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




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 18 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 Del Castillo 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 in various collarborative endeavors with other choreographers and performers when time permits.  Simone actively seeks out and attends educational opportunities surrounding dance, movement, instruction, anatomy/physiology, choreography, and holistic health regularly.  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, Boston 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 Allegro 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.  



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 Zink, 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.


Alexis Creta, Hip Hop, Co-Team Director:


Heather Dobbins, Hip Hop, Co-Team Director:


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 Doremus, 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.