Tiffany & Co. Dance Studio is very proud of it's accomplished faculty, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the education of our students. See below who they are:
Owner/ Artistic Director/ Choreographer
Tiffany has over 30 years of dance experience and began teaching and choreographing at the age of fifteen. She has been dancing competitively since the age of 8, and has been awarded national and regional title awards as well as numerous overall high score awards. In this tradition, her students are current title holders for regional competitions and have won overall awards at regional competitions in this past year. Many of her students have been recognized at convention and competitions with invitations to continue studies in New York, California, Florida and here in New Orleans, all on scholarships. Tiffany continues to seek cutting edge trends as she attends conventions and workshops throughout the country. She is also a regional director and a member of the faculty for a national dance competition, teaching master classes all over the country. Tiffany holds a degree in Business Management from the University of New Orleans. She served as the director for the award winning Archbishop Rummel Chapellettes for 10 years, and has experience working with several local dance and auxiliary units in the greater New Orleans area. Tiffany is the mother of 11 year old, Jonathan, and 7 year old, Melody. Tiffany strives to bring the best dance experience while instilling the love of dance to all her students
Sarah joins us with a combined 21 years of dance, acrobatics, tumbling, and cheerleading experience, 12 of which she has spent teaching and coaching. She started dancing at the age of 3, gymnastics at the age of 6, and cheerleading at the age of 9. She is a former competitive gymnast and power tumbler for a local gymnastics academy, and has performed and competed with multiple dance studios and competitive cheerleading teams in the Greater New Orleans Area. She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans and is currently emplyed with the Jefferson Parish School System. Sarah recently welcomed TCDS's newest fan, Mr. Jackson, to the world in May.
Open Movement/Hip Hop
Joshua Eddington is a teacher/professional dancer born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Josh started dancing at the age of 4. He grew up as a street dancer being inspired by the late Michael Jackson and James Brown. Josh never once stepped foot into a dance studio until attending college at University of Southern Mississippi. Once there, he began training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. Josh received 3 years of training in those genres before graduating with degrees in Biology and Chemistry.
Josh has taught at various studios throughout Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, New York, and California. Although Josh received his formal training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, he also very proficient in Hip Hop and Break dance. He is known for his unique incorporation of all styles of dance as well as the details within his choreography. Josh has won many awards for his choreography. Many of Josh’s students have won national titles with his choreography as well. Through his travels, he was able to work with people such as Justin Bieber, PSY, and Master P. Josh has also been a featured dancer in music videos with artists such as Alicia Keys “Fire We Make”, Jonas Bros “Pom Poms” and One Republic “Counting Stars”. He has also been casted in movies such as The Campaign, Django Unchained, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Pitch Perfect 2.
Jill Hankel has been dancing since the age of 3 and started competing at the age of 11. She is well versed in all areas of dance and holds a degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Dance from Louisiana State University. She was also an officer for the award winning Mt. Carmel Carmelettes her senior year. Jill has traveled the country assisting and teaching convention classes with some of the top names in the industry. We are proud to have Jill as part of our faculty, as she was one of Ms. Tiffany’s original award winning competition students. Jill is currently pursuing her Nursing Degree.
Shannon joins us with more than 25 years of dance experience, 15 of which she has spent teaching. She has been dancing competitively since the age of 8 on both a regional and national levels and has been awarded for her performances. Throughout her years of dance training, she has formed a special passion for tap. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of New Orleans. She is also Vice President for a local Insurance Agency, Jim Myers & Associates, Inc. She hopes to instill the love of dance, especially tap, into the hearts of her students. Shannon is the mom to one of TCDS's biggest fans, Austin.
Jazz/ Hip Hop/ Choreography
Kristy has been dancing since the age of 2. She spent 9 years competing and was awarded several regional and national overall awards for her group and solo performances. Since the age of four, she was also a competitive twirler holding the title of Miss Majorette of Louisiana for 10 years, placing 4th in the country at the age of 6 and earning the Carl Dunn award, the highest recognized award for twirling. Ms. Lacoste earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Springhill College. While attending Springhill she was a member of, captain of and choreographer for the Springhill Dance Team. She served as the Assistant Director of the award winning Chapellette Dance Team for Archbishop Rummel High School for 5 years. She is curently the 2nd grade teacher at St. Benilde School. Kristy is the proud mom to Landon Joseph and is expecting the arrival of Baby #2, Logan Micheal, very soon.
Kayla has began dancing at the age of two and began her training with with Tiffany & Company it's inagural year. Kayla began competing at the age of fifteen and has been a member of many overall award winning group routines and was a nationally recognized soloist. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz and continues to go to conventions and classes to further her dance experience. She was captain of the Riverdale High School dance team for two years and is now a coach of the Riverdale Middle School dance team. Kayla is currently pursuing a degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Orleans.
Maile Picou, a New Orleans native, began dancing at the early age of 2. She was trained extensively in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary and hip hop. She had the opportunity to dance along side of some of the most sought out choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Nick Watkins, Billy Larson, Paula Morgan and many more.
After graduating high school, Maile attended Louisiana State University where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and minor in Dance. She was a part of LSU's dance ensemble, under Molly Buchmann and was a founding member of the LSU tap ensemble. After graduation in May 2009, Maile continues to share her love and knowledge in dance through teaching at numerous studios throughout the Gulf Coast area. Maile has taught master classes along side of talented dancers and choreographers such as SYTYCD Season 4 Female winner Katee Shean, Dana Metz, and Kaitlyn Conley. Maile is also in the performance company based out of New Orleans, Synergy dance productions, directed by Griffin Collins.
Maile brings emotional, yet technical contemporary movement and improvisation techniques to dance. She also teaches jazz and rhythm tap. Her blend of individual style and technique has made Maile one of the most distinctive choreographers in the area. She has won choreography awards and her students have won numerous regional and national titles as well as scholarships to national touring conventions such as the PULSE, Access Broadway, Tremaine and Dance Makers Inc.
Bio coming Soon
Amanda joins us with 25+ years of dance experience, several of which she has spent teaching. She has been dancing competitively since the age of 12 on both a regional and national levels and has been awarded for her performances. She is a former moderator of the Cabrini High School Eclipse Dance Team and has enjoyed teaching dancers of all ages. She holds a bachelor's degree in from the University of New Orleans and a Master's degree from Mississippi College.