Tony award winning choreographer Tommy Walsh. Cherity is a fantastic instructor who loves to share her knowledge and passion with our students.
Landon Beaty - Dance Instructor
Landon is our Ballet/Contemporary specialist. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has a myriad of professional experience which includes work with the Providence Ballet Theater, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, and Les Ballet Grandiva in New York. He also worked as a aerialist with Celebrity Cruises. Currently he is performing in “Jubilee” at Bally’s on the strip. We are pleased to have someone with his expertise here at Astudia to really step up the skills of our students.