Sandi Dehner - Artistic Director
Sandi brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, choreographer, and director to JAMZ. She has been involved in dance her entire life, having started taking classes at the age of 3. Sandi has trained in a variety of genres throughout the years in the DMV area, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and tap, among others. At 15 years old, her love for teaching began when she was tasked with choreographing her high school dance company, with her routine being selected to perform at the solo and ensemble festival.
At the young age of 17, she was offered a partnership at the studio she was teaching at. Her very first year as partner, she formed and directed her first competition company which consisted of only 8 students. At their very first competition, the company won first place overall, thus beginning the dream.
One year later, Sandi opened her first dance studio, Spotlight Studio of Dance. Under her direction, the studio doubled its enrollment in its second year, with the competition company winning national awards their first year competing. By year three her studio was booming and her competition team had grown to over 60 dancers. Through the years, the competition team won overall regional and national awards at almost every major competition across the country. Titles were won at competitions such as West Coast Dance Explosion, NYCDA, Starpower, Starquest, Showbiz, Tremaine, and many others. Sandi has been awarded numerous choreography awards, as well as trained many solo title award winners at the regional, national, and world level. She went on to open a second studio, Dance Xtreme.
Sandi's students' successes speak volumes. Her dancers have performed at Walt Disney World, Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, on cruise lines, and in cities across the nation such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago. Her students have gone on to do professional work such as The Rockettes (both the touring company and the New York company of the Christmas Spectacular), performed with Debbie Allen in her productions of both "Pearl" and "Dreams," starred in national commercials, been featured in articles in dance magazines, movies, and tv shows, as well as become award winning teachers and choreographers themselves.
Sandi, a mother of three, has a unique ability to push her students to achieve their maximum potential while instilling in them a love for the art of dance that stays with them for a lifetime.
"I feel I have a gift for helping each student achieve their goals, and believe that if we as teachers instill a love of dance and provide them with the encouragement and support they need, there is no limit to what they can achieve!" ~Sandi
Marina Timofeeva - Instructor (Ballet)
Ben Gonzales - Instructor (Hip Hop, JAMCO CREW)
Ben Gonzales started his dancing career in 1993. Ben began dancing in local Baltimore clubs and became quickly a "Baltimore Club" style dancer (a style unique to Baltimore). After realizing he had a passion for dance, he began training in Breaking, Popping, and Locking. In 1996 Ben joined the well known dance crew Deadly Venoms. With the crew, Ben had the opportunity to perform as the opening act for a number of Hip Hop artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-ONE, Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Talib Kweli, and many others. In 2001 Ben's career as a graphic designer was put on hold when he started receiving overwhelming response to his talent, and he began to teach classes and workshops at many studios in Maryland. Ben has been inspired by many dancers, but his main inspiration comes from the history and pioneers of bboy and funk styles. He's been fortunate to have trained with some of the greatsest dancers of our time, such as Don "Campbellock" Campbell, Fred "Rerun" Berry, and Mr. Wiggles.
Shawn "SHOGUN" Stevens - Instructor (Breakin')
Shawn "SHOGUN" Stevens has been b-boyn' (breakin') since 1996. He is the co-founder and acting president of the Deadly Venoms Crew. His crew has competed in many competitions on the east coast. They are responsible for rebuilding the bboys' status in the Baltimore club scene. Shawn has performed with hip hop legends Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Special Ed, Talib Quali, and RUN DMC. At Bboy Jam Unbreakable 3 shawn recieved a special Bboy honors award for representing bboyn' hardcore for the last 14 years in the DMV area. Past students of his have included former faculty members Jamile McGee ("So You Think You Can Dance" 2nd runner up Season 1), and Ben Gonzales.
Kevyn Jones - Instructor (Hip Hop, Acrobatics)
Born in Alaska, Kevyn is a sought after performer in his community. He is often recruited to teach hip hop classes at varied dance facilities throughout the East Coast. Moving to Maryland at an early age he picked up his passion for multifaceted arenas for this craft. A mixture of self taught and technically crafted skills in the areas of Ballet, Latin Ball Room, Modern, Contemporary, and specializing in Hip Hop. He got his start dancing for the Aberdeen High School dance team winning State and National titles during his years of involvement. After graduation he was then signed as a dancer and choreographer to One Way Entertainment. Jones danced on the Believe Tour in Baltimore City, the Heritage Day Parade in Washington D.C., and the Scream 5 Tour where he opened for such artists as Bossman, Mario, Pretty Ricky, Omarion, and Ne-Yo.
As he continued his experiences in the entertainment world, he had the privilege of open for the Temptations as well as Regina Bell and appeared in the 2008 hit movie Step Up 2. Kevyn was then hired to choreograph the opening show for R&B singer Mario at LOVE Night Club in Washington D.C. Jones recently appeared in the dance movie Step Up 3D, released August, 2010. Television and video credits soon rolled in thereafter, TV Pilot episode “Gothem” (FoxTV), “SK Energy Drink” (commercial for 50 Cent), “Hard Energy Drink” (commercial), and Caspa Narks “Fitted 2 Da Side, (music video).
Kevyn is now team captain for the United States Olympic Dance Team; his career is being taken to new heights and his level of skill broadening.
Since the age of 18, Kevyn has taught hip hop classes at various Studios, Schools and Universities across the country. He was coach/team captain of the World Champion East Coast Nitros Entourage Open Dance Team. He performed ballet, contemporary and modern dance with the Harford Dance Theater. Kevyn along with Theron Taylor pioneered the first ever Hip Hop class taught at The Arena Club, Bel Air, MD.
As of late Kevyn has been spending his time sharing his passion with anyone who is willing to learn, currently working at JAMZ Dance Studio in Pasadena, Md.
Margareta Chughtai - Instructor (Hip Hop)
Margareta Chughtai is Culture Shock, Washington, D.C.'s own co-founding executive director and previous artistic director. She has performed and instructed nationally and internationally for the past twelve years and directed for the last six years.
Patrick Harrington – Instructor (Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet)
Patrick Harrington began his dance training at the age of ten studying locally in Severna Park. At the age of fourteen he attended The Baltimore School for the Arts studying under Tony Wilson and Norma Pera of a strict curriculum of classical ballet repertoire and modern dance. During his time at The Baltimore School for the Arts he also attended various other ballet schools including The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Septime Weber and the Miami City Ballet School. Since his time at The Baltimore School for the Arts, Patrick has worked on numerous productions with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra including the yearly Holiday Spectacular and The Women of the World Festival with Marin Aslop and Jack Everly. After leaving The Baltimore School for the Arts, Patrick attended Marymount Manhattan College where he studied modern dance and classical ballet under director Katie Langan, here Patrick had opportunities to work on productions with Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Robert Battle. Patrick is now attending Anne Arundel Community College under the direction of Lynda Fitzgerald.
Forrest Hendricks - Instructor (Strength Conditioning)