MEET THE SISU DANCE ACADEMY TEAM

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"SiSu"

Extraordinary determination, courage and resoluteness in the face of extreme adversity.

This is the action mindset that enables individuals to see beyond their present limitations and into what might be. Take action against the odds and reach beyond observed capacities.

Potential exists within all individuals.

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Megan Berlint-Nicko

Megan Berlint-Nicko

Founder/Director SiSu Dance Academy

Director of PBT USA

Megan Berlint-Nicko began dancing at the age of 2.5. She received her early training in the Cecchetti method under the tutelage of Karen Alwin. Megan trained with Marin Ballet in San Rafael, CA under Margaret Swarthout, and Nutmeg Conservatory with Sharon Dante. Megan danced with The Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Company under Lynn Cox, The New Mexico Ballet Company under David Chavez, as well as Ballet Theatre of NM. For these companies, Megan has danced leading roles, including The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Carmina Burana, Jungle Book, The Red Shoes, Christmas Carol, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rite of Spring, Dracula, Cinderella, Carmen, and Sleeping Beauty.

Megan started her teaching career at the age of 15 and has taught for a number of studios in New Mexico, including Lana’s School of Dance, Ballet Theatre of NM, New Mexico Ballet Company, Alwin’s School of the Dance, Fishback's, The Performer's Ballet and Jazz Company, and Magnify Dance Center.

Megan is the Founder/Director of SiSu Dance Academy and the Director for Progressing Ballet Techniques (PBT), USA division. She teaches Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Foot Focus, Pointe, Cecchetti, Jazz, PBT Classes/Workshops, and is a freelance coach and Choreographer. She is invited as a Guest Teacher around the USA and Canada. Megan’s choreography has been featured in studio recitals, competitions, and several productions.

Megan is a Qualified Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds her Teachers Certification for Grades I-Intermediate, as well as her student certifications. Megan was awarded the “Jane Caryl Miller Scholarship” for the CCATC 2017. Megan is currently working toward her Advanced Teacher exam.

Megan started PBT in 2013 and traveled to Sydney Australia in 2014 and trained directly with Marie Walton-Mahon on the PBT program. Megan is the Director of PBT USA. She has traveled and trained many teachers around the USA and Canada on the PBT Program. Megan trained in physiotherapy techniques with Lisa Howell, Physiotherapist and Owner of the Ballet Blog.

Megan is passionate about teaching dancers how to train safely along with emphasizing the love and dedication to the art. She is married and has two children.

Susan Berlint

Susan Berlint

Administrative Support

I am a proud mom of 3 very successful kiddos. I have been a dance mom for 43 years. All 3 of my kids danced and performed.

I worked in the medical field for 53 years. I was a Secretary for Sandford H Kinne, DO., and then went to work for Perinatal Associates as a receptionist. I was promoted to Assistant Office Manager and then Front Office Manager for the main office and several of the satellite locations. I retired on Valentine’s Day in 2018.

Now I am enjoying helping my youngest daughter, Megan Nicko, in her office at the Dance Academy. 

Meredith Brown

Meredith Brown

Artistic Staff

Meredith began dancing with Southwest Ballet when she was 7. She attained the coveted role of ‘Clara’ in the Nutcracker for two consecutive years in her youth, and she was a soloist with Southwest Ballet when she was only twelve years of age. She continued to excel in her training, receiving full scholarships to Dance Aspen and La Cienega summer dance programs.

She has had the opportunity to work with renowned instructors, including Violette Verdy, Jillana, Irina Kolpakova, Irek Mukhamedov, Luk de Lairess, and Attila Ficzere, just to name a few.

Her passion and dedication to dance carried into adulthood when she started teaching and coaching rehearsals. She is also a certified LaBlast® instructor, which is a dance fitness program created by ballroom dance champion Louis van Amstel.

Meredith has discovered a passion for emotional healing techniques and is the founder and owner of Emotional Weeding® & Wholistic Healing LLC. By removing limiting beliefs and trapped emotions, and providing tools to help dancers create and maintain emotional health, a dancer’s highest potential can be achieved. Meredith is passionate about beautiful ballet and helping dancers reach their dreams. She is ecstatic to be part of the Sisu Dance Academy team!

Jonathan Guise

Jonathan Guise

Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher

Jonathan has been working in the entertainment industry for 27 years. He started his career in Colorado Springs, dancing with local dance groups and companies at the age of 15. Mr. Guise went on to dance with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Boston Ballet and The Eugene Ballet, to name a few.

He has been a Dance Educator for 24 years, teaching at numerous studios, companies, and universities around the globe. Mr. Guise is so very excited to be the Artistic Director of Dance Arts Los Alamos again, "DALA is my family." Mr. Guise would like to thank his three amazing children Maici, Landon, and Ryder for their support and patience while he dedicates his time to rehearsals and productions.

Amy McConnell

Amy McConnell

Executive Assistant/Artistic Staff

Amy began dancing at the age of three and danced for many studios in the Albuquerque area. She received the majority of her training under Ms. Patricia Dickinson and Mrs. Suzanne Johnston at the Dance Theater of the Southwest and New Mexico Ballet Company.

Through her time there she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop and was blessed to learn from the amazing talents of Bill Evans, Rosalinda Rojas, Deanna Encinias, Mel Tomlinson, Mark Yonally, and Melissa Hayden of the Balanchine Foundation.

After leaving the New Mexico Ballet Company, Amy went on to dance at the University of New Mexico for the competitive collegiate dance team, the Chaparrals.

While at UNM, Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medicine and then went on to receive her Master of Education in Secondary Science.

Amy is married to a handsome firefighter, Mark, and the two of them have two children, Kassidy and Parker.

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Dancer & Choreographer

Jessica Sanchez is a dancer/choreographer from Seattle, WA. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, studying styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, modern and improvisation. Throughout her high school years, Jessica was dancing with Elite School of Dance and decided to attend college at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, to further her career with dance.

During her time at the university, Jessica performed in many school shows and was selected to be a part of two dance companies in the Dallas area: Dallas Dance Company and Pedestrian Dance Movement. During her 6 years in Texas, she worked with Justin Giles and his Soul Escape Company, taught at various studios such as Misfit Dance Company as their lead technique teacher, and did numerous performances for local dance festivals.

In 2017, Jessica moved back home to Washington and started teaching at her home studio where she has choreographed many winning solo numbers. She now resides in New Mexico, wanting to spread her passion.

Antoinette Segura

Antionette Segura

Teacher

Antionette Segura, a native of Albuquerque, began her dance training at the age of three with Fishback Studio of The Dance in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop and contemporary. She has competed regionally and nationally with Fishback's dance team, receiving numerous awards and titles, including Youth America Grand Prix 3rd place Contemporary Winner and IDC Junior Miss Global.

In 2005, Antionette joined NMBC under the direction of Patricia Dickinson Wells. Throughout the years she has performed in various roles in the productions of The Nutcracker Ballet, Alice in Wonderland, Spartacus, Pucci Sports, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, and Don Quixote. She has also performed in George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Duex, Serenade and Valse Fanatisie. Antionette has trained with various artists and is currently a dance instructor for Kids Love to Dance and for NDI-NM.

Antionette is a repeat performer with Festival Ballet Albuquerque.

Tomas Tafoya

Tomas Tafoya

Teacher/Dancer

Tomas Tafoya, a native of Albuquerque, is a company dancer and currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Tomas grew up dancing at Sandra’s School of Dance where he danced on their nationally recognized competitive teams. The team’s highest achievement was being the only team in the state of New Mexico to rank in the top 50 by the Federation of Dance Competitions. He has studied tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, and many others. 

Mr. Tafoya has been a guest teacher to numerous studios and schools in New Mexico, passing on his love and passion for dance. Recently, he has traveled all over the world with The Silhouettes – runners up on America’s Got Talent during Season 6. This included a tour of Ireland, the Polish Academy Awards, and many more. With BRT, Tomas is an instructor, Jr. Company Rehearsal Assistant, and has choreographed.

As a company dancer, he has performed lead roles in BRT’s productions of The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, and their contemporary concerts over the years.

Angelique Yannoni

Angelique Yannoni

Teacher/Artistic Staff/Dancer

Angelique Yannoni has been continuously dancing for 18 years and is trained in many styles. Those styles include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She started her dancing career at the age of 3 at La Mesa Dance Academy. She has gotten the chance to be trained by professional tap dancers like Jason Samuels Smith, Cheryl Johnson, Bill Evans, and Bril Barrett since she was 12 years old. She has also been on competitive dance teams for 7 years where she has won numerous awards as a soloist and as a team member. She also choreographs in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and lyrical.

She looks forward to continuing growing as a dancer and a performer at SiSu Dance Academy as a company member.

505-226-1153

3321 CANDELARIA ST NE, ALBUQUERQUE NM 87107

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3321 CANDELARIA ST NE

ALBUQUERQUE NM 87107

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