Tap, Barre, 80s Cardio
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
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!
Jess Amans - Hip Hop
Jessica found her love for dance throughout her 8 years of competitive cheer. At age 15, she found herself searching for something more. At first, Jess' knowledge of dance was focused only on Hip Hop. With the help and influence of her instructors, that knowledge expanded to all different styles of dance.
She has competed in many styles, including Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Jessica is currently sharing with others her love and passion for dance by teaching all different ages of Hip Hop.
Kim Gockel - Ballet & Jazz
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.
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!
Kelsey Muñoz - Contemporary
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!
John Scott - Tap & Theater Jazz
John has been dancing since the age of 8. He fell in love with it after watching the movie "Tap" starring Gregory Hines. Ever since then, he's been hooked. It wasn't until high school that John was introduced to musical theatre and drama. The idea that a story could be told all through music and dance was so thrilling to him. That is the root of his teachings. Not just going through the steps and the movement, but performing it as well. Why does it look so easy when Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire glide across that dance floor? You Are seeing their joy and ease. It is addicting to watch!
These are the styles John grew up with and has adopted in his technique, and you really don't see it a whole lot anymore. John has been seen in several shows with Village Theatre. Most recently as Don Lockwood In Singin' In The Rain. Other favorites include Mary Poppins, Funny Girl, Chicago, and Beauty And The Beast...to name a few. In his classes you won't just learn the steps. You will learn technique, style, and how to perform with grace and joy. To tell a story.
Kim Charvet Skok - PiYo
Kim has always loved to dance, but didn't discover until her thirties that she also loved
to work out. Over the past ten years, Kim has taught over 1000 dance and fitness
classes, including Jazzercise aerobic dance, interval training, weights and strength
training, ballet-based conditioning, PiYo, and the hiit class, Strong by Zumba.
A Washington native who grew up on a hop farm, Kim took ballet, tap, and jazz in
elementary school, was captain of her dance/drill team in high school, and was a part of
Gonzaga University’s first dance team.
Kim believes in harnessing the power of exercise to heal the body and mind, to manage
stress, and to foster appreciation of our bodies for the all the ways that they (literally)
move us through life. Kim genuinely loves what she does and wants to share it with
others to promote healthier living.
In her spare time, Kim volunteers at the Issaquah Food and Clothing bank,
paddleboards and wake surfs on Lake Sammamish, and enjoys spending time with her
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.
Eugenia Stull - Tribal Bellydance
Eugenia Stull discovered a love for movement as an adult. After trying ballet, tap, and yoga; she found home in ATS® bellydance. After years of study with Katrina Ji, Nancy Brown, Caryn Vainio, and Shay Moore, Eugenia became certified in ATS® Classic and Modern at General Skills and Teacher Training with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman of FatChanceBellyDance®.
For Eugenia, bellydance was first an opportunity to get some exercise, but quickly turned to a passion. The energy and body-awareness brought by this art form inspired so much confidence and so many beautiful relationships.
Currently, Eugenia is honored to be a member of Deep Roots Dance troupe and the Assistant Director of Deep Roots Dance. She is also excited to become part of the dance-family at The Studio.
Kari Taylor - Barre
Kari started taking dance at the age of three. She began with ballet and tap, and eventually added jazz at the age nine. She was taught in a classical setting, but eventually added drill team in high school where she learned about group precision, expression and hip hop. Through drill team training, she also learned about being team captain. This skill carried over to when she led her college dance team.
Kari took dance lessons and taught elementary school kids to dance until the age 23, when she gave birth to her first child. She was in the Nutcracker Ballet with the Wichita Metropolitan Ballet for 6 years, during which she was able to study dance under professional and experienced ballerinas. This experience gave Kari a deep love and appreciation for ballet.
Since having her children, Kari has gotten her dance "fix" from Jazzercise, choreographing event routines, and leading a group of kids called "Out Loud." Dance is one of her greatest passions and she looks forward to instructing at The Studio.
Alyson Young - Nia
Alyson has been practicing Nia since 2008 and teaching as a certified and licensed instructor since 2011. She has been a Healing Arts Practitioner for almost 11 years, and has really found the expressive arts to be a powerful vehicle for facilitating healing, creativity, self-discovery and personal growth on all levels.
Alyson has been a life-long dancer, but it wasn't until I started teaching Nia that she really connected to the awareness of sheer joy that she felt when dancing. Nia has fundamentally changed her relationship to dance, to being in her body and to the profound experience of mindful movement and freedom of expression.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and extended family and friends, connecting with the natural world, traveling, exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest AND DANCING! She loves her "job" and feels so fortunate to be able to share the joy with community!