Meet our Staff
Our owner has been involved in the store from day one. The Dance Bag was open in 1994 and has been locally owned and operated ever since. After graduating from Fresno State in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine, Holly returned to The Dance Bag to take over the business. Since her return the store has increased its pointe shoe styles providing over 25 different options for dancers. Holly grew up dancing in valley and was a member of Bravo! Repertory Dance Theatre (now Central West Ballet). In 1996 she was chosen to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Since that trip she continues to visit New York to attend classes in all styles of dance. Holly is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Sciences, known as IADMS. She regularly attends workshops and lectures in Dance Medicine, and implements her medical knowledge during local fittings and lectures about pointe shoes. Her favorite ballets are Cinderella and Don Quixote, but truly loves any Broadway Musical!
Meet Halli- Bio Arriving Soon!
Rachel is a recent graduate of Central Catholic High School in Modesto. Rachel started dancing when she was eight years old at Sondance Christian Dance School in Manteca. Her primary focus was Ballet, with classes in Contemporary, and Jazz. During High School she enjoyed being a student choreographer for the CCHS Dance Department. Beginning Fall 2021 she will be attending Modesto Junior College and is excited to take dance classes in college, and exploring new styles of dance such as hip hop and lyrical.
Sydney graduated with the class of 2022 at Beyer High School and is now attending Modesto Junior College. She has been in ballet classes at Julines since she was 3 years old, up to the age of 17. She also took modern, pointe, and jazz classes while involved in JRYB for six years. She has attended the RDA festival in Spokane, Washington. And has been involved with the Central West Ballet Nutcracker shows in her earlier years of dance. During her last year at Beyer she was on the varsity cheer team and was a part of the Dance Production Team her junior and senior year. Sydney is very involved with the community. She volunteers every year at the North Modesto Kiwanis Graffiti car show. As well as volunteering at Love Modesto, Night to Shine, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas at the Hanger, and many other organizations. Her favorite time of the year is Christmas time, so her favorite ballet is the Nutcracker. She also loves the ballet Swan Lake.
Meet Dana- Bio Arriving Soon
Janae is a graduate of Enochs High School. She is currently a Senior at Sacramento State, and hopes to earn a degree in psychology and business. In regards to dance, Janae has been dancing since she was three years old taking ballet, tap, jazz and modern. She was also a member of the Juline Regional Youth Ballet, for five years and enjoyed performing and traveling with the company. She also hopes to continue dancing through college. She enjoys teaching dance as well as she likes to share her passion for dance with others. Her favorite ballet’s are Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Cinderella and Peter Pan.
Beth hails from Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her professional career in ballet with Central West Ballet. She has trained all over the United States, and has danced professionally for five years with several companies including Atlanta Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and Central West Ballet. Prior to moving to Modesto, she worked in a dance store in St. Louis, Missouri for two years. She is excited to be starting her second year with the Dance Bag. In addition to dancing professionally and working at the Dance Bag, Beth enjoys teaching ballet and variations. She hopes to someday become a Ballet Mistress for a large, professional ballet company to share her passion for the art of dance. Beth’s favorite ballets include Sir Fredrick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Monotones, and Birthday Offering; and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Serenade, and Who Cares?
Jordann is a recent graduate from Stanislaus State with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis in Psychology. She plans on pursing her education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Psychology. Jordann has danced since she was 4 years old, and has taken classes in all genres but her favorite has always been ballet. Her dance career includes being a member of Juline Regional Youth Ballet for five years, and attended American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in Texas. Now she loves sharing her passion with her dance students, and helping them reach their dance goals. The Dance Bag has been a big part of Jordann’s dance endeavors, and she is excited to help all aspiring dancers feel and look their best in their dance supplies. Her favorite ballets include: George Balanchines ballet Jewels, Pas de Quarte, and the Christmas classic The Nutcracker.