Teacher Bios

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Jeneca Frederiksen

School Director                                                        

Instructor – Pointe, Children’s Ballet, Creative Movement, and Mommie & Me

After seeing her first ballet, Jeneca Todd Frederiksen immediately enrolled at Clytie Adams School of Ballet. It was there, from the age of 5 to 17, she performed in yearly recitals as well as various roles in 9 productions of The Nutcracker. Jeneca also spent her three years of high school performing with the Davis High Dance Company, a group focusing on ballet, modern, and creating choreography. As a dancer in DHDC, she had the opportunity to tour and perform in New York City, France, Germany, and Czech Republic. During her senior year, Jeneca was selected as the semi-finalist in the statewide Sterling Scholar competition for her technical, performance, and choreographic dance ability.

Prompted by her experience with dance in high school, Jeneca entered college at Brigham Young University to study Dance Education. Though she spent many years learning to be an educator, she also performed on three modern/contemporary companies, including Kinnect, dancEnsemble, and Contemporary Dance Theater. Through those companies, she was able to teach creative movement and modern classes to over 2000 students, work with choreographers like Donald McKayle and Bebe Miller, participate in adjudication at the American College Dance Festival, and perform throughout Utah, Idaho, Jamaica and India.

After graduation in 2012, Jeneca relocated with her husband to Minnesota, taking on the job of school principal and instructor at CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory. This year, Jeneca, her husband, and one year old daughter, have once again relocated, this time to Bloomington, for her husband to get his MBA at Indiana University. Jeneca is excited to begin working at Windfall Dancers as school director and instructor.

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Instructor – Children’s Hip Hop

Georgia Banov is an honors freshman at the Kelley School of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance. She has been competing with Steppin’ Out Dance Company, ranked one of the Top 10 competitive dance studios in the Midwest, since she was 5 years old. She has studied Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, and Pointe.

Georgia has won numerous awards throughout her 13 years dancing, including Apogee Awards, Odyssey Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Fusion Awards, and 3 Industry Dance Awards nominations. She was also invited to the World Dance Championship Series in 2011, America’s Got Talent in 2014, and to the Industry Dance Awards in 2015 and 2016.

This is Georgia’s first time teaching at Windfall, and she is ecstatic to continue her passion and inspire her students to dance their hearts out!

 

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Hannah Briner

Instructor – Creative Movement and Ballet/Tap

Hannah is a senior honors student pursing a Contemporary Dance major and a certificate in Arts Administration at Indiana University. She received her early training at Johnson’s Dance Studio in Owensboro, KY where she studied ballet, tap, and jazz for 10 years. Since coming to IU she has developed a love for modern dance, improvisation, and swishy pants. She has enjoyed working with and learning from all the faculty and guest artists at IU and can’t wait for more this year. Her favorite ways to relax after a long day in the studio are cooking, baking, and reading.

 

11696020_10203754658022006_1495832346480343167_nStephanie Gunter

Instructor – Adult Ballet  and Contemporary, Children’s Contemporary

Stephanie Gunter is a senior Contemporary Dance Major at Indiana University. She is originally from Marion, IN, where she began dancing at the age of three. Stephanie just completed a summer internship teaching with Hubbard Street’s Youth Dance Program in Chicago. This year is Stephanie’s first time teaching at Windfall and she is so excited to be a part of the dance community there!

DSC_0425.JPGJessica Mockrish

Instructor – Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, and Creative Movement

Jessica is thrilled to be joining the Windfall team! She has recently moved to Bloomington from Nusajaya, Malaysia, where she was the co-curricular coordinator and performance education teacher for a K-12 private American school. She has taught students of varied ages and nationalities a variety of movement forms such as dance, gymnastics, jump rope, and aerial silks, in many countries worldwide. Jessica teaches from the profound belief that all students are capable of learning, and that movement in all its forms is an innate part of us that is important to develop throughout life for physical and emotional well-being. Jessica recieved her Dance Education degree with a Musical Theater Minor from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2012.

Bekka Potter

Instructor – Adult Ballet

Bekka Potter, a Bloomington native, began dancing around age 4. She studied primarly ballet, including attending intensive summer programs in Maine and Idaho. In high school and college she began to study other dance styles and forms of expression, including colorguard, modern, jazz, tap, and Irish step dance. Bekka has been teaching ballet at Windfall since 2011 and welcomes the opportunity to share her passion for dance.

img_3910Chelsea Sherman

Instructor – Children’s Jazz, Adult Jazz

Chelsea has studied theater and dance at Indiana University & Bowling Green State University. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Chelsea grew up throwing herself into a plethora of different creative forms, and continues to enjoy educating herself in the arts. With an extensive dance and musical theater background, alongside a passion for growth, community, and progressive leadership, Chelsea began teaching at Windfall in the summer of 2014. She has taught a variety of classes for both children and adults, deriving her choreography from modern, ballet, and fosse-oriented jazz styles. Chelsea has also danced with the Windfall Dancers Company for two years.

When she is not dancing, Chelsea spends most of her time in music. A self-taught theory nerd and trained vocalist, Chelsea arranges, manages, and performs in her neo-pop project Ladycop. She also plays with other outfits in the Bloomington area, and enjoys touring with all projects. While she can no longer fit in dramatic endeavors to her schedule, Chelsea has participated in Awkward Silence and Bad Genetics Comedy troupes, Ivy Tech student productions, and other various theatrical feats.

Chelsea absolutely loves her students! She is dedicated to body positivity and awareness, building confidence and correct technique, creating a fun and safe environment, as well as facilitating the growth of passion and creativity in every dancer who takes her classes. She is excited for another great year at Windfall!

 

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Krista Tellez

Instructor – Kindertap and Children’s Tap

Krista Tellez is a Junior at Indiana University, majoring in Elementary/Special Education with a Speech and Hearing minor. She has been dancing since she was eight years old, having trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. During the 10 years of her training, she has competed and traveled to various dance competitions, and has furthered her dancing at the college level now on the Hoosierettes Dance Team at IU. Dance has always been a passion for Krista; one that she loves to share with her students.

 

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Instructor – Children’s Ballet, Adult Ballet, Youth Company Director

Brynna started her dance career at the age of 2, and has since danced pre-professionally with Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, and Ballet Theatre of Carmel. Over the course of her dance training, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, Bollywood, Kathak, ballroom, Scottish Highland, and more. Two years ago, Brynna stumbled upon the Windfall family and has been extremely fortunate to have become extensively involved in Windfall’s endeavors. She currently teaches classes, directs the Youth Company, and dances with Adult Company here at Windfall. She is also currently a premed student at IU majoring in Neuroscience.

Brennan Wilder

Adult Hip Hop

Brennan “B” Harvey resides in Bloomington, Indiana; where she is the Co-Director of B E A T: Bloomington Expressive Arts Training and the choreographer of Syncopation. Prior to moving to Indiana in January 2012, she lived in Hollywood, California where she performed on a professional Hip Hop dance crew during season five of MTVs America’s Best Dance Crew. While she has experience in Modern, Contemporary, Bollywood, House and Show Choir; Hip-Hop has been her primary dance form for 12 years.

Brennan received her Bachelor of the Arts in Theater/Dance and Psychology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She has performed around the world in England, Mexico and Japan, where she studied many art forms including Noh, Kabuki, and the intriguing dance style of Butoh from Kazuo Ohno himself.