About Eastern Shore Dance Academy
Eastern Shore Dance Academy (ESDA) was founded by Ms. Jessica Hindman in 2004 and is located in Cambridge, Maryland. Ms. Hindman teaches various classes at her studio such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre and many more. Her mission is to provide artistically, developmentally and physically appropriate dance training for a wide range of students. Her goal is to provide the highest quality training with a positive emphasis on technique and artistry for all of her students. Ms. Hindman has 200+ students now at ESDA and has also created The Cambridge Ballet Company (CBC). It is a non profit organization to help introduce the youth to a variety of ballets. CBC is a pre-professional dance company for children, dedicated to learning and performing classical ballet. Open auditions are held in August of each year. CBC is housed at The Eastern Shore Dance Academy in Cambridge, Maryland.


Our Teachers:

Jessica Hindman- Owner/Director

Phone: 410-221-0037

Email: ESDanceAcademy@yahoo.com 

Mrs. Jessica Hindman is a certified dance instructor through Dance Educators of America. She has studied with renowned teachers such as Tatjianna Akinfieva-Smith and Alexi Charov of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Through the years, she has danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre in Salisbury, Maryland, and professionally as a guest artist with the Diamond Dance Company, Dover, Delaware. She has also been awarded scholarships from the Dorchester Arts Center and Maryland Council for Dance to further her knowledge at Point Park Summer Intenisve for two summers, as well as being awarded Miss. Teen Talents Express where she recieved first place in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. Mrs. Hindman-Wheatley has also been offered jobs with Jean Ann Ryan Production who hires dancers for cruise lines all over the world.  She has also choreographed senior class productions at the Cambridge South Dorchester High for 16 years.

Ms. Hindman is the proprietor of the Eastern Shore Dance Academy located in Cambridge, Maryland, where she teaches classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, musical theatre, and choreography. She is also the Artistic Director of the Cambridge Ballet Company, a non-profit organization that introduces the art of dance to the community.

Ms. Hindman has previously taught master dance classes at Salisbury University and choreographed dances for the Salisbury University Dance Company’s 2008-2013 spring show. In 2008, she began a new position as a dance instructor teaching jazz and modern at Salisbury University where she currently still teaches. She continues to take teacher workshops over the summer as she quotes, “you can never stop learning.” When Ms. Jessica isn't working she loves spending time with her wonderful daughters Kherington and Kylie.


Staci Alexander-Instructor since 2005-Hip Hop

Ms. Alexander was born in Salisbury, MD and grew up with Dancin' feet. For eight years her focus was ballet, jazz, and tap, performing in many years of Nutcracker performances and recitals. After graduating high school, she joined the performance tour of Up with People, traveling the southwest states, along with Sweden and Denmark. She returned to Maryland for college and continued her dance instruction, now adding hip hop to her repertoire. In 2003, Ms. Alexander joined another national/international touring company, The Young Americans. Singing, dancing, and teaching children were the main focuses of the company, and she was fortunate to explore the Midweat, Pacific Northwest, England, Ireland and Wales. After two years of touring, a dance opportunity lead Ms. Alexander to Tuscon, Arizona. She taught at multiple dance studios, and performed with The Human Project, Urban Dance Theater, Thom Lewis Dance Co., and Old Tucson Studios. Educating children and adults in the history and styles of hip hop has been her recent passion, also adding contemporary and modern styles to create new movement. Currently, Ms. Alexander is continuing to spread her hip hop knowledge to local Eastern Shore studios. You don't want to miss her classes!



Rebecca Wivell- Instructor 2013-Levels 5-7 Jazz, Stretch/Abs, Advanced Tap, Jumps Tricks & Turns Jr & Sr, Hip Hop Tots, Creative Movement, Jazz 101, Beg. Contemporary

Mrs. Rebecca started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since!  As a competitive dancer growing up, she received many national titles & awards.  She trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and hip-hop.  Being on a competitive dance company allowed Mrs. Rebecca to travel to New York, California, and Florida. She also trained under master instructors and choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Frank Hatchett, and Mia Michaels.

Upon graduating from high school Mrs. Rebecca attended Salisbury University where she became a member and choreographer for the SU dance company for 3 years.  While attending SU, Mrs. Rebecca taught and choreographed for the competitive dance studio, Seaside Dance Academy.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Dance in 2006. 

Mrs. Rebecca moved to Frederick, MD after she graduated from SU.  She taught at 24/7 Dance Studio for 6 years and Co-directed their competitive dance company for 3 years.  In 2012, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in the areas of Elementary Education and Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s University. 

In 2012, Mrs. Rebecca moved back to the Eastern Shore to work at Colonel Richardson High School, as a special education teacher, where she currently still works.  She coached the JV and Varsity cheerleading squads from 2012-2016. 

Currently, Mrs. Rebecca is attending Salisbury University as a doctoral student in the Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction program.  She is balancing work, school, her amazing husband, and three beautiful children.  With all that she still does what she loves, which is teaching dance!  Mrs. Rebecca specializes in jazz and contemporary styles of dance.  She travels to studios all over Maryland to choreograph, give private lessons, teach workshops, and share her sassy style.  ESDA is Mrs. Rebecca’s second home and she is thrilled to be in her 4th year working with all of the talented dancers!


Kerianne Hinerman

Mrs. Kerianne Hinerman started dancing at the age of three, at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet under the direction of Joyce Morrison, a student of George Balanchine.  At 11 years old, Mrs. Hinerman was awarded a competitive scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Ballet’s intensive summer program, and was a company member at Inwood Performing Arts, under the direction of Shan Dai, (former principal dancer with the Bejing Ballet) and Deana Smith, (Royal Academy of Dance Certified Instructor).  During Mrs. Hinerman’s tenure with the Inwood Performing Arts Company, she also trained and passed through the examination process for the Royal Academy of Dance at the Peabody Conservatory.  While dancing with Inwood Performing Arts Mrs. Hinerman studied and performed at the West Virginia Dance Festival and the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA).  At 14 years old, Mrs. Hinerman went on to study and perform with schools and companies including a full scholarship to The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton Florida, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. 

When Mrs. Hinerman was 25 years old she turned her attention to modern dance and joined Arts United of Washington DC, a modern dance company, while also achieving an Honors in Associate of Arts degree in Dance from Montgomery College.  In 2002, Mrs. Hinerman professionally pursued the aerial arts and was a founding member of the aerial company, Updraft: A Conspiracy of Movement, where she trained with Therese Keegan.  Until 2010, Mrs. Hinerman continued her aerial art’s training and performing while she worked with Elsie and Serenity Smith of Gemini Trapeze of Vermont.  She also performed with Updraft at the Capital Fringe Festival, Saint Joseph’s University, the Shepherdstown Folly, the Baltimore Theater Project, and the French Embassy.  During her eight-year tenure training and performing as an aerial artist, Mrs. Hinerman also helped teach aerial workshops in the Washington DC area.

Since 2012, Mrs. Hinerman has been teaching and sharing the joy and history of dance, with children at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy.  She has taught all ages throughout her dance career and looks forward to meeting and sharing her knowledge of dance with many others in the future!  She lives in the Cambridge area with her husband and two children (Wyatt and Alice); both of Mrs. Hinerman’s children dance at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy, and also share their mother’s passion for all forms of dance.


 Gabrielle Baumgartner

Gabrielle has been dancing for ESDA since she was 3. Her natural ability made her stand out right away. Gabrielle is in the advanced class at ESDA. She has been a student teacher for over 3 years now. She has also been a member of the Cambridge Ballet Company for 7 years where she has starred as Clara in the Nutcracker. Gabrielle has danced on the Royal Caribean Cruise Ships, in the National Cherry Blossom Parade, Delmarva Shorebirds games and in Disney World. She loves to share the love of dance with all of the young students at ESDA.



 Aggie Beletsky


Aggie started professional dance training when she walked into an Arthur Murray Dance Studio in San Diego, California.  She had been partner dancing most of her life, with her father back in Poland.  Very shortly after placing 1st in her first few amateur competitions, she started competing Pro/Am with her dance teacher at competitions all over the U.S. She specialized in American Rhythm and Salsa and in her last amateur competition placed third in the world in Arthur Murray’s American Rhythm Open Championship.  Eventually Aggie was offered a teaching position. Aggie has experience teaching all levels, putting together many wedding routines and competing with her students at all levels of dance. She has had training from some of the best professional dancers and World Champions in both American Rhythm and Smooth.



Annie W​eishaar
Annie's love of dance started at the age of 2. Studying all styles of dance, it has been a passion of hers ever since. Annie danced at Eastern Shore Dance Academy for 3 years where she performed in The Nutcracker as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy. During her time at ESDA, she also performed on Royal Caribbean cruise line and spent a summer at the Rock School of Ballet for a summer intensive. 
After her time at ESDA, Annie spent time with Rohanna Dance Productions, where she competed nationally in contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre and hip hop. Annie graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School and attended Old Dominion University where she majored in Parks and Recreation Management with a minor in Dance. Annie was on the ODU Dynasty Dance team all four years and was team captain her senior year. The Dynasty Dance team competed in the Universal Dance Association competition in Disney World, where they placed 8th in the nation. Annie was also chosen to dance at Madison Square Garden for the National Invitational Tournament semifinals. Annie plans to follow her passion for dance by continuing to work on her technique while teaching dance for others. 


Lisa Baumgartner (Photo unavailable)

Lisa is currently our manager of the Eastern Shore Dance Academy and Totally Tutu's Dancewear. She has been on Staff with us for 7 years.

Karen Bowman

Karen is one of our great secretaries. This is her second dance season with ESDA.


Tricia Blake

Tricia is also another great secretary we have at ESDA. Her friendly personality makes it hard not to smile when entering the studio. 


Student Teachers

We are very happy to have several advanced and experience students whose interest in dance, includes sharing sharing the art form with others. Our student teachers train under experienced teachers as well as continue to pursure there own dance training. They are a asset to ESDA.




​Meredith Whitten

​I attend Salisbury University where I am an Elementary Education major.  I am also a member of the Salisbury Dance Company.  Dance has been a part of my life for 17 years, 7 of which I danced at Eastern Shore Dance Academy.  My passion for dance has only grown and I couldn't be more grateful that I have opportunities everywhere to participate and give back to the community.


Guest Teachers:


Jennifer Yackel

Jennifer Yackel is originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she recieved her early training. During this time she participated in the Kennedy Center Master Class Series for promising young dancers and recieved a medal at the Youth American Grand Prix. She trained with the Richmond Ballet, performing

with the company, and was a company member of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for three years. While at BTM, Jennifer had the privilege of choreographing on the company. She went on to study independently in New York City with instructors of the Limon Institute and the Ailey School. She hsa performed with Chisena Danza, Bowen McCauley Dance, Neville Dance Theatre, and with musician Paul Zunno at Symphony Space in NYC. Jennifer is currently in her second season with the Ellen Sinapoli Dance Company as well as presenting her own work in the upstate New York area.


Linda Collison (Photo not available)

Linda Collison recieved her early training in Orlando, Florida at the Royal School of Dance. She later attended Florida State University where she recieved a BA in Dance. Linda returned to Orlando and with Southern Ballet Theatre as a soloist for 2 years. She later moved to New York City where she performed with Dance Theatre Trio and the Hulton Dance Company. She was the founder and director of The West Side Dance Company in Bivalve, Maryland for 5 years. She was also on the faculty for the Dance Program at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland for 7 years. She has taught ballet, tap and jazz for the last 30 years in various cities on the east coast.

Bill Shortall
Born in Trappe, MD with natural talent, Bill Shortall is a force to be reckoned with. Mr. Shortall danced at D’Ann Danse Studio in Salisbury, Md. He has taught in Easton, MD for many years at places such as Seabreeze Oasis and Summer Fame. He’s performed in such musicals as Titanic, Fiddler on the Roof and choreographed Tommy for Easton High School. Bill has also been a guest performer with the Cambridge Ballet Company. He is currently living in California doing hair and performing. 


Rebecca Conway (Photo unavailable)

Rebecca Conway is graduate from Salisbury University with a Liberal Arts degree in the
fields of Philosophy, English, and Environmental Issues. She has spent the
past four years practicing and studying the art of yoga through clubs,
classes, and personal development. She has also been an active instructor and
friend to the Salisbury Student's Yoga Club. In addition to yoga, she
enjoy music, poetry, nature, and especially Satsanga, a yogi Sanskrit
term meaning “the company of like-minded people who uplift and inspire
you." "Teaching yoga has truly become a passion of mine and I cannot
wait to teach and share its worth with you" says Conway.


Felicia Grube (Photo unavailable)

 Felicia Grube is a student at Salisbury University. She will be minoring in dance when she graduates. Ms. Grube taught at ESDA during the 2010/2011 dance year. She hopes to return after she completes the nursing program at SU.


Courtney Donnelly

Courtney Donnelly is a college senior at Salisbury University, where she is majoring in Elementary Education at Salisbury University. For many years she Irish danced and competed in several Fies’ with Fedelmia Mullan Davis’ Dance Company and under Michael David’s Ccademy. After teaching Irish dance at ESDA from 2010-2012, Ms. Donnelly was hired for her dream job on the Western Shore. We will certainly miss her! 


Mally Hester

Malley has been dancing for over 20 years, mostly with the former Dance Harrison Street, studying ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theater. For the past two, and now three with the upcoming year, she has choreographed the Easton High School musical. She is also involved backstage for the Easton Middle School musicals. In the past
year, she has been in shows in Church Hill and TAP including Brigadoon, Rock Musical's Musical, The 25h Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the Drowsy Chaperone. Has has been teaching for six years in various studios on the shore. Malley has a degree in biology, and will be attending Northeastern University's Doctor of Physical Therapy School in January 2014.



Eastern Shore Dance Academy students have excelled so much that they have performed all over. Students have performed on the Royal Caribean Cruise Ship "Monarch of the Seas" and in the National "Cherry Blossom Parade" in Washington DC. They have also performed at the Centre of Salisbury, for the MS Walk, Relay for Life & at the Delmarva Shorebirds Game. They have also performed in Walt Disney World & in the Thanksgiving Day Parade! ESDA dancers also volunteer their time to perform at local nursing homes such as Mallard Bay and Pleasant Day located in Cambridge, MD.

Abbigail Tyler
Abbigail Tyler has attended the Eastern Shore Dance Academy for 5 year and has been a member of the Cambridge Ballet Company for 3 years. In the Cambridge Ballet Company Abbigail has maintained roles such as Clara, Columbine, Rosebud, Baker, Toy Soldier, Snow, and Flower in CBC’s annual production of "The Nutcracker". She also attended many musical theatre intensives such as Maryland Summer Center for the Arts. Ms. Tyler also recently performed on the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas Cruise Line.  She attended East Carolina Univeristy and has transfered to Salisbury University where she will be majoring in musical theater. Abbi is also a member of the Salisbury University Dance Company.  She recently auditioned to be a performer at Disney and made it to the top 10 out of hundreds of people.

"Dancing has become a very important part of my life. It is a way of expression and a major asset to my future career."


Jade Kenny
Jade Kenny has been dancing for only 8 years. She started her training at Dance Center in Salisbury where she danced for 4 years and then left Salisbury to study at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy for the past 4 years. She has been a member of the Cambridge Ballet Company for 3 years and held the roles of Rat king, Spanish and Rosebud in "The Nutcracker". She attended the Kirov Academy of Ballet in 2006 for a summer intensive and also a workshop for the world famous Radio City Rockettes. Jade performed on the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship along with other Eastern Shore Dance Academy students in January of 2009. She has been crowned Miss Free State America, Miss. Annapolis, Miss. Alabama and competes in many other pagents where her talent is ballet. She was awarded best talent in the Miss. Maryland Competition in 2012.

Jade graduated from the University of Alabama where she will be majored in Sports Broadcasting. Whilein Alabama she danced on the University of Alabama's dance team, "The Crimson Cabaret". Jade will miss dancing and learning with her close friends. In 2013 she became a Washington Wizards dancer!She thanks Ms. Jessica for not only teaching her how to dance but for being such a great friend and pushing her to follow her dreams. Jade is currently in her fourth year as a redskins cheerleader.

Chalice Howard (Photo not available)
Chalice Howard started her pre-professional dance training at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy in the fall of 2004, after several years of recreational instruction. Ms. Howard also took classes at the Salisbury Studio of Dance for one year under the instruction of Elena Manakhova-Amy. She attended summer intensives such as Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Ballet Magnificat and Eastern Shore Dance Academy’s own summer intensive. Chalice taught at ESDA for three years and has truly found her passion for dance in imparting it to children. She has spent a summer with an urban ministry in New York City, that allowed her to work with inner-city children by developing loving and nurturing relationships as well as giving dance instruction on a daily basis. 

Chalice attends Palm Beach Atlantic University where she will major in Cross-Cultural/Urban Studies and continue to pursue her love for the arts by minoring in dance. Chalice loves teaching and inspiring young people to use their dance ability with passion to influence the community in a positive way. Her life long goal is continue her work in dance ministry and community outreach through long-term work in the orphanages of Uganda.

 Rachel Harding

Rachel began her training at ESDA 4 years ago with no previous experience. Dance immediatley became her passion! She longed to become a professional dancer. In 2012 she graduated from high school & was awarded the top dance scholarship at her college in Ohio.  We wish Rachel the best in her future!

Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson has been dancing her entire life. ESDA has been her 2nd home for the past 6 years. Rachel has been a great role model to other dancers with her hard work & determination. Since graduating from CSDHS she is cotinuing her dance education where she will be minoring dance in Pennsylvania. She recently auditioned to joing their dance company and was accpeted out fo 90 dancers! We are so proud of her & all of her accomplishments! 


Victoria Doyle

 Victoria Doyle started dance 5 years ago at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy. She performed with ESDA at Disney World, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Shorebirds Stadium & more! She was awarded a full scholarship for a one week summer camp through the Maryland Council for Dance. She has also been crowned Miss. Outdoors of 2013.After graduating she is attending Salisbury University and was accepted into the Salisbury Univeristy Dance Company. We look forward to seeing her in the future!


Mariangela Scotto

Mariangela has danced at ESDA for the past 8 years. A lovely lady who everyone loved & wanted to be around! Mariangela recently graduated and is attending Chesapeake College. 


Jordan Hyde

Jordan has been dancing for many years. She continues to still train under the direction of Mrs. Hindman-Wheatley as well as taking classes in NYC over the summer and workshops such as the Maryland Council for Dance. Miss. Jordan has also danced on the Royal Caribean Cruise ship, in Disney World, Delmarva Shorebirds game and was in the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Miss. Hyde is also a member of the Cambridge Ballet Company. Jordan attends Old Dominion University and is on the ODU Dance Team.

Haley Baumgartner

 Haley has been training at ESDA under the direction of Mrs. Hindman-Wheatley for 7 years.  Ms. Baumgartner also continues to take classes over the summer in NYC at the Broadway Center of Dance. She was a member of the Cambridge Ballet Company for several years where she has performed many lead rolls such as "Clara" and "Sugarplum" from the ballet "The Nutcracker." Miss. Haley has also danced on the Royal Caribean Cruise ships at the Delmarva Shorebirds Game and also in Disney World. Haley taught at ESDA for four years. Now that she has graduated she is going to continue to seek wherever God may take her.

Carlye Collison

Carlye is one of our advanced students here at ESDA. She has assisted Mrs. Jessica years now and is in her third season as a dance teacher. Miss. Carlye has studied under the direction of Mrs. Jessica and has also studied at several top schools such as the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre! She has danced with ESDA on the Royal Caribean Cruise ship and in Disney World. We welcome her & wish her best of luck!She has been awarded scholarships through the Maryland Council for Dance for 3 years. Miss. Carlye loves sharing her passion with our younger dancers.


Shelby Elliott

Shelby started her dance training at ESDA where she learned to love the art of dance. Shelby currently attends Chesapeake College where she is studying early childhood education. She has been an instructor at ESDA for one dance season and will be starting her second season with us while teaching our younger students. We look forward to many years to come!

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