New Dance Instructors Always Welcome!
Fidalgo DanceWorks, a thriving non-profit in Anacortes devoted to dance education, seeks to expand its excellent team of instructors. We offer classes for all ages in many forms, including ballet, hip hop, modern, tap, jazz, and more. Inspired by dance and passionate about passing on the art? Come join our creative staff! Competitive wages. Call (360) 299-8447 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Members of Staff:
The board is delighted to officially welcome Linda Johnston as Fidalgo DanceWork’s School Director. Linda is currently a teacher at the studio and joined us 2 years ago. Linda has a degree in dance education, many years of dance training and previous school director experience at a for-profit dance school. She and Julie will be working together this year as she transitions into this new position. As School Director, Linda is responsible for the development and implementation of all programming, recruitment, and retention of instructors, class development and syllabi, class scheduling, and formal and informal productions. She will also oversee the production of dance performances and is in charge of hiring choreographers, running rehearsals, and making decisions regarding creative and practical elements of productions. Linda will continue to teach as a part of this role.
As you might remember from an earlier note, the board made a decision back in May to change our staffing structure and have a Development Director who handles the fundraising and community outreach (Julie Wenzel) and a School Director to oversee the school. Our school director search took a little longer than we had hoped, but the search is over and we are excited about the future with these two strong leaders at the helm. Please join me in officially welcoming both Julie & Linda into their new roles!
-Heather M. Hernandez
President, Board of Directors
A vibrant and active presence in community theater, Julie comes to Fidalgo DanceWorks with significant experience in leadership and fundraising as well as a deep commitment to arts education.
Julie began her love affair with dance as a musical theater performer. A lover of all performing arts, Julie finds nothing more rewarding than watching an audience be transported to another world by the magic unfolding on stage. Previously the Artistic Director of The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, she is thrilled to find a new home here in Anacortes.
With a BA in theater from the University of Washington as well as a certificate in directing for stage and screen, Julie brings 15 years of experience as a performer and director to her work in the arts. She lives in Anacortes with her husband and three children.
Our Dance Instructors:
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.
Rebecca Launius Brown
Rebecca Launius-Brown began dancing at the age of three. After studying ballet, tap, and jazz from several different studios in Oklahoma, she joined the Tulsa Ballet School under the direction of Moselyn Larkin and Roman Jasinski, formally of the Ballet Russes. She was a member of USA Ballet as an apprentice and soloist. While studying ballroom at the Fred Astaire school of dance, she fell in love with swing dancing and began performing with the Memphis Belle Swing Society.
After moving to Anacortes Washington and 2002, she taught ballet for the Northwest Ballet School and was Ballet Mistress of the Northwest Ballet Theatre.
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.
Alexandra has been dancing for over 17 years and received a BFA in Dance from Western Washington University. Specializing in modern and choreography she traveled to Montreal, Quebec for her BFA capstone to work with Montreal Dance. In college, she was also one of six dancers selected to work with the Liz Gerring Dance Company from New York to re-stage their piece "She Dreams in Code." Alexandra has worked with Alonzo King, Bliss Kohlmyer, Risa Larsen, Alison Clancy, and Robert Moses. She has been inworks by Jesse Beck, Jordon Isadore, Amelia Eisen, Hanna Hofmann, Yelena Holt, Theresa Gensler, Lovie Bucknell, Azriel LaMarca, Richard Merrill, Susan Haines, Penny Hutchinson, and Nolan Dennett. She currently is working on her Pilates certification through Balanced Body and is a member of Bellingham Repertory Dance.
Jeanne has been with Fidalgo DanceWorks since its founding. Trained in classical ballet and modern dance, she began her early training at the Atlanta School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet in New York. In Seattle, Jeanne danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Western Washington University and enjoys teaching all ages.
Silja has danced since she was three years old, starting with ballet and moving to modern in high school. She entered UCLA as a dance major, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology – the study of movement; and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Calfornia State University at Long Beach. She practiced as a Physical Therapist in Seattle for ten years, where she danced at the Creative Dance Center. She has two daughters with her husband Eric and enjoys exploring movement with young children!
A native of France from a French mother and a Tunisian father, Annabelle was professionally trained for Ballet in Paris in the Russian Vaganova school style of Ballet with masters Serge and Solange Golovine, Irina Grejbina, and later Nelly Kolytcheff from the Bolshoi. During her professional training she also studied Modern, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, and Belly Dance. Her training also included history of music, ballet and anatomy applied to ballet. She worked as a ballet instructor, performer, assistant choreographer at the Ecole de danse de la SFP in Paris while also being a professional dancer in a modern dance company. Here in Washington she has taught at Turning Pointe Dance Center in Bothell, Pacific Dance Company and Northwest School in Bellingham, and currently teaches at Premiere Dance Center in Stanwood as well at the Allen Grange Education Center in Bow.
Janet has been dancing since she was five years old. She has taught Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Tumbling, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Pointe in Illinois for over 15 years at studios, park districts, and for local theater groups. Janet has taken master classes from Arthur Duncan, Brenda Buffalino, Judy Rice, and Randy Duncan, to name a few. She earned her Master Dance Educator Certification from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters in 2011. Earned an Associate of Arts with a transfer in Early Childhood Education from Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois in 2016. Janet enjoys sharing her love of dance with others and educating young minds for the future.
Linda started dancing at the age of four. Ballet was her first love and she trained in the Cecchetti method. She added jazz, modern and ballroom and participated in competition teams for modern and ballroom dance. She continued to dance in college, was part of the college dance company and earned her AA with an emphasis on dance. While in college, Linda discovered her love of teaching. She has taught in California, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. She was the artistic director at the Northwest Dance Center. Linda loves teaching and sharing her love of dance. She lives in Oak Harbor with her husband Eric and four children.
Michelle Linak has danced since she was five years old and began teaching in 1995. After graduating high school, she continued her education of dance with the South Carolina Dance Conservatory, and also with the Milwaukee Ballet School.
She has performed in, and choreographed numerous Annual productions and Nutcracker performances with Skagit Valley Academy of Dance & Camano Dance Academy. Michelle has also performed in the Nutcracker with the Nancy Whyte School of Ballet & in the productions of 'Moulin Rouge' held at the Skagit Valley Casino, and 'As the River Flows' held at the Skagit Valley Community College.
Part of her continuing education included multiple workshops and classes from world renowned choreographers. Michelle started choreographing for other studios, students and shows, all of which provided different atmospheres & technique levels to teach. Seeing goals and achievements made by the students has instilled in her a passion for teaching. She has guest taught at Dancing For Joy, T.A.G. (Theatre Arts Guild) Fidalgo Dance Works, PacWest, Dansations Performing Arts Foundation. & Dimensions of Gymnastics.
In her many years both dancing, teaching and performing, Michelle has developed a strong passion and love for dance and enjoys the personal expression that it allows.
Deborah Magallanes teaches both our Dance For Parkinson’s (Dance For Fun and Balance) and our new Tai Chi Qi Gong classes. She is also part of the international teaching team of Dance for PD® (a Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn PD Support Group project), is a Teaching Artist for the Seattle Theatre Group program and has been teaching dance to persons with movement challenges for more than 15 years.
Deborah’s formal training began in the ballet studio of Shirley Ross. Starting in 1975 Deborah studied and performed Northern and Eastern African Dance. In 1992, she began the study of the Chinese arts and dance with Xue Zhi Wang of Beijing China. Deborah was a performer in Pat Graney’s Movement Meditation Project and continues as a Performance Artist with the Chinese Cultural and Arts Association (Wu Dang).
In the world of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Deborah is recognized as a Golden High Master in the Wu Dang Gate Lineage from Wu Dang Mountain Taoist monasteries. She holds a Second Degree Black Belt in martial arts and has won 1st and other high place trophies in Tai Chi Forms competitions at the local, regional and international levels. She is also a Certified Instructor in several Tai Chi For Health® programs and is an East Asian Medicine Practitioner (retired). Martial arts and Traditional Chinese medicine are important components of Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice and study. Her training and rich experience in both these fields allows Deborah to bring these traditions to her Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes making them richer and allowing students to explore this form of exercise and development more fully.
Jaycee Pillman studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern at Fidalgo DanceWorks for 14 years and is currently attending Western Washington University in hopes of obtaining a degree in music and a degree in dance with a teaching endorsement. She is taking modern at WWU and is continuing with the addition of ballet. She is excited to choreograph tap numbers for upcoming WWU performances while continuing to perform. Jaycee is teaching Music and Movement, Tumbling and Tap 1.
Hannah spent 12 years training in the Pensacola, Fl and Mobile, AL area focusing on ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She spent 7 of those years competing in the South and attending numerous conventions lead by World-class choreographers. After graduating high school, she performed with the contemporary M.E. dance company in Orlando, FL, and Braided Light dance company in Jacksonville, FL. She also spent some time performing as a character at Walt Disney World. Hannah is currently our substitute instructor. She now lives in Anacortes with her husband and daughter.
Roz Huntley began dance training in her hometown of Anacortes, Washington at age three and focused on ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She attended Evergreen City Ballet’s summer intensive ‘06-’08 learning from former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Wade Walthall and Patricia Barker. In order to further her education in dance and culture, Huntley moved to San José in 2013 to begin schooling at San José State University. While dancing at SJSU, Huntley studied Limón Technique under Gary Masters, ballet with Britt Juleen and Mark Foehrigner, contemporary with Heather Cooper, jazz with Jill Yager and Dominique Lomuljo, and dance composition with Fred Mathews. Huntley was a company member in University Dance Theater where she performed works by Hsiang-Hsiu Lin, Gary Masters, and Maria Basile. While with the company, Huntley attended the American College Dance Association in 2015. She graduated in December of 2017 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in dance and linguistics.
Alexandria Hoare is so excited to be joining the staff of Fidalgo DanceWorks. Alexandria brings years of experience dancing in Skagit both as a student and an instructor. She has a heart for bringing out the very best in her dancers. She will be part of the Children’s Dance Team as well as teaching Jazz. Alexandria is a proud new mom and loves spending time with her precious family
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