Co-Owners/Directors

Stephanie Wood-Ennett • Co-Owner/Director & Instructor

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. Additionally, she 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/Director & Instructor

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.”

Faculty & Staff

Autumn George • Instructor

Autumn George began training at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts and continued her training at Oregon Ballet Theater, Northwest Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and with David Parsons in New York City.  She earned her Bachelors of Science in Dance at Western Oregon University with a minor in Business.  As a Veteran and Army spouse, Autumn travelled around the U.S. teaching in Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky and Georgia before relocating to Washington.

Cole McMason • Instructor

Cole started his training at Studio West Dance Academy when he was seven, continuing to study and perform there for 11 years. He participated in every Nutcracker until his graduation, as well as all spring ballets, recitals, and dance festivals. While at Studio West he attended summer programs across the country, including on merit scholarship at Boston Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theatre School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Following his graduation from Studio West, Cole was accepted into Pacific Northwest Ballet’s distinguished Professional Division program, which offers a unique opportunity to perform alongside the company in full-length ballets performed at McCaw Hall. Cole is currently halfway through the two-year program and looking forward to the coming year.

Elena Zellner • Instructor

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Elena attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts for nine years as a dance major where she studied under the instruction of Daryl Bjoza, Patricia Rozow, Meridith Benson, and Cynthia Riesterer. At SCPA, Elena received training in ballet and modern, and had many performance opportunities in classical ballets, as well as contemporary and modern works. In 2008, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to train with Ballet Magnificat! under the instruction of Cassandra and Jiri Voborsky, Sol Nazario, and Jennifer Tyndall. In her three years there, Elena had the opportunity to tour both in the States and abroad. Elena began her teaching experience when she was invited to pioneer an international branch of Ballet Magnificat!, which sent her to live in Honduras, Central America, to teach and perform. In 2012, Elena headed west to dance with Paradosi Ballet Company in Tacoma where she continued to teach and tour nationally and internationally. Upon her recent retirement from Paradosi Ballet, Elena is continuing to share her love for dance and movement through teaching the next generation of young dancers.

Elizabeth Piper • Substitute Instructor

Elizabeth Piper began her training at age 9 at Ballet Arts Olympia under the direction of Suzanne Ferko. It was there that she met Stephanie Wood-Ennett, who remained her instructor for many years. At age 15, Elizabeth began training on scholarship at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre with school director, Damara Bennett, and company director, Christopher Stowell. During her years of training, Elizabeth attended summer programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Elizabeth joined City Ballet of San Diego in 2009 and danced with them for four years. During her dance education and career she was honored to dance in such distinguished works as Balanchine’s Serenade, The Nutcracker, Valse Fantaisie and Donizetti. She also performed in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Carmen, Swan Lake, Firebird, Paquita and Lew Christensen’s Il Distratto. Elizabeth Graduated from Saint Martin’s University Summa Cum Laude in May of 2017 with a B.S. in biology. She worked at ATI Physical Therapy as a Rehab Technician and has been accepted into the University of Washington, University of Puget Sound and University of New England for Doctorate programs in Physical Therapy. She will be attending UPS in the Fall of 2018. A full-time staff member since 2014, Elizabeth values Studio West’s goals and environment and is dedicated to the success of all students. She enjoys sharing her skills gained as a professional dancer with our students and is excited to bring her skills as a Physical Therapist to SWDA.

Emily Coello • Instructor

Emily Coello, a native of Rock Island, IL, trained at the Alabama School of Fine Arts under Dame Sonia Arova before joining Alabama Ballet as an apprentice. She holds a BFA with honors from the New School University/Joffrey Ballet program in New York City where she trained with David Howard, Eleanor D’Antuono, John Magnus, Trinette Singleton, and Rebecca Wright. While in New York Emily was chosen by David Howard to be a demonstrator in his “World Tour” class video. For over twelve years she was first a dancer and then ballet mistress at City Ballet of San Diego. While with City Ballet, she was featured in many ballets including: Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, The Firebird, and in many ballets of George Balanchine’s including: Valse Fantasie, Walpurgisnacht, Who Cares?, Serenade, Donizetti Variations, and La Source.

Emma Rubbert • Instructor

Emma’s love for dance began with Studio West as a young dancer, she has trained with the studio for over 11 years. Emma has also trained at various summer intensive programs, including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and Ballet Austin. Emma has performed in all of Studio West Dance Theatre productions, including the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Giselle. Some of Emma’s favorite roles include the Guardian Angel, Spanish lead, and the magic of the snow corps in the Nutcracker.

Emma has been a teacher’s assistant since 2014, which is where she discovered a passion for helping younger dancers. She started substitute teaching in 2018 before teaching her own class. Emma’s fun loving attitude and discipline in dance help her inside the classroom as she guides younger dancers.

Emma is completing her final year of high school and plans to pursue continued training in ballet. In her spare time, Emma loves hanging out with her friends, doing Tik Tok dances, playing board games, and shopping.

Erin Pattillo • Instructor

Erin is a Seattle native who began her ballet training with Ms. Irene Larsson – formerly a dancer with New York City Ballet. Erin danced in many summer programs including Joffrey School of Ballet in New York City. She danced for one year with Redwood Concert Ballet in Eureka, California. Her teaching career began with Kay Englert at Washington Contemporary Ballet, where she served for fifteen years as ballet mistress, instructor and choreographer. Erin also taught ballet at Ballet Arts of Olympia with Suzie Ferko. Erin has been an instructor and choreographer at Studio West since the Studio’s inception. She is married, has one son, three daughters, and one adorable grandson.

Hallie Keel • Instructor

Hallie Keel is a 17-year-old dance instructor currently growing up in Tacoma, Washington. While attending school full time, she has also spent many years training under some of the most influential names in the dance community, including Brian Friedman, Tricia Miranda, and Tessandra Chavez.  During her time as a student she traveled across the nation with The Pulse on Tour as an Elite Protege and with Velocity Dance Convention as their 2016 National Junior MVA Winner. Although traveling for dance was an amazing experience, Hallie found her passion when she started teaching two years ago. With this being her third year teaching Hip Hop, she has found many ways to implement the rich history of Hip Hop into her teachings. Most people think of Hip Hop as being “just a style” of dance, but Hallie’s goal is to help students understand that it is a culture and a lifestyle that goes beyond the combos learned in class. Her favorite color is lavender, or any pastel version of a color.

Hannah Punimata • Administrative Staff & Instructor

Hannah Punimata was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA, and has been dancing since she was four years old. Hannah trained in all styles of dance at Dellos Dance studio in Diamond Bar, CA, until college, where she stayed active in jazz and ballet, discovered her passion was hip hop, and began coaching and teaching. Throughout her career she has trained at studios like The EDGE Performing Arts Center, Debbie Reynolds, Culture Shock SD, and Boogie Zone, which quickly turned her focus to commercial hip hop.

Hannah participated in dance competitions throughout grade school and well into college. She danced with the Mt. San Antonio College dance team and pep squad in competitions like Showstoppers, USA, UDA, and UCA in Florida and Las Vegas. She also coached the Pomona High School dance and cheer squads in 2005/2006. After she left Mt. SAC, she began dancing for CSULA’s dance team, as well as an all-girl dance crew called X-Factor. In 2007 she moved to New York and trained at Broadway Dance Center, where she discovered another passion, Broadway. She comes from a family of singers and musicians, so naturally, fell in love with theater. It was in New York where Hannah began to audition for jobs in the industry and was able to work with various up-and-coming pop and hip hop artists. In 2008, she moved home to be with her family when her brother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  She was able to continue coaching at Pomona High School, and compete with Barkada Modern, an elite adult dance crew in Southern California, in competitions such as World of Dance Pomona, World of Dance Los Angeles, Fusion (San Diego), Urban Street Jam, Bridge, Prelude SoCal, Vibe and Ultimate Brawl. After dancing with Barkada Modern for three seasons Hannah was invited to join another elite adult dance crew called “People Say I Move Funny” under the direction of Brian “BK” Kim (who happened to be her favorite choreographer), that consisted of dancers from Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, Kabba Modern, Common Ground and other teams in the San Diego area. After only one season with PSIMF, Hannah was invited to join a non-competing (expedition) dance crew called Hall of Fame that consisted of dancers from various dance crews around Southern California.

After teaching, choreographing, and performing for local R&B artists and competing with different dance crews, Hannah was married in 2012 and moved to San Diego where her husband played rugby for the U.S. Olympic team.  While there, she taught for The Box Dance Studio in Chula Vista.  After a short time, her husband became a member of the service and in 2013 they moved to Washington where she taught at Surrendered School of Dance and Studio West Dance Academy.  After subsequent orders to move to other duty stations, she taught at schools in Utah and North Carolina, but also began a new career working in law enforcement. In 2018, Hannah was able to move back to the Pacific Northwest and is ecstatic to call Studio West her home once again. She has always loved teaching and giving kids and young adults the tools they need to use and express their passion for dance, whether for performance, competition, auditions, or just the fun of D-A-N-C-I-N-G!

Jeri Globe • Administrative Staff & Instructor

Jerrilynn “Jeri” Globe first started her dance training at age 11 in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theatre and tumbling. One year later, at the age of 12, she started competing and attending classes and conventions around the country where she received multiple awards for solos, duets, trios and corps work. At age 13, Jeri began assisting in dance classes for children ages three through 16. After assisting for three years she started teaching her own classes as well as choreographing for competitions and dancing full-time. To her amazement, her students, with the supplement of her training and choreography, received multiple awards and achievements. From this point on, Jeri decided that teaching was her calling and dove in head-first. At age 19 she was asked to be assistant director of her studio and went on to take over the business and make it her own, later adding a retail store – Dance Fashions Unlimited. She wore multiple hats; managing the business, making costumes, teaching and choreographing. Her business rose in success. In an effort to slow down, Jeri decided to sell her studio and focus on dance instruction. Since 2010, her experience, values, and enthusiasm for dance have contributed to Studio West’s vision – we are pleased to have Jeri as an instructor and office staff member.

Joshua Grant • Guest Choreographer, Artist & Instructor

Joshua Grant is from Niceville, Florida. He trained at Northwest Florida Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at Virginia School of the Arts, the Rock School, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Grant joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2001 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2002. In 2004, he joined National Ballet of Canada, and in 2006, he joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. He performed as a principal dancer with Trockadero until 2011, when he rejoined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2015.

Mr. Grant has performed many lead roles in classical full length ballets and contemporary pieces by noted choreographers, including an originated lead role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic. He performed the Dying Swan as a guest artist on the Titus Command Gala in Dallas and for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Laugh Out Loud! Festival. In 2008, he performed on the Royal Variety Show at London’s Palladium Theatre in the presence of HRH Prince Charles.

Photo credit: Angela Sterling

Joslyn Sieling • Substitute Instructor

Joslyn was born and raised in Olympia, Washington, and started her journey as a dancer at the young age of 3 at Ballet Arts of Olympia. Joslyn transitioned to Studio West Dance Academy in 2008, and was one of our very first students. Her motivation for dance increased over the years as she experienced different styles of movement, including ballet, jazz, and hip hop.  In 2012, Joslyn was accepted into Studio West’s hip hop performing group, EDGE.  With EDGE, Joslyn has had the opportunity to dance in numerous festivals throughout the Puget Sound as well as participate in the Monsters of Hip Hop, the original all-hip hop dance convention. In 2017, Joslyn was named team captain of EDGE, joined the teacher-in-training program at Studio West, and eventually began teaching at the Beat Box hip hop studio.  We know she will continue to help kids find their passion for dance through new activities, creative lessons, and her highly-contagious enthusiasm!

Kayla Jones • Instructor

Kayla Jones has been dancing since age 4, and started training at Studio West in 2008. She began teaching ballet at SWDA in 2019, after volunteering at Ballet Princess Camp for several years. Beyond her training at SWDA, Kayla attended Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2017 summer dance intensive in Portland, OR.

As a current level 8 ballet student, she performs in all of SWDT’s performances. Some of her featured roles include the Spanish, Russian, and Chinese Leads from “The Nutcracker,” Swanhilda’s Friend from “Coppélia,” and Alice’s Sister from “Alice in Wonderland.” She has also been a member of SWDT’s Performance Division since 2016 and has performed in dance festivals around the Puget Sound.

In Spring 2021, she will graduate from both Olympia High School and South Puget Sound Community College with an Associate’s Degree through the Running Start program. She plans to dance at a 4-year college in the near future. Kayla loves teaching young dancers and watching their self-confidence grow as they explore new things in ballet class!

Kennedy Griffin • Instructor

Kennedy Griffin, often referred to as “Ken,” starting dancing at the age of three. She trained locally in Lacey, WA, at Center Stage Dance Academy focusing on Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary, Acro and Hip Hop. She was a member of the studio’s Ultimate Dance Force for nine years, competing locally as well as nationally. When her studio closed she transitioned to Allegro Performing Arts Academy in Kent, WA. She was a member of their Precision Performing Group and PURE Hip Hop team for two years and is still currently training there.

Some of her accomplishments include:  Hollywood Connection’s National ICON of the year dancer in 2012, 2013 and 2015; member of Jovon Miller’s company in 2015 and 2016 and performed in Jovon Miller’s piece, “Elemental War,” featured at Seattle International Dance Festival in 2015; Seattle Storm Dance Troupe member in 2015 and 2016, dancing at half time and sideline at Key Arena in Seattle, WA, for the WNBA Seattle Storm games; performing dancer at the SYTYCD Choreographer Submission for Mitchel Federan in 2016 in Hollywood, CA; Rainbow Dance Competition Seattle 2017 Regional Teen Dancer of the Year.

In 2017 she was selected to be a member of Velocity Dance Convention MVA+ program under the direction of Kyle Hanagami and toured with the convention that season. She was cast as a Disney Y2K Dancer in Sofia Wylie’s Mama Mia YouTube video directed by Bonnie Story in 2018. She was awarded Hollywood Vibe’s National Teen Dancer of the year in 2018 and toured with their convention for the season as a part of their Vibe Company.

She has attended Ballet Boot Camp at Studio West as well as multiple master classes here locally as well as in Los Angeles, CA, at Edge PAC and Millennium Dance Complex. She was recently invited to the Beat Box at Studio West as a community instructor. She is looking forward to the upcoming season and sharing her love of dance.

Kristina Boyer • Bookkeeper & Administrative Staff

Kristina began her career at Studio West in the summer of 2012 working part time at the front desk. Her role has evolved over the years, as 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; she now works mainly in the back office on bookkeeping and other administrative duties. 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 degree in Business Administration and Finance. She currently resides in Olympia with her husband and three beautiful children.

Kristine Anderson • Instructor

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.

Lauren Ostrander • Substitute Instructor

A native of Western Washington, Lauren Ostrander dances with The Sarasota Ballet in Florida.  Entering into her third season in the corps de ballet, Lauren has been featured in principal and soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring, and Dominic Walsh’s I Napoletani.  Before joining The Sarasota Ballet in 2018, Lauren danced with The National Ballet of Canada as an apprentice and guest artist in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Lauren also danced in Amsterdam as a Dutch National Ballet Trainee, and graduated from The San Francisco Ballet School. Beginning in 2005, Ms. Stephanie taught Lauren in her early training years, and sparked her love for ballet.

Mara Neary • Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Marianna Ramsour • Ballet Mistress & Instructor

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.

Marie Keil-McPhail • Instructor

Marie is from Buffalo, NY, and began her training at Jill Squiteri Academy of Ballet. She began studying at the Neglia Conservatory of Ballet in 2006. Marie has performed in many Neglia Ballet Artists productions, including Giselle, Baba Yaga, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Balanchine’s Serenade. She has performed professionally with the company since 2010. In addition to being a member of Neglia Ballet Artists, Marie taught as an instructor at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet from 2013-2017, until she moved to Olympia, WA, and began teaching ballet for Studio West Dance Academy.

Michelle Rubbert • Administrative Staff & Costumer

A valuable member of the Studio West staff, not only does Michelle help with administrative duties and IT emergencies, but she also is part of the “Super Four” – our fabulous costume team that includes Ms. Jeri, Ms. Amy, and their fearless leader, Ms. Trish! She has a passion for the arts, including dance and loves being a part of creating the magic our Studio West productions. She has been a part of several Studio West Dance Theatre productions, including the Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, and our annual charity gala Dance to Make a Difference.

Michelle is a homeschooling mom to a daughter, who is a dancer at Studio West. Michelle is also a licensed mental health counselor and has a private practice in the Olympia area. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends; being outdoors, including kayaking; knitting; and feeding the Studio West staff.

Monica Sieling • Instructor

Monica Sieling began her early years of dance training at Ballet Arts Olympia. At the age of 10 she transferred to Studio West Dance Academy and began pursuing all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. Performing in Studio West Dance Theatre productions and participating in Performance Division pieces has brought her great joy and has been an integral part of Ms. Sieling’s dance education.  Her favorite roles include: Chinese in Nutcracker, the Cook in Alice in Wonderland, the Jester in Cinderella and Michael in Peter Pan. Ms. Monica is also one of the original members of Studio West’s Hip Hop dance crew, EDGE.  EDGE has danced in numerous Hip Hop shows and workshops throughout the area including, Krunk, No Flex Zone and Monsters of Hip Hop.

Ms. Monica has a patient, yet exuberant style when instructing young children. She began as a teacher’s assistant in 2012 and displayed such natural abilities when working with dancers, that in 2014 was offered her own class. Since then her talent and instruction skills have earned her additional teaching positions.

“Having the chance to work with young dancers gives me a new perspective and love for this art form [dance] that I never experienced before. Watching my students connect with themselves and others through dance, and then leave class with a smile on their face is what inspires me as a dance instructor.”  – Monica Sieling

Rachel Zeigler • Studio & Stage Manager

Rachel Zeigler began her ballet training and singing at the age of 11 while living in Ellensburg, Washington. She continued her performance education throughout high school and college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University in 1999, with an emphasis on music and dance. Since then, Rachel has had the opportunity to perform in such shows as, Peter Pan, Angry Housewives, The Crucible, Once Upon a Mattress, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, My Fair Lady, and Seussical, the Musical. Some of her favorite roles have included Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to performing, Rachel has also held numerous offstage positions; she served as House Manager for Laughing Horse Summer Theater, Box Office Manager for Spokane Interplayers Ensemble, Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for Studio West Dance Theatre, and as of August 2015, Studio Manager for Studio West Dance Academy.  She thanks her dear husband and sweet son for making life so much fun and full of love, and her studio family for making her work hours so entertaining!

Rebecca Heelan • Administrative Staff & Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Rhett & Shona Powers • Summer Instructors

Rhett is a former U.S. American Style Ballroom Dance Champion. He taught in Los – Angeles, California for 12 years and has been teaching in the Puget Sound area for the last 18 years. He contributes a great deal of expertise and creativity in his teaching. Rhett has retired from competing professionally, and prefers to teach students to dance with knowledge and challenges them to dance to there fullest potential. Shona’s initial experience with dancing includes ballet, tap and jazz, and for the past 23 years she has been teaching Ballroom, Latin and Swing. She has been fortunate to study under many Champions, including Rhett. Shona has retired from competing professionally, but loves to teach her students how to perform ballroom dancing in a fun and joyful way. Both Rhett & Shona love teaching people to dance together – it’s a fascinating journey and it’s a skill that everyone will use at some point in their lives – whether it’s just for fun – or for a special occasion.

Sarah Sawatzky • Substitute Instructor

Sarah was born in Whiterock, British Columbia, Canada, and started dancing at a very young age. After moving to the United States a few years later, she decided to take a break from dance and explore others activities, including gymnastics, piano, and a few sports. She soon realized how much she missed dance and enrolled at Studio West Dance Academy in hopes of developing her skills. During this time, she performed many roles in Studio West Dance Theatre productions:  Dew Drop, Snow Queen, and Lead Arabian in The Nutcracker; Myrtha in Giselle; Cinderella in Cinderella; and Tinkerbelle in Peter Pan.

She has participated and performed in several summer intensives including the programs at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and The Rock School for Dance Education. Through the years, she has substitute taught and assisted in numerous ballet and jazz classes, including Studio West’s young dancer summer camps. After graduating from high school, she continued her training in dance education at Pacific Lutheran University, taking ballet, jazz/contemporary, and hip hop classes, and participating in the spring dance ensemble Choreography Showcase. Sarah’s kindness and attention to detail have been very beneficial for many of our students who are continuing on in their dance journey.

Sarah Jane Bracy • Hip Hop Program Director & Instructor

Sarah Jane Bracy began her dance journey through her middle and high school dance teams. She started competitive dancing in high school where she participated all 4 years on dance team. There she won multiple awards, going to state wide competitions. Quickly showing leadership skills and strong artistic choreography she was made captain 3 of the 4 years attending and returning both years after graduation to continue to help with choreography and competition work. She has trained in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop, finding her passion and skill in hip hop particularly. After high school she continued to studying dance and train in studios such as Studio West Dance Academy, Center Stage, and Westlake. She has been apart of an elite adult dance crew, Audacity Cru since 2010. Through audacity she feels she has gained the most experience and skill. Audacity Cru has competed and performed all over Washington state with a heavy presence in the Seattle area. They are constantly involved in the dance community doing performances, events, volunteer work, and outreach projects. Some of her biggest accomplishments are competing in World Of Dance Seattle 2011-15. Within this time they have achieved 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. For these achievements they were invited as a crew to perform and compete in WOD nationals in LA. Sarahjane has contributed choreography in most competitive pieces including the LA set. She continues to choreograph and teach within the crew. Currently she is an instructor at the Beat Box being apart of the opening year, she has worked with Studio West since 2014 in the hip hop program. During her time instructing she has choreographed for spring showcase, arts walk, edge (performance group) charity gala, and more. She plans to continue working, teaching, and training to ensure she provides an artistic and inspiring movement for young dancers.

Trish Hall • Costume Manager & Administrative Staff

Patricia (Trish) Hall was born and raised in Olympia and is a graduate of Central Washington University.  Trish came to Studio West in 2009 with an already extensive background working with children, and in no time at all, became an invaluable asset in the day-to-day workings of the studio.  Over the years, she’s shared her expertise across multiple positions: studio manager, costume manager, administrative assistant, and front desk aficionado! She currently resides in Olympia with her husband and two beautiful children.  Trish keeps the studio staff and dancers on their toes, is always ready to lend a hand, and is the friendly face most families see when they first step in the door. We are honored that Trish has been with Studio West from the beginning.

Vanessa Salnave • Substitute Instructor

Vanessa was born on the East Coast and moved to Olympia with her family during her middle school years.  She started dancing at a very young age and wanted to continue to develop her skills even after the move, which led her to enroll in classes at Studio West Dance Academy.  During this time, she performed many roles in Studio West Dance Theatre productions; some of her favorites include Lead Arabian, Lead Spanish, and Snow Corps from The Nutcracker, and the Crocodile from Peter Pan.  After graduating from high school, Vanessa continued her training in dance education at Studio West and became an instructor in both tap (beginning through advanced), jazz, and ballet for young dancers.  Vanessa’s kind and gentle teaching style has been beneficial for many of our students who are taking their first steps into dance. Vanessa currently lives in Lacey and in addition to teaching, enjoys expressing her creativity through photography and videography.