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Maggie Kazemba - Owner/Director, Dance Instructor, All Star Program Director

Maggie is currently the Director of the Spokane Shock Dance Team (2008-Present) and Choreographer for the dance teams at West Valley High School, Ferris High School, Mt. Spokane High School and Rogers High School. She is also the former Head Coach of the Washington State University Crimson Girl Dance Team (2011-2015). Her experience with dance instruction includes positions with Universal Dance Association and teaching and office apprenticeships at The Academy of Dance in Spokane where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Celtic under the direction of Janet Wilder. Maggie has been choreographing and instructing dance for over a decade all around Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana. She was a member of the nationally ranked Eastern Washington Elite Dance Team and Captain of the nationally ranked Washington State University Crimson Girl Dance Team. In May of 2008, Maggie was selected by Sports Illustrated as Cheerleader of the Week. As a choreographer, her routines have received first-place titles many times at local, district-wide, and state-wide WIAA Competitions. Under her direction, the Spokane Shock Dance Team was named AF2 Dance Team of the Year for the 2008 season and the Washington State University Crimson Girls won the USA 4-Year Colligiate Hip Hop Championship.

Stephanie Guttromson - Dance Instructor, All Star Team Coach

Stephanie has been dancing for 16 years between studios, high school, and the Spokane Shock. At 6 she enrolled in her first Jazz class at the Acedemy of Dance and continued dancing there for 4 years. In high school, she joined the West Valley Dance Team and became Hip Hop Captain her junior and senior year. Along with dance clinics, choreographing performance routines, and teaching students at City School, she helped lead her team to five state titles. Following high school she joined the Spokane Shock Dace Team, where she became a Choreography Captain. From 2010 to 2013 she enjoyed dancing with team members and meeting new people. Besides dance Stephanie also is a full time student at Eastern, majoring in business management, and has interests in theatre and singing.

Marcy Ray - Dance Instructor

Marcy was trained at The Academy of Dance under the direction of Janet Wilder and has recently studied under David Taylor in Colorado.  She has danced with Ballet Spokane, as a company member and guest artist, since its inception in 2003.  She has performed with Spokane Opera, The Spokane Symphony, and Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre as well as other organizations in the Spokane area.  She briefly danced with a Colorado jazz company, Hi-Performance, in 2007.  She has been teaching ballet and jazz and been choreographing in both genres for over a decade in the Northwest.  In addition, Marcy created a dance movement program at Northwest Gymnastics in Spokane and has choreographed award-winning gymnastics routines for her students there as well as for the University of Washington gymnastics program.  She has choreographed and collaborated on dances in a variety of different styles including classical ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, and Irish hard and soft-shoe.  Her choreography has been performed by Dance Theatre Northwest, The Academy of Dance's Elite Jazz Company, and Ballet Spokane and has won awards both at the regional and national levels.

Casandra Morgan - Dance Instructor, All Star Team Coach

Casandra started her dance training at 5 years old in her pre-ballet class.  From 5th grade through 12th grade she was on her middle school and high school’s dance teams.  She was part of Julie’s Competitive Edge Onyx Competition Team where she competed in Hip-Hop. For five consecutive years Casandra was a member of the Spokane Shock Dance Team, holding a position as a Team Captain during the 2011 season.  Casandra is the former coach of the Medical Lake Varsity Cheer Squad.  Today Casandra is the Co-Director of the Spokane Shock Dance Team and the Head Coach of the Ferris High School Dance Team.

Shauna Crandall - Dance Instructor, All Star Team Coach

Shauna Crandall began her classical ballet training at the age of six in San Diego, California. Her professional experience includes performing in Lead roles in Cinderella and the Nutcracker with La Jolla Festival Ballet Company. She continued her dance training at Utah Valley University, and Brigham Young University. She was the founder of Synergy Modern Dance Company at UVU, and had two choreographic works adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. She has served as coordinator of the Utah Dance Festival, featuring adjudications and performances from over 16 Utah studios. Shauna was the owner and artistic director of Wasatch Arts Center for nine years. She has continued to teach in many capacities including master classes and workshops throughout the state of Utah.

LeeAnna Tidd - Dance Instructor

LeeAnna is a Spokane native who has trained in multiple styles of dance over the last 41 years and has shared her love of dance with her students for the last 30 years across the U.S.  LeeAnna has choreographed numerous award winning solos, duos and group numbers, including production routines for the Miss Spokane Scholarship Organization.  She has also been a member of the Miss Spokane Scholarship Organization for the past 11 years.  LeeAnna continues to learn from top master instructors through conventions, some instructors include: Mike Minery, Greg Russell, Anthony Morigerato, Bril Barrett, Nick Gonzalez, Denise Wall and many others. 

Gabrielle Budano - Dance Instructor, Front Desk

Gabby started her dance training at the age of 3 with a ballet and tap class at Dance Emporium.  Later on she continued her training taking various hip hop, jazz and ballet classes.  Her sophomore year she joined the West Valley High School Dance Team and continued until graduation.  During that time she enrolled in hip hop, jazz and conditioning classes at Spokane Elite Dance Studio.  Her senior year of high school, Gabby was a member of the Spokane Elite All Star Senior Team.  For the past two years Gabby has been a member of the Spokane Shock Dance Team.

Danielle Yamane - Acro Instructor, Dance Instructor

Danielle began her career in gymnastics/acrobatic dance at the age of six. For 9 years after that she continued to take classes and train at several gymnastic studios, gaining a well-rounded knowledge and love for the sport. After her first year in high school she joined the Medical Lake cheer squad/dance team and participated in 3 years of dancing and stunts. She was awarded the MVP award by her teammates her second year and was a captain of the team her third year. Throughout the years she has coached and choreographed for several groups, including the local Pop Warner teams. She is currently a student at Eastern Washington University and is a dancer for the Spokane Shock Dance Team.

Aubrey Moore - Dance Instructor

Aubrey began dancing at the age of seven taking tap and hip hop classes at Julie’s Competitive Edge Dance Academy.  She later went on to take jazz, tap and hip hop at Dance Emporium.  For four years Aubrey was on her high school dance team at West Valley High School. Aubrey received Most Improved Dancer her freshmen year and then went on to be a co-captain and captain her remaining years. While in high school, Aubrey enrolled in classes at Spokane Elite Dance Studio and her senior year was spent competing with the Spokane Elite All Stars.  Aubrey has spent the last two years attending Eastern Washington University and dancing for the Spokane Shock Dance Team.

Amanda Kolhoff - Dance Instructor

Amanda is a graduate of University High School and Eastern Washington University. She has been trained in multiple styles of dance for over 16 years with a focus in tap.  Her passion for dance started at the age of 2 with her first Tap/Ballet combo class at Rosalie’s School of Dance in Simi Valley, California. After moving to Spokane with her family in 2000, she trained with Carol Lee's and Julie's Competitive Edge Dance Academy.  Amanda started competing at the age of 7 and has assisted in choreographing solos, duos and group numbers including production routines for the Miss Spokane Scholarship Organization.  Amanda has also received additional training from dance masters: Mandy Moore, Doug Caldwell, Mike Minery, Katy Spreadbury, Nick Lazzarini, Jeanine Mason,  Ryan Lohoff, Bril Barrett and many others.


Darcy Stockton - Dance Instructor

Darcy Stockton comes to us from the Portland, Or area where she taught for many years at Lake Oswego Academy of Dance.  She is joining our faculty as a tap, ballet and jazz instructor and she brings so much energy, enthusiasm and technical expertise to each and every class.  We are thrilled to have her on staff and we love that she has found her new dance home with us at Spokane Elite.

James Cross - Dance Instructor

James Cross is being welcomed BACK to Spokane Elite as he taught here previously in 2012.  He specializes in freestyle and hip hop and is taking over our Boys Hip Hop program.  He is also offering a Sunday night hip hop class for adults.  We are excited he is rejoining our team and love watching his fun but detailed approach to teaching hip hop and freestyle.

Maggie Gulliford - Dance Instructor

Maggie Gulliford is one of last year’s graduating seniors.  When Miss Alexis joined the SeaGal Cheerleading Squad last Spring, Maggie stepped up from her Teaching Assistant role and took over her class for the remainder of the year.  She did such a fantastic job we hired her to teach that class again and she has been working hard all summer through our New Teacher Mentorship program.

Adriana Bowers - Dance Instructor

Adriana Bowers is also a current member of our Senior All Star Team and one of our highest level ballet students at the studio.  She has been, and still is, a vital part of our Pre-Ballet and Mini Movers Ballet classes for the past three years.  She recently received a ballet scholarship from Chebar Williams at the NUVO Dance Convention in Seattle, WA.  Adriana has also been training under our New Teacher Mentorship program for the past summer.

Ellisa Laboy - Dance Instructor

Ellisa Laboy is a current member of our Senior All Star Team and she has had major Coaching and Teaching Assistant positions with our Junior All Star Team and Mini Movers Hip Hop classes for the past two years.  She is the ASB President of West Valley High School and the Head Captain of the West Valley High School Dance Team.  Over this past summer Ellisa has been training under our New Teacher Mentorship program.