DTF Staff

Chie (Hip Hop): Chie originally learned to dance growing up in Japan.  She started her dance career learning dance in a studio setting and evolved into practicing on the streets and performing at local clubs.  She has 17 years of dance experience in Hip Hop and Jazz Funk.  She spent a year and a half training with Mr. C in Guam (Mr. C also instructed Marko, the 3rd place finisher in season 8 of “So you think you can dance”).  She loves performing and passing on her knowledge to other dancers.

Julia (Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical): Julia started her dance career with Mo Holland Dance Studio at the age of four. After five years of training, she decided to leave dance to pursue other activities. She quickly realized her passion for the art and returned to world of dance with Dance Theatre Fairbanks. She continued training with DTF through high school, during which she attended two international dance festivals. After graduating, she became an instructor at DTF, teaching ballet, pointe, and lyrical. She then took a year to study on a national exchange, but is excited to be returning to the studio to pass on her love for dance.

Kristen(Jazz): Kristen was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and took her first magical ballet class at the age of six with Dance Theatre Fairbanks (DTF), known then as Northland Dance and located not far from the firehouse, in the Co-Op plaza. While Kristen was enthralled with being a professional ballerina as a child, she truly began pursuing her passion for dance more intensively when she entered high school. She began as an Apprentice Company member with DTF and eventually began performing in Dance Theatre Fairbank’s Senior Company (now the Aurora Dance Ensemble) for four years. Kristen has studied a variety of dance styles including, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Hip-Hop with a variety of dance instructors and has participated in a variety of community-wide dance workshops, performances and community benefits.  When Kristen began college in 2011, she began teaching Creative Movement classes for the studio. She has since taught: Junior Ballet, Primary Tap/Jazz, Jazz I, and  Jazz II. Most recently, Kristen studied the basics of creative therapies for a semester at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, she has graduated with honors from UAF and hopes to specialize in art and dance therapy in her Masters program. Undoubtedly, she has found immense joy in sharing her passion for dance as she continues to empower her students to celebrate inner strength, creativity, and originality in cultivating their own  unique love for dance.

Lindsy (Hip Hop): Lindsy is a life-long Alaskan who grew up in the heart of Fairbanks. Lindsy began dancing in 2005 with Dance Theatre Fairbanks, where she discovered her love of Jazz and Lyrical. After realizing what joy dance brought to her, she decided to pick up more classes including Hip-Hop, Ballet and Tap. In 2011, she traveled with DTF to California to participate in Dance Excellence. The following year, she began teaching Hip-Hop and Tap at DTF. She began studying Communications and Marketing in 2012 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is expected to graduate in spring of 2016. She looks forward to sharing her passion and love of dance.

Rebekah (Babywearing Ballet, Dance with Me):Rebekah  moved to Alaska two years ago with her husband for the Army. She is  currently a senior at UAF working on her  Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in justice.  She is a new mom and enjoys every minute with her daughter.
Rebekah has been dancing for 17 years. She has taken jazz, ballet, tap and lyrical. She started as an assistant teacher when she was 13 and began teaching on her own by the time she was 17. She danced at the Newcastle School of Dance in Virginia, and  was a member of the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company for several years. She has performed in countless productions including: The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Firebird and many others.

Sara (Tap, Jazz): Sara was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK and has been dancing  since she was seven years old. That’s 13 years! Her primary dance studio while growing up, where she trained and performed, was Dance Theatre Fairbanks. She also attended Northstar Ballet for a semester and participated in their production of The Nutcracker. Locally, she has attended the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for multiple years, the Northstar ballet summer intensive, and past DTF summer camps. During the past year, she  dipped my toes in the dance community in Anchorage. Other experiences include a variety of 1-4 week long summer dance intensives out of state. She attended the ABT summer intensive in Bermuda twice, two back-to-back Intensives at Ballet Arizona, and one at Ballet West in Utah. She has also participated at Dance Excellence in L.A., California three times. She was inspired to start dancing after attending a showing of The Little Match Girl when she was seven, and over a decade later she achieved the role of the little match girl in the remake of the production during her last full time year as a student at DTF.

Sarah (Creative Movement, Ballet): Sarah started her dancing career at the age of three with Patricia Sims at Northland Dance, now Dance Theatre Fairbanks. She grew up taking as many different styles of dance as she could – ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern, Scottish Highland, lyrical, and music theater. In 2010, Sarah received certification as an instructor with American Ballet Theatre. Following high school, Sarah was invited to join The Young Americans Performing Arts College, and following a year of training, toured for over two years with The Young Americans, performing and teaching in over 14 countries and all over the U.S.  Sarah has a passion for teaching young children, and is now pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at UAF.

Seneca (Jazz, Moan and Groan):  Seneca was born and raised in Burns Lake B.C., Canada. She began dancing at age nine. Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theatre, she has also tried many other styles from Salsa to Hip-Hop to Break Dancing and African beats. After graduation Seneca continued in the studio teaching classes and choreographing dances. After a long break from dancing to start a family and a new life in Alaska, Seneca is excited to be back in a studio sharing her passion.