MEET OUR TEACHERS
Jessica Callender started dance training at the age of two and has never stopped dancing. Her experience includes five years of dance at Tuscarawas Dance Arts in Dover and the Summer Program at Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center where she studied with Oleg Briansky, the famous Russian Ballet instructor and several members of the New York City Ballet. Her university dance training was at Ohio University and Akron University. She has also performed as a guest dancer with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet. Jessica has been teaching at Melody & Motion since founding it with her husband Dave in 2002. Additionally, she is the mother of three children, Clayton, Jillian and Savannah. She believes dance classes are valuable because the experience "improves coordination, strength and flexibility and gives a sense of accomplishment." Students in her class can expect to learn the skills needed to enjoy and appreciate the arts for a lifetime.
 
Lorie Ann Porcher began taking tumbling with KMB Studio in first grade. By second grade, she joined the Tuscarawas County YMCA Gymnastics Team and competed with them for nine years. She previously taught for KMB Studio and the Marietta YMCA, and has been with Melody & Motion for five years. Lorie holds a B.A. from Marietta College, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University and has been named part of the 2002 Mental Health Group of the Year - Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Additionally, she is a mother of two active children, Kole and Jade. She believes classes like hers are valuable because "it giveschildren the opportunity to socialize with peers, challenge themselves to learn new and more difficult skills, and improve confidence and self-esteem."
 
Heidi Sanner, a long time lover of dance who feels privileged to be able to pass that on to children! "I started dancing at three years old, and developed a deep respect for dance at an early age. My mother says that she enrolled me in dance classes because she heard me sing. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to develop a love for dance! To this day, I still consider my first pair of pointe shoes to be one of biggest accomplishments! After graduating from Claymont High School, I went to the Ohio State University, where I studied dance history. I am currently an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of New Philadelphia, and consider teaching dance my “fun” job. I am married with two daughters, who both attend classes at Melody and Motion. I am so happy to see the positive effects of dance classes in their lives. I love seeing a child’s expression when they get a step correct after practicing. I most enjoy seeing the pride and confidence on a young dancer’s face after they perform for an audience and know they worked so hard for a long time to be able to dance their best!"


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