Our Instructors


Steven Oelrich 

Tap, Barre, 80s Cardio

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Steven grew up in Southern California where he studied tap, jazz, ballet, and Scottish Highland Dancing at MacKinnon Dance Academy. While there, he performed with the "Pure Joy Moving Company" and "Pumping Metal" tap ensemble. While attending college at the University of Wyoming, he taught tap dance classes and choreographed for the Theater & Dance Department under the direction of Dr. Patricia Tate and Dr. Marsha Knight. 

Since moving to the Seattle area in 2007, Steven has taught varying levels of tap for several local studios including Definitive Dance, Issaquah Dance Theater, Blue Dog Dance, and Dance Premier. In April 2016, he opened The Studio in Issaquah so that more adults of all ages and backgrounds could experience the joy of dancing.


In his spare time, he loves to hike, play board and card games with friends, and traveling. He is also an adrenaline junkie and enjoys paragliding, riding coasters, skydiving, and anything else that gets his heart pumping like go karting and paintballing.


Megan Adams - Jazz & Jazz Funk

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Megan is dedicated to making dance fun and accessible for all ages and experience levels.  A.C.E. Certified, and with extensive dance training from University of Washington, Westlake Dance Center, and tens of other dance studios across the nation, Megan is well versed in knowing how to make class a safe place to express oneself through dance, while also getting a great full-body work out. 

Megan is the lead dance instructor for Village Theatre's Institute program, as well as a long-term faculty member of Westlake Dance Center and The Studios.  Megan's credits include choreographing for the SeaGals, Stealth Bombsquad, Village Theatre, and many local schools and special events. Megan loves bringing dance to adults in Issaquah, her home-town!


Melain Blue - Rizzmic & Barre

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Melain Blue has spent her career in a passionate pursuit of skill sets that help inspire others to improve their lives.  Beginning with intensive musical training in childhood she first developed expertise in stage performance and went on to become a professional singer.  After starting her family she transitioned into a career in cosmetology while pursuing a variety of professional opportunities such as photography, creative and copywriting, graphic design, videography, modeling, dance choreography production, and fitness instruction.  All these career paths culminated in the creation of Rizzmic® Fitness; founded in 2012.  As Rizzmic's Creative Director, Melain is responsible for the written content and creative vision of the company, but her greatest passion lies in teaching fitness, choreographing new routines, and educating Rizzmic trainees. 


William Gieng - Hip Hop


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Will is a Seattle native. He started his dance journey at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in 2006, dancing and competing with their hip-hop groups, PURE Adrenaline and PURE Boyz. He eventually incorporated jazz, lyrical, and breakdancing into his training as well. He continued his training at Westlake Dance Center and Velocity Dance Center, as well as he trained and performed with the Kontagious Company. He later founded his group, Xclusive, performing around the Seattle area from 2009 to 2012. He trained under the likes of Cameron Lee, Hannah Easley, Anna Matuszewski, Jaret Hughes, Yoshi Wright, John Roque, Kari-Lee Florentine, and many others! He also took his training to LA for several summers at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. He took about a decade long hiatus from dancing, but his passion for dance was reignited during COVID. It allowed him to train under choreographers from all around the world, such as Candace Brown and Galen Hooks. He’s excited to be dancing again and can’t wait to share his style of dance, which is a mixture of hip-hop and jazz funk, with everyone! When he’s not dancing, he’s crunching numbers as a data scientist!


Kim Gockel - Ballet, Jazz, Stretching

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Kim Gockel has instructed and choreographed in and around the Seattle area for over 30 years. She currently teaches children through adults at Westlake Dance Center, Gotta Dance and most recently Dance Expressions. Kim earned her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Washington and has spent her career focusing on the research and implementation of safe and effective movement as it relates to dance. She has participated in many dance workshops around the country through which she has learned to think about the body mindfully and teach others to do so as well. 

Kim teaches modern ballet with the purpose of transforming strong, dynamic technique into meaningful movement. She has had the opportunity to study with prominent instructors including Stephanie Saland and Hannah Wiley whom she credits as having the most influence on her current perspectives on movement. Kim is the founder and director of En L’air Dance, a benefit dance collective. Kim is also a certified Gyrotonics instructor and leads private sessions in her home.


Christina Herrera - Zumba

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Cristina is a licensed Zumba instructor since 2012. She loves Zumba for the main reason that each class feels like a party! She strongly believes that if you think you have two left feet, and no coordination, these classes are for you! There are no mistakes in Zumba, only unexpected solos! Come dance to Latin and International rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Afro Beats, Bollywood, Reggaeton, Samba... she'll take you around the world in one hour!


She can't wait to meet you, and take you on a tour around the world through music, dance, and happiness!

As you may have guessed, she love dancing, but her other hobbies are cooking, reading, writing short stories, and making short movies with puppets.


Shanee Luk - Tap

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Shanée grew up in California and has studied ballet, jazz, theater dance, and tap, but tap has always been her favorite. She graduated from University of California, Riverside with a teaching certificate and taught elementary school before moving to Seattle. While at UCR, she rediscovered her love of tap, studying under Fred Strickler and performing in their annual dance concerts.


After moving to the Seattle area, she became involved in musical theater, performing many shows with ManeStage Theatre in Puyallup. She continues to take class around the Puget Sound area, The Studio being one of her favorite places to take class. She is so excited to be sharing her love of tap at The Studio!


Chris Mercado -  Hip Hop


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Chris has been dancing his entire life and would argue that dance is innately "him." Chris was a cheerleader at WSU, and during his first year of college was tapped by Disney to perform for them. Chris danced with Disney for about 10 years around the country and on both coasts. During that time, he was fortunate to perform with the original cast of High School Musical, Mariah Carey, Jodi Benson, and Corbin Bleu to name a few. During his time at Disney, Chris would guest instruct in dance studios, and run his own street dancing crews in Anaheim. 

Chris moved back to Washington in 2015 and has had the opportunity to work with and for Big Star Performing Arts, Ignite Dance & Yoga, Cascade Dance Academy, Dance Premier, Chief Kanim Middle School, and Mount Si High School. 

Chris doesn't want you to look at him as an instructor, but instead has as a lead in a dance project. He's here to inspire and be inspired by our clients, as well as bring energy and provide a space where everyone can express themselves through movement. 


Kelsey Muñoz - Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pop Culture Choreo

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Kelsey grew up in Illinois where she danced from the time she was big enough to take toddler classes. Throughout her lifetime, she has trained in a wide variety of styles, but has come to love contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop the most. Choreography is her passion and she loves seeing her work come to life through other dancers, whether in the studio or on stage!


In 2015, she graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a minor in dance. Shortly after, she founded Ekcheo Dance Company, an Orlando-based teen dance group and mentorship program. After moving to Washington, Kelsey joined the team at The Studio in 2019. She loves the community here and hopes you will feel right at home in her classes! Her goal is to make every class fun yet challenging, and to get to know the dancers in her classes on a personal level.


In addition to being a dance instructor, Kelsey is also a wife, mom, birth doula, tea drinker, Amazon primer, and youth leader at her church. She loves everything sparkly and spicy! Drop by and take class with her soon!


Katie Skorupa - Hip Hop Cardio


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Katie has always had a love for dance, but when she was introduced to MIXXEDFIT in 2016, she knew teaching dance fitness classes was a path she wanted to follow. In 2017, Katie became a certified instructor, and started sharing her passion for Hip Hop Cardio at The Studio in Issaquah. Hip-Hop Cardio classes have been vital part to Katie shedding her “baby” weight, and has helped her lose more than 25lbs in the last year.

If you are looking for a path to a healthier you or looking for a compliment to your existing workout routine, she encourages you to try Hip Hop Cardio! In her classes, you will combine cardio, abs, and weights for a full-body workout.


Alyson Young - Nia & Yoga


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Alyson Young is a Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Usui Reiki Master and Teacher, Ordained Shamanic Minister, Interspecies Communicator, Certified and Licensed Nia Instructor, has completed coursework for Science of Stretching Targeted Flexibility Training, and is Theater Arts Director, Writer, Producer and Choreographer. Alyson has been a student of Shamanism and Indigenous Traditional Healing Practices since 1993, receiving teaching and training from Elders across the world since 2005. As a lifelong dancer, Alyson deeply appreciates the universal language of music and movement that activates a deeper connection to self, community and life energy, and she loves to share and help facilitate that experience for others. Alyson has worked in wellness and fitness since 2004, teaching embodied movement classes and a wide variety of dance classes spanning several genres and cultures since 2006. Alyson has been teaching Nia as a healing, wellness and lifestyle practice, to people of all ages (4 to 94+) for over a decade (2011), every class a unique journey.


For more about Alyson, visit: www.windancerintegrativearts.com