MEET THE TEAM
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Meet our talented team of instructors at DancExpo, Inc. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Read through our instructors’ bios below, and if you’d like to set up an introductory meeting don’t hesitate to reach out.
Artistic Director/Ballet Mistress
Hannah "HD" Drenning
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Ms. Cassandra is a native of Arizona who grew up training, competing, and performing throughout Arizona, California, and Nevada. Her true passion for dance is showcased through the numerous years of experience teaching dance to all ages. Cassandra has had the privilege of teaching dance for the past 25 years in Arizona to countless students. She has extensive knowledge when it comes to classically training students. Ballet and technique is key to a dancers training. Cassandra enjoys working with children on developing their skills and proper technique in ballet. She has worked to develop and train dancers for competitive dance, high school pom or cheer teams, audition for plays, college dance team, NFL or NBA dance teams, Disney, and auditioning for companies. Cassandra also has extensive background working with children and adults who have special needs. She has countless hours of training and certification though her 20 plus years of working with special needs children and adults. She truly believes anyone should get the chance to enjoy dancing no matter their limitations and everyone is worth teaching.
HD was raised in North Phoenix and took her first dance class at the age of 3. She grew up as a competitive dancer and was trained in ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, jazz funk, tap, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre. At 14, she began assisting her mentor Jose Soto at local studios and high schools. Her time with Jose not only strengthened her as a dancer, but helped to shape her teaching style. Also at 14, she was selected by Vicky Harris as the first ever prodigy for Choreography Pros. A year later, she was selected as a prodigy for NRG Dance Project, where she was discovered by Robert Hoffman III and signed with Go2Talent Agency.
HD has trained with industry professionals including Cisco Ruelas, Brooklyn Jai, Othan Burnside, Nicole Kirkland, Amari Marshall, Kennis Marquis and Thalia Ramos. She also assisted Brooklyn Jai at Millennium Dance Complex and other studios in Los Angeles.
HD is passionate about training young dancers and unlocking their full potential. She began her teaching career at 14 when she taught her first hip-hop class for Cisco Ruelas and Arizona RawTalent. She has also taught students of all ages at Dynamic Motion Dance, Creative Edge Dance, Dance Deluxe, DancExpo, Dalton Dance Theatre, and A Time to Dance. She is a guest teacher at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, where she choreographed and assisted with staging their 2019 production of "Newsies".
HD is currently teaching full-time at multiple dance studios, setting choreography for high schools, and pursuing a degree in Sports Physiology from Grand Canyon University.