Thunderbird Dance Camp

Simply The Best

We believe in coaching the dancer as well as the dance. Our routines are always challenging to the performer and entertaining to the public. Beyond music selection and choreography, Thunderbird is about creating young people with a strong sense of self-worth, a desire to work for and with a team, and most of all, a continuing love of dance.

It's The Thunderbird Way!

Summer Dates 2019

Pacific University

June 29-July 2

July 5-8

July 10-13

Thunderbird Dance Camp Staff- 

Stephanie Anderson

Years on Thunderbird Staff: I think 7 or 8

Classes I Teach at Camp: Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Funk, Novelty

Dance Training: Formally trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern. Danced at various studios in Portland: Westside, Bill and Company, Mary Hunt, and Tigard HS Dance Team. Danced in Orange Country, CA at Jimmie Defore Performing Arts, and Chapman University.

Performance Experience: BlazerDancer (4 seasons), danced in high school and college, various dance gigs in the Portland area.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: I thrive off the opportunity to choreograph and express myself through movement. Especially if a song "speaks to me" I feel so inspired to choreograph and create. I am the Director of Metro Dance Academy in Tigard,where I get the chance to choreograph and teach on a weekly basis (come try out a class with us!). I have set routines for various Oregon Dance Teams including Stayton, Clackamas, Rex Putnam, Centennial, and Sheldon.

Current Dance Related Job: Director of Metro Dance Academy in Tigard. Without Dance, I don't know what I would do :)

Leilani Borst

Years on Thunderbird Staff: This will by my second year as an instructor, after assisting for two years.

Classes I Teach at Camp: I've taught Hip-Hop and Jazz in past years, as well as Jazz and Hip-Hop technique sessions.

Dance Training: Competitive high school and middle school dance team, ballet technique, professional dance team, and collegiate dance team.

Performance Experience: I have danced with the University of Washington Pom Squad, where I had the opportunity to cheer at NCAA volleyball, football, and basketball games, perform halftimes at Seattle Seahawks Games, and dance live on ESPN at the PAC-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Prior to Pom Squad, I spent a season dancing professionally on the Washington Stealth Bombshells Dance Team of the National Lacrosse League. I have six years of competitive dance team experience, including four years on the Kentridge Chatelaines.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: Pom Choreography for Washington Middle School and High School Dance Teams at Elite Performance Dance Camp, Competition Pom choreography, halftime and guest choreography (kick, pom, and jazz) for schools in the Pacific Northwest. Instructing in breakout technique, conditioning, and sports nutrition sessions.

Current Dance Related Job: Instructor at Elite Performance Dance Camp, Competition Pom Choreographer for Washington State high school teams, Guest Choreographer for Washington State middle school dance teams.

Samantha Buckmier

Years on Thunderbird Staff: This will be my 9th amazing year on staff!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Jazz, funk, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, kick, drill down, novelty, and technique

Dance Training: I was on Milwaukie dance team for 4 years then went to western Oregon university And my focus in dance training there was modern. I received a dance minor and competed 3 times at ACDF. Since then I have been multiple companies. 5 years with rainbow dance theature training in modern and partnering, 1 year with Subrosa dance company, 1 year with Pure dance company, 2 seasons with A-Wol Aerial Dance Collectives, and now am in my 2nd season with Stampede dance team and off center dance company.

Performance Experience: I have performed in many different places including small venues, recitals, outside, NBA games, and around the world including Mexico and China. In total 15 year of performing experience.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: I have choreographed small numbers for performing groups in college, was a coach at Westview High School for 3 years were I did a majority of their choreo, and 8 years of choreographing at Thunderbird.

Current Dance Related Job: Stampede NBA dance team, Off Center Dance Company, freelance teacher and choreographer.

Michelle Burch

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 20 awesome years!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Technique

Dance Training:: Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and African Dance

Performance Experience: Jefferson Dancers - 3 years, NW Afrikan American Ballet - Principal Dancer & Assistant Director - 19 years - Performed in South Africa and Scotland, BlazerDancer - Portland Trail Blazers - 6 years

Choreography/Teaching Experience: Jefferson Dancers - African Dance - 2 years
High Schools all over Oregon & Washington, BlazerDancers, Seattle SeaGals

Current Dance Related Job: Coach Portland Trail Blazers, BlazerDancers, Coach Portland Thunder (Arena Football League) Dance Team

Alex Bushue

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 2

Classes I Teach at Camp:: Jazz, Novelty, Kicks, and Technique

Dance Training: I started dancing at age three: jazz, ballet, and tap (my teacher was a former Rockette and didn't believe hip hop was lady like so she didn't offer it). At Western Oregon University I earned a minor in dance while taking tap, jazz, hip hop (finally), modern, African, Hula, and even a little dancing on stilts (it's a long story).

Performance Experience: Several embarrassing recitals, some "cool" recitals, all home basketball and football game half times, the Spring Dance concert at W.O.U, and even a few years in the Portland Rose Parade with my middle school dance team. I was the captain in 8th grade and we did a Blazer themed routine called "Bingo Bango Bongo Baby" decked out with blazer sunglasses, sky high bangs, and scrunchies bejeweled with alternating black and red sequins. It's probably my proudest moment.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: I began coaching as an assistant with The Central High Sensations. After college, I started the dance team at Valley Catholic High School, the Charisma. Then, I moved a little north to be the head coach of The Westivew Wildthings Varsity Dance Team and advisor for the JV Widthings. During all this time, I also spent 7 years as head dance instructor at the Anthony Newman Camp Spirit Nike Cheer Camp.  Since "retiring" from coaching I have had the privilege to advise and or/ choreograph for: The Gladstone Gladettes, The Scappoose Vision Dancers, The Glencoe Tide, The Banks Lady Braves, The Parkrose Elite, and of course my beloved Westview Wildthings.

Current Dance Related Job: Currently I am working on my 11th year teaching in the Beaverton School District. I spent 9 amazing years teaching grades 4/5 and am on my second year teaching high school: health, child development, reading recovery, leadership, and I am the school's Activities Director.   I am also currently teaching master classes at Synergy Dance Studio (jazz, contemporary, beginning and advanced technique), line dance for Girl Scouts of America (Camp Mountaindale), and am hoping people will love me enough to let me crash as many dance practices as I can next year. I love dance team and can't stay away!

BJ Cerny

Years on Thunderbird Staff?: 29 fabulous years!

Classes I Teach at Camp:: Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical ~ Camp Dance

Performance Experience: NBA Blazer Dancers 4 years, AFL Forest Dragon Dancers 2 years, WNBA Portland Fire Hip Hop Squad 3 years, Pure Dance Co. 3 years, Two 6-month Shows in Japan, OMTAAMB Dance Team.

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: 17 years All-State auditions choreographer. 16 years Terpsichoria/Clackamas Dance Studio. 10 years coaching/choreographing West Linn HS Debutantes. Choreographing for various Portland area dance teams. 10 years coaching/choreographing Wilsonville HS Cheer. OMTAAMB Dance Team 8 years.

Current Dance Related Job: OSAA All-State auditions choreographer. OSAA Grand Finale Director. DDCA Technical Judge. OMTAAMB Dance Team.

Wil Christopher

Years on Thunderbird Staff: Summer 2014 will be the Sixth consecutive summer.

Classes I Teach at Camp: Ballet, Stretches, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Leaps & Turns,

Dance Training:Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Curriculum: Ballet, Modern, Men's Technique, Yoga, Choreography, Music, Kinesiology. Faculty: Patricia Hon, Deborah Wolf, Wade Madsen, Steve Casteel, Lodi McClellan, Michele Miller, Iyun Harrison. Guest Faculty: Patricia Lent, Robert Swinston, Holley Farmer, Danny Buraczeski, Jason Ohlberg, Camillie Brown, Robert Battle. Merce Cunningham Winter Intensive. New York City. Jefferson Performing Arts. Portland, Oregon. Dance Program, Jefferson Dancers Performing Ensemble. Curriculum: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Composition/Improvisation. Faculty: Steve Gonzales, Kristi Bacon-Trad, Melissa St. Clair, Derelle Walker. Guest Faculty: Sarah Slipper and Brian Simmerson. Tigard High School Varsity and JV Dance Team

Performance Experience: Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. Cinderella (2 ACT Ballet), Prince.
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. Cornish Dance Theatre. Facutly and Guest Choregraphers: Merce Cunningham staged by Partica Lent ("minEvent": Performed at Paramont Theatre, Seattle Art Musium, ACT Theatre, The Sheraton Seattle- Cornish Scholarship Gala), Tonya Lockyer, Danny Burazeski ("Swing Concerto"), Deborah Wolf, Particia Hon, Olivier Wevers ("More") On The Boards, Seattle, WA. Choreography, Chastity Wilson,  Jefferson Dancers, Portland, OR. Artistic Director: Steve Gonzales. Performed locally in Oregon/Washington and internationally in Germany. Lecture Demonstrations: Crestor elementary, Clackamas High School, DaVinci Arts Middle School

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: 2014. Scappose High School. Master Class, Juneau High School, Juneau, Alaska. Weekend Workshops, Canby High School. Master Class, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. BFA Dance Program. Seven Dancers. ("Acception"), Stayton Dance Camp. Master Class
2011. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. Student Show: Choreographey en Pointe with Crutches. Three dancers. ("Assist"), Jackson High School, Everett WA. Winter State Conference Routine

Current Dance Related Job (coach, choreographer, teacher, etc.):: Freelance Teacher, Choreographer, Performer.

Ericka Dall

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 2 years teaching!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Jazz, Precision, Funk, Hip Hop, Lyrical and my favorite...Novelty!

Dance Training: Studio kid for 15 years at Academy of Ballet Arts and Schell School of Dance, Vancouver WA. Trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and Latin.

Performance Experience: 10 years Schell Dancers Performing Group, 4 year dance team member Columbia River HS Lady Braves. 2 year All State HS selection team in WA. Performed in Hawaii, Florida, Seattle, LA competing in Masters of Dance competitions. 2 year dance/musical theater dance program in BYU-Idaho. I have also performed at Disneyland and DisneyWorld.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: I started teaching ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop classes at age 15. I have 7 years of studio teaching experience in tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. I also taught tap intensive summer class in Portland, Maine for 2 years. 2 year assistant coach/choreographer for Mt. View Lightening Dance Team, Vancouver WA. Certified Zumba instructor/choreographer for the last 3 years.

Current Dance Related Job: I am currently a member of the WSDDJA in Washington as a certified Dance Team Judge for the last 5 years, where I have judged local competitions and the State championships. I have judged all categories ranging in pom, hip hop, kick, dance, show and military. I am also a Zumba instructor for a dance studio/gym in Woodland, WA.

Kristina Fetterman

Years on Thunderbird Staff: Only 1 year under my belt, this will be my second year.

Classes I Teach at Camp: At camp I have taught Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet Technique, Turns and Leaps.

Dance Training: Westside Dance Academy, Beaverton Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, Dance Vision, Chapman University

Performance Experience: Westside Performing Co., Team Shaka, Chapman University Hip-Hop Team
Chapman Dance Alliance, Pure Dance Company

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: Tualatin/Tualatin JV, Elite Dance Studio, Innovative Dance Studio Performing Company, Synergy Middle School Dance Team, Wilsonville Pride Varsity, Core Dance Studio
Choreography Awards from Topaz Dance Competition, New York City Dance Alliance, Spotlight Dance Cup

Current Dance Related Job: Assistant Coach/Guest Choreographer Synergy Middle School Dance Team, Assistant Coach/Choreographer Wilsonville Pride Dance, Owner/Director Core Dance

Krystle Flerchinger

Years on Thunderbird Staff: This summer will be my 10th year on Thunderbird Staff!

Classes I Teach at Camp: I have taught Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary classes, as well as Ballet, Jazz, and Turn technique.

Dance Training: Trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Pointe, I started dancing when I was 10 years old at Chehalem Valley Dance Academy in Newberg, OR. I spent 2 years on the Newberg High School Dance Team and 3 years with the University of Portland Pilots Dance Team. After college, I became a member of AWOL Dance Collective.

Performance Experience: Chehalem Valley Dance Academy - 8 years, High School Dance Team - 2 years, Pilots Dance Team - 3 years, and AWOL Dance Collective - 5 years

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, Billings Dance Center, Pilots Dance Team, and Thunderbird!

Current Dance Related Job: Assistant Dance Coach at Union High School and company member of AWOL Dance Collective

Denise Harris

Years on Thunderbird Staff: Summer 2014 will be my 9th year on staff.

Classes I Teach at Camp: In addition to Camp Kicks and Drill Down, I have taught a variety of levels of the following: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Percision Funk, and Novelty.

Dance Training: I studied tap and jazz at Terpsichoria dance studio, under the direction of Diane Bigbee.
I was a 4 year dance team member of the Milwaukie Pony Prancers and continued to study dance and the University of Oregon.

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: -Assistant Coach for Gladstone High School Dance Team from 1998-2000, Head Coach and Choreographer for Gladstone High School Dance Team from 2000-present, Summer Instructor at Terpsichoria Dance Studio from 2001-2004, Instructor at Terpsichoria Dance Studio from 2004-2005, Thunderbird Dance Camp Instructor 2005-present, Certified Novice and Advanced Drill Down Caller 2006-present, Dance & Drill Coaches Association Board Member 2006-2007, Stayton Summer Dance Camp Instructor 2009-present, Tap and Jazz Instructor at Allegro Dance Studio 2012-present, OSAA Dance & Drill State Planning Committee Member (present)

Current Dance Related Job: -Head Dance Team Coach at Gladstone HS, Tap and Jazz Instructor at Allegro Dance Studio, Thunderbird Dance Camp Instructor, Certified Novice and Advanced Drill Down Caller, Stayton Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Lynsey Martin

Years on Thunderbird Staff?: 17 years minus a few years off to have some kids and relocate to a new town!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Contemporary, jazz, lyrical, morning stretches, coaches contemporary class, and team technique. Love it all.

Performance Experience & Dance Training: My youth included dance recitals, (Surprise, I am a tapper!) and my high school years were spent as a Rex Putnam Royal Crown team member and Captain. I experienced one of my favorite life highlights when I became a member & choreographer of Pure Dance Company from 2007-2012 under the direction of Ms. Sonya Duffin. Stage performance includes: 5 full length productions with Pure Dance Company, as well as a unique and educational opportunity to perform during the Pasadena Dance Festival at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in 2010 & 2011. Continuing education provided by Edge Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. If you get the chance to take a class at the Edge someday, do it! Don’t worry about if you fit in, just go! It’s a life changer. Master classes also received through Jump Dance Convention, The Pulse, & Excel in Motion.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: 1998 (State Champion), 99-00 Gladstone Gladettes Head Coach. 10 plus years combined teaching & directing competition programs including: solo/duo & group entries, tap, jazz, contemporary & creative movement at Terpsichoria & Allegro Dance Studios. Consultation/Choreography with high school programs such as: Rex Putnam Royal Crowns, Gladstone Gladettes, Stayton Highlights, & the Milwaukie Pony Prancers. DDCA job responsibilities have included choreographing, teaching, and judging the OSAA All-State Auditions, & contemporary/lyrical education at the DDCA Judges Workshop.

What’s new?  I love our new town of Springfield/Oregon, the culture it provides, and the awesome opportunities it is giving John, myself, and Grace & Drew. I am currently working at Baker Charter Schools as a traveling teacher managing a caseload of students K-12. As the job has me driving to Brookings, Coos Bay, Medford, & Roseburg, I have plenty of time to listen to new music and become inspired. Nature plus music plus family! That’s my routine. See you at camp everybody! xo

Hillary McClintick

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 9 years

Classes I Teach at Camp:  Jazz, Hip hop, Precision Funk, Lyrical, Kicks, Stretches, Drill Down, Novelty

Dance Training: I have been dancing since 1991.

Performance Experience: High School and College

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: Middle School, High School and College teams, summer camps, workshops, clinics, performance & competitive routines

Current Dance Related Job: Next Step Dance Studio -owner/instructor/choreographer, Sheldon Colleens, Sheldon Irish, Sheldon Shamrocks

Rachel Milstein

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 2 years as an assistant plus this year being my first as an instructor!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Novelty and Beginning Jazz so far.

Dance Training: I've trained in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Kick, and Hip Hop since my sophomore year of high school on my high school dance team and various college dance teams.

Performance Experience: Sheldon High School Colleens Dance Team for three years, Captain for the 2011-2012 year, All-State Dancer 2012, University of San Diego Dance Company 2012-2013, currently a co-captain of the Oregon State University Elite Dance Team.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: I was an assistant to the Junior Colleens Middle school team during high school while also helping to teach choreography and team ethics as captain of my own high school dance team. I have choreographed routines for various high school events such as Mr. Irish 2012. I have choreographed a couple routines during my college dance career, and have taught and choreographed my own novelty routines the past couple years at Thunderbird Dance camp as well as helped assist!

Current Dance Related Job: Currently a co-captain of the Elite Dance Team at Oregon State University and future Barre3 instructor at the new future Corvallis Barre3 Location.

Adrienne Sampson

Years on Thunderbird Staff: This will be my 4th fabulous summer teaching at Thunderbird.

Classes I Teach at Camp: My favorite classes to teach are all levels of jazz, lyrical, and my favorite....CONTEMPORARY!!!!

Dance Training: As a tiny dancer I trained in jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary, and even dabbled in a bit of gymnastics. In high school I was on a competitive dance team and continued to take studio classes throughout high school. After graduation I studied contemporary, jazz and ballet at Western Oregon University as well as Oregon State University. To this day, I continue to take classes throughout the Portland area.

Performance Experience: My favorite performances generally take place in my living room with my 3 year old son : ) However, I have had many other performance opportunities which include competing in local competitions as a studio dancer, competitive high school dance team, as a guest dancer in collegiate performance companies, was a member of the NLL Lumberjax Dance Team, and am currently a member of the MixD Dance Company.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: Dancing has always been a natural passion of mine. In high school I started to choreography for my high school dance team and continued for another 10 years for local and state competitions. In college, I continued to teach dance to elementary school students in an after school program to help promote healthy exercise and a love of dance. Currently, as a member of the MixD Dance company, I collaborate with other dancers to create fun, sassy jazz routines and help lead technique classes. Of course, I have also been choreographing and teaching at Thunderbird too!

Current Dance Related Job: I am currently keeping up with the world of dance as a member of MixD dance company.

Ryan Sanford

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 8 years. This year will be 9!!!

Classes I Teach at Camp:: Funk, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Novelty, Technique and Drill down.

Dance Training:: 4 years On the Milwaukie Pony Prancers Dance Team, 1 year at Dance vision
7 years as a member of Pure Dance Company.

Performance Experience: I have 13 years of Performing Experience. A mixture of competitions, shows, conventions and last but not least Thunderbird Dance Camp!!

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: I have been teaching and doing Choreography for for 8 years going on to 9. T all started my senior year. I was asked by my dance coach to choreograph about 40secs of our state routine!  I have done choreography for Milwaukie, Stayton, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Canby, Hilsboro. I have also worked with Valley Catholic, Westview, Sam Barlow and Silverton.

Current Dance Related Job: I am currently the Head Coach & Choreographer for the Milwaukie Dance Team. I also am the Choreographer for the Stayton Highlights Dance team. I have been their choreographer for 5 years.

Colleen Schoonover

Years on Thunderbird Staff: This will be my 9th summer at Thunderbird

Classes I Teach at Camp: Hip Hop-all levels, jazz, character, technique-all styles, kicks, captains classes and motivation sessions

Dance Training: 15 years of studio training in Seattle, WA in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern.

Performance Experience: Competitive studio dance for 15 years. Member and captain of the Gonzaga University Dance Team from 2001-2005. Performance member of Groove Nation Hip Hop Dance Studio from 2005-2007.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: Choreographer for various Washington and Oregon dance teams and studios, primarily in Hip Hop. Teacher at Groove Nation Dance from 2005-2007. Choreographer for Illuminations Contemporary Youth Dance 2011. Choreographer and coach for the Union Titan Dance Team and Union Theater Department, 2007-Present.

Current Dance Related Job: Head coach of the Union High School Dance Team in Vancouver, WA. 9 years of teaching in the Evergreen School District in Hip Hop Dance, Creative Movement, Leadership, and English.

Kirstee Schumacher

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 2 years teaching, 2 years assisting

Classes I Teach at Camp: So far, I have taught novelty, jazz, and precision funk, as well as technique and drill down.

Dance Training: Centennial Dance Team 2006-2010, UO Dance Team 2010-2014. I have danced at various studios since I was two years old!

Performance Experience: I was in a theater company for 12 years, and I danced competitively in high school and college.

Choreography/Teaching Experience: I've been teaching dance at summer camps since 2006, and have done choreography for Centennial, Cottage Grove, and Parkrose.

Current Dance Related Job: I am the new head coach for the University of Oregon Dance Team!

Holly Slyter

Years on Thunderbird Staff: This will be my third summer as a teacher!

Classes I Teach at Camp: I have taught Jazz and Novelty classes as well as Jazz and Ballet technique!

Dance Training: I have trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop and lyrical and have performed other styles such as kick and pom.

Performance Experience: I was on Fired Up! Studio's performing company for one year where we performed around the community, in Disneyland, and competed at West Coast Dance Explosion. I then spent four years performing with Tigard High School's varsity dance team. We performed at assemblies and football games, local and state competitions, in parades, and even took third place at USA Nationals in 2010. I am currently a member of Boise State University's Mane Line dancers where we perform at all the football and basketball games and many of the volleyball games. With the Mane Line dancers, I have performed at two Mountain West Conference Bowl Games, both in Las Vegas, including performances on Fremont Street and tailgates prior to the game. We recently competed at USA Nationals and took sixth place.

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: I helped choreograph/teach high school assembly routines as a senior in high school and collegiate tailgating band routines as a junior in college. I also helped choreograph a competitive hip hop routine for a local high school dance team in Idaho.

Current Dance Related Job: Right now I'm only on Boise State's dance team but I hope to coach in the future!!

Stephany Stanton

Years on Thunderbird Staff: I have been teaching for four years now, after assisting for two!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Hip Hop, Jazz, Precision Funk, Novelty, and Lyrical!

Dance Training: I have been dancing since I was three years old! Trained in ballet, lyrical, modern, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Century High School dance team '03-'07.

Performance Experience: High School and College

Choreography/Teaching Experience: Choreography for local Portland dance teams. New Vision Dance Studio, Urban Pointe Dance Studio

Current Dance Related Job: Freelance choreographer and dance teacher.

Tiff Tangen

Years on Thunderbird Staff: Twelve years on staff ... Many more as an underaged fan!

Classes I Teach at Camp: Contemporary, jazz, technique and kicks; co-founder of the Thunderbird Camp Dance Appreciation Society. :)

Dance Training: Trained at Terpsichoria Dance Studio (Clackamas, OR) in tap and jazz. Picked up ballet, lyrical, musical theater and contemporary in high school and college through amazing drop-in classes and many patient teachers!

Performance Experience: Mountain View Lightning Dance Team (1999-2003), Goerge Fox University Cheer and Dance Teams and Contemporary Dance Company (2003-2007), Pure Dance Company (2007-2011)

Choreography/Teaching Experience: Assistant coach/choreographer: Mountain View Lightning Dance Team (2006-2012); choreographer, Pure Dance Company (2007-2011), Instructor: Dayley Dance Academy (2008-present); assistant coach: Pacific Middle School Dance Team (2012-present), choreographer: Illumination Dance Company (2011-present)

Current Dance Related Job: Instructor, Dayley Dance Academy (Vancouver/Washougal, WA) - contemporary and tap; coach, Pacific Middle School Dance Team; choreographer, Illumination Dance Company, freelance choreographer and dance team consult (OR and WA)

Nicki Vanderzanden

Years on Thunderbird Staff: 2

Classes I Teach at Camp: So far, Jazz, Precision Funk, Novelty, anything they want me to!

Dance Training: Banks High School dance team '90-'94, BA in Dance from Western Oregon University

Performance Experience: Dance concerts at WOU, performances with University dance groups in Portland theaters.

Choreography/Teaching Experience:: Coaching staff for Banks High School dance team '97-'04. Choreography and general assistance for Banks, Westview and other various dance teams for 16 years. Organized and taught dance classes at daycare centers for 3 years, after school dance classes for elementary students for 2 years, and adult dance classes for 2 years. Taught various dance classes at local studios.

Current Dance Related Job: Freelance choreographer and dance teacher, part time.

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