Emmy Fansler dances, teaches, and choreographs from a core belief in the transformative power of dance. A relative latecomer to dance, Emmy began intensive ballet training at the age of fifteen and has since developed a unique style based on interpersonal connection. She persistently defies the exclusionary paradigm of the ballet world, creating radically inclusive dance spaces and choreographing to highlight each dancer’s unique story and strengths. She hopes to teach compassion, connection, and creativity through dance, knowing it has the ability to break down barriers and build communities. Emmy has experienced first-hand the life changing effects of dance, and her gratitude shines brightly in her teaching style.
Alison Herron has been a co-owner of Applause Studio in Mill Creek, WA, since it first opened in May of 2004 and served as studio director for most of the first 5 years of operation. She spent eleven years as a Performance Team coach and created the very successful Curtain Call Kid program that has been so popular at Applause.
Alison has spent many years singing, leading choirs, dancing, and performing, choreographing & directing musicals & stage productions, and being deeply involved in the performing arts… on both sides of the curtain. She’s had nearly twenty years of Jazz instruction under Jennifer Greene, Nadine Snyder, Ray Bussey, Lynn Johntry, Anthony Manuel, and Pam Shinsato. Alison studied hip hop with Marc Castillo and Anthony Manuel, and as a result of their excellent instruction began teaching this energetic form of dance – at four different area studios – the same year she became a grandmother. She has also taught jazz, and musical theatre, along with some beginning tap and ballet for the little ones.
Mari Engel received her early training at Makie Naoi Ballet School. During her Ballet studies, Mari was accepted to a prestigious performing arts academy in Tokyo where she studied acting and theater, and majored in dance. After leaving the performing arts academy, she joined Nakura Kayoko Jazz Dance Company, performing as a dancer with several well-known artists on the stage, in concerts, and on television. She went on to meet Kazco Takamoto and was a founding member of the modern dance company Dance Venus. While a member of Dance Venus she performed at several Concurso De Dance, and performed professionally on stage and television.
Continuing her studies in modern dance’s Martha Graham technique, Mari traveled to Germany to study with the Wurzberg Dance Theater, where she also performed. Mari then moved to Pensacola Florida where she became active with Ballet and Modern dance with Kaleidoscope under the famed Dorothy Lister. While with Kaleidoscope and Ballet Pensacola she performed Lester Horton- and Martha Graham-inspired pieces. Mari went on to form SWERVE, a modern dance company that toured throughout the south. Returning to Japan, she was the sole dance contractor for all Naval Forces Japan Morale Welfare and Recreation.
Since moving to Seattle, Washington, Mari has studied ballet under Elaine Bauer. Mari teaches and continues to choreograph for local dance studios and has choreographed and performed with a collaboration of local Seattle dancers in the Converge Dance festival, Northwest Children’s Festival, and in a Seattle Dancers Collaboration “Standing in the Storm.” When in Japan, Mari continues to perform with Dance Venus and has produced shows for visiting dancers from the United States. She has an undying passion for dance and loves bringing that passion to her students.
Originally from Missouri, Sapphire Goetz graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and is a graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester (NYC). Goetz has performed with Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and 5th Avenue Theatre as well as in numerous concert works at Cornish College. Upcoming performances include The Guild Dance Company and Legally Blonde with Showtunes Theatre. Her choreography has been performed in both Seattle and Missouri and includes her dancers encompassing a diverse range of characters ranging from rock stars to robots. Her most recent choreography projects include Seattle Musical Theatre and Hi-Liners Musical Theatre as well as the Seattle Center where she premiered a show choir on the Armory Stage. As a teacher, Goetz focuses her classes in ballet technique, musical theatre, show choir, and contemporary. When not performing or choreographing you can find her thrifting, eating pasta, or reading the latest book on cryptozoology.