Meet our Teachers

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Jessica Ferguson

School Director, Teacher

On-call substitute

Jessica is thrilled to be here with the Windfall team! Jessica relocated 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 all 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 received her Dance Education degree with a Musical Theater Minor from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2012.

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Chelsea Sherman

Windfall Juniors Director, Teacher

Junior’s Contemporary

Chelsea began teaching at Windfall School of Dance in 2014. Since then, she has facilitated courses and developed choreography for a variety of genres, ages, and experience levels. Chelsea currently studies Interdisciplinary Performance Arts at Indiana University through the Individualized Major Program. With an extensive background in dance, theatre, and music, she loves incorporating multiple styles into her work. She was a member of the Windfall Dance Company from 2014-2018.

Chelsea absolutely loves her students! She is dedicated to body positivity and awareness, building confidence and correct technique, creating a fun and encouraging environment, and promoting passion and creativity to all who take her classes. She is excited for another great year at Windfall!

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Georgia Banov

Teacher

Children’s Hip Hop, Adult Hip Hop, Adult Tap 1/2

Georgia Banov is an honors junior 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 third year teaching at Windfall, and she is ecstatic to continue her passion and inspire her students to dance their hearts out!

 

Bekka Potter

Teacher

Adult Ballet 1/2

Bekka Potter, a Bloomington native, began dancing at age four.  She studied primarily 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 color-guard, 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.

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Molly Weiler

Early Years Teacher

Toddler Time, Creative Movement, Pre Ballet, Kindertap

Molly Weiler is looking forward to her first year working with Windfall. She recently moved from Indianapolis, IN where she lived and taught preschool for ten years. Her time in Indianapolis included teaching creative movement classes and working with NoExit Performance as a performer and as a board member. Most recently, she worked at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as an Early Childhood Educator, where she was able to explore play based instruction, develop leadership skills and incorporate the arts into her curriculum regularly. She attended Indiana University Fort Wayne and studied Early and Middle Childhood Education with a Minor in Dance. She is passionate about building and maintaining positive relationships with her students, creating an environment that is supportive and safe, and she wants to inspire her students to explore their creative potential, both in the arts and as humans in the world.

 

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Cameron Barnett

Teacher

Children’s Ballet 2/3, Adult Contemporary 2/3

Cameron Barnett is a senior at Indiana University pursuing a BFA in dance. During his time at IU, he has choreographed nearly a dozen works, including the evening-length dance-theatre performance HOUSE HOUSE HOUSE: a play with dance. As a performer, he has been seen in several plays, including Antigone, Marat/Sade, and Julius Caesar. Through Indiana University Contemporary Dance and Indiana University Ballet Theater, he has performed dances choreographed by Bill T. Jones, Jerome Robbins, Jose Limon, Andrea Miller, and Kyle Abraham. He has trained with David Dorfman, Larry Keigwin, and Pilobolus, among others.

Cameron believes that dance is profoundly human, as all people have bodies. In his teaching practice, he incorporates principles of embodiment, individual expression, and physical problem-solving. Cameron is thrilled to share the joy of dance with students at Windfall.

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Shelby Allen

Teacher

Children’s Ballet 1, Adult Contemporary 1/2

Shelby Allen is excited to be joining the Windfall School of Dance team this year. Shelby relocated from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Bloomington to pursue her M.S.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. In 2016, Shelby received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma with a minor in Leadership Studies. While there, Shelby performed with the Kaleidoscope Dance Company from 2012-2015. Shelby has an extensive background in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and contemporary technique as well as tumbling and cheerleading experience.

Shelby has a passion for individual growth and holistic development which she passes on to her students. She is committed to creating a positive and inclusive classroom environment. Shelby values each student’s individual journey and seeks to instill confidence, creativity and self-assurance in every dancer she teaches.

 

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Hayley Dalton Williams

Teacher

Adult Beginner Jazz

Hayley has been teaching dance for 10 years focusing on Ballet, Classic & Contemporary Jazz and Choreography for Auditioned Student Companies. In the past 4 years she has discovered how much she loves teaching adult students. Her adult Jazz class focuses on a sweat-inducing warm up followed by learning classic Giordano style Jazz skills in the center and across the floor, ending with learned skills being mixed with contemporary movement  in dance combinations. She loves creating a challenging class without any sense of competition that cultivates the love of dance! Her class is open to all levels of experience.

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Jacob Lesser

Teacher

On-call substitute (Hip hop, Tap)

Jacob Lesser is a sophomore at Indiana University pursuing his B.S in Exercise Science. He has studied Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern. Jacob was part of an all boys Hip Hop crew called New Boys that competed at dance competitions as well as on America’s Got Talent and Dance Moms. Jacob helped choreograph dances for his dance crew which won multiple awards at dance competitions like Starpower, Dance Xplosion, and Believe. Jacob is incredibly excited to be joining the Windfall School of Dance Staff and passing on what he has learned in is 15 years of dancing as well as teaching students to add individuality to their dancing.

 

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Brynna Webb

Teacher

On-call substitute (Ballet, Contemporary)

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. Three 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 and dances with the Windfall Dance Company.

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Clarissa Tokash

Teacher

On-call substitute (Ballet, Tap)

Originally from Northwest Indiana, Clarissa has been dancing for approximately eighteen years. Studying primarily at Civic Dance Center, she trained in ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, musical theater, and contemporary. She is a three-time alumnus of Joffrey Academy of Dance’s “Summer Dance Lab”, and she has performed in various showcases, musicals, and ballets (most notably as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker). Outside of Windfall, Clarissa is a recent graduate of IU, holding a BA in Gender Studies, and is starting graduate school to pursue a Masters’ of Library Science. She works as a receptionist at The Kinsey Institute. A recent addition to Company, Clarissa is enthused about working collaboratively with other dancers and growing her skills as an artist.

 

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Christine Dumervil

Teacher

On-call substitute (Hip Hop)

Christine has been dancing for 11 years and joined Windfall Dancers this February. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, Christine grew up dancing ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, and step. Christine recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Communications and is now a graduate student at IU Bloomington studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. Christine enjoys traveling, movie watching and of course dancing and choreography. She is so excited to be performing with Windfall for the first time this season.


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