Christiana Axelsen - Director, modern, ballet
Born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Christiana attended BDC from ages 3-18. She has had the pleasure to perform professionally nationally and internationally with dance artists including zoe|juniper, The Three Yells, Molissa Fenley, Christopher Williams, Michou Szabo, Beth Gill, Courtney Krantz, Pam Tanowitz, Raja Kelly, Jules Skloot, Korhan Basaran and Mana Kawamura. Her own work has been shown in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh, Colorado and Istanbul. She has taught classes and workshops at New York University, Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Velocity Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Conservatory of Modern Dance at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. Christiana graduated summa cum laude with dual degrees in Dance and Geology from Mount Holyoke College and has a certificate from the Merce Cunningham Professional Training Program where she performed alongside the Repertory Understudy Company.
sandy dreiling - ballet, Modern, dance with me, music & DAnce
Originally from Houston, Texas, Sandy began her dance training in middle school at a performing arts magnet school, moving quickly to study at Houston Ballet. She continued her studies with intensive programs at The High School for The Performing and Visual Arts and the Ailey school. At Stephens College, she studied Education and Dance, graduating cum laude. Throughout her dance journey, Sandy has studied and danced with some amazing artists including: Ben Munisteri, Francisco Graciano, Discovery Dance Group, Fusion Dance Company, Seattle Jazz, Jerboa, Michael Simms, Pamela Yarbrough-Stockton, Paul Mosley and many more. She has taught throughout the Seattle area since 1999 and helped create the dance curriculum for The Little Gym International. Sandy loves teaching young dancers the joy of movement in a fun and friendly environment. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband and two children.
Kim Holloway - Ballet, modern
Kimberly Holloway is a Seattle dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist who hails from North Carolina. In 2009 she received her BFA from Belhaven University. She has been honored to perform with artists including Michelle Miller/Catapult Dance, Shannon Stewart, Alana O Rogers, Eva Stone, and Maya Soto. Her work has shown at the Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), at the Folly Theater (Kansas City), AS220 (Providence, RI), and in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, Fremont Abbey, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Kimberly is the recipient of Seattle's 2017 CityArtist Project grant from the Office of Arts & Culture, the 2017 Artist Project grant from Artist Life Guild, a Cornish Arts Incubator Residency, and is an artist in residence at the Fremont Abbey. Kim is passionate about training dancers, young and old, and sharing a love of dance.
Kim Lusk - Ballet, Modern
Kim Lusk (BDC Alum!) is descended from a hearty line of cowboys, homesteaders, and mountaineers. A performer and choreographer based in Seattle, her choreography has been presented at On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival, Velocity Dance Center, Bumbershoot, Vashon Center for the Arts, Trigger. New Dance Happenings., and Seattle International Dance Festival. Her work is supported by Velocity’s Creative Residency program. Kim has performed with zoe|juniper, and serves as Rehearsal Director + Choreographic Assistant to the company setting zoe|juniper's work around the country. She currently performs with Peggy Piacenza and Britta Joy Peterson. She holds a degree in dance from Connecticut College.
Whitney Mayer - ballet
Whitney Mayer began dancing at age three and received classical ballet training from the Greensboro Ballet in NC. She also attended summer intensives with North Carolina School of the Arts, Charlotte City Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet (formerly NC Dance Theatre). While earning her B.S. in Interior Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, she continued performing with the Appalachian Dance Ensemble and later studied with Ballet Spartanburg in SC. In the summer of 2012, Whitney and her husband, Matthew, moved to Bainbridge Island. Whitney worked as an interior designer for Furnish Bainbridge before launching her own interior design business, Swan Studio Interiors. www.swanstudiointeriors.com She has continued her love of performing with roles in A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Whitney is incredibly grateful to share her love of ballet with her BDC students.
Laura Miller - TAP & AERIAL
Laura Miller is a movement-based artist with a background in dance, aerial acrobatics, and arts administration. She began her dance career at three years old, studying tap, jazz, ballet, and modern at Ovations Dance Studio (formerly Sue Geller Dance Studio) in her hometown of Sacramento, CA. She earned her BA in Photography at Earlham College, where she also served as the co-captain of the dance team and co-convener of the student dance organization, Dance Alloy. Since moving to Seattle in 2014, she has worked as a tapper, aerialist, and stage manager with numerous companies, including SANCA, Acrobatic Conundrum, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and UMO Ensemble.
Gary Reed - intro to movement,Modern, jazz, composition, outreach program director
Gary began his dance career with musical theater in Northern California. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Dance. Since moving to Seattle, he has performed with numerous local modern dance companies and in musicals at the 5th Avenue Theater. Gary teaches Jazz, Introduction to Movement, Modern and Composition as well as directing BDC's outreach program, bringing extensive dance education to both public and private schools on the Island.
Kofi Williams - Tap
Kofi began his dance education at the age of six in his home city of London, studying ballet and tap dancing. After moving to Seattle, he continued studying ballet from 2011 until 2014 at the International Ballet Theatre. Since the age of sixteen, he had been training under choreographer Josh Scribner in tap dancing. In 2016 he became a full member of Scribner’s Alchemy Tap Project, and has been featured in two dances that have been released online in video form: “Stick To It” and “The Muse’s Dream.” In addition to an annual company show every summer, The Alchemy Tap Project performs at venues all around the Seattle area including Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Art Museum, the Can Can, Folklife Festival. Kofi also frequently travels to various tap conventions and festivals around the country in order to learn from tap dancing industry veterans, and has taken classes from accomplished choreographers such as Jason Janas and Ted Louis Levy. He has also been involved in other professional shows including the Seattle Theater Group’s 2018 Dance This performance directed by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick Grant, which included a televised appearance and performance. He now is focused on teaching and performing tap dance professionally.
Danielle Zack - Pilates & JAZZ
Danielle Zack is the Pilates Director at the Seattle Athletic Club and has been teaching Pilates since 1999. Prior to becoming a Pilates Instructor, Danielle received her B.F.A. in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO in 1998. She studied anatomy and kinesiology, along with ballet, modern dance, African, Flamenco, East Indian, Tap, and Jazz. After the whirlwind of this intensive three-year accelerated program, Danielle realized that her body had survived without any injuries, despite the demanding physical challenges. In fact, she was enjoying the strength and flexibility and long, lean muscles and attributed it to the daily Pilates classes. Inspired by her love of dance, Danielle brings energy and artistry to her hands-on style of teaching. She studied with brilliant teachers around the country, from Janice Dulak in Columbia, to Juanita Lopez in the windy city, and finally Lori Coleman-Brown from Seattle. She is eternally grateful for her primary Pilates education with the first generation teacher Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter, Sari Mejia Santos.