The Studio with 138 Years of Dance Teaching Experience
Patricia Petersen, Artistic Director
Miss Patty is starting her 33rd year as a dance teacher. She loves teaching Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Creative Movement, Acrobatics and Pilates. Her dance training began at the age of 3 and continued through college where she attended “Cornish College of the Arts” then “Spectrum Dance Theatre” both in Seattle, WA. At the age of 23 she opened a dance studio “Dance Academy of Kent” with approximately 400 students in Kent, WA for approximately 10 years. Miss Patty has served on the faculty of “Maddox Dance Studio” in Warrenton, OR as well as “Northwest Conservatory of Dance” in Hillsboro, OR. She has traveled with “I Love Dance” as a Competition Judge, toured with “Manhattan Dance Project” as a staff member, stage directed and choreographed for “Little Ballet Theatre’s, The Nutcracker Ballet” for 8 years, and choreographed for USA Level 8 Gymnasts. She is a long standing member of Dance Educators of America. Miss Patty was honored by the community with the hometown hero in 2015. Miss Patty has had several students who have been recognized at the National Level as well as going on to dance professionally with various ballet companies, on Broadway in New York and Disney.
Kelly Remick, Tap Instructor
Miss Kelly is starting her 29th year of teaching dance. Her training began in Des Moines, WA at her mom’s dance studio at age 3. After many years of training in Tap and Jazz she began teaching for her mom at age 18. While pursuing her career in tap, Miss Kelly attended various workshops and conventions taking instruction from great tap artists. She has studied under Art Stone, Al Gilbert and Mallory Gram. Miss Kelly received many awards at the national competition level for her outstanding tap performances.
Bethany Hanson, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Lyrical & Jazz Instructor
Miss Bethany is starting her 25th year of teaching dance. Miss Bethany has had the opportunity to train with many great dancers. In the area of Tap and Jazz she studied under Judy Ann Bassing of New York, Lyn Cramer and Bruce Steggman, and in ballet, Peter Paulition, a student of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Barb Hemion of UNM. Miss Bethany’s interests and experience in the performing arts has included working with and performing for Mary Beth Kisner and Julie Cartier of Chi Town Jazz Dance Company of Chicago and a Lutheran Liturgical Company while in high school. She also sang and danced in a Cabaret show under the direction of Christine Grable, a former lead in “A Chorus Line” on Broadway. Miss Bethany has choreographed and stage-managed at her local high school, university, and opera house. Miss Bethany has continued her dance education recently by attending NYCDA and JUMP Dance Conventions.
Sara Weber, Jazz, Ballet & Lyrical Instructor
Miss Sara is starting her 8th year teaching at FGDA. She continues her dance education by taking teacher workshops such as New York City Dance Alliance, Dance Teachers Web Expo & Convention Las Vegas, Dance Educators of America Las Vegas, NY Dance Teachers Summit, and Rhee Golds Dance Life Conference for teachers in Arizona. Sara’s choreography has won the prestigious choreography award at StarPower Dance Competition. Sara hopes to enrich the lives of the Students she teaches, and believes that each day is truly a blessing. Miss Sara began dancing at the age of three. Her extensive training includes Summer Dance Lab, Vail International Dance Festival, American Academy of Ballet, The Juliana School of Ballet, The Joffrey School in NYC, USA Collegiate Summer Dance Camp, and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Sara studied under Barbara Remington for five years at Stite’s Performing Arts Center in Gresham. She attended High School at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton where her focus was dance. She attended the University of Oregon for four years in which Sara was a member of the University’s National Champion Dance Team. Sara believes dance will always be a part of her life in some way, and is happy she gets to share that with the Forest Grove Community through teaching at Forest Grove Dance Arts.
Hanh Pham, Ballet Instructor
Miss Hanh began dancing at age eight as a baton twirler and started ballet lessons at age ten. Her twirling career accumulated to state, regional, and national titles by the time she turned fourteen. As ballet became more prominent in her life, she transferred her focus to training professionally as a ballerina. She has attended summer programs at the Joffrey School in NYC, Boston Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre on scholarship. At seventeen, Hanh received a full scholarship to attend the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and became a company apprentice in 2009. She has danced in such repertoire as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Stars and Stripes, Serenade, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, and Allegro Brilliante.
Christina White, Irish Instructor
Miss Christina began Irish dancing when she was 9 years old. She has trained both as a solo and team competitor and performer. She has been competitively ranked as high as 7th in the Western US Region, and she has qualified for the World Championships seven times. Irish dancing has taken her all over the Pacific Northwest as well as to New York, Tennessee, Boston, Florida, Canada, and Ireland. She has performed with The Chieftains, the Trail Blazers, and the Oregon Symphony. She has been teaching Irish dance for 10 years. Irish dancing is her passion, whether it be competing, performing, or teaching!
Heather Robinson, Jazz & Lyrical Instructor
Miss Heather became a serious dancer at the age of 12 when she began Scottish Highland Dance. Competitive dance took her all over the U.S. and Canada, ultimately competing in national competitions. She is a former member and All-State award winner of the Banks High School Dance Team. Heather attended Western Oregon University where she majored in International Studies and French and has a minor in dance. Her other experiences include, student choreographer for WOU’s Dance Concert, dance team coach and judging, local theatre choreography, Scottish Dance, and Jazz instructor.
Stephanie Kailiuli, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical Instructor
Stephanie is beginning her 5th year of teaching at FGDA. She began dancing at a young age, concentrating on ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Her love for movement continued into college as she earned her bachelors in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and began studying other forms of movement such as pilates and yoga. Throughout college, Stephanie had the privilege of training under Pier Sircello at Center Stage Dance Studio. She joined their performing company and eventually danced for Cirque du Soleil on the Big Island. After graduating college in 2012, Stephanie moved back to Oregon where she attended Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH 7 program under the direction of Sarah Slipper. Stephanie enjoys teaching jazz, lyrical, and choreographing for the competition team, as well as teaching the hip hop program with her husband Joshua at Forest Grove Dance Arts.
Josh Kailiuli, Hip Hop Instructor
Ashlie Hanson, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Ballet Instructor
Miss Ashlie started dancing when she was 3 years old at Black Hills Dance Centre in Spearfish, SD. She is starting her 12th year with Forest Grove Dance Arts and has loved being apart of this dance family. Miss Ashlie has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, and Irish. She was a teacher's assistant for 5 years and was a teacher in training for Hip Hop Jazz and Ballet for 2 years. Ashile has played many roles in the Nutcracker Ballet for BFG. She has been a Big Mouse, Puppet, Butterfly, Clara, Doll, Snow Princess, King Mouse, and Sugar Plum Fairy. She also enjoys being on the FGDA Competition Team which she has been on for 7 years. She has gone to many dance conventions like NYCDA and JUMP taking classes from famous Dancers/ Instructors such as Misha Gabriel, Wildabeast Adams, Mike Minery, Doug Caldwell, Nick Lazzarini, Kenny Wormald,Teddy Forance, Al Blackstone, Katy Spreadbury, Bobby Newberry, Mia Michaels, and Mandy Moore. Ashlie plans to stay involved with dance while she goes to P.C.C in hopes of getting her Business Associates to open up her own studio or Hair Salon. She says she found her love of dance through the inspiration from her dance instructors pushing her to be her best, teaching her to never give up and keep pushing 110%. She hopes she helps her students develop the same love for dance and wishes to teach her students the same perseverance as well.
Michelle Robles, Office Manager
Michelle is starting her third year as office manager. She has over 17 years of experience in an administrative setting. She has been involved with Forest Grove Dance Arts since 2006. She has been a member of the Ballet Forest Grove board for the last two years. She enjoys the work she does here with Forest Grove Dance Arts because it makes a difference in the lives of the children that step foot in the studio.