The White Marsh Rec. Dance Program’s staff includes Director Jen Morris and Chairperson Pat Watters, along with other instructors and assistants. For more information about the staff, please read below.
Jen Morris, who has been dancing with the White Marsh Recreation Council since she was 4 years old (1986), originally began her career as an instructor for Towson Recreation Council’s Stoneleigh Dance Program in 1999 (she continued with the Stoneleigh Dance Program until 2007), and later became an instructor for the Chapel Hill Dance Program in 2000. Then, in 2005, Jen became the director of the Chapel Hill Dance Program, and more recently, became the director of the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program in 2009. In the past, Jen has also assisted in instructing tap classes at Harford Community College, and studied dance composition and improvisational dance at Towson University. In addition to teaching dance, Jen is a stay-at-home mom who has always enjoyed working with children. During her high school and college years, Jen was employed by Honeygo Child Development Center as an aide/group leader. Additionally, from 2004-2007, Jen was a Kindergarten teacher for Sparks Elementary School, located in Baltimore County. Finally, since the age of 13, Jen has been babysitting for family and friends from around the area, and this eventually lead to her becoming a "nanny" for various families during the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006. Jen's creative nature and love of children both help in enhancing the nurturing environment provided for the students of the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program.
Alyson Mariella, who was originally a member of Perry Hall Recreation Council's dance program, has been dancing since the age of 3 (1988). During her high school years, Alyson was a member of Perry Hall High School's Dance Team, and she became a captain of the squad during her senior year. Then, in 2003 Alyson began her dancing career as an assistant instructor for the Chapel Hill Dance Program, later became an instructor in 2005, and became an instructor for the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program in 2009. In addition to teaching dance, Alyson is a proud mom and a stylist at About Faces Day Spa. Alyson's spunky style and motivating attitude create a fun dancing environment for students of all ages.
Alison Williams, who has been dancing since 1961, originally began her career as a dance instructor for the Chapel Hill Dance Program in 1995, and later became an instructor for WMRC’s Joppa View Dance Program in 1998. Then, after a 9-year break, Alison returned as an instructor for the Chapel Hill Dance Program in 2006, and later became an instructor for the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program in 2009. In addition to teaching dance, Alison teaches for Childcraft Activites, a company based out of Florida, and also taught gymnastics from 2001 to 2006. An alumnus of Essex Community College and Towson State, Alison has a degree in Musical Theater and in the past has performed with several groups, including the Charm City Singers, the Chesapeake Opera Company, the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and Cockpit and Court. Alison’s calm nature and love of children both serve in creating an enjoyable dancing experience for students of all ages.
Nicolle Canapp, who started dancing at the age of five with DJ's Dance Studio and continued with the studio until 2010, joined the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program in the spring of 2011 and is also a teacher for Dancemoves Studio of Dance. Nicolle, who studied and taught for Judy Daniel (owner of the Upper Falls Dance Academy), has a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, an AA degree from Essex Community Collage, and is a graduate of Western Kentucky's University Dance Educators of Americas teacher's training school. Additionally, Nicolle's experiences also include being: a professional dancer with Carnival Cruise Line and American Entertainment Productions, a local dinner theatre performer, a Baltimore Orioles Ball girl, and a dancer on WJZ-TV's Shakedown. Nicolle is very proud to have made a career out of her passion, and is pleased to have touched so many young girls lives.
Jen Aiken has been dancing since the age of four (1991). In 2008 Jen served as a substitute assistant dance instructor for the Chapel Hill Dance Program, and in 2009 Jen became an assistant instructor for the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program. Along with assisting in dance, Jen also works for Wal-Mart Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician, and is also a substitute for Baltimore County Public Schools. Jen is currently as full-time student at Towson University, where she is studying chemistry and secondary education, and Jen hopes to become an a teacher upon graduating. Jen’s supportive and up-beat personality helps to make the dance classroom a fun and enriching atmosphere for all students.
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Becky Donovan, who has been dancing since the age of 3 (1988), became an assistant instructor for the Chapel Hill Dance Program in 1999, and later became an assistant instructor for the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program in 2009. In the past, Becky has also participated in Towson Recreation Council's Dance Program as a student and assistant instructor, and assisted in instructing tap classes at Harford Community College as well. Becky's experiences with children also include working as an aide at Honeygo Child Development Center and babysitting for family and friends. Finally, in addition to teaching dance, Becky is a proud mom, and also works as a radiographer for Express Care (located in the Festival at Bel Air). Becky's positive attitude and bright smile serve in making all participants feel comfortable and confident as they grow as dancers.
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Pat Watters, the chairperson of the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program, was the chairperson of the Chapel Hill Dance Program from 1999-2009 and has been a member of the adult dance class since 2000. However, as the mom of instructors Jen Morris and Becky Donovan, Pat has been involved with the White Marsh Recreation Council since 1986. Besides volunteering as the chairperson, Pat has been a Para-Educator for Baltimore County Public Schools since 1994, and currently works at Perry Hall Elementary School. As the program's chairperson, Pat administers the program and helps to keep an open line of communication between the recreation council, the instructors, and the parents.