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.
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 daughter, Maggie.
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.
Megan Maxwell has a passion for dance and a love of teaching. She has been teaching dance for over ten years, beginning with her own studio she started as a teenager. In high school, Megan was the Captain of the Drill Team and helped lead the team to several victories. She also coached gymnastics after school. After high school she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to teach preschool in Duvall. While in college, Megan started teaching at Duvall Performing Arts (DPA). She has taught hip hop, jazz, tap, toddler tumbling, and acro. During her time at DPA, Megan wore several hats. She was given the role of Co-Artistic Director, Administrative Director and Production Manager. Megan loves to be involved in the community. She has done choreography for many Cascade Community Theatre musicals including "A Christmas Carol", "Babes in Toyland", "Grease" and is currently working with CCT on "Annie". In addition, she co-coaches the Mount Si High School Dance Team and is a Dance/Drill Judge through the high school circuit. She is excited to share her passion with the students at CDA!
Jennifer Porter grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She trained with Ballet West and First Chamber Dance Company and attended high school at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her professional career dancing with The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC and then with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Jennifer was the Artistic Director of Ballet Bellevue for three years where she created two original full length ballets. She has created works for The Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Inception Dance Theater and her highly acclaimed "Sacred and Profane" for Burmer Music. Her piece, "Vim" was recently performed in Croatia. In February of 2017, Jennifer took 1st prize at The Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival, in Utah, for her piece "Duet" and was invited to return and to present an evening of her choreography. So in October, she brought 10 dancers from Seattle to Utah, to perform her original choreography for an enthusiastic audience at The Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah.
In addition to choreography, Jennifer has been teaching for 20 years and has enjoyed working with not only professional dancers, but students and non-dancers. She's been teaching all over the state, choreographing Musicals, Graduation dances, and the occasional Flashmob.
Thyra grew up dancing in Calgary, Alberta where she trained in classical ballet, jazz, African and modern dance. She obtained all the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) examination levels and is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Thyra attended the University of Western Ontario, majoring in Economics and minoring in Dance Performance and Choreography. She studied ballet and modern dance in New York, training under David Howard at Steps on Broadway, Igal Perry at Periance, and Bill Hastings at Broadway Dance Center. She performed as a guest artist with numerous companies including Dance Dance Dance Ontario, the Alberta Ballet, Calgary City Ballet and Spokane Ballet Theatre. A highlight of her performing experiences was dancing in the Opening Ceremonies at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Thyra moved to Spokane, WA and began her career as a dance teacher and choreographer there in 1999. She taught Broadway Jazz, Ballet (both open ballet and the R.A.D. syllabus), established a modern dance program at two studios, and was a rehearsal mistress for the State Street Ballet Company’s Nutcracker. She moved to the Seattle area in 2014 and taught ballet on Mercer Island. Thyra looks forward to sharing her love of Ballet and passion for teaching with the students at Cascade Dance Academy.
Allyson is thrilled to be back at her childhood studio! In her 9 years training at Cascade Dance, she tried nearly every type of class they had to offer. She also got to be one of the first teacher assistants, working with many students from Creative Movement to Musical Theatre to Princess Campers. Her passion for dance drove her to join the theatre program at Mount Si High School, where she participated in four musicals while assistant choreographing three of them. While in high school, Allyson also performed in musicals and plays at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. Her favorite roles include the Leopard in Tarzan (Village) and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress (Mount Si). Allyson went on to double major at Western Washington University where she earned Bachelor Degrees in Dance and Communications. While she was studying, she choreographed two musicals at Mount Si: Pippin and Urinetown. Post graduation, Allyson performed in Crazy for You at the Bellingham Theatre Guild and was the Lighting Technician for Spokes by Kuntz and Company. She is very excited for the opportunity to share all that she has learned so far with the dancers at Cascade!
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.
Kendal Ruland is a classically trained dancer, teacher, choreographer, and certified Gyrotonic Trainer. She has spent the last decade teaching at various dance schools in the Pacific Northwest and choreographing for local high school's seasonal musicals. Kendal's training includes Washington Academy of Performing Arts, International Ballet Academy, San Francisco Conservatory, LINES Ballet, San Diego City Ballet, and an apprentice with Ballet BC. She loves teaching the traditional disciplines of dance while encouraging students to explore their own style of movement. Kendal is excited to be a part of Cascade Dance Academy. When she is not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, exploring and camping around Washington and along the West Coast.
Andrea Hicks was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She first discovered her love of dance in high school, by taking Modern Jazz. She had a two-year break from the dance world before picking it back up while going to college at Arizona State. By joining a studio, Andrea was able to further develop as a dancer by including ballet with her training. Although, Andrea did not pursue a career in dance, she has always loved it! Andrea followed another passion in life and received her BFA in Drawing. Currently, she works full time as an artist and is so happy to be a part of the Cascade Dance Academy.
Jenae grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Evergreen City Ballet under the direction of Wade Walthall, with additional training at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Walnut Hill, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin. She danced professionally with Ballet Austin and Tulsa Ballet before furthering her career in Las Vegas, dancing in a long-standing show and acting as Dance Captain. She is excited to share her passion of teaching to the next generation of dancers.
Jenae is also a Certified Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor.