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Faculty and Staff

We are very excited to have a highly qualified faculty and staff dedicated to educating students in the artform of dance. All of our teachers are required to follow a basic syllabus/class plan each year and to go through First Aid and CPR training. It is very important that our teachers also be appropriately trained in working with and educating children of all ages. This ability is gained through certifications, workshops, college classes, and experience.


We are proud to be a Charter Member of the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association. I.D.E.A. Mission: To protect the reputation of dance education by setting a high standard for safe and fair business practices. Making a commitment to ensure all students, regardless of age or skill level are offered a quality dance education. To assist in the member’s growth of business, school organization and ability to create a positive culture that fosters successful dance students while always maintaining a professional and supportive environment. To come together to share the latest trends, business concepts, and build camaraderie among studio owners.

Brienne A. Garland "Ms. Bri"

Owner/Dance Educator

Growing up in the world of dance, Brienne was privileged to receive many scholarships for the gifted and talented to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. At MD Hall she was able to study under the direction of Barbara Easter, Bobbie Smith, and the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis (Currently the BTM). As the years have gone by, she has enjoyed learning from dance greats such as Joe Tremaine, Rhee & Rennie Gold, Frank Hatchett, Mandy Moore, Greg Russell, Bob Rizzo, Doug Caldwell, and Denise Wall. Inspired by the passion of some of her own teachers, she knew she wanted to also teach dance. Teaching for 22 years now, Brienne has taught children of all ages in a variety of dance styles. Along with judging the occassional pageant, she stays involved in area theatre, choreographing for local school musicals as well as serving as an instructor, presenter and judge at the Festival of Eastern Shore Theatre. An alumni member of the AACC Dance Company, Brienne has a degree in Business Management and Fine Arts - Dance. She serves on the Board of Directors of the MD Council for Dance as 2nd Vice President. She is also a Charter Member of the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, the National Dance Educator’s Organization, directs Chapter 138 of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and was recently voted "Favorite Business Owner" on the shore in The Update for the third year in a row. In addition, she often teaches dance for community organizations such as Caroline County Recreation & Parks, Talbot County Parks & Recreation, and TCPS - Crashbox Theatre. Currently completing/updating her certification in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance & Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, Ms. Bri loves to immerse herself in the world of dance, and feels very fortunate to have the continuous encouragement and loving support of her husband, Jason, and two children, Brett & Rorie. 

Lauren A. Burkhead "Ms Lauren"

Irish Teacher

Nurse Practioner

Ms. Lauren began dancing at age three and continued dancing all the way through college. She has studied many different styles of dance including ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap, modern, African and Irish. She is an AACC Dance Company alumnus and a member of the Maryland Council for Dance. Lauren has her Masters Degree and works in the Annapolis area as a Family Nurse Practioner, but dance continues to have a very special place in her heart. She loves teaching and choreographing and hopes to instill a passion for the artform in her students. We are very excited to have Ms. Lauren back on our Faculty after living in Ireland for several years.

Heather Crenshaw "Ms. Heather"

Ballet, Variations, Pointe Teacher

Heather began studying dance when she was 4 years old under Diana Cook Green, and spent 7 years in the youth company, the Montgomery Ballet Company. With Montgomery Ballet, she performed 5-6 shows annually at various theaters, including the Kennedy Center and in the Bahamas. Heather was awarded various honors for her dancing, including being a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, and, under the tutelage of Florence Gardner in Frederick, passed Cecchetti grades 1 through 5. She received her B.F.A in Dance from Adelphi University, where she received excellent training from, among others, Rochelle Zide Booth, Loren Hightower, Katja Geleznova, Norman Walker, and Regina Larsen. While in New York, she performed professionally, continued teaching, and modeled as a dancer. Heather has taught ballet to children, adults, and competitive ice skaters throughout the intervening years. A Denton resident for over nine years, Heather keeps busy in her spare time by making use of her Juris Doctorate and Master of Science in Business Management (Finance) by practicing law -- when not caring for her three active children.​

Victoria Austin "Ms. Victoria"

Combination, Tap, Jazz Teacher

Ms. Victoria grew up on Long Isand NY and started dancing at age 4. She went on to compete in tap dance. Ms. Victoria has been teaching at TTP since 2012. She has a K-8 BS/ MS in teaching and has been teaching in CCPS since 2004. When not teaching, you can find Ms. Victoria on a hike or picnic with her husband and two boys.

Olivia Calwell "Miss Olivia"

Irish, Hippity Hop, Hip Hop, Contemporary Teacher

Miss Olivia has been dancing with Ms Bri since she was just 3 years old. She has been a TTP Dance Company member and performed in our annual Nutcracker. Along with assisting at TTP from an early age, Miss Olivia has been a member of our faculty for five years. She is CPR & first aid certfied, YPAD certified, and holds a degree in elementary education. Miss Olivia is excited to be teaching Kindergarten at DES this year while continuing to teach classes here at TTP.

Caitlyn Creasy "Miss Caitlyn"

Ballet, Contemporary Teacher

Miss Caitlyn has also been a TTP family member since she was very young, taking classes, performing with the Dance Company, and in our annual Nutcracker performances. In addition to assisting classes throughout her high school years, she has been on faculty now for four years. Miss Caitlyn continued dancing through college, received her Bachelor's Degree, and is currently working for Central DE Habitat for Humanity.

Barb Mitchell "Ms. Barb"

AcroDance Teacher

Barbara Mitchell is a 1996 graduate of Queen Anne's County High school were she was a Varsity cheerleader beginning in her sophomore year. Also during her high school years she taught basic tumbling and cheer for Queen Anne's County Parks and Recreation. In May of 2000 Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and currently works for the Talbot County court system. Barbara has coached for Caroline County Cougars thru Pop Warner, as well as coached for Caroline County Little League. She was honored to be nominated and accepted as Caroline County Pop Warner's Cheer Commissioner beginning in 2014-2016. Ms. Barb is very excited to be a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor.

Rorie Garland "Miss Rorie"

Company, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap Teacher

Voice & Piano Instructor

Miss Rorie has been dancing since she was born. She has assisted Ms. Bri in classes since she was just 5 years old. Currently in her ​third year on faculty at TTP, she attends several dance conventions and the DanceLife Teacher conference each year. She has been awarded Tap scholarships, and is a member of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts. She is working on her YPAD certification and is CPR, First Aid, and Safe Sitter certified. Along with dance, Miss Rorie has taken Voice Lessons & Piano Lessons since she was 7 years old. She has been a member of Crashbox Theatre Troupe, All Shore Honors Chorus, All Shore Honors Band, and All Shore Honors Orchestra through out middle & high school. Miss Rorie stayed busy with her all of her school ensembles (Marching Band, Chorus, Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band), and looks forward to being a Music Education or Music Pedagogy major in college. She plays several instruments with upright bass & electric bass guitar being her favorites.

Julia Calwell "Miss Julia"

Ballet & Contemporary

Miss Julia is excited to begin her second season on our faculty. She has been dancing at TTP since she was 3 years old, and has also been a class assistant for many years, a Dance Company member, and a performer in our annual Nutcracker. She is currently a homeschooler with a future goal of becoming a teacher.

Class Assistants: Miranda Brown, Natalie Ferris, Jahzara Foster, Emily Kimble, 

Leah Mitchell, Ashlynn Morton 

Apprentices/Subs/Interns: Miss Julia Calwell, Miss Rorie Garland, Miss Madison Jones, 

Miss Riley Webster

Frequent Guest Instructors...

Malley Hester "Miss Malley"

Open Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz Teacher

Malley has been studying Ballet for over 20 years, beginning her love of dance at just three years old, mostly with Dance Harrison Street. Over the past seven years, she has taught upper level Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre classes throughout the area. Currently, she is the choreographer for the Easton High School musicals. She has been involved in productions with Church Hill Theatre, TAP, and the EHS and EMS musicals. Currently she works at Aquacare Rehabilitation Services in Easton. Malley has her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salisbury University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University. Ms. Malley currently works with For All Seasons in Easton. She is excited to be working on her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique.

Jillian A. Ryan "Ms Jilly"

Workshop Instructor

Recital Stage Manager

Massage Therapist

Jillian also began dancing at age three. She has studied various styles of dance including ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap and modern. She was the Captain of her Dance Team in high school and enjoyed classes at Anne Arundel Community College under the direction of Lynda Fitzgerald - Dance Director at AACC, Tommy Parlon - of the Tommy Parlon Dance Project, Laura McNeal - of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and others. She is also a member of the Maryland Council for Dance. Jillian has a degree in Massage Therapy and continues her college education. She works as a Massage Therapist on Kent Island specializing in Lymph Edema, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Table Thai Massage.

Rebecca Wivell "Ms Rebecca"

Jazz, Jumps/Tricks/Turns and Contemporary - Guest Instructor

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