SI DANCE, LLC

Our Team

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Shelly Isler

Owner/Instructor/Choreographer/Director

From Elma New York, Shelly began her dance training at the young age of 3.  With over 30 years of dance training, Shelly has studied with numerous dance educators in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern. Her love for dance began at Dance Spectrum in Depew, NY under the direction of Patty Neal.  Shelly continued her dance education at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) receiving a BFA Degree in Dance. While at UB she performed with the Zodiaque Dance Company.  After graduating college, Shelly began dancing professionally with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Some of her Choreography/Directing credits with Busch Gardens Williamsburg Include; This is Oktoberfest,  Miracles (2009-2013) and Deck the Halls (2009-2013). Shelly is very passionate about dance and proper dance education. She  is excited to be passing on her knowledge of and love for dance to others.

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Heather Booysen

Instructor/Choreographer/Photographer

Heather started her dance training in the suburbs of Chicago where she trained with Julie Cartier, Pam Johnson-Tannis, Arian Dolan, and Sandra Scaletta. During high school, she continued her training at Gus Giordano’s with John Leher. In 2004, she graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo with her BFA in Dance. There she trained under the direction of Tom Ralabate, William Thomas, Tressa Crehan, Jeanne Fornarolla, as well as numerous artists in residency. She was a member of Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble for three years, as well as performed and choreographed in Dancer’s Workshop and Young Choreographers, as well as additional special programs. After college, Heather performed for three years as a Production Dance for Carnival Cruise Lines. She then spent two years as a member of The Cartier Collective and teaching in at various Chicago dance studios before moving to Virginia. Heather started teaching at the age of 16, and has since worked with students from 2 years old through adults.  She spent the last six years teaching in Williamsburg, VA and working with the dancers of SI Dance as a substitute and photographer.  She is excited to join the SI Dance family this year.

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Samuel Holley

Tap Instructor/ Choreographer

Coming Soon!

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Leigh Mims

Front Desk Manager

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Sydney Robertson

Instructor

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Gillian Grossman

Instructor

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Joél Casanova

Hip Hop Instructor/Choreographer

Joél Casanova was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Dallas, TX. He started dancing HipHop at age 11 and for the next 5 years danced on competition teams. By the age of 16, he was choreographing professionally. Joél moved to Virginia Beach at age 18, where he taught in multiple studios across Hampton Roads while pursuing a BA in Journalism. He created BeatHunter Dance at age 20. Since then, his career as an instructor has grown including teaching STEM through dance, freelance competition choreography, dance intensives, and theatre camps. Joél Casanova has a deep passion for instruction and showing everyone he meets a new way to look at dance.