Meet Our Staff

All of our instructors danced their way through college and we’re proud to have each of them dazzle our students. Meet them here online and then drop by our studio to meet them in person.

 

Suzanne Olsson-Clover

Ms. Suzanne has been dancing her way through life since the age of 5.  Dance lessons were incentive enough for her to ensure that she delivered straight As all the way through school.  During college, she was crowned Ms. Stanislaus County and went on to compete in the Miss California Pageant. It was at the state level that she won the Miss California Special Talent Award for singing, and was named Miss Congeniality.

When it was time to decide what to do after high school, she wanted to study dance in college.  Fortunately, her parents view for college was that she follow her passion.  So, she earned a degree in dance from UC Irvine.

Her father was the inspiration for her in opening her own studio.  While he passed away,  three months before she opened the doors, the studio still has his influence today.

Ms. Suzanne was raised to know there are no limits to what you can do.  That's the way she and her husband raised their twin children.  And, that’s the philosophy she uses at the dance studio as well.


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Meghan Cole

Ms. Meghan started dancing at the young age of 3 and has been dancing ever since. She is a Suzanne's Dance Factory Alumni.  She began dancing and dazzling with Suzanne over 20 years ago and has been teaching  for Suzanne the past 7 years. Meghan danced all 4 years on her high school dance team and later coached for 8 years leading several teams to becoming National Champions. She then went on to further her career in dance at Cal State Fullerton where she graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance and a Minor in Kinesiology. After graduating Meghan continued her career in dance education by working on her teaching credential in Physical Education with a emphasis in dance which she will be receiving this upcoming May. She is excited to spend the rest of her life teaching and sharing her love for dance with her students.


Jessica Dunn

Ms. Jessica grew up in the tiny town of Tehachapi CA. She trained with Texas Ballet Theatre, Anaheim Ballet, and Antelope Valley Ballet before She left to further her studies in anatomy, choreography, improvisation, ballet, modern, and jazz at CSU Long Beach. Jessica graduated with her BFA in the department of Dance in 2013. She has since worked and performed with Invertigo Dance Theatre, Kybele Dance Theater, and Anaheim Ballet in the Los Angeles and Orange county areas while teaching and passing on her love and knowledge of dance to her students.

 


Joy Girard

Ms. Joy began her dancing career at age 4 at Suzanne’s Dance Factory. She received the Dancer of the Year award and was a member of their nationally ranked competition team. She also studied dance at the renowned Orange County High School of the Arts and was part of their performance group, Montage. She has studied Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Ballet/Pointe, and Modern. Joy travelled the world while performing aboard Holland America Line cruise ships ms Veendam and ms Statendam. She has also been a member of Tapped In directed by Tyler Knowlin, and MVP Dance Company directed by Michael Van Patten. Currently she can be seen dancing and singing in Cirque Magique and Teatro Martini in Buena Park, CA. Joy has been teaching since 2009 and is thrilled to share her passion for dance with her students!


Nicole Hill

Ms. Nicole is a former Artistic Director, Soloist National Champion, and has been a competitive dance instructor for over 18 years.   As an instructor, many of her students have been accepted into prestigious dance companies and have been awarded scholarships into several nationally celebrated dance programs.  She has won top honors for her unique and technically challenging choreography at top rated dance competitions.  Nicole has toured the country as a lead choreography assistant and as a lead performer with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan while under full scholarship with Joe Tremaine, The Edge, and Urban Jamm.  Nicole, as scholarship recipient, attended The University of Michigan and majored in dance.  Most recently Nicole has become a 200 RYT Yoga, Mat Pilates, Barre, Circuit, Zumba and TRX instructor with well over 300 hours of education.  Along with her professional credits as a dancer and fitness instructor, she was a professional model in print and film.  


Kaila Holford

Ms. Kaila began her dance training at the age of four with Everybody Can Dance. She studied ballet/ pointe at several prestigious summer intensive programs including: LINES Ballet, Jeoffrey Ballet, and  State Street Ballet. She competed in tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical styles with Dellos Performing Arts Center.  In 2010, she was invited with other members from Dellos Preforming Arts to perform for a peace benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. She received her BFA in dance performance at UCI. She has a huge passion for travel and has taught students internationally in Panama City, and Brisbane, Australia. Kaila is thrilled to be sharing her passion for dance with the students at Suzanne's Dance Factory.


Angie Paniagua

Ms. Angie started her dance training at the age of 5 at Suzanne's Dance Factory. In high school, she was accepted in to San Juan Hills Dance Production program and later received a scholarship honoring her achievements in choreography. She has trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, and pointe. Angie is currently teaching at San Juan Hills High School as a guest choreographer for bi-annual dance concerts and summer dance intensives, as well as teaching at Suzanne's Dance Factory. Angie finds inspiration in her students, and strives to help them discover beauty in the art of dance. 


Zandra Tamayo

Ms. Zandra has been involved in the dance world since the age of 5 training at various studios in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Scottish Highland. Zandra was awarded the Governor’s Medallion as a California Art Scholar in 2009 and 2010 after completing two training programs at CalArts. She continued her love of dance by following an academic path at CSU Long Beach obtaining a BA in Dance Science with Honors and as a Dance Science Scholar Recipient. At CSULB, she was part of the Spirit Teams as the university's Mascot. Along with being Mascot at CSULB she was the United States Olympic Volleyball Mascot. Zandra has danced professionally for the MASL and NFL. Here is where Zandra has had the opportunity to dance internationally and with recording artists Bebe Rexha and Craig David. Zandra loves sharing her passion for dance and BASI Pilates with her students.