Meet our Teachers

Molly Weiler

School Director

Adult Tap 1/2, On-Call Substitute

Molly Weiler is pleased to continue her involvement with Windfall School of Dance. 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.

Laura Blanchard

Junior Dancers Director

Adult Ballet 1/2, Adult Contemporary

Laura began her dance training in Norfolk, VA, studying at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Her focus was on ballet and modern technique, but has always loved exploring movement, and strives to bring that sense of exploration to every class she takes and teaches. Laura’s main objective when teaching is to inspire joy, physical well being, and confidence. She is thrilled to be at Windfall working with friends and dancers who share the belief that learning is a lifelong joy!

Paige Overbeck

Teacher

Adult Ballet 3

Paige Overbeck is originally from Fort Wayne, IN, and now lives in Bloomington where she is a full-time student studying Art Education. Paige taught children’s ballet in Fort Wayne for 7 years, and truly enjoys working with young children. Her mission in the ballet studio is three-fold: her goal is to teach proper classroom etiquette, ballet technique that is correct and age appropriate, and a love and passion for movement and music. 

Paige graduated from a ballet and academic conservatory called Project Ballet where she trained full days in ballet Monday-Saturday. During this time she regularly participated in master classes from notable teachers and choreographers such as Michael Vernon (IU Ballet Chair), Shawn Stevens (IU Ballet Faculty and former NYCB dancer), and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Leslie Rauch. Paige continues to take ballet classes through Indiana University for her own personal enjoyment.

Celina Jaffe

Teacher

Pre-Ballet, Children’s Ballet 1/2, Children’s Ballet 2/3

Celina has recently returned to her hometown of Bloomington after three years of dancing and teaching in Europe. She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick, Ireland and is delighted to come back and share her experiences to nurture the passion of dance in our community. For the past decade Celina has led and performed at numerous workshops, dance intensives and festivals for students of all ages in contemporary dance, ballet, improvisation, screendance, and musical theatre. She is an alumna of IU with degrees in French, International Studies and a minor in Dance. When teaching Celina cultivates a respectful, challenging, and lighthearted space where the student’s input is valued and individuality encouraged. 

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Cameron Barnett

Teacher

On-Call Substitute

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

On-call substitute

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.

Bekka Potter

Teacher

On-call substitute

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.

Clarissa Tokash

Teacher

On-call substitute

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. Clarissa is enthused about working collaboratively with other dancers and growing her skills as an artist and teacher.


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