Meet The Teachers
Emiliy Martin – Owner/Artistic Director
Emily Martin grew up right outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She began her training early with a concentration in ballet. Emily trained in and around the dc metropolitan area at schools such as Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Mid-Atlantic Center for the performing Arts. Realizing her passion for dance Emily finished high school early to further her training. She attended Anne Arundel Community College as a dance major for two years under the direction of Lynda Fitzgerald. Emily was also a member of the AACC dance company and traveled to the American College Dance Festival Association for training and performing. After completing two years of college Emily moved to New York City to begin dancing professionally with :Pushing Progress, a company under the direction of Calen Kurka. Emily has worked with choreographers such as Chris Hale, Maya Escueta, Shelly Masenior Hutchinson, Melissa WolfeRosbero, and many others. Emily moved back to the Baltimore area to be closer with her family. Upon doing so she began to realize her passion for choreography and teaching. She began teaching at various studio around Baltimore and Annapolis. Wanting to further her education, Emily received three pilates certifications through Peak Pilates. Pilates is very influential in Emily’s teaching and choreography, focusing on correct alignment and use of breathe in movement. Emily has received numerous choreography awards over the many years of teaching and choreographing with a strong concentration in contemporary and lyrical. Emily and her mom Barbara purchased a dance studio formally known as Rohanna Dance Productions in Annapolis Maryland in 2012. Now known as Level Dance Project, the studio is flourishing in Emily’s commitment in classical training and an overall well balanced base of technique. Beyond the studio Emily is a trained master teacher who is still traveling across the country to teach and choreograph at various studios hoping to bring her passion to dancers everywhere.
Tammy Musco brings 30 years of teaching experience to Level Dance Project. Miss Musco a native of Baltimore, MD began her dance training at the age of 8. Tammy studied ballet, tap, and jazz at local studios and in DC — the Maryland Youth Ballet and Feet First. In high school, Tammy became a teaching assistant which ignited her passion for teaching. Consequently, she continued teaching at local studios and dance camps while she attended Towson University. She received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a ballet concentration. Mrs. Musco’s dance experience during and after college consisted of: Baltimore Starliners, Ellicot City Ballet Guild under the tutelage of Caryl Maxwell, Ballet Theatre of Maryland under Artistic Director Edward Steward, Covenant Dancers, Jerusalem Worship Dance, and the Mustard Seed Company. In addition to teaching at private studios, Tammy has also taught and choreographed for Anne Arundel County Schools. Currently, Tammy lives in Glen Burnie with her husband, Steve, and four children. She is excited to share her love and passion for dance with her Level students!
Jodeci Milhouse – Tap and Hip Hop
Jodeci Milhouse is blazing her way in the industry through music and dance. She has worked with renowned Directors and Choreographers such as Kenny Ortega, Debbie Allen, Geo Hubela, and Dena Rizzo. Her professional credits include Jacobs Pillow, Shakespeare Theatre, Disney, The Kennedy Center, and Showtime at the Apollo as well as international performances and numerous instructional dance videos.
She is currently a member of Sole Defined Dance Company located in Washington, DC and teaches dance around the Virginia, Maryland and DC area.
Shanley Codd – Ballet and Contemporary Teacher
Shanley began her dance career in Annapolis MD, with Rohanna Dance Productions as a competitive dancer. Shanley credits a lot of her training to Emily Martin (owner/artistic director of LDP), Tammy Musco (ballet teacher at LDP), and Sarah Keller (choreographer and teacher at LDP) who choreographed a majority of her solos and group dances during her time at Rohanna. She also danced for Broadneck Dance Company at Broadneck Senior High, coached by Melissa Bell. She was nominated as an All-State dancer, a recipient for top All-County dancer, and a co-captain assisting Melissa Bell with her company. In 2009, her choreography was selected to perform in Philadelphia, at a national gala showcase, where pieces were hand selected all over the globe. Shanley shortly began to train with :Pushing Progress intensive/company, allowing her to expand her knowledge with choreographers and teachers throughout NY, such as Calen Kurka, Chris Hale, Stacey Tookey, Brian and Scott Nicholson, Shelly Hutchinson, Maya Escueta, Anna Vollmar, and Kathy VanDereedt. During these winter and summer intensives, she had the opportunity to perform in :Pushing Progress showcases, and learned extensive knowledge about technical and anatomical value for dancers. In 2011, she was honored to receive the highest scoring female soloist at VIP Dance Competition Nationals. She also received a scholarship for Maryland Distinguish Scholar of the arts in dance. She had the opportunity to perform her solo with the most profound artists in MD that summer, at Coppin University. That fall, Shanley attended Goucher college, as a Dance/English major, performing and growing in ballet and modern. She was asked to perform in the Fall and Spring gala showcase choreographed by Trebian Polland, Rick Southerland, Katherine Morris, Elizabeth Ahearn, and many more. The following year she was accepted into the :Pushing Progress training program in NY. Here, she had the opportunity to work more privately with Calen Kurka and Chris Hale. Throughout the year, she was able to work closely with choreographers such as Lauren Adams, Sidra Bell, Jen Lancaster, Bryn Cohen and Loni Landon. After almost 17 years of training and performing, Shanley finally pursued her passion in creating and choreography. Now Shanley works for Level Dance Project, pushing her own choreographic limits and the students that surround her.
Danielle Cook – Jazz Director
Danielle Cook, Jazz Instructor
Danielle Cook, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, began dancing at the age of three. She trained at numerous studios competitively and attended several summer programs including The Rock, Point Park University, The Rockette Intensive, New York City Dance Alliance, The Pulse On Tour, The Collective, Boston Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2009, Danielle was a finalist for the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award for Dance and was highlighted as Teen of the Week in the Maryland Gazette. In the same year, Danielle joined Oasis Dance Ensemble, directed by Michelle Smith. As a member of this ensemble, she performed at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago in 2009 winning the Silver Leo’s Award as well as attended the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City in 2010. She also had the opportunity to perform with JazzFuzion at the Peter Norton’s Symphony Space, supporting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Danielle attended Towson University graduating in 2014 with a double major: B.F.A. in Dance Performance with a K-12 Teacher Certification as well as a B.S. in Exercise Science. While at Towson, Danielle was a member of the Towson University Dance Company. She attended the American College Dance Festival as well as performed at The Kennedy Center on Millennium Stage in 2012. She worked with various choreographers including Troy Powell, Elisa Clark, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, and Runqiao Du. She had the privilege of performing “Hands Singing Song”, a soloist role originally choreographed by Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar (1997) founder of the Urban Bush Woman dance company (restaged by Catherine Horta-Hayden). For two years, Danielle served as a company member performing with VT Dance; a local dance company in Maryland directed by Vincent E. Thomas. She performed at many venues with this company including Baltimore Theater Project, Dance Place, and American Dance Institute.
Currently, Danielle teaches and choreographs at local competitive dance studios throughout Maryland as well as within the Anne Arundel County Public School System. Aside from remaining close to her passion for dance, Danielle has taken pride in her interest for physical therapy. She plans to broaden her educational background in the field of therapy in hopes to work closely with dancers.
Mattie Fenton, Ballet and Jazz Instructor
Mattie Fenton is a 2011 graduate from Towson University and holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Education. She recently completed her M.A.Ed from LaSalle University with a focus in curriculum design. She was a member of the Towson University Dance Company from 2007-2011 and trained under the direction of Runqiao Du, former principal dancer with the Washington Ballet and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey. She was an apprentice with Ballet Theatre of Maryland and continued her studies with the Washington Ballet, Peabody Dance Conservatory, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Summer Intensive, and David Parson’s Summer Intensive. She is a MD Distinguished Scholar for Dance and a recipient of the Linehan Artist Scholar Award. From 2012-2017, Mattie was the dance program director at South River High School where her choreography was selected for five consecutive years at the State, Regional, and National level. From 2015-2017 she acted as the director for the AACPS High School Dance Ensemble. In 2017 Mattie was the recipient of the MECU “Teachers are Heroes” award from ABC2 News.