WHO WE ARE
Jansen Dance Project was founded in 2003 and is providing highest quality dance and musical theatre training, serving the New Tampa, Wesley Chapel communities and beyond. Led by Kristen and Troy Jansen, the Jansen Dance Project features the best faculty in the Tampa Bay Area.
TROY JANSEN – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Troy began his training when he was six under the tutelage of Camille Sanfilippo at the Westbury Academy of Dance in Westbury, NY. Professionally he has performed with the Bay Area Dance Co.(director), Columbus Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Sound F/X Tap Co. (director), Florida Orchestra,Tampa Bay Master Choral, BalletMet Columbus, JazzMet Dance Company, Opera Columbus, the Pan American Games, and with the late-great Frank Sinatra and theYvonne Parente Theatre Company.
Mr. Jansen has choreographed for the JazzMet Dance Company, the Southeast Chapter of AAA, Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, the Chocolate Nutcracker, and various musicals, including Anything Goes, Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof, The Music Man, Oliver, and Once Upon A Mattress for Kent State University. Most recently, Mr. Jansen has choreographed for the JDP’s Nutcracker and for his original-copyrighted contemporary production entitled “Goin’ Nuts!”.
Mr. Jansen has been invited to teach and choreograph at numerous schools, universities and dance organizations around the country. Mr. Jansen created and was director of BalletMet’s tap program in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Mr. Jansen has an Associate In Arts Degree from Nassau Community College in New York and has been an adjunct faculty member at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio; the University of South Florida; Youngstown State University. Currently, Mr. Jansen is the Artistic Director of the JDP, Executive Director of the Collective Soles Arts Group and an adjunct faculty member of Florida Southern College.
KRISTEN JANSEN – EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Kristen was born into dance, growing up under the guidance of her teacher and mother, Joan Seitz. She continued her studies at The Ohio State University and BalletMet Columbus, while simultaneously pursuing and receiving a B.S. degree in Pharmacy. As a professional dancer, Ms. Jansen was a founding member of the JazzMet Dance Company and Sound F/X Tap Co., and performed with BalletMet Columbus, as well as, Opera Columbus.
An accomplished jazz and ballet instructor, Ms. Jansen has been invited to teach at numerous conventions and dance festivals around the country, such as, Dansummer in Crested Butte, Colorado and at the Columbus Dance Theatre Ballet Intensive in Ohio. Most recently, Ms. Jansen has been a guest artist at the Atlanta Ballet Summer Dance Intensive. In addition to her many accomplishments as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ms. Jansen was inducted in 2007 to the Lakeview, Ohio High School Hall of Fame for her Achievements in Track.
Ms. Jansen and her husband Troy, have three beautiful children, Julia, Jacqueline and Jon, who are their greatest inspiration.
DELLA RUTH MARSAN – ASSISTANT FACULTY DIRECTOR; DANCE & MUSICAL THEATRE FACULTY
Della Marsan is in her tenth season at Jansen Dance Project where she enjoys teaching Dance and Musical Theatre to students of all ages. Della is currently a dancer in Collective Soles Dance, and she previously spent two seasons at Columbus Dance Theatre under the direction of Tim Veach. Della received her training at BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio and American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. She has been delighted to perform in numerous contemporary and classical works and work with choreographers such as Troy and Kristen Jansen, Juan Rodriguez, Merry Lynn Morris, Tim Veach, Kennet Oberly, April Berry and Stella Kane. Della has also danced with Shoes At The Door modern dance company and is a featured dancer in the Collective Soles Arts Group annual productions of Goin’ Nuts! and the Nutcracker.
AUDREY RICHTER – COLLECTIVE SOLES YOUTH ENSEMBLE DIRECTOR; DANCE FACULTY
Audrey Richter has been teaching dance to students of all levels throughout Central Florida and is in her fifth season as an instructor at the Jansen Dance Project. She is also a dancer in Collective Soles Dance Company, and the director of Collective Soles Youth Ensemble. Audrey graduated from the University of South Florida with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time at USF, Audrey danced in numerous faculty pieces as well as works by guest choreographers, Claudia Lavista and Rick McCullough. Audrey also performed in the USF recreation of Bill T. Jones’ Serenade/ The Proposition, Talley Beatty’s Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot and as “The Chosen One” in Doug Varone’s Sacre du Printemps. She has studied and performed internationally in Paris, France; Tunisia, Africa and Montreal, Canada. Audrey has danced professionally with DRIP of Orlando, Florida, and Adin & Ferguson Dance Theatre.
KATHLEEN REILLY-REAU – BALLET FACULTY
ELIZABETH EVANS-FAUST – MUSICAL THEATRE FACULTY
ALEXA ROBERTS – MUSICAL THEATRE & DANCE FACULTY