Harbor Dance
6820 Kimball Drive Suite E
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Telephone: (253) 858-5550
Email: info@harbordance.net
http://harbordance.net

Staff

 

 

Susan Dellinger, owner and administrator

 

Simone Peterson, Owner, Dance Director, Gig Harbor: Simone Peterson has been teaching and choreographing in the Seattle, Tacoma, and Gig Harbor communities for 15 years (studio instruction).  In college, at the University of Puget Sound, Simone participated in Repertory Dance Group, a student-choreography and dance group.  Simone graduated from UPS with a B.A. in Psychology.  She then began teaching at Harbor Conservatory (Harbor Dance’s former name, same location) in 2002-2005, working as an instructor and as a Performing Group Director.  Simone then moved on to be the director of Dance at the Lakewood Family YMCA from 2005-2009, where she oversaw a program of between 500-600 students and integrated valuable curriculum.  Simone then partnered with Sue Dellinger and Dawn DelCastillo in 2009 to become co-owners of Harbor Dance and Freedom Dance Centers.  She continues to teach and choreograph for both studios, as well as participate yearly in En L’air Dance Collective, a benefit project of dancers who perform and rehearse for various charitable endeavors.  Simone views dance as a holistic art that incorporates the entire being and benefits the mind, the body, the soul.  She believes that dance enhances a person immensely, both internally and externally.

Dawn Del Castillo, Owner, Dance Director, Tacoma: Dawn has been dancing for over 20 years. She focuses on creating a supportive and encouraging training ground for aspiring dancers. Dawn has enjoyed competing and performing since a very early age.  She has won several awards including First Place in Sonics. After high school she began volunteering her time to teach dance for under-privileged teens. There she founded the Hip Hop group Next Generation which provided the kids opportunities to perform at schools in hopes to get kids off the streets and into dance. Since then she has taught at several dance studios and choreographed and directed the award winning FLY Dance Hip Hop Company. She is also the co-founder of the hip hop groups Identity and ID both of which have performed with other talented Hip Hop Crews in Seattle including Daniel Cruz's Battle of Seattle. Identity and ID also recently took first and second place for the Best Dance Crew in Tacoma 2009. Dawn lives by the knowedge that God has given us our talents, and so let us not think we can do things apart from Him.

 

Paula Johnson, Jazz, Tap Team Director: Paula trained and performed extensively in Seattle and Redmond. Her training includes ballet, tap, and jazz. In addition to studying dance at University of Washington she received her B.A. degree in Psychology. Paula continues to perfect her art attending master classes in all styles. Paula has been teaching for over fifteen years locally.

Nicole Brun Cisler, Ballet: Nicole began her training in La Canada Flintridge, California with Ballet Petit, then went on to study with Stanley Holden, Cynthia Young and Philip & Charles Fuller. She then attended North Carolina School of the Arts to study with Melissa Hayden for two years. She also studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Hartford National Ballet School, Bostone Ballet, and The Hungarian National Ballet during their summer programs. Nicole's professional experience includes dancing with The Alberta Ballet, Ballet Omaha, Cincinnati Ballet and the Milwaukee Ballet where she danced in ballets choreographed by Petipa, Balanchine, Paul Taylor and David Parsons, Bruce Wells, and Lew Christenson among others. Her favorite roles to perform were the lead in Allgero Brilliante, demi-soloist in Theme and Variations and Who Cares?, and 1st, 3rd Theme and Phlegmatic in The Four Temperaments, and Dark Angel in Serenade, as well as the Polka Girl in Paul Taylor's Company B, and the Captain of Amazons in Lew Christenson's Con Amore.    After her professional career, Nicole went on to get a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While in Madison, she taught for five years in the area and choreographed for Dance Wisconsin an honor company in the Midwest Region of the National Regional Dance Alliance, where two of her and her husband's pieces were performed on the gala night performances.  With her husband, she has choreographed several ballets for Peninsula Dance Theater which have been performed at Regional Dance America's annual Festival, and two other pieces for Heartland Youth Ballet in Omaha, Nebraska that have been performed on the Gala evening at Mid-States Regional Festival.  She is also certified in Stott Pilates and loves to bring Pilates strengthening to all dancers.  

 

Giselle Lorenz Brock, Jazz/Lyrical Team Director:  Giselle's favorite rols is Cassie from "A Chorus Line" which she performed with Seattle Musical Theatre.  The past few years, Giselle has been busy choreographing for Auburn Middle School's production of "The Wizard of Oz," RealWorld Marketing "Happy Honda Days" 2013 commercial, Auburn Avenue Theatre's "Young Frankenstein" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Curtis High School's 24th Annual Danceblast," Tacoma's Art on the Ave & Maritime Festivals (Unite Dance Tacoma), En L'air Dance Seattle and Morgan Family YMCA's summer musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Between 2007-2011 Giselle lived in New York where she worked professionally with "New York Theatre Dance Ensemble" and "Broadway on Broadway" in addition to performing in numerous industrials with Broadway choreographers such as Josh Rhodes, Rachelle Rak, Tammy Colucci, Luis Salgado, and Peter Gregus.  She also trained with the Radio City Rockette's. Giselle has danced professionally on the west coast with ARC Dance Seattle, Stiletto Entertainment, and sailed the high seas on the MS Amsterdam wiht Holland America Cruise Lines.  

 

Kate Monthy, Ballet Company Artistic Director: Kate was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She studied at Tacoma City Ballet, joining their professional division later in her career.  She performed leading roles in Carmina Burana, Cinderella, Dracula, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and The Nutcracker.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University as well as her Paralegal Certificate from the University of Washington.  While at PLU, she studied abroad at Cannes, France, training at the Rosella Hightowers Escole Superior de Danse.  As a professional dancer, she has been a company member in Zoe | Juniper, Eryc Taylor Dance Company NYC, and Spectrum Dance Theater.  From 2010-2014 Kate danced for Spectrum Dance Theater performing works by Donald Byrd, Olivier Weavers, and Cyrus Khambatta.  She toured nationally and internationally to teach and perform as part of DanceMotion USA.  She has performed at Bumbershoot, Chop Shop, Jacob's Pillow, Seattle International Dance Festival, Summer Stages NYC, Velocity Fall Kick Off, and the 5th Avenue Theater's Oklahoma! Kate is also an Adjuct Artist at the Tacoma School of the Arts teaching Advanced Ballet.  Kate is thrilled to be teaching at Harbor Dance and Performance Center.  

Reilly Hohberg, Ballet:  Reilly received her ballet training at Willamette Ballet Academy under the direction of Deborah Higginbotham. There, she danced principal roles in classical ballets such as Giselle, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, and Paquita as well as many Balanchine ballets such as Serenade, Apollo, and Who Cares.  She also studied at The Portland Ballet where she had the opportunity to dance for Nancy Davis and to perform George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie under the direction of John Clifford.  Reilly attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre in New York.  She continued her professional training after highschool with Los Angeles Ballet.  This is her fourth year teaching in the Washington area.

 

Marvin Howard, Hip Hop, Team Director:  Marvin began his dance training at the age of 16 with Mount Tahoma High School's hip hop dance team. His senior year, the team attended the WIAA State Championships and took 4th in the 4A division.   During his time on the team, he earned a spot on the UDA All American Dance Team and received a once in a life time opportunity to perform in Italy.  After graduating high school, Marvin joined the US Airforce Reserves as a Medical Evacuation Technician.  After returning from Tacoma, he accepted a position as head coach for the Mount Tahoma High School dance team.  In 2016 he led his team to 2nd place in the 2A/3A Districts Championship.   Marvin currently performs with the NoDef crew, which travels all over Washington performing and competing.  Marvin's passion is to teach and inspire others to reach their full potential as dancers and more.

 

 

YunMi Yong, Ballet:  YunMi has been dancing for 25 years and has been teaching ballet for 21 years as her schedule allowed.  She has danced in Tacoma, Vancouver (WA) and Wilmington DE.  She has studied Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet.  YunMi has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.  She and her husband Jamie own a small business and she has taught and tutored high school level math and physics.

 

Nathaniel Dybevik, Accompanist:  Nathaniel is a piano accompanist and performer residing in Tacoma, Washington. He began playing the piano at the age of 7, studying classical and jazz piano with Scott Reed in Issaquah, Washington. Continuing his study of music at Washington State University, he studied classical piano with Margaret Brink, and jazz with Charles Argersinger, and began to experiment with different genres of music, playing in various blues and rock and roll groups as a keyboardist.  Currently Nathaniel is an accompanist with the Tacoma City Ballet and at various churches in Tacoma.  He will start accompanying with Harbor Dance in the fall of 2016.  When Nathaniel is not accompanying or performing, he works as a piano technician and tuner for the south sound region, and as a music instructor.  Nathaniel is an active pupil of Obi Manteufel and has been studying piano performance and piano rebuilding under his instruction for the past 5 years.  www.ndybevikpianos.com    www.manteufelpianos.com

Brinessa Link, Acrobatics:  Brinessa is an experienced gymnast and ballet dancer from Tacoma, Washington.  She grew up as a competitive gymnast, then she decided to pursue her passion for dance.  She was invited into Washington Contemporary Ballet's senior company almost immediately.  There, she began her intense training and eventually gained the title of Principal dancer.  She has played many lead roles in various performances, such as The Nutcracker, The Pied Piper, and Firebird.  Ms. Link studied at Pierce College and graduated with both her Associate of Arts (AA) degree and high school diploma in 2015.  She has been teaching ballet and gymnastics since 2013, and continues to broaden her repertoire of knowledge in all forms of the arts.

Annie Holden, Jazz, Musical Theater: Annie is a Pacific Northwest native.  She began her movement training in 1992 and competed in dance until she was 18 years old.  She began volunteering abroad right out of high school using the medium of dance to serve communities in Rwanda, Vanuatu, Croatia, and more.  She has trained and toured with GX International as well as University of the Nation's School of Dance, acquiring a love for cross-cultural performance art.  She holds 2 Diplomas in Dance Studies from Laban Conservatory of Dance in London, England where she had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned dance artists to develop her culturally-driven choreographic style.  She recently graduated from the Univeristy of Washington with a B.A. in Communications and is an account director for National CineMedia.  Annie continually dancer during her studies and performed in shows throughout Seattle.  She has been teaching off and on since 2001.  Annie loves to inspire her students with the passion of dance, and encourage them to work hard in order to obtain their goals.  She is absolutely thrilled to be back at Harbor Dance! 

Brooke Finnigan, Tap, Jazz:  Brooke started dancing at the age of 3, taking tap, ballet, and jazz at studios in Arizona, Ohio, and Washington.  She has performed at yearly recitals, community events, school and community theater musicals, Miss Washington Pageants, Miss Tri-Cities pageants, and dance competitions in Spokane, Seaside, and other locations. Brooke participated in the Tri-Cities Elite Dance Team, which went to the UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, FL, and performed and choreographed for the annual dance showcase at Pacific Lutheran University while attending college.  Brooke has taught for Universal Dance Association, the Southwest Washington Dance Center in Chehalis, Dance Explosion in Puyallup, and now at Harbor Dance.  Brooke hopes to provide her students with fun, engaging classes that help improve their skills while encouraging their own passion for dance.

Cindy Michaels, Ballet:  Cindy has been dancing for over 35 years and teaching for 22.  She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in Psychology.  While attending, she participated in the University's dance program.  The department's dance education focused on the movement philosophies of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Merce Cunningham.  In addition to the tenured professors, Alice Condodina and Esa Bergson the classes were taught by "artists in residence" from those same companies.  After graduation, Cindy continued her education in classical and contemporary movement at Valerie Houston Dance Theatre and Santa Barbara Ballet.  

Over the years Cindy has had the opportunity to attend classes and master classes with Maggie Black, Finis Jhung, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Houston Ballet, members of Pilobolus. Robert Moses, Katherine Warner, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Stanko Milov, Bruce Wells, Alexandra Dickson, Elle Stromberg, Arturo Fernandez and Alonzo King.  From 1997 through 2012 she owned and directed Redding Ballet Academie in Redding, California and served as the Artistic Director of Redding City Ballet, a 501 c(3) corporation. In 2012 Cindy turned over the studio and the artistic direction of the company to Diana Christensen. She is currently the ballet master and choreographer for Redding City Ballet and teaches ballet and contemporary movement for the Redding Arts Project under Diana Christensen. In addition to her work in the private sector she has been on the faculty of the Fine Arts, Communication and Social Science Department at Shasta College since 1997 teaching ballet, pointe and partnering, modern dance, jazz, and choreography and tap. Over the past twenty+ years, this has given her the opportunity to work with children, teens and adults in a classroom setting as well as in the capacity of director and choreographer in circumstances that range from teaching basic technique to the presentation of informal studio concerts; producing full dance productions and, participating in inter-department collaborations for musicals.

 

Marisela Fleites, Flamenco: A Cuban born dancer of Spanish descent, Marisela Fleites started dancing flamenco and Spanish dances at the age of 5, and has studied in Cuba, Spain, Mexico and the USA with masters like Olga Bustamante, Orlando Vargas, Stella Arauzo, Mari Carmen Guerrero, Oscar Nieto, Timo Lozano, Teo Morca, Citli Ocampo, Patricia Linares, Adriana Maresma, María Chacha Bermúdez, Belén Maya, and many others. Ms. Fleites directs the performing group Tacoma Flamenca. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature and teaches Spanish and Latin American Studies at Green River College. Ms. Fleites has been teaching flamenco at the Washington Contemporary Ballet Studio since 2001, a non-for-profit institution that serves the Tacoma/Lakewood community. She also taught for the Tacoma Metro Parks Recreational and Educational programs from 2003-2007. She has done workshops at several other studios and venues like Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma and Harbor Dance and Performance Center. She has done volunteer work with Public Schools, Guadalupe House and other non-profit institutions, teaching and performing Flamenco for educational and fundraising purposes. Fleites-Lear is also the chair and founder of the Tacoma-Cienfuegos Sister City Committee.

 

Fleites has performed extensively in Cuba and in the USA. The links below provide reviews and information about some of these performances. Marisela was featured for the “On Stage” section of the OnTrack Magazine (Spring 2016). In 2013 Marisela organized a Tacoma Flamenco Festival that brought renowned Flamenco artists to our community, notably Teo Morca, Gerardo de Alcala and Vicente Griego. The three performed with Ms. Fleites at the University Of Puget Sound Norton Clapp Theater to a sold out audience, provided a free workshop to the public and organized classes for the community. In November 2015 Fleites performed with Griego and Alcala for the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series, for an audience of more than 250. She has done solo performances at the Harbor Museum (accompanied by guitarist John Bussoletti and Flamenco singer Samir Osorio), the Gig Harbor Public Library, the University of Puget Sound and other local and regional venues. She was selected as resident artist to choreograph the Spanish dances for the theater production of “The Force of Habit” in 2015 (University of Puget Sound). She is the director of the performing group Tacoma Flamenco https://www.facebook.com/Tacoma-Flamenco-308815072481295/. Together with world renowned Native American Flute Player Gary Stroutsos,Ms. Fleites created the choreography "Encuentro," a reimagining of the encounter between Spaniards and Native Americans through music and dance, rather than genocide and conquest. This was performed at the Panorama Theater and at the Mount Tahoma High School Theater in 2015. Ms. Fleites performs monthly at La Gitana in Olympia.