Mary is our fantastic elementary ballet and creative movement teacher here at Misako Beats! She grew up locally in Baltimore County and studied dance at Towson University.She loves going down to Old Ellicott City to explore the community based town and find inspiration through the unique area. Ms. Mary started dancer because of her older sister, she saw how much she loved dancing and wanted to be just like her.She loves dance because it gives her the ability to completely embody the movement without any fear, and express yourself through it. She greatly appreciates the beauty of simple movements and gestures through the movement of your arms.
When teaching she hopes to be able lead them to finding life in dance, while teaching technique she wants to emphasize finding their own freedom in movement and expression, and to not be afraid of messing up but embrace it because everyone makes mistakes. She hopes all of her students can give the gift of themselves to the world through dance!
Mr. Seth and Ms. Jessica Ewoo
Seth and Jessica are hip-hop teachers at Misako Beats. They moved around a lot in their childhood. They both lived in many states and Seth lived in multiple countries including Ghana and Canada.
Seth fell in love with dancing when he was little and watched Michael Jackson perform. He fell in love with Jackson’s technique and began to watch a lot of dance, despite never actually dancing himself. In 2003, Seth performed with his friends in an international festival and realized he was a natural- since then, Seth has been dancing and loving it.
Jessica always had a sister who was a ballerina, and Jess knew she wanted to dance but not in the style of ballet. In her Kindergarten talent show, her mother choreographed a piece for her to dance. After that Jessica and her mother kept choreographing dances to perform. Eventually, Jessica found friends who liked to dance and would learn choreography from music videos with them.
Jessica and Seth are Hip-hop lovers and love to teach children this style of dance. Thank you Jessica and Seth.
Mrs. Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams is from Montgomery County, here she grew up watching her sister dance. From this she fell in love with ballet. Dance was her way to express her feelings. At the young age of nine she began ballet at the Montgomery County Ballet Company and years later she majored in dance at the University of Maryland. Along with ballet she does jazz and modern.
She has been teaching for over 25 years in Howard County and loves to interact with all her students of different ages and backgrounds in order to expose them to the wonders and joys of dance. Their most important lesson taught in her lesson according to her is that anything can be accomplished with hard work and effort.
Along with being a dance teacher she also teaches at a local Elementary School and previously in Baltimore County where she wrote dance curriculum. She loves volunteering after school, as well as swimming.
Thank you Mrs. Adams!
Teacher Spotlight: Chris Judge
Chris Judge is from a little town just outside of the District of Columbia.
He began studying Qi-Gong at a local martial arts club in 2001, and as he progressed his teacher introduced him to other teachers. Now when he sees his teachers they mostly drink tea together and discuss theory.
Chris says his favorite Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong movement is the Sun Form's “Fair-Lady works the shuttles” because it's the most difficult sequence for him. He says it still tickles his brain.
Chris says “I like Qi-Gong and Tai-Chi because it soothes both my body and my mind at the same time, and when I finish practicing I feel refreshed and renewed.”
He goes on to say “The most important value I try to teach students is patience with themselves, and persistence.”
Chris says his favorite movie is 1955's “Night of the Hunter” starring Robert Mitchum.
Aside from teaching Hatha Yoga and Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong Chris spends most of his time drawing comics at his drawing board.
Thank-you Mr. Judge!
January 2017: Ms. Amber
Ms. Amber Hodak was born in Japan and has been dancing most of her life. She discovered dance when she was five years old and went to see a ballet. Realizing her love and passion for the art, her mother immediately enrolled her in dance classes and she has been dancing ever since. In Japan, Amber danced at an athlete club in a military base. She moved to Maryland when she was nine, and began dancing at Misako Ballet Studio. She has been a part of many dance companies and continues to cultivate her love of dance.
Amber's favorite part of dancing is learning about the different cultures and styles of dance as well as being able to express your feelings as you dance, without talking. Amber's favorite dance move is turning - she LOVES to turn! Every year Amber dances at the multicultural fest in October and loves to share her passion with others. When she teaches, Amber feels the most important lesson to pass on to her students is to always have fun and never forget why you started dancing.
Ms. Amber is a dancer of Misako Ballet Company. Come to see Misako Ballet Company 10th anniversary performance "Perspective" on Feb. 19th at Jim Rouse Theatre!
Buy tickets at: http://misakoballetcompany2017.bpt.me/
Thank you Ms. Amber!
November 2016: Ms. Allison
Allison is a quirky and bubbly jazz, ballet, and tap teacher. She was born in Texas where she started her dance career at the age of three. When she was 14, Allison moved to Maryland, and she began her dance studies at the Hanover School of Ballet. She has always enjoyed dance and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a dancer. Now, as a teacher Allison enjoys sharing dance with her students (especially her favorite jazz move: petit allegros!) Allison always wants her student to believe in themselves and push themselves to their highest potential.
Thank you Ms. Allison!