Centralia Ballet Academy


Samantha Hawkins - Stretch & Strengthen, Ballet, Teen/Adult Ballet, Open/Intermediate Ballet

Samantha left her roots in Musical Theatre and Music and began her ballet training with CBA back in 2010. Since then she has choreographed and accompanied a number of pieces including Fiddler on the roof, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland to name a few. Receiving the student recognition award from 5th Ave Theatre in 2010 for her choreography in High School Musical. Since then she has studied and danced with Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Wa. Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, UK. and Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, WA.

She holds her Creative Dance Certificate created by Anne Gilbert from the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, WA. as well as her Bachelors in Health Studies from the University of Washington. She is a Licensed Medical Massage Therapist and Certified Medical Cupping Practitioner with experience and knowledge working in dance treatment and injury prevention. Samantha is also a certified Barre Instructor from the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association, a certified Progressing Ballet Training (PBT) instructor and a Balanced Body student Pilates instructor. Samantha is part of the committee for IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine and Science)  where she takes great pride and interest in studying dance wellness and injury prevention. She is apart if this years 2019-2020 TAT Lab with PNB and Seattle Children's Theatre. Samantha is also part of the faculty at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA.

Mick Gunter – Owner/Guys Ballet, Partnering

Mick began training in ballet in 1998 with Ballet Northwest in Olympia, WA.  During that time, he has performed in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and many others.  He also served on the board of Ballet Northwest for several years. In 2009, he narrated a production of Peter and the Wolf at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma.

Nancy Gunter – Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Musical Theatre, Jazz 

Nancy began her training at The Dance Factory in Springfield, VT studying with Susan Hagen.  Went on to receive her BA with honors in Dance from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  Began teaching at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet.  Choreographer-in-residence for Burklyn Ballet Theatre 1998-99, directing their Emerging Choreographer's Showcase in 1999.  A founder of City Center Ballet, a non-profit student ballet company based in Lebanon, NH, where she served as choreographer-in-residence and assistant to the directors.  Locally, has choreographed for the Evergreen Playhouse, W.F.West High School, Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre, Centralia College Theatre Department.  Teaching experience includes ballet, pointe, creative dance, and jazz to students of all ages and levels at schools around New England and western Washington.

Theresa McMurry - Tap

Theresa received her dance training from the Shell Dance Studio and Vancouver Dance Academy. She was a member of the Linfield Dance Ensemble at Linfield College, performing Tap, Jazz, Modern and African dance. She has choreographed in Tap and Jazz styles for both the Linfield Dance Ensemble and the Vancouver Dance Academy. Theresa also taught tap at the 2016 SOTA/Evergreen Playhouse Youth Musical Theatre Program.

Amy Mumford - Moving Together

Amy has almost 20 years of experience working with children, from infants through high school.  She holds degrees in English and Psychology.  She has worked as a preschool director and lead teacher, as well as teaching music and art classes for SOTA.  In addition, Amy is a certified group fitness and Zumba instructor.  Currently she serves as the children's ministry lead for Bethel Downtown and homeschools her three children (all CBA dancers!).  We are excited to welcome Amy to our staff this year and know her combination of experience will benefit our youngest dancers and their parents!

Emmy Larson - Lyrical 1 & Lyrical 2 

Emmy Larson has been dancing for 13 years. Starting at Southwest Washington Dance Center  in Chehalis and continuing at Allen Creek Dance in Napavine. Throughout this time she has completed 12 years of classical ballet, 3 years of Pointe, 5 years of lyrical, 5 years of contemporary, 1 year of jazz, and 1 year of hip-hop. Along with her yearly recitals, she has also performed in the 2019 World of Dance, in Morton.  She is currently attending college at Centralia college. When she is not dancing she enjoys playing piano and ukulele.  This will be her second year of teaching a lyrical class and she is very excited to teach again this year.

Aris Brown - Explore Dance 4/5, Explore Dance 5/6, Explore Ballet 1/2 & Musical Theatre

Aris started dancing at age 7 at Allen Creek Dance. Taking jazz and lyrical classes she began ballet and contemporary at age 11 and started point at age 13. Aris took gymnastics from ages 4-7 at Thorbecks fitness center. Aris grew up in a musical and theater loving family. She was in band from the age of 9-15 and  started playing piano at the age of 3. Aris was part of the theater tech at Shelton high school; running lights sound and video production as well as making sets, doing costume makeup, and sewing costumes. Aris started training in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) in January 2019 and began assistant teaching in 2013 and teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary in 2015. 

​​Sondra Forsyth - Ballet and Pointe

​Sondra Forsyth trained with notable teachers including Mme. Gabriela Darvash and David Howard. She founded Ballet Ambassadors, an outreach company in New York City, and served as the Artistic Director. The company was funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Department of Education. During her performing career, she danced principal roles with Thalia Mara’s Ballet Repertory in New York City, New York Dance Theatre on Long Island, and Dance Vectors in New York City as well as with the Huntington Ballet Theatre, the company she co-founded with Jan Hanniford Goetz. She was the Ballet Mistress of Ovations Dance Repertory Company on Long Island. She has served as a guest teacher for the American Ballet Theatre open classes and on the faculty of Studio de Ballet Opera in Beirut, Lebanon; Interlochen Center for the Arts; Steps on Broadway in NYC; The Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd St. Y; Ohman School of Ballet; Huntington School of Ballet; and Ovations Dance Academy. Her articles have appeared in Dance Magazine, Dancer Magazine, and many major publications. She is the author or co-author of twelve books.​

Phillip Carman - Ballet and Partnering 

Mr. Carman began his professional career with a Ford Foundation scholarship at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, School of American Ballet, and at American Ballet Theatre School. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet, where he rose through the ranks, and developed an extensive repertoire including major roles in ballets of George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, John Butler, as well as the Classical Ballet Repertoire, National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballet Canadians, Tanz Project Munchen (in Germany), and many guest performances throughout the US and Europe.

Since retiring from performing, Mr. Carman's focus has been on teaching, coaching and choreography. He has served as Artistic Director for the Maryland Ballet, taught throughout the US and Europe in major Ballet Companies, choreographed more than 50 ballets; including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmina Burana, as well as original dances for the concert stage. Mr. Carman was also the Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Ballet and has been on faculty with the Miami Ballet and Boston Ballet. He served as the Ballet Master and the Resident Director of Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance.

Currently, Mr. Carman is also part of the faculty at the Oregon Ballet Theatre School.​