"Miss Sarah" Johnston, is the Lead Instructor and Owner of Showtime Dance, Inc. Her first dance class was at the age of 3, and she immediately knew what she had to do with the rest of her life. Miss Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance Performance and Education, and she has been teaching dance for 25 years. She also is a California State certified preschool teacher with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She performed professionally in Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, and Jazz Dance with Paul Powell Productions in Tucson, Canyon Movement Company in Flagstaff, with Watson Dance Company in Yorba Linda, and in "The Glory of Christmas" at the Crystal Cathedral. For 5 years, she danced at Disneyland in: Parade of Dreams, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Disney’s Electrical Parade, and Fantasmic. “Miss Sarah” has taught ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop, leaps and turns, improvisation, and choreography for Momentum Dance Center, Pacific Dance Center, Canyon Dance Academy, Orange County Dance Productions, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, and Coconino Community College. She performed in Arizona, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Italy. She taught Ballet Contemporary Dance at the American College Dance Festival in New Mexico and Washington State, and at the Dance and the Child International conference in The Netherlands. At the Disneyland Resort, she also taught Physics and Leadership Workshops through the Youth Education Series, and stage managed children's performing groups from all over the world. Miss Sarah is a certified yoga teacher and a certified "Rhythm Works Integrative Dance" instructor for children with special needs. Her newest title is that of "Mom," to her own two tiny dancers.
"Miss Hannah" began her training at many dance studios in North San Diego County. She attended the Joffrey Ballet School’s Trainee Program, mentored by Francesca Corkle. Miss Hannah attended UCSD where she studied under Patricia Rincon, Eric Geiger, Alison Dietterle Smith, Liam Clancy, Sadie Weinberg, and Terry Wilson. She completed her BA and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014, where she was recognized as a Muir Scholar and awarded The Leandra Smith Memorial Dance Scholarship. She has taught dance in elementary schools through Arts for Learning and Showtime Dance. Currently, she is enjoying teaching and choreographing in many styles. While living in Encinitas, she has continued teaching for Showtime Dance at school programs and through the Outschool online learning platform. Reaching new students through technology has been amazing!
"Miss Katie" graduated in 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University Long Beach with special emphasis on performance and pedagogy. There, she trained in classical ballet, modern, jazz, dance improvisation, and Pilates. Miss Katie has been performing professionally for the past five years in regional theatre productions including: The Welk Resort Theatre, Barn Stage Company, and the GEM Theatre. Miss Katie has been teaching and choreographing since 2012, and she is passionate about nurturing the next generation of performing artists who also possess kindness and respect for their fellow artists. In Fall 2022, she will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre Studies at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
“Miss Katie” was born and raised in Southern California, and she has been passionate about dance her whole life. She taught jazz classes and performed in a hip hop group called ManIA during her time at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana. She graduated from Fullerton College with her associates degree and is now attending Cal State University Long Beach to study animation. Katie is energetic, fun-loving, and loves to make other smile - it is her daily goal!
"Miss Kris" was technically and artistically trained for 18 years in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary; competing for 6 years with Dance Creations. Additionally, she was trained for 3 years in modern, acrobatics, hip-hop, and jazz funk. Miss Kris has worked with prestigious LA choreographers: Michael Nickerson-Rossi, Wendi Baity, Ken Datugan, Heather Castillo, Beth Megill, Jeremy Hahn, Michael Williams, and former Diavolo Dance Theatre members David and Crystal Zibalese. She performed at professional venues: LA Culture Collide, Ruban Rouge’s Dance Co. Awakenings and Beginnings, Movement Theater CoLab New Work’s Project, and ACDFA Annual Dance Festival. Kris was invited to study with KCDC Dance Journey in Israel. She received her AA in Dance at Moorpark College (2015) while teaching as a part-time faculty for a-5-6-7-8 Dance Company. With a goal to graduate with her BFA in Dance, Kris studied at the University of California Santa Barbara. After teaching and choreographing for three years in Colorado, Kris moved back to her LA hometown to continue her work in the LA dance industry.
"Miss Mirissa" is a Southern California based Dance Instructor and Choreographer specializing in the education of young and beginning dancers in the styles of jazz, tap and ballet. She trained as a competitive studio dancer and as a member of Los Alamitos High School dance team. She began her teaching career with Elevation Studios is Signal Hill, CA where she helped develop and direct their Summer Camp program, serving as an introduction for young performers not only to various styles of dance, but also voice and acting for both stage and camera. She continues to teach and pursue her goal of sharing the joy of dance with new students everyday.
Esther Madrigal is an OC-based artist with a background in various cultural and contemporary dance forms. She has had extensive training in ballet and modern receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Dance at Cal State Fullerton where she also received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health. Previously, she graduated from OCSA in the International Dance conservatory with an emphasis in Ballet Folklorico. She currently performs with a contemporary dance company in Huntington Beach.
"Miss Sandra" started dancing at 4 years old at Classical Dance Center. In high school, Sandra performed in, and helped to choreograph school musicals and plays, where she won a Bright Spot Award from The Spirit of the Macy’s Awards for truework as Cindy Lou Who in Seussical The Musical. She has trained at Orange County Dance Center, Hirschl School of Dance Arts, and Millennium Dance Complex OC, Millennium Dance Complex L.A., and Edge Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Everyday, Miss Sandra continues to fall more and more in love with dance and continues to work hard to achieve her dance goals.
"Miss Bella" grew up in Austin, Texas where she began training in many styles, and found her love for Hip Hop and Contemporary dance when she was only ten. She moved to California after graduating high school to pursue"Miss Sharon" Jewell joins us from the world of professional musical theatre, having performed is such shows as: Oliver!, Chicago, Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Memphis, Godspell, The Tempest, and Crazy for You. She is also an experienced dance and cotillion teacher with training from Circle in the Square Theatre School and a theatre degree from BYU. She performed in parades at Disneyland for 7 years, and in plays, and musicals throughout Orange County, including Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors with "Shakespeare by the Sea.” She recently moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of Broadway, and regularly performs in her own YouTube series and teaches Outschool live online classes for Showtime Dance.
"Miss Carrie" Render is the Original Owner and Founder of Showtime Dance Company. She grew up dancing, and later teaching, at her mother's studio, Bettie Jane's Center of Dance Art. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Upon graduation, she moved to Tampa, Florida where she owned and directed Accent on Dance for five years. She is a mother of 3 children between the ages of 6 and 13 and the Director of Holy Cross Early Learning Center in Mahwah, NJ.