Faculty

 


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Nicole Onuszkanycz – Owner/Director/Instructor

Nicole began her ballet training under Loyd B. Tygett, Keren Gibb Hilliard, and David Herriott with Community Ballet (now Huntsville Ballet) in Huntsville. She also received instruction from well-known master teachers such as Shamil Yugudin (formerly of Bolshoi Ballet) and Mira Popovich (Birmingham Southern College). Nicole has danced leading roles with the Huntsville Ballet in their productions of “The Nutcracker”,” Romeo and Juliet”, “Les Sylphides”, “Les Patineurs”, and “La Bayadere”. She received a Wings Award for her performance as “The Sugar Plum Fairy” in “The Nutcracker.” Nicole was previously the Ballet Director of Dancers Inc. in Decatur where she designed the levels and wrote the syllabus for their ballet program as well as developed, directed, choreographed and danced in their production of “The Nutcracker”. While at Dancers Inc., Nicole choreographed for their competition teams receiving several “Best Choreography” awards. Most recently, Nicole developed, choreographed, and directed “Narnia, A Holiday Ballet” for Steps of Faith Performing Arts Center where she has taught for several years. Nicole’s students have been selected by audition to participate in many prestigious summer intensives and year round programs at American Ballet Theater, Dance Revolution, Ballet Magnificat, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet and Alabama School of Fine Arts. Nicole has taught throughout the North Alabama and Atlanta area and has choreographed for several church productions. Nicole’s vision for her students is to facilitate the best technical training possible, to reach their full potential as a dance artist and to see them use that art to bless their community and to glorify the Lord!


Madeline Bohlinger – Instructor

Maddie started learning ballet when she was three years old and was trained by Keren Gibb Hilliard, and David Herriott, at Alabama Youth Ballet Theater. She has trained under Nicole Onuszkanycz at Adonai School of Ballet and Fine Arts since 2016. She has been a part of ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Stars and Stripes, and Paquita. Maddie has attended several different events such as Project Dance, Dance Revolution, Living Christmas Tree, and Ballet Magnificat’s summer dance intensive. She has had the privilege of helping teach a workshop for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntsville called Dream Kids Camp, and has enjoyed assisting in a Special Needs Ballet Class since 2019. Maddie has participated in the Assemblies of God Fine Arts Competition and has won first place in the category of Worship Dance Solo at the State level in 2021 and 2022. She has been teaching at Impulse Dance Center for one year and was previously a substitute teacher there. She has taught a Beginner Acro/Creative movement class and a Ballet 1 Advanced class. Maddie loves teaching and sharing what she knows. She likes to make learning a fun experience and enjoys watching her students grow. She has a heart for worship and using dance as a way to glorify the Lord and make His name known.


Catherine Hampton – Instructor

A native of Huntsville, Catherine received her dance training at Community Ballet School, and, later, Huntsville Ballet under the direction of Rachel Butler (PA Ballet, PNB) and Philip Otto (NYCB, PNB). She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Belhaven University where she had the privilege of training under teachers such as Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon (Royal Ballet), Caleb Mitchell (Houston Ballet) and Laura Morton (Milwaukee Ballet, Houston Ballet School Faculty), among others. While at Belhaven, she developed her teaching style and approach to the classroom through courses like Dance Pedagogy, Composition, and Modern Teaching Methods, and through practical teaching experience in the summers with Huntsville Ballet. She believes that dance and movement should be fun and were created to be enjoyed–even through various challenges and adversity, and that the human body is a powerful tool of expression and worship uniquely designed by a Loving God to glorify Himself. Over the years, Catherine has taught Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Creative Dance and Improvisation to students of all ages in Jackson, MS; Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa; Nashville, TN; Franklin, TN, and Huntsville, AL. She is excited to be among the awesome faculty at Adonai, and continue teaching the incredible students here.


Jennifer Humphrey – Instructor

Jennifer Humphrey began dancing at the age of 10 at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California where she was trained in ballet and pointe. Through high school she took a break from dance to focus on competitive swimming and marching band until she rekindled her love for dance while at Tulane University where she danced for two semesters under Alice Pascal Escher and Barbara Hayley. Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree from Tulane with a triple major in French, Classics, and Medieval Studies.  Jennifer and her husband Curtis have three sons, Zachary, Daniel, and Eli. In 2011, a few months before their third son, Eli, came into the world, Jennifer began volunteering as a VBS (Vacation Bible School) leader in their church, a role that she has reprised every summer since, working with children ages 2 through 2nd grade. Jennifer has found such joy in sharing the love of Jesus with preschoolers that she continues to work with them in various capacities including Sunday School teacher, Mission Friends teacher, AWANA Sparks Leader, Mission Friends Director, and a volunteer in the church nursery.  Jennifer began dancing with Adonai in 2015 when Zachary began his second year of dance and Eli began his first. The following year the rest of the family (including Curtis!) jumped in and they have been dancing together in the Family Tap class for three years. Jennifer continues her training in ballet, pointe, and tap and is excited to combine her love of dance and her joy of sharing Jesus in working with her students.


Whitney Huynh – Instructor

Whitney Huynh began her dance training at age 10 at Melodies Dance School in Madison, AL. She has studied ballet with Carrie Rothwell (Academy of Classic Arts), Huntsville Ballet, and Nicole Onuszkanycz. She has also attended and performed at Project Dance and Dance Revolution workshops. She has taught ballet, pointe, tap, and modern at both Melodies Dance School and Steps of Faith Performing Art Center before joining Adonai in 2014. Whitney holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and worked in missile defense prior to having her two children (Eleanor and Henry). She and her husband, Huy, are swing dancers (Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa), and have taught together in Huntsville, AL; Auburn, AL; and Rome, Italy. Regardless of the dance style, Whitney promotes a blend of technique and artistry. She loves teaching students of all ages by encouraging them to develop their abilities to the fullest and to use their talents to bless others and glorify God.


Emma Jahnke – Instructor

Emma was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She began dancing at the age of three at a local studio. Over her 14 years of dance, she has had training in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, and acro. Emma has taken classes under American Ballet theater’s principal dancer Skylar Brandt, Ballet West’s principal dancer Beckanne Sisk, Ballet 5:8’s artistic director Julianna Rubio Slager, as well as attending multiple workshops and intensives such as Dance Revolution, Project Dance, and Ballet Magnificat. Emma has had the wonderful opportunity to fulfill the roles of “Dopey” in Snow White, “Bluebird” in Creation Story, and “Stepsister” in Cinderella, as well as being a soloist in Paquita and a part of the corps in Swan Lake and Stars and Stripes. Emma has been a student at Adonai since the doors opened and became an “honorary company member” in 2018 and officially joined in 2019. Since then she has had many opportunities to spread the gospel through events such as First Baptist’s “Living Christmas Tree”, Calvary Assembly’s “Christmas Now and Then”, and multiple of Adonai’s “Night of Worship”. She enjoys watching students grow physically, spiritually, and mentally. She loves to see her students’ faces light up when they get to dance either in class or on stage. She strives to create a fun and safe space where students can learn how to worship while dancing.


Erin Johnson – Instructor

Erin began her dance training at age four at the Tolbert-Yilmaz School of Dance in Roswell, Georgia. Erin had an opportunity to dance in a church musical production at age 8, and has had a passion for worshiping the Lord through dance ever since. She continued her training with the Atlanta School of Ballet and Capital City Ballet, and had opportunities to perform with Atlanta Ballet and Chattanooga Ballet. She studied ballet and modern dance at Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts, and pursued degrees in dance and elementary education. Erin received a bachelor’s degree in elementary
education from the University of Georgia. She and husband Steve have three children: Matthew, Ryan, and Katie. She has taught both public and private school, ballet, tap, and worship dance, and enjoys using dance and sign language to participate with the praise team at The Grove Baptist Church.


Chelsea McClain – Instructor

Chelsea began her training at the age of seven at a local Huntsville dance studio and began extensive training in ballet at Huntsville Ballet school at the age of ten. During her time at Huntsville Ballet, she performed various roles with the Company in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. Chelsea had the opportunity to attend the Ballet Magnificat Summer Intensive and the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in New York. Chelsea looks forward to sharing her love of ballet with her students and leading them to worship Christ with their dancing.


Maria Mitchell – Instructor

Maria has danced for the past 12 years and has been instructed in ballet, pointe, modern, and tap. She began taking dance at Melodie’s Dance Studio when she was 5 years old. She also danced at Steps of Faith Performing Dance Arts for 1 year, where she first met and was taught by Nicole Onuszkanycz. She has been with Adonai since it opened and has had the honor of performing the “Raven” in Noah’s Ark, “Grumpy” in Snow White, in the corps of swans in Swan Lake, a duet in Stars and Stripes, and the “Step-mother” in Cinderella. Maria has enjoyed being part of the Adonai Dance Company since 2018. Through company, she has had the privilege of performing at Project Dance, The Living Christmas Tree, Dance Revolution, and more. Maria loves little kids and has had the opportunity to be an assistant for the past 5 years during classes as well as at summer camps. She has also had the blessing of helping with children in a special needs class. Maria is thankful to be a part of Adonai and is thrilled to be a teacher there!


Elizabeth Smith – Instructor

Elizabeth began dancing when she was 7-years-old at her small town ballet studio in Tennessee. When her family relocated in 2014, she began dancing at Adonai School of Ballet. She has learned multiple styles of dance, but she focuses on classical ballet. Elizabeth has participated in several dance workshops including Ballet Magnificat weekend intensives. Elizabeth has performed in the roles of a “Big Swan” in Swan Lake, a soloist in Stars and Stripes, the “Evil Stepmother” in Cinderella, and a soloist in Paquita. Elizabeth has also had the blessing of using her gift of dance in homeschool performances. Elizabeth has been a ballet teacher assistant since she was 10-years-old and is excited to continue to share her love of dance as a ballet teacher. As a teacher at Adonai, Elizabeth strives to share with her students what that she has learned over her years of dancing as she exemplifies Christ.


Hannah Swanner – Instructor

Hannah began dancing at age 3 with In His Courts Dance Studio. At 10 she began more intensive training at Steps of Faith Performing Arts Center. She has extensive training in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and tribal. She began assisting in and teaching classes at age of thirteen. She has performed, competed and received high honors in competitions and has participated in master classes with Dance Educators of America, Dance Revolution and Panoply Arts Festival and An Evening of Dance. She has performed in Adonai’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” as Aurora and in productions of “Narnia” as Peter Pevensie and Jadis, the White Witch. Hannah has received instruction from well known Master Teachers such as Gary Taylor, founderand artistic director of Winston Salem Festival Ballet, Marc Wayne, musical theater dance instructor and producer at Marc Wayne Productions and staff with Dance Revolution. Hannah is a Huntsville native and loves teaching and encouraging students of all ages to use their abilities to fully praise the Lord.


Katherine Tharp – Instructor

Katherine is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. She currently works for Music Therapy Milestones as a contract music therapist in the Huntsville/Madison area. She loves working in early childhood and serves individuals of all ages including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and dementia. Katherine has loved assisting the special needs, preschool, and pre-ballet classes at Adonai for the past three years and is thrilled to lead and teach this year! Adonai has been such a blessing in providing her a positive environment to learn and grow as both a teacher and dancer. When she isn’t dancing, Katherine provides private, group, and adapted music lessons for the guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele at Adonai. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys singing, performing and assisting with community theatre, exploring Huntsville’s music and arts scene, and visiting local coffee shops!


Eva Thompson – Instructor

Eva began her dance training at the age of four at North Alabama Dance Center (NADC) in Madison, AL. During the thirteen years that she trained there, she received her primary instruction from Barbara Ellen Smartt, Melony League, and Jennifer Bernhard in the disciplines of ballet, pointe, tap, modern, and jazz. She also had the opportunity to perform multiple roles in Pointe Station’s original ballet Noah and was a junior company member for the 2003-2004 season. Eva also attended Pointe Station’s summer intensive for many years. In 2006 and 2007, Eva had the opportunity to attend Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Dance Intensive, where she received training from Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri Voborsky, and other company members. After high school, she continued her dance training with The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she received pre-professional training from Sarah Barry, Cornelius Carter, Qianping Guo, and Rita Snyder. Eva graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Physics in 2012. Eva has been teaching at Adonai since 2015. She loves sharing her passion for dance with others, and she encourages each of her students to train with excellence and for the glory of the Lord. Eva is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


SaraBeth White – Instructor

SaraBeth’s love for dance began at Melodies Dance School as a preschooler. She took ballet, tap, and modern classes there for six years. SaraBeth began taking classes at Adonai in 2015. In her time at Adonai, she has taken ballet, pointe, modern, worship, and tap classes. She has enjoyed assisting several teachers at Adonai over the last four years, and she is so excited to teach her own classes! SaraBeth hopes to be a light to her students and encourage them to glorify God in everything they do.


Betsy Wilson – Instructor

Betsy began her dance training in ballet at the age of 9. She has been a student at Adonai School of Ballet since 2015 and is so excited to begin teaching as well. Over the years, Betsy  has gained experience in various forms of dance including Ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and tap. In addition, she has also taken on roles in several ballets such as Swan Lake, stars and stripes, Cinderella and Paquita. Betsy has also participated in a selection of intensives and workshops like Project Dance, Dance Revolution, Living Christmas Tree and Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive. Alongside being trained under Nicole Onuszkanycz, Betsy has taken masterclasses from instructors such as David Harriott of Alabama Youth Ballet and Skyler Brant of American Ballet Theatre. Among her years at Adonai school of Ballet, Betsy has also been part of Adonai’s company since 2018, through which she has had the wonderful opportunity to minister and spread the gospel alongside other members of Adonai. Betsy loves to share the gospel through dance and help others use their gifts and talents to bring glory to Christ. She can’t wait to begin teaching and sharing her love of dance and Jesus with the next generation of new dancers.