Traci Broman | Director & Instructor
Traci bought Village Dance Studio from her mother, Annette Pettigrew, in August 2017 and continues to uphold the strong foundation and quality instruction for which VDS is well-known. Village Dance Studio is more than a business for Traci, it is a calling and place where she hopes everyone can find their niche. She enjoys teaching musical theater and jazz along with all the fun administrative work that comes with owning a business. Traci graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Management with a concentration in dance. While at IU, Traci studied dance from Sherilyn Nott Foley, Selene Carter, and others. Traci began her dancing passion at a young age has been dancing for 25 years. The passion for dance quickly turned into a passion for organization of the arts and this family business. Traci has been on staff with VDS since 2011. Her favorite things to do in life are dance, plan events, and organize!
Marissa Castillo | Instructor, Dance Manager, & Ensemble Coordinator
Marissa teaches modern, ballet, jazz, tap, and coordinates the VDS Ensemble. She oversees the VDS alternative dance (tap, jazz, modern, hip hop) classes to ensure proper technique and appropriate class level placement. Marissa Castillo is a 2009 graduate from Ball State University with a degree in Dance Performance. Marissa started her dancing career at the age of two and a half at Playhouse Studio of Dance in Marion, Indiana, where she studied a variety of disciplines including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre. After realizing her passion for the world of dance, she decided to continue her dance education at Ball State University where she had the opportunity to study under Lou Ann Young, Audra Sokol, Sarah Mangelsdorf, Michael Worcel, Jennifer Medina, Alan Sener, Mary Cosaro, and Bill Evans. In 2006, she auditioned for and joined Ball State Dance Theatre, the university's pre-professional performance company, and performed in six mainstage dance concerts. She could also be seen performing in many student productions and displaying her own choreography in such showcases. Marissa also has taken ballet and modern classes in Seattle, Washington, at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marissa joined the Village Dance Studio faculty in June of 2009 and teaches many styles of dance. Her enthusiasm and love of dance emulates through the varied dance classes she teaches.
Emily Miser | Instructor & Office Assistant
Emily has been working at VDS for four years and teaches ballet, modern, and pointe. Emily started dancing at The Children’s Ballet where she studied ballet and pointe under Deni Jacks, Robyn Wenrich, Edward Moffat, and Heidi Eads Jones. During this time she discovered her love for teaching. She graduated summa cum laude and with honors from Anderson University with a BA in dance business. While at Anderson, she studied under Oybek Tashpulatov, George Salinas, Debra Silveus, Shauna Steele, Doug King, and Kenny Shepard. She has worked with Lynn Peterson (Syren Modern Dance), Sharon Wong (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and Jillian Godwin (Dance Kaleidoscope). Emily is trained in ballet, pointe, choreography, and modern, but also has experience in tap, jazz, improv, and partnering. Her choreographic works have been awarded and featured: Forever Night received an Allen Choreography Award, Compter Sur was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2014, and Lux et Gravitas, This Tea/This Chair/This Place, and Civil Blood, Sweet Sorrow have been performed at Indy Fringe. Emily was a member of Phoenix Rising Dance Company in 2016-17 and is currently a co-founder and the Director of Education and Communication of Crossroads Dance Indy. Emily is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique junior, senior, and advanced programs. She loves to share her passion for dance, storytelling, and the arts through dancing, choreographing, and teaching.
Wendy Schrepferman | Instructor & Birthday Party Guru
Wendy began her dance training at Butler University’s Jordan Academy of Dance at age 5. While studying with the SID and Butler collegiate dance faculty, she successfully completed Grades I and II of the Cecchetti method. She was a founding member of Butler II Ballet and performed as an apprentice with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. Wendy graduated with a B.A. in Business with a minor in Arts Management from Miami University where she was a member of the modern company, Dance Theatre. She then earned her M.Ed at Ursuline College with a focus in elementary school curriculum development. Village Dance Studio’s student-centered, developmental philosophy allows her to share her love of dance and musical theatre with students of all ages.
Chloe Holzman | Instructor - NEW!
Originally from suburban Chicago, Chloe holds a BFA in Ballet with an emphasis in teaching and a focus in character dance from the University of Utah. While at the university, Chloe was a member of the Character Dance Ensemble which took her to Spain, Hungary, and Ukraine to learn local dances. Following her graduation, Chloe performed with Fort Wayne Ballet as well as serving as an instructor, choreographer, and rehearsal director. Most recently, Chloe earned her certificate in the Cecchetti method’s Grade 2 for Teachers. Some of her featured roles have included a soloist in the snow scene in “The Nutcracker”, a soloist in “Paquita”, Nikiya in “La Bayadère”, and Medora in an excerpt from “Le Corsaire”. Chloe is currently in her first season with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Chloe looks forward to continuing to experience new performing and teaching opportunities.
Devin Hill | Instructor - NEW!
Devin grew up through dance training at Dance Magic Performing Arts Center studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Graham, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She taught Hip Hop and Jazz at Dance Magic for 4 years, choreographing for performances and more. Devin graduated from Ball State University with a BFA in Dance. At Ball State University she participated in Senior Choreography Projects, Junior Choreography Projects, and Ball State Dance Theater. She was also a member of Ball State’s hip hop dance troupe, Outlet.
Throughout her dance career, Devin has traveled to California, New York, Chicago, Detroit and London. She trained with choreographers including Will Adams, Dave Scott, Tyce Dioro, Brian Friedman, Trisha Miranda and Sidra Bell. She is excited to be a part of Village Dance Studio.
Susan Deeg | Office Assistant
Susan assists in the office on Thursdays and helps VDS throughout the year. She is a jack of all trades and helps keep us organized.
Annette Pettigrew | Founder, Instructor, & Ballet Manager
Annette teaches creative movement, ballet, and pointe. She oversees the VDS Ballet classes to ensure proper technique and appropriate class level placement. Annette Pettigrew founded Village Dance Studio in 1977. She has over 40 years of teaching experience and has a B.S. in Ballet from Indiana University. She began dancing at the age of four and studied with Myrl Laurence and Phyllis DeWeese in Cincinnati, Stone Camryn in Chicago, and Margaret Saul in Indianapolis. She has attended the teacher training course at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto over ten times. She has taken classes in NYC and London at the Royal Academy of Dance. Annette has worked with the gifted and talented programs thru the Indiana Department of Education. She has been a visiting artist at various schools throughout greater Indianapolis. Annette has attended dance medicine symposiums, creative movement workshops, ballet technique workshops, and more. She began the dance magnet program at Shortridge Junior High School and taught ballet to students. Annette has choreographed for high school show choirs along with musicals for area high schools and colleges. Recently Annette has enjoyed leading training in childhood development, dance education, and more. In 2017 she "retired" from the directing part of the business and now enjoys focusing on what she loves most- teaching dance!
Megan Fisher | Instructor
Megan teaches ballet & pre-ballet on Thursdays. Megan formerly studied at the Village Dance Studio for over ten years and has been on the staff for over 18 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Performance from Ball State University. While at Ball State she was a member of the Ball State Dance theatre where she performed many leading roles in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, clogging and folk dance. She has choreographed many outstanding dances, including Mulan, Moana, & many more in the past recital. She is a devoted mother, wife, and huge asset to the studio.
Cindy Hsu | Instructor
Cindy has been teaching tap dance at VDS for over four years and has a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Arts Management. She is an active member of the Circle City Tap Company. Prior to moving to Indy she worked as a guest artist-in–residence and performed throughout the NYC area with Manhattan Tap II. Mrs. Hsu went on tour with the National Tap Ensemble and was on faculty at the annual National Tap Seminar. She has taught master classes throughout the east coast and just moved to Indiana from Colorado with her husband and son.
Katherine Benson | Instructor
Katherine teaches ballet and dance fitness. She discovered her love for dance at the age of 5 when taking a movement class in her new hometown of Davis, CA. Soon she was heading into Sacramento each day to train with Sacramento Ballet under the guidance of Barbara Crockett, who is internationally recognized as a premier ballet mistress. Her summers were spent training with The San Francisco Ballet Company and The School of the American Ballet in NYC, training under Suki Schorer and Alexandra Danilova. When she was 13 she moved to Maryland and left school at noon each day to study with The Washington Ballet Co, and Mary Day. Katherine decided to pursue an Elementary Education degree at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. After having kids, she started teaching various dance classes and also teaches dance fitness.
Katia Hamamouche | Instructor - NEW!
Katia Hamamouche began dancing at a young age, taking a variety of classes including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, Scottish, Bollywood, and Kathak. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors from Alma College where she studied Elementary Education, Language Arts, and Dance. While attending Alma College, Katia was a member of the Alma College Dance Company and the Alma College Kiltie Dancers. She choreographed pieces annually in the Student Choreographer’s Concert and her dance titled “Youth” was recognized at the 2015 Honor’s Day. Additionally, she co-directed the 2017 Student Choreographer’s Concert. Katia is excited to be dancing again and to be joining the VDS staff!
Patty Buckhorn | Instructor - NEW!
Patty Buckhorn holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University where she majored in Theatre and Communications. She grew up dancing ballet, tap and jazz at a local studio in South Bend, IN, where she also taught tap dance to students ages 3 – 15. While she enjoys and appreciates all forms of dance, her passion has always been with tapping. Patty has been an active company dancer and choreographer for a local Indianapolis tap company, the Circle City Tap Company (CCTC), since 2016. Through CCTC, she has been able to take master classes and perform choreography from some world renowned tap dancers such as Barbara Duffy, Jenefer Miller, Lane Alexander, Greg Russell, Sam Weber and Suzy Guarino-Hall. Besides dancing, Patty enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children here in Zionsville. She is very excited to get back into teaching tap and hopes to spread her passion for the art form to the students here at VDS!
Karen Alessandrini | Fitness Instructor & Admin Assistant- NEW!
Karen graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been involved with some type of music activity all her life, but her main activity was band. Even though, Karen's primary musical experience was with instrumental music, her true passion was in dance. Though she had no formal training, she was affectionately known as the "Dancing Queen" among her friends, because she was eager to learn new dance moves and was always the first one on the dance floor. After graduating from college, Karen began teaching in Westfield schools. During that time, she started helping out with the Westfield Marching Band, where the color guard director soon found out about her love of dance. He recruited her to help teach and choreograph movement for the Westfield Color Guard during their fall and winter seasons. She also helped to start and lead the movement club at her elementary school for students in grades 2-4, sharing her passion for dance with the younger generation. In the spring of 2018, she checked off an item on her bucket list and became certified to teach REFIT, a cardio movement program. She is thrilled to be a part of the Village Dance Studio as a fitness instructor, but also as an administrative assistant, where her love of planning and organizing can also be put to use.