Ms. Gina Consumano
Gina Consumano has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and ballroom dance. She was a competitive dancer in Northern Virginia, attended the Virginia Governor’s School for Performing Arts, has taken multiple workshops with Dance Masters of America, and continued her training at University of Virginia. While at University Gina served as Head Dance Instructor for the Universal Dance Association managing Dance Team Camps across the country for 500-800 dancers. Throughout her University years, Gina danced with the Virginia Dance Team and was named the 2008 Most Valuable Dancer and received the Best Choreography Award. In 2010 she received the Coach’s Award for Dedication and Outstanding Leadership. She also was part of the Virginia Dance Company as a performer and choreographer for two shows per year.
After graduating from University, Gina taught various styles of dance at several studios in Northern Virginia and Maryland. She has danced and choreographed for Capitol Movement Dance Company and traveled with the CMI Freedom Tour with Armed Forces Entertainment with performances in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Japan, Cuba and Puerto Rico. She was a featured choreographer and dancer for the Woodbridge Dance Company Coffee House Collection Concert, and also performed in the DC Tap & Jaz Festival. In 2015 Gina traveled to Guangzhou, China where she taught jazz, hip hop and pom to all levels of Chinese and ex-patriot students.
Gina’s performing arts career has taken her beyond just her dancing to include both television acting on shows such as CSI and House of Cards and print modeling. She also serves as a judge at dance competitions across the country.
Ms. Jasmine Coon
Jasmine grew up dancing competitively at her family-owned studio in Rochester, NY. During her competitive training she was awarded many scholarships, titles, and high score awards with her solos as well as group dances. While training in the studio, she also attended many workshops and conventions through DMA, ADA, and ACDA.
In 2016 she graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Dance-Magna Cum Laude. During her undergraduate education in dance, she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Modern, improvisation, aerial arts and choreography as well as pre-medical course work. While at UB, she performed in many shows such as Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Zodiaque Dance Ensemble, and Dancer's Workshop. Jasmine also Choreographed many works for the University at Buffalo both in class as well as for their in house productions. While studying at UB, she taught classes at various studios in the Buffalo, NY area, and continued to set choreography as well as teach master classes at studios in her hometown of Rochester, NY.
Upon graduation, Jasmine relocated to the northern Virginia area and spent the last year performing choreographing, and teaching at local studios. She also continues to take master classes, and has continued her dance education through Dance Masters of America Teacher's Training School in Buffalo, NY. At Heartbeats, Miss Jasmine teaches many of our preschool classes, acrobatics, tap, and hip hop!
For Jasmine, dance is a creative art that can have a powerful effect on the lives of others both through performance as well as instruction, and is excited to share her passion with our students for another year!
Ms. Fatima Farhan
Fatima started dancing in Northern Virginia at an early age, with training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, and Lyrical. She began competing nationally in top-scoring group pieces and solos and expanded her training through renowned conventions. Her hard work led her to achieve several dance scholarships and she was also named captain and assistant coach of her high school competing team during her last two years.
Fatima went on to attend Old Dominion University where she majored in International Studies and minored in Dance. In college, she was able to further train in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Improv, Contemporary, and Yoga/Pilates. Fatima has always had a strong love and interest for creating choreography, specifically in the Contemporary style, which she got to explore more during her studies. While in school, Fatima was chosen to perform for showcases including UDT, ACDA, and choreography workshops. She also choreographed many pieces at her university, with her work being chosen alongside faculty pieces, and hosted several workshops for students featuring her choreography.
At Heartbeats, Miss Fatima teaches many of the Contemporary/Lyrical, Jazz, and Stretch and Strength classes and serves as Co-Director for our performance company! She is also continuing to develop her dance education through the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School in Buffalo, NY.
Fatima's favorite thing about teaching is getting to show the students the artist within them! She is excited to continue spreading her love and passion for dance with every student she gets to work with.
Ms. Keira Turner
Keira Turner, a native Washingtonian, began her professional training under Treonna Alexander and Lynn Welters prior to entering The Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). While attending DESA she participated in the Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) Residency and traveled to New York for summer intensives at the Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem as a scholarship student. After graduating in 2000, from DESA, she moved to New York as a Fellowship Student at the Alvin Ailey School and later received scholarships to DTH, Ballet Hispanico, STEPS on Broadway and the Peridance Center. Ms. Turner began her concert dance career in shows directed/choreographed by Debbie Allen, Troy O'Neil Powell and Kevin T. Malone; which allowed her to share the stage with the likes of Patti LaBelle, Rasta Thomas and Desmond Richardson. Keira has performed with DTH Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Friends of the Carter Barron and many Washington Metropolitan Area companies including local sports dance teams. Keira has shared her talents in musicals, stage plays, and film as Mary in Theatre Alliance’s Black Nativity, Angie in the award winning film “THICK” and in Tulani’s “I Heart You” video. She’s taught varied dance styles for over 10 years in the Washington Metropolitan area, and has increased her dance knowledge as a graduate of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School as the 2015 Bachna Scholarship recipient. When she’s not teaching she instructs fitness classes; holding certifications in Kids & Teens Fitness, Strength Conditioning & Weight Training, Pilates Mat, Kickboxing and Holistic Health Consulting.