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KRISTINA KOUMAEVA

SATURDAY SEPT. 30

12:00-1:30 PM

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

AGES 12+ 

$30

Kristina Koumaeva is a well-known figure in Washington State and at Premiere Dance Center. She is a dynamic choreographer and teacher with a diverse background in dance, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, cheer, and commercial dance. Her movement and classes are athletic, inherently musical, and embrace the art of subtlety.

 

Kristina's journey, from her early days as a competitive dancer with Trilogy Dance Co. to her graduation from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, laid the foundation for her lifelong dedication to dance. During her undergraduate years, she traveled across the US assisting at the Nuvo dance convention, danced with the UW Cheer and Pom squad, and performed with The Three Yells modern dance company.

 

Following graduation, she launched her commercial dance career in Los Angeles. There, she booked events and commercials for luxury brands like Gucci, Hermes, Redken, and Louboutin. Kristina also shared the stage with music sensations like JoJo Siwa and Justin Timberlake while collaborating with renowned choreographers such as Marty Kudelka, Richy Jackson, Chris Scott, Teddy Forance, ICOUDLNEVERBEADANCER, and many more.

 

Her journey extended beyond dance, as she managed Millennium Dance Complex, trained as a Versaclimber instructor at CRUX, and organized industry events with Artists Creating Entertainment. She describes herself as someone who "wears many hats and dances in any shoe." In July 2020, Kristina returned to the Pacific Northwest, reigniting her passions for teaching, choreographing, and performing.​

 

In the spring of 2023, Kristina embarked on her most extraordinary journey yet, embracing the incredible role of motherhood. With this new chapter, she found herself shifting gears, transitioning from regularly teaching dance classes to focusing on mentorship through private lessons and substituting in and around Seattle. Balancing the joys of motherhood with her unwavering passion for dance, Kristina continues to inspire and share her knowledge.

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Deborah Kenner

SATURDAY OCT. 14

3:00-4:30 PM

PILATES + STRETCH/STRENGTH

AGES 9-17 

$30

Deborah Kenner received her early training in Tucson, Arizona, earning her BFA from the University of Arizona on a full academic and dance scholarship. Upon graduation, she relocated to Denver, Colorado, and performed professionally with Colorado Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theatre, as well as with Ballet Arizona and State Street Ballet. She performed numerous classical and contemporary works during her ten-year career, including choreography by David Taylor, George Balanchine, Tom Rudd, James Canfield, Susan Quinn Williams, Jory Hancock, and Amy Earnst.   

Ms. Kenner has an MS in Kinesiology and is a Balanced Body Master Instructor for the Pilates Comprehensive Program and Anatomy in 3D. Her Pilates certification is through the National Certification for Pilates Teachers (NCPT) and is Progressive Ballet Technique certified. In addition, she is certified in barre training, Bodhi, and MOTR through Balanced Body and is a teaching artist for Dance for Parkinson’s.  

Before joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet School faculty in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Kenner was the Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet in Arizona. She created several original ballets and set classics on the pre-professional dancers. In addition, she has taught at Perry Mansfield, Academy of Ballet in Arizona, and was part of the teaching staff at Colorado Ballet. As a Pacific Northwest Ballet School faculty member, Ms. Kenner has designed a conditioning program for all levels and an online creative movement series, created and implemented an inclusive creative dance program, volunteered at sensory-friendly performances, and is a member of the IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility) committee. She enjoys training all ages and abilities through an anatomical, science-based method to prevent injury. She is working towards a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance, focusing on essential and effective movement for the neurodiverse community. 

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JOSEPH SCHANBECK

SATURDAY NOV. 4

12:00-1:30 PM

INT/ADV + ADV CONTEMPORARY

AGES 12+ 

$40

Joseph Schanbeck has been dancing since he was 12 years old. He trained at the Allegro Performing Arts Academy and performed with their competitive team, the Allegro Precision Dance Company. Through Allegro Joseph studied tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary & tumbling/acro. Through high school Joseph also trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet through the Dance This… program where he received training in ballet, modern dance & African dance. Through the Dance This… program Joseph performed for audiences at the Paramount Theatre & Moore theatre with various artists including: Bahiya Sayyed-Gaines (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre) & renowned tap artist, Savion Glover. 
Joseph attended the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance studying performance art & physiology with an emphasis on dance pedagogy & teaching methodology. Through the UW dance program Joseph received the Evelyn H. Green Endowment Scholarship for Artistic Promise which propelled him forward to pursue & enhance his artistry & choreographic skills. His degree in dance allowed him to explore dance with an anatomical awareness, a kinesthetic focus on anatomy & injury prevention & rehabilitation. At the UW, Joseph also performed works by esteemed Seattle choreographers including: Catherine Cabeen, Louis Gervais, Jurg Koch & UW alum ballet choreographer Francisco Gella.
Joseph’s professional dance credits include: the Stone Dance Collective (under the direction of Eva Stone), Dance Contemporary (under the direction of Tesee George), & the ARC Ballet Company (under the direction of Marie Chong). In 2009, Joseph founded his own non-profit contemporary dance company, AEON Contemporary Dance. AEON’s works & performances were his self-produced, self-directed creations to share his artistry with the Seattle dance community. Currently, Joseph is co-artistic director of Seattle contemporary dance company Artistry In Motion (AIM) under Julius Flores and has built his own brand & training method through #JOSEPHSGEMS. Through his brand he has been teaching his methodic approach of "technical athletic artistry" to dancers & artists across the greater Seattle area. 
Competitive dance is a passion for this "Jack of all trades". Joseph's choreography for competitive dance studios has won countless regional & national top achievements along with championship titles. He has been a competitive dance judge for MOVE dance productions and is currently a dance judge for Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) & the Rainbow Dance Competition. His choreography recently was featured in a music video for SYML's single entitled Girl. His solo & group choreography has also been well received & recognized earning top achievements at the Dance Awards (TDA) in Las Vegas. 
Over the passed 20 years, Joseph has taught dance & educated artists/dancers across the greater Seattle area. He currently choreographs & teaches at the Company Space in Pacific, WA. Joseph is also on faculty for the Elite Dance Camp & the eXit Space School of Dance. Through his #JOSEPHSGEMS brand he aspires to share his artistry & knowledge on a national scale while continuing to build & establish his presence as a choreographer, dancer & educator in the Pacific Northwest. 

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KRISTINA KOUMAEVA

SATURDAY NOV. 4

2:30-3:30 PM

BEG + INT CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

AGES 8-11

$30

Kristina Koumaeva is a well-known figure in Washington State and at Premiere Dance Center. She is a dynamic choreographer and teacher with a diverse background in dance, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, cheer, and commercial dance. Her movement and classes are athletic, inherently musical, and embrace the art of subtlety.

 

Kristina's journey, from her early days as a competitive dancer with Trilogy Dance Co. to her graduation from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, laid the foundation for her lifelong dedication to dance. During her undergraduate years, she traveled across the US assisting at the Nuvo dance convention, danced with the UW Cheer and Pom squad, and performed with The Three Yells modern dance company.

 

Following graduation, she launched her commercial dance career in Los Angeles. There, she booked events and commercials for luxury brands like Gucci, Hermes, Redken, and Louboutin. Kristina also shared the stage with music sensations like JoJo Siwa and Justin Timberlake while collaborating with renowned choreographers such as Marty Kudelka, Richy Jackson, Chris Scott, Teddy Forance, ICOUDLNEVERBEADANCER, and many more.

 

Her journey extended beyond dance, as she managed Millennium Dance Complex, trained as a Versaclimber instructor at CRUX, and organized industry events with Artists Creating Entertainment. She describes herself as someone who "wears many hats and dances in any shoe." In July 2020, Kristina returned to the Pacific Northwest, reigniting her passions for teaching, choreographing, and performing.​

 

In the spring of 2023, Kristina embarked on her most extraordinary journey yet, embracing the incredible role of motherhood. With this new chapter, she found herself shifting gears, transitioning from regularly teaching dance classes to focusing on mentorship through private lessons and substituting in and around Seattle. Balancing the joys of motherhood with her unwavering passion for dance, Kristina continues to inspire and share her knowledge.

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TAYLOR TSVYETKOV

SATURDAY DEC. 9

12:00-1:30 PM

INT/ADV + ADV CONTEMPORARY

AGES 12+ 

$40

“My mom put me in dance when I was three, and I’ve loved it ever since,” shares Tsvyetkov. “When I was 12, I started dancing in a pre-professional company in Seattle, and although I never really saw myself pursuing dance professionally, I did see myself dancing the rest of my life. When I was about 16, my studio owner asked if I wanted to teach one of the little kids’ classes. And I just fell in love with it. I fell in love with the whole choreographic process and working with kids. And I haven’t stopped since.”

As a visual person, Tsvyetkov prefers creating her work on others. “I love using other dancers to create shapes and different lines,” she explains. “I think when I can put that on somebody else, it comes alive. I always say my students are way better than I am anyway! I really love creating and traveling and meeting new people from all over the country. And just seeing how much, especially right now, kids crave dance and want to be there. That keeps me going and makes me want to create more.”

I love working with dancers of all kinds and letting them know that, yes, they’re dancers, but they’re humans first. And it’s okay to mess up because there is no growth without struggle. The dance world can be really hard, and I want my classes to be fun and freeing. We all have our own strengths, and I’m all about helping dancers find that in themselves.”

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KRISTEN GRAVE

SATURDAY DEC. 9

4:30-5:30 PM

BEG + INT JAZZ FUNK

AGES 11 & UNDER 

$30

Kristen Grace (she/her) is a teacher and choreographer with over 15 years of experience working with kids and adults in the south sound.

From studios to schools and everything in between, she is passionate about helping people find their passion and believe in themselves to rise up to be the best they can be! Kristen is grateful for the opportunity to be a guest in jazz and hip hop culture and gives all credit to the community and to black culture for inspiring her dance and movement expression. 

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DANA DOUTHWAITE

WEDNESDAY DEC. 20

12:00-1:00 PM Petite Jazz (ages5-7) $30

1:00-2:00 PM Junior Technique (ages 8-11) $30

2:00-3:30 PM Junior Combo (Ages 8-11) $40

3:30-4:30 PM Open Level Improv (Ages 8+) $30

4:30-6:00 PM Teen/Senior Combo (Ages 12+) $40

Dana Douthwaite is born and raised Seattle dancer. She began training seriously around the PNW at age 15 under Premiere Dance Center, Westlake and KreativMndz, specializing in contemporary, hip hop, jazz and tap. Dana has participated on local companies such as Hannah Wintrode’s Westsiders and Josh Scribner’s Alchemy Tap Project. In the past year, she was hired on as Celebrity Dance Convention’s Professional Assistant for the 2018-2019 season. This gave Dana the opportunities to perform on a cruise ship, assist professional choreographers such as Cat Cogliandro and Aaron Turner, and build relationships with dancers around the country. Dana has found a passion for teaching and choreographing and works is an essential part of Premiere Co. Currently Dana lives in Los Angeles, and visits Premiere regularly for pop-up classes and Premiere Co. events. 

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