Instructors

TINA TRAVERS

TINA TRAVERS is the owner of Cecil Dancenter, as well as the administrative director of Cecil Junior Dance Troupe and Cecil Dance Theatre. She received her B.A. Degree in Dance Education from Goucher College in 1989 and has been teaching dance for 30 years. Mrs. Travers taught at the Baltimore Actor’s Conservatory, Harford Gymnastics and Dance Center, Ballet Studio of Glendon, Harford Community College, and Cecil College’s Kids in Kollege. She has also choreographed for Cecil Dance Theatre, Dulaney Dance Company and Harford Dance Theatre. She was a dance specialist for the Cecil County Public Schools through the CREATE grant and assisted in writing their K-12 dance curriculum and the integrated arts curriculum. She has attended intensive dance teacher conventions in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Mrs. Travers has studied at Body Arts and Science International in Washington, DC, where she received intensive training in Pilates. She is active in providing extra-curricular performance opportunities to dedicated dancers as well as opportunities to enhance their technique and experience through scholarship opportunities, multi-cultural programs, Maryland and Delaware dance festival participation, community out-reach events, master workshops, and organization of ‘professional company’ field trips. Her prestigious nominations for Cecil County’s 2006 ‘Most Beautiful Person’ and the 2013 Cecil County Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award is an indication of the joy she receives from bringing her love of dance to our community. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Council for Dance and has taught teacher training workshops for the Maryland Dance Festival and Davy Dance Academy in Annapolis.

ANYA IVANOVA-BOJKO

ANYA IVANOVA began her ballet studies at the Perm Ballet Academy in the former Soviet Union and later studied at the Frunze Ballet Academy. Upon graduation from Frunze, she performed with Cheliabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater as principal dancer. After accepting an invitation to become a principal dancer with the Donetsk ballet, Miss Ivanova toured the eastern United States. From 1994 to 1999, she was a principal dancer with the Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, and in 1998 she was a finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. Miss Ivanova is a featured guest artist and ballet mistress with ballet companies throughout the United States. Noted for her lyrical style, Miss Ivanova performed roles in many of great classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and more. Her repertoire also includes many contemporary works by choreographers, including Daniel Baudendistel, Leslie Browne, Robert LaFosse, Scott Joovovich, and Matthew Neenan. For over ten years, Miss Ivanova has been teaching advanced level classes in ballet companies throughout the Mid Atlantic States, including Oxford Center for Dance, Russian Ballet Centre, Longwood Performing Arts, Brandywine Ballet Company, Anna Marie Dance Studio, and she has also performed master classes in many other ballet schools and academies.

KRISTEN BJERKE

KRISTIN BJERKE has danced with Cecil Dancenter for 15 years and went on to study dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  She has trained in various styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, tap, and more. In her years at Cecil Dancenter she performed in various roles in the Cecil Dance Theatre productions. In addition to college dance studies, she has attended dance intensives at Saratoga Springs Dance Summer Intensive, Upper Chesapeake Summer Center for the Arts, Maryland Dance Festival and Delaware Dance Festival. Kristin has trained with master teachers such as Avram Gold of the Minnesota Ballet, Michael Sheridan and Anne White of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Donald Lunsford of Philadanco, and Dinita Clark as well as Tiler Peck and Daniel Ulbricht of the New York City Ballet, among others. She has performed as Ariel in the "Little Mermaid", was the lead in "Snow White" and has performed in numerous classical and contemporary works through the years. Kristin loves working with children of all ages and is thrilled to share her passion for dance with our students. 

CANDICE CULMER-SMITH

CANDICE CULMER-SMITH graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2005 from Towson University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and was awarded the Jim Synder Award for Excellence in Dance. There she was a member of the Towson University Dance Company and had the pleasure of working with Geoffrey Holder and Jawole W.J. Zollar. She continued her training on scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and River North Chicago and then went on to complete two seasons with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado, where she has had the privilege to tour nationally and internationally. She was invited to teach at In Motion School of Dance in Bermuda to serve as their Jazz Director and has been on faculty there since 2007. There she has had the pleasure of performing and choreographing with Bermuda’s greatest talent and collaborating to produce international events held on the island. She has also been invited to choreograph and perform with Bermuda’s professional dance company, In Motion Dance Company, where she serves as Rehearsal Director. While in Bermuda, Candice performed with Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda as a chorus girl and dancer in the musicals, The Producers and South Pacific. Candice has been teaching and choreographing for over fifteen years at various studios throughout the U.S. and Bermuda, and has had the honor of being chosen to set several works on various public schools, community colleges, and dance companies on the East Coast including The Grier School, Howard Community College, Academy of Colorado Ballet, Dance Discovery, Mid-Maryland Performing Arts, Annapolis High School, Absolute Dance Company, Centerstage Starz and Old Mill High School.

HEATHER ESTEP

HEATHER ESTEP received her B.A. degree in Dance Education from Brigham Young University in 2005 and currently teaches dance in the Cecil County Public School system. Before college, Mrs. Estep danced with Cecil Dance Theatre. She has been dancing all her life and enjoys tap, modern, ballet and jazz. While attending Brigham Young University, she performed with various tap groups for the Tap Caucus of Utah, Brigham Young University’s Homecoming Spectacular as well as the school’s annual production of World of Dance. She was also involved with Kinnect, a dance company that emphasized teaching and performing in the public schools in the state of Utah. Mrs. Estep taught at the Academy of Music and Dance in Utah, Cecil College’s Kids In Kollege and University of Delaware’s Ice Arena for off-ice dance classes. Performance credits include roles in La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. She also performed this past Thanksgiving in the nationally televised Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She joined the Cecil Dancenter staff in 2006 and loves sharing her passion for dance with her students.

MONICA EVANGELISTA

MONICA EVANGELISTA has had a passion for dance since she was three years old when she started taking dance classes at Oxford Center for Dance; from then on, the studio became her second home. She trained for fifteen years in ballet (her favorite discipline!), pointe, tap, jazz, and modern. Over the years she has performed in numerous productions including Openings, competitions, and The Nutcracker ballet in which she was cast as Arabian Lead, Dancing Doll and Dew Drop Fairy. Monica was also part of OCD’s first “Performing Group” which led her to participate in Starpower competitions, the New York City Dance Alliance, and enjoy a mock audition with the Rockettes in NYC. While attending Arcadia University Monica became an officer, and later president, of their dance team. During this tenure she had the opportunity to perform at the Wachovia Center as part of the Philadelphia Wings Lacrosse Team’s halftime show for three years in a row. In May of 2013, she graduated from Arcadia with a B.A. in psychology. She is thrilled to continue teaching her love of dance with us!

SHOSHANA LIEBERMAN

SHOSHANA LIEBERMAN is a music teacher and performer, specializing in both musical theater and classical voice. Recent musical theater roles include Miss Evangeline Barley and others in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with the Milburn Stone Theater (2019) and Johanna in Sweeney Todd with ACT Players (2018). As a voice teacher, she works with both adults and younger singers, elementary through high school.  Her students have gone on to perform with the University of Delaware Opera Theater and Opera Workshop and many local community theaters, including Street Lamp Productions and Delaware Children’s Theater.   She also works as a music director for several local community theaters.  Recent projects include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with ACT Players and Frozen Jr. with Milburn Stone Theater. She holds a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College.  

ADELINA MITCHELL

ADELINA MITCHELL Adelina Mitchell has trained in many styles of dance for 15 years including ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical under numerous instructors and master teachers. Addie has trained at Towson University, Craze Dance and has taken many dance workshops and intensives through her years as a dancer.   Addie has danced in Peter Pan, Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, The Nutcracker, Holiday Enchantment, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Swan Princess and was the lead in Thumbelina. She also has a love for musical theater, having performed in Once Upon A Mattress , Oklahoma! and The Little Mermaid.  Addie has been on our teaching staff since 2017 and is excited to share her love of dance with her students!

PLATINUM J

PLATINUM J has been dancing since he could walk and it’s what he loves to do anytime, anyplace, all day, every day! He has trained under S Funk at the Baltimore Dance Center and took advantage of every opportunity it had to offer. He made an appearance on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” season one (second call back) which was an amazing experience. He has also danced for Baltimore recording artists CR Da Show which gave him the opportunity to perform on the Baltimore Believe Tour and to open for Ginuwine at the Lyric Opera House. He won the 2009 Baltimore’s Got Talent and has performed at numerous community events & venues. He is currently a hip hop choreographer and teacher at the Baltimore Dance Center and Diamond Dance Studio. Platinum J thrives on creating routines, cutting and mixing his own music, and having ideas that make the crowd go wild!

TRACY MCCOY-SOPER

TRACY MCCOY-SOPER earned a BA Degree in Dance Performance at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. She is certified by the National Dance Masters of America and has furthered her dance education professionally by studying with world-renowned teachers and choreographers while living in Pittsburgh, Miami, and Baltimore. Her professional experience includes dancing and performing for dinner theaters around the world, The Electric Light Parade in Disney World, the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC and becoming a semi-finalist on Star Search. Mrs. McCoy-Soper’s many years of teaching include the Sandra Lynne’s School of Dance, Berlin Dance Company, Company Elite, and Harford Dance Center. She has created dance programs for the Cecil County Public School System, where is she is also a dance specialist for the integrated arts program CREATE. Tracy has also worked with other school programs, the ESPN National Cheer & Dance Competition and other conventions throughout the Eastern United States. Her students have won platinum awards and scholarships under her non-profit organization BAAC Stage Dance Company. Some of her former dancers have received invitations into the NYC Rockettes Summer Program and some have become NFL Cheerleaders. Miss Tracy has been on staff since 2007 with Cecil Dancenter.

Please reload

Cecil Dancenter | 25 Flint Drive

North East, MD  21901 | 410-287-3546

Cecil Dancenter - All Rights Reserved

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon