Meet Our Dance Staff
grace in motion has a wonderful array of talented and dedicated instructors for all our classes.
Missy Marquette began dancing at the tender age of 3. Growing up she studied tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet at various studios in Northwest Ohio. At age 15, she began her teaching career along side of her own classes at Becky’s School of Dance. At Becky’s, she was a member of Personality Plus Tap and Jazz Dance Team and eventually received the top honor of becoming a Becky Taylor Dancer. She used her talents through high school choreographing the school plays and musicals.
She attended the University of Akron and graduated with a BA in Dance Performance with concentrations in Dance History and Dance Education. At the U of A, Missy performed with the Touring Ensemble and Repertory Dance Company. She has choreographed for Our Lady of the Elms Show Choir, Cuyahoga Falls MM’s auditions, Kent HS production of Oliver and Stow HS production of Beauty and the Beast. She resides in Cuyahoga Falls with her family. She loves to scrapbook, has a passion for photography and loves all things crafty. She also enjoys cooking and gardening. She is thrilled to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Marquette School of Dance!
Molly has spent most of her life participating in gymnastics, cheer, and dance since the age of 3. Shortly after Molly was sent to her first jazz class, she went on to study tap, modern, ballet, hip hop, and become part of her studio’s competition and performance team. During her run as a cheerleader, Molly won numerous awards such as, Americheer and NCA All-American, COA National qualifier, and named all-around best cheerleader at local competitions. Molly was also a member of the Northeast Ohio All-stars, which earned her a 1st place National team title in Orlando, Florida. Molly has used her talent to choreograph for many area high school teams as well as the Mount Union College Dance Team. She has also had the privilege of being a Kent State University Cheerleader.
Molly has since transferred and graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Dance Performance with concentrations in Dance History and Dance Education. Molly’s collegiate training includes studying under former members of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and Martha Graham Company to name a few. While at The University of Akron Molly choreographed and performed in the Choreographer’s Workshops and Spring into Dance concerts. She was also a member of the Terpsichore Dance Club and University of Akron Dance Company.
Molly has recently led the afterschool dance program at Herberich Primary School grades K–4th. She loves to attend dance conventions to keep up on the latest choreography and teaching tools. Molly has traveled to New York where she has had the pleasure of taking master classes to further her training. In addition to teaching dance, Molly takes pride in her experience with instructing Zumba and Cardio Dance Fitness classes. She is honored to be the Company Team Director and Summer Program Director here at Grace in Motion and holds her students very dear to her heart.
Molly currently resides in Norton with her husband, Jeff and two children, Asher and Daisy.
Jess is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with an emphasis in ballet and modern dance. She graduated with a 3.94 GPA from Kent State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching for Dance, P–12 licensure in May 2012 and received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Dance from the University of Akron in May 2007. She is honored to be a former treasurer of the Student Dance Education Organization and a member and supporter of OhioDance, National Dance Education Organization, Ballet in the City and the Society of Dance History Scholars.
She earned the Dean’s List, Outstanding Achievement in Educational Leadership Award, and Eugenia V. Erdmann Memorial Award from the Dance Faculty at Kent State University. Jess has had the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Festival as well as master classes with David Parsons, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Allison DeBona from Ballet West and several dance classes in New York City. She has also performed in the faculty dance concert, student dance festival, and BFA senior concert at Kent State University as well as the Dance Showcase at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. She choreographed for the spring 2012 student dance festival concert at Kent State as well as the spring musical, Seussical JR. at Falcon Academy of Creative Arts in Brimfield and the spring dance concert at Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC.
Jess has been teaching at Marquette School of Dance in Stow since 2001. She also taught at Northeast Ohio Dance in Wadsworth, taught dancers with disabilities for the Dancing Wheels Company and School in Cleveland, taught reading, English and dance at Akron First Academy and was the performing arts teacher and physical education teacher at SCOPE Academy. Jess had the opportunity to present and teach at the OhioDance Festival in Columbus and guest teach at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron School for the Arts and Hattie Larlham. Other than dance, Jess enjoys fitness and nutrition and is working on developing a non-profit that supports this lifestyle. Jess lives in Kent with her husband Jared, son Ezra and their four cats; Xavier, Esme, Tabby and Orange Julius!
Sarah Christman grew up in the Akron area and began her dance study under the direction of Christine Jones Meneer, the current Artistic Director of the Ballet Theatre of Ohio. While studying with Meneer, Sarah had the opportunity to perform with the Children’s Ballet Theatre (currently Ballet Theatre of Ohio) in the ballets of The Nutcracker and Cinderella, portraying roles such as the Dew Drop Fairy and the Fairy Godmother. As a student of Meneer, Sarah also had the opportunity to study with members of the Ohio Ballet, including Peter Dickey, Richard Dickinson and Xochitl Tejeda de Cerda.
Sarah continued her dance studies at Kent State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education, with an Ohio License to teach in the public schools. While at Kent, Sarah had the opportunity to study with Andrea Shearer, Kimberly Karpanty, Julie Gentry, Tommy Parlon and Dr. Darwin Prioleau. During her stay at Kent, she was fortunate to be able to participate in guest artist residencies by Karen Love, Chung-Fu Chang, Peter Kyle, the Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh, and Bridgman/Packar. While studying at Kent, Sarah also had the opportunity to perform professionally with Leaven Dance Company under the direction of Kathryn Mihelic.
Sarah also has over ten years experience as a Dance Educator at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. She has designed and created innovative and integrated dance lessons for fourth through eighth grade students that actively educates using the Ohio Dance Standards. Courses that she has taught are modern, jazz, tap, creative movement, improvisation and dance composition, and dance history.
Sarah has choreographic experience not only for dance productions, but for musical productions as well. At Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Sarah has choreographed The Firebird, Seussical the Musical, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Charlotte’s Web, Dr. Doolittle, Les Miserables and Pippi Longstocking.
Sarah is also a qualified dance assessor for students who demonstrate the desire to obtain the recognition of Gifted and Talented in the Visual and Performing Arts. Students must display their talent through an audition or performance. Sarah scores students using a rubric designed by the Ohio Department of Education.
Sarah continues to make the Akron area her home and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Susan has been dancing most of her life, growing up in and around the Cleveland area, she has studied at various dance studios, most notably Chagrin Valley School of Ballet where she was a member of The Chagrin Valley Ballet Company. As part of The Chagrin Valley Ballet Company, Susan performed several times a year locally and through area schools, performing variations from classical ballets as well as providing educational lecture demonstrations taught by members of the Cleveland Ballet.
Susan has also studied at Fairmount Center for the Arts, Cleveland City Dance and summer intensives through Dance Cleveland. Susan attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and received a BFA in Dance. During college she taught at several dance studios and performed at Wright State in their annual dance concert and student showcase.
Following college, Susan taught dance classes at Falls Dance Studio and performed with Dance Image. Susan has studied with Susana and Tom Evert of the Tom and Susana Evert Dance Company and has performed with the company at various local venues including; Cleveland Public Theatre, Oberlin College and Tri C West. Susan has also performed and choreographed at The Aurora Community Theater, Aurora High School and Stow Players her favorites being Brigadoon, Guys and Dolls and Gypsy.
Most recently, Susan had the opportunity to participate in classes at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC as a part of the studio dance trip which was awesome and inspiring. Susan lives in Hudson with her husband John, 3 sons, John (15), Colin (13), Brandon (10) and 1 daughter Sarah (7) who dances at Marquette. Susan is so blessed to be a part of the Marquette Dance Faculty and hopes to inspire her students through her love of dance.
Krista grew up in the Youngstown area and began her love of dance and music at age 6, when she went from dancing around her living room all day to her first tap/ballet combo class. While enrolled at Judy Conti Dance Studio, she studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. By age 10 she began her roll as an assistant teacher and by age 15 she was teaching her own classes through her sophomore year in college. While enrolled she was an auditioned member of the competition team and a select member of the performance lines. There, she had the opportunity to study each year with Broadway Dance Center’s own Tracie Stanfield and Tremaine’s Marty Dew. She also attended multiple dance conventions such as West Coast Dance Explosion and Tremaine, as well as performing in dance competitions such as Starquest, Starbound, Fire and Ice, and KAR.
While involved 5 nights a week at dance, Krista was a committed member of her music department. She was first chair flute in the wind ensemble, a member of the jazz ensemble, a volunteer aid to the music directors, and the field commander for the marching brigade for three years. She was given the outstanding music student award and graduated with a music scholarship. Krista was also a cast member of her high school drama department and choreographed their performance of High School Musical her senior year.
Following high school, Krista perused her love of music and dance working on a Bachelors degree in Music Theory and minor in Dance at Youngstown State University. At Youngstown, Krista was a member of the University Band, Marching Pride, a member and Corresponding Secretary for Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity, and Captain of the YSU Danceline. While attending Youngstown, Krista also had the opportunity to instruct the Ohio Valley All-Star Danceline for two years and the Crestview colorguard for two. After three years, Krista transferred to Kent State and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education and an Ohio Education License. While at Kent, Krista was the student assistant to the Music Education Department, a tour guide for incoming performing arts students, a member of the KSU orchestra earning the Larry and Karen Andrews Orchestral Scholarship, and began her role as dance instructor in 2010 at Marquette School of Dance.
Outside of the dance studio, Krista is a full-time employee of ChemSpec LTD. located in Green, OH where she is a customer service representative. She spends her time taking fitness classes, attending music performances and cheering on the McKinley Band. Krista currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband Zac and their two cats; Carmina and Poof.
Emily began dancing at Carole Cain dance studio in Stow, Ohio at the age of 1.5. From the second she started dancing she fell in love with the artistry and discipline and continued to dance through high school.
She studied all types of dance growing up but her favorite was always Ballet.
Emily grew up dancing at Marquette School of Dance and began assistant teaching at the age of 12. Emily has previously danced for many Marquette performance teams including Encore, Showstoppers, and Senior Company. She has also danced and performed in many other productions, her favorite being Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. In high school she was involved in multiple choirs including SMFHS Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Madrigals, where she also served as a choir officer for two years. During her time in choir she received an Outstanding Performer award for excellence on the stage. Emily graduated Stow Munroe-Falls High School in 2016 and is now currently a student at Kent State University studying Advertising.
With her 16 years at Marquette, Emily has had the privilege to spend the last 4 years on staff! Emily loves sharing her love of dance and production with the students and families at the studio. She loves teaching and working at the front desk equally because she can really get to know the dancer’s and their parents both!
In her free time, Emily loves watching Disney movies, singing broadway show tunes in her car, and crafting. Emily also attends Redemption Chapel in Stow and is involved with a campus ministry during the school year. She currently resides in Stow with her family and her cat Penelope.
Jackie Diamond attended the University of Akron where she earned a BFA in Dance. While there, she was a member of the University of Akron Dance company and the Terpsichore Dance Club. She has studied under Professors of The Ohio Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, The Martha Graham Company and Jennifer Muller/The Works Dance Company. She was also given the opportunity to perform and choreograph for the Choreographers Workshop, perform in Bughouse Hamlet as a lead dancer, was a member of the University of Akron Dance Team and was an instructor at the University of Akron Dance Institute.
After graduating, Jackie was the head coach for the University of Akron Dance Team and the Woodridge High School Dance Team, winning several high score awards including a 1st place championship award. Jackie has taught and choreographed at local dance studios. Recently she was the Competition Director at BEDC, winning several awards including Performance, Choreography, Regional and National High Point Awards and an Industry Dance Award.
Jackie loves being a mentor and teacher to young dancers and truly enjoys watching her dancers grow into artists.