Tap Dance, Barre, 1980s Cardio
Steven grew up in Oxnard, CA where he studied tap, jazz, ballet, and Scottish Highland Dancing at MacKinnon Dance Academy under the direction of Joy MacKinnon. 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. Since then, Steven has taught a wide range of classes including barre, cardio, and varying levels of tap dance at his studio. He's also enjoyed choreographing routines for local high school productions Mamma Mia and Drowsy Chaperone for Issaquah High and Eastside Catholic High schools, respectively.
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.
Angie Ababurko - Contemporary
Angie began her dance adventure in Port Angeles, WA studying Ballet, Gymnastics and Cheer at the age of 5 and through her youth. She continued to dance through high school being a part of the Rider Angels Dance Team which focused on Jazz and Modern dance styles. Moving to the Seattle area she furthered her dance studies and eventually became a part of a contemporary performing company.
Dance has healed her life in many ways and her passion is to teach people to learn how to use dance to create happiness in their everyday lives. Angie's goal is to make everybody feel welcomed and free to express and truly find themselves. In her free time, she considers herself somewhat of a movie nerd and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her 3 cats. When weather and time allows, she loves being on the Peninsula in the woods or near the ocean in California. She also enjoys anything Disney related and spends time planning trips there often as possible.
Megan Adams - Jazz
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
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.
Alysia Ericsson - Barre
Alysia has joined Studio Issaquah after a two year stint in Boston. She has been a lifelong fitness enthusiast, and completed teacher training in 2019 from Barre Bohemian in West Seattle.
Alysia likes creating theme sessions that are fun and challenging. She enjoys that barre can be accessible to all abilities, body types, and experience levels. She has taught on both east and west coasts. When she's not doing barre, she is baking, making art or working in regulatory compliance for Talking Rain Beverage Company.
Deanna Eden - Lyrical
Deanna began dancing at the age of 3 and quickly learned that she had a passion for dance and has been dancing ever since. Deanna grew up training at Allegro Dance Academy in Auburn, WA, in a variety of styles with a focus in Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theater. Deanna was a member of her high school's state champion dance team for four years including two years in leadership roles.
In college, Deanna had the opportunity to dance for and coach the dance/cheer team for the Seattle division of the Indoor Football League for three years.
Deanna especially enjoys teaching young and brand-new dancers who are learning to love dance and has taken specialty training on working with young dancers and dancers with special needs.
Deanna has spent the past few years teaching both child and adult dance classes in the Bellevue/Eastside area. Deanna currently dances as a company member with Syncopation Dance Project and performs and choreographs for Seattle’s Princesses.
Kim Gockel - Ballet, Jazz, Stretching
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.
Cristina Herrera - Zumba & Hip Hop Cardio
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.
Esla Kim - Fusion Fitness & Hip Hop Cardio
Esla is a fitness enthusiast who splits her time at other retirement communities, offering her
balance, stretching, toning, and training expertise. She provides seminars on fall prevention and
stays busy creating content and activities to keep people active.
Before breaking into the fitness industry, Esla owned a coffee shop in Seattle and said her
business fueled her passion for nutrition. She desired to offer healthier choices for her
She says she meets many people discouraged from exercising due to aging, injuries, or
lifestyle. She likes to encourage the members with her favorite motto. “Don’t punish your body
for what it can’t do but celebrate what your body can do!”
Grace Kradin - Yoga
Yoga has been the one thing that helps Grace stay balanced, healthy and flexible. The practice of yoga creates an environment of no competition, no judgement and no expectations.
Grace has her 200 hours of yoga certification plus 100 hours of yoga specialty certification including: senior yoga, chair yoga, back yoga, hatha yoga, restorative yoga (Yin), and hot yoga. She has taught yoga at Hot Yoga Experience, YMCA Sammamish, Yoga Bliss, and
Golds Gym (425).
She is happy to be back in a studio enjoying a community that she has missed since Covid.
Shanee Luk - Tap Dance
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!
Mackenzie Malhotra - Tap Dance & Jazz
Mackenzie moved to Seattle after receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is a teaching artist and choreographer that has taught with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education and Outreach Program, EDGE Performing Arts & Dance, Emerald City Dance Complex, as well as private dance lessons. She has choreographed at Reboot Theatre Co., Renton Civic Theatre, Tahoma High School, and EDGE. Mackenzie has also performed in Seattle, working at such theatres as Village Theatre, Twelfth Night Productions, Seattle Music Theatre, and the Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Tap is Mackenzie’s favorite dance style, and has been tapping since she was 11 years old. She can’t wait to be teaching tap at The Studio!
Maddie Miller - Hip Hop
Maddie has been a mover/dancer ever since she can remember. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors in Arts, majoring in dance. She danced with SINIHHA, an all inclusive hip-hop club, and for the last two years led the club. Her experience and skill sets helps with being aware of how the body moves and how to best help the body. She has experience in contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, and jazz, and if you ever want help with tricks she would know how to get there. She believes every body is a dancing body and strives to create dance environments where movers can be experimental, free and welcoming.
Maddie aims to challenge her movers and also loves to create choreography that is fun. She hopes to give you movement that you would be excited to bust out with your friends or while you are on the dance floor.
She loves her mini weiner dog Holly with all of her heart and soul. Holly is 14 yrs old and toothless, so she is referred to as the “little lady”. Maddie loves art and music, and a movie night is her best friend. She loves to chat about anything so don’t be shy!! She is so excited to meet you and ready to get our groove on!
Kelsey Muñoz - Contemporary & Pop Culture Choreo
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!
Madison Snyder - Hip Hop & Tap Dance
Madison started dancing at an age of three. She is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She was a competitive dancer for 10 years, and then continued dancing with performance groups for another 5 years. As a Seattle native, she has danced with various hip hop groups around the Seattle area, including Kevin Caraco's Krystal Clear, Kolanie Marks' Rated, as well as being chosen for various hip hop performances, including Kari-Lee Fluorine’s and Kisha Vaughan’s, for Westlake's shows over the years. She danced and choreographed for the dance group, Breakthrough, while she attended the University of Southern California. She was on the WNBA Seatle Storm's Dance team for two years and was a co-captain for one of those years, where her job was to help clean, teach and lead when the coach wasn't around. She has had various dance jobs around Seattle, teaching all levels and all ages.
Madison thoroughly enjoys helping people feel comfortable and confident with their movements so that they are excited and prepared to perform, whether it be on stage or just in class. She has always loved to dance and thrives on sharing that passion with others! She invites anyone and everyone to take her class and share in the joy that dance brings.
Abi Wall - K-Pop & Hip Hop
Abi Wall started dancing as soon as she could walk. After training and receiving her black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do at age twelve, she left the practice to pursue dance and performance. She has eight years of training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She competed locally and nationally with a team and as a soloist for four years. After high school, she danced in a student-run and student-choreographed company, Dance in Flight, that performed a themed show. She has been involved in local block parties, performances, and recently a music video for local American-Asian media company JoySauce. She fell in love with movement and expression in high school and has been choreographing since. She is excited to continue learning and growing as a dancer, student, and teacher.
Christine Wilkinson - Rizzmic
Christine has been a certified Rizzmic Instructor since January 2018 and has taught Rizzmic at multiple locations across Western Washington. Christine loves teaching Rizzmic and thoroughly enjoys bringing the multiple benefits of dance and fitness to her fellow members. In one class Christine will take you through several genres of music from Hip Hop, Country, and Jazz to Disco, and everything in between. Rizzmic is a blend of All American music from 1920 to now, in a power packed class that will leave you feeling energized and full of light. Christine says, "One of the beautiful things about Rizzmic is there is always something for everyone. The magic of Rizzmic really happens when you see someone light up with joy because their favorite song or routine just came up next".
When Christine is not burning calories and dancing with friends, she spends her time outdoors camping, fishing, and hiking with her husband and two black labs.
Dalrek Davis - Ballroom & Social Dances
In 2018, Dalrek began teaching at Redmond's Danceworks Studio, and expanded his range of styles to include American Smooth (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz), Rhythm (Cha-Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing), and West Coast Swing. It was at Danceworks that Dalrek also started his journey into choreography for performance showcases and wedding dances.
Outside of dancing, Dalrek enjoys playing video games, practicing other arts such as singing and drawing, playing with his 2 ragdoll cats, and cooking delicious food with his wife / dancer partner for life.
Trina Nguyen - Heels & Burlesque
Trina Nguyen has always had a love for dance and started dancing when she joined her high school’s dance team. Trina has more than 15 years of experience, including jazz, heels, jazz funk and ballet. She has trained at Westlake Dance Center, performing in Sign of the Times with choreographer Megan Adams for 15+ years, and with KGDP (Kristen Grace Dance Program). Trina was also an original member of Isaiah Rashaad’s Zay’s Baes performance training company.