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

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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!

 

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

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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.

 
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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!

 
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Chris Mercado -  Hip Hop

 

Chris has been dancing his entire life and would argue that dance is innately "him." Chris was a cheerleeder 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. 

 
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Kelsey Muñoz - Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz

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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.

 

Kevin Wang - Hip Hop

 

Kevin Wang, originally from Seattle, Washington, has training from studios such as IGNITE, Westlake Dance Center, and Premiere Dance Center, working with choreographers and teachers such as Brittany Mains, Katie Black, Phi Voba, and Zaydi Ong. With over a decade of dance experience in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and tap, he hopes to share his own passions for dance with his local communities and global ones as well. He currently studies at Columbia University, double majoring in dance and business. He is the artistic director of CU Generation, a hip hop-contemporary fusion dance group on campus, performing regularly at various events and shows throughout the year. Kevin regularly takes classes in the city as well, at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and more, and is always looking to expand his training and find work in the commercial dance world.