Instructor Bios


Brynn Shanahan


Brynn began her early dance training with the Maryland Conservatory, the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance and later Harford Dance @ HCC and the Harford Dance Theatre. She attended intensive summer training at both Goucher College Dance Department and the Kirov Universal Ballet.  Brynn’s pursuit of various non-conventional types of dance led her to dance competitively with the C. Milton Wright Competitive Dance Team, The Vipers and Entourage performing modern, jazz and hip-hop styles of dance.


Brynn’s passion for teaching dance, particularly to children, began in 2010 with Churchville Dance. In 2012 she was made the artistic director of the Churchville Dance program where she also became certified in Zumba and Mat Pilates in an effort to add more dimensions to her program.  Brynn currently choreographs pieces for her competition teams and Harford Dance Theater. Her work and relationships with some of the most talented instructors, choreographers and dancers in the region will provide for the best instruction and training in all forms of dance.


Mckenzie Horseman


Mckenzie Horseman began studying dance under Pam Villeneuve at Harford Ballet Company and Laura Ward-Moran at Maryland School for Ballet and Modern Dance. While growing up Mckenzie also performed in many local dance productions through Harford Dance Theatre. At HDT Mckenzie performed major roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop and Arabian soloist in The Nutcracker, Harriet in Harriet's Happiest Halloween, as well as roles in the Children's Spring Classic Series and Canvases. Mckenzie graduated, with honors and a concentration in dance, from Carver Center for Arts and Technology in 2004. While attending Carver Mckenzie studied with Ken Sketchesky, Elizabeth Ahearn, Amanda Thom Woodson and Glenna Blessing. She graduated from Goucher College with a B.A in Dance Performance and Choreography. She performed in several works by fellow students, faculty and guest artists. Throughout her training Mckenzie attended summer dance programs including Sudbrook School of the Arts, Goucher College Summer Dance Intensive, Kirov and American Ballet Theater. Mckenzie currently teaches dance at many local studios along with setting choreography for upcoming productions and directing The Nutcracker at Harford Dance Theatre.


Spenser Shanahan


Spenser was born and raised in Bel Air, Maryland. Her love for dancing began at the young age of three. She grew up training at Maryland School for Ballet and Modern Dance and Harford Dance Theatre where she trained with Laura Ward-Moran, Michelle White, Kim Pugh, and Jessica Treherne. She continued her training at Towson University where she got the chance to train under the direction of Runqiao Du, Erin Du, Linda Denise Fisher-Harell, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Nancy Romita, Malcolm Shute, Betsy Romer, Susan Mann, and Vincent Thomas. As a member of the Towson University Dance Company 2013, 2015-2017, Spenser has performed excerpts from ballets such as Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, and Coppelia, as well as original works by Runqiao Du, Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent Thomas, Susan Mann and Thomas Moore. Spenser has also performed with Charm City Ballet in their performances of A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and The Little Mermaid  (Ariel). Spenser graduated from Towson University in May 2017, with her BFA in dance performance and choreography. 


Denise Carr


Denise Rottmann is from Bel Air, Maryland and has been dancing since the age of 4.  She began taking dance lessons at Harford Dance Center and studied dance at Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, Maryland since the age of 10 until the age of 18 when she graduated high school. Denise has also taken classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York. Denise has performed on Broadway at Peter Norton’s Symphony Space, at Madison Square Garden in New York City as well as many other venues. In 2015, Denise received her Mat I Pilates certification. In 2017, Denise graduated from Towson University with her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Denise has trained with many professionals including Troy Brown Runqiao Du, Laura Edwards, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Catherine Horta-Hayden,  Robbie Nicholson, Susan Mann, Wyndee McGovern, and Vincent Thomas. Denise has also performed with Charm City Ballet in their production of A Christmas Carol. Denise feels the most important thing about dancing is being able to express yourself, and knowing that hard work and dedication is rewarding.  Dance is not only physical, but emotional and artistry in motion. Denise is currently teaching and choreographing at various studios in the Harford County area, and with Harford Dance Theater, as well as teaching Barre fitness classes! 

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