Gillian Holgate Florez- Explore Dance/Office Manager
Gillian has over 12 years of dance training, part of which was at Centralia Ballet Academy. She was a member of Ballet Theatre of Washington, where her roles included Sugarplum Fairy and Snow Queen in "The Nutcracker" and the title role in "Cinderella." She has assisted in classes at CBA and subbed for various classes. Gillian loves children and is excited to join CBA's faculty.
Mick Gunter – Owner/Guys Ballet, Partnering
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.
Melissa Montee - Pilates
Melissa Montee is a certified Pilates instructor. She received her training and certification through Body Arts and Science International, completing her Mat Teacher Training Course in August of 2015. BASI is one of the most respected certification organizations in the fitness and health industry, founded by Rael Isacowitz. When she isn't teaching Pilates at CBA, Melissa keeps busy with her husband and five children (all CBA dancers), homeschooling, hiking and crafting. Melissa has a passion for Pilates and wants to share her love for it with others. She feels that Pilates will benefit everyone, in all stages of life.
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!
Elise Montee - Receptionist
Nancy Gunter – Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Musical Theatre, Jazz
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
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.
Charles Carson - Hip Hop
With a style that has always consisted of freestyling and experimenting with new ways to open up his body, Charles' first style of dance was Krump dancing. Krump's acronym standing for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, this dance form started out as a rugged dance for people to let out anger, release stress, get out of the streets and surround themselves with a more positive environment. Moving beyond Krump, Charles trained at Koncrete dance studios with Isaish Munoz. Since then, he has pursued his own career in dance and has taught at several different dance studios. Charles brings an understanding of sharpness and precision in execution of hip hop to his teaching, as well as a passion for this dance form.
Autumn Cassity - Ballet & Contemporary
Autumn Cassity is from Battle Ground, Washington and began dancing at the age of three. She grew up dancing in Clark County studying all dance forms including ballet, jazz, and contemporary among others. She danced as a part of Regional Dance America in Montreal and Phoenix. She finished her training on scholarship with Columbia Dance and Ballet Austin before becoming a member of Pacific University Dance Ensemble. She has performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Giselle and has danced project-based works with Pure Dance Company, PiVot Dance, Eowyn Emerald and Dancers, and PUSH/Fold.
Estie Martin - Ballet, Explore Dance, Explore Ballet
EstieMartin grew up in Central Mexico where her love for the discipline of ballet began at the school “Arte Danza y Cultura” from ages ten to nineteen. She participated in numerous production including Swan Lake, and had principal roles in Coppelia, and Cinderella. During her time at “Arte Danza y Cultura” she assisted teaching classes, and helped run annual recitals. Estie has a long history of working with children’s musical and theater productions at her church in Mexico. More recently, she was stage manager for “Totally Red” and an assistant director for “Stories Under the Big Top” with the local non-profit theater group P.A.T.H.
Estie believes that any child should have the opportunity to engage in ballet, regardless of financial status or body type, so that they might be able to express themselves through movement. She also believes that the discipline and work it takes to learn the art of ballet can positively influence an individual for the rest of their lives, as it did hers. Estie is extremely excited to be teaching a Centralia Ballet Academy, and is looking forward to getting to know all of the students.