Stephanie Wood-Ennett | Co-Director
Began her early years of training at Ballet Arts Olympia until her dedication for dance moved her to Redmond, WA at the age of 15 to pursue her training at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Deborah Hadley; former principal ballerina for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. During Ms. Wood-Ennett's years of professional training she attended prestigious summer programs such as Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
She also studied on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theatre School and the San Francisco Ballet School. Following a summer with the San Francisco Ballet School, Ms. Wood- Ennett was invited to move to San Francisco to further her training and perform with the company. In 1998 Ms. Wood- Ennett joined Ballet Memphis and danced professionally for six years. During this time she performed soloist roles and worked with innovative choreographers. In the midst of Ms. Wood- Ennett 's performing career she discovered a love and talent for teaching and choreography that has continued to grow over the past fifteen years.
Mary Cecelia Piper | Co-Owner
Otherwise known as MC, has been dancing almost her entire life and has performed many lead roles. Her first formal training began with Bridgette D'Calle, at Ballet School of Olympia. MC has been awarded numerous scholarships to prestigious dance schools including the Joffrey Ballet and Marin Ballet. During her college years she danced with both Ballet Omaha's School of Dance & Creighton University's Dance Division. MC's dancing did take a brief intermission while she worked as a mental health counselor and became a mother of two beautiful daughters. She realized her passion for teaching in 2004 when she began instructing at Ballet Arts of Olympia. MC's long time goal of owning her own professional dance school has now become a reality, in Studio West Dance Academy. "Dancing with children and watching them grow in self-confidence, poise, coordination, and the love of dance fills my heart with joy."
Kristine Anderson started dancing at an early age in Colorado, continuing through high school in Idaho. She has performed in the Nutcracker with Ballet Idaho, and was part of a national championship dance team. Upon completing her BA in Dance with high honors from San Francisco State University, she continued her formal education and completed an MFA in Dance at Mills College with highest honors, May 2011.
She has since been making and performing dance works and teaching. She has company experience with Tere Mathern Dance, Rachel Slater and Dancers, and apprenticed with ODC/Dance Company. She has had the honor of learning “Trio A” from Yvonne Rainer, herself, as well as Linda K. Johnson. Johnson and Anderson performed “Trio A” at the Berkeley Art Museum, Fall 2011. She also has had the honor of working with and performing works by esteemed artists such as Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Molissa Fenley, Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, and Tere Mathern.
Her choreographic works have been performed in various locations, from intimate art galleries to studios and larger theaters in San Francisco and Portland. Beside self-produced shows, her choreographic works have been featured at the 1 Festival, the Polish Festival, The Garage (SF), and Dance Plus.
Kristina began her career at Studio West in the summer of 2012 as a part
time front desk person. Her role has evolved over the years and she took on
more extensive responsibilities as the Assistant Studio Manager. After the
birth of her third child in the winter of 2015, Studio West gave her the
opportunity to continue working the hours she could manage and she now works
mainly in the back office doing books and other office work.
Kristina does not have a dance background, but grew up with Ms. Stephanie
and truly loves being a part of the Studio West Community. She graduated
from St. Martin's University with her bachelor's in Business Administration
and Finance. She currently resides in Olympia with her husband and three
Brittni Bryan is a Contemporary Dance Instructor at Studio West Dance Academy. In 2013, she graduated from Seattle University with her Bachelor's degree in English Literature. She has been teaching dance since 2010; after graduating from Tumwater High School where she was a member of the national ranking Tumwater High School Dance Team. Brittni was a competitive dancer during adolescence, receiving such prestigious awards as the Triple Threat Award from New York City Dance Alliance's convention circuit, Student Choreography Awards, and multiple overall titles as a Lyrical and Jazz soloist. Since graduating college, Brittni has continued her dance training in Seattle, performing with Xaviera Vandermay's contemporary company, 3rd Shift Dance Company. She performs with Assistant Company Director, Sharonda Young, who also teaches for SWDA! As a dance educator at SWDA, Brittni strives to inspire her students to find the story within the movement. Storytelling, pedantic gesturing, hyberbolic movement, and a deep love of music are the pillared foundation of Brittni's teaching style. She hopes to share her love of movement and expression with every student who takes her class!
Nathan Cook began his ballet training at the age of four at Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma, WA where he studied classical and contemporary ballet under the direction of Kay Englert. He has studied a wide variety of other dance styles including, modern, jazz, tap and flamenco to name a few. He has also danced principal roles in a number full length ballets such as Prince Charming in Cinderella, Nick Bottom in A Mid Summer Night's Dream, Prince Ivan in The Firebird, and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Mr. Cook spent four summers dancing on a merit scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet in their summer intensive program and another year with training with Spectrum Dance Theater. Currently he is working as a freelance dancer and ballet teacher throughout the Puget Sound area.
Marianna Ramsour | Ballet
Ms. Marianna started her Ballet training at the age of five at Keyla Ermecheo's Ballet School in Caracas, Venezuela; where she graduated as a classical Ballet Dancer. She joined Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas under the artistic direction of Keyla Ermecheo. During that time she performed many classical and neo-classical repertoire including: Giselle act II, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire (pas de deux), Bayaderka Trio, Nutcracker, Apollo (Balanchine), Paquita, and was able to be a part of the World Festival and perform at Pace University in New York.
Four years later she joined National Ballet Caracas under the artistic direction of Vicente Nebreda where she toured to other countries and all around the United States performing predominantly Nebreda's and Balanchine's work. After guest performing in Tulsa Ballet's Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, she joined Ballet Memphis in August, 2001 under the artistic direction of Dorothy Gunther Pugh. With the company, she was able to perform in numerous ballets by renowned choreographer's such as Trey McIntyre, Mark Godden (Carmina Burana), Lila York, George Balanchine, Garret Ammon, Julia Adams and Joseph Jeffries. She trained under: Carmen Estela Fernández, Nela Lanz, Johana Fernández, Rafael Portillo, Irina Ivanova, Marina del Elmo, Vladimir Issaev, Vladimir lopoukhov, Eric Volodin, Maya Samokhalova, Ruta Butviliene, Rumen Rachev, Rubén Echeverría and Keyla Ermecheo. Ms. Marianna has taken the mat and reformer courses in Stott Pilates under the direction of Tamara Hoffmann and dedicates full time to teaching the art of Ballet.