Jacqueline J. Swetz
Miss Jackie has been dancing for more than
30 years and is certified by the Dance
Educators of America in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre.
She holds her degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Lehman College in the Bronx. She was a New York City school teacher for several years while performing and continuing her dance studies. In addition to teaching all of the subjects to her class, Jackie was responsible for organizing performances and assemblies for the school.
Her training has been with Gus Giordano, Charles Kelly, Joe Tremaine, Dorothy Jaggi, Andrea Verdeschi, Bobby Gerlich, and Jules Faber.
She has recently been choreographing for Union Vale Middle School’s musicals (The Coney Island of Dr. Moreau, In St. Louis, at the Fair, A Pirates Life for Me, Time and Time Again, Aladdin Jr, and Seussical Jr) in the Arlington School district. Miss Jackie's performance credits include dancing with the 20th Century Foxes Dance Troupe, Tommy Tune, the RedMagik Dancers and Composer Cris Spinner. She has performed at Bally's in Atlantic City, the Catskills Nightclub circuit (The Brown’s, The Neville, The Concord, Kutscher’s), The United Nations, Rye Town Hilton, Actor's Conservatory Theatre, and HersheyPark with husband Tom. Miss Jackie’s most important achievement is being the proud mother of her sons TJ and Brandon.
Miss Dana Kinlen - Teacher
Dana has been dancing for over 20 years.
She first started dancing at In Motion when she
was 3 years old and continued throughout high
school and college.
She has now been teaching at In Motion for 8 years.
She attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and received her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and a Minor in Mathematics. Throughout her 4 years at Sacred Heart she was a member of SHU Force Dance Ensemble. Junior year she was elected to be part of the Executive Board where she was able to choreograph many different routines that were performed around campus. Senior year she was elected President of SHU Force where she was a leader to 90 plus members. She planned out and choreographed up to 15 different routines that were performed around campus and at the yearly recitals. Through her experience with SHU Force she was able to learn different styles of dance and continue to pursue her love and passion of dance.
While continuing to teach at In Motion, she also continues to works as a Senior Project Manager in Brewster, NY. In her free time she stays involved with dance by performing in dance shows and music videos throughout the Hudson Valley.
Miss Amie Bush -
Acro Dance/Jazz/Hip Hop
Amie Bush is an instructor and
choreographer from the New York area.
She has trained extensively in multiple
styles ranging from hip hop to ballet over the past fourteen years. Her training has took place at Broadway Dance Center, In Motion Dance Center as well as multiple conventions across the east coast.
She has worked with companies such as PTC Productions (The Pulse on Tour), Just For Kix and Joffrey Ballet School. She served as a rehearsal assistant this summer to Artistic Director Josie Walsh and choreographer Zak Schlegel in Los Angeles and San Francisco for Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive performances.
Her choreography credentials include Carnival Cruise Line, Kidz Bop Live and New York Fashion Week. She has taught master classes at Ripley Grier Studios and the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival.
She has served as the primary instructor for Starr's Studio of Dance for the past five years and was a Varsity Dance Coach for New Milford High School for two years. Her competition choreography has won multiple awards such as First Overall, The Odsessy Award (Most Memorable Dance) as well as Top Choreography Awards.
Besides dance, Amie is currently working on obtaining a B.A in Arts Management as well as completing her Event Planning and Décor certification.
She is very excited to teach where her dance training all began and share her knowledge with all the students.
Miss Rhiannon Pendola
Born in Queens and raised in Putnam County, N.Y. Rhiannon began dancing at the age of 6, studying all forms of dance leading to her exceptional love for tap dancing. In 2012 Rhiannon was part of a small group chosen to represent the United States at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany earning a Gold Medal. Upon returning home Rhiannon began studying under her teacher and mentor, Aaron Tolson and Derick Grant, along with many other great teachers. In January 2015 Rhiannon became a company member of Speaking in Taps and shortly after was named SIT captain. Rhiannon currently attends school at Manhattanville College earning a degree in Business with a minor in Dance Therapy. Rhiannon teaches at a various studios in her hometown passing her knowledge and passion for dance on to others. When Rhiannon is not teaching or at school she is taking classes in NYC with various teachers in the industry.
Thomas P. Swetz
Lighting &Sound Design
Tom has been an entertainer performing throughout the Tri-state area for the last 40 years. He attended Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx as a Theater Major and graduated Summa Cum Laude from WCSU in Danbury, CT with a BA in Theater Arts performance option. He also holds an MFA in Theatre Arts Technical Direction thru the University of Idaho. Tom is the Production Manager/Technical Director for ACT of Connecticut in Ridgefield, CT, a regional theater. He has worked as part of the Adjunct Faculty at WCSU as one of the Technical Directors/Production Manager and has been the Technical Director for Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT. His training is varied from voice and acting to dance, stage combat, makeup, scene design and construction, lighting and sound design, magic and juggling. He has had the privilege of training with B. H. Barry, Joe Travers, Nathan DeCoux, Ian Rose, and Brad Lemon for Stage combat, Doug Bischoff of Youth On The Move, Thom Houser, and Janelle Robinson for Voice, performing illusions by Franz Harary, and performing for both Ron Howard and Robin Williams. Most recently, Tom has worked on the Harrison Ford movie, Morning Glory, appeared in an episode of MERCY, and the Showtime series The Big C. Tom spent three years performing for Hershey Park, two with Allan Albert Productions and the third was a magical, musical, pirate show he wrote, produced and performed with Jackie, his wife of 27 years. He has performed the lead roles in Godspell (Jesus/Stephen), Pippin (Pippin/Magic Consultant), and Oklahoma (Curly), as well as supporting roles in Geography of a Horse Dreamer, West Side Story (Snowboy), Hello Dolly (Barnaby), Grease (Roger), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon), both on the Community as well as the Regional Theater Level. His performances have taken him throughout the area, from New York to Pennsylvania to Germany and back. He has performed for Actor’s Conservatory Theater, IBM, Westchester Medical Center, Blythedale Children's Hospital, Hudson Valley Credit Union, Hershey Park, Chevrolet, The Star of the North Games, Beekman Recreation Department, Poughkeepsie Recreation, the Towns of Millbrook, Dover, and Pawling, Ann’s Place, Arlington School District, German American Society in Peekskill, The Scottish Society, Play and Learn, Trinity Pre-school, Natural Wonders, and Traumland Park in Germany. Tom is a member of the SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors), SAM (Society of American Magicians), and NYSTEA (New York State Theater Educators Association).
He is also the proud father of two very talented young men, TJ and Brandon, who have already begun to follow in their parent's performing footsteps.
Miss Sarah Olsen
Sarah Olsen is from Wappingers Falls, NY. She holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Potsdam where she majored in dance and anthropology. At SUNY Potsdam, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, composition, improvisation, and pedagogy. She has performed in numerous student and faculty concerts at school. She also holds the K. Dunkley Award and Creative Achievement Award from SUNY Potsdam. Sarah has also choreographed many original works and has had the opportunity to have her choreography presented at the American College Dance Associate conference for adjudication. She has completed training with the Perry-Mansfield performing arts school in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, Dance Action under the direction of Carmen Caceres and Balasole Dance Company. She has also worked with choreographers such as Peter Chu and Christopher K. Morgan. She is currently a member of WellBeing Dance, under the direction of Katie Binder. Sarah is so excited for the upcoming season with the IMDC family!
TJ Swetz is a professional actor, singer, dancer, and teacher currently residing in the Hudson Valley. TJ graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He has over 15 years of dance training, worked in professional theater companies, and helps to train young performers wanting to audition for professional theater. Tap is his favorite style and he likes to bring in new and interesting rhythms that can explore different sounds that complement the music.
TJ has been teaching kids for about 10 years now traveling between NY and CT teaching musical theater camps/masterclasses/private lessons (Star 2 B, ERA Productions, Fineline Theater Arts, Dutchess Community College Performing Arts Institute, Workspace Academy). TJ was grateful to accept the Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Musical for his role of Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (his college’s 2016 production). His fun, loving, and energetic teaching style is what drives students to take his classes again and again.
TJ teaches private lessons (voice, piano, audition prep) out of In Motion Dance Center (both online and in person coming soon). Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-337-6552 for pricing.