Our Staff

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All of instructors are highly trained professionals, some with college and professional dance experience.  TADA’s staff share a passion for dance and love of educating tomorrow’s dancers.  The staff is committed to teaching their students excellent dance technique in a loving, family-oriented environment and bring decades of experience into the classroom.

Our dance instructors are unique in that they excel not only in the dance world but in the professional world.  Our staff ,who all have advanced degrees in their respective fields, include both a Elementary Mathematics Specialist and Achievement Liaison from leading Delaware Public Schools, a Nurse, a Senior Criminal Justice Planner for the State of Delaware and an Attorney.  They are the proud recipients of numerous awards and honors including a three time Teacher of the Year, an Outstanding Delaware Achiever Award,  an Advisory Board Member for DelState, A Virginia Bar Association Family Law Award  Winner and Secretary of the Sussex County Bar Association.

Jordan Adkins has over twenty years of dance experience. In those years, Jordan has been a student at the Marion Tracey Dance Studio and the First State Academy of Dance under the instructions of Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith, Maria Fry and Michele Xiques. As a member of the Diamond Dance Company, Jordan has performed various principal roles in the Nutcracker and Coppelia, including Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Swanhilda. She has also performed the Nutcracker with other surrounding companies such as, the Dance Academy of Middletown and the Eastern Shore Ballet Theater. Jordan attended a summer intensive program at The Rock School in Philadelphia, allowing her to further her knowledge and skills of dancing. After high school, Jordan attended Salisbury University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. In her four years of college, Jordan was a member of the Salisbury University Dance Company under the instruction of Victoria Hutchison and Mary Norton, where she was able to study under established choreographers and principal dancers, and choreograph a piece of her own to showcase in the Annual Fall performance. After graduating and returning to Delaware, Jordan has continued dancing with the Diamond Dance Company in productions such as the Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and The Wizard of Oz. Jordan currently resides in Harrington, DE with her husband Jason and their two dogs Cassie and Tank.

Carie DeBaca has been a supporter of Diamond Dance Company for 7 years and participated in The Nutcracker as a party scene guest, Mama Baker and Momma Ginger.  She has instructed creative movement for 3 and 4 year old children. Carie holds a BS degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Graduate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently an Elementary Mathematics Specialist at Capital School District. Carie resides in Dover with her husband Lee and her two daughters, Alayna and Logyn, both dancers for Diamond Dance Company and TADA.

Jessica Rodriguez began dancing at the age of three in Milford, DE. She continued to dance through the age of 21 and had the privilege of training with Ms. Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith for many of those years. She trained in many style of dance including ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and tap. During her time as a dancer she participated in numerous competitions, workshops and shows including The Nutcracker, Coppelia and many annual recitals. Jessie’s dance education continued at Salisbury University where she was a member of their dance company. She has always had a love of dance and for working with children. She is an elementary school teacher and a mom to an adorable little boy.

Bliss Soucek is a lifelong resident of Milford, Delaware. Bliss has been a staff member with TADA for two years, teaching pre-ballet, pre-tap, ballet levels 2, 3, and 4, and pointe. Bliss has over twenty years of dance experience, including seven years as a company member with the Delaware Ballet. She performed several principal roles with the Delaware Ballet including Clara, Dew Drop, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. She taught Kinderdance for three and four year olds for two years with Central Delaware Dance Academy. Bliss attended summer intensives with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Orlando Ballet.  Before settling on a career in law, she originally majored in Dance with a concentration in Ballet at Point Park University, where she performed soloist roles with Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts as a Freshman and was award an apprenticeship in Ballet and Jazz. While in Pittsburgh, she served as a dance teacher for inner city students with Community Outreach Partnership Centers of Pittsburgh. She held the titles of Teen Miss Milford 2002, Delaware’s Jr. Miss 2004, and Miss Milford 2005 and 2007. She placed first runner-up in the 2007 Miss Delaware Pageant. Bliss served as a choreographer for the Delaware’s Junior Miss program for four years, and the Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen Pageant for four years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Point Park University in 2007, and her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University’s School of Law in 2010. At present, she is a family law attorney with Sergovic, Carmean and Weidman in Georgetown, Delaware. She serves as an attorney Guardian Ad Litem for the Office of the Child Advocate and is the Secretary of the Sussex County Bar Association.

Aimee Voshell String began her dance training at the age of seven under the direction of the illustrious Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith. She is trained in classical ballet, tap, lyrical jazz and hip hop and has been a soloist with the Delaware Ballet, Salisbury Ballet Company, Diamond Dance Company and Center Stage. At the age of 17 Aimee was one of Delaware’s youngest women to capture the Miss Delaware title, went on to represent Delaware in the 1997 Miss America Pageant and was awarded an Outstanding Delawarean award for her commitment to Arts Education. While earning her Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Delaware Aimee was a member and Captain of the Nationally Ranked University of Delaware Dance Team and danced on ESPN and ESPN2. Post college, Aimee went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law with concentrations in Family Law and Public/Government Service. She currently works as a Senior Criminal Justice Planner for the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council where she is a tireless advocate for DV Survivors and Victim’s rights. While in Law school Aimee Coached the C. Milton Wright High School Dance team and led them to a First Place National Title. Aimee is the official choreographer and assistant producer/director for the Miss Delaware Scholarship pageant and enjoys doing occasional choreography for the Possum Point Players Community Theatre. In 2013 String was a nominee for a Broadway Delaware Best Choreography Award in the both the professional and non-professional categories. She has taught at numerous dance schools throughout Delaware and Maryland is thrilled to be on the staff of TADA where she can continue to further the legacy of Tatiana. Aimee is married to her high school sweetheart Dan and together they have three beautiful children; Brynn, Colton and Cambri.

Misty Yencer has 20 years of dance instruction experience and has been the director for Diamond Dance Company Since 2011. She is an Achievement Liaison at Welch Elementary School in the Caesar Rodney School District and has been an educator for 14 years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and graduate degrees in reading instruction and school administration.  Misty is certified as a Reading Specialist K-12 and School Leader/Principal in the State of Delaware. Most of her formal ballet training was under the direction of Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith. She has also trained with Daniel Kaiser, Victoria Voshell, and Diane Drulis in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. As a student Misty attended and competed with Dance Masters of America, Company Dance, and New York City Dance Alliance. Mrs. Yencer has attended instructor/teacher training with choreographers and judges from “So You Think You Can Dance”, Company Dance, and NYCDA. She has also choreographed award winning competition pieces. Misty is a 2013 BroadwayWorld award winner for choreography. Mrs. Yencer was named “Teacher of the Year” for W. R. Brown Elementary 06-07, and Welch Elementary School 10-11 & 11-12, all of the CRSD.  Misty resides in Magnolia with her husband Steve,  her two daughters, Tori & Madi, and Dexter (their family dog).

 

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