Meet the Dance Staff
Esther Katz, JCC Director of Cultural Arts
Esther was trained at The Professional Children’s School in Philadelphia, PA. She has also studied at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Koresh Dance, University of the Arts, and Temple University where she was on a dance scholarship. Her ballet training includes both the Cecchetti & Vagonova methods. Her modern dance background is in Graham, Anthony, & Horton. Esther was a member of many independent dance companies in Philadelphia. She demonstrated for Philadanco company classes under Pat Thomas and taught ballet and modern dance at The Professional Children’s School for 7 years before moving to Omaha. She is currently dancing with UNO’s The Moving Company and Tbd. Dance Collective. Esther taught in the OPS Special Ed. Program before starting as the Dance Director at the J in 2006. This is her 12th year teaching at the JCC.
Jessica Westerlin, Assistant Dance & Cultural Arts Director
Jessica received early dance training in Seattle. She continued with Ballet Omaha, the Omaha Theater Ballet School of Dance and the JCC. Jess has a BA in Dance and has performed with the St. Olaf modern dance company, Companydance, the St. Olaf liturgical dance troupe, Leap of Faith, Omaha Dance Project, and the Omaha Theater Ballet’s The Nutcracker. She is currently dancing with UNO’s The Moving Company and Tbd. Dance Collective. This is her 8th year teaching, and her 4th year as the Assistant Cultural Arts Director.
Erin Alarcon, Dance Instructor
Erin Alarcon is beginning her 3rd year teaching at the JCC. Erin graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in dance performance from Mercyhurst University under the direction of Tauna Hunter.
Courtney Baker, Dance Instructor
Courtney Baker has been teaching at the JCC for 9 years. She graduated from UNO with a degree in Music Education.
Crystal Baker, Dance Instructor
Crystal Baker begins her 6th year as an instructor at the JCC. She holds a degree in Exercise Science and is on the NAIA Emerging Sports: Cheer & Dance Committee.
Dommanic Brown, Dance Instructor
Domanic Brown is beginning his 3rd year as an instructor at the JCC.
Leigh Chaves, Dance Instructor
Leigh Chaves is beginning her 2nd year as an instructor at the JCC. She holds her BA in communication-journalism from Truman State University and a Master’s Degree in education from University of Central Missouri.
Tiffany Gray, Dance Instructor
Tiffany Gray is beginning her 11th year teaching at the J. She holds a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration.
Alyssa Gregerson, Dance Instructor
Alyssa Gregerson received 14 years of training at the JCC and was a founding member of the JCC Dance Training Company. She currently dances for the Moving Company. Alyssa has also had the opportunity to teach dance and choreograph pieces for children throughout her travels in Africa and Asia. This is her 1st year teaching at the JCC.
Wendy Larson-Cooper, Dance Instructor
Wendy Larson-Cooper former principal dancer with Omaha Ballet, she is beginning her 31st year on staff at the JCC.
Katie van der Mars, Dance Instructor
Katie van der Mars holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. This will be her 3rd year at the JCC.
Erica Snyder Masters, Dance Instructor
Erica Snyder Masters is beginning her 5th year teaching at the JCC. She graduated from Lake Erie College with a concentration on Dance.
Lynne Nevin, Dance Instructor
Lynne Nevin holds an Associate Diploma through the ISTD Professional Teaching Examinations and has studied the Alexander Technique. She resumed teaching here at the JCC 8 years ago.
Katie Powell, Dance Instructor
Katie Powell graduated from Stephens College with a BFA in Dance with a minor in Music. This will be her 3rd year at the JCC.
Jonnie Robinson, Dance Instructor
Jonnie Robinson is beginning her first year as an instructor at the JCC. Jonnie was born and raised in Omaha and has danced since the age of 2. Previously Jonnie taught ballet, tap and jazz for children at Mildred Collins School of Dance.
Stephanie Tepox, Dance Instructor
Stephanie Tepox, is beginning her 4th year teaching here at the JCC. She studied at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, training and performing with the company for 11 years.
Evelyn Lindgren, Pianist
Evelyn Lindgren is excited to begin her 1st year as an accompanist at the JCC.
Bernadette Smith, Pianist
Bernadette Smith has been an accompanist here for 10 years. She has a BA & MA in English, with double major in Music from UNO.
Katherine Turner, Pianist
Katherine Turner, holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and is also a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Nebraska in Omaha. In fall 2015, Katherine joined the music faculty at the College of Saint Mary and works for the Rose Theater as pianist. This is her 8th year at the J.
Anna Yuz-Mosenkis, Pianist
Anna Yuz-Mosenkis holds a masters degree in Music from Kiev, Ukraine. She has played for the JCC since the Fall of 1991.