Teachers

BDA Teacher Jenn SmartJenn Smart

Owner and Instructor

Jenn began her dance training at the age of three at Kennedy School of Dance in Nampa, Idaho.  She trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap as well as performed and competed with the studio company.  From there she performed with the Skyview Blue Angel Dance Team for four years.

While pursuing her education at Boise State University, Jenn dance with the Mane Line Dance Team.  Jenn has the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Chris Dupre, Eric Little, Shane Sparks and Barry Youngblood.  She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Secondary Education.  Jenn has taught and coached dance for the last ten years and her choreography has won awards at the state and national level.  Jenn danced for the Idaho Stampede Dance Team for two years.  Jenn and Ashley opened Boise Dance Alliance in May of 2010 and have loved working with the wonderful people in southeast Boise.

Jenn and her husband, Ian, live in southeast Boise and love the community. They have one daughter, Adley. Jenn has been enjoying being a mom and can’t wait for Adley to join her at the studio!


 

BDA Teacher Ashley HolzerAshley Maggard

Owner and Instructor

Ashley, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, received early training from Dancers’ Workshop in ballet and modern.  She attended summer intensives at Ballet West, Boston Ballet, and Julliard School of Dance.  In 2009, Ashley earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University.

While attending BSU she performed and competed with the Boise State University Dance Team.  She also performed with the Idaho Stampede Dance Team for two years.  Ashley has been teaching and choreographing dance for nine years and loves working with kids.  Ashley and Jenn opened Boise Dance Alliance in May of 2010 and have loved working with the wonderful people in southeast Boise.

Ashley lives in southeast Boise with her two dogs and husband, Josh. She also enjoys mountain biking, water skiing, hiking, walking her dogs, reading and spending time with her friends and family.


 

BDA Teacher MeaganMeagan Ellis

Instructor

Meagan was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho and spent most of her childhood dancing for Stars Dance Academy in Nampa.  She started tapping at the age of four and is so excited to share her passion for rhythm and dance with students at Boise Dance Alliance.  She has also trained in ballet and jazz, but tap has always been her favorite.

Meagan graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Business from Seattle Pacific University.  She worked as the Children’s Ministry Manager for the Boise Rescue Mission’s City Light Home for Women and Children for several years. It was through Meagan and her passion for the Mission that Boise Dance Alliance was able to build a partnership with them.  Meagan lives in Boise with her amazing husband, daughter and two goofy dogs and are now the proud owners of the North End Dog Walker.


 

BDA Teacher KhoaKhoa Nguyen

Instructor

Khoa A. Nguyen from Boise, Idaho has been dancing for six years. After graduating high school he trained under Mikey Castro and eventually was invited to join his mentor on his team. He now vigorously trains and performs with The Armada ID. He is an aspiring choreographer, avid freestyler, and dedicated teacher, but most of all a hard-working and ambitious dancer.

Khoa believes he is always a student first and a teacher second. He wants to help build up the dance community in and around Boise. Wherever he dances, he wants to instill creativity, passion and knowledge, especially in his hometown’s local dance community.  He loves to take classes and tries to learn different styles of dance when possible. He is a lover of the arts as well as animals.

Khoa is eager to work hard with dedicated and passionate students in the upcoming year.


 

BDA Teacher JordynJordyn Roeser

Instructor

Jordyn moved to Boise in the Fall of 2011 to attend Boise State University. She is originally from Spokane, WA and started dancing at the age of eight and instantly fell in love. She has danced for a variety of studios from all over the western United States as a result of her family being moved. Jordyn has had training in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary. Jordyn competed with her high school dance team for four years, winning several national titles!

Jordyn is a current third year member of the BSU Maneline Dance Team. Her favorite part is dancing on the blue turf, and getting to travel to away games to help cheer on the boys! She is an Elementary ed major and hopes to teach kindergarten or first grade when she graduates. She absolutely adores working with kids and loves sharing her passion for dance with others. In her spare time when she isn’t attending school or dancing, she enjoys baking, riding bikes, traveling, and hanging out with her cat, Dobie.


 

BDA Teacher Jordyn HardmanMikaila Hardman

Instructor

Mikaila started her dance career in Denver, Colorado training at the Starstruck Academy of dance. At the age of 7, she moved to London, England, where she continued her dance training at such institutions as the Royal Academy of Ballet, Pineapple Dance Studio and Extreme Dance. There, she earned several titles including Miss Teen Star Power along with several professional dance opportunities. She finished her dance training Salt Lake City, Utah at The Dance Project SLC under the direction of Laila Hardman. She holds several national titles and scholarships including Miss Adrenaline Rush and LADM Magic Dancer. Mikaila began her teaching career at The Dance Project SLC but continues to teach for various studios and dance teams throughout Utah and Idaho. Mikaila is currently dancing for the Boise State Mane Line Dance Team.


 

BDA Teacher Katie PonozzoKatie Ponozzo

Instructor

Katie was born and raised in northern Idaho, and studied dance at the University of Idaho with Festival Dance Academy. After moving to Boise to attend Boise State University Katie spent two years performing with Idaho Dance Theatre, one year with Stampede Spirit Dancers and two seasons with Drop Dance Collective. She currently dances and choreographs for Off Center Dance and will take over as artistic director starting fall 2016. Katie teaches ballet at Boise State University and is head of the dance department at College of Idaho, teaching jazz, ballet and rhythmic skills. She also directs the high school dance department at Idaho Fine Arts Academy, a public arts school in Eagle, ID. Along with performing and teaching dance, Katie also performs aerial silks with Red Light Variety Show and teach aerial yoga/fitness at Ophidia Studio. Katie was the 2012 recipient of the independent artist grant from Idaho Commission of the arts for her dance piece “Ball Change”. Katie graduated from Boise State University where she earned a BA in Theatre with dance emphasis, Cum Laude.


 

BDA Teacher Brittany ZeiglerBrittany Zeigler

Instructor

Brittany grew up and danced in Boise, Idaho for her entire life. She started dance at the age of 3 and immediately took a great interest to is. She started competing at the age of 8 and did that through her senior year of high school. She specialized in ballet, jazz and hip hop. Brittany was on the Timberline Dance Team for four years and the assistant coach for the team of one year. She is currently on the Mane Line Dance Dance Team and Boise State University and continues to perform and compete with them with the support of her wonderful family and sister. Brittany absolutely loves teaching dance and hopes to continue doing so with BDA for a long time.


 

BDA Teacher Marissa GrundMarissa Grund

Instructor

Marissa is proud to be a Boise native and has danced in this community most of her life. Her movement is rooted in a strong technical background of ballet, jazz, contemporary and gymnastics which she combines with an interest in urban movement and hip hop more recently. Her priority is to experience dance as an art form, rather than keeping dance styles separate. Currently, she has a bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology and uses that knowledge in teaching dance and fitness across Boise.

In her free time, Marissa performs and travels with CoreVette Dance, a local group that has been showcased at Boise Musical Festival, Shades of Black Multicultural Showcase, RAW Artists, Treefort Music Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, JACK’S Urban Meeting Place, Fusion Fashion Week, What the Festival, and more to come! She loves the joy that dance continuously brings to all that experience it, which pushes her to continue growing, teaching, and learning.