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.
I have been dancing for 13 years and enjoying every minute. I have traveled to many places in my 13 years including Palm Springs,
Six flags Magic Mountain and Hollywood.
I have danced with the famous Al Gilbert. I have been teaching for 5 years and have taught a variety of genres and ages from 3 to 60, teaching Jazz, Lyrical, Tumbling,Tap and Hip Hop.
Dance has become my life and I enjoy teaching and expanding my knowledge about the every aspect of dance.
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 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 is currently teaching tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling for our tiny tot combo classes.
Dance has been a part of my life for about fifteen years. My freshman year of high school I became the captain of our hip hop club and a year later I was recruited to join a hip hop team called Urban Street League which I later became the captain of as well.
I also was part of an all female dance group called iCON.
The team has competed in World of Dance and Prelude, as well as invited to do exhibitions in local dance shows. Ive trained with Arnel Vasquez and Calvin Cuenca. I’ve also worked at Dunamix Dance Project in Temecula and Young Champions as a hip hop instructor.
I am also currently employed with KinderCare as a Toddler Teacher. I have an Associates degree in Arts with an emphasis in Child Development. I’m so glad to be a part of our Jeans Dance family as our Hip hop instructor.
12-year Navy veteran, dance educator, and choreographer. He took his first dance classes at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL in 2009 where he studied modern, jazz, and choreography with Valerie Alpert, Terry Crews, Jeannine Potter, and Lamaiya Lancaster, and performed in the “Fear No Art” as well as “Winter Prairie” dance production.
As a company dancer, George has performed with Valerie Alpert Dance Company at the 2011 Regional Alternative Dance Festival in Michigan, Hype “Hip Hop for Hope” Dance Competition, and also dance with Impulse Dance Crew, Cryptic Movement Crew, and LatinoXpressions.
Since moving to San Diego, George has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Arnel Calvario, Terri Shipman, Grace Shinhae Jun-Mills, and Jean Isaacs, and participated in 2013 & 2015 Culture Shock Hip Hop Nutcracker, 2016 Trolley Dances, 2016 City College Dance Production, and a 2017 San Diego Dance Theater Choreographers’ showcase finalist. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences from Point Loma Nazarene University.
He has had the blessing to be able to teach all over San Diego. He is very excited to be part of this dance studio and looks forward to continue to nurture the talents of his students!
I began taking dance as a senior in high school. From there I became a teaching assistant and soon became a teacher, advanced to Assistant Director, moved forward to the Program Director, and grew to serve as the School Director for my previous studio. In addition to training in the dance programs at Grossmont & Mesa College in San Diego, I’ve received training from programs like Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Teacher Conference, More Than Just Great Dancing, Dance Teacher Summit, and other certifications. These programs gave me the tools to create an exciting, impactful, and safe dance class for my students! My training allows me to teach multiple genres from Tap, Jazz, Ballet, to Tumbling, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and my favorite: dance classes for children with special needs. Dance creates a world where everyone has the opportunity to express themselves and promote a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m grateful to be a part of it!
Assistant Dance Instructors