Meet Our Staff
Debbie Bertucci trained with Beverly Payne Harrison and Oakland Ballet. She began teaching at JSD in 1984 as Director of the Elementary Division. As a partner with founder Juline Schmitz, she helped grow the studio into the Central Valley’s most distinguished dance school. Debbie became Director in 2002 and continues to teach and enjoy each and every student.
Nick Bentley teaches Hip Hop at JSD. Nick has been involved with The Dance Program at MJC since 2002. He gathers Inspiration from his friends and family, finds creativity in the world around him, and always pushes himself and his fellow dancers to work harder for the love of dance.
Holly Bertucci holds a BS Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from CSU, Fresno. She danced with Central West Ballet for several years. Holly was chosen for the UCA All-Star Performance Team in 1995, 1996, and 1997. During that time she performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Holly is currently the pointe shoe coordinator for several ballet companies throughout the valley.
Katy Bertucci attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she played collegiate golf. Katy later transferred to The Master’s College where she finished her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a double emphasis in Management and Finance. She also has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Katy loves her husband and three young children.
Hilary Callis grew up attending JSD and spent four seasons as a member of Bravo! Repertory Dance Theatre/Central West Ballet before moving away to study Greek & Latin in college. Hilary has never met a form of dance she didn't love, and has also practiced Capoeira and performed with Greek dancing groups in Los Angeles. Having returned to ballet as an adult after raising her two children to school age, she is devoted to helping others discover, or re-discover, a love for this beautiful art form.
Francine first began teaching at Juline School of Dance in 1991. She has studied modern, ballet, jazz and African dance locally and at UC Irvine. While raising four girls with her husband, John, Francine continues to teach and dance.
Megan Ann Garnier began her ballet training at the age of 10 and attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where she earned a BA in Ballet and a Minor in Business Administration. She danced professionally for four years with Wichita Ballet Theater (Kansas), Ballet San Antonio (Texas) and MasterWorks Festival (Indiana). She hopes to share her love of classical ballet technique and traditions with the students at JSD and watch them grow into the best dancers they can be.
Abigale has been dancing since she was 4 years old at Juline School of Dance. She is now currently a student at MJC working on a dance degree. Abigale loves teaching the older students and hopes to create an encouraging and positive environment for them.
Addison started dancing at JSD when she was 4 years old and has loved teaching in our elementary department since she was 14. She adores getting to know each and every one of her students uniquely every week. When Addison’s not teaching at JSD she’s a part time photographer and part time preschool teacher.
Natiana has been dancing since the age of three. She danced with the Juline Regional Youth Ballet for two years before taking the position of Assistant to the Artistic Director. Two of her works have been accepted to be performed at Regional Dance America's Emerging Showcase - one winning the Monticello Choreography Award! Dance is magic to her and she wants to share as much as she can.
Brianna graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Communications/Public Relations and a minor in Dance Education. She was a principal member of the Merced Civic Ballet and now teaches there and is one of the Assistant Directors. She also taught dance instruction at the University of the Nations, YWAM Kona. Brianna is driven by her passion to teach and serve others through the arts in any way, shape or form.
Bless Marrable-Smith holds a teaching credential and is employed at Garrison Elementary School in Modesto. While obtaining her bachelors degree, Bless studied Modern and Jazz Dance. She currently teaches Modern Dance at JSD.
Tina Maxin has enjoyed the dance world through her two daughters for almost 20 years. When not at the front desk, Tina can be found at her sewing machine where she makes creative and innovative designs for the Juline Regional Youth Ballet.
Janae has been dancing at Juline School of Dance since she was three years old and has been a member of Juline Regional Youth Ballet. She is currently a student at MJC and hopes to further continue her dance education through college.
Akira Takahashi, from Nagano, Japan, trained in Japan. He joined Ballet San Jose in 2005 and was promoted to Soloist in 2012. He joined Menlowe Ballet in spring of 2016. Akira is married to Amy Briones (also a professional dancer) and together they have two young children.
Lauren Velasco is a senior in high school and has been dancing at Juline School of Dance since the first grade. She enjoys dancing with her high school dance team and is the captain of Thomas Downey's Danceline this year. After high school, Lauren plans to attend a 4-year college and receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance.
Janet Walther-Mackey previously owned her own dance studio in Manteca where she still lives. Many alumni from her studio went on to become professional dancers around the world. Janet was a member of the RAD Tappers from San Francisco and trained with some of the best tappers including Gregg Russell and Keith Clifton.
Brittany grew up dancing at Juline School of Dance. She attended St. Mary's College of CA where she earned a minor in Dance. Brittany has experience teaching ballet and modern, and also has experience in choreography, design and management of dance.