Patricia Petersen, Artistic Director
Miss Patty is starting her 31st year as a dance teacher and 10 year Anniversary of FGDA. 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 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 23rd 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 24th 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 began dancing at the age of 3. Her intense 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 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 is starting her 5th 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, Dance Educators of America and Dance Teachers Summit. Sara’s choreography has won the prestigious choreography award at StarPower Dance Competition. In 2015 she attended Rhee Gold Dance Life Conference for teachers in Arizona. Sara looks forward to an exciting year of dance, and her 6th season with 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 9 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 4th 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.
Alaina-Rose McKinnon, Acrobatics Instructor
Alaina-Rose McKinnon started dancing at age 5 at Banks Dance Academy. She then transferred to Forest Grove Dance Arts where she has taken ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics, Irish and pointe. She has also trained in Highland, Modern and Hula. Since the age of 4 she has been acting and modeling. She has attended several workshops, conventions and intensives including Cornish College of Fine Arts Summer Intensive. She enjoys being on the Forest Grove Dance Arts competition team where she has won several awards including overall soloist. She won Young Choreographer of the year in 2014. She would like to work in the entertainment industry after graduation as a choreographer, dancer and actress and one day hopes to own her own studio. It is her lifetime goal to start a foundation to provide free classes for those with learning disabilities and financial need. She draws inspiration and credits her successes to her mentors and teachers at Forest Grove Dance Arts.