1820 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
360.734.1595

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.


missbritt

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 and musical theater.

missheather

dance teacher

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.

missgina

dance teacher

I started dance lessons at the age of 6 in Erie, Pa. and became a member of our studio’s performing arts company at age 15.  I performed ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom and adagio. I studied performing arts at Western Kentucky University. I started teaching dance at 19 and completed dance Educators of America training courses for dance teachers at WKU, Kentucky and in New York, NY. Instructors included: Gus Giordano, Charles Kelley, Skip Randall, Joseph Levinoff and Lousie Goichot. I landed the lead role in the Bellingham Theatre Guild’s “Stepping Out” and performed in Western Washington University’s “A Chorus Line”. I began teaching at The Dance Studio in 2001

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, adagio, and musical theater.

missmarisa

dance teacher
marisa

I grew up in Monterey, California, and took my first ballet class when I was seven years old.  My background consists primarily of ballet, and then expanded to include lyrical, contemporary/modern, jazz, and tap in my high school years. I performed in a youth company at my studio in Monterey, and began teaching ballet to young students when I was sixteen years old. I am currently a student at Western Washington University studying Sport Psychology and Dance. I have a passion for performing and teaching others, and look forward to helping students blossom as performing artists. This is my second year teaching at The Dance Studio!

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical.

missellie

dance teacher

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. It is my first year teaching the The Dance Studio and I couldn’t be more excited!

Teaches ballet.

misserin

dance teacher

Erin

I was born and raised in Vermont and recently moved across the country to pursue my passion to dance! I have been dancing most of my life and have experience in many fields of the dance world such as taking technique classes, performing in dozens of shows, dance team competitions nationwide, and teaching various styles of dance. I am trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, and hip-hop dance. I have been teaching dance for the past couple of years and have fallen in love with it! I am currently enriching my love of dance and earning my BFA at Western Washington University.

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop.

misshannah

dance teacher

Hannah

Hi my name is Hannah I’m from Kent, WA and I’ve been dancing since I was seven years old. I have trained in many styles such as lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap, hiphop and more. I was part of a competitive dance team for 8 years at Allegro Performing Arts Academy. I am currently studying dance at Western Washington university and I am on Western’s hiphop dance team. I’m excited to share my love of dance with you all!

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop.

misssophia

dance teacher

Sophia

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 and tap.

missgabi

dance teacher

I grew up in Puyallup, WA. I started my career in theater before joining a competitive dance team. I have been in numerous stage productions, including musicals where I sang and danced. With my dance team, I traveled across the nation to compete against other dancers and to further my dance experience. have trained in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Tap. I am currently pursuing a BS in Kinesiology and a BFA in Dance at Western Washington University. This is my first year at The Dance Studio and I am very excited to share my love for dance with everyone!

Teaches ballet and tap.

missmaria

dance teacher

I am from Port Orchard, WA, and have been dancing for fourteen years in very diverse styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, several ballroom styles, break dancing, hip hop, and lyrical.  I have loved to dance since my first Nutcracker when I was five years old.  I am studying dance at Western Washington University, and I am scheduled to graduate in 2017 with my BA.  

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical.

missmimi

dance teacher

My name is Mimi and I’m a junior at Squalicum High School where I love to cheer on my school at sporting events. I’m a mentor and also involved in many clubs. The Dance Studio has been a part of my life for 13 years and my favorite styles of dance are jazz and lyrical. I have a background in all styles of dance as well as gymnastics. Dancing is such an important part of my life because it helps me express myself and it can always brighten my day. I’m excited to continue to be a part of The Dance Studio family and share my love for dance! 

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop.

missbrynna

dance teacher

I am a senior at Bellingham High School and have been dancing since preschool. I have experience in many types of dance—ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, musical theater, and adagio—and currently take classes in a variety. My favorite style is tap! Though I have assisted in younger dance classes before, this is my first year with a class of my own, and I am very excited! 

Teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop.

misslena

dance teacher

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. 

missgrace

dance teacher

When I was six, I started dancing at the British Dancing Academy in Kent, WA. There I was able to study ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, and some tap. During my time at British I participated in the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing’s exam program which is internationally recognized. I am a sophomore at Western Washington University studying math and dance, with the intent to teach in both subjects. I am excited to join The Dance Studio family and cannot wait to get into the classroom.

Teaches ballet, jazz and lyrical.