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Faculty

Stephanie Zurinsky

Artistic Director

Stephanie is the proud owner of Vibe Dance Studio. She started dancing at the young age of 3, studying up and down the East Coast. Throughout her dance education she had the opportunity to train with Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, the talented Joe Lanteri, and jazz master Luigi. It was under the direction of Janie Miles that Stephanie knew what she wanted to do with her life: share her love of dance with students of her own. At the early age of 16, Stephanie began teaching young children at a local dance studio. In college she worked for the Walt Disney Company as a Dancer Performer and continued choreographing for dance studios in South Florida. Since then, Stephanie has taught all over the country, choreographing full-length musicals, pageant numbers, and award-winning routines.

Rachel Cutforth

Ballet Director

A local of Seattle, Rachel Cutforth began her ballet training at Olympic Ballet Theatre, and in 2002 moved on to continue her training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. After performing two seasons of Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker, Ms. Cutforth went on to perform as a guest artist for Victoria Titova’s Ballet Bellevue. Transitioning out of her performing career, Ms. Cutforth began teaching classical ballet in 2008 throughout the greater Seattle area. In February of 2012, she earned full teaching certification as a graduate of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, and was awarded ABT® National Teacher Affiliation in June of 2012. She began directing Vibe’s Ballet Department in 2014 and immediately underwent creation of Vibe’s first original full-length ballet productions Cinderella (2014), Sleeping Beauty (2015), and Madeline (2016). Ms. Cutforth also went on to choreograph the Everett Village Theatre’s production of Footloose in July of 2014. In May of 2015, Ms. Cutforth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hope International University. Ms. Cutforth is a proud affiliate of the American Ballet Theatre® Project Plié, a scholarship program partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which strives to provide balletic educational opportunities to low-income children.

Angela Robinson

Ballet Instructor

A California native, Angela moved to Washington ten years ago. She started ballet at the age of eight with the San Francisco Ballet School and studied under the instruction of her teachers Irena Jacobson, Lola De Avila, Pascale Leroy, Larisa Sklyanskaya, George Esquivel, Ricardo Bustamante alongside ongoing private lessons with Edward Ellison. For nine years she performed in the SFB Nutcracker and SFBS Student Spring Showcase. Active in high school dance/singing/theater programs Angela attended various summer ballet intensives in addition to SFBS summer intensive, including Victoria Morgan Ballet Workshop, Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive, and Berkeley Ballet Theatre. She then continued her ballet studies with Professional Ballet School and performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre. While studying to be a pharmacy technician she took advantage of college and broadened her dance vocabulary with choreography and dance history courses. She has performed locally with Emerald Ballet Theatre, Ballet Bellevue, Inception Dance Theater, Dry Bones Collective, Katy Hagelin Dance Project and the touring cast of the Land of Sweets Burlesque Nutcracker. Angela is a ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Ms. Robinson has instructed ballet at Emerald Ballet Theatre, Dance Premier, Stanza Performing Arts and Ignite Yoga and Dance. Outside of the dance studio, she works part time as a model, pharmacy technician and specialist at a local involuntary psychiatric hospital, and an independent distributor with SeneGence Cosmetics.

Laurie Balise

Ballet Instructor

Ms. Balise is a Seattle native and has been involved in dance and the arts all her life.  She began dancing at age 3 with Dorothy and Nelle Fisher and then became a founding senior company member with Olympic Ballet Theater in Edmonds.  She attended the Pacific Regional Dance Festivals for several consecutive years and received a scholarship to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference in Geneva, NY.  She performed at numerous venues throughout the PNW and in multiple full-length Nutcracker Productions, Frederick & Nelson Santa Breakfasts, and Spring Showcases.  Her primary training is in ballet, including partnering and pointe.  She’s had experience as well in jazz, lyrical and hip-hop.  She’s uses her varied sports background, including competitive swimming, rowing, soccer, and basketball, to enhance her athleticism in dance and as a teacher of both dance and fitness.  She’s appeared in two fitness videos with Kari Anderson, including “Angles, Lines & Curves,” a Pilates/ballet floor barre inspired class format, and “Curl,” an abdominal workout. Ms. Balise has taught at various studios north of Seattle for over 10 years. In addition to coming onboard with Vibe, Ms. Balise also works as a private tutor for Kindercare, teaching phonics, early math, and music to preschoolers and school age children.  She also works as the Content Coordinator for the Mill Creek Lifestyles Magazine, as well as doing contract work teaching dance for Mill Creek Parks and Recreation and Bootcamp for Run2BFit. Her other current primary position is as a fitness instructor for LA Fitness where she has taught every class they’ve offered for over 10 years, including Pilates, Yoga, Bodyworks and Aqua Fit.

Ms. Balise is a graduate of the University of Washington where she studied Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.  She worked as the Publicist of the Seattle Symphony during the opening and Inaugural Season of Benaroya Hall, and served as an intern in the Public Relations Department at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was on the Board of Directors for PNB’s “Backstage Pass” young professionals group during its initial season.

Megan Riddle

Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Combo & Tumbling 1 Instructor; Events Coordinator

Megan grew up dancing in the greater Seattle area where she studied many styles of dance, competed regionally and nationally in New York and Las Vegas and took part in many tap dance festivals. In high school she studied tap at Johnson & Peters Tap Dance Seattle where she was given many opportunities to take master tap classes from greats such as Savion Glover, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Lane Alexandar and many others. After high school Megan spent a year studying modern and ballet at Columbia College Chicago. While in Chicago she also trained in tap under Jimmy Payne, Jr. In 2008 Megan received her B.F.A. in Dance Choreography and Performance from Western Washington University. She was the recipient of the Monica Gutchow Dance Arts in Education Scholarship 2007/2008 and the Mentoring Undergraduates Grant from the W.W.U. Foundation in 2008. She received the Outstanding Graduate Award for Dance in 2008. While at Western she was privileged to perform in reconstructions of James Kudelka’s Soudain, l’Hiver Dernier, Hannah Kahn’s Only, and Mark Morris’ New Love Song Waltzes.

Over the past 10 years Megan Riddle has taught and choreographed for many dance studios and competition teams in the greater Seattle area and in Bellingham, WA. She performed with Relay Dance Collective in 2013 and 2015. She has been a company member with 3rd Shift Dance from 2013-present. With 3rd Shift Dance she has performed at Showbox Theater, Seattle Art Museum, McCaw Hall, Velocity Dance Center, Theater4, Seattle Center, Seattle International Dance Festival, and various other venues in Washington and Oregon.

Lauren Johnson

Yoga and Lyrical Instructor

Lauren Johnson has been dancing for nearly 30 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from San Jose State in 2007. Also during her college years she discovered yoga; between both forms of movement, Lauren found her calling. Lauren has performed and taught a wide variety of dance styles for many studios on the west coast including, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, contemporary, and lyrical, but is especially drawn to the study of anatomy and the grounding of yoga. She credits her dance training and steadfast inspiration to her teacher of 20+ years, Keith Banks. Her classes are imaginative and energetic as she finds her inspiration through her love of nature. Lauren is a huge advocate of arts in education and has managed a number of outreach and educational arts programs in both California & Washington. In 2011 she became a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor, and has found a niche in through the connection of dance and yoga; she brings the alignment of yoga to her dancers, and the rhythm and flow to her yoga students. She is so proud of so many of her students & colleagues who have gone on to dance on Broadway, tour for artists like Beyonce, as well as perform for shows/companies such as SYTYCD, Ailey 2, Dancing with the Stars, to name a few. Lauren is so passionate about her students, but also continues to love being a student. She trains and collaborates in both dance and yoga around the Pacific Northwest, where she currently resides with her husband and son.

Lisa Buettner

Contemporary, Lyrical, Tumbling and Combo Instructor

Lisa received her dance training in the Seattle area focusing on jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and musical theatre. She studied at Bellevue Community College and was a member of the Eastside Moving Company and Fusion Dance Company of Seattle. She has taught and judged locally and has choreographed competition jazz, hip hop, and lyrical for nearly 20 years. Along with teaching and choreographing for Village Theatre’s Kidstage program, she also has over 5 years of experience managing local dance studios in the Mill Creek area and on the Eastside.  Her most recent ventures include earning her jazz, modern and ballet certification and is now a national certified tester to test teachers into Dance Masters of America association. Lisa is passionate about teaching and enjoys spreading the love of dance to her students. She is excited to return to Vibe Dance Studio as a faculty member!

 

Shumon Wood

Hip-Hop Instructor

Shumon Wood has danced with many companies, he has received training in Hip Hop and Leadership from, Albert Abigania, Ronald Smith, Jaret Hughes, Terrence Spencer, And Kolanie Marks. He has received Modern training from Laura Peterson, and a bit of Ballet/Technique from Kathi Marin, Annette Crespo, Kelsea Taylor, and Melanie Herring.His Dance Resume includes being a part of the groups: Kontagious Performing Company (Kontagious and KURE) (2008-2012) SiCK (2010-2012) Drone Squad (formerly known as Throne Level, formerly known as ‘LV’ Luscious and Vicious 2010-2012) Twisted Elegance (2012) PGFam (2012-present) PGBoys(2012-present) WeDay Dancer, and WeDay Dance Instructor at WeDay Seattle 2014 and 2015.

Shumon has choreographed pieces and dances for the Edmonds Community College Hip Hop Club, Snohomish High School, Lynnwood High School, a small group from Westlake Dance Center, Kontagious, Kure, and SiCK from Kontagious Performing Company, and The Bad Kids. He currently teaches at PacWest Performing Arts in Snohomish, and Lake Stevens under Kelly Charlton, at Stanza PAC in Monroe under Kris and Molly Backman, Vibe Dance Studio in Mill Creek under Stephanie Zurinsky, taught at The Connection Performing Arts in Mukilteo under Kolanie Marks and now teaches on the Faculty at the KreativMNDZ Dance Complex in Monroe also under Kolanie Marks.

Maya Sharpe

Hip-Hop, Heels and Tap Instructor

Maya began dancing at the age of 3 and since then she has developed a love for all styles. Through the years she has taken jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Some performance highlights include dancing at Benaroya Hall, placing 1st in USA championships at Hip Hop International and having various jobs with Nike. She is always looking for ways to improve and gain experience in this industry. Her favorite styles are hip hop and tap and she has been consistently training at The Connection PAC since she was 12 competing and performing all over the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a dancer, Maya has a passion in teaching and sharing what she has learned over the years. She has experience teaching ages 9-18 and is excited to work with all her students.

Horace Price

Hip-Hop Instructor

Horace Price has been dancing since he was 8 years old. As a child he would watch music videos of Michael Jackson, Usher and Chris Brown and mimic what he saw on the screen. He would study YouTube videos and dabbled in choreography and dancing for talent shows and family events. Horace became serious with his dance studies when he became the President of the Hip Hop Club at his high school. This experience helped teach him to choreograph on groups of dancers, to create his own style within the genre and how to use leadership skills. He has experience in teaching ages 7-18+. He has taught professionally for over two years at PacWest Performing Arts, where he taught Company classes for competition after his first year. He was honored to win the “Choreography Award” at Seattle Spotlight 2015 competition.

His favorite aspect of dance is his ability to freestyle.  His style consists of intricate movements involving, robotics, animations, tutting, waving, isolations, and popping. His ultimate goal is to inspire others to really go after what they’re passionate about. He wants to influence his students to take risks and keep pushing themselves to reach new levels. Horace is excited to be teaching at Vibe, not only to grow as a dancer and teacher, but to share his talent and inspire others attending his classes.

Madeline Ford

Hip-Hop Instructor

Madeline Ford began dancing and training at the age of three, in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. She started competing regionally and nationally at the age of seven, where she has won various awards and scholarships. Maddie’s true passion for dance emerged when she was introduced to hip hop and became a Junior Blazer Dancer for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Since then, she started training at Groove Nation Dance Academy in Vancouver, WA where she dance on RMX and Rouge, a competitive hip hop and contemporary company. Maddie has been teaching hip hop, tap, and ballet for the past six years across the northwest and loves to share her passion for dance with others. Maddie is extremely excited to be a new member of the Vibe family and looking forward to a creative and fun year.

Jaron Laquin

Breakdance and Hip-Hop Instructor

Jaron has 8 years of bboying under his belt. He knew about break dancing since the early 2000’s where he eventually learned a few tricks from his older cousin. It wasn’t until his freshman year in high school, where he and his friends started a crew called “Soul Rebelz”. They traveled and competed at countless competitions all over the Pacific Northwest making a name for themselves. Jaron also has hip-hop choreography in his back pocket, having trained through the Connection PAC under Kolanie Marks and the T-twins. Jaron believes in the saying “each one, teach one” pushing him to provide as much knowledge about the hip-hop culture to the new generation.

Rhonda Smith

Tumbling Instructor

Rhonda grew up in Florida where she took gymnastics all through elementary & middle school. She has two daughters who were competitive gymnasts for 6 years and they are now competitive cheerleaders. Rhonda has coached gymnastics & tumbling for over 15 years. She feels tumbling is appropriate for any age because it is a great way to stay in shape and have fun while doing it. There are many positive aspects to tumbling: coordination, strength, balance, flexibility, grace and determination. Rhonda loves observing the progress a child makes during tumbling class. She understands that children thrive in a fun, positive environment and is excited to bring her passion for teaching to Vibe.

Amanda Davis

Fitness Instructor

Born and raised in Missoula, Mt,  Amanda began her fitness career as a group exercise instructor at age 19. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2000 with a BS in Exercise Science.  In August 2000 Amanda moved to WA and started working in Bellingham as the YMCA’s Fitness Director and Group Exercise Coordinator. Amanda currently works for Northwest Weight Loss Surgery as their Exercise Physiologist getting patients ready for weight loss surgery. She also coaches weight loss surgery patients and medical weight loss patients on how to incorporate good exercise habits into their daily routine. 

In her spare time Amanda loves spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and refurbishing furniture. Teaching fitness classes to adults and children for 20 years is a true love and passion for Amanda.

Maggie Clarke

Combo, Jazz, Tiny Two’s and Pom Instructor

Maggie began dancing at the age of three training in many genres over the years including tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, pointe, hula, Tahitian, and ballroom. She has been with Vibe Dance Studio since it opened in 2010 and is excited to come back and teach as an alumni.  She competed for Vibe Dance Company from 2010-2015 on both the regional and national levels where she earned multiple scholarships, awards, and titles.  Maggie has also been a member of the Tremaine National Performance Program since 2014 traveling across the US to train under and assist artists such as Keri LaGrand, Derrick Schrader, Laurie Johnson, Tony Bellissimo, Tiffany Maher, Meghan Sannett, Jeff Amsden, and Emily Zachary Smith as well as Mr. Joe Tremaine himself. Maggie is currently a student at the University of Washington and is a second year member of the Cheer and Dance team. She has choreographed and performed multiple halftime shows and features at many sporting events and had the opportunity to travel with the women’s basketball team across the country in their exciting journey to the Final Four.  Besides witnessing and being a part of UW Athletics history, she says one of her favorite memories of her rookie season was performing with Brad Paisley at the Seattle concert of his “Crushin’ It World Tour”.  This past summer she trained with other collegiate and professional dance teams from across the US and continues to train in all styles of dance at various studios in the greater Seattle area.  She is very excited to be back teaching at Vibe and is looking forward to sharing her love for dance with all her students!

Ashley Chartrand

Lyrical and Mini Company Instructor

Ashley has been dancing since the age of three and started competing at the age of nine. She has had the opportunity to train with the Rockettes, San Diego Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet School.  Having competed at Regional and National levels, Ashley has had the opportunity as a former member of the Vibe Dance Company to travel all around the country and compete. Even though her life long dream is to kick with the Rockettes, she is more than thrilled to be a teacher at Vibe! She can’t wait to express her love and passion for dance with all of the dancers.