Boise Dance Alliance

Boise Dance Lessons

OUR TEACHERS

BDA Teacher Jenn Smart

Jenn Smart

-Director-

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 and her high school dance team. Jenn graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education from Boise State University and went on to teach for four years at Lake Hazel Middle School.

While pursuing her education at Boise State University, Jenn danced with BSU's Mane Line Dance Team.  Jenn has taught and coached dance for the last 15 years and her choreography has won awards at the state and national level.  Jenn and Ashley opened Boise Dance Alliance in May of 2010 and feel very grateful to be a part of the southeast Boise community. Jenn is also one of the coaches for the Timberline High School Dance Team. She loves being able to give dancers the opportunity to compete and perform for their school at a varsity level.

Jenn and her husband, Ian, live in southeast Boise and love the community. Ian is the head football coach at Timberline High School. He and Jenn love being able to partner together to encourage and teach the youth in this community. They have one daughter, Adley. Jenn enjoys being a mom and feels so blessed that Adley gets to grow up surrounded by such positive, hardworking dancers to serve as her role models.

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 The 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 Mane Line Dance Team.  She also performed with the Idaho Stampede Dance Team for two years.  Ashley has been teaching and choreographing dance for 14 years and loves working with kids.  She is also proud to coach the Silver Legacy Dance Team at Timberline High School and has genuinely enjoyed working with the wonderful dance families in southeast Boise. Ashley and Jenn opened Boise Dance Alliance in May of 2010 and have felt so welcomed by this community.

Ashley is a proud firefighter wife to her husband, Josh, and they live in southeast Boise with their daughter, Layla and their loyal blue heeler. In their free time they enjoy mountain biking, hiking, camping, waterskiing and snow skiing. Ashley has incredible family support and feels so lucky that most of them live nearby.

BDA Teacher Ashley Maggard

Ashley Maggard

-Director-

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Alyssa Zeigler

Alyssa Zeigler

-Office Manager-

*3rd year with BDA

Alyssa Zeigler has lived in Boise her whole life. She started dancing when she was three years old and started competing at the age of eight. She has trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap. Alyssa has traveled all over the northwest for conventions and competitions to continue her training. She went to high school at Timberline in Southeast Boise and was a four year member of the Silver Legacy Dance Team and was captain her last two years.

Alyssa currently attends Boise State University and is studying elementary education with her emphasis in Special Education in hopes of teaching in the Boise area. She is passionate about teaching dance and working with children. You will see Alyssa's smiling face behind the front desk at BDA as well as in the studio teaching.

Brittany grew up dancing in Boise, Idaho starting at the age of three. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary and started competing at the age of 8. She continued her dancing at Timberline High School for four years. Brittany competed at many local, regional, and national competitions during this time. After graduation she was the assistant coach of the Timberline High School dance team for one season. Brittany then continued her dancing with the Boise State Mane Line Dancers for four years in college, where she loved cheering on the Broncos and competing at USA Nationals.

Brittany will be graduating with her BA in Elementary Education in the Spring of 2019. She is the current assistant coach of the Boise High Brave Sensation Dance Team and hopes to be teaching math at the high school upon graduation. Brittany loves sharing her passion for dance with the students at Boise Dance Alliance and hopes to continue to do so for a long time.

BDA Teacher Brittany Zeigler

Brittany Zeigler

-Event Manager and Instructor-

*3rd year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Brynn Toliver

Brynn Toliver

-Instructor-

*2nd year with BDA

Brynn is from Phoenix, Arizona. She fell in love with Boise and Boise State from the first time she visited. Brynn has been cheering for 7 years, tumbling for 10 years, and is now a member of the Boise State Spirit Squad. She danced in middle school and high school, but cheering has been something that she's always loved. She is majoring in Criminal Justice with hopes of attending law school afterwards. A fun fact about Brynn is she was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 6 years and competed at national competitions including the Junior Olympics. She is so excited to teach acro this year and loves working with children.

Christina began her dance training at the age of four at Dance Unlimited. When she began her first year as a freshman she joined the Pre-Professional Focus Dance Ensemble for their first two seasons while taking ballet classes at Boise State. Entering her junior year of high school, she auditioned at Studio C and joined them for two seasons.

In Christina's high school career, she performed with the Platinum Dancers at Idaho Arts Charter. During her freshman year, her team took the State title as well as winning Miss PNW and Miss ISI with her solo sophomore year. The following year she danced for the Capital Golden Girls and this is where her passion for choreography began. She choreographed several National winning team dances as well as her solo that won Miss PNW her senior year and most recently her choreography won the new Miss PNW 2017 soloist.

While pursuing her Physical Education degree at Boise State University, Christina danced with the Mane Line Dance Team. She continues to teach and choreograph for various teams and soloists and is also the assistant dance team coach at Centennial High School.

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Christina Loper

Christina Loper

-Instructor-

*2nd year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Elizabeth Mallam

Elizabeth Mallam

-Instructor-

*2nd year with BDA

Elizabeth was born in Monterey, California and moved to Boise when she was two years old. She started competing at the age of seven in gymnastics then began dancing at BDA in 2013 and has loved it ever since. Elizabeth has trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary, as well as competed as a member of Boise Dance Alliance's Company for five years. She has participated in multiple workshops such as Summer DanceFest at Boise State where she learned a variety of dance styles from well known choreographers.

Elizabeth will be a Sophomore in the Health Science department at Boise State University in the Fall. She hopes to eventually become a Pediatric Physical Therapist. She truly enjoys working with children and is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with them.

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 Roeser

Jordyn Roeser

-Instructor-

*6th year with BDA

BDA Teacher Katie Ponozzo

Katie Ponozzo

-Instructor-

*3rd year with BDA

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 teaches 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.

Khoa A. Nguyen from Boise, Idaho started teaching himself dance at age 15. After graduating high school he trained under Mikey Castro and eventually was invited to join his mentor on his team. Over the years since then he has been performing and instructing others in Hip Hop/Urban Styles. 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. Aside from dance he is also a photographer. Khoa also likes hanging out and doing tricks with his cat, Korra.

"Anything less than the best is a felony" - Vanilla Ice

BDA Teacher Khoa Nguyen

Khoa Nguyen

-Instructor-

*5th year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Kristine Dalmas

Kristine Dalmas

-Instructor-

*1st year with BDA

Kristine grew up dancing in Boise, Idaho starting at the age of three. She started competing at six years old and is trained in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Kristine continued dancing at Centennial High School for four years, and held multiple leadership positions during that time. She competed at several local, regional and national competitions winning several national titles. She was assistant coach of the Centennial High School dance team for a season. Currently Kristine is a part of the Boise State Mane Line Dance Team and will be going into her third year. She has loved being able to cheer for the Broncos and continuing to compete at a national level.

Kristine is currently working toward her degree in History, Social Science, Secondary Education. Hoping to eventually be teaching high school History. She is passionate about teaching and dance and loves to share that with her students.

Libby Schmoeger was born and raised in the lovely city of Boise, ID. Libby began dancing when she was 2 years old at Dance Pros and was also a competitive gymnast at Gem State Gymnastics until she was 12 years old. She had to choose between dance or gymnastics full time and decided to continue her journey in the dance world. Libby has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics/tumbling, and has done a little aerial work. The scope of Libby's dance training comes from the University of Utah where she attended as a modern dance major. She has also performed with Drop Dance Collective, Boise Dance Co-Op, and Story Story Night in pieces choreographed by Chanel DaSilva, and a show for Opera Idaho choreographed by Lauren Edson.

Libby currently teaches ballet at Boise Dance Alliance and is a teacher at the Downtown YMCA in their Youth Development Program. Dance will always be a part of Libby's life. It's not just what she does, it is who she is.

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Libby Schmoeger

Libby Schmoeger

-Instructor-

*3rd year with BDA

BDA Teacher Marissa Grund

Marissa Grund

-Instructor-

*3rd year with BDA

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.

Meagan Ellis was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. She trained at Pat Harris School of Dance and then at Stars Dance Academy, eventually under the instruction of Lori Zechmann. Although Meagan trained in all styles, tap dancing quickly became her favorite. She has instructed tap classes at Boise Dance Alliance since 2010 and loves getting to know so many wonderful BDA dancers and their families.

Meagan resides in Boise with her husband, Levi, and their children, Rhetta and Jude. She also has a sassy Beagle named Delilah. She and her husband own the The North End Dog Walker, a dog walking and boarding company in North Boise.

Meagan is the Senior Director of Financial Development for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. Aside from teaching dance, she spends her spare time serving on various non-profit boards. She loves to raise funds to better the community and is always looking for the next opportunity to make a difference.

BDA Teacher Meagan Ellis

Meagan Ellis

-Instructor-

*8th year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Riley Cardoza

Riley Cardoza

-Instructor-

*1st year with BDA

Riley Cardoza was born and raised in a small town called Manteca, California and moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University in 2015. She began dancing at the age of two, and started competing at the age of four. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Tap. After moving to college, she couldn't give up dance just yet, and was lucky enough to be on the Mane Line Dance Team. While cheering on the Broncos for two years, she has also competed at a national level.

Riley is currently working towards her degree in Business and Marketing, hoping to eventually go into Sports Marketing on day. She is very excited to share her passion and love for dance with the students at Boise Dance Alliance.