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.
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 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 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. She came to understand that she not only had a passion for dance, but teaching it as well. 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.
Natasha began dancing in her church with Praise Dance at the age of five. At age 12, she enrolled at Ballet Bellevue School where she studied for two years under the direction of Ronn Tice and four years under Victoria Titova. She also attended summer programs at ABT Texas, ABT New York, and Ballet Hawaii. Natasha graduated from the Professional Division of Ballet Bellevue School and became a professional company dancer with Ballet Bellevue under the direction of Jennifer Porter. She has performed locally and internationally since 2001, in roles such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Spanish and Chinese character dances in The Nutcracker, title role in The Mermaid, and some angel character in Messiah, on stages as close as Seattle and as far as Russia and France. Natasha was also a company member with Sixth Day Dance for two seasons. Since 2013 Natasha has been a guest dancer with Northwest Ballet Theater, dancing the roles as Step Sister in Cinderella, Evil Queen in Snow White, and two seasons in the role of Bathory in Dracula. Natasha is also a licensed massage practitioner since 2009. Natasha has been teaching Ballet to young students all over the Pacific Northwest for 17 years. Natasha joined The Dance School Faculty in 2021.
Taylor is from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She began dancing at age four at the Conservatory of Classical Ballet. At 16, she went on to train full-time at the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at Sibiu Ballet Theater in Romania, where she performed with the corps de ballet in productions such as La Bayadère, Swan Lake, and Harlequinade. Taylor toured with Sibiu Ballet Theater throughout Romania and Luxembourg to perform Swan Lake. She joined Olympic Ballet Theatre in the summer of 2021 and has since performed in their Nutcracker and neoclassical works. Also a faculty member at Olympic Ballet School, Taylor enjoys sharing her passion for ballet with students of all ages.
Terri was born and raised in Everett, Washington with over 90% of her dance training being held at The Dance School. You may recognize her as the previous Snow Queen and Sugar Plum from Nutcracker years 2017-2019, or just a familiar face from the studio. She has continued her love for dance at Cornish College of the Arts Summer programs and multiple local intensives. Terri started helping TA young ballet classes in her early teens, and with her passion for dance and wanting to give young dancers a strong base for their futures, has worked her way up to being a dance teacher. Her strive is to teach students how to move freely with an understanding of body safety, strength and creativity. Terri joined The Dance School faculty in 2021.
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