About Our Dance Teachers
Our instructors are talented dancers and performers, have strong technique, and an eye for creative choreography, but they are truly about the kids. It’s the common love for teaching that makes the studio a family. Teachers have a huge impact on students and it is important to me to fill our staff with positive, encouraging and quality people. Our instructors are essential to The Dance Studio and are an incredible team that inspire many dancers, young and young at heart.
dance teacher / owner
I was lucky enough to have been raised at The Dance Studio and studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical and hip hop under many amazing instructors since age 3. I was a part of a dance group, the Jr. Hoofers, which sparked my love for dance, and competed and traveled internationally. I attended the University of Washington and was able to continue dancing with West Lake Dance Center, Spectrum, and UW courses. Throughout college, I danced and performed with the UW Huskies dance team and taught at the Stanwood School of Dance. After graduation, I began working downtown Seattle in the corporate world and taught tap classes during my nights at the American Dance Institute. Dance has taken me around the world, including Australia, Japan, South Korea and Finland. I am so excited to return to my roots in Bellingham and be able to spark a love for dance in students throughout the community. The Dance Studio was my beginning for a life full of excitement, adventure and above all DANCE! I am thrilled to be able to carry on the legacy for future dancers!
Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, adagio and musical theater.
I started ballet training at the age of 8, studying and completing the Cecchetti Elementary Major syllabus at Black Mountain Dance Theatre in San Diego. In California I danced the role of party child in the Nutcracker with the San Francisco Ballet and I attended the Cecchetti Summer Workshop, Santa Clara in 1991. I then moved to Washington where I studied with Peninsula Dance Theatre and later with MK Ballet under Michiko Schulbach. I have attended Summer Dance Lab, Walla Walla in 1992 and 1993; Royal Winnepeg Summer Program, Canada in 1994; and Joffery Summer School, New York in 1995. I danced such roles as Claire, Rose Fairy and Snow Queen in Nutcracker: Cinderella in Cinderella; Odile in Swan Lake; and performed as a guest artist in Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Choreography Showcase at the Morre Theatre. I’ve been teaching at The Dance Studio since 1999.
Teaches ballet and pointe.
I grew up in Seattle, WA and began my dance training at ARC School of Ballet. I danced there for many years as a student and attended summer intensives including Ballet Austin and Walnut Hill School of the Arts. I am currently a student at Western Washington University pursuing my BFA in Dance and BS in Kinesiology Pre Physical Therapy. My dance experience at Western has given me the opportunity to perform and choreograph for annual shows, be a part of Westerns Hip Hop Team as well as work with choreographers Lillian Barbeito and Anya Cloud. I am also excited to be dancing with Bellingham Repertory Dance Company this season! I love educating people about the importance of moving and staying active through Personal Training and group fitness instructing. This is my second year teaching at The Dance Studio and I look forward to a great year!
Teaches ballet technique.
I grew up in Bellevue, Washington and started taking ballet alongside gymnastics when I was 3. I eventually turned all of my attention to dance and started taking jazz, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater, tap, and more. I was a part of a competitive dance team at Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions for 4 years. Currently, I am pursuing a degree at Western Washington University in dance and psychology. I am also a member of Bellingham Repertory Dance. It is my second year teaching the The Dance Studio and I couldn’t be more excited!
Teaches ballet, jazz, and lyrical.
Teaches hip hop.
I started dancing when I could walk! I started formal lessons in Flamenco when I was 7 years old at a studio in Texas. When I moved to Washington, I continued Flamenco for two years at the only Flamenco studio, which was far away from my house, so when I began middle school I had to stop going. I tried a hip hop class at a local studio and auditioned as a Party Guest in their Nutcracker. After the show I was hooked. For the next four years I danced as much as I could: ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and I was in every Nutcracker the studio produced. After high school I had every intention to be a professional dancer. I came to Bellingham to earn my Bachelor’s in Dance and pursued that for two years. As a freshman, I took a costume design class and one day was telling my professor my dream of designing and producing my own Nutcracker and he mentioned his neighbor who owned a studio in town might need more dancers and that he would give her my number. The neighbor was Wendy Setter and that was the year I began my journey at the Dance Studio. I was in their Nutcracker for two years and then I was asked to teach. I did not end up finishing a dance degree for fear of taking the joy out of dancing if I made it my profession so I graduated in March from Western with a Bachelor’s of Education and teach 7th grade at Lynden Middle School. This is my 5th year with the studio, my 3rd year teaching and I look forward to many more!
Teaches ballet, tap, and hip hop.
I grew up in Marysville, Washington where I began taking dance classes at 2 1/2 years old. Over the years I took ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical. When I got to high school I spent most of my time at the studio! It was my thing, and I loved it! After high school I got invited to audition for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, but I decided to go a different route and began teaching dance at the Arlington School of Dance. I taught dance in Arlington, Washington for two years until I decided to attend Washington State University. I graduated May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science. After college my husband and I moved to Bellingham for his career, and here is where I found The Dance Studio and my home. This is my second year teaching at The Dance Studio and I am looking forward to many more!
Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical.
I grew up in Ferndale and started dancing at The Dance Studio when I was five years old! I took any and every class I could in any style offered to me. I was fortunate enough to be part of United We Dance and traveled to both Australia and Finland! I have just recently graduated from Gonzaga University with my Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Dance. During my college career I was actively involved in the Dance Program and a member of the Gonzaga Dance Team. I am so excited to be back at The Dance Studio and to be teaching again!
Teaches tap and jazz.
I grew up in Bellingham and started dancing at The Dance Studio when I was four years old! Even before that though, I used to put on my older sister’s tap shoes and dance around my house. I grew up learning all types of dance, ballet and tap being my favorites. I was a part of United We Dance and had the opportunity to travel to Australia, Finland, and Japan, making friends and sharing my love of dance overseas! I currently go to WWU and am studying Early Childhood Education and Dance. I aspire to connect, inspire, and grow with my students!
Teaches ballet and tap.
Since my wonderful mom enrolled me at the age of two, The Dance Studio has been my home for fifteen years. Wendy Setter was my first teacher and instilled the love for dance I carry today. At age 8, I took my first jazz class and discovered a passion for expressing myself onstage. I auditioned for Saving ChristmasTown when I was 10 and have played various roles every year, alternating between nice and naughty. Last year, I was thrilled to play the lead of Nelly and have such an involved role with other dancers! In addition to SCT, I joined United We Dance in 2016 and traveled to Australia the summer of 2018. Performing in Port Stephens was one of the greatest adventures of my life! I hope to pursue dance in college after I graduate. After being a dance teacher’s assistant for three years, I am overjoyed to teach and share my passion for dance with others.