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JORDAN KING

Theatre Jazz, Open Tap, Beginning Tap

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Jordan King (he/him) is a theatre/dance performer and choreographer located in the Seattle Area. His passion and love of dance started later in life than some, in college at the University of Washington (UW), where he earned a Bachelor of Art’s with a major in dance. Jordan is also an alumnus of the School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

While at UW, Jordan found a love for dance that is heavily rooted in storytelling, style, and musicality, often finding ways these aspects can communicate with each other. Jordan’s choreography has been seen with the UW Drama, Showtunes Theatre Company, and Woodland Park Players.

 

You may have seen Jordan on stage in the Seattle area! His professional performing credits include Village Theatre, Seattle Opera, Showtunes Theatre Company, Edmonds Driftwood Players, and more.

MJ JURGENSEN

Music Appreciation Workshop

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MJ Jurgensen (she/they) is a professional musician & performer proudly based in Seattle, WA. Prior to moving to Seattle, MJ worked all over the country with tours, regional theatres, and cruise lines. Always having a strong connection with young people, MJ has made working with and teaching students an integral part of her work. Here in Seattle, MJ has taught at Three Dragons Academy and Youth Theatre Northwest specializing in instrument lessons, voice, acting, creative drama, and musical direction. On the stage locally, MJ has been seen at ACT, Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, Taproot, and more. She has a gaggle of private students that are pretty rad.

KATY TABB

Sub for Theatre Jazz, Open Tap

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Katy Tabb is a Seattle-based director, choreographer, performer and teaching artist. Katy’s work as a director and choreographer has been presented at The 5th Ave. Theatre, Village Theatre, Olney Theatre Center in Washington, DC, Seattle Symphony, Cornish College of the Arts, The Triple Door, Taproot Theatre, and Showtunes. Recently, she choreographed Sweeney Todd for The 5th and Cinderella for Village Theatre. Previously she received a Gregory Award for Best Choreography for Newsies at Village. As a performer she has been featured on notable stages across the US as well as toured internationally with The Honey Taps and Vox Dance Theatre. She is passionate about exploring rich storytelling through movement with her students and inspiring each individual to unlock their potential.

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ANNALISA
BRINCHMANN

Littles Program, Jazz,

Tap, Exploring Theatre

Annalisa Brinchmann (she/her) grew up in Seattle, where she had incredible opportunities through the Seattle Public Schools to participate in a number of outreach programs: The Seattle Children’s Theater, The Seattle Repertory Theater, Jet City Improv and The Pacific Northwest Ballet. It was through these programs Annalisa learned firsthand as an eight-year-old how powerful the arts can be.

She began training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Dance Fremont and The Studios, attending summer intensives at Ballet Austin, and The Joffrey Ballet. She is now a graduate of The University of Washington where she double majored in Dance and Musical Theater.  Locally, she has taught at a number of Community Centers in Seattle (Laurelhurst, Green Lake, Delridge and Loyal Heights) as well as The Emerald Ballet Theater, DASSdance and The Community Dance Project.  


You may have seen Annalisa on stage as anything from a bunny to a showgirl to a nun! She has been fortunate enough to work with Village Theater, Leavenworth Summer Theater, The Edmonds Driftwood Players and The Woodland Park Players.

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JULIA
HART

Jazz: Commercial Based

Julia (she/her) grew up dancing and performing in Musicals. She spent her high school years training & performing with Village Theater in their KIDSTAGE program. After a hiatus from dance & theater, she returned and began training at Westlake Dance Center in the Heels style (among others) with Natalya Z. She is now a co-director of ZTHEORY, with choreographer, director, and co-producer credits to her name through their many projects. She is also an active member of the teaching staff, now leading & training instructors for the ZTHEORY foundation program.

 

You can now find her teaching Heels all over the Seattle area, in many different levels & formats. She is very excited to return to her Jazz roots and incorporate her Hot Girl philosophies into the style. 

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SHOBHA
BLOSSEY

Littles Program

Shobha Blossey (she/her) is a student from Seattle and grew up dancing in Kaleidoscope Dance Company under the direction of Anne Green Gilbert and Anna Mansbridge. She spent ten years in the company and has also studied dance at the Creative Dance Center, ARC School of Ballet, and Arpan Arts.

 

Her professional work includes Remember Me Young with Price Arts in 2018, Wayward Sisters with Pacific Music Works in 2022, and the Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation in 2023. Shobha has spent much of her dance career exploring choreography and improvisation, and a duet of hers was accepted to a program for teen choreographers at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City.

 

Shobha has also been doing theater for many years, both in local community productions and high school shows. She is delighted to be teaching at Aspire and hopes to create an impact in the community surrounding it. 

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ELIZABETH
POSLUNS

Parent & Tot Creative Movement

Elizabeth (she/her) has been dancing and working with kiddos for over 20 years as a choreographer, teacher and director. She is a graduate of Tacoma School of the Arts and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She has performed and choreographed locally for many regional stages including Edmonds Driftwood Players, Secondstory Repertory and Reboot Theatre. In 2021, after the birth of her second child she became a postpartum doula and is excited to bring an element of parent support to her classes at Aspire.

JIMMY SHIELDS

Contemporary Musicals Workshop

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Jimmy (he/him) was born in Honolulu, HI and moved to the Pacific Northwest as a toddler as a result of his father’s Military orders. His strong passion for the arts began at a very young age. Already singing and dancing by the age of two, Jimmy began his formal dance training in all disciplines at the age of 8 while attending Elk Plain School of Choice, an arts elementary.  

 

If you are local to the greater Seattle area, you may have seen Jimmy acting on stage at Village Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and ACT Theatre. As a Director/Choreographer, you may have seen his work with Showtunes Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Theatre Puget Sound and Tacoma Arts Live. Students that have trained with Jimmy have gone on to dance with Debbie Allen, Adam Lambert, Ciara and Ed Sheeran.

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