Our Incredible Faculty is Like None Other on the Eastern Shore!
Each Eastern Shore Dance Academy instructor brings with them a passion to teach, the desire to help each student progress with their technique, and a whole lot of positive energy!
The faculty's goal is that every student is given a solid foundation in dance, whether they are taking dance classes simply for fun and exercise, or wish to pursue a career in the performing arts.
ESDA Owner/Director Jessica Hindman, and instructors Rebecca, Brie, Meredith, Taylor and Khloe all strive to be great role models and provide each child with an amazing experience.
JESSICA HINDMAN - Owner/Director
Jessica Hindman is a certified dance instructor through Dance Educators of America. She has studied with renowned teachers such as Tatjianna Akinfieva-Smith and Alexi Charov of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Through the years, she has danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre in Salisbury, Maryland, and professionally as a guest artist with the Diamond Dance Company, Dover, Delaware. She has also been awarded scholarships from the Dorchester Arts Center and Maryland Council for Dance to further her knowledge at Point Park Summer Intenisve for two summers, as well as being awarded Miss. Teen Talents Express where she recieved first place in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. Mrs. Hindman-Wheatley has also been offered jobs with Jean Ann Ryan Production who hires dancers for cruise lines all over the world. She has also choreographed senior class productions at the Cambridge South Dorchester High for 16 years.
Ms. Hindman is the proprietor of the Eastern Shore Dance Academy located in Cambridge, Maryland, where she teaches classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, musical theatre, and choreography.
Ms. Hindman has previously taught master dance classes at Salisbury University and choreographed dances for the Salisbury University Dance Company’s 2008-2013 spring show. In 2008, she began a new position as a dance instructor teaching jazz and modern at Salisbury University where she currently still teaches. She continues to take teacher workshops over the summer; as she quotes, “you can never stop learning.” When Ms. Jessica isn't working she loves spending time with her wonderful daughters Kherington and Kylie.
Ms. Rebecca started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! As a competitive dancer growing up, she received many national titles & awards. She trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. Being on a competitive dance company allowed Mrs. Rebecca to travel to New York, California, and Florida. She also trained under master instructors and choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Frank Hatchett, and Mia Michaels.
Upon graduating from high school Mrs. Rebecca attended Salisbury University where she became a member and choreographer for the SU dance company for 3 years. While attending SU, Mrs. Rebecca taught and choreographed for the competitive dance studio, Seaside Dance Academy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Dance in 2006.
Mrs. Rebecca moved to Frederick, MD after she graduated from SU. She taught at 24/7 Dance Studio for 6 years and Co-directed their competitive dance company for 3 years. In 2012, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in the areas of Elementary Education and Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s University.
In 2012, Mrs. Rebecca moved back to the Eastern Shore to work at Colonel Richardson High School, as a special education teacher, where she currently still works. She coached the JV and Varsity cheerleading squads from 2012-2016.
Currently, Mrs. Rebecca is attending Salisbury University as a doctoral student in the Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction program. She is balancing work, school, her amazing husband, and four beautiful children. With all that she still does what she loves, which is teaching dance! Mrs. Rebecca specializes in jazz and contemporary styles of dance. She travels to studios all over Maryland to choreograph, give private lessons, teach workshops, and share her sassy style. ESDA is Mrs. Rebecca’s second home and she is thrilled to be working with all of the talented dancers!
Miss Savana started dancing at the age of 2, right here at Eastern Shore Dance Academy. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, praise, hip-hop, and musical theatre styles of dance under the guidance of Ms. Jessica Hindman, Mrs. Rebecca Wivell, Ms. Staci Alexander, and many more.
Miss Savana has performed in countless Cambridge Ballet Company Nutcracker performances, danced in the National Cherry Blossom Parade, and even dabbled in acting during the local summer drama camp performances.
In addition to dance, Savana is a member of her high-school marching band, a member of a bowling league, and plays on the high-school softball team.
Miss Savana is excited to share her passion for dance with the next generation of students!
Alyssa Diane Potter will be 15 years old in November, and she will be entering the tenth grade at Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware. She has been dancing at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy (“ESDA”) since she was 3 ½ years of age and she has been a member of ESDA’s Competition Team for the past eight dance seasons. Alyssa has also had the opportunity to serve as a student teacher/helper while at ESDA. Alyssa studies several styles of dance, but her absolute favorites are jazz and contemporary. Alyssa loves to do any combination of spins and turns in dance class.
Additionally, Alyssa participates in activities within her local church where her father pastors. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society throughout middle school and continues to maintained a “4.0” average throughout her freshman year of high school. Alyssa loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the movies, reading books, journaling and listening to music.
While Alyssa’s dance instructors have always served as a great role model for her, she is most inspired by Misty Copeland. Being an African-American dancer, Alyssa is encouraged by Misty Copeland’s success, but more importantly her mindset as she says, “ Before you can achieve, you must first
Gabriella Streaker has been dancing since the age of 2. She has been a student assistant for the last 4.5 years and also a substitute teacher at Eastern Shore Dance Academy. Gabriella has also served as an Ambassador for ESDA.
Gabriella has been a member of the ESDA Competition Team for the last 7 years. Over the years, she has been awarded scholarships to continue her dance education at various conventions/competitions in California, Las Vegas, Chicago, Orlando, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and around the MD/DE/VA area. She is also a CLI Trainee which is a global leader in online dance education.
Her favorite styles of dance are jazz, musical theatre, ballet and lyrical.
Gabriella is a freshman at Easton High School. She is involved with National Honor Society, Student Government Association and also volunteers with Talbot Interfaith Shelter and Operation Christmas Child.
When not dancing, Gabriella enjoys swimming, baking, gymnastics as well as spending time with family and friends. She loves working with kids and has a strong passion for dance.