Staff

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 dance@fidalgodanceworks.org for more information.

Our Members of Staff:

Julie Wenzel

Executive Director

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.

Shari Bernhardt

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.

Brandy Bowen

Brandy has been dancing since she was 3 years old learning tap, ballet, jazz and pointe. She was part of her Dance Company in college and truly enjoyed the diverse experience of dance styles and choreography. That was when she realized she truly loved choreographing. After college, Brandy performed with various dance studios and became an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and taught Les Mills Body Jam classes. Brandy is currently our Hip Hop instructor for both students and adults. She has 4 boys and enjoys dancing every day and hiking with her husband and kiddos.

Rebecca Launius Brown

A classically trained dancer from the Tulsa Ballet School and USA Ballet, and a former member of the Memphis Belle Swing Society, Rebecca has an extensive education in many different forms of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom. She has taught at the University of Memphis, Northwest Ballet School, Academy of Dance in Burlington and Anacortes Community Theatre. An in-demand choreographer and director, she has worked with META Performing Arts, Theatre Arts Guild and Anacortes Community Theatre. Rebecca loves dance and strives to encourage all of her students to have a passion for dance and the fine arts.

Christina Krejer

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.

Darby Loescher

At the very young age of 3, Darby fell in love with all things dance and it has been her passion ever since. Raised in Texas, she began her classical ballet training at Tuzer Dance Center and continued training through high school at Chamberlain School for the Performing Arts. Although her education was primarily ballet focused, Darby was trained in many other forms including Modern and Jazz. After high school, she briefly apprenticed with Epiphany Dance Arts in Dallas, Texas.  After injuring both of her knees and enduring years of recovery, Darby has turned her talents and love of dance to teaching, where she has found her true passion.

Alexandra Morgan

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 Robson

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 Shjarback

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!

Annabelle Vergne

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 Wilken

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.

Board Members:

  • Peter Kuhnlein

    President

  • Heather Hernandez

    Vice President

  • Annette Woolsey

    Secretary

  • Dana Andrich

    Treasurer

  • Ashley Ayers

    Board Member

  • Heather Hernandez

    Board Member

  • Mary Staley

    Board Member

  • John Guinn

    Advisory Member

  • Emily Schuh

    Advisory Member

  • Vicki Stasch

    Advisory Member