INSTRUCTORS

SHARI BERNHARDT

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.

JENNIFER CARROLL

Ballet, Pointe

Jennifer Carroll was born, raised, and received her early dance training in the Pacific NW. She continued her training in NY at the New York School of Ballet, Joffrey, and American Ballet Theater, with some of the greatest teachers in history, giving her excellent technical training, and inspiring her with a passion for the art of dance. Since returning to Seattle, she has performed with PNB, Seattle Festival Ballet, Mark Morris, Seattle Early Dance and as an independent artist/dancer/choreographer. She has also performed with Thistle Theatre, a puppet theatre for families, for many years around the greater Seattle area, across the country, and around the world. She has taught at PNB, Cornish, eXit Space, The Ballet Studio, Blue Heron Arts Center, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Seattle University, helping others to find the joyful dance in their own lives. Jennifer joined The Dance School faculty in 2021.

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.

JESSICA EIDO

Creative Movement, Combo, Ballet

Jessica began dance classes at age 4 and continued dancing through her childhood into her teens at various academies in San Francisco, California. While attending Pre-professional ballet programs such as the Academy of Ballet and the Oakland Ballet, she became certified in Pilates through Ellie Herman Studios. Then while teaching Pilates and dance, she went on to become a professional ballet dancer and joined small, local companies. After moving to Washington, Jessica has spent years teaching ballet at studios around the Greater Seattle Area. Jessica joined The Dance School faculty in 2021.

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

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Partnering, Storytelling, Emmbody, Voices, BOMA, 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

Creative Movement, Combo, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Dance Cinema

Marika trained locally in ballet, jazz, musical theater, tap, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop and eventually started teaching dance by the age of 15.  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 KEELEY WRIGHT

Ballet, Stretching & Conditioning, Choreography Studies

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.

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

Guest Instructor

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

Executive Director
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MARI ENGEL

Program Director
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MELINDA EBERLE

Office Administrator
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EMILIE RHODES

Administrative Assistant
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Megen Nachreiner
Treasurer: Julie Kafkalidis
Secretary: Jason Cohen

EMPLOYMENT

The Dance School is seeking positive, motivated and energetic individuals to join our faculty. If you are interested in applying please email your resume and interest  to [email protected]

Studio Address:
2821 Rockefeller Ave,
Everett, WA 98201    

     

Mailing Address :
PO Box 1833,
Everett, WA 98206 

Contact:
(425) 259-6861
[email protected]

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 4:00pm-8:30pm
Sat: 9:30am-2:00pm
Sun: closed

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