My name is Sydney Smedley and after dancing for the last 20 years and teaching for 9, I, with a lot of support have begun my dream of teaching dance. I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy and love dance as much as I do and I hope to share that love.
I studied mostly jazz and some ballroom while growing up in the Rogue Valley. I then, continued to study dance at BYU-Idaho where I became confident in teaching jazz, hip hop, ballroom, clogging, and contemporary. Some of my biggest accomplishments in dance are becoming the Collegiate Contemporary Team Director and competing at Stanford University with the Idaho Ballroom Academy.
Simply put... I LOVE to dance.
Hello everyone! My name is Meghan Brandow and I love teaching at Panache Dance Co! I began teaching when I was in 8th grade, at the same studio I was training at myself, and my love for teaching took off from there! Prior to moving to Medford from Portland, in June of 2016, I had taught for a studio for 7 years, as well as coached a competitive team for 3 of those years. Teaching dance is now my greatest love. There is nothing more rewarding to see kids have a sparkle in their eye and to be able to push and help them achieve their goals and dreams. My biggest hope as a teacher is not only to put the love of dance into my students hearts, but that they walk away from each class feeling like a better person.
My passion for dance began around age 8, in my bedroom, choreographing to my favorite singers, but it really sparked when I started dancing for a performing team at a studio. We were trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. My biggest love being hip hop and jazz. After dancing with them through middle school, I was on Southridge High School's dance team for 4 years. I started college at SOU and choreographed for their team until I transferred to PSU and danced for their cheer and dance team for 2 years.
I look forward to meeting everyone and hope your dancer enjoys their class!
I am 16 years old and a Junior at South Medford High School! I have been dancing with Panache my whole dance career, 6 years, and this is my first year teaching! I am captain of the SMHS Dance Team, we perform at SMHS sporting events, assemblies, and competitions; as of 2018 we have won one competition and placed in three. I am anxious to perform with Panache Elite team this upcoming spring.
My goal as a teacher is to encourage kids to be themselves and to love who they are! I also want to connect with them, be a friend and someone they know is silently cheering them on in all aspects of their life. Teaching and dancing at Panache is the highlight of my week; it is a place I can freely express my goofy self and have fun!
Brittany Bockhorn is a former student at The King Centre for The Performing Arts in Wanaque, NJ and alumni of the American Youth Dance Company. She performed in the 2011 New Year’s Day Parade in London with the Universal Cheering Association while attending Lakeland Regional High School. She was Mouse Queen, Chinese Lead, Clowns Lead, and Russian lead in the AYDC’s rendition of The Nutcracker. She also performed at Madison Square Garden in
for “Can You Keep the Rhythm”, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for “Dance Jam”, at County College of Morris, and was invited to perform at ACDFA. She looks forward to working with the students at Panache Dance Co. and has a passion for learning new skills and styles of dance.
My name is Britni Williams, and I am excited to be teaching at Panache. I have danced since I was a little girl and have loved it all my life. During High School I was on a competitive dance team competing in mostly Tap and Jazz. After High school I went and got a degree in Preschool Education and in Recreation Management Youth Leadership. I have taught preschool for 4 years and have been a stay at home mom ever since while subbing at the dance studio. I love teaching dance and watching as each student grows and finds joy in who they are and what they enjoy. I can’t wait to meet the dancers and their families and I am so grateful for this chance to teach at Panache!