DANCE INSTRUCTORS

The Dance School is dedicated to celebrating the art of dance in a non-competitive environment. If you are interested in joining our faculty email your resume to [email protected] 

SHARI BERNHARDT

Tap, Performance Tap, Broadway Stage

Shari is a former instructor with Dance Masters of America with more than 20 years of teaching and professional dance experience, Shari has trained throughout the US, Canada and Spain with some of the greatest tap artists of all time, including Savion Glover, Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Terry Brock, Chester Whitmore and Ray Bussey. In addition to her extensive professional work in dance and theater, she has taught tap, jazz and musical theater for studios throughout the Northwest. Shari was previously on faculty through June 2011 and returns to teach September 2018.

MARI ENGEL

Ballet, Lyrical

Dancer, choreographer and teacher. Originally from Tokyo Japan where she majored in Dance and Theater. Mari studied ballet under Naoi Makie, Elaine Bauer and Dorothy Lister. She also studied Martha Graham and Lester Horton modern dance techniques along with traveling to Germany to study Modern Dance. She has danced professionally with Kayoko Nakura Jazz dance company and Kazuco Takemoto Dance Venus, performing professionally on several television programs, variety shows and as a guest artist with various other dance companies. Mari is a founding member of Dance SWERVE in Pensacola Florida, where she toured and performed throughout Florida and Alabama. Since coming to Seattle, Mari has been teaching, mentoring dancers, choreographing, and performing in various productions and festivals. Mari was previously on faculty through 2018 and returns to teach September 2020.

EMMY FANSLER

Partnering, Storytelling, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Arts With a Purpose

Emmy teaches compassion, creativity, and communication through the art of dance. She has professionally performed and taught ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, salsa, partnering, and hip hop for the past ten years across the USA and Kenya, focusing on dance as a tool to break down barriers and build communities. Emmy has experienced first-hand the life changing effects of dance, and her gratitude shines brightly in her teaching style. Emmy joined The Dance School staff Summer of 2018.
 

MARIKA JAFFE

Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Prep Dance

Marika trained locally in ballet, jazz, musical theater, tap, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. She participated in regional and national competitions with Trilogy Dance Company, where they placed 1st at nationals and who were featured on ESPN. Marika danced with Potion and Kontagious Performing Company, with performances at local shows, the Seahawks Pre-Game Show, as well as some area festivals including Whirligig and Winterfest at the Seattle Center. Marika loves to teach dance and takes the opportunity to do so whenever possible. She previously taught regionally and in Thailand before joining The Dance School faculty in 2017. With a desire to impact students’ individual expression through dance, she brings high energy, passion, and joy to each of her classes.

 

CHRISTINA KREJER

Ballet, Pointe

Christina trained with former New York City Ballet principal Lynda Yourth and continued her studies with the California Ballet Company under Paul Koverman and Maxine Mahon, where she performed in both classical and contemporary ballets in roles from corps to soloist. She attended numerous prestigious summer programs, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and the Washington Ballet in Washington, DC. She has also performed with the San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Maui On Stage, and Maui Song & Dance. Her teaching experience spans national and international boundaries, with positions in California, Connecticut, Hawaii and Turkey. Christina joined The Dance School faculty in 2019.

WENDY OGDEN

Duet, Creative Movement, Preparatory Dance, Vocal

Wendy is passionate about a well-rounded education and considers music an integral part of such for children and youth. She grew up participating in choirs, musicals and high school solo voice and choral competitions. While studying pre-med and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in developmental psychology at the University of Washington, and earned her minor degree in music with an emphasis in classical voice. Along with being a busy mom of four kids she adores, Wendy has loved teaching and leading the adult and children’s choirs at church, choreographing ensembles for youth talent shows, and teaching music classes at a home school co-op group. She is excited provide the students with increased skills in and appreciation for, the love of artistic expression. Wendy joined the faculty in 2017.

ZHENJUN “ZJ” ZHANG

Ballet, Pointe, Pre Pointe, Choreography Studies, Stretching & Conditioning

ZJ trained in Ballet, Chinese Classical Dance, Folk Dance and Acrobatics in China. After dancing and choreographing professionally in China, he moved to New York where he danced with companies including Martha Graham Company and the Jose Limon Company. Performing work by Graham, Limon, Tudor, Kylian, McKayle, Varone, Haim, Robbins and others. ZJ appeared in “The King and I” Broadway and West End productions and has been involved with many productions of “The King and I” in different capacities including choreographer, dance captain and performer.  ZJ is a member of Actor’s Equity and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. In 2007, he completed his BFA in the Professional Dancer’s program at Cornish College of the Arts. Mr. Zhang joined the faculty in 2008.

ADMINISTRATION

MARIKA JAFFE

Managing Director

[email protected]

MARI ENGEL

Program Director

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MELINDA EBERLE

Office Administrator

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS:


President: Megen Nachreiner
Vice President: Jessica Wicker
Treasurer: Julie Kafkalidis
Secretary: Jason Cohen

Studio Address: 2821 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA 98201    

     

Mailing Address : PO Box 1833, Everett, WA 98206 

(425)259-6861                 [email protected]

Office Hours:

The studio is temporarily closed and office hours may vary. email [email protected] or leave a voicemail on our studio phone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

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