Faculty Biographies

Artistic Director: Ballet, Jazz & Modern Instructor – Jennifer Bourgeault
She holds a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University where she studied the classical Modern techniques of Limon, Cunningham, Horton, and Taylor as well as the Cecchetti method of Ballet under Trinette Singleton. Additionally, Jennifer has trained with the Paul Taylor dance company and David Parsons dance. While in Philadelphia, Jennifer was a soloist with the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s “The Pearl Fishers” and “Aida”. Upon returning to her native state of Maine in 2006, she established Collective Motion (CM), a collaborative modern dance company. With CM she has had the opportunity to work with Maine’s best dancers and choreographers presenting work throughout Maine and New England. Most notable Maine performances include, “The Magic of Christmas” with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Maine Island Dance Festival, and “Been here Before” an evening work by Collective Motion. In 2013 Jennifer founded Collective Motion Arts Center. With over fourteen years of teaching experience in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Pointe, and Modern she looks forward to sharing and exploring the craft and art of dance for many years to come. 

Rose PC Tyler SmithBallet and Pointe Instructor – Rose Hutchins
Founder and artistic director of Ballet Bloom Project, a project-based contemporary ballet company, Rose Hutchins holds a BFA in Dance with a ballet emphasis from Utah Valley University. Currently located in Maine, Rose has danced, taught, and choreographed across the nation for more than a decade, earning the respect of those she works with for her expertise, work ethic, and artistry. Some notable achievements include her award-winning choreography Degas; her choreographic work Embark, featured at Regional Dance America/Pacific; and her scholarly research “Sociopolitical Influences on the Creation of the Ballet Giselle,” which was published in The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, with the distinction of “best paper” in the arts division. Rose is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance with an emphasis on contemporary choreography and performance at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

 

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Yoga Instructor – Rachel Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz practices yoga and meditation because it helps her feel strong, calm, confident, compassionate, and joyful. In essence, yoga simply helps her feel better. Rachel became a yoga teacher to help others feel better too. She completed the 200 hour Fluid Yoga Teacher Training with Samudra Studio in Saco, and is also a dance teacher, social worker, and music enthusiast. Rachel believes in accessibility of yoga for all bodies, and in meeting individuals in their present states. Take Rachel’s class, and feel better. 

 

 

 

IMG_9954Hip Hop Instructor – Rachel Mayer
Rachel Mayer grew up dancing in Maine training at Northeast Dance Academy in Windham as part of their competition team.  There she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.  Rachel attended the Portland Arts and Technology Dance Program her Freshman and Senior years of high school.  Prior to entering college, she attended the Bates Dance Festival for Young Dancers.  Throughout college she danced on the University of New England’s Dance Team, attending Nationals two years in a row.  Rachel has always had a deep love for Hip Hop and Contemporary dance.  She currently dances at Casco Bay Movers taking hip hop classes and performing in their bi-annual shows.  Rachel joined the Collective Motion dance company in February 2019! She looks forward to teaching Hip Hop at Collective Motion! She loves to bring positive energy and love to everything she does!

 

 

 

 

 

Kate PCTap Instructor – Kate Whalen
Kate Whalen has been dancing since the ripe old age of 4  studying tap, ballet, and musical theater jazz. She studied with Spotlight Vermont, the Vermont Conservatory of Ballet, and the University of Vermont. She has taken master tap classes at Steps in New York City as well as with Lisa Hopkins, Jeannie Hill, Josh Hilberman, and Michelle Dorrance. Kate  taught tap, ballet, and musical theater jazz at Spotlight Vermont for 14 years as well as tap at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to teaching, Kate has always been very active in theatre beginning with her first show in 1985. She has performed on stage in countless shows and has enjoyed the new challenges of being a director and choreographer, most proudly taking on those roles for Lyric Theatre Company’s Mary Poppins in Vermont. Kate relocated to the Portland area in 2019 and is thrilled to share her passion and love of dance, especially the joy of tap, with her new community in Maine.