IDP Instructors

I hope to provide my students with training that will teach them the value of being an artist. I want them to learn that when dancing, they are sharing a piece of their soul with the world. I want them to be proud to freely express themselves through movement. I want my students to leave my classes and rehearsals feeling accomplished and unburdened. I hope to provide a place where they don’t have to worry about anything, where they can be themselves with no inhibitions, where they can experiment with movement and artistic integrity, and where they will receive dance training that offers an experience they will never forget.
— Miss Sydnee
 
 
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SYDNEE REESE
OWNER/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Sydnee Reese grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and began her dance training at London Dance Academy where she trained and completed R.A.D. and I.S.T.D. examinations in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap with distinctive scoring. Sydnee moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 2006 and began training and teaching ballet, tap, and jazz at Synergy Dance Center. In 2009, Sydnee attended Webster University, and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with an emphasis in ballet in August of 2012. While at Webster University, Sydnee studied as a scholarship recipient with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Mark Morris Dance Group in New York City where she received extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Horton, Graham, and other modern dance techniques. She has had the opportunity to work with Iyun harrison, Alicia Graf, Jimena Paz, Beckah Voigt, Homer Bryant, Keith Saunders, Joyce Herring, Endalyn Taylor, Michael Uthoff, Leonard Cruz, Sean Curran, Jennifer Medina, Jessica Lang, Uri Sands, and Tyronne Brooks. She also danced a principal role in the productions of The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and had an arts administration internship with The Big Muddy Dance Company. Sydnee danced with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company for two seasons as well as the administrative assistant to the artistic director of the company. Currently, Sydnee is teaching, dancing and choreographing a dinner theatre variety show in downtown Saint Louis, as well as owning and artistically directing a competitive dance school, Imagine Dance Project.

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COLLEEN BREEN 

YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Colleen Breen obtained her BFA in Dance Performance at East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance. Colleen has had the opportunity to train with dance professionals such as Jennifer Archibald, Jennifer Medina, Galina Panov, John Dixon, Teal Darkenwald, Tommi Galaska, and Nina Galaska. Colleen has 12 years of teaching under her belt, she was a high school dance team coach for five years, and has taught classes at the studio and collegiate levels throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Currently, Colleen is the Youth Program Director at Imagine Dance Project. She specializes in teaching preschool and kindergarten dance classes as well as dance team preparation classes. Her goal is to build the confidence of her dancers, teach them discipline and proper technique, while training in a fun environment!

 ASHLEY HAMANN  BALLET INSTRUCTOR  Ashley Hamann was a principal dancer for 5 years with Missouri Ballet Theatre after dancing with Ballet Quad Cities. For MBT she has performed the role of Clara, Lead Chinese and Spanish in The Nutcracker, the Garnet Fairy in the World Premier of Cinderella, the Fairy Moss in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Paquita Soloist, Zombie in Dracula as well as in Opus 18, Solaris, Szybki Stopy, St. Louis Swing, Symphony No. 1, Spring to Summer, Murder of Crows, and Little Black Dress. Ashley received her formal training with the Orlando Ballet School and has performed with the Orlando Ballet in Swan Lake, Don Quixote and La Fille Mal Gardee as well as in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby and Serenade while with the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Currently, Ashely is teaching ballet and group fitness classes across the St Louis Metropolitan area, as well as obtaining her degree in dietary science. 

ASHLEY HAMANN

BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Ashley Hamann was a principal dancer for 5 years with Missouri Ballet Theatre after dancing with Ballet Quad Cities. For MBT she has performed the role of Clara, Lead Chinese and Spanish in The Nutcracker, the Garnet Fairy in the World Premier of Cinderella, the Fairy Moss in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Paquita Soloist, Zombie in Dracula as well as in Opus 18, Solaris, Szybki Stopy, St. Louis Swing, Symphony No. 1, Spring to Summer, Murder of Crows, and Little Black Dress. Ashley received her formal training with the Orlando Ballet School and has performed with the Orlando Ballet in Swan Lake, Don Quixote and La Fille Mal Gardee as well as in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby and Serenade while with the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Currently, Ashely is teaching ballet and group fitness classes across the St Louis Metropolitan area, as well as obtaining her degree in dietary science. 

 
 LEAH CORDIANO- SIEMENS  BALLET & JAZZ INSTRUCTOR  Leah Cordiano-Siemens is thrilled to be joinging the IDP family! She's currently teaching ballet and jazz, provides private lessons, and assists with guest choreographers. Her 43yrs of dance and dance instruction gives her a unique perspective to teaching for all skill and ability levels, competition, and professional preparation. These building blocks assist her capabilities as a professional choreographer. Her own dance education (ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and choreography) included instructors from Ballet Petit, Le Studio (Charles and Phillip Fuller- Artistic Directors), the Royal Danish Ballet, performances with a touring company of the internationally recognized South Bay Ballet(Diane Lauridsen-Artistic Director) which today attracts visiting instructors from the Joffrey Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, and jazz training under the guidance Michelle Johnston(of "Staying Alive", "Chorus Line" -Bebe, Michael Jackson's "Captain EO", Madonna's "Who's That Girl"). In conjunction with her experience and training in dance and Leah's Bachelors Degree in Cultural Anthropology- with a focus on folklore and the importance of play, she provides a balance to her education approach that you will see in her teaching. Leah has always had a love for the arts. She studied Art History, Textiles, and Composition at Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and throughout her collegiate career. She continues to study all styles and genres of dance by attending workshops (The Pulse On Tour, Monsters of Hip Hop, DanZa and more), keeping abreast of current trends, and research. She continues to hold private lessons.  Technique, attention to all the "little"details, and showmanship are keys to success. She believes that all students need the opportunity to succeed in competitive and professional endeavors; however, as importantly, she also believes that any student that chooses not to or is unable to succeed competitively or professionally should be afforded a positive and rewarding dance experience.

LEAH CORDIANO- SIEMENS

BALLET & JAZZ INSTRUCTOR

Leah Cordiano-Siemens is thrilled to be joinging the IDP family! She's currently teaching ballet and jazz, provides private lessons, and assists with guest choreographers. Her 43yrs of dance and dance instruction gives her a unique perspective to teaching for all skill and ability levels, competition, and professional preparation. These building blocks assist her capabilities as a professional choreographer. Her own dance education (ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and choreography) included instructors from Ballet Petit, Le Studio (Charles and Phillip Fuller- Artistic Directors), the Royal Danish Ballet, performances with a touring company of the internationally recognized South Bay Ballet(Diane Lauridsen-Artistic Director) which today attracts visiting instructors from the Joffrey Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, and jazz training under the guidance Michelle Johnston(of "Staying Alive", "Chorus Line" -Bebe, Michael Jackson's "Captain EO", Madonna's "Who's That Girl"). In conjunction with her experience and training in dance and Leah's Bachelors Degree in Cultural Anthropology- with a focus on folklore and the importance of play, she provides a balance to her education approach that you will see in her teaching. Leah has always had a love for the arts. She studied Art History, Textiles, and Composition at Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and throughout her collegiate career. She continues to study all styles and genres of dance by attending workshops (The Pulse On Tour, Monsters of Hip Hop, DanZa and more), keeping abreast of current trends, and research. She continues to hold private lessons.  Technique, attention to all the "little"details, and showmanship are keys to success. She believes that all students need the opportunity to succeed in competitive and professional endeavors; however, as importantly, she also believes that any student that chooses not to or is unable to succeed competitively or professionally should be afforded a positive and rewarding dance experience.

 
 JOANNA NEWBERRY  TAP INSTRUCTOR   Joanna Newberry has been dancing for 21 years. From her first tap class at age 3 to graduating with a degree in Theatre & Dance, dance has always been an important part of her life. Tap has always been her favorite style of dance and she has had the honor of taking classes from Arthur Duncan, Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Omar Edwards, Robert Reed, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, along with many other incredible tap masters. She has been teaching since 2012 and loves to share her passion for tap with her students.

JOANNA NEWBERRY

TAP INSTRUCTOR 

Joanna Newberry has been dancing for 21 years. From her first tap class at age 3 to graduating with a degree in Theatre & Dance, dance has always been an important part of her life. Tap has always been her favorite style of dance and she has had the honor of taking classes from Arthur Duncan, Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Omar Edwards, Robert Reed, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, along with many other incredible tap masters. She has been teaching since 2012 and loves to share her passion for tap with her students.

 JOE FLOWW  HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR  Joe Floww, from St. Louis MO, began dancing at the age of 13 with a Hip Hop crew at Church On The Rock. He’s trained at various studios including STL Dance lab and COCA and creates videos that bring dance to life through storytelling. He now leads a team called “ UpCrew”. He has credentials in performing at the Edward Jones Dome, The America Center, Fox 2 News,The Fox Theatre and more. Currently, Joe is studying communications and dance at Lindenwood University as well as teaching classes at Imagine Dance Project and other studios in St. Louis area. Joe recently traveled to Europe to film Red Bull TV's, "Can You Make It?".   

JOE FLOWW

HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR

Joe Floww, from St. Louis MO, began dancing at the age of 13 with a Hip Hop crew at Church On The Rock. He’s trained at various studios including STL Dance lab and COCA and creates videos that bring dance to life through storytelling. He now leads a team called “ UpCrew”. He has credentials in performing at the Edward Jones Dome, The America Center, Fox 2 News,The Fox Theatre and more. Currently, Joe is studying communications and dance at Lindenwood University as well as teaching classes at Imagine Dance Project and other studios in St. Louis area. Joe recently traveled to Europe to film Red Bull TV's, "Can You Make It?". 
 

 MAMIE MELCHOR-FENDI  TAP & ACRO INSTRUCTOR/ COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER      Mamie has been studying dance and acrobatics since the age of 2 1/2 and has been an instructor and choreographer since 1999.  Mamie has competed in many regional and national competitions winning numerous high score awards including a scholorship to attend "Russell Clark and Tony Selznick Productions" in Hollywood, California.  Mamie attended St. Charles West High School where she served as Captain of the Dance 'n' Drill, helping her team win several state dance titles. She was also nominated by faculty in her high school to attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.  She was an NCA Danz instructor in which she taught high school dance teams in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Texas. Mamie has judged various competitions throughout the region. She has also done choreography for dance and cheerleading teams in Missouri and Illinois.  You may have also seen her choreography on the TV show "Junior Stars." Her students, ranging in age from five to eighteen, have competed in many regional and national competitions winning many high score awards along with choreography, entertainment, showmanship, sportsmanship and costume awards.      In addition to teaching at Imagine Dance Project, Mamie is married to her high school sweetheart and have two brave and courageous daughters, a Border Collie and a cat. Mamie attended St. Charles Community College for Nursing. She continues her dance education by attending various teacher-training programs.   

MAMIE MELCHOR-FENDI

TAP & ACRO INSTRUCTOR/ COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER

    Mamie has been studying dance and acrobatics since the age of 2 1/2 and has been an instructor and choreographer since 1999.  Mamie has competed in many regional and national competitions winning numerous high score awards including a scholorship to attend "Russell Clark and Tony Selznick Productions" in Hollywood, California.  Mamie attended St. Charles West High School where she served as Captain of the Dance 'n' Drill, helping her team win several state dance titles. She was also nominated by faculty in her high school to attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.  She was an NCA Danz instructor in which she taught high school dance teams in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Texas. Mamie has judged various competitions throughout the region. She has also done choreography for dance and cheerleading teams in Missouri and Illinois.  You may have also seen her choreography on the TV show "Junior Stars." Her students, ranging in age from five to eighteen, have competed in many regional and national competitions winning many high score awards along with choreography, entertainment, showmanship, sportsmanship and costume awards.

    In addition to teaching at Imagine Dance Project, Mamie is married to her high school sweetheart and have two brave and courageous daughters, a Border Collie and a cat. Mamie attended St. Charles Community College for Nursing. She continues her dance education by attending various teacher-training programs.

 

 LEEANN MELCHOR  JAZZ INSTRUCTOR/ LITTLE LINE CHOREOGRAPHER   Bio coming soon! 

LEEANN MELCHOR

JAZZ INSTRUCTOR/ LITTLE LINE CHOREOGRAPHER 

Bio coming soon! 

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