Heather Wanner | Owner/Director
Shoreline Dance Academy opened its doors June 2004 with the under the direction of Mrs. Heather Wanner. Shoreline Dance Academy trains dancers ages 3 to adult utilizing various instructors and technical approaches throughout the year. Shoreline Dance Academy strives to create an environment where the student can feel secure and confident as a dancer.
Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Heather's dance experience began at the age of five. She studied under many choreographers, directors and dancers from companies including The Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Thommie Walsh. Heather performed in various dance competitions and honed her craft at Joanne Reagan Dance Studios, The Jersey Cape May Dance Academy, several New York Dance conventions and The Summer Arts Institute of New Jersey. Heather spent many of her younger years commuting to Manhattan for numerous auditions. Heather's training involves, theater vocal and dance. Appearing in several productions including Pippin, 42nd Street, Annie, The Sound of Music and A Broadway Baby, Heather is Actor's Equity eligible.
Mrs. Wanner's educational background consists of a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance Education. Heather attended East Carolina University where she was a member of the Pure Gold Dancers, a competition squad, ranked fourth in the nation during her involvement. Dance has always been a part of Heather's life and she has been able to share that passion with students at dance studios in Pittsburgh, P.A., Cape May, N.J., and public schools throughout North Carolina and New Jersey.
Emily Caputo Brown
Emily recently graduated with a Dance Education K – 12 Certification from Roger Williams University. During her four years she performed repertoire from various choreographers and danced and choreographed for the American College Dance Festival Association. Currently, Emily holds the positions of Dance Advisor, Color Guard Director, and Director of the Performing Arts Center at Neptune High School.
Katie Gannon graduated East Carolina University in 2018 with a BFA in Dance Education. She has performed works with faculty at ECU and Koresh Dance Company. She studied under Professors Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, & David Ingram.
Chelsea attended Jacksonville University and graduated cumlaude with a BFA in dance. Throughout her years at JU, she worked with choreographers such as David Parsons and Take Ueyama. She also got the chance to perform at the prestigious White Oak Plantation! After graduation, Chelsea had a few performance opportunities with Naganuma Dance and BodyStories. She’s been teaching and choreographing here at Shoreline since 2011, and has been recognized and awarded at multiple competitions for her work.
Cathy studied at the Joffrey Ballet in NYC and the Princeton Ballet School in NJ, earned a certificate of dance from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center’s Certificate Program. She danced as a student with the Ailey Company in a piece entitled "Memoria" and was a member of the Staten Island Ballet.
Caitlin has been part of the Shoreline family since we opened in 2004. Caitlin now works in our office and there is nothing she doesn’t do here. We thank her for the tireless hours she spends building our slideshows and movies as she has managed to capture each dancer for our holiday shows and year end recitals. We are very fortunate to have Caitlin on staff with us as she keeps us organized and on task.
Terri has been working with our dancers since our first year. Her patience and kindness has given our youngest dancers confidence as she leads with a nurturing approach. Terri's experience ranges from the dance classroom to the nursery school classroom at Tender Care Nursery in Ocean Grove. We are very blessed to have Terri on staff at Shoreline.
Mary a student at the Broadway Dance Center and a graduate from our program, Mary’s choreography has won numerous awards and continues to challenge her students.
Jeanna Petersen holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she attended on full dance scholarship. She also studied at University of Oklahoma, majoring in Modern Dance Performance. She truly enjoys passing on the techniques of Martha Graham and others to her students. Jeanna has been teaching modern, tap, ballet, jazz and creative movement at Shoreline Dance Academy since 2004.
Darika a former student of classical ballet at the National Academy of Ballet: Kyrgyzstan and The Moscow Academy of Ballet. Darika performed as a principal dancer with the National Academy of Ballet.
Rachel holds a BA from Marist College where she was a performer and choreographer for the Marist College Council on Theater Arts and the Marist Dance Team. Rachel currently teaches dance at Red Bank Catholic, and choreographs for various theater companies throughout the area.