Director & Faculty

Dance Faculty

Jenni Nettleton, Markell School of Dance Director


Jenni Nettleton is an accomplished dancer who also has experience in choreography. She has choreographed for Project: Motion, the modern dance collective which she is a member, and Germantown Community Theatre. As a professional dancer with Project: Motion, she rehearses and performs regularly with other members and guest artists of note. Jenni’s other passion is theatre. She is currently in the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Memphis. Focusing on Modern and Contemporary Drama, Jenni is working on her dissertation on plays and performances that portray characters with physical disabilities. While studying for her doctorate, she has taught Introduction to Theatre and Introduction to Dance courses for the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Memphis. Prior to joining the MJCC staff, Jenni worked for the Germantown Community Theatre as their Community Relations Coordinator and Box Office Manager. She looks forward to using her skills as a dancer, educator, and administrator for this position as the new director of the Markell School of Dance.

“I believe that every person should have an opportunity to learn to dance. Being a dancer isn’t just about being technically proficient; it’s also about being a role model, an advocate for dance, and, above all, a respectful person in and out of the classroom.” ~Jenni


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Evan Hewer has danced professionally for both San Francisco Ballet and Ballet Memphis and has trained at many leading schools including Houston Ballet Academy, School of Ballet Chicago, and San Francisco Ballet School. He has performed works by George Balanchine, Julia Adam, Trey McIntyre, August Bournonville, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Kenneth Macmillan, Michael Fokine, and Helgi Tomasson to name a few. Evan was selected to perform at the Assemble International for National Ballet of Canada School’s 50th Anniversary in 2009 and was also selected to perform in Monte-Carlo, Monaco at the Tremplin Jeune Ballet Festival in 2010. In 2009, Evan participated in a teacher training seminar taught by San Francisco Ballet Trainee Program Director Jean-Yves Esquerre.

“I believe that every student should have access to dance instruction that can help them achieve whatever they want with their dance.” ~Evan


Debra Wexler, Ballet II & III, the Ballet V Pointe Prep class, and Company Ballet.

Debra began her early training at the Buffalo Ballet Center. Being in close proximity to New York, she studied at Harkness Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Joffrey Ballet. At the age of 17, Debra was asked to join the Joffrey II Ballet. She was later accepted into the Maryland Ballet in Baltimore. Over the next ten years, she worked her way up from corps de ballet, soloist, then to principle dancer. Debra then began a family and transitioned into an instructional dance career. Debra taught at The Maryland Ballet school, the Baltimore School for the Arts and, when she and her family moved to Memphis, the Tennessee Ballet Company. Debra opened Germantown Academy of Ballet then later, Cordova Academy of Ballet and has taught children and pre-professional for the last twenty-six years. She was most recently the ballet instructor and part-owner of Plié, Pump, and Palette.

“The world of dance opens a whole new world to those who experience it.” ~Debra


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Carmen Savage is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Carmen is a dancer and choreographer for Subculture Royalty Dance Company as well as a dancer for the Memphis Grizzlies GritGrind Squad. She has been dancing professionally for four years and she has been teaching dance for three years. Carmen is also a student at the University of Memphis pursuing a degree in Exercise Sports Science.


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Sarah Bolton has a BFA in dance from Belhaven University. She received her early training in classical ballet and modern dance from Gilbert Reed and Theresa Slobodnik in San Luis Obispo, California, and has performed with several professional dance companies, including Gilbert Reed Ballet, Entourage!, Performance Art Network, and Project: Motion. Sarah has taught ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and musical theatre to students from ages 5-18 for the past 6 years.

“‘Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.’ These powerful words by renowned dancer, choreographer and ballet instructor, George Balanchine, remind me why I dance and why I love to teach dance to others.” ~Sarah

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