Dance Staff

Tiffani Lawrence

Dance Program Coordinator
Classes: Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Tap

Tiffani is the coordinator for the McFetridge Dance Studio, as well as a ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics instructor. She started dancing when she was 3 years old, started teaching when she was 12, and hasn’t looked back since then! She received Bachelor’s degrees in both Dance and Education from Kansas State University. She was the first dance instructor hired at McFetridge and has seen and helped the program grow immensely in a short period of time. Tiffani has experience teaching ballet, acrobatics, jazz, musical theater, hip-hop, and modern to dancers both young and old. She believes in the power of dance to improve students both physically and mentally, and she hopes to fuse her dance experience, education experience, and a deep care for every student into her program.

Marissa Olavarria

Classes: Ballet, Tap, Musical Theater

Born and raised in Chicago, Marissa began taking ballet and tap classes at the age of three years old. As a teen she decided to expand her horizons by joining her studio’s competition team and by taking jazz and musical theatre classes. Marissa began her teaching journey at the age of 15 when she began assisting tot and youth students in their combination ballet and tap classes. During her four years of college, she participated in her school’s dance company where she performed multiple dances in the company’s yearly spring showcase. She contributed to the showcase her junior and senior years by choreographing an advanced tap number for the show.

Marissa aims to provide dancers with a dance environment where they feel that they can express themselves freely through dance while also ensuring that they are receiving proper dance technique. Her goals are to share her love of dance with younger generations of dancers and to be a positive role model and mentor to her students.

Sarah L

Classes: Ballet

Sarah is and will always be a student of all things related to movement. Currently, she has 12 years of dance education with a bachelors degree from Columbia College Chicago and 6 years of yoga education with a certification through Amber Daniel Cook. She is working to continue her higher education in physiotherapies and psychotherapies to eventually cultivate a private practice as well as a community building service.

For the last four years, Sarah has worked with children and adults instructing or coaching dance, yoga, swimming, and rock climbing. She has an enormous amount of gratitude for each and every student, colleague, and teacher along the way. She approaches her classes with a compassionate awareness and applies the science of movements to improve her student’s compassionate awareness with their bodies.

In her time outside of moving, she‘s learning about astrology, history, morbid curiosities, and music of all kinds. She looks forward to sharing a movement practice with you and would love to know which movements allow you to feel most empowered.

Jessie Wison

Classes: Ballet

Jessie began dancing at the age of three at Debbie's Dance Dimensions. In high school she took part in the school's dance company as well as many musicals. She has her BFA in musical theater from Western Illinois University, where she also learned new styles of dance and took part in her college's dance company. She has four years of teaching experience from various studios since graduation. She is currently completing her certification in both Barre and Yoga instruction. She feels strongly about teaching students to love to move as well as creating good people. She also hopes to build an environment where students feel confident, challenged, and accepted.