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 three 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 in her 4th year working with all of the talented dancers!
Brie has been dancing for ESDA since she was 3. Her natural ability made her stand out right away. Gabrielle is in the advanced class at ESDA. She has been a student teacher for over 3 years now. She has also been a member of the Cambridge Ballet Company for 7 years where she has starred as Clara in the Nutcracker. Gabrielle has danced on the Royal Caribean Cruise Ships, in the National Cherry Blossom Parade, Delmarva Shorebirds games and in Disney World. She loves to share the love of dance with all of the young students at ESDA.
Meredith attends Salisbury University where she is an Elementary Education major. She is also a member of the Salisbury Dance Company. Dance has been a part of her life for over 17 years, 7 of which she trained at Eastern Shore Dance Academy. Meredith's passion for dance has only grown and she couldn't be more grateful to have opportunities everywhere to participate and give back to the community.
Miss Taylor grew up dancing in her mother’s dance studio in Columbia, MD from the age of five. Throughout her thirteen years at the studio, she had many amazing opportunities to train with professional dance teachers from all over the country. She appreciates the amazing opportunities she has had at Dance Olympus, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Dance Educators of America, Headliners, Rockettes Summer Intensives, and Pushing Progress. Also an award winning competition dancer, Miss Taylor is a loving, nurturing, and challenging teacher. As a teacher she strives to help her kids find their love of dance and performance.
A graduate from The American Music and Dramatic Academy’s Dance Theater Conservatory in NYC in 2013 she received intensive training from an amazing faculty; Cindy Thole, Cynthia Murray-Davis, Ramon Galindo, Jenna VanEslander, Michelle Hart-Haviland, Michelle Bruckner, and Casey Colgan to name a few. The teachers at AMDA gave Taylor so much insight, into not only technique and performance, but teaching as well. She will be forever grateful to the staff for believing in her and helping her find her path to teaching. AMDA was a multi-disciplined program where Miss Taylor trained in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater. AMDA had a very large focus on performance quality and always giving your best performance even if it’s just in class, which is something Miss Taylor believes in too!
Miss Taylor is also an award-winning choreographer. She has been the head coach of the Senior and Intermediate competition teams at Genesis Arts for the last 3 years. Her beautiful lines and stories told through dance are well-received in recitals, competitions, and charity events by both studios where she teaches. Since returning from NYC four years ago, Taylor has taught at two dance studios over the bridge - and while she will miss them, she is thrilled to have found a new home at ESDA!
Bio coming soon!