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Our Staff: Who We Are

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Sarah Johnston

Owner/Director

Sarah Johnston, who has been dancing since the age of three, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance. She has performed professionally in ballet, modern, and jazz productions with Paul Powell Productions in Tucson and Canyon Movement Company in Flagstaff, and with Glory Productions at the Crystal Cathedral. For 5 years, she danced at Disneyland: in Parade of Dreams, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Disney's Electrical Parade, and Fantasmic. Sarah has taught ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, leaps and turns, aerobic dance and choreography for Pacific Dance Center, Canyon Dance Academy, Showtime Dance Company, Orange County Dance Productions, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, and Coconino Community College, and she coached the Flagstaff High School Dance Team. She has been fortunate enough to teach and perform in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, the Netherlands, and Italy, as well as all over the US. She is grateful to be able to share her love of dance with the students of Showtime Dance.

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Christine Davis

Instructor

"Miss Christine" started dancing in High School with training in both Modern Dance and Ballet. She studied ballet and pointe at Athena's Palace, and at California State University in Long Beach. Christine was choreographer and principal dancer in Los Alamitos High School's Production of "L'il Abner," as well as, the Miss Los Alamitos Beauty Pageant. She has taught dance and done choreography for dance students at Moulton Elementary School, as well as through Girl Scout Programs, where she has been a leader for about 5 years. Christine also has experience as a co-teacher for Laguna Niguel Preschool, and she has been an outstanding dance instructor for Showtime Dance Company since 2006. Miss Christine's students absolutely love her!

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Lauren Lopez

Instructor

I'm a dreamer and a leader who believes in achieving goals through hard work and collaboration. I graduated from Santa Clara University with B.A. degrees in English and Theatre Arts, and international experience including a study abroad program in Alicante, Spain. I am always seeking opportunities to develop myself as a performer, arts administrator and educator. I'm a current Cast Member at the Disneyland Resort with a background in guest service, leadership, residence life, and the performing arts. I have a penchant for dancing and social media.

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Kristen Pedley

Instructor

Kristen Pedley, who holds a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies, is currently in the process of obtaining her teaching credential and Masters degree in elementary education, all from Chapman University. She plans to achieve her dream of becoming an elementary school educator in order to inspire confidence and instill a lifelong love of learning in her students hearts and minds. While she knows her "stuff" about her students and their development, she also knows a thing or two about dance! She has trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, lindy hop, and country line dancing. Her extracurricular background includes athletics (soccer, field hockey, and swimming), as well as experience in student activities, event planning, residence life, and teaching both science and ukulele. This well-rounded, hard-working, and outgoing ball of sunshine is excited to begin working at Showtime Dance this year!

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Carrie Render

Founder

"Carrie L. Render grew up dancing in her mother's studio, Bettie Jane's Center of Dance Art, in Frederick, Maryland. She traveled the country as a "Dance Olympus VIP" and has studied with many nationally renowned entertainers andchoreographers. Carrie has received awards at regional and national talent competitions and has competed in the Miss America Pageant on the state level in Maryland. Consequently, she is a selected member of the Miss Maryland Show Troupe. Carrie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and finance from Mt. St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Upon graduation, she moved to Tampa, Florida where she owned and directed Accent on Dance for five years. Some of her students have appeared in television and movie productions including, "Ellen," "Come On, Get Happy," "The Michael Landon Story," "Pay It Forward," "The Drew Carey Show," "Desperate Housewives," and much more. While in Florida, Carrie was a professional cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Currently, Carrie is the Owner and Director for Showtime Dance Company, which has 25+ locations in New Jersey and California. She thoroughly enjoys choreography and has received several awards for her creativity. As the Director, Carrie believes in the importance of teaching children in a fun, loving, and inspirational environment. Not only do her students grow as dancers and performers, they also become better, stronger individuals. Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy and children, Madison, Luke & Kolton, when she's not dancing or teaching. "I send out a special thank you to my family for your continued support & love during the crazy busy times and challenges of self-employment. Thank you! I love you all! I also want to wish the utmost success to Mrs. Sarah Johnston as she takes over Showtime Dance Company."