Allison Gehrke - Explore Dance
Allison Gehrke is from Rainier, WA and trained from the age of 3 at the Johansen's Olympia Dance Center in Olympia. She has performed in many productions with Ballet Northwest, starting from the age of eight, and joined the Ballet Northwest company at the age of 12. Currently, she is a student at Centralia College.
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.
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.
Jessica Corder - Explore Dance, Explore Ballet
Jessica has ten years of training in ballet and other dance forms, much of which was under the instruction of CBA's own Nancy Gunter. She has performed in The Nutcracker and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, among other works. Jessica loves working with children and has helped with church musicals and other children's programs. She is excited to take on this new role with CBA and to share her knowledge and love of dance with our young dancers.
Joel Meyer - Ballet, Men's Technique, Partnering, Contemporary
Joel received the majority of his training at the Evergreen City Ballet under founding Artistic Director Wade Walthall. While at ECB he had the opportunity to dance principal roles in Mr. Walthall's Giselle, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and Swan Lake as well as numerous original works. Joel has performed with the Seattle Opera, the 5th Ave Theater, Ballet Northwest, Ballet Bellevue, DASS dance, Dance Peninsula Ballet and the Tacoma City Ballet. Most recently Joel was a principal artist with Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater where he danced from 2005-2011. With SDT Joel had the opportunity to perform the works of Zoe Scofield, Daniel Wilkins, Amy O'Neal, Cyrus Khambatta, Gus Solomons Jr, Kiyon Gaines, Olivier Wevers and Merce Cunningham as well as the work of Mr. Bryd. Joel has taught and choreographed for the Evergreen City Ballet, the Tacoma School of the Arts, Spectrum Dance Theater and currently teaches at the Tacoma City Ballet where he is the Assistant Artistic Director under Miss Erin Ceragioli.
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.
Gaby James - Hip Hop
Nancy Gunter – Ballet, Moving Together, Explore Dance, Pointe, Partnering, Jazz
Has a 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. Teaching experience includes ballet, pointe, creative dance, and jazz to students of all ages and levels at schools around New England and western Washington.
Melissa Montee - Pilates
Melissa Montee received her Pilates training with 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.
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.
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!