Faculty

Nan Brett discovered her passion for dance as a young student in Boston, MA. She continued with her dance studies as an undergraduate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY majoring in Psychology & Dance. It was during this time that she studied with many respected members of the dance community who helped to shape her foundational beliefs about the importance of excellence in dance education. Notable influences included Elizabeth Carroll (Joffrey Ballet), Felix Smith (American Ballet Theatre); Mary Hinkson, Ethel Winter & Lucinda Mitchell (Martha Graham Dance Company; Lila York (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Lonnie Moretton (Ailey II), Peggy Hackney (Laban Institute) & Isabel Brown (professor of Dance at Skidmore College). After earning her degree at Skidmore Nan taught Modern Dance & Creative Movement and eventually deepened her interest in the benefits of dance as not only a performance art but also as a path to health through exercise & recreation. Inspired by the broad reach and accessibility of dance/exercise, Nan added studies in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology to her post graduate credentials while at the University of Southern Maine.

 

In 1994 Nan purchased the beautiful old ballroom in the Block Building in Harrison, ME and the neighboring function rooms and recreated their purposes as a Movement Arts Center serving a wide range of movement modalities as well as a wide range of students and community members. Continuing to teach, Nan maintains her credentials as a Certified Fitness Instructor through ACE (American Council on Exercise); is an American College of Sports Medicine/American Cancer Society Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, a Reiki Master and is a Biomechanics Method Corrective Exercise Specialist and an Institute for Integrative Health & Fitness Certified

Corrective Exercise Specialist. Nan is the Director of The Ballroom.

 

Juliette Lauzier joined The Ballroom dance faculty in 1998 bringing her talents for teaching Ballet, Jazz, Modern & Tap. Juliette has had extensive training and teaching experience through the Maine State Ballet school where she is a faculty member and, in addition, is a soloist with the Maine State Ballet Company (having danced with MSB since it's inception). Juliette is also a member of the faculty for the Maine Dance Teachers Club annual workshops and generously shares her skills as a dancer and choreographer in the annual production of "Inspired Voices- An evening of hope and inspiration" (benefiting TCMHS). The Ballroom has long maintained a respected presence in the Ballet world in many ways due to Juliette's consistent contributions. In

addition to her performing and teaching skills, Juliette is in demand as a choreographer for community theater and arts organizations throughout Southern Maine. Her extensive performing experience, outstanding choreographic skills, rare ability to teach a variety of dance styles, outstanding ability to relate to and perform her "teaching magic" for her dance students of all ages and her insightful teaching technique have made her an indispensable part of the dance community at The Ballroom.

 

Sergei Slussky discovered Ballroom Dance while he was a student of Fine Arts in Yaroslavl, Russia. Drawn to the world of competitive ballroom dance, Sergei joined the Dancesport Formation Team "Vesna," touring in Russia, Poland and Romania and earning top honors in many events. Sergei's competition experiences eventually led him to teaching when he became the dance coach of a Formation team in his birthplace, Arkhangelsk, Russia. In 1991, Sergei came to Portland, Maine where he taught before entering Brigham Young University, renowned for having the largest collegiate Ballroom Dance program in the world. While at Brigham Young, Sergei excelled at the Ballroom Dance Medal Tests and danced with the BYU Formation team. After his time at BYU, Sergei taught dance in Boston before returning to Portland, Maine, his adopted home town! In 1998 with a "Highly Commended" score he became a member of the prestigious Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and later, Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) both members of the National Dance Council

of America. In 1999 Sergei opened the American Ballroom Dance Academy in Portland and then his current Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios. Sergei has continued to compete in Professional and Professional-Amateur competitions throughout the US and Canada helping his students win

awards while earning the Top Teacher title himself. Sergei’s wide range of dancing and teaching

experiences as well as his unique characteristics of meticulous, methodical presentation of

material, warmth, style, grace and humor enables him to work well with a variety of students

ranging from beginners learning the foundations of social dance to experienced dancers wishing

to hone their skills for in preparation for performance. Sergei joined The Ballroom’s dance

faculty in January, 2000.

 

Becci Webb became a part of The Ballroom’s dance faculty in 2006. Becci began her dance training at the Maine State Ballet at age 3 but really caught the dance/performance bug when she was Clara in The Nutcracker at age 10! Becci eventually became a featured soloist at the Maine State Ballet and continues to serve as a summer faculty member when her busy schedule allows. Becci participated in summer dance camps with the Maine State Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the Feld Ballet Company and earned her BA in Dance Performance at Butler University in Indianapolis studying Ballet, Character, Modern, Jazz , Tap & Flamenco! Becci returned to Maine and eventually added to her academic credentials with an advanced degree in Early Childhood Education—a powerful credential for a dance teacher! A mother of three, Becci continues to dance and teach while enjoying her time with her family.

 

Erin Hamlin joined The Ballroom faculty in 2007 teaching Ballet, Jazz & Modern. Erin was first introduced to the world of dance as a child and danced as a teen with the Full FX competition dance team at the Studio For the Living Arts in Gray, ME. Erin continued her dance training at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY where she received her BA and extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Voice, Acting and Choreography. Erin studied with the Varone Dance Company and at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC before returning to Maine in 2005 to teach English at OHCHS. A talented singer as well as a dancer, Erin has choreographed and performed in local theatrical productions (including OHMPAA) and was a professional member of Debi Iron's Art Moves Dance Project from 2005 to 2013. In 2014 Erin branched out in to the dance fitness realm by earning her Zumba instructor certification. To allow more time for with her three children, Erin has taken a break from the dance faculty. Happily, though, Erin continues to share her enthusiasm for dance/fitness as a Zumba instructor at The Ballroom with classes for children and adults!

 

Rose Heggeman began her personal yoga practice in 2002. As she became more deeply committed to yoga Rose undertook yoga teacher training culminating in the Tula Institute Yoga

Teacher RYT-200 certification in 2016. In addition to this Rose earned her BA degree in Health Arts & Sciences from Goddard College in 2016. With a varied background spanning business, education, yoga and health, Rose was originally drawn to the fields of nutrition and health counseling after motherhood deepened her understanding of the importance of living a healthy and balanced life. In 2014 Rose completed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach program enabling her to work with individuals and groups seeking to receive guidance and

establish action plans with measurable results related to health, wellness and lifestyle. With an approach that appeals to the senses using essential oils, inspired readings, her own lighthearted persona and a practiced, pragmatic eye in her teaching Rose has been leading a variety of yoga classes for both children and adults at The Ballroom since 2016. In her spare time Rose enjoys playing with her children, gardening & growing her own food- a family affair!

 

Tegan Bullard joined Ballroom’s Dance faculty in 2017. Tegan grew up learning Belly Dance under the tutelage of her mother, collaborated with Naya’s Trance Belly Dancers in Portland, Maine and then branched out to Variant Jazz with Debi Irons at Art Moves Dance Studio. Tegan later joined and is still involved in the Art Moves Ensemble and has taught at Art Moves Dance, as well as teaching in public schools around Western Maine while an Art Moves Troupe Project member. Other notable teachers have

included Joanna Patterson (Modern Dance) and Bruce Tracy (Hip Hop). Tegan was a choreographer and performer in Dance Co Motion for 4 years at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. When Tegan returned to Maine she reunited with Nevaeh Dance Company as, well as with Art Moves Dance/Cottage Street Creative Exchange and Expansion Arts. Tegan enjoys teaching the fusion mix she has learned from many great teachers and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with our dancers at The Ballroom!

 

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