Jenna Schilit, Director
Jenna grew up outside of Boston in a family where performing arts was at the center. Trained in ballet, tap, and jazz, Jenna displayed her love of dance when performing on stage in countless musical theater productions, as well as when choreographing numbers for both musicals and dance shows in high school and college. Of course, Jenna's love of dance is best displayed when she is on a dance floor! Jenna received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a second grade teacher, Jenna loved learning about the latest methodology in engaging young minds and creating child-centered, cutting-edge curriculum. Jenna is so excited to meld her skills and background in education with her love of dance at Bethesda Dance Center. Jenna is also, importantly, a wife and the mother of three incredible children.
Meg Bunn, Lead Teacher
Creative Playdance, Intro to Dance
Meg is a Maryland native who grew up performing wherever she could– stages, backyards, and everywhere in between. She has studied ballet, tap and jazz, and went on to earn her degree in musical theatre. Meg has a passion for early childhood education and since graduating in 2018, has worked with kids from 18 months to 1st grade. Primarily, she works as a theatre artist in the DC area and is the Associate Artistic Director of Monumental Theatre Company. Meg is so excited to be a part of instilling a love for dance in the littlest learners at Bethesda Dance Center!
Sajanee Mack, Teacher
Ballet and Tap I & II
Sajaneé has danced for 28 years and counting. She attended Suitland High School for Visual and Performing Arts and focused on dance for four years. As a Dance Major in college, Sajanee studied formal technique in Ballet, Choreography, Modern, Yoga, and Pilates. After college she attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s “The Ailey School” Independent Study Program which was taught by Original Ailey 1 performers. Sajanee directed a summer dance camp for five consecutive years at Bladensburg Community Center for Diva Works. She also instructed a Jazz/Pilates program at Bowie University for two years and Co-Founded the New Hope Academy's New Hope Youth Dance Company. Sajanee instructed Jazz/Conditioning for The P.O.M. Squad in Silver Spring and created a Special Needs Dance Program for Creative Explorations Therapy in Lanham. Sajanee is CPR/AED Certified in all ages and believes that in order for one to accomplish one's dreams, one must believe in oneself. I believe my students will excel in life, and I teach them to never give up until they have given 100%. A true dancer, dances from the heart. As a mom of five amazing boys, I love teaching and I love kids. They are our future!
Shannon Mulreed, Teacher
Shannon began dancing at the age of 3 at a studio in her hometown, Branchburg, NJ. While Shannon enjoys learning all genres of dance, she focused her studies on jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop. Whether performing on a competitive dance team, rehearsing for an end-of-the-year recital, or performing with a company, Shannon is happy to share her love for dance in any capacity. Shannon currently is in her senior year at American University. Through college, Shannon has continued her dance career through AU in Motion, the university's largest student-run dance organization. Through this program, Shannon has held multiple roles as a dancer, choreographer, production assistant, and Vice President. She is so excited to share her passion for dance with everyone at BDC!
Emma Dann, Teacher
Emma grew up dancing in her hometown Los Angeles since she was 2 years old. Growing up as a dancer, she has been trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern dance. As a stage performer and a competition dancer, she has always had a passion for performing arts. Additionally, she has won many awards in Los Angeles during her time as a competition dancer. In the current day, Emma is a student studying at American University and she is part of a club called AU in Motion where she choreographs advanced hip hop. Emma can't wait to get to know and teach all of the students at Bethesda Dance Center!
Sania Parker, Teacher
Creative Playdance, Hip Hop, Assistant Teacher
Sania grew up in New Jersey and has been dancing since the age of four. She is trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, salsa, and her favorite style: hip hop. Sania is a student at American University, majoring in Film and Media Arts, and she hopes to major in Graphic Design as well. She is a member of AU in Motion where she choreographs and dances in performances throughout the year. I am so excited to join the Bethesda Dance Center team and cannot wait to get started!