Safford Dance Academy
Jenny Rogers was able to fulfill her life-long dream when 20 years ago, she and her husband purchased the Safford Dance Academy (SDA). As an Alumni of the very studio she now directs, Jenny seeks to inspire each dancer just as she was inspired by her teachers. Jenny has spent the last 27 years teaching dance in many capacities. She loves to teach all ages of dance from the little 3 & 4 year-olds through her college age students. She loves the interaction and happiness she finds with each and every age group she has the opportunity to teach. She finds joy in all kinds of movement and teaches many genres including jazz, tap, clogging, pom, lyrical, contemporary and ballet. She has had many wonderful opportunities to study with well known master teachers and continually seeks to take classes at workshops and conventions including Tremaine, Jump, Nuvo, West Coast Dance Explosion, Hollywood Connection, Radix, Jazzdance Showcase, and Dance Life Teacher Conference. Jenny has been blessed with three children, Bodie, Callie and Gavin and an amazingly supportive husband, Isaac. Together, they strive to make SDA a place where children can learn to love dance and to be inspired to become beautiful people.
Rena De La Cruz Holguin
Rena started dance training at Safford Dance Academy (SDA) when she was five. She studied several dance styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, clogging, pointe, swing and salsa. She started teaching dance classes when she was sixteen and has been teaching at the academy ever since. After high school, she continued her education through Eastern Arizona College (EAC)where she received an AA degree in Theater Arts. During her time at EAC, Rena continued to study ballet and theater dance as an assistant choreographer and teacher under the direction of Rachael Jacob. She also performed in several of the college's main stage plays as a featured dancer. Some of these plays included Anything Goes, South Pacific, Cry for Love, and A Portrait of a Hunchback. Rena studied ballet and modern dance through Arizona State University in 2006. In 2008, she traveled to Australia where she took contemporary, jazz and hip-hop classes in Adelaide. She also joined a cheer and stunting team, which took second place at the Adelaide State Cheer Competition. After her adventure in Australia, Rena furthered her education through Northern Arizona University pursuing her passion for teaching. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, graduating with honors. Now, Rena continues to teach ballet and other forms of dance at SDA and EAC. Rena truly has a passion for teaching and inspiring students to express themselves creatively by getting up to dance! Throughout her life, she has studied and continues to glean all styles of dance by going to conventions held under the direction of top notch teachers such as Joe Tremaine, Denise Wall, Greg Russell, Roni Mahler, etc. Rena is truly dedicated to her profession and wants to continue to grow and become the best she can be, not only for herself, but for all her students that she sincerely loves. She wants to be an inspiration . . . as well as . . . to be inspired.
Kacie Lee Shelton
Kacie started dancing at age seven and enjoyed ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and clogging. Kacie started teaching at age 16. She was also a cheerleader/dancer in high school for four years. She was spiritline captain and elected as an All-American dancer her senior year. She has been a choreographer for the Thatcher High School Spiritline and Show Choir during her high school experience. Later, she attended Maricopa Community College as a dance major and was a member of the MCC dance company. Currently, she is attending Eastern Arizona College and teaching contemporary, ballet, jazz and tap at the Safford Dance Academy.
Kari began dancing at Safford Dance Academy at the age of 2 1/2. She started taking gymnastics soon after and also danced on the Pom line in high school. After that, she moved away and attended ASU where she took multiple dance classes and earned her degree in Nursing. While she was there, she taught pom and cheer for Young Champions of America for nine years. There, her teams were able to qualify and compete nationally every year. She currently is teaching pom, tap and tumbling and loves every minute of it! She is married and has three beautiful children.
Shay was born in Safford in 1995 and has lived in Thatcher her entire life. She just graduated from Thatcher High School and will be attending Eastern Arizona College. She has danced at Safford Dance Academy for 15 years. While at Safford Dance Academy, she has taken classes and has also been an assistant teacher.
Hope became interested in dance when her daughters started classes at 18 months old. She started teaching mom and tots, but has been assisting and teaching tumbling for the past three years. She loves teaching kids and seeing them learn and grow. She is married with three children.
Shannan started dancing at Safford Dance Academy at the age of six. She studied many dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, clogging, pointe and also trained in gymnastics. From her first step onto the dance floor she fell in love with all things dance. She was also a member of her high school dance team for 3 years. Shannan stared choreographing at the age of 15. At the age of 18 she captured the title of Arizona State Cinderella Teen where she was able to perform around the state of Arizona. Teaching dance is one of the highlights of her life, watching young dancers reach their goals is the one of the most rewarding experiences she's ever felt! If she isn't teaching or choreographing she is staying busy chasing after her two young boys Drake and Owen.
Katie grew up in St. Johns, AZ and began dancing at the age of 4. She loves all dance, but has a true love and passion for the preciseness and elegance of ballet. Katie attended Brigham Young University where she took as many ballet and modern dance classes as she could, while obtaining a degree in Elementary Education. One of her favorite things about dance is the way it can make all your worries disappear, and turn a horrible day into a great day. Katie currently teaches 3rd grade in Thatcher, and is the mother of 4 amazing kids.
Dawnie began dancing when she was 3 years old and continued until she was in college. Over the years, she enjoyed taking several different types of classes. She started assisting classes while in high school and was excited later when she had the privilege of teaching. Her heart is with the younger dancers and she has a passion for teaching the 3-5 and 5-8 year old age groups. She currently teaches 5-8 year olds in jazz and tap.
Dawnie loves working with kids and received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2013. She teaches 2nd grade at Ruth Powell Elementary School and feels so lucky she gets to spend her days there and at the dance studio surrounded by awesome kids! When she is not teaching dance or school, she loves traveling with her friends and family and spending time with her many nephews and her niece.
Marty was born in Safford, Arizona in 1994 and has lived in Safford his entire life. He graduated from Safford High School in 2012 and received an AA in general studies from Eastern Arizona College in 2015. At the age of 17, Marty began to dance and choreograph for his high school show choir. This quickly turned into a passion of his and he's been dancing ever since! Marty has been teaching boys hop for 4 years now at the studio and is an assistant for boys tap. He also choreographs and coaches for the Eastern Arizona College Dance Team and has been apart of that for 4 years. Dancing is such a passion of his and he loves to be able to share that joy with everyone around him!
McKenzie Miller Hancock
Mckenzie was born and raised in pima Arizona. She graduated from Pima High School in 2016 and is now attending eac. She has been dancing at Safford Dance Academy for 16 years. Her favorite types of dance are tap, ballet, and hip hop, although she loves them all. She loves the studio and feels as though it is her second home. She hopes she can help kids feel the same way.