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Our Teachers

Brittney Sisson Moreno

Brittney has been with Maciolek School of Dance since 1995. She has 20 years dance training, choreography and experience. In 2008 she was a part of the Irish team that performed for Disney World Orlando, Florida. She has now been teaching for Maciolek for six years and handles the Jazz and Hip Hop program. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Graduating from Hobbs high School in 2009, she was a member of SkillsUSA New Mexico and held state office positions in both Secondary and Post-Secondary levels. She represented Hobbs during the Santa Fe Round House high school days and shadowed Carol H. Level two years in a row. She is now currently an active member of SkillsUSA Alumni. Other programs she has been, or still, apart of are: The Red Cross Relief Team, Habitat for Humanity and MyPower.

Brittney has taken various continuing education dance classes outside of our studio as well. To name a few: Dance teacher Web Live conference in Las Vegas, Nevada; Dance Life retreat Center in Norton, Massachusetts: Two years of Dance Life Conference in Phoenix, Arizona; and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, New York. Ha has also taken classes within our studio from Joffrey Ballet teacher Matthew Morales.

She is happily married to Jesse Moreno, and soon they will be expecting a little Ballerina of their own. She attends church at ChooseLife Church here in Hobbs, and looks forward to the new dance year.

“Jazz and Hip Hop are the most vibrant and cultural art forms you’ll ever come across. Respect that,” -DAU

Janey Roan

Janey Roan trained with Karen Salb at Maciolek School of Dance throughout her childhood and later went on to graduate from Texas Tech University with a BA in Advertising and a BA in Dance with a ballet focus.  After graduation, she taught ballet in Lafayette, Louisiana as the assistant director of The Ballet Studio and Manager of LEAP ‘N LEARN, a program that provides dance teachers with numerous products, syllabi, and training for early childhood dance programs. With LEAP ‘N LEARN,  she helped to develop teacher training programs, an early childhood dance syllabus, DANCEcamps and other dance teacher training tools.  She also studied ballet at the University of the Arts, American Academy of Ballet, The International Ballet Competition Teacher’s Workshop, Finis Jhung Teacher’s Workshops, DanceLife Teacher Conferences, the Leading Edge Dance Workshop and at numerous master classes.  Janey’s performance credits include Ballet Acadiana, the Willis Ballet, King’s Court Dancer with the Lubbock Cotton Kings, as well as multiple Texas Tech Productions such as Coppelia, Giselle, and Khoreographer’s Kick.

Mika Newey

Mika Newey is one of our tap teachers and is the instructor of the studio’s three Irish tap teams. She is a Hobbs native who grew up in the Maciolek School of Dance program. She studied dance with Miss Karen from age four through high school graduation. Mika has taught dance for fourteen years and has thirty-nine years of dance training, choreography and experience. She attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she earned a degree in Music Education. She has taught band and music for twenty-one years. Mika is currently principal clarinetist with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. She is the instructor of the Hobbs High School Colorguard and teaches private band instrument lessons. Mika also teaches dance workshops at various elementary schools, including Booker T. Washington and Stone Elementary. She has received the Joe and Joyce Walker award for music and dance, given through the Lea County Commission for the Arts. Mika is active in community events and coordinates music for her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is married to Paul and has four children.

Alexis Morales

Alexis Morales has been a part of Maciolek School of Dance since 2002 as a student, 2015 as a junior instructor, and will be a teacher this upcoming year. She has assisted in all three hip-hop classes for two years. This year she will be teaching fourth-grade hip hop and continue helping in 5th-6th-grade hip-hop and advanced hip-hop, as well as advanced jazz and teaching pre-kindergarten tap. Alexis has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Irish tap, and musical theatre at Maciolek. Graduated in 2015, she received a scholarship from the studio through audition and now attends the NMJC here in Hobbs, NM pursuing her Associates Degree and aspires to become a social worker or child psychologist. Alexis is also the director of the St. Helena Catholic Church youth choir and a member of the Broken Wing praise band.

Sarah Driskill

Sarah began dancing for the Maciolek School of Dance when she was 4 years old. She takes ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and hip-hop. She is also part of the Elite Irish tap team. This year she is teaching 1st grade tap as well and 7th and 8th grade tap. She has also danced with Joffrey Ballet School for a summer intensive program. She is a senior at Hobbs High School and looks forward to what this year has to offer. She can’t wait to teach and spread her joy of dance to all of the young dancers.

Chloe Cecil

Hello, my name is Chloe Cecil. I am 18 years old and a senior at Hobbs High School. I am part of the Early College High School program that allows me to take classes at NMJC and graduate high school with my Associates of Arts degree, as well as my high school diploma. I am ranked number 7 in my class of 651 students and take great pride in my school career. I am a member of National Honor Society and Student Council. I have been dancing with Maciolek School of Dance for 15 years, taking all classes available to me including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and Irish tap, as well as teaching for two years. I have enjoyed the numerous master teachers that have come into the studio to teach classes, including ones from the Joffrey Ballet School Summer intensive auditions. I have been accepted to Joffrey for both ballet and jazz two times. I am so excited to spread my love of dance and our studio to so many young dancers!

Abigail Granath

I began dancing for Karen Salb at Maciolek School of Dance when I was 3 years old. I am studying tap, ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz and hip hop. I have performed with the Maciolek hip hop team in various community and charity events. In 2015, I was one of five students from the studio to successfully audition for and attend the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive program. In 2016, I attended her second summer intensive at Joffrey – Dallas, in advanced jazz and contemporary dance.

I am a senior at Veritas Classical Christian Academy and I also attend the New Mexico Junior College through the early college program. This will be my second year as an assistant teacher. I love to dance and I’m so excited to be an assistant teacher this year!

Holly Lindley

I am a senior at Hobbs High School, and currently enrolled in the Early College Program at the New Mexico Junior College, and an active member of the Student Council. I was listed on the Vice Presidents’ Honor Roll List for the fall 2016 semester, and the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester. I have danced with the Maciolek School of Dance since age three, for fourteen years. I have been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Irish Tap. I am also on the Elite Irish Tap Team. I was accepted and attended the Joffrey Denver Summer Ballet Intensive in 2016. I also attended the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and took a class in Ballet and Contemporary, and was accepted as one of the Joffrey Ballet School Trainees. This past spring I was one of 6 dancers chosen to travel with Miss Karen to Washington, DC and study privately with Tom Alexander, Hillary Tone and Nicholas Batatsinko. I look forward to assisting in dance this year, so that I can share my passion for all forms of dance and performance.

Brooke Langham

I am a Senior at Seminole High School. I have been with Maciolek School of Dance since I was 3 years old. I take ballet, tap, jazz and part of the Elite Irish Team. I have been accepted and attended, the Joffery Ballet School Summer Intensive 2016, in Dallas, Texas. I hope to have a wonderful time teaching 6th grade ballet and tap and share my experience here at Maciolek School of Dance.

Faith Martin

I am a 16 year old Homeschooled Junior. This is my 11th year dancing at Maciolek. I take Ballet, Tao and Jazz. I am also on the Advanced Irish Tap Team and the Elite Irish Team. In addition to dance, I take Karate classes and volunteer at the WHI Hobbs Backpack Program.
This year, I am assistant teaching 3 year old Tap on Tuesday mornings and 5th and 6th grade Irish Tap on Thursday evenings. Dance is one of my passions and I am so excited I get to experience teaching it this year.