Ballet 1/2 & 3/4, Tap 1/2 & 3/4, Ballet Technique Instructor - Molly Dobring is a Brevard County native who loves everything the sunshine state has to offer. Molly started dancing at age 4 and has been dancing ever since. Has been classically trained under Marta Phillips, and various other instructors. For the past 23 year she has trained in ballet, lyrical, modern and tap with ballet being her first love. One of Molly’s favorite quotes is from William Shakespeare “a star danced, and under that was I born.”
Musical Theatre 3/4 & 4-6, Acting 4-6, Vocal 4-6, Tap 4-6 Instructor - Savannah Lee has been dancing for the past 17 years. She has been trained in Ballet, pointe, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, and lyrical. Savannah became very invested in musical theatre when she was 13. Her first musical she performed in was “The Little Mermaid” at Rockledge Highschool. She is a performer at The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse and is a gold star member. She has performed in over 17 musicals such as On the Town, Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, Christmas Story(Head Elf), The Producers, White Christmas(Rhoda), Into the Woods(Sleeping Beauty) In July2017 she started her internship of Assistant Director/Choreographer of the children’s program at Surfside Playhouse. She has assisted directed many shows such as The Little Mermaid Jr., Lion King Kids, Jungle Book Kids, 101 Dalmatians Kids, Seussical, Willy Wonka Jr., and Beauty and the Beast Jr. Savannah has been dancing at Marta’s Legacy Dance Studio for the past 15 years and has made her passion for dancing, singing, and acting stronger than it ever was before. She has trained under Marta Phillips, Tracy Wines, Elisabeth Smith, Eva Knowles and more. She started teaching Musical Theatre at Marta’s in July 2017 and has loved every minute of it even with the challenges of teaching the little ones. Savannah is very thankful for her dance family and wonderful students and is excited to continue the adventure.
Acro/Tricks 1-3 & 4-6, Ballet 4/5, Ballet/Pointe 5/6, Lyrical 4/5 & 5/6 Instructor - Samantha Blanchard’s early dance training was in Denishawn Dance and Cecchetti Ballet until she attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a dance major. She received a BFA in Dance in 1991. In 2014, Blanchard received her MFA in Creative Inquiry and Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Blanchard taught at various colleges, studios and public schools on both the east and west coasts and has twenty plus years of coordinating, teaching and choreographing for collegiate and youth dance and theatre productions.
Samantha Trained in Ballroom Dance for one year at Dance Arts Studio with Allan Parish in San Rafael California. Here she taught beginning and intermediate foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango and salsa to adults.
While in San Francisco, Blanchard choreographed for Linda Bulgo's Musical Productions. Bulgo’s claim to fame is her performance of Snow White in SF’s notorious Beach Blanket Babylon for 20 years. Samantha worked on the youth musical“The Wizard of Oz,” and taught musical theater summer camp. She also taught a summer of musical theater at Danspace for the advanced dancers and choreographed a stunning vignette of CATS.
Currently, Blanchard is working with the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center adjudicating high school musicals for the Applause Awards. Winners of Central Florida will be invited to compete in the Jimmy Awards in New York City to work with professionals and get a chance to perform on Broadway.
Blanchard performed professionally with various companies on the East and West coasts until she formed her own company; Eclipse Dance Theater. Eclipse’s mission aims to collide dance and the spoken word to create cutting-edge feminine perspectives of theatrical experience, reflecting the views and experiences of modern women. As Artistic Director of Eclipse Dance Theater, she presented, self-produced and toured twelve evening-length works both nationally and internationally. Eclipse was the resident company for 5 years in San Francisco for Dancers’ Group Studio Theater where they taught company class, rehearsed and performed. Eclipse was the recipient of numerous awards including grants from The Zellerbach Family Fund. The company has been quoted by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for their “…simple genuineness,” by the East Bay Express “…that inherited wisdom-whether folk or esoteric-can offer us direction for a more authentic future,” and by the World Dance Review as “Stunning!”
Hip Hop 3/4, Jazz 3/4, and Lyrical 3/4 Instructor - Shawnee DeChristopher is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she received her B.A. in dance, with a concentration in performance and choreography under the training of Leslie Merrill and Nicole Predki. While living in Denver, she had the pleasure of working under Cleo Parker Robinson as an administrative assistant for the CPRD organization. Through them, she began teaching, assisting with performances, and maintaining the academy for students and community members. During her undergraduate career, she served as the President of her campus dance student organization, where her primary focus was to bring more opportunities to her fellow dance peers. The DTAPP organization directed and produced shows annually, taught classes in the community, and organized meet-up and guest speaker events.
She has a special interest in somatic methods as well as improvisation and hopes to share that discovery with her students. Currently, she has been producing small projects such as dance films and choreography in collaboration with other independent dancers and continuing to stay curious about the many facets of movement and expression.