Heidi Edwardson began dancing at the age of 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance. She spent several summers at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as well as Colorado Ballet and Cleveland/San Jose Ballet. Heidi was a member of Les Jeunes Dancers for 5 years. Heidi began teaching dance for the city of St. Petersburg in 1998. In the Fall of 2000, Heidi began at the USF department of dance. During her second semester, she was invited to join Nevada Ballet Theatre under the direction of Bruce Steivel. Most recently, Heidi has been featured in the Collective Soles Arts Group productions of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and Cinderella. Heidi returned to Florida and completed her degree in elementary education at The University of South Florida. She currently teaches kindergarten for the Hillsborough County School District and is a faculty member and ballet advisor with Jansen Dance Project.
Merry Lynn Morris holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography from Florida State University. She is an instructor/professor in the dance program at the University of South Florida, and she serves as the Academic Advisor for the School of Theatre and Dance. Her background experience and training in dance includes extensive classical ballet training expanded by undergraduate and graduate study in various modern dance techniques/styles and other dance forms. Ms. Morris’s early professional performance background includes performance and study with the Tampa Ballet. Ms. Morris also serves as an adjunct faculty member in dance at the University of Tampa, and regularly choreographs for their faculty dance concerts.
Ms. Morris seeks out interdisciplinary opportunities in which her movement background and expertise can be utilized and expanded. She enjoys opportunities to utilize dance in diverse, integrative, and therapeutic ways. She began exploring the venue of “mixed ability dance” 5 years ago, and as caregiver to a disabled father for the past 19 years, her interest and awareness in disability needs has been ever-present. She has choreographed mixed ability pieces involving able-bodied and disabled individuals in the community and currently serves as coordinator between many individuals in the community interested in exploring/pursuing dance. She serves as resident choreographer for Revolutions Dance (http://revdance.org), a mixed ability company in the Tampa community. Recent performance locations/events have included the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, HCC, PHCC, and the New Port Richey Library. Other venues have included educational outreach and special events at local schools, retirement/assisted living facilities and churches. Ms. Morris is currently working on an innovative collaborative project with the USF College of Engineering to develop a performance mobility device and (wheelchair) enhancement to allow individuals with and without disabilities innovative and interactive movement possibilities. The new chair design would be ideally suitable for many dance performance realms which may include stage, social settings, and other choreographic/theatrical venues (http://rdc.arts.usf.edu).
Ms. Morris continues to pursue research and study in the area of dance medicine/kinesiology and she is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), an organization which unites dance educators and physicians to facilitate the exchange of new ideas and research in the expanding field of dance medicine/science. This is Ms. Morris’ fourth season as a faulty member, choreogapher and academic advisor for the Jansen Dance Project.
Ryan Bogart was born and raised in Inverness, Florida and began dancing at La Petite School of Dance in Crystal River with the late "Miss Betsy" Higgins. At the age of 13, he was accepted on scholarship into the School of Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet) and went on to perform with their youth, apprentice, and professional companies as a soloist. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, taking classes from Trinette Singleton, Francesca Corkle, and John Magnus at STEPS on Broadway with master teacher, Joe Lanteri of New Your City Dance Alliance. Ryan performed with Alexandra Ballet in St. Louis, Fort Wayne Ballet in Indiana, Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania, Bay Ballet Theatre in Tampa, and Ballet Theatre International in St. Petersburg. Some of Ryan's repertoire includes: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Firebird, Paquita, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, Dracula, Robin Hood, Gaspar, and many ballets choreographed by the late, great George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet. Commerically, Ryan has performed at Disney World and appeared on television for the grand opening of MGM Studios (Now Hollywood Studios) with Smokey Robinson. Ryan has been a guest dancer, teacher, choreographer, and judge for numerous dance companies, schools, organizations, conventions, and workshops throughout the state of Florida. His students have won the titles of Miss Teen and Miss Cirtus County, Junior Mr. Dance of Florida, Mr. Dance of Florida, Miss Dance of Florida, Mr. Rising Star, and Mr. Twinkling Star, as well as many state and national dance scholarships and awards. They have also gone on to teach for and dance with Orlando Ballet and have received job offers from Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios. Ryan was the Artistic Director of Florida Nature Coast Ballet for five years, a local ballet company that was the first to bring the full-length Nutcracker ballet to Citrus County, as well as his original full-length ballets, Cinderella and Pinocchio.
Kristen Jansen was born into dance, growing up under the guidance of her teacher and mother, Joan Seitz. She continued her studies at The Ohio State University and BalletMet Columbus, while simultaneously pursuing and receiving a B.S. degree in Pharmacy. As a professional dancer, Ms. Jansen was a founding member of the JazzMet Dance Company and Sound F/X Tap Co., and performed with BalletMet Columbus, as well as, Opera Columbus.
An accomplished jazz and ballet instructor, Ms. Jansen has been invited to teach at numerous conventions and dance festivals around the country, such as, Dansummer in Crested Butte, Colorado and at the Columbus Dance Theatre Ballet Intensive in Ohio. Most recently, Ms. Jansen has been a guest artist at the Atlanta Ballet Summer Dance Intensive. In addition to her many accomplishments as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ms. Jansen was inducted in 2007 to the Lakeview, Ohio High School Hall of Fame for her Achievements in Track.
Ms. Jansen and her husband Troy, have three beautiful children, Julia, Jacqueline and Jon, who are their greatest inspiration.
Della Marsan is in her seventh season at Jansen Dance Project where she enjoys teaching Dance and Musical Theatre to students of all ages. Della is currently a dancer in Collective Soles Dance, and she previously spent two seasons at Columbus Dance Theatre under the direction of Tim Veach. Della received her training at BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio and American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. She has been delighted to perform in numerous contemporary and classical works and work with choreographers such as Troy and Kristen Jansen, Juan Rodriguez, Merry Lynn Morris, Tim Veach, Kennet Oberly, April Berry and Stella Kane. Della has also danced with Shoes At The Door modern dance company and is a featured dancer in the Collective Soles Arts Group annual productions of Goin’ Nuts! and the Nutcracker.
Audrey Richter has been teaching dance to students of all levels throughout Central Florida and is in her fifth season as an instructor at the Jansen Dance Project. She is also a dancer in Collective Soles Dance Company, and the director of Collective Soles Youth Ensemble. Audrey graduated from the University of South Florida with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time at USF, Audrey danced in numerous faculty pieces as well as works by guest choreographers, Claudia Lavista and Rick McCullough. Audrey also performed in the USF recreation of Bill T. Jones’ Serenade/ The Proposition, Talley Beatty’s Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot and as “The Chosen One” in Doug Varone’s Sacre du Printemps. She has studied and performed internationally in Paris, France; Tunisia, Africa and Montreal, Canada. Audrey has danced professionally with DRIP of Orlando, Florida, and Adin & Ferguson Dance Theatre.
Troy began his training when he was six under the tutelage of Camille Sanfilippo at the Westbury Academy of Dance in Westbury, NY. Professionally he has performed with the Bay Area Dance Co.(director), Columbus Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Sound F/X Tap Co. (director), Florida Orchestra,Tampa Bay Master Choral, BalletMet Columbus, JazzMet Dance Company, Opera Columbus, the Pan American Games, and with the late-great Frank Sinatra and the Yvonne Parente Theatre Company.
Mr. Jansen has choreographed for the JazzMet Dance Company, the Southeast Chapter of AAA, Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, the Chocolate Nutcracker, the New Tampa Community Nutcracker and various musicals, including Anything Goes, Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof, The Music Man, Oliver, and Once Upon A Mattress for Kent State University. Most recently, Mr. Jansen has choreographed for the Collective Soles Arts Group Community Nutcracker and for his original-copyrighted contemporary production entitled “Goin’ Nuts!”.
Mr. Jansen has been invited to teach and choreograph at numerous schools and dance organizations around the country. Mr. Jansen created and was director of BalletMet’s tap program in Columbus, Ohio for five sesaons. In addition, Mr. Jansen has an Associate In Arts Degree from Nassau Community College in New York and has been an adjunct faculty member at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio; the University of South Florida; and most recently, Youngstown State University. Currently, Mr. Jansen is Artistic Director of the Collective Soles Arts Group and Co-Director of the Jansen Dance Project with his wife and best friend Kristen, in Tampa, Florida.
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