DANCE INSTRUCTORS

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.

SOPHIA DODD

Yoga

Sophia grew up in Seattle and has danced all her life. She began her dance studies at Pacific Northwest Ballet and spent years dancing and performing with All That Dance. She was a cheerleader at Roosevelt High School which is where she took her first yoga class which sparked her love for yoga. She has studied yoga for 11 years and loves sharing her knowledge with her students. She was certified through North West Yoga Society’s inclusive teacher training program. She is trained to teach vinyasa, hatha, yin, power, yin yang, and power hatha fusion. What she enjoys most about being a yoga instructor is teaching her students the power of breath, meditation, movement, as well as how to incorporate these things into day to day life. Sophia joined The Dance School faculty in 2020.

MARI ENGEL

Ballet, Pointe, 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, Creative Movement, Emmbody, Arts With a Purpose

Emmy teaches compassion, creativity, and communication through the art of dance. She previously taught ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, salsa, partnering, and hip hop for the past fifteen 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.

ZHENJUN “ZJ” ZHANG

Ballet, 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

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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:
Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-8:30pm
Fridays 3:00pm-6:30pm
Saturdays 9:30am-2:00pm
Sunday Closed

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