Emily will be teaching contemporary, jazz and lyrical.
From Gig Harbor, WA, Emily started dance classes when she was three years old. Through high school, she trained in styles such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre. She also participated as captain for her high school dance team.
She has taken classes from professional choreographers such as Desmond Richardson, Dave Scott, Brooke Lipton, Brian Friedman, and more. When she was sixteen, she started substitute teaching all different styles at her home studio, Dance Ally. After high school, she attended Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where she recently graduated with her B.A. in Theatre and minors in Dance and Communications.
While in school, she led Jubilation Dance Ministry as Artistic Director, as well as taught Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary classes. She was also employed with Ikonic Dance Academy, where she taught Jazz and Lyrical and helped the competition team. Recently, Emily presented her original choreography at the American College Dance Association National Conference at CU Boulder, where her work was presented in front of dance scholars from across the country. She has also collaborated with the non-profit organization, Partners Through Art, to use dance to serve the Spokane community advocating for victims of social justice tragedies. She has also explored site-specific and immersive dance, which removes dance from a stage and puts it in a specific location (i.e. a park of a building). Much of her work has also involved intertextual performance, which can include a meshing of two dance styles, the use of voice and breath in combination with choreography, or the use of props and staging with dance to create an interwoven style of performance.
Olivia will be teaching Ballet, Ballet/Tap Combo classes and Pointe.
I started dancing at the Joy of Dancing when I was 2 years old and continued on for the next 19 years. I took classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop throughout the years. I competed in the Dance Masters of California competitions and traveled to nationals to compete at Dance Masters of America. I also performed in the Joy of Dancing’s production of the nutcracker, starting as a candy cane and ending as the dew drop fairy.
I began assistant teaching when I was 14 years old, and over the next 6 years continued on to teach classes of my own.
I truly love teaching and being able to share my passion for dance and love for the Joy of Dancing with my students. I love thinking back to my my first performances and teachers who helped me grow so much as a dancer and as a person. I hope to create the same environment that I had growing up, which gave me so many amazing memories to look back on, friends for life, and a place that I can always call home.
Samantha will be teaching acro and pointe.
Samantha has over 20 years’ experience teaching, coaching, and choreographic dance and acrobatics. She was an artistic gymnast in her youth, turned rhythmic gymnast in her teen years and eventually made the natural transition to ballet. Samantha danced professionally for 4 years with Southwest Ballet Company in Pittsburgh, PA. Following her dancing years, she also joined the circus! Samantha was a trapeze artist in both Seattle, WA and Culver City, CA. She has taught all styles of dance but is particularly drawn to acrobatics as it is a mix of everything she loves; dance and gymnastics.
In addition to her dance background, she also over 15 years of experience managing businesses including a dance studio in Renton, WA. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing an MBA, and Master's Degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology. She is thrilled to bring her passion and expertise to Joy of Dance!