Yosemite Dance Company
Miss Jessica began her dance journey at just 2 years old with Cynthia Merrill's School of Performing Arts in Fresno. While there, she took classes in tap and ballet. At the age of 5, Jessica moved to dancing with at The Dance Studio of Fresno. She primarily was a tap dancer with TDS but also took jazz and funk (now hip hop) classes.
In 1994, after her family had relocated to Oakhurst, Jessica began dancing with Roberta Woods at her newly-opened studio, The Dance Studio 2. Under Roberta's direction, Jessica continued her training in tap while adding various classes in jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and cheer/pep. Jessica joined the faculty as an assistant teacher in 1999, and one year later she was promoted to teacher.
Throughout her high school years, Jessica was a member of Yosemite High School's cheer and pep squads. As a freshman, she was co-captain of the JV cheer squad and during her junior and senior years she was captain and co-captain of the Varsity squads. While on the cheer team, Jessica was a recipient of the UDA All-Star Dance Award (2002 and 2003). She also danced in the 2001 Hollywood Christmas Parade.
In addition to cheering, Miss Jessica was a member of The Dance Company's Elite Team from 1999 to 2002. She competed in tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. During her years competing, she received numerous dance awards for her performance.
In 2003, Miss Jessica began commuting to Kingsburg as a member of the TDC staff in their new location. She taught classes in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and gymnastics. In addition to teaching class, Miss Jessica also directed and choreographed for their award-winning competition team and for cheer teams across the valley. Her artistic and versatile choreography has been recognized and awarded throughout the competition circuit.
Miss Jessica joined the staff at Yosemite Dance Company in 2013. In 2015, Miss Jessica became the owner of YDC. Under her ownership, Yosemite Dance Company has continued to grow and develop many beautiful and talented dancers.
Miss Christi has been a dance mom - in the studio and in competitions - to one or more dancers since 1974. She loves to watch tap classes and would probably tell you its her favorite style.
You can now find Miss Christi keeping Yosemite Dance Company running smoothly while she loves on a new generation of dancers.
Miss Elseana began dancing at the age of 7, although she only started in one jazz class each week her interests quickly broadened to include ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, and modern.
While her main focus was training here in Oakhurst, she often attended dance conventions in the Bay Area and Southern California. Elseana trained at a month long, dance intensive in Valencia, California in 2014.
Elseana danced alongside the Sacramento Ballet through their yearly performance of The Nutcracker with the Valley Performing Arts Council. Miss Elseana continues to dance at Fresno City College and hopes to transfer to Fresno State University with a minor in dance.
Miss Stephanie has had 35 years of training in tap, jazz, and ballet. She has spent 20 years as teacher/choreographer in several studios in the mountain area and in Southern California.
Stephanie has coached "Award Winning" competition teams and soloists. She also has experience as a cheerleading coach and a yoga and fitness instructor. Miss Stephanie is also the coach of the MCHS dance club.
Miss Gianna began her dancing journey just before she turned 2 years old at DanceWorks Unlimited in Fresno. She later transferred to the Dance Studio of Fresno where she studied jazz, ballet, and contemporary.
Gianna began assistant teaching at 10 years old in her mother’s class. She then continued as a TA at the Dance Studio of Fresno.
Miss Gianna soon began choreographing for the Clovis West Choral Choir's Spring Show. She began to teach and choreograph for musicals at Kastner Intermediate School and Clovis West High School.
She then received a dance scholarship at Fresno State and continued as a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble for three years during which she was featured as a student choreographer. She continues to take classes and study under Kenneth Balint and Ruth Griffin.
Miss Gwen began dancing when she was just three years old. She joined Yosemite Dance Company four years ago. Upon starting to dance at YDC, Gwen was member of the award-winning YDC Elite team. As a student at Yosemite High School, Miss Gwen is a varsity cheerleader and active in the student leadership class and program.