Meet Our Staff...

Nancy Doize'

Studio Owner

Owner and artistic director of the Nancy Doizé School of Dance for 38 years, began her dance training at the age of four. She began dancing professionally in San Francisco at 17 after studying ballet locally with Dimitri and Francesca Romanoff. While in San Francisco, she had the opportunity to work with Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Barishnykov. She has earned many choreography awards and judged many dance competitions. She has an AA degree in Music, a BA degree in Business, is listed in the National Registerʼs Whoʼs Who in Executives and Professionals and in 2008 was inaugurated into the Youth Mentors Hall of Fame. Nancyʼs happiest moments are spent sharing her love of dance with her students and watching their joy as they master dance in a caring, positive and professional environment. Many of her students have been inspired to have gone on to dance careers.

Teagan Drake

Dance Instructor

Is beginning her second year of being part of the teaching staff. She began her dancing career at the age of 3 and loves all styles of dance. She is a member of the award winning Doizé Dream Team and is a captain on the team. Her jazz solo earned her many top awards last year. Teagan loves working with the young dancers and 1choreographing all styles of dance. She attends Pioneer High School.

Haley Launer

Dance Instructor

Currently attends San Jose State University and is majoring in Public Health . Haley was three years old when she started in Creative Dance classes and has grown up in the School of Dance taking ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop classes. Haley is a former member of Doizé Dream Team and has earned many awards for her lyrical solos. This is Haley’s eighth year of teaching dance and she has been the Director of the Summer Dance Camps for the past three years. Haley’s favorite style of dance is lyrical and her students love her enthusiasm, talent and creativity.

Jennifer Schell Hume

Dance Instructor

Is Nancyʼs niece and began her dance career at the age of three. Jennifer studied dance in San Francisco for a short time and enjoys teaching all styles of dance. Besides raising four children, Cameron,Baylie and the
twins, she is certified with the Aerobics Fitness Association of America, pilates and Zumba. This is her 24th year of teaching at
the School of Dance.

Kristyn Pearson

Dance Instructor

Graduated from SJSU in May 2014 with a BA in Dance and is a former member of the Doizé Dream Team. Kristyn began dancing with Nancy at the age of three, taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She received the Overall Champion Award for her solo at Nationals in July 2008. She has traveled with a musical theater group Kristyn choreographed the Dreamettes award winning 2013 tap dance and is part of the talented team of choreographers for the Doizé Dream Team.

Erica Valenzuela

Dance Instructor

Has been teaching and choreographing for 20 years and has won many awards for her choreography. She began her dance training with Nancy at the age of 5. Erica was an officer for the award-winning Pioneer High School Dance Team and then professionally danced for the San Jose Saber Cats, Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders. Her specialty is jazz, but she has a well rounded background in all styles of dance. She is part of the talented team of choreographers for the Doizé Dream Team.

Stacey Abbot

Dance Instructor

Starting with a love of ballet, quickly expanded her repertoire by adding jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap. Stacey is known for her ability to turn non stop. She is a former member and captain of the DDT and was also on the dance team at Sonoma State University. Stacey graduated from SJSU with a degree in Kinesiology.

Jennifer Schell Hume

Dance Instructor

Is Nancyʼs niece and began her dance career at the age of three. Jennifer studied dance in San Francisco for a short time and enjoys teaching all styles of dance. Besides raising four children, Cameron,Baylie and the twins, she is certified with the Aerobics Fitness Association of America, pilates and Zumba. This is her 26th year of teaching at the School of Dance.

Leann Nguyen

Dance Instructor

Is a platinum award winning member of the Doizé Dream Team and is excited to share her love of dance with her students. She earned the title of Regional Dancer of the Year at the 2016 Rainbow Dance Competition. LeAnn loves being able to share her passion for dance with underprivileged children at the Boys and Girls Club in San Jose and currently attends the University of California at Berkeley

Kristen Jansen Martin

Dance Instructor

Grew up in the School of Dance and received the California State Talent Grand Champion trophy for two years for her lyrical solos before leaving for Hawaii Pacific University on a Dance Scholarship. She won the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship in 2004 with the Hawaii Pacific University Dance Team. Kristen graduated from SJSU in 2008 and has taught dance for 14years. Kristen is the director of the competition team Doizé Dream Team that has been California State Talent Grand Champions for 22 years and competes regionally and nationally. She now shares her love of dance with her daughter Sophia and son Mason.

Hana Tzou

Dance Instructor

Currently attends Branham High School and is a member of the Doizé Dream Team. She has been taking classes at the studio since she was three years old and has grown up doing the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. She is very excited to pass on her love of dance to her students through teaching.

Rachel Barnett Wellington

Dance Instructor

Is a Bay Area native who grew up dancing in the South Bay competition circuit. She received a full scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University for dance and won the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship in 2004 with the Hawaii Pacific Team. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from SJSU and was named Outstanding Senior in 2009 for excellence in performance, choreography and academics. Rachel is part of the talented team of choreographers for the Doizé Dream Team and she will be sharing her dance time with her son, Leo.