Christiana Axelsen - Director
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, dance with me, and 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.
Kaitlyn DYE (KJ) - modern & jazz
KJ is an educator, performer, and truth seeker who lives by one life rule, momentum. Originally from the mountains of Maryland, KJ graduated magna cum laude from Slippery Rock University of PA with a BA in Dance. She has had the privilege of performing the works of Doug Varone, Robert Battle, Chad Hall, Jennifer Keller, Ursula Payne, Ellie Sandstrom, Marlo Martin and Paige Barnes, among others. KJ's work has been presented in San Francisco, La Rouche College (PA), The BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), and the National American College Dance Festival at the JFK Center for Performing Arts (DC). KJ has danced for Seattle based companies The Three Yells and Badmarmar Dance, and currently creates with Michelle Miller’s company Catapult and Maya Soto and Nico Tower's Beautiful Carcass. KJ takes deep pride in being a dance educator, as she fosters empowerment and develops artistic agency in her classroom. She currently teaches a range of levels and styles at Bainbridge Dance Center, Dance Fremont and Velocity Dance Center, where she also assists as a Stage and House Manager for local artists.
Kim Holloway - Ballet, modern & jazz
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.
Whitney Mayer - ballet, music & dance
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
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. Laura is delighted to share her passion for dance and rhythm as BDC's Tap instructor.
Gary Reed - Modern, jazz, intro to movement, & BDC outreach
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 Conditioning as well as directing BDC's outreach program, bringing extensive dance education to both public and private schools on the Island.
Cait Wyler - ballet technique & repertory
Cait Wyler is originally from South Florida and graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A. in Dance. Since moving to Seattle in 2013 she has had the privilege to work with artists (on and off the stage) such as Pat Graney, Mark Haim, Peggy Piacenza, KT Niehoff, Cherdonna Shinatra, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Conner + Co, and Alice Gosti. When not teaching Cait works as an Arts Administrator, formerly for Velocity Dance Center, and now independently for artists in Seattle. She has coordinated numerous events including festivals- Strictly Seattle, the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, and Next Fest NW - as well as performances in warehouses and on stages - from abandoned buildings in Belltown to evening-length productions at On the Boards. Cait is thrilled to continue teaching at BDC, where young people are empowered to be their best selves.