Ballare Staff

KELLY HODGE – OWNER / DIRECTOR

For those of you that are new and may not know me, my name is Kelly Hodge, and I am the owner and director of Ballare Dance Centre. Dance has been a passion and a part of my life since I was 4 years old. Growing up I studied many forms of dance such as tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical. I was 16 years old when I began teaching tap classes, and have been teaching dance for the past 19 years. Throughout middle school and high school I was a member of a competition team that was ranked one of California’s best as well as nationally. I competed with a large team and also did my own choreographed solos. After high school I went to San Francisco State University to further my dancing career, before graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in business management. I learned very early that my calling as a dancer was to share my love and passion for dance with others through teaching. I decided to open the Ballare Dance Centre in 2007 to share my passion with each and every one of my dancers. I want to make dancing fun for your dancer, as well as give them an outlet to express themselves through movement. As we have successfully celebrated Ballare Dance Centre’s 10th anniversary, I look forward to seeing returning dancers as well as welcome new dancers into our dance studio and family. In February 2013 my husband Tim and I welcomed our son Joey in to our family. He enjoys coming to the studio and loves all the attention he gets from the dancers. I want to personally thank you for coming to Ballare Dance Centre and making it your home!

JENNIFER PALMER – DANCE INSTRUCTOR

In 2009 Ballare Dance Centre welcomed Miss Jennifer Hayden to our staff. We are very happy to have her back as a part of our Ballare family. Miss Jenn has a 7 year-old son Mark we all get excited to see around the dance studio from time to time. Miss Jenn has been a friend of mine for many years and comes from a very large dance background. She has studied jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and lyrical. She danced competitively and received top honors for her group and solo work. After graduating from high school, Jenn studied choreography at De Anza College and became a “De Anza Dancer.” It was shortly after leaving De Anza that she dove head first into teaching and performing. She has taught at various dance studios throughout the Bay Area, instructing dancers of all ages. She has also had the opportunity to perform at very exciting events such as the 2005 Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, the 2005 Miss Fitness America pageant in Hollywood, as well as many community events and concerts throughout the U.S. Miss Jenn has been a member of 2 professional dance companies, one being the Fashionate Rhythm Dance Company. She has also had the privilege to cheer and dance professionally for the San Jose Sabercats Arena Football team, the Golden State Warriors Basketball Team, and as an Inferno Dancer for the San Francisco Dragons Major League Lacrosse Team. This year Miss Jenn will be teaching hip hop, jazz and lyrical in the 2017-2018 dance year.

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