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Jocelyn Buchanan - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company                           

Jocelyn Buchanan - Co-Artistic Director

Ms. Buchanan received her early training from Pamelia Meadows in Arizona and Maria Vegh of Marin Ballet in California.  She has worked closely with the noted ballerina Marina Eglevsky and with Sally Streets of the New York City Ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theatre.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University where she had the privilege of performing with the Martha Graham Company and the Murray Louis Dance Company.

Ms. Buchanan has performed professionally with the Atlanta Festival Ballet since 1995.  She has had the honor of performing such classical roles as "Lady Capulet" in Romeo and Juliet, "The Fairy Godmother" in Cinderella, "Aurora" and "The Lilac Fairy" in Sleeping Beauty, "Snow Queen", "Arabian Princess," and "Sugar Plum Fairy" in The Nutcracker, and "Odette" in Swan Lake.  Some of her most memorable roles were performed in Nicolas Pacana's original works: Summer's Eve, Woman of Crystals and Hold On, as well as Gregory Aaron's Alice In Wonderland and Bella Amore.

While in the Atlanta Festival Ballet Company, Ms. Buchanan taught extensively for both the school and the company,  As Co-Artistic Director, she continued the mission of Atlanta Festival Ballet and brought the experience and joy of dance to many under-privileged children.  She has been instrumental in re-staging many classical and contemporary works in addition to recently choreographing a new ballet entitled, "A Tale of Two Sisters: A Frozen Ballet".

Ms. Buchanan is currently serving as Co-Artistic Director-Interim.  She has been with the company for more than 10 years and has worked previously as Ballet Mistress and Junior Company Director.  Her passion is her students and bringing them to a greater understanding of who they are as dancers.  She is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Gainesville Ballet Company Family.  

Charlotte DeLong - Co-Artistic Director

Charlotte DeLong began her dance training at The Atlanta School of Ballet at the age of 3, and later at The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. She has studied with nationally and internationally known directors and choreographers such as Robert Barnett, Andrea Pell, Maniya Barredo, John McFall, Rosemary Miles, Tim Cronin, Sharon Story, Dan Youmans, Paulo Manso de Sousa, Kassandra Newberry, and Diane Callahan. Ms. DeLong has performed professionally with The Atlanta Ballet in works which include The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Dracula, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to name a few.

Ms. DeLong began her teaching career in 2002 at Dan & Company Dance Studios, home of the Atlanta Jazz Theatre, under Artistic Director and Founder, Dan Youmans. She choreographed works for the Atlanta Jazz Theatre’s “Ballet Ensemble”, and later became the Ballet Mistress for the company. Ms. DeLong has taught ballet for Cartersville School of Ballet under Artistic Director, Terri Kayser, Cobb Dance Academy with Director, Mary Rau, Woodstock School of Ballet with Director, Dana Crain, Creative Movement and Dance with Founder, Gina Burton, and Gainesville School of Ballet, under Artistic Director, Diane Callahan. She has also choreographed repertory works for the Gainesville Ballet Company, Cartersville City Ballet, Kennesaw Dance Troupe, and Cherokee Ballet Theater. Before performing with Gainesville Ballet Company, she performed as a guest artist with the Atlanta Jazz Theatre’s “Ballet Ensemble” and Kennesaw Dance Troupe. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Ms. DeLong is thrilled to be working alongside Jocelyn Buchanan as Co-Artistic Director of the Gainesville Ballet Company.

Charlotte DeLong - Instructor At Gainesville Ballet Company

Jamie Kendall-Evans - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company

 

Jamie Evans - Instructor

Jamie Evans 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!

Amy Jacques - Instructor

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. 

Amy Jacques - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company

 

 

Tiffany Oltjenbruns - Instructor at Gainesville Ballet Company

Tiffany Oltjenbruns - Instructor

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 and 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 several jazz classes. 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!