425-396-0538 -35306 SE Center Street -Snoqualmie Ridge

 

Kelsey Jamieson Ruth teaches a wide variety of dance styles.  She’s received training in lyrical, hip hop, acting, voice, ballet, yoga, musical theatre, jazz, tap, and modern.  Kelsey began dancing at age three and her dance repertoire has been expanding ever since.  She spent many happy years of her childhood performing with a competitive tap team.  She participated in all of her high school plays and has been to Lincoln, Nebraska’s International Thespian Festival three times!  Her favorite role was Lorraine Sheldon in “The Man Who Came to Dinner”.  She continued to study acting and dance at the University of Washington where she jumped at the opportunity to study abroad in Italy.  She graduated summa cum laude, earning a minor in Dance and a degree in Psychology.  Her tap classes incorporate elements of rhythm and Broadway styles of tap and her jazz classes cover the spectrum from Broadway to lyrical.  She discovered a passion for choreography at a young age and still gets excited to create new pieces for recital season.  She has always loved kids but enjoys getting in some “grown-up time” with her adult classes as well.  Kelsey believes in encouraging versatility and hopes to foster a unique style and wide appreciation of the arts in each of her students. She’s learned a lot from the six studios she has been teaching at, but is excited to finally be able to concentrate her energy on one place. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and together they are kept busy raising their two boys.

           Co-Owner

Brittany Jamieson Pulliam has been dancing since she was three and now teaches ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and musical theatre.  Additionally, she is trained in flamenco, modern, acting, voice, and character dance and loves to incorporate pieces of all of those styles into her choreography.  She holds a degree in zoology with a focus on anatomy and physiology and a minor in dance from the University of Washington, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She loves bringing that combination of art and science together in her teaching style.  When not at the studio, she performs professionally in musicals all over Seattle and the country.  Some favorite roles include Ruth in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, and Flossie in “On the Town”, both at the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Maggie in “Brigadoon” at the Village Theatre.  Brittany has been fortunate enough to work with some of the leading choreographers and directors in the nation and looks forward to sharing what she has learned from them with her students.  Through teaching, she hopes to inspire and prepare the next generation of performers, whether they are in a school talent show or on Broadway.  Having taught for many different studios and programs over the last several years, she is so excited to be able to focus all of her passion for the arts and her love for kids and teaching into Cascade Dance Academy.  Brittany and her husband enjoy traveling to far-off places, reading, and playing with their dauther, Maggie.

           Co-Owner

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Nancy Somerville

Dañela Lewis

Sarah Bordenet

Anna Hronchak

Katy Tabb

Eia Waltzer

Annika Knepper

Alisha Burger

Sidra Hoffman

Kathy Tassielli

Office Manager

Nancy Somerville worked in the banking technology industry for many years, where she focused on business process improvement, receiving her certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Having no real interest in either a) banking or b) technology, she decided to pursue a more enjoyable career, merging her love of ballet and experience with customer service and office management into the role of ‘Ms. Nancy’ for Cascade Dance.  Nancy is also a member of the Dramatists Guild and writes song lyrics and libretti (stories for opera), a highlight of which was traveling to Finland in July 2012 to attended the premiere of an opera she co-wrote for the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Dañela Lewis 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 including Ballet Bellevue, Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions, International Dance Theatre, and Cornish and has participated in Artist in Residency programs around the country. 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. Her experience, energy and love of dance inspire all who dance with her.

 

Sarah Bordenet is very excited to be teaching at Cascade Dance Academy. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre (Magna Cum Laude) from Point Park University where she studied to be a "triple threat" in Acting, Singing, and Dancing. She has appeared in productions of Ragtime (PPU), The Skin of Our Teeth (PPU), The Sound of Music (Village Theatre), Annie (Renton Civic Theatre), and is a faculty member at Village Kidstage (Tap and Acting), The Dance School of Everett (Tap), and Issaquah Dance Theatre (Tap, Musical Theatre Dance, and Vocal Ensemble). Sarah is thrilled to be teaching Tap and Vocal Ensemble for Cascade Dance Academy.

Anna Hronchak studied Classical Ballet in Moscow at the Lavrovsky Choreographic School.  She went on to dance professionally at the Kremlin Ballet under Yuri Grigorovich where she became a principal dancer.  She later joined the Yuri Grigorovich Theatre in Krasnodar, Russia where she honed her skills and quickly gained the lead roles in many performances.   While there she worked on her solo repertoire and quickly became their Prima Ballerina.  For five seasons, performing in about 90 shows a year, she toured at the Mariinsky Theatre with the Yuri Grigorovich Troupe.  She has been featured as the lead in many performances such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Swan Lake”, “Giselle”, “Spartacus”, “Coppelia”, and “The Nutcracker”, and has toured many different countries such as Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Finland, Norway, England and the United States.  Over the course of her career she has received several awards such as winner of the All-Russian contest for “Young Ballet of the World” in 2004 and the “Best Female Ballet Actress of the Krasnodar Region” in 2013. Anna teaches all levels of Ballet, from Kindergarten up to Advanced Pointe classes.  She is very excited to bring her talents Cascade Dance Academy.  Her mastery of technique mixed with her exceedingly graceful style really set her apart from other dancers.

Katy Tabb is thrilled to be back in the PNW and to be part of the CDA family.  A graduate of Chapman University with a B.A. in Dance, Katy has spent the last decade performing in and choreographing numerous musical productions both locally at the 5th Avenue Theatre and Village Theatre as well as numerous theaters in Los Angeles and New York. Most recently, she choreographed Billy Elliot for Village Theatre and looks forward to choreographing Singin' In The Rain for Village in the fall. Favorite performance credits include: Funny Girl, Chicago, and The Producers (all at Village Theatre), Spamalot (5th Ave.), as well as 42nd Street, White Christmas, and Young Frankenstein, amongst others (all in Los Angeles). She was a member of the New York-based, international touring women's tap company, The Honey Taps, as well as a featured dancer for the Robbie Turner Revue in its residency at the Hard Rock, Seattle. She is passionate about sharing her love of performance with her students and helping each student to discover his or her own unique dance voice.

Eia Waltzer has been dancing since she was three years old and has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre for the past six years. An implant from Los Angeles, she has danced up and down the coast, experiencing a wide range of styles and teachers. She loves working as a choreographer in various theatres and high schools around the area, and has taught students to professionals. She especially loves watching students dig into a character or finally pick up that new step they've been struggling with. She lives for the "Aha!" moment. You may have recently seen her choreography in Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE productions of West Side Story, Footloose, High School Musical, The Music Man, and Godspell. Eia has also been on the other side of the table, working as an actor at theatres such as SCT and Village Theatre. In her spare time, which is rare, Eia enjoys traveling anywhere and everywhere and playing the ukulele. She has an Art degree from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching: K-8.

Annika Knepper has been dancing for 18 years. She grew up in the area studying anything and everything she could. She felt a strong pull to create dance and spent countless hours in her room, truly dancing like no one was watching, and making up routines to develop her inner choreographer. However, she began to feel that the stress of competitive dancing was clouding her passion for dance, and decided to take a break from dance to explore life and regain her passion and fire for it. She choreographed and collaborated with many people and many styles of dance (studio, ballroom, and cultural dances). She came to realize how all of it is a beautiful outlet to gain confidence, create deep relationships, and open yourself to inspiration. She recently started teaching dance and feels so grateful to have finally found her thing! First and foremost, she believes in teaching students how to love themselves, move beyond their fears and limitations, and encourage one another to be the best people and dancers they can be. And then of course, once the dancers master the moves, they can truly fly.

Alisha Burger is an educator, dancer and choreographer with an overall passion for movement and the joy that comes when sharing it with others. She has studied jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary/lyrical for the past 20 years with some of the industries leading master teachers.  Moving to Seattle in 2013, Alisha took a break from teaching and choreography to focus on her own personal development as a dancer and educator.  She has taken courses and spent many hours independently studying research from the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She recently completed the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers taught by world-renowned educator, Anne Green Gilbert, becoming certified in teaching brain compatible dance education. In the summer of 2016 she became a certified yoga teacher earning her RYT200. Seattle has given her a new holistic approach to teaching dance and she is excited to continue to build upon it by exploring new ways of moving.  She cannot wait to dive back into teaching, her true calling in life!

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Kathy Tassielli is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer and Golf Fitness Specialist. She also holds certifications as a Level II TRX Trainer, Indoor Cycling Instructor, PiYo Instructor and is the creator of Barre Attitude classes. Whether she is Personal Training or Instructing a Group Fitness class, Kathy is fulfilling her passion to inspire others to experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Kathy recognizes that every client requires a specific training program based on their lifestyle, injuries and goals. Whether you are bettering your overall health, improving your fitness, or enhancing your performance for a specific sport, Kathy will design a program that is result driven. Clients who are committed and have a consistent daily desire to improve will have the opportunity to meet and even exceed their goals. Motivation is key to your success and with Kathy’s enthusiasm, passion and knowledge, you will be driven to make positive, lasting lifestyle changes. 1% Better Every Day! Kathy teaches Barre Attitude at Cascade Dance three days a week.

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