The White Marsh Rec. Dance Program’s staff includes the program's director, Jen Morris, the volunteer chairperson, Pat Watters, four experienced lead instructors, and several other instructors, assistant instructors, student volunteers, and substitutes. For more information on the program's staff, please read below.
Chairperson: Pat Watters
Pat Watters, who has been the chairperson of the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program since 2009, was the chairperson of the Chapel Hill Dance Program from 1999-2009 and has been a member of the program's adult dance class since 2000. However, 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. 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.
Director/Lead Instructor: Jen Morris
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, which became the White Mars. Rec. Dance Program in 2009. 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, Jen has a degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a Kindergarten teacher for Sparks Elementary School, located in Baltimore County, from 2004-2007. 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.
Lead Instructor: Nicolle Canapp
Nicolle, 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 the lives of so many young girls.
Lead Instructor: Alyson Mariella
Alyson, 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.
Lead Instructor: Alison Williams
Alison, 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.
For more information about the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program's instructors, assistant instructors, student teachers, and substitutes, please contact the program's director.