Tap, 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.
Megan Adams - Jazz & Jazz Funk
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.
William Gieng - Hip Hop
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
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
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
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
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.
Johanna Miller - Tap
Johanna was put in tap class by her mom to get over her shyness when she was 4. She tap danced and took some jazz classes at TJ Dance in Duvall. In high school, she made the Cedarcrest Drill Team, and competed with them all four years, becoming Captain her senior year. Her role involved the choreography and teaching of every routine. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from WSU, and worked inpatient oncology for 6 years. She took a few Tap classes on and off as an adult, but really hit her stride tapping when she started taking tap classes at Blue Dog Dance, where her 3 girls also take lessons.
Discovering The Studio was a real turning point and cemented her devotion and love of tap dance. Her hope is for her enthusiasm and love of this dance form to inspire everyone in her classes to put everything else out of their minds for that one hour and have a great time dancing to fun music. She wants them to use class as a recharge for themselves mentally, and boost their confidence as they master each step and combination! Johanna believes this studio is an incredible space for anyone who just wants to dance without any pressure or judgement, as it has added so much happiness to her life!
When she’s not tapping, she is helping her husband in the daily tasks of running a successful dermatology practice here in Issaquah, ferrying her 3 girls all over the place, traveling with her family, binging on way too much TV while cuddling with their 3 dogs, and hosting parties and dinners with family and friends.
Kelsey Muñoz - Contemporary, Hip Hop, 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!
Susan Roser - Yoga
Susan is passionate about yoga! She thrives on bringing alive its benefits (body, mind & soul) to not just to some, but of all her students. She has been studying and teaching yoga for 23 years to students of all levels. Informing her mosaic like style are Anusara Yoga, Forest Yoga, Para Yoga and Corepower Yoga. Susan invests herself in how you feel when you're finished with a class & insists that yoga is about how you feel, not how you look in the mirror. Yoga is about opening up highways of energy in the body and creating better integration & harmony between layers of self. In the end, it's about facing & removing self imposed or acculturated obstacles, healing both psychic & physical injuries and affirming the highest in you. You'll work in her classes, however, Susan delivers an overarching experience of joy. Her Master's in Psychology further prepares her to be a therapeutic presence.
Katie Skorupa - Hip Hop Cardio
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.
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.