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Faculty

Stephanie Zurinsky

Artistic Director

Stephanie is the proud owner of Vibe Dance Studio. She started dancing at the young age of 3, studying up and down the East Coast. Throughout her dance education she had the opportunity to train with Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, the talented Joe Lanteri, and jazz master Luigi. It was under the direction of Janie Miles that Stephanie knew what she wanted to do with her life: share her love of dance with students of her own. At the early age of 16, Stephanie began teaching young children at a local dance studio. In college she worked for the Walt Disney Company as a Dancer Performer and continued choreographing for dance studios in South Florida. Since then, Stephanie has taught all over the country, choreographing full-length musicals, pageant numbers, and award-winning routines.

Maya Sharpe

Hip Hop, Heels, Tap and Tumbling Instructor & Vibe Dance Company Choreographer

Maya began dancing at the age of 3 and since then she has developed a love for all styles. Through the years she has taken jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Some performance highlights include dancing at Benaroya Hall, placing 1st in USA championships at Hip Hop International and having various jobs with Nike. She is always looking for ways to improve and gain experience in this industry. Her favorite styles are hip hop and tap and she has been consistently training at The Connection PAC since she was 12 competing and performing all over the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a dancer, Maya has a passion in teaching and sharing what she has learned over the years. She has experience teaching ages 9-18 and is excited to work with all her students.

Shumon Wood

Hip Hop Instructor & Vibe Dance Company Choreographer

Shumon Wood has danced with many companies, he has received training in Hip Hop and Leadership from, Albert Abigania, Ronald Smith, Jaret Hughes, Terrence Spencer, And Kolanie Marks. He has received Modern training from Laura Peterson, and a bit of Ballet/Technique from Kathi Marin, Annette Crespo, Kelsea Taylor, and Melanie Herring.His Dance Resume includes being a part of the groups: Kontagious Performing Company (Kontagious and KURE) (2008-2012) SiCK (2010-2012) Drone Squad (formerly known as Throne Level, formerly known as ‘LV’ Luscious and Vicious 2010-2012) Twisted Elegance (2012) PGFam (2012-present) PGBoys(2012-present) WeDay Dancer, and WeDay Dance Instructor at WeDay Seattle 2014 and 2015.

Shumon has choreographed pieces and dances for the Edmonds Community College Hip Hop Club, Snohomish High School, Lynnwood High School, a small group from Westlake Dance Center, Kontagious, Kure, and SiCK from Kontagious Performing Company, and The Bad Kids. He currently teaches at PacWest Performing Arts in Snohomish, and Lake Stevens under Kelly Charlton, at Stanza PAC in Monroe under Kris and Molly Backman, Vibe Dance Studio in Mill Creek under Stephanie Zurinsky, taught at The Connection Performing Arts in Mukilteo under Kolanie Marks and now teaches on the Faculty at the KreativMNDZ Dance Complex in Monroe also under Kolanie Marks.

Kinzie Baylis

Jazz, Lyrical, Tumbling, Pom and Contemporary Instructor & Vibe Dance Company Choreographer

Kinzie Baylis was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She began dancing at the age of 8. After falling in love with dance and excelling quickly, she decided to join her studio’s competition team. There she received many scholarships and awards from multiple conventions including Nuvo, NYCDA and West Coast Dance Explosion. Kinzie knew exactly what she wanted to do with her extensive dance training and that was to audition for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Post high school graduation, at the young age of 18, she followed her dreams and made the 2012-13 squad. She obtained her spot in the organization for the following four years. She was a member of Show Group and traveled the world during that time. The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders took her to perform in London, Mexico, Japan, Guam, Hawaii, Canada and all over the United States. In between cheering and traveling Kinzie was a dance instructor and choreographer for local DFW studios. Apart from her dance life, Kinzie married her high school sweetheart in July of 2017. Her husband’s job brought them to the state of Washington shortly following the wedding. Her hobbies include dancing, walking her golden retriever, horseback riding and spending time with family. Kinzie is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful faculty at Vibe and can’t wait to kick off the season!

Sophia Stanley

Pom, Contemporary and Combo Instructor

New to Seattle from Oklahoma, Sophie is thrilled to continue teaching dance. She had been taking lessons since she was 5 and teaching since she was 18. She has taken ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and pom. Through the years, Sophie participated in the South Tulsa Children’s Ballet Nutcracker and competed in jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. She studied at Oklahoma Baptist University, where she founded and captained an NCAA Collegiate Pom Team. Teaching dance is her passion and she loves being able to pass that on to kids of all ages. Her favorite styles are jazz and contemporary.

Ashley Chartrand

Jazz and Mini Company Instructor

Ashley has been dancing since the age of three and started competing at the age of nine. She has had the opportunity to train with the Rockettes, San Diego Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet School.  Having competed at Regional and National levels, Ashley has had the opportunity as a former member of the Vibe Dance Company to travel all around the country and compete. Even though her life long dream is to kick with the Rockettes, she is more than thrilled to be a teacher at Vibe! She can’t wait to express her love and passion for dance with all of the dancers.

Kailey Sleister

Tap and Combo Instructor

Kailey began dancing at the age of three and continues to do so. She started competing and assisting for Vibe at the age of eleven. Throughout the years, Kailey has assisted, substituted, and taught a variety of ages and styles at Vibe Dance Studio. She is currently in a teaching internship program at her school where she learns child development, state laws, teacher expectations, how to use their knowledge in a classroom, identify career goals, and so much more. Taking the teaching academy class allows her to learn and perform duties such as tutoring, grading, supervising and eventually teaching in a classroom setting. She is very excited to be teaching at Vibe and can’t wait to share her love of dance and teaching with all her students!

Laurie Balise

Ballet and Pilates Instructor

Ms. Balise is a Seattle native and has been involved in dance and the arts all her life.  She began dancing at age 3 with Dorothy and Nelle Fisher and then became a founding senior company member with Olympic Ballet Theater in Edmonds.  She attended the Pacific Regional Dance Festivals for several consecutive years and received a scholarship to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference in Geneva, NY.  She performed at numerous venues throughout the PNW and in multiple full-length Nutcracker Productions, Frederick & Nelson Santa Breakfasts, and Spring Showcases.  Her primary training is in ballet, including partnering and pointe.  She’s had experience as well in jazz, lyrical and hip-hop.  She’s uses her varied sports background, including competitive swimming, rowing, soccer, and basketball, to enhance her athleticism in dance and as a teacher of both dance and fitness.  She’s appeared in two fitness videos with Kari Anderson, including “Angles, Lines & Curves,” a Pilates/ballet floor barre inspired class format, and “Curl,” an abdominal workout. Ms. Balise has taught at various studios north of Seattle for over 10 years. In addition to coming onboard with Vibe, Ms. Balise also works as a private tutor for Kindercare, teaching phonics, early math, and music to preschoolers and school age children.  She also works as the Content Coordinator for the Mill Creek Lifestyles Magazine, as well as doing contract work teaching dance for Mill Creek Parks and Recreation and Bootcamp for Run2BFit. Her other current primary position is as a fitness instructor for LA Fitness where she has taught every class they’ve offered for over 10 years, including Pilates, Yoga, Bodyworks and Aqua Fit.

Ms. Balise is a graduate of the University of Washington where she studied Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.  She worked as the Publicist of the Seattle Symphony during the opening and Inaugural Season of Benaroya Hall, and served as an intern in the Public Relations Department at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was on the Board of Directors for PNB’s “Backstage Pass” young professionals group during its initial season.

Krista Thompson

Ballet Instructor

Krista began dancing tap and ballet at age 5, sparking her life long passion for all dance forms. Having grown up in Alaska, she loves adventure and has lived in multiple states as well as Germany. Krista grew up in a strictly Vaganova school giving her great discipline in ballet. She trained at summer intensives including Saratoga Springs, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Summer Dance Lab, and Oklahoma City Ballet. Krista also attended Marin Dance Theatre’s year round program in 2010. She began teaching dance in 2012. Krista believes in being a well-rounded dancer, making teaching a natural way of passing down the art form to our next generations.

Emily Elzea

Ballet Instructor

Emily Elzea fell in love with ballet when she began dancing at age 5 and continued to pursue her training in classical ballet intensively at the Nancy Whyte School of Ballet in Bellingham, WA, dancing with the Mount Baker Ballet performance division at her school as a soloist. She was accepted into summer programs at the Boston Ballet and Kirov Academy and received scholarships to attend the McMinnville Ballet Academy in Oregon. After high school, she continued to pursue dance at Trinity Western University by performing and training with the IMPACT Dance Team and training, competing and teaching social dance styles such as Lindyhop, Westcoast swing, Argentine Tango, salsa, bachata and blues. While interning in Spain, Emily taught ballet and lyrical at Kings College: British School of Alicante. In Bellingham, she taught and choreographed classical ballet for Northwest Ballet Academy and performed in their productions of Cinderella, Dracula, and Esmeralda. The past three years, Emily taught ballet and choreographed at Duvall Performing Arts and is excited to begin working with Vibe dancers this year.

Natasha Wright

Ballet Instructor

Natasha started dancing in her church with Praise Dance at age five. When she was twelve she became a student at Ballet Bellevue School where she studied for two years under the direction of Ronn Tice and four years with Victoria Titova. Natasha graduated from the Professional Division of Ballet Bellevue School and became a professional company dancer with Ballet Bellevue under the direction of Jennifer Porter. She has been performing locally and internationally since 2001, in roles such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Spanish and Chinese character dances in Nutcracker, and the title role in The Mermaid on stages as close as Seattle and as far as Russia and France. Summer programs Natasha was excepted and attended ABT Texas, ABT New York, and Ballet Hawaii. Natasha was also a company member with Sixth Day Dance for two seasons. Since 2013 Natasha has been a guest dancer with Northwest Ballet Theater, dancing in roles such as Step Sister in the Cinderella, Evil Queen in Snow White, and two seasons playing the role of Bathory in NBT’s Dracula. Natasha also has earned her massage practitioner license at Spectrum School of Massage. This is Natasha’s first season teaching at Vibe Dance Studio.

Rhonda Smith

Tumbling Instructor

Rhonda grew up in Florida where she took gymnastics all through elementary & middle school. She has two daughters who were competitive gymnasts for 6 years and they are now competitive cheerleaders. Rhonda has coached gymnastics & tumbling for over 15 years. She feels tumbling is appropriate for any age because it is a great way to stay in shape and have fun while doing it. There are many positive aspects to tumbling: coordination, strength, balance, flexibility, grace and determination. Rhonda loves observing the progress a child makes during tumbling class. She understands that children thrive in a fun, positive environment and is excited to bring her passion for teaching to Vibe.

Amanda Albright

Tumbling Instructor

Amanda has been dancing for fourteen years and competed for six in all styles of dance from tap and hip hop to ballet and lyrical. During her last year competing, she also performed in a Seattle contemporary company. Although this is Amanda’s first season with Vibe, it will be her eighth year teaching dance. Dancing and teaching has always been her passion. She loves to share her knowledge with the dancers in her classes and watch as they grow throughout the year. When she’s not teaching dance, you can find Amanda either working as an Orthodontic Assistant or in the mountains hiking and camping with her dog Rainey.

Jaron Laquin

Break Dance Instructor

Jaron has 8 years of bboying under his belt. He knew about break dancing since the early 2000’s where he eventually learned a few tricks from his older cousin. It wasn’t until his freshman year in high school, where he and his friends started a crew called “Soul Rebelz”. They traveled and competed at countless competitions all over the Pacific Northwest making a name for themselves. Jaron also has hip-hop choreography in his back pocket, having trained through the Connection PAC under Kolanie Marks and the T-twins. Jaron believes in the saying “each one, teach one” pushing him to provide as much knowledge about the hip-hop culture to the new generation.

Megan Riddle

Vibe Dance Company Choreographer

Megan grew up dancing in the greater Seattle area where she studied many styles of dance, competed regionally and nationally in New York and Las Vegas and took part in many tap dance festivals. In high school she studied tap at Johnson & Peters Tap Dance Seattle where she was given many opportunities to take master tap classes from greats such as Savion Glover, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Lane Alexandar and many others. After high school Megan spent a year studying modern and ballet at Columbia College Chicago. While in Chicago she also trained in tap under Jimmy Payne, Jr. In 2008 Megan received her B.F.A. in Dance Choreography and Performance from Western Washington University. She was the recipient of the Monica Gutchow Dance Arts in Education Scholarship 2007/2008 and the Mentoring Undergraduates Grant from the W.W.U. Foundation in 2008. She received the Outstanding Graduate Award for Dance in 2008. While at Western she was privileged to perform in reconstructions of James Kudelka’s Soudain, l’Hiver Dernier, Hannah Kahn’s Only, and Mark Morris’ New Love Song Waltzes.

Over the past 10 years Megan Riddle has taught and choreographed for many dance studios and competition teams in the greater Seattle area and in Bellingham, WA. She performed with Relay Dance Collective in 2013 and 2015. She has been a company member with 3rd Shift Dance from 2013-present. With 3rd Shift Dance she has performed at Showbox Theater, Seattle Art Museum, McCaw Hall, Velocity Dance Center, Theater4, Seattle Center, Seattle International Dance Festival, and various other venues in Washington and Oregon.

Maggie Clarke

Vibe Dance Company Choreographer

Maggie began dancing at the age of three training in many genres over the years including tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, pointe, hula, Tahitian, and ballroom. She has been with Vibe Dance Studio since it opened in 2010 and is excited to come back and teach as an alumni.  She competed for Vibe Dance Company from 2010-2015 on both the regional and national levels where she earned multiple scholarships, awards, and titles.  Maggie has also been a member of the Tremaine National Performance Program since 2014 traveling across the US to train under and assist artists such as Keri LaGrand, Derrick Schrader, Laurie Johnson, Tony Bellissimo, Tiffany Maher, Meghan Sannett, Jeff Amsden, and Emily Zachary Smith as well as Mr. Joe Tremaine himself. Maggie is currently a student at the University of Washington and is a second year member of the Cheer and Dance team. She has choreographed and performed multiple halftime shows and features at many sporting events and had the opportunity to travel with the women’s basketball team across the country in their exciting journey to the Final Four.  Besides witnessing and being a part of UW Athletics history, she says one of her favorite memories of her rookie season was performing with Brad Paisley at the Seattle concert of his “Crushin’ It World Tour”.  This past summer she trained with other collegiate and professional dance teams from across the US and continues to train in all styles of dance at various studios in the greater Seattle area.  She is very excited to be back teaching at Vibe and is looking forward to sharing her love for dance with all her students!

Lisa Buettner

Vibe Dance Company Choreographer

Lisa received her dance training in the Seattle area focusing on jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and musical theatre. She studied at Bellevue Community College and was a member of the Eastside Moving Company and Fusion Dance Company of Seattle. She has taught and judged locally and has choreographed competition jazz, hip hop, and lyrical for nearly 20 years. Along with teaching and choreographing for Village Theatre’s Kidstage program, she also has over 5 years of experience managing local dance studios in the Mill Creek area and on the Eastside.  Her most recent ventures include earning her jazz, modern and ballet certification and is now a national certified tester to test teachers into Dance Masters of America association. Lisa is passionate about teaching and enjoys spreading the love of dance to her students. She is excited to return to Vibe Dance Studio as a Company Choreographer!