Nancy Doizébegan her dance training at the age of four. She studied Ballet, Tap and Hawaiian dance. After high school, she began dancing in college and training under the strict eyes of Dimitri and Francesca Romanoff. Though many of the Mr. Romanoff's dancers went to New York, Nancy chose San Francisco, the former dance company of Mrs. Romanoff. She spent two years working with Michael Smuin while having the opportunity to take Master Classes with Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Barishnykov and Natalia Makarova. Finalizing a dream from when she was 16, Nancy returned to San Jose and opened her own dance school in August 1980. Over the years, she has earned many choreography awards and served as a judge in many Teen California pageants and local dance competitions. She has an AA degree in Music and a BA degree in Business Administration and is listed in the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals.
With the help and support of her husband, Mike Shuck, the school's official photographer and technical director, Nancy produces three recitals a year. The studio has grown from a ballet studio with 27 students to a dance school with over 300 students and ten teachers. Classes are offered in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, creative dance, zumba, pilates, and contemporary. Her dancers perform at community activities and compete both locally and nationally. Many of her students have been inspired by Nancy and have gone on to dance careers. After 31 years and hundreds of students, Nancy's happiest moments are spent sharing her love of dance with her students and watching their joy as they master dance.
Mike Shuck,aside from working a full time job, is the Technical Director of the Nancy Doize School of Dance. He has put his endless love and support into keeping the school of dance a fantastic place to be. A former assistant stage left manager for San Jose Dance Theatre, Mike brings his expert eye to every performance, recital and demonstration. From music and video editing, to stage set up and takedown, Mike does everything under the sun. He is also the official photographer for the School of Dance. He has been responsible for capturing those smiling faces, glittery tutu's, and amazing action shots for over eight years. Thank you Mike! You're Awesome!
Jennifer Schellis Nancy's niece and began her dance career at the age of three. In addition to raising four children, Cameron, Baylie, Bella, and Leila, Jennifer teaches aerobic classes and loves to teach ballet and Jazz. Jennifer is a certified instructor with the Aerobics Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and was recently profiled on the cover of Health (March, 2002). Jennifer is a certified Pilates and Zumba instructor. Jennifer is what we call our teacher with heart and soul and inspires our dancers to reach their true potential.
Kristen Jansenbegan her love of dance at age four, here at the Nancy Doize School of Dance. She has been teaching for ten years and continues to provide a positive, encouraging, and fun learning environment for her students. You can find her teaching jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical and hip hop, any day of the week. Kristen was part of the National Championship 2003- 2004 Hawaii Pacific University Dance Team as well as an original member of the Doize Dream Team, contributing to winning over nine years of championship awards and many other accolades for the studio.
Kristyn Pearsonhas danced with Nancy since she was three, she has continued her love for dance ever since. Some of her dance experiences include dancing and traveling with a musical theatre group, participating with the Radio Disney Dance Team, and achieving many awards for her choreography. Kristyn was the Student Choreography Title Holder at the 2007 Rainbow National Competition. One of her favorite styles of dance is "improv", and she is known at the studio for her creative free flow of ideas. Kristyn is now attending San Jose State as a dance major and communications minor.
Alex Aliasand her bubbly personality have been dancing with Nancy and her studio since she was four. Her passion for dance has grown over the years. Her favorite styles of dance include jazz and lyrical though she also shines in tap, ballet and hip hop. She continues to take classes in each style. Throughout the years, Alex has had dance experience through her high school dance department and team, and has been part of the Doize Dream Team. During her time on the Dream Team she danced her way to the role of captain, and had the honor of being crowned one of the Doize Dream Teens in 2007 to 2008. Alex is currently attending San Jose State University where she is pursuing a major in Public Relations.
Stephanie Bautistais very passionate about dance and believes it's the expression of life. Dancing since she was born, she has danced on and off stage since the age of five years old. Her interests in dance are varied and she became an accomplished dancer in jazz, lyrical, ballet/ toe, tap and hip hop. As a competitive dancer, Stephanie was a principal dancer and a lead soloist for the Doize Dream Team for several years, danced for the "Odds", a hip hop company in San Francisco and had featured roles for several numbers, on stage and on television. She was the Director/ Choreographer of the Oak Grove High School Dance Club and is currently the the Assistant Director of the Doize Dream Team.Stephanie is currently taking a leave of absence for the 2012/2013 season to dance for Disney Cruises.
Rachel Barnettis a Bay Area native who grew up dancing in the south bay competition circuit. She received a full scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University for dance and won the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship in 2004 with the Hawaii Pacific University Dance Team. She is the first to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from San Jose State University and was named Outstanding Senior in 2009 for excellence in performance, choreography and academics. Under the direction of Gary Masters, she was a member of San Jose State’s University Dance Theater for 2008 and 2009. As a member of the San Francisco based “Loose Change” urban contemporary company, she performed at the 2009 San Francisco Hip-Hop Dancefest. Her trio “Scrapbooked” was chosen to be adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival at Arizona State University in 2010. She is currently performing with KT Davis Dance and the Nhan Ho Project.
Haley Launer has been dancing at Nancy's studio since she was three, and is accomplished in ballet, jazz, and lyrical. Her enjoyment of dance shows in her performances. Haley enjoys assisting the younger ballet students. She is a Senior at Leigh High School and is currently one of two captains of the varsity cheer team, and is also a member of their competitive cheer team.
Stacey Abbott trained at Nancy's for the past 15 years. Starting with a love of ballet, she quickly expanded her repertoire by adding jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap. Stacey is known for her ability to turn nonstop. She is a former member and captain of the Doizé Dream Team, and was also on the dance team at Sonoma State University. She is pursuing a major in Kinesiology at SJSU.
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