WHO WE ARE AT NSD
Jennifer Picart-Branner and Stephanie Clarke are the founders and owners of Northwest School of Dance. Together they form a dynamic teaching team with more than 30 years combined teaching experience. They've been teaching for the past 16 years in Kitsap County and surrounding areas.
Our mission at the Northwest School of Dance is to create a positive motivational environment that nurtures dancers of all ages and levels to be strong athletes, expressive artists, and inspired individuals in the studio and in their community. Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, acro arts, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, ballroom and conditioning for students to explore recreationally or train for a future in dance.
Our studio offers a safe, healthy learning environment and team atmosphere in every class in order to help each student achieve their best level of success.
All classes are led by passionate, caring, adult instructors. We pride ourselves on high quality, hands on instruction. This allows us to give each dancer more individualized attention, which has been proven to increase the quality of instruction, help the dancers excel more rapidly, greatly improve their technique and prevent injuries. Both owners and instructors are committed to continuing their education by attending Certified Teacher Courses yearly throughout the country.
Co-Owner/JPB/Ballet Director - Miss Jenn attended the University of Music and Art in Frankfurt, where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Theater Dance with a major in Classical Vaganova Technique. During her residency in Germany, she danced with the Frankfurt Ballet Company and was a guest performer with Royal Ballet Company in London. Miss Jenn began her teaching in Germany and has continued teaching in Washington for the past 20 years. She is certified by the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow as having completed Levels A and B (1st through 5th year of dance education) of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program. She plans to complete the Bolshoi Teacher Certification by summer 2021 which would then certify her to teach 6th-8th year of dance education. The summer of 2019 she was invited by the Royal Ballets Artistic faculty to continue her professional development by observing teachers first hand teaching future world class dancers at the Royal Ballet School London. She recently became certified in Progressing Ballet Technique for Junior, Senior and advanced programs. Miss Jenn is the founder of JPB’s Le Petit Ballet, which opened in 2007 and is now NSD’s pre-professional ballet company.
Co-Owner/CDG/Lyrical/Jazz - Miss Stephanie is a co-owner and instructor at Northwest School of Dance, and Director of the studio’s competition dance team, Clarke Dance Group. She has been teaching and choreographing dance for over 20 years. The greater part of her dance training was completed at Cornish College of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Dance, Cum Laude. Miss Stephanie’s studies originally focused on Ballet and Modern. However, after graduating college, her passion and training began shifting to Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz styles, which is what she primarily teaches now. Miss Stephanie is excited to continually hone her skills and training which has taken her throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Boston, Arizona, California and Chicago. She began studying the Giordano Jazz technique two years ago, completing four levels of training. Miss Stephanie received her certification in the Basic, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels of the Giordano technique.
Acro/Jazz - Jessi has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and acro/tumbling at her hometown studio in Butte, Montana. She performed and competed with dance and acro/tumbling teams on a local and national level for 7 years. Jessi started teaching dance in 1995 and has taught in the Kitsap area since 2002. She is an Acrobatic Arts certified instructor in Modules One and Two. She holds a BFA in graphic design from Montana State University and is a freelance graphic and web designer. Jessi is proud to have passed her love of dance onto her daughter, Lainey who dances here at NSD!
Combo and Adult Ballet - Miss Cheyenne Martinek has grown up performing in Kitsap County, with over 16 years of dance background and 8+ years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. She has danced with pre-professional ballet companies, including Dance Ensemble Northwest and JPB, and competed tap in local dance competitions. Miss Cheyenne has two degrees in Early Childhood education, a Montessori diploma, and a certification in Anne Green Gilbert’s critically acclaimed Creative Dance program. She is also certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique program. Working as both a preschool teacher with NSD’s Performing Arts Preschool and a dance instructor, Miss Cheyenne loves to encourage children to be creative, express themselves and develop a love for the arts.
Ballet/Jazz/Combo/Lyrical - JoAnne Wynn is a native of Washington State and relocated to Delaware in 2002 where she spent 14 years as a studio instructor. She returned home to Washington to continue her career as a studio instructor and recently began teaching dance at a public Performing Arts Elementary School where she instructs weekly classes, choreographs routines, and plans and organizes performances. JoAnne built her strong foundation through the study and performance of classical ballet and has spent 20 years developing her teaching skills in all dance styles by attending professional workshops in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Seattle. She also continued her personal dance training at Academy of the Dance and First State Ballet Theater in Wilmington, DE. JoAnne’s choreography has received Critic’s Choice/Best in Show, Exceptional Staging, and Outstanding Ballet Performance Awards at many regional dance competitions and several of her former students have gone on to pursue dance at the college and professional level, as well as become the next generation of dance instructors. JoAnne currently teaches at Northwest School of Dance and View Ridge Performing Arts Elementary School, is certified in Anne Green Gilbert’s acclaimed Creative Dance program and recently became a certified instructor of the Progressing Ballet Technique method of training.
Modern/Lyrical/Jazz/Ballet - Miss Becca has been dancing since the age of six, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She received her early training from Ewajo Dance Centre and Bainbridge Ballet, then went on to study dance at the University of Washington. Since graduating, she has been performing professionally in Seattle as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She was a member of Au Collective from 2015 to 2019. Miss Becca has been teaching since 2014, and is excited to be teaching even more classes at NSD this year!
Hip Hop/Tot Hop - Miss Mackenzie has been dancing and performing for 16 years now. She has trained extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary. However, she’s always been most passionate for the Jazz and Hip Hop styles. She started competing at the age of 7 and continued until she graduated in 2018. Her dance studies and commitment have taken her throughout Washington, Oregon and California. This will be Mackenzie’s second year teaching, but before that, she served as a TA and co-teacher at NSD for several years. She is also an assistant for the studio’s competition team, the Clarke Dance Group.
Hip Hop-Alexis Creta started dancing at the age of 6, studying Jazz and Ballet. At age 8, she joined her first Jazz/Lyrical Competitive Dance Team, while expanding knowledge in Tap and Musical Theater. At 11, she joined her first Ballet Company till the age of 15. She continued to further her classical education with Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Ballet Partnering and Pointe classes. From age 12 to 17 years, she joined her second, Jazz/Lyrical Competitive Team, supplementing her pursuits with various genres; Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Partnering, Pointe, Acro, Hip Hop and Improvisation/Choreography. Freshman year of high school, she co-founded the first ever, Peninsula High School Jazz & Pom Dance Team, The Superhawks. Her goal was to get involved in school athletics, while continuing the pursuit of her true passion. By her junior year, she joined her first Competitive Hip Hop Team, led by America's Best Dance Crew runner up, Greg Baja. Her teaching career started at age 16, at Harbor Dance and Performance Center. After graduating high school in 2015, Alexis attended Washington State University, joining the Crimson Girls Dance Team. In 2019, Alexis graduated with a BS in Kinesiology, a minor in Psychology and a newly developed passion for mindfulness. Shortly after, she returned to teach at Harbor Dance and Performance Center, teaching Hip Hop while co-coaching their Jazz/Lyrical Competitive Team. From 2020-2021 she coached the Jazz/Lyrical Competitive Team at Freedom Dance Center while teaching Musical Theatre, continuing her involvement in Hip Hop classes and co-coaching the Jazz/Lyrical Competitive Team at Harbor Dance. Alexis is passionate about continuing to expand her content in different Hip Hop techniques, breakdance moves, classic Musical Theatre numbers and Modern dance technique.
Her goal is to create an enriching atmosphere that gives students the opportunity to connect with their body from both an artistic and scientific perspective. She utilizes mindfulness techniques intermixed with anatomical vocabulary to deepen bodily awareness, applies a biomechanical and program-like approach when analyzing/correcting technique and form, and promotes creativity through movement imagery. She believes that every body has an incredibly high functional capacity, but not everyone should be trained the exact same way to meet that capacity. Unique qualities are what makes movement captivating. The key is highlighting the differences to create a truly beautiful, one of a kind, piece of art.
Hip Hop/Jazz/Lyrical - Sarah is from Central New Jersey but lived near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where she trained and competed in dance for 15 years. She attended East Carolina University in North Carolina and was on the Club Dance Team, where they competed and won in the collegiate category at Nationals multiple times. She decided to move back home to SC and teach dance while staying in school. In May of 2021 she earned her Associates Degree in Arts and is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Social Work, and wants to open up her own practice of Dance Therapy. Sarah is new to Bremerton and the west coast but is extremely eager to teach the amazing dancers here. Her aspiration as a teacher is to keep your dancer excited to come to dance and help make their day just a little more fun.
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COME BE A PART OF THE NSD FAMILY!
Interested in working for Northwest School of Dance? We are always looking to expand our faculty and staff.
Current Job Openings
Now hiring part-time dance instructor positions in all dance styles including ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, and tap. Experience is required. It is preferred that instructors are well rounded in their training and able to teach more than one style, but it is not required. Hours of instruction may vary depending on a variety of factors. Positions open for summer and fall (2019-2020 school year) teaching. Ideally looking for someone who can teach in the fall, or start in the summer and continue throughout the next school year, 2019-2020. Starting wage dependent on experience & qualifications, extra pay offered for travel reimbursement. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*On Call Substitute Instructor*
We are looking for an experienced substitute dance teacher in all areas of dance (ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, tap, contemporary) to add to our on-call list. To apply for this position, please email us your resume, headshot, and coverletter to email@example.com.
Northwest School of Dance is a member of NDEO (National Dance Education Organization), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance. As a member, we are able to take part in National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). Student induction into the NHSDA is awarded on the basis of points earned for meritorious work in dance. These students receive a Certificate of Membership, added prestige in scholarship applications & future resumes, wear NHSDA honor cords & gold honor pins during graduation ceremonies, and are eligible to apply for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award.