Featuring Our Staff

Baton, Jazz, Jazz Dolls, Jazz Technique and Competition Dance Team


Nicole Sylvester Cates

Member of Dance Masters of Ohio, Dance Masters of America,and National Baton Twilring Association


Nicole Cates has been dancing and twilring since the age of 2. She won her first national twirling title at the age of 6.  Nicole continued to study baton and dance at Michelle's Dance and Twirl Academy and won nurmerous state,  nationals, and world titles. Nicole was on the team that won $1500.00 at Showstoppers National Dance Competition.

 Before Nicole retired from competitive twirling she had won over 7 national titles including The 1993 Teenage Miss Majorette of America. Nicole was feature twirler and cheerleader at Jackson High School. As a Jazz Doll Nicole traveled on the 1993 USA team and brought home a gold medal from France.

After Hign School she continued to study dance at Indiana State University, where she recieved a full scholarship to be Feature Twirler. She also was on the Sparkette dance and cheer squad and attended nationals with them. From there Nicole continued her education at Akron taking dance classes and finishing her degree in education..

Now, Nicole is co-owner of the studio, a 6th grade math and science teacher and a full time teacher at MDTA STARS! She is also the majorette advisor at McKinley High School.

Acrobat, Jazz, Tap, Jazz Dolls and Competition Dance


Jennifer Nero  Bunish

Jennifer Bunish  has been dancing and twilring since the age of 2.  She has studied baton and dance at Michelle's Dance and Twirl Academy and won nurmerous state,  nationals, and world titles. Jennifer was on the team that won $1500.00 at Showstoppers National Dance Competition. Jennifer's greatest moment waswhen she was Dorthy in juvenile Jazz Dolls.

Jennifer's accomplishments

  • 4 time national champion including 1993 College Miss Majorette of America and Senior Grand National Twirling Champion.
  • Feature Twiler at GlenOak High School
  • Cheerleader  at GlenOak High School
  • Feature Twiler at Youngstown State University

Jennifer is also the majorette advisor at GlenOak High School.


Dmitriy tuboltsev

To say the least, Dmitriy Tuboltsev’s innumerous achievements are like a rare collection that should not go with out recognition. At the peak of his career he was a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich. Relishing in this prolific career, he was granted the fortuity to dance internationally as a principal dancer in various countries around the world, including the U.S. Some of the companies he danced with include: The Bolshoi Ballet, Kazakhstan National Ballet, Leningrad Ballet Theater, "Russian Ballet" Theater, Ballet Theater of Maryland and Ohio Ballet.

Tracing back his education, Dmitriy received his Master Degree of Teaching and Choreography at the Institute of State Theatrical Arts (GITIS) in 1997. Prior to that he attended both the Vaganova State Academy of Ballet and Choreography in St. Petersburg and the Kazakhstan National Ballet Academy. The latter is where he received his Bachelor degree in choreography. This stellar education allotted him the privilege to be instructed by some of the most proficient professors such as Yahroslav Sehr, Konstantin Sergeyev, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Yuri Vladimirov, Boris Blankov, Alla Shelest, Natalia Dudinskaya, Marina Kondratieva, Zizi Jeanmaire, and others.

Dmitriy has even participated in many international competitions and festivals. He was a silver medalist in Malika Sabirova’s National Competition, and at the 7th Moscow International Ballet Competition he received the award of "Best Partner." Likewise, he partook in the Greece International Dance Festival in Athens and in the International Festival of Art in Spoleto, Italy, two exceedingly famous dance festivals. Additionally, he has danced in other prominent galas and concerts such as “40 Years of Victory”, “Day of Dance” (Bolshoi Theater), “Memory of Versaladze”, and “250 Years of Vaganova Academy.” Furthermore, Dmitriy was a member of a cultural delegation of Federal Secretaries of Culture in a signing act between Bulgaria and the new government of Russia.

In reference to his performing career, Dmitriy’s roles were as follows: (Swan Lake) Pas de trios, Price Siegfried; (Sleeping Beauty) Prince Desire; (The Fountain of Bakhchisarai) Vatslav; (“Ober’s Grand Pas Classique”) Pas de Deux; (Romeo and Juliet) Tybalt; (The Golden Age) Boris, fisherman; (Lady with Camellias) Alfred; (Junona and Avos) Count Ryazanov; (La Fille Mal Gardee) Collen; (The Card Game) Card Figure; (Coppelia) France; (Nutcracker) Prince; (Le Corsair) Conrad; (La Bayadere) Solor; (Spartacus) Crass; (Giselle) Albert; (Don Quixote) Basil; (Paquita) principal role; (Les Sylphides) principal role; (Rite of Spring) Shaman; (Dracula) Count Dracula.

As for his career in the U.S., Dmitriy performed amidst such American stars as, Amanda McKerrow, Wendy Whelan, Charlie Askihart, Zippora Katz, Robert Hill, and many others. In the U.S. he also collaborated along side reputable choreographers like Eddie Stuart, Geoffrey Hughes, Steven Mils, and Septim Weber.

To cast light upon Dmitriy’s success and longevity as an instructor, his credits are comprised of: The Ohio Conservatory of Dance, Substitute teaching (University of Akron), Goucher College, Baltimore School for the Arts, School “Royal Ballet” (Columbia,MD), School of Ballet Theater of Maryland, Ballet School of Quakertown (Quakertown, PA), Aesthetics Dance Studio (Ellicott City, MD), Philadelphia Dance Conservatory (Philadelphia, PA), Royal Ballet School (Orlando, Fl), Greensburg School of Dance (Greensburg, PA), Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet (Akron, OH), Ballet South (Savannah, GA), Dance Arts Studio (Macon, GA), Media City Ballet (Burbank, CA). In conjunction with his instructional work he has re-staged and choreographed full length ballets for a myriad of youth companies throughout the U.S.

Baton, Baton Privates and Jazz Dolls


Annette Sylvester. 

Annette is the director of the Jazz Dolls and past Golden Girl at Timken High School. She coaches numerous
feature twirlers both at the high school and college level. Annette has had
hundreds of state, national, and world baton solo twirlers, teams and corps. 

Annette is also the majorette advisor at Jackson and Hoove High Schoolsr.

Sasha Garret Anderson

Sasha has been twirling since age 9. She was a Jazz Doll for many years and won many state titles as a soloist. Sasha was a Hoover Majorette and is available to give girls privates that are acquiring to be a majorette