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Our Faculty
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MDC Faculty

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Landry Breaux

Company Director

Jazz, Contemporary, Leaps & Turns, and Ballet Instructor

Landry Breaux began dancing at the age of 3 in Dallas, Texas. After moving to Riverside, California at the age of 8, Landry danced at the studio Kristi’s Forever Dancin’ for 7 years. After relocating to Irvine, California, Landry danced at West Coast School of the Arts for 4 years. While at West Coast, Landry also became an instructor, teaching jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and ballet classes. Currently, Landry is a fourth-year team member on UCSB’s dance team and a third-year treasurer for the team.

In the studio, Landry was trained in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, and tap. Landry has won various awards as a soloist and group performer during her competitive seasons. She has placed in the Top 10 at Showstoppers Nationals during her high school years, won Regional Miss Dance at KAR, placed in Top 5 at Hall of Fame, placed Top 3 at Mark of Excellence, Top 5 at KAR nationals, and much more. Along with placements, Landry has been fortunate enough to work with many esteemed choreographers and teachers, such as Paula Kessinger, Ray Leeper, Stacey Tookey, Chalatorn Ujamras, Cooper Zamorano, Marguerite Derricks, and Lex Ishimoto.

During middle school, Landry had her first experience as captain for her dance team. Landry was undefeated in her 8th-grade year for her lyrical solo titled “Uneven Odds”. In high school, Landry was a member of the Beckman High School dance team. Landry received the highest solo score on the team for all four years, and was the first dancer at Beckman to win at a regional event and place at USA Nationals. During her senior year, Landry was crowned 2019 Solo Champion at USA Nationals for a solo choreographed by Zack Falk. Landry hopes to continue dancing outside of college and is excited to be able to teach at Momentum Dance Company.

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Christina Crocker

Social Media Manager

TWIRL, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, & Jazz Instructor

Christina Crocker (Nina) has been dancing since the age of 3, and competing since the age of 6. She spent a majority of her youth training at Corona Dance Academy located in Corona, California. Later moving to Avi’s Dance Project under the direction of Aviana Sanchez in Corona, California. 

 

At Corona Dance Academy, she was heavily versed in the genre of ballet as she competed in the highly accredited competition known as Youth America Grand Prix, traveling to New York as a finalist. She also spent summers training at intensives such as Maple Ballet conservatory and American Ballet Theater. 

 

At Avi’s Dance Project, she trained in all styles of dance as well as competed at competitions and conventions. In her time at Avi’s Dance Project, she was awarded as Miss Dance America in both 2019 and 2021 by KAR at nationals. She began teaching at Avi’s during her senior year of high school where she gained experience working with students in the styles of ballet and jazz. 

 

Christina attended Santiago High School located in Corona, California where she was a proud 4 year member of the dance team. She was chosen to be captain for both her junior and senior year where she choreographed several halftime performances. She also competed with her team at West Coast Elite dance where she was asked to come back as an apprentice, and now holds a position as an employee. 

 

Currently, Christina is a proud member of the UCSB dance team. Traveling with her team to compete in Florida at UDA Nationals, they were recognized in the D1 category by taking home 4th in pom finals and is looking forward to this upcoming year. Christina is beyond thrilled she gets the opportunity to work for Momentum Dance Company and is loving her time here already! She thanks everyone for welcoming her and can't wait to continue this amazing year!

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Betsy Woyach

Owner/Studio Director

Hip Hop, Tap, Acro Instructor

A dancer, choreographer and master instructor for over 20 years, Betsy,  is fulfilling her lifelong dream in creating Momentum Dance Company.  She has trained and competed nationally and internationally in the United States and Canada since the age of 11. She began her dance training in Milwaukee, WI and her competitive career in Oakville, Ontario. 

The past 10 years of owning and directing MDC, Betsy has been able to apply all of her training and experience in the dance industry. She continues to train in teaching and choreography to provide the highest level of dance education to dancers in Santa Barbara. Betsy believes every dancer in Santa Barbara deserves a  safe place to feel a sense of belonging and freedom to express themselves through dance. We dance because it creates joy and that is the entire drive behind Betsy creating MDC!

Learn More About Our Founder

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Mackenzie Groty

Front Desk Reception

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Leaps & Turns Instructor

Mackenzie (MG) has been dancing since she was 3 years old and began competing when she was 4. She spent the first 8 years dancing at Studio 31 Dance Center before moving to Murrieta Dance Project to further her technical and competitive training. 

At Murrieta Dance Project, she was trained in a highly competitive setting with an emphasis on technique and performance. MG trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop. She has won various awards as a soloist and as a group performer at many different competitions. When she began High School, she became an Assistant at the studio. With this, she learned how to teach classes, clean routines, and be a role model for the younger dancers. Her senior year, she became a Lead Assistant. 

MG attended Lakeside High School and was apart of their dance team. She was Captain of the dance team for 3 years. With this, she choreographed dances, cleaned routines, and helped the team prepare for Nationals. 

Currently, MG attends UCSB to further her education and belongs to the UCSB Dance Team. With the Dance Team, she has performed at various sport games, on-campus activities, and competed at UDA Nationals in Florida, CA. She can't wait to continue being on this team and now work at Momentum Dance Company with all the wonderful dancers here!

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Sasha Heinemann

Studio Manager 

TWIRL, Acro and Ballet Instructor

Sasha has been dancing since the age of 4 in the Bay Area, where she attended Menlo Park Academy of Dance and Aioko School of Ballet. After several years of learning fundamentals and dancing in recitals, she shifted her athletic focus to gymnastics. Sasha solidified her tumbling and acrobatic training at San Mateo Gymnastics, and proceeded to compete on the Peninsula Gymnastics Team.

Sasha later moved to France, where she returned to her focus on dance and began to hone in on her technical training at Académie de Ballet Nini Théilade. Upon moving back to the Bay Area, Sasha spent the rest of middle school and high school competing on the Heartbeat Dance Academy competition team. She took classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics, and musical theatre, and competed primarily in jazz and lyrical. Sasha also danced on the Carlmont High School Varsity Dance Team, where she enjoyed the school spirit of performing in game halftime shows and pep rallies.

Sasha first found her passion for teaching at Heartbeat, where she started working as an assistant instructor. She took on more and more assistant positions in various levels and styles, broadening her experience and learning about teaching from the lead instructors. Sasha began teaching her own classes through summer camps and substitute teaching for lead instructors.

In addition to competing, performing, and assistant teaching at her studio, Sasha also took on other roles that prepared her for her current position as Studio Manager. She held administrative roles as well as being
the studio’s marketing manager for several years.

Outside of dance, Sasha is a third year student at UCSB where she is majoring in Communication and planning to pursue the Technology Management Certificate and a minor in Professional Writing. When she’s not at the studio or studying, Sasha is fulfilling her duties as Chapter President of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Sasha couldn’t be happier with her time teaching at MDC so far! She has loved getting to know the studio and exploring teaching a variety of styles over the past year, and she is excited to focus on ballet this spring, for both our toddler classes and our intermediate level.

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