Dream, Perform, Achieve

Faculty

Kathleen Robertson

Co-Owner, Young One’s, Youth Division, Performance Division Choreographer and Co-Director

DPA-InstHeadshots-009-8x10Kathleen started dancing at the age of nine at Olympic Ballet School in Edmonds, WA. She performed many years in the Puget Sound area with Westlake Dance Center & ARC Dance productions, and has worked with local and national choreographers. In high school she was a competitive dancer and has been featured in local, regional and international commercials. She created choreography and trained Performance Group dancers to compete at the local and national level. Kathleen also loves doing choreography for musicals. She has completed Jazz and Theater intensives in New York, at Broadway Dance Center and modern intensives at David Taylor Dance Theatre in Colorado. She has studied various styles of dance; ballet, lyrical, Horton modern technique, jazz, tap, flamenco, musical theatre and body conditioning. She has been teaching dance and movement for over twenty years. She received her Dance Masters Certificate and training in New York. Kathleen loves teaching dancers of all ages and abilities and loves to see when dancers “lose themselves” in the movement – a great joy!

 

Jennifer O’Brien

Co-Owner, Young Ones, Youth Division, Advanced Division, Performance Division Choreographer and Co-Director

Jennifer grew up in the Seattle area and has been studying all forms of dance for the past 20+ years. She is a conservatory graduate from the now closed Washington Academy of Performing Arts in Redmond and from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. While at OCU she was privileged to study tap under Robert L. Reed, perform the opening ceremony at the 2007 Rose Bowl parade with Kristen Chenoweth, and take master classes with a few of the great Tap Masters including Jimmy Slide, Ernest “Brownie” Brown, and Arthur Duncan. Professionally, Jen has performed locally, on ships with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and as a Radio City Rockette at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Jen has studied multiple genres of pedagogy and choreography and has been teaching dance since her early days as a high school student teacher. She has now taught for multiple dance studios around the area and has enjoyed choreographing junior high and high school musicals. She loves being able to share her passion for dance and the joy it can bring with all her students.

 

Jackie Joyner

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

DPA-InstHeadshots-012-8x10Originally for Northern California, Jackie trained in a wide variety of dance styles from a young age and began competing soon after. She moved to Southern California to continue her study of dance at California State University Long Beach and California State University Fullerton as a dance major. Jackie danced professionally at the Disneyland Resort as a parade performer for five years where she danced both on the stage and street as well as special televised events with artists such as Anika Noni Rose. She studied regularly at Edge Performing Arts Center and Debbie Allen Dance Academy with a variety of master teachers and choreographers while living in LA. She was assistant choreographer for Gary Goddard Entertainment contracted to choreograph a night time parade for Six Flags parks in New Jersey and New England. Her choreography can also be seen with Los Angeles based companies LA Unbound, Backhausdance, and many youth companies throughout California. Jackie is a certified Pilates instructor with a dance specialization from Body Arts and Science International and is the owner of Body Concepts Pilates in Seattle. She loves sharing her passion for dance and Pilates with DPA and the Duvall community.

 

Dañela Lewis

Ballet, Advanced Division

Dañela began her training in Southern California at the Palos Verdes Ballet School, as well as with Roland Dupre and Joe Tremaine. She has performed with various dance companies including San Francisco Ballet, Bella Lewitzski Company, and The Henry Mancini Dancers. Dañela has participated in workshops with Tandy Beal, The Moving Company, Alwin Nikolais, Joe Bennet, and Pilobolus. Dañela has been a Ballet Mistress and instructor at several studios in the Northwest over the last 25 years including Issaquah Dance Theatre, Ballet Bellevue, International Ballet Theatre and Cornish College of the Arts. She has participated in various Artist in Residency programs around the country and is currently a ballet instructor at several local studios. Dañela was a member of Dance Educators of America, from 1975-82, and provided movement training for the 1984 United States Men's Downhill Ski Team. In addition, she brought dancers to compete and place with high awards, including the top 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). Her experience, energy and love of dance inspire all who dance with her.

 

Ben Dominic- Picture Coming Soon

Ballet, Youth Division, Advanced Division,

Ben received his B. F. A. in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, studying Ballet, Modern, and Stage Combat. He has performed in the greater Seattle area with works by Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, and Amy Thompson. In addition, he has worked with many schools and companies including Ballet Bellevue and Souterre. He is currently training with Deborah Hadley at Souterre and is so excited to share is knowledge and experience with the DPA dancers.

 

Annie Morro - Picture Coming Soon

Tap, Jazz Funk, Musical Theatre Jazz

Annie Morro is a teaching artist and dancer/actor/singer working in the greater Seattle area. Her love of dance inspired her to train and compete in various styles throughout her youth until major back surgery forced her out of the dance studio. During this time, Annie discovered her passion for acting. Though Annie returned to her dance classes a year later, the musical theatre seed had been planted. At 18 years old, Annie auditioned for the Young Americans International Music Outreach Tours, a volunteer-based touring group that brings music and dance into under-funded schools. With the YA's, Annie toured throughout Europe and Asia, performing and learning to teach students of all ages and backgrounds. Upon returning to the United States, Annie studied at the University of Washington, pioneering the new Musical Theatre Program, and received her B.A. in Musical Theatre as well as a minor in Dance. Since graduation, Annie has taught dance and theatre classes throughout Seattle and the Eastside. She has taught masterclasses for the UW Dance Department, choreographed for local theatre groups, and directed productions for young actors. Annie's performance credits include the 5th Avenue Theatre's Man of La Mancha, Village Theatre's My Fair Lady, Tzeitel in Aurora Theatre Company's Fiddler on the Roof, and Charity in UW Musical Theatre's Sweet Charity. She is excited to bring her experiences and passion for performing to the students at Duvall Performing Arts.

 

Kaylie Cunningham

Young One’s Creative Movement, Pre Ballet

DPA-InstHeadshots-004-8x10Kaylie is a Senior at Cedarcrest High School and has been a student teacher for the last three years. Kaylie started with DPA at age five and plays an active role with DPA events, recitals, classes and camps.  In addition to receiving training at DPA, she was also a dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 2009-2012.  While at PNB she was in The Nutcracker (three seasons), Cinderalla and Circus Polka.  She has also played various roles at DPA including Abu in A Whole New World, Aurora in Maleficent, and the Fairy Godmother in The Glass Slipper.  Kaylie is thrilled to be teaching at DPA.

 

 

 

 

Shandie Hensely - Picture Coming Soon

Hip Hop

Shandy is a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in Creative Dance. Starting at the age of 12, she has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, and African dance. In her younger years, she took on the role of captain and co-choreographer of her high school's dance team while also training at the Lake Chelan Centre for Dance and the Academy of Dance and Performing Arts in Wenatchee. After moving to Seattle over 7 years ago, managing for a large retail company, and finishing her AA at community colleges she finally applied at her dream college and pursued her life long passion for teaching dance. During Shandie's time at UW, she performed in the musical production of Sweet Charity and the piece "Giddy Up" from the 2015 Dance Faculty Concert. She has taught creative movement, hip hop, fitness, and barre throughout the Seattle area from kids to adults and is excited to broaden her teaching career to the eastside. Allowing one to discover their true identity through movement, encouragement and challenges is what motivates Shandie as a teacher and she is really looking forward to meeting all of her new movers at Duvall Performing Arts

 

Eury Rivera

Acro, Pom

Eury has a Master's degree in Psychology and has several years of teaching experience. Her passion for dance and choreography has encouraged her to complete training in different dance forms in the USA, Mexico and Canada where she has also choreographed for recreational and competition teams. Her training includes; Pom, Polynesian, Rhythmic Gymnastics, AcroDance and Jazz. She has brought dancers to receive high awards at the state level in Cheer and Pom, and is the head cheer coach for TGA Sports. Eury keeps her skills up-to-date by attending ongoing training and certification courses throughout the year, and is a member of USAG for Rhythmic Gymnastics. "I love working with kids, my favorite part of teaching is seeing the pride and smile on my dancers' face when they archive a new skill".

 

 

 

Tara Orman

Young Ones, Adult Jazz

Tara's love for dance started at the age of 2 in ballet and continued throughout her student life at the Betty Johnson School of Dance (now Bender Performing Arts) in Phoenix, Arizona. There she studied ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz and participated in their Performance Division, Dance Motion, competing and traveling both in and out of state. Throughout college at Northern Arizona University, she continued sharing her love of ballet by teaching at their local community center. Tara's dual degree in Special Education/Elementary Education has given her many local opportunities to teach, including the Duvall Cooperative Preschool, where music and dancing are her favorite way to engage her learners. Tara's love of the arts also expands to her own children's classrooms, where she volunteers as an Art Docent. She is excited to have the opportunity to bring music and movement to the young children and families of Duvall.

Chrissy Carswell

Young Ones, Youth Division, Adult Refitt

Chrissy brings with her over 18 years of experience. She began dancing at a young age and became serious about dancing at the age of 16.  She trained under the instruction of Tom Riza and Kathi Urban in Ballroom, Latin and Swing at U-R Dancing in Bellevue. She competed at the Seattle Star Ball, coming away with multiple first place awards. After finding success in the competition realm, Chrissy followed her heart and expanded her passion to instructing recreational classes in Creative Movement, Pre Ballet and Jazz. She moved this passion to become a competition choreographer for seven years; competing dancers in Jazz and Musical Theatre style pieces. Young people are her passion, not only in dancing but in encouraging and empowering them in all aspects of life. She believes what you learn in dance class can help shape who you become as an adult. So, you might as well "leave a little sparkle wherever you go!" When she is not teaching, she is spending time with her husband Jake, and their four children in Monroe. In addition to her love of teaching, she is also an adult fitness instructor throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. She is thrilled to be part of the DPA family and bring her gifts, talents and sparkle our way.

Elianna Langley - Picture Coming Soon

Homeschool Program, Young Ones, Youth Division, Open Program

Elianna's love of dance began at age three when she twirled her way through her first ballet class. She has enjoyed many dance styles over the years including ballet, tap, musical theater, contemporary, African, lyrical, modern, and praise dance.  At age eleven she was invited to dance as a student guest in the Katy Hagelin Dance Company's modern production of George McDonald's Phantasties in the role of a woodland fairy. At age 14, Elianna began dancing at DPA in their Advanced Division, and has enjoyed performing in various roles such as the Pauper in the production A Whole New World, Anna in Let It Go, Fauna in Maleficent's Curse, the principle role in New Beginnings, the stepmother in The Glass Slipper and Sher Khan in Mowgli's Journey. Elianna has also been involved in several musical theater productions with lead roles in Arabian Nights, Seussicaland Camp Hope. She just recently finished Olympic Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive and will be featured in their 2017 Summer Gala. Elianna looks forward to passing on her passion for dance to young dancers as she teaches at DPA!