Kirsten Busby started her training at the Dance Center of Spokane, where she competed on the competition team and received several special and high score awards as a competitive team member and soloist. Kirsten also
preformed with the pre-professional ballet company the Spokane Ballet Ensemble in many lead roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. After passing her Advanced 2 RAD ballet exam, Kirsten went on to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Dance. During this time she also was a guest artist with Ballet Spokane. When she returned to Washington, she began teaching at the Dance Center of Spokane, choreographing for the competition team and becoming the resident choreographer with the Spokane Ballet Ensemble. With the Spokane Ballet ensemble she choreographed original works, such as her original production of the children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf, as well as setting classical repertoire on the company. Kirsten is very excited to teach and share her passion for dance at Prestige this year.
Debbie Collins has always wanted to dance, and counts herself very privileged to have been able to follow that dream! She received her training at Laine Theatre Arts followed by Dance Theatre Academy in London, England. Debbie trained in both Russian and English (Royal Academy) Ballet forms, Graham Contemporary, Jazz, Acrobatics, American Tap and Drama, winning a gold medal for her pointe solo at the Mole Valley Festival of Dance, 1989. She has danced with Springs Dance Company both in England and on tour in Germany. She has choreographed dances for school productions in the UK including, “The City of Gold” and “Peace Child.” Since moving to the US in 2010, Debbie has performed with Auburn Community Players in “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Willy Wonka,” and been dialect coach and narrator in a recent production of “A Christmas Carol.” Teaching dance is an absolute joy for Debbie, imparting that love of this art form; teaching for excellence, not perfection. “I love to dance and I love to teach dance!”
Stephanie Cox received her training from the Evergreen City Ballet, the Hartford School of Ballet and Westlake Dance Center. After receiving a serious ankle injury, Stephanie matriculated at the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a dance major and double minors in business and art administration. While dancing at the University of Oregon, she received many faculty and university honors, awards and scholarships. Upon returning to Washington, she became a well known jazz, ballet and children’s instructor, and began teaching for Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In recent years Stephanie has become a well known choreographer for shows such as Honk! (Auburn Riverside), Annie (Rainier Middle School), and is the resident choreographer for Auburn Community Players. As a children’s instructor, she is known for creating a positive and fun atmosphere while maintaining a high level of loving discipline. In other dance styles, she is known for high energy, technically challenging classes and multi-genre choreography. Mrs. Cox’s personal philosophy is that a fun environment will enhance learning, but “you better come to work!” (Debbie Allen from the movie, FAME!)
Alashia Jefferson: graduated from Tacoma School of The Arts in 2008. Since then She has taught and performed at various venues. Some of these teaching opportunities include but are not limited to Tacoma School of Arts ,Curtis High School,and dance teaching artists at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Some of these performances included but are not limited to The Black Nativity, Taste of Tacoma, Bite of Seattle,weddings ,and various community events. Nichole has studied under Tacoma City Ballet and Cabby Mitchell and Company,her dance styles include modern, ballet hip hop, contemporary, and praise dance. Alashia is an inspiring artists with a creative out of the box way of thinking. Her goal and driving point is not only to teach her students dance but to make them better people. By way of dance concepts Alashia instills hard work, discipline ,self control, self esteem, self worth and perseverance into the hearts and soul of her dancers.
Jacob is a third generation dance instructor in a family of great dancers. He began dancing at the age of two at the family dance studios. Jacob’s training began with tap. ballet, jazz and later grew to include lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics, step dancing and aerial silks. As a teen Jacob added additional dance classes outside the family business for diversity in talent. Jacob has many performing acclamations to his name including World Championship awards in tap. As an instructor and choreographer Jacob has coached many groups to High Score Awards and his choreography is often recognized for it’s entertaining value. Jacob went to attend Pacific Lutheran University. afterwards opening and selling two successful dance studios and now he teaches all over the Pacific Northwest and even out of state occasionally. Jacob wants nothing more than to inspire and share dance with the eager and enthusiastic.His teaching style is fast paced with lots of humor. So get ready to have some fun in his classes.
Sydney Oothoudt: Coming Soon
Julian Young started dancing at Santa Barbara City College under the instruction and influence of Kay Fulton and Pamela Lappen. He continued his training at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cornish College of the Arts. Julian has had the opportunity to perform many roles in both modern and classic ballets from Le Sacre du printemps(Rite of Spring), Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle to “Hunters” and “Shaker Life(Songs of the Disinherited).”Julian has performed with Opera Pacifica, Evergreen City Ballet, DASSDance, San Diego Dance Theater, Northwest Ballet Theater, International Ballet Theater, Olympic Ballet Theater, and has performed works by Blythe Barton, Monica Bill Barnes, Daniel Wilkins, Kabby Mitchell, Jennifer Porter, Juanjo Arques, Jean Isaacs, Mark Haim, Donald Byrd and Donald McKayle