Teachers

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O’Connor was born and raised in sunny Pasadena, CA where she trained at Pasadena Civic Ballet Center. She earned her BFA in Dance with a minor in applied psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kelly has had the opportunity to perform with the UCSB Dance Company and Motion Theater Dance Company. Kelly’s teaching method is rooted in creating a safe classroom space for students to authentically explore and grow their relationship to movement and music.

Andrea Parson

Andrea Parson

PRINCESS GRACE AWARD WINNER 2010

From Hillsboro, Oregon, Andrea Parson began dancing to country music records in her living room and went on to become a leading dancer for NW Dance Project where she danced, choreographed, taught, and mentored for 11 years, earning a prestigious Princess Grace Award in the process. Andrea is currently on faculty at Pacific University, working on her own projects, and can be spotted in Sellwood walking her cat in its stroller.

Alejandra Preciado

Alejandra Preciado

Alejandra Preciado was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before her family returned to Panama, where she began dancing at the age of 3. Alejandra and her family relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she continued her dance training at different institutions such as Ballet West Academy. Upon graduating high school, she attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California.

Amanda Sachs

Amanda Sachs

Amanda Sachs grew up in New Jersey studying R.A.D. before moving to San Francisco for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. In 2014, Amanda joined The Francesca Harper Project in NYC, and in 2017 she joined TU Dance in Minneapolis.

Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Gabriel Gaffney Smith is a modern-day renaissance man with an artistic resumé spanning multiple mediums. Raised in beautiful upstate New York, Smith began dancing at the Saugerties Ballet Center at the age of 12 and went on to dance professionally for Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and...

Bryan Solante

Bryan Solante

Bryan Solante began dancing in 2012, continues to train at, and perform with, Element Dance Studio. He won the Spotlight Dance Cup Pacific Northwest Nationals with his duo partner, Sarah Headley, and participates in many breakdance and all-style battles. In addition to teaching and dancing, Bryan is studying to become an engineer.

Lisa Sundstrom

Lisa Sundstrom

Lisa Sundstrom received her early training in her hometown of Astoria, Oregon and at The Marin Ballet in San Rafael, California. Hand-picked by American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, Mikhail Baryshnikov at 16 for the American Ballet Theatre Scholarship Program, she went on to tour extensively nationally and internationally with ABTII then ABT.

Vanessa Thiessen

Vanessa Thiessen

A Portland, Oregon native, Vanessa Thiessen trained at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, with James Canfield, and danced with OBT's company for eight seasons. Vanessa splits her time between Portland and San Francisco where she also teaches and works as a dancer with Post:Ballet.

Santiago Villarreal

Santiago Villarreal

Santiago Villarreal, born in Monterrey, Mexico, started dancing at the age of 16 and earned his BFA from Chapman University in 2019. After graduating, Santiago moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a freelancer and had the opportunity to work extensively in the commercial and concert dance world.

Deanna White

Deanna White

Deanna White was born and raised in Covina California, and began taking dance classes (tap, jazz, and ballet) when she was 5 years old. By the time she was 12, she decided that ballet was her one true love. After studying and performing extensively in Russia, she returned to the U.S., performing in musical theater productions before turning her attention to providing exemplary training for young ballet dancers.