Our Teachers!


Kelsey Jamieson Ruth - Co-Owner


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 - 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 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.



Sydney Knudson has been dancing since the age of two and comes from a big family of artists. Growing up as a competition dancer in California, Sydney has had many opportunities to take class and partake in choreography from teachers such as Michael Schumacher, Travis Wall, Bonnie Story, Brooke Lipton, Mia Michaels and many more. She holds two Bachelors of Science degrees in Dance and Organizational Sciences from the University of Idaho. In her college years she danced, choreographed, and produced many concerts as well as participating in two major tours of the Pacific Northwest with the school's spring dance and music collaboration of Dancers, Drummers, Dreamers. Sydney was also on University of Idaho's Dance team her junior and senior year, dancing at both basketball and volleyball games. While on this team she had the honor of choreographing side lines and half times to be performed for the University. Since graduating, Sydney has been involved in teaching, choreographing, and attending classes all around the country. She is currently residing in Bellevue, Washington working as the Associate Director for Imagine Dance Challenge, running events and teaching classes around the country.



Sara Hannan is thrilled to be returning to her very own childhood dance studio, this round teaching young movement! She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Her training in ballet, tap, jazz, and beyond from Cascade Dance has sparked immense joy and interest, and she only wishes to create the same energy in her students. Sara has worked for local theaters, such as Village Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre, and taught musical theatre for the Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive. When not teaching or performing, she loves to write poetry, sing with her friends, and bake vegan goodies!



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. 



 Natalie has been dancing since she was two years old and now teaches  Creative Movement and Musical Theatre classes. She has received training  in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, voice, and acting. She  also loves to dance hip hop when she gets a chance! She has been a  student of Cascade Dance Academy since its opening in 2006 and considers  it her second home. With CDA, she has won two dance scholarships at Hollywood Dance Experience Convention/Competition and has performed at a variety of community events. Natalie has also performed in multiple musical theatre productions at her middle and high schools, Heavier Than Air Theatre, and Village Theatre Kidstage. Favorite roles include Liesl  in “The Sound of Music” and Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls”. Natalie  has a passion for choreography and has happily led several student  choreography camps and co-choreographed The Music Man at Twin Falls Middle School. She is thrilled to be teaching at a dance studio that has  taught her so much! 



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.