Suzanne Mollenhauer is the owner and director of Jean’s Dance Studio. She is the daughter of the late Jean Eskridge, who founded the studio in 1948. Suzanne took over in 1987. Suzanne started dancing when she was 2 ½ years old. She currently performs with the studio and has danced professionally through the years.
Suzanne graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College with a B.A. in Physical Education, a minor in Biology, and a California State Teaching Credential. Her graduate work was done at SDSU in Teaching and Coaching Effectiveness. She has been teaching physical education and dance at STEAM Academy,
formerly La Presa Middle School since 1987.
Suzanne has been teaching dance at the studio since she was twelve. She has also taught at numerous dance conventions such as, C.A.H.P.E.R.D.’s Acro Sports and Movement Workshop (25 years+), P.E.A.C.H. –a state physical education conference, and other dance workshops.
She has trained with numerous dance professionals including Al Gilbert, Pat Rico, Daryl Retter, Laurie Johnson, Steven Zee, Joe Tremaine, and Angie Bunch. Suzanne’s extensive training qualifies her to teach numerous styles of dance including tap, jazz, Polynesian, hip hop, tumbling, and musical theater.
Her preference is tap just like her mom. Suzanne’s classes are fun, yet challenging.
Suzanne is also the artistic director of the studio’s two performing troupes:
“Back to the 50’s” and “The Hula Chicks.”
These groups perform throughout San Diego county all year long.
Laci began dancing at the age of 8 years old at Jeanʼs Dance
Studio. 21 years later it is still her greatest passion. Laci has been
teaching for 15 years, is trained in many different styles of
dance, and has worked with all ages and levels. She is the
Director of our Company Team and has Directed events at,
Disneyland, Disney parade, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry
Farm, National Dance Day, Performances on a Carnival
Cruise Ship, La Jolla Christmas parade, and numerous local
events. Her passion for teaching shines through her students on
stage and she canʼt wait to watch your dancer shine too.
Jack and Carolann Eskridge
Jack began his career early at the age of seven dancing with his mother Jean. He performed with her at many local and community events. After serving in Viet Nam, he returned home to raise his family and resume his dancing.
Carolann is a native San Diegan and began her dancing career later in life. She has danced with Jean’s Dance Studio for 12 years studying Tap and Jazz. In 2006 she began Ballroom dancing.
Jack and Carolann have been dancing together for 5 years.
They have attended several workshops were they have danced with trained professionals such as Buddy Schwimmer, Michele Blake Jones and others. This dancing duo has performed with the CCT Senior Follies, the Elks Senior Follies and are members of the Memory Lane Dancers performing throughout the county at local Retirement Homes and Nursing Facilities. Other performances have been with Star San Diego, a theatrical group in North County.
Jack and Carolann love to dance and their passion is to share it with others. Together they teach basic ballroom in Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Latin and Line Dancing.
Chayne began dancing at the early age of two and a half. She has been dancing for over twenty years and loves every minute of it. She has taken many classes including tap, jazz, lyrical, tumbling, hip hop and Polynesian. She has performed at CAHPERD acro-sports & movement convention in Palm Springs, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland and many fairs and festivals around San Diego.
Chayne is the director of our preschool outreach program as well as our children’s camp director. She has been teaching for over 8 years in styles like tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling for children.
Chloe began dancing at Jean’s Dance Studio at the age of 11. She quickly found she had an immense passion for dance and started to assist in many of the children’s classes! At the age of 16 she began teaching her own classes and continues to teach Jazz, Contemporary, & Jazz Technique today. Chloe is also the Director of our Jr. Company Team and has introduced the team to many opportunities including KAR dance convention/competition, performances at Knott’s Berry Farm and on Carnival Cruise Ships, plus much more! In high school she became President of her Dance Company Team and later decided to pursue a BA in Liberal Studies & minor in Visual & Performing Arts at California State University, San Marcos to bring dance to her students for years to come.
Faith started dancing when she was 3 years old and fell in love with ballet at the age of 10. Throughout her tween and teen years Faith began to compete and began her training with California Ballet. There she was the lead in a ballet production of Stardust, danced in the nutcracker, the little mermaid and more.
Taryn St Michel and Kaitlyn Carabajal
We are Taryn St Michel and Kaitlyn Carabajal and we are so excited to be teaching you here at Jean’s Dance Studio! We met in the dance studio and have been dancing together for almost 9 years now. We have gone to competitions together, conventions and workshops. Teaching dance is one of our passions, so we are excited to be doing this together! We have both taught individually, but we have learned that we are truly better together. We’ve participated in the Travis Wall Experience and that was a life changing experience for the both of us. It gave us more insight and a glimpse of how professionals work. We look forward to meeting all of our new students and creating a bond with each one through dance. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach!
Melanie Abalos Webb
Melanie started off as a ballet, tap, and jazz dancer at the age of 6 then fell in love with Hula at the age of 10. I am part of the Kaleo Onalani Halau (meaning heavenly voice), which is where I learned many types of polynesian dances including Hula, Tahitian, Maori, Samoan, Tongan, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Miss Melanie’s love for the culture and her experiences in the world make for beautiful dances and opportunities.