Our Staff

Anne Johansson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Anne Johansson grew up in Danville and was a student in the first class at The Children’s Ballet in 1987. Anne danced with the school through high school, and appeared in the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre’s 1989 Midwest tour of “The Nutcracker.”

Anne founded an event planning firm in 2010 and has organized weddings, corporate and social events across central Indiana. She lives in Danville with her husband and two young daughters, both students at The Children’s Ballet.

Emily Miser

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR + SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Miss Emily started dancing at The Children’s Ballet where she studied ballet and pointe under Deni Jacks, Robyn Wenrich, Edward Moffat, and Heidi Eads Jones. During her study at The Children’s Ballet, she discovered her love of teaching by working as a teaching assistant and student teacher.

She continued dancing at Anderson University, graduating summa cum laude with departmental awards and honors with a BA in dance business. While at Anderson she studied a variety of styles under Oybek Tashpulatov, George Salinas, Debra Silveus, Shauna Steele, Doug King, and Kenny Shepard. Emily has worked with Lynn Peterson (Syren Modern Dance), Sharon Wong (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Jillian Godwin (Dance Kaleidoscope), and Mocha Dance Project.

Her choreographic works have been awarded and featured: “Forever Night” received an Allen Choreography Award, “Compter Sur” was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2014, and “Lux et Gravitas,” “This Tea/This Chair/This Place,” “Civil Blood, Sweet Sorrow,” and “Amber Waves” were performed at Indy Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019. Emily was a member of Phoenix Rising Dance Company in 2016-17. She co-founded Crossroads Dance Indy in 2015 and currently serves as the Executive Director, as well as being the Artistic Director of The Children’s Ballet.

Emily is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique junior, senior, and advanced programs. She shares her passion for dance, storytelling, and the arts through dancing, choreographing, and teaching.

Vanessa Schuldt

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR + INSTRUCTOR

Miss Vanessa began her dance training in 2007 at The Children’s Ballet where she trained in ballet, pointe, and modern dance. While there, she was a student teacher, and choreographed for the end of the year shows. This inspired her to continue her dance journey by attending Anderson University after her high school graduation. Her technique expanded to include tap, jazz, dance composition, and improvisation.

While at Anderson, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance Business, Vanessa participated in numerous shows and worked with fantastic teachers like Christine Thacker, Debra Silveus, Doug King and others. She also had the opportunity to dance with Gregory Hancock Dance Theater in the premiere of “EXODUS” and danced as an intern in their recent production of “Violin Under the Bed.”

Hadassah Burk

DIRECTOR OF POINTE + INSTRUCTOR

Miss Hadassah, originally from Michigan City, Indiana has been dancing for 18 years and is trained in Vaganova ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, character, and jazz. Her extensive training includes studios such as Southold Dance Theatre (South Bend, Indiana), Works in Motion Dance Company (La Porte, Indiana), Ballet Chicago, Ruth Paige Foundation, Boitsov Classical Ballet (Chicago, Illinois) and summer intensives at the Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Magnificat.

Hadassah began her teaching career at the age of 16, receiving her teaching certification with Dance & Gym USA. As part of her professional career she has taken various classes led by dancers such as Travis and Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, and Kim McSwain among others. Hadassah has also participated in master classes led by cast members of the Broadway Touring Productions including “Beauty And The Beast,” “Wicked,” and “Chicago,” and was chosen as Broadway Bound student by cast members of “Beauty And The Beast” and “Wicked.”

Lise Hearn

INSTRUCTOR

​Ms. Hearn holds a BA (magna cum laude) in Dance from the International University of San Diego, CA. Her dance training began with Gail Grant and continued at Indiana University, Bloomington receiving a scholarship under the direction of Nicolas Beriozoff. She also studied with such notables as Rosella Hightower and Jose Ferran in Cannes, France; Christine Du Boulay and Richard Ellis in Chicago.

Lise has danced with the Feld Ballet NY, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, and Ruth Page Ballet. Some of her leading roles occurred in such favorite ballets as Raymonda, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Graduation Ball, Petrouchka, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Giselle, Nutcracker, Sacre du Printemps, Carmina Burana and Pas de Quatre. She also can be seen in the television production of Die Fliedermaus, directed by Larry Long.

Lise received a series of scholarships for Performance and for the Teachings of the Russian Syllabus from the International Ballet Seminar. She has given Master Classes for several teacher organizations; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ; St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN; and Regis-Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO. Before arriving in Indianapolis, she was on faculty, teaching ballet and character, at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and was the certified Pilates Instructor of Rehabilitation for Cirque du Soleil.

Sarah Weddle

INSTRUCTOR

Miss Sarah began her dance training in 2002, studying classical ballet with Donna Martelli before continuing with The Children’s Ballet in 2005. From there, she trained in classical ballet, pointe, modern, and character under Deni Jacks, Robyn Wenrich, Heidi Eads-Jones, Melanie Schreiber, and Mandy Milligan. Since her high school graduation, Miss Sarah has begun ballroom dance training and teaching with Five Star Dance Studios, where she has been an instructor for one year. She started her teaching career with one season as an assistant teacher for Emily Miser with The Children’s Ballet, and has since taught for two additional seasons.

2020/21 Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes individuals with a passion for the arts and experience in business development and arts organizations. Most of them are also parents of ballet students. Our board helps us navigate the challenges of growth while remaining true to our mission.

Lauren Thomas President
Julie Wilmot Vice President
Hannah Swogger Secretary
Joe Johansson Treasurer
Valeri Abbott
Rachel Wilson
Kj Dunn

Advisory Board Members
Jerry Vornholt
Terina Widner
Tierney Dininger

OUR MISSION

We serve students of all ages from Hendricks County and surrounding areas.

We are dedicated to providing high-quality dance instruction while helping students develop self-discipline, dedication, positive self-esteem, and an appreciation for the art of dance.

We value and nurture each student’s unique gifts of talent and creativity in a safe studio environment in order to educate, enrich, and inspire.

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