Michaela is our instructor for the Tuesday/Thursday Advanced Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ballet/Barre classes. She has extensive dance experience, having been dancing since the age of 12. She is trained in all styles of dance and gymnastics. Michaela is the proud owner of “Michaela’s Dance Magic” in Glendale, AZ. Some of Michaela’s professional achievements include performing on multiple shows including “Oklahoma” and “American Superstars”. She was a lead dancer in several Las Vegas shows and was a member of the Phoenix Suns dance line. She is a Cecchetti certified ballet instructor and has also trained in buckram yoga. We feel very lucky and are mighty thankful to have Michaela with us.
Carol is our instructor for the Jazzy Poms and the Monday/Wednesday Advanced Jazz and Tap classes. She has extensive dance experience and has taught ballet, tap and jazz including traditional, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. During her tenure at Dysart High School she choreographed several musicals and was line coach for the dance line. In 2014 Carol was selected Ms Senior Arizona and won the Talent Trophy for her tap dance to “Sing, Sing, Sing”. We are extremely pleased to have Carol with us.
Paulette is our Hula instructor, or Kumu Hula. She has been dancing the hula since 2005 after retiring to Sun City West. After learning from her talented Kuma Kula, Pat Pantea, Paulette took over the ropes in 2011 and has found her calling. Sharing their “Aloha Spirit”, Paulette brings her students, the Nani Komohana Tutus, to many private venues to perform hula and educate the audience in Hawaiian traditions and culture. Paulette wishes to say “Aloha and Mahalo”!!
Valerie is our newest instructor, teaching “Gentle Jazz” and Tap (Beginner’s and intermediate) on Wednesday and Friday. Plus she teaches Pilates on Monday and Wednesday. Her education is in Dance Performance and Psychology, along with certifications in Group Fitness and Pilates. She has been a dance educator and fitness instructor since 2004. Valerie has also taught Ballet and Barre classes to children and seniors alike. With an abundance of patience and smiles, Valerie will guide you through all the steps/movements to meet your dance and fitness goals. We are happy to welcome our vivacious and energetic Valerie to our dance family.
Mike has been clogging since 1989 and teaching since 1991. He has had the honor of teaching at many clogging programs including the National Clogging and Square Dance conventions. He taught for the Carousel Cloggers in Portland, OR and was the director of the River City Cloggers performance group. He is one of the co-founders of the Northwest Clogging Association in 1987 and is still an active member. Mike was the first recipient of the Val Mackey award. He retired in 2013 from his job as a mainframe senior system programmer/administrator and currently enjoys his fall/winters in Goodyear, AZ and spring/summers in the Portland, OR area. We are very fortunate to have snagged this very busy and very talented Clogging instructor.