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!
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?
Janae is a graduate of Enochs High School. She is currently a sophomore at Modesto Junior College, 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.
Annika is a junior at Beyer High School in Modesto. Inspired by her older sister, Annika began ballet at Juline School of Dance as a 3 year old and dabbled in tap and hip hop throughout her early childhood. Never one to get stuck in a rut, Annika has participated in competitive gymnastics, drama, and volleyball. She was an orphan in YES Kids’ production of Annie, an elf in Modesto Performing Arts’ Babes in Toyland, and Belle in her elementary school’s performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. As a high school student, Annika has been a member of BHS Dance Production, as well as Mock Trial and Science Bowl teams; has held class officer positions and was involved in leadership; and currently enjoys her role as a varsity spirit leader. Annika begins a volunteer position at Doctor’s Medical Center in 2019, which she hopes will further solidify her aspiration to be a registered nurse. In her spare time Annika loves broadway musicals including Mean Girls and SIX the musical
Morgan is a graduate of Beyer High School. She was a 4-year member of Future Farmers of America, and was FFA Treasurer her senior year. She did All-Star Cheer and Gymnastics for 5 years. Morgan is currently a sophomore at Modesto Junior college and hopes to earn her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Morgan’s favorite musical is Anastasia.
Hope started dancing at Backstage Academy of Dance in Turlock at age four, and transitioned to the C.U.P.S (Center for Urban Performance and Service) dance program through Westside Ministries in Turlock a few years later. The Christian Ministry offered her technique in ballet, jazz, contemporary, flag twirling, and tambourine dance. Hope began teaching ballet, and jazz in the program through age 18. She also taught her peers in the dance P.E. class her senior year at Modesto Christian. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from MJC and continues to paint for local businesses and private clients in her spare time. Her favorite shows include, Newsies, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera.
Merri is a recent graduate of Enochs High School in Modesto. She was a 4 year member of the Student Body Leadership. She started dancing when she was 3 years old primarily focusing on ballet and tap. She was in Central West Ballet's The Nutcracker. Her favorite ballet is The Nutcracker. Now that Merri has graduated she will attend the University of California, Santa Cruz to study social working and psychology, with a minor in early childhood development.
We welcome Laurel to our store for some summer time help. She begins her Junior year at UCD in the Fall. Laurel has graduated from Beyer High School, and was a member of BHS Dance Production. Beside working here at The Dance Bag, Laurel was Senior Class President and has been involved in leadership for the previous 3 years. Laurel began dancing at 3 years old primarily focusing on ballet for the next 13 years. She continues to enjoy taking classes in Jazz and on occasion is a substitute dance teacher.