Heather Wright Schlichting began her dance training in Chicago studying with various dance professionals including Gus Giordano and Lou Conte of the Hubbard Street Dance Company.
She became a certified teacher with Dance Masters of America and was a member of the Maine South Hawkettes, her high school dance team who won the Illinois State Dance and Drill Team championship for three consecutive years. Post college Heather was a choreographer for the River North Dance Company as well as a performer for a variety of local fundraisers and events. Since moving to Scottsdale, Arizona she has taught dance to young children through the Scottsdale Parks & Recreation.
“Once I saw Mad Hot Ballroom I was hooked. The joy that these children experienced and the lessons they and the viewers learned are the reasons I wanted to start a program in Phoenix and make a difference with our kids. I believe that my dance training was influential in shaping my persona; it taught me to listen first, respect others and just keep on dancing no matter the situation. I’m thrilled to bring the benefits of dance to these school children and hope that they are as inspired through these dances as I have been.”
Site Director, Tebble Dickerson has been an educator for over 15 years. She embraced the opportunity to introduce Dancing Classrooms of Northeast Ohio to her fifth grade students. As an educator in an inner city school in the heart of Cleveland, this program presented many challenges, but with those challenges came many rewards. The introduction of Dancing Classrooms combined with high expectations for excellence and the students drive to succeed propelled the students to excel both in the classroom and on the dance floor. Winning First Place for two consecutive years at the Colors of the Rainbow competition the program transformed her students’ as well as the entire school culture. As Site Director of Dancing Classrooms Phoenix, Tebble is focused on bringing that same passion and success to schools throughout the Phoenix area.
Teaching Artist, Theresa Molina Slaiman has travelled in the United States and through Europe performing with many regional theaters. As an actress, singer and dancer, Theresa began her career as a member of the University of Texas Dance Team. She went on to perform in musicals including Guys and Dolls and West Side Story for the Masquers Theater in Connecticut.
Theresa began working with children when she led several children’s classes at the Dublin Recreation Center in Ohio. She later became part of a dinner theater, Cloak and Dagger, as a dancer and choreographer.
She moved to Arizona and worked with Mystery Mansion Dinner Theater in 2005. Since then, she has worked for the Scottsdale YMCA where she has created a class for 6, 7 and 8 year olds, called Broadway Babes, based on different Broadway Musicals. Today, she teaches fitness and dance for the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Center.
A native Arizonan, Teaching Artist,Todd Bailey has an extensive dance background. As a youngster he trained in modern, ballet and jazz. He went on to perform professionally on Broadway, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. He also has danced in several ballets, and for contemporary and jazz companies.
Todd has taught dance for more than 20 years. When he is not dancing or teaching dance, he is choreographing. He has been an artistic director for two dance companies, and regularly works on production projects around the Valley. To say Todd has show business in his blood is a huge understatement!
For the last 27 years Teaching Artist, Beth Pargas has trained and taught at a variety of dance studios across the country. She began her training in northern Colorado in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. For seven years Beth was the Artistic Director of The Academy of Performing Arts in Prescott, Arizona. In December of 2011, Beth made the move to the Valley and began her career in the Phoenix area where she is currently employed by Bricks Studio and Woodbridge Private School. Beth has taught and choreographed for many organizations in both Colorado and Arizona including high school/college cheer and pom teams, after school dance programs, charter schools, and a variety of musical casts. Her students have gone on to dance in college dance departments all over the country, private performing arts high schools, and on many professional dance teams (including the Denver Nuggets). Throughout Beth’s dancing career, she has consistently sought out training of her own travelling to workshops, master classes, and conventions in many cities including Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas. She has become certified in Zumba, Yoga and Bella Barre™. Beth is thrilled to make Scottsdale her home and share her passion for dance with all her students.
Teaching Artist, Diona Peltcs has been a professional dancer for over 10 years. She has competed in International Latin for more than three years in local and out of state competitions as well as local charity competitions which includes The Arizona Celebrity Dance Challenge.
Some of her students have included such celebrities as Alfredo Molina, owner of Molina Fine Jewelers, Tim Hattrick, radio host of Camel Country and Hugh Hallman, City of Tempe Mayor.
Diona attended Arizona State University and received a Bachelor Degree in Dance and Business in 2006. She currently teaches ballroom dance at Paradise Valley Community College and Scottsdale Community College as well as private dance lessons.