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MEET OUR TEACHERS

  1. Samantha Trzcinski
Director/Instructor/Choreographer
    Samantha Trzcinski Director/Instructor/Choreographer
  2. Leigh Targaryen
Assistant to the Director/Youth Program Director/Instructor/Choreographer
    Leigh Targaryen Assistant to the Director/Youth Program Director/Instructor/Choreographer
  3. Joelle Szychowski
    Joelle Szychowski
  4. Becky Titelman
    Becky Titelman
  5. Jenyfer Krauss
    Jenyfer Krauss
  6. Rebecca Ostrowski
    Rebecca Ostrowski
"Mrs. Sam" began dancing when she was three years old in North Harford's Recreation program. Over the years she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance with various instructors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in English Literature in 2011 and her Masters of Science degree in Professional Writing in 2013, both from Towson University. While studying at Towson as an undergraduate, she was invited to dance with their Modern Repertoire class in 2009.

Sam began assistant teaching with North Harford Recreation Council in eigth grade. She taught her first ballet class in 2007 as her senior project. She then became the ballet instructor for North Harford two years later, her students ranging in ages 4 to 17. She also added two levels of Modern Dance to their program in 2011.

As a self-proclaimed "bun head", Sam loves sharing her love of ballet and teaching all ages. Parents appreciate her ability to maintain control of her classes through discipline, while exuding a creative energy that keeps students engaged. She strives to create an atmosphere that is both fun and interactive, and aims to build a love of dance in her students that will grow as they do.

Leigh Targaryen has been dancing since the age of three. As a youth, she studied under Towson's Children's Dance Division with Patty Enoch Bond where she was able to gain a strong foundation in R.A.D. In high school, Leigh was accepted into the dance program at Carver Center for the Arts. After graduation, Leigh went on to receive her Associate of the Arts degree from CCBC in Dance. During her attendance, Leigh was awarded "Outstanding Dancer of the Year" for two consecutive years. In addition, she received the only scholarships offered in the dance department, both years in attendance. She graduated from Goucher College in 2009, where she earned her BA in Dance Therapy.

Leigh began her teaching career at age 11 as an assistant at Kingsville Recreation Center. After three years she was awarded her own classes. Leigh went on to teach creative movement, ballet, tap, modern, & jazz to varying age groups around Maryland. Her theory behind teaching dance is to inspire the dancers creatively while maintaining a technical balance.

Leigh's passion in the field of dance has led her in many directions, including costume design. In 2006, she started designing and crafting dance costumes for herself and received several awards for outstanding craftsmanship at local and national conventions. In 2008, she began designing and constructing costumes for several dance companies including Deep Vision Dance Company, Full Circle Dance Company, and Goucher College's Dance Department  


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Joelle began dancing at the age of two and studied ballet, tap, jazz, and modern until the age of eleven, when she focused her training in on ballet and modern and got her first pair of pointe shoes. During these years, she trained at Harford Dance Theater, Dance Conservatory of Maryland, Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, while performing in productions such as the Nutcracker, Harriet’s Happiest Halloween, Canvases, and more.

After graduating Fallston High School, Joelle attended Goucher College for four years, where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Africanist Dance, as well as Horton, Graham, and Humphrey-Limón/Release techniques of Modern Dance, Anatomy, and Dance Composition. While at Goucher, she had the privilege of studying with Elizabeth Lowe-Ahearn, Tim Fox, Linda Garofalo, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Katherine Morris, Iquail Shaheed, Eddie Stockton, and Rick Southerland, and worked with guest artists such as Gabrielle Lamb, Sidra Bell, Alan Hineline, Adam Hougland, and Laura Meade. She graduated Goucher in spring of 2018 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Mathematics.

Joelle is passionate about sharing the love of dance with her students and loves to see the joy and freedom it provides them.
  
Becky Titelman has been performing in musical theatre productions since the age of six and dancing since the age of three.  She performed all over Harford and Baltimore Counties growing up, and then went on to get her BFA in Musical Theatre at Elon University in North Carolina with a Minor in Dance.

Becky has performed professionally all over the east coast, including Hershey Park, Wild Adventures Theme Park in GA, Allenberry Playhouse in PA, Seaside Music Theatre in Florida, and Main Street Theatre in PA, as well as off-off-Broadway productions when she lived in NYC for six years. Some of her favorite past roles include Mame in Mame, Rizzo in Grease, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Miss Hannigan in Annie, and Maria in The Sound of Music.

Becky has been teaching dance since 2001 and choreographing for young performers in musicals for many years. Since 2014, she has been teaching Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Tap and Musical Theatre classes for Harford Dance Center, as well as choreographed the tap numbers for their Advanced and Junior Competition Teams. Becky also choreographs for E Street Dance Academy’s competition team. And since 2010, Becky has been a part of the creative team as a choreographer and musical theatre coach for camps, classes, and productions at Theatreworks…Live! in Bel Air, and she recently choreographed their teen production of A Chorus Line and will be choreographing their upcoming fall production of Matilda. Becky’s tap numbers have been seen in Harford Dance Theatre’s productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Harriet’s Happiest Halloween for two years, and Snow White this past May, as well as she has choreographed the beginning party scene for HDT’s production of the Nutcracker.

In 2017, Becky started her own theater company with two other colleagues called Scottfield Theatre Company, and she has choreographed their last four productions of Tuck Everlasting, Titanic, Mamma Mia, and Sister Act, and will be choregraphing their upcoming production ofScrooge.

Another love of Becky’s is writing, and she is a published children’s book author with eight books currently available. Her nineth book, It’s a Dog’s Life, will be released soon!
Biography Coming Soon! 
Rebecca Ostrowski is currently a student at The Community College of Baltimore County where she will soon receive her Associates Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She will then attend Towson University and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Rebecca began dancing in 2003 at Dancemoves Studio of Dance, where she performed recreationally and competitively for 13 years. There she studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, and Musical Theatre. During her Sophomore year of college, Rebecca was a member of CCBC’s Dance Company under Melinda Blomquist, where she had the opportunity to perform in concerts and showcases on multiple campuses. One of Rebecca’s favorite memories of her dance career include her repeating role as the Maid in The Nutcracker: Tea With Clara by Maryland Classical Dance Academy. Rebecca was a long time student of Deborah Engerman, former Maître de ballet of Rasta Thomas’ Rock The Ballet, Brandon Perry-Russell of Dance Theater of Harlem and Bad Boys of Dance, and has taken master classes with many dance professionals including Braham Crane of Broadway Dance Center, Adrienne Canterna, choreographer for Bad Boys of Dance, and Peter Pucci of Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

When Rebecca isn’t teaching dance or studying, she loves to spend time with her goldendoodle puppy, go bouldering and do yoga, or hang out with her incredibly loving family.

Dance training, and teaching, has been a huge part of Rebecca’s life and she wouldn’t have it any other way.