Kelly opened PacWest in 2004, seeing a need for a family-friendly studio that allows kids to participate in as much or as little dance as they and their parents felt they could handle. Her vision was a studio that delivered high quality training but kept requirements realistic and, at the very core, kept classes fun.
Kelly has performed regionally and nationally with a multitude of performing groups and in a ton of different genres -- hip hop, tap, modern, etc. At the age of 33 she knew that her performing days were behind her and she should focus on being the best studio owner she could be. Around that same time she was starting to attend Seahawks games on a regular basis. At a freezing November game in 2009 she looked down at the Sea Gals and thought "THAT is what I need to do." She made the team that year, and received the highest score two of the four years she tried out in a field of up to 250 ladies. She was immediately put into a leadership role as a squad leader. The Sea Gals provided the perfect mix of teaching, performing, precision dancing, being glamorous (who knew?) and getting to be a part of something bigger -- the greatest four-years the Hawks have ever known.
Her passion for football and performing for the 12's revitalized her passion for teaching, and she loved being able to share this with her students.
Kelly lives in Mill Creek with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Page.
Katie began dancing at Pacwest in 2013, and graduated from the PacWest Performing Company in 2015. Her two younger sisters are both active members of the Pacwest Performing Company. Katie began working as an administrative assisstant shortly before graduating from Lake Stevens High School in June of 2015. She was promoted to office manager in 2017. Katie is very excited to be able to continue her love for dance from behind the scenes.
While not at the studio, you can find Katie at her home in Lake Stevens spending time with her two dogs.
Ashley started dancing with Pacwest when they first opened in 2004. She participated in company as well as recreational classes that included ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and many other styles. After her time at Pacwest, she continued to participate in hip hop with her high school dance team. Following high school, Ashley joined various hip hop dance groups to continue following her passion for dance. She currently teaches beginner/intermediate hip hop and is very excited to come back to work for Pacwest.
Ashley has recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Outdoor Recreation along with a minor in Challenge Course Management. In Ashley's spare time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, dancing (of course), and spending time with her pups.
Although Vanessa doesn’t have much of a dance background, she's still very excited to be working at PacWest!
During Vanessa's child and teenage years, she did many sports, but was most passionate about gymnastics. After an injury, she had to stop competing, but soon started acro at PacWest. That was short lived due to the extent of of her injury.
Outside of the studio, you can find Vanessa taking classes at Everett Community College, where she is getting her direct transfer Business Administration Associate’s Degree, filming videos for her YouTube channel, hiking, traveling and exploring the world, or doing impromptu photo shoots anywhere and everywhere.
Our Instructors / 9-14 Years at PacWest
Jazz, Acro, Turns & Leaps
Lovetta Downes, a California native, received her B.A. in Theater and Dance from Sonoma State University and her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine.
Since moving to Washington, she has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, North Seattle Community College and various dance schools in Skagit and Snohomish Counties. Currently, she teaches dance and choreographs competition pieces for Performing Companies and soloists throughout the Snohomish and Skagit areas.
Ms. Lovetta is going into her 10th year of teaching at PacWest Performing Arts!
Tiny Twos, Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Jamie received her primary training in Northern California from instructors affiliated with the San Francisco Ballet and The New York City Ballet Company.
As a member of Rhythm N'Motion Performing Company, she traveled around California participating in National Conventions, and is well versed in competitive ballet, lyrical and jazz.
Jamie began teaching after completing a competitive teacher's training program in 2005 and later moved to Seattle and received her Bachelors of Arts with a major in dance in December of 2011 from the University of Washington.
Tiny Twos, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Twinkles
Molly has been teaching dance in the Pacific Northwest for the past 12 years, as well as dancing with the Eastside Moving Company for three seasons. Molly has taught dance at Bellevue Dance Academy and Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions, specializing in children’s dance - ballet, tap, and jazz.
She has taught private and competition Couples 2-step, East & West Coast Swing and Line Dance, as well as performed and competed in East Coast Couples dance contests. Molly also choreographed and danced with the McCabes Cowgirl Dance Team, Seattle Sonics Dance Team and has coached many cheerleading and dances teams throughout the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from UW with a major in Speech Communications and a minor in dance.
Molly lives in Lake Stevens with her husband, Gus, and eleven year old daughter, Myla.
Scott has been a fixture 'just off stage right' at PacWest's performances since 2008. Through the years he and Kelly have worked over 40 shows together. As a result, PacWest recitals are efficient and entertaining, allowing the audience to see the kids -- not technical errors.
Having been involved with local theatre productions for over twenty years, Scott has basically grown up on Snohomish County’s stages. As an actor, director, makeup designer, lighting designer and stage manager, he has helped create memorable moments for audiences and fellow cast and crew members in many shows.
His first love has always been teaching and he took part in coaching and performing with Everett and Mariner high schools, Post Middle School in Arlington and the community colleges in both Everett and Edmonds.
Scott lived in Los Angeles for the past six years, working as an actor and makeup artist for film and TV. While living in L.A. he taught special effects makeup classes to at-risk teens at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. He was also very invovled with the USC Film Department, working on dozens of student films, while attending acting and directing classes at UCLA.
Scott has been instrumental in bringing the arts to Marysville, as his Red Curtain Foundation broke ground on a new fascility in the former Dunn Lumber building on Grove Street. Visit redcurtainfoundation.org to learn more about this amazing organization.
Our Instructors / 6-8 Years at PacWest
Kelly began her dance training at two and a half years old. She grew up taking classes at Dance Time in Kirkland and was a member of the competition team there for 8 years. Tap has always been her favorite style of dance, taking her to New York, Chicago, and Vancouver BC to take classes, audition, and perform.
She has had the honor of learning from Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Sarah Reich, Heather Cornell, and Sam Weber to name a few. Currently, Kelly is performing as a member of the Alchemy Tap Project under the direction of Josh Scribner, while also finishing up her last year at Seattle Pacific University, pursuing degrees in Philosophy and Sociology.
Horace Price has been dancing since he was 8 years old. As a child he would watch music videos of Michael Jackson, Usher and Chris Brown and mimic what he saw on the screen. He would study YouTube videos and dabbled in choreography and dancing for talent shows and family events. Horace became serious with his dance studies when he became the President of the Hip Hop Club at his high school. This experience helped teach him to choreograph on groups of dancers, to create his own style within the genre and how to use leadership skills.
He has experience in teaching ages 7-18+. He has taught professionally for over two years here at PacWest, and has taught Company classes for competition since for several of those. He was honored to win the “Choreography Award” at Seattle Spotlight 2015 competition. His favorite aspect of dance is his ability to freestyle. His style consists of intricate movements involving, robotics, animations, tutting, waving, isolations, and popping. His ultimate goal is to inspire others to really go after what they’re passionate about. He wants to influence his students to take risks and keep pushing themselves to reach new levels.
Our Instructors / 2-5 Years at PacWest
Tiny Twos, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Twinkles, Tap
Jennifer Blair is new to PacWest. She has been dancing and performing in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years. Jen has been working alongside Molly Pishue with our childrens dance program, where she has found her passion in teaching dance to children.
Jen began dancing at the age of 11. She has studied various forms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, character, hip-hop, and cheer.Jen most recently danced for 2 years (2005-2007) as a SeaGal. She fulfilled her dream of dancing professionally and had the time of her life cheering on her favorite Seattle Seahawks! She was lucky enough to travel to Detroit to cheer in the Superbowl XL!
Jen spent many years performing with the McCabes Cowgirl Dance Team. She also enjoyed dancing with her church group, where she performed and helped choreograph for many shows and parades.
Jen lives in Lake Stevens with her husband Aaron and six year old son Xander.
Tiny Twos, Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Kim grew up locally in Woodinville, and started dancing at age 4. She studied tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical.
From ages 10-18 she competed in Northwest dance competitions and conventions like “I Love Dance” and “Dance Magic,” as well as trained under the direction of accomplished tappers like Al Gilbert. She has been a member of “The Moving Dance Company” at Bellevue College; participated in Western Washington University Theater productions; and has taught and assisted dance instruction at both WWU and Washington State University.
Kim now has over 8 years of teaching dance locally. She instructs both children and adults in tap, ballet, jazz, and musical theater. Kim currently has several dancers actively involved in productions at the 5th Avenue Theater and Village Theater. She contributes a total of 29 years dance experience.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Kim is also a wife, mother of two wonderful children, and enjoys spending time with her family camping, gardening, playing sports and during the day works as a Para Educator.
Tiny Twos, Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Lindsay Johns started dancing at the age of 3 with creative ballet. She then continued dance at various studios until she found her dance home at Olympic Ballet Theater at the age of 9 and danced there until she graduated from high school. She then furthered her dance education at Cornish College of the Arts and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance.
She has danced professionally with Walrus Performance Productions, and danced with and choreographed for Sixth Day Dance and Intrepidus Dance. She also has enjoyed performing in a couple of musicals.
Lindsay has also taught dance at Reflections School of Dance and Ballet Academy of Performing Arts. She has taught ages 2 to adult and has taught ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical.
She lives in Lake Stevens with her husband, Andrew, and her daughter, Ava.
Ian Howe was inspired to start dancing at age 5 when he watched Savion Glover perform on Sesame Street. He started training at a small studio in Woodinville, later moving to what would become his dance home for almost 18 years, Backstage Dance Studio owned by Marty Roberts. While at Backstage Ian competed regionally and nationally on their competitive dance team.
In 2004, Ian took the incredible opportunity to travel and perform all over the world as a dancer and singer on Holland America Line, where he remained for almost eight years. Returning to both land (and his roots) in 2011, Ian started teaching again at Backstage, throwing himself into the hip-hop world and choreographing award-winning numbers for four years.
Going into 2016/17 dance season, Ian will be all over the map. Choreographing competition routines for studios all around the PNW, continually guest teaching at various studios all over, choreographing musicals, and creating new pieces for various shows and events coming up!
In Ian's spare time he performs whenever possible. Ian enjoys teaching all over and he hopes to continue to "Motivate & Inspire through Dance" wherever he goes.
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Our Instructors / 1st Year at PacWest
Lyrical, Acro, Turns & Leaps
Danielle began dancing when she was just three years old. For fifteen years she studied dance under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Taking annual examinations in ballet, modern, and tap. Danielle received honors and highly commended in all examinations over the years. Danielle has also studied jazz, lyrical, and contemporary styles outside the RAD and ISTD curriculum.
While at British Dancing Academy, Danielle performed soloist lead roles in The Little Princess, Peter Pan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Little Mermaid. After graduating high school, Danielle continued her dance education at the University of Washington where she received her BA in the Creative Studies of Dance, spring of 2015. While attending the university, Danielle became a member of the Husky Dance Team, performing jazz and hip-hop routines at sporting games and events around the campus. Danielle also participated in the dance concerts and performances put on by the dance program company each quarter at the University. While studying in the UW dance program, she also had the opportunity in taking master classes taught by Ann Green Gilbert. Danielle was also able to teach master classes in ballet, jazz, and lyrical in her spare time.
Since graduating, Danielle has taught at various studios, teaching all ages and styles, doing what she absolutely loves. She is very excited to be part of the team at Pacific West Performing Arts, and to share her love and passion for dance with her students.