Dance, Yoga, and Movement Instructors
Steven & Jennifer Carpenter
Welcome to NCAC and the wonderful world of ballroom! Our names are Steven and Jennifer and we invite you to join us in our love of ballroom dance. In our class you will learn how to dance swing, cha cha, waltz, tango, and many other dances, in easy to follow patterns that make learning to partner dance easier and so much fun. Together, we have a combined experience of 6 years teaching ballroom, but over 20 years of social dancing. Our dance experience has crossed the globe as we have foxtrotted and cha cha’d our way through Europe, parts of Asia, and even down the grocery store aisles. Steven’s love of dance blossomed in high school when his football team took ballet to help with balance and form, and then took off in college where he not only learned how to dance ballroom, but took over the college classes. Jennifer grew up watching old musicals and dreamed of dancing like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but it wasn’t until her late 20s that this love found its home. She quickly moved from student to instructor and for the past 2 years has taught 7-15 year olds the love of ballroom. We hope you will join us in this fun, and often addicting, form of dance that encourages both social interaction and cooperation.
Erica started dancing at a young age. She danced for C&C Dance Company in Bowie, Maryland where she competed in many dance competitions. Also, she was the founder and captain of the Bowie High School dance ensemble in 2000. After high school, Erica continued to study dance and business in college and performed in many school activities. She not only danced but she played college basketball as well. Erica taught at Artistic Dance Academy for nine years for students aged 3 to adults. In addition to her teaching, she attended teacher training with well-known dancers and choreographers from "So You Think You Can Dance." After teaching in a dance studio for many years Erica had worked with Kids in Motion, located in Northern VA for after school programs teaching children Zumba and hip-hop. Erica loves to dance and to be around children. She has a family of her own with three lovely children. This inspired her to start a mobile dance company called Envision Dance and Fitness. Erica had many great opportunities to travels to different locations to teach children throughout VA, MD, and DC.
Early Childhood Movement
Ellen Blumhardt is delighted to be sharing music with young children at the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center. She holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she studied clarinet and bass clarinet and was a recipient of the Linehan Artist Scholarship. After starting an elementary general music position in Charles County Public Schools, she completed her Master’s of Music in Music Education from Michigan State University. She completed her Level 1 certificate in Gordon’s Early Childhood Music Learning Theory as well as Level 1 in Elementary General Music Learning Theory. Ellen loves being a member of the La Plata community, where she lives with her husband, Andrew, and now stays at home with her three young children, Francis, Mary, and Thomas.
Jennifer Scott started dancing at the age of three at Cindy King’s Dance Studio in District Heights, MD. As she grew, she remained with the same studio and went on to become a Student Assistant then later a Student Teacher. The studio then transformed into the Artistic Dance Academy in Upper Marlboro, where she became a teacher and taught in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and Broadway for over 15 years under the direction of Cindy King. Her student’s ages ranged from three to adults.
Jennifer is trained in the Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet methods. She has choreographed pieces for the competitive groups that have placed in several regional competitions. She has attended many dance conventions and workshops in order to keep up to date with new dance styles and techniques.
Jennifer’s goal for her students has always been “Interpretation through Movement: Telling a story without words.”
Pre-Ballet, Beginning Dance
My name is Michelle Borowski and I would like to welcome you to the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center’s beginning dance & movement arts program. My dance experience spans over 20 years and across two continents and even an island to include technique, choreography, theatrical makeup, costume design and stage performance. My love of dance started with classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and progressed through high school where I was a member of the dance team, participating in a multitude of performances and dance camps throughout California led by top professionals in the business. I was recruited into a volunteer teaching position at my alma mater where I choreographed and instructed over 40 students into a performance dance team. My love for teaching continued while my husband served overseas, where I established a dance program for all ages and included stage performances for military families. Dance and the performing arts continues to be a source of joy and inspiration and I’m looking forward to sharing this passion.
Marcie has always loved fitness, so once she retired from the Navy she became a Personal Trainer. She felt there was more in the fitness community then lifting weights in a gym and fell in love with what Yoga offers as a counter-balance (yin to the yang). Her journey continued when she saw the youngest of her 2 boys loving his kids yoga class at a local studio. The benefits of children yoga was so profound in her son that she knew her love for fitness was meant to grow and bloom into a love for teaching children the Science of Yoga. Children (and adults!) have a blast in her class as they work on strength, balance, confidence, mindfulness and so much more.
Marcie is a Yoga Alliance 200-ERYT, 95-RCYT, YACEP as well as a certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher and Trainer.