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Amy Jacques - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company

Amy Jacques is currently a dance faculty member at Brenau University. Her previous college teaching experience includes Western Carolina University and Georgia College and State University. She has an MA in Dance-Movement Therapy from Columbia College, an MS in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a specialization in teaching from Brenau University, and a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Amy trained in Vaganova ballet technique with Elizabeth Boitsov, a former Bolshoi master teacher.  She graduated from her school and she was trained by her to teach Vaganova technique.  Amy is also certified to teach Duncan technique through the Isadora Duncan Foundation in New York. She has performed Duncan works as a guest artist with Lori Belilove and Company, NY, and Duncan Dance Chicago. Her professional dance experience also includes Ballet Chicago, Boitsov Classical Ballet of Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ballet Theater of Chicago, Ballet Iowa, Lexington Ballet, and the Asheville Ballet. She also traveled with Ken Laws presenting on the Physics of Dance. Amy has choreographed and staged works for various schools, companies, and festivals, including The Asheville Ballet, The Boitsov Classical Ballet of Chicago, Atlanta Ballet Fest, Buford Ballet, the musical Hair for the Asheville Hair Project, and the Asheville Fringe Festival. 

She is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and a licensed professional counselor. As a dance/movement therapist, Amy has brought violence prevention through movement programs to a variety of schools. She has presented workshops on using dance/movement therapy with addiction and trauma at many conferences. She especially enjoys working with children with special needs, including children on the autism spectrum. Amy is also a certified yoga teacher. 

 

Jamie began dancing at the age of five at Chattanooga Ballet in Tennessee. She danced, performed and became a member of the Chattanooga Ballet's Children's Company and the Corps de Ballet. She took Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Improvisation from Joellen Wojtowicz, Jennifer Sproul, Karen Smith and Frank Hay during her time with the company. During her last two years of high school, she furthered her training at Ballet Tennessee under the instruction of Barry Van Cura and Anna Baker Van Cura. In addition to dancing with Ballet Tennessee and Chattanooga Ballet, Jamie attended the nationally recognized magnet arts school, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, majoring in Dance and became a founding member of the Repertory Ensemble. Jamie also took numerous summer workshops at Tennessee Association of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts and South Carolina Conservatory studying Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre.

 

Jamie graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Education from Brenau University. During her time at Brenau, she studied under the instruction of Vincas Greene, Jolie Long, Alyssa Maddox, Nikki Bybee and Carol Smiarowski. She performed works by Vincas Greene, Gladys Balin, Alyssa Maddox and peer choreographers. Since graduating college, Jamie has been teaching students of all ages in the Northeast Georgia area while running her own mobile dance instruction company for young children from 2015-2020. She resides in Hall County with her husband of more than 10 years, their 3 dogs, 2 cats and numerous chickens. She is delighted to be instructing the students of GBC!

Jamie Kendall-Evans - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company

 

Tiffany Oljenbruns - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company

My name is Tiffany Oltjenbruns, and I am super excited to be teaching for the Gainesville Ballet Company this year! Currently, I am in my third year at Brenau University studying dance with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. I have been in the company for two seasons now and have been honored to perform with the company. During my freshman year at Brenau, I was a teacher’s assistant for the beginning pointe class alongside Ms. Diane. This past year, I have had the privilege to choreograph a ballet-contemporary piece on Company One! Also, I was able to assist Ms. Jocelyn’s Pre-Ballet class and I was the substitute for the jazz classes for Ms. Carly and Ms. Sophia. Before coming to Brenau and GBC, I trained at the Atlanta Academy of Ballet and Dance (AABD), participating in their pre-professional division classes. I substituted for many pre-ballet, jazz, modern, and ballet classes. I have also organized and executed a junior summer dance camp at AABD in past summers. On top of teaching, I have choreographed many solos and group dances for AABD. I am thrilled to see what this season at GBC has in store!