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.
Stacy grew up dancing in Hamilton Township, N.J. She attended Mercer County’s Vocational High School for dance at MCCC and went on to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA to study dance performance.
After leaving college, Stacy performed, choreographed and taught all over New Jersey, eventually settling in Red Bank, where she founded the dance department at Red Bank Catholic High School. Throughout her career she has worked with kids of all ages, teaching creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and yoga.
After 17 years directing the program at RBC she left, two years ago, to spend some quality time with her daughter, homeschooling her during the pandemic, pursuing a certification in kids’ yoga and helping her husband with his business.
Stacy is extremely excited to be returning to Shoreline to teach dance and is really looking forward to working with all of the amazing students!
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 Glenn Arensdorf
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.
Katie started out as a student at Shoreline Dance Academy in 2006. Since she has graduated she has become a valuable asset to our staff. Her assistance in classes with our youngest dancers and in our office is invaluable.
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.
Erin began her dance journey with Shoreline Dance Academy in 2008 and graduated in 2018. She specializes in Musical Theater, Tap & Rockette style dance. She received her associate degree in education from Brookdale Community College and is currently attending Rutgers University as an education major.
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.
Shannon Summers trained at the Robin McGill School of Dance. She graduated from the Red Bank Regional Dance Department, and studied at the Catholic University of America for early childhood education. She returned to her childhood studio as a staff member. She has been teaching dance for 12 years.
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.