- Amanda Klinke Hernandez, Artistic Director
- After 10 years of professional teaching and choreography in Illinois and Michigan, Amanda Klinke Hernandez brought her teaching talents to the Seattle area in 2005. In 2008, Amanda and her husband Karim took ownership of Wendy's School of Dance in Bothell and rechristened it the Washington School of Dance with the goal of providing superior dance education while supporting the performing arts in the community at large.
Amanda has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance, studying with Carolyn Lubecker, Michelle Holzman, Kathryn Irey and Annie deVuono, and performing with Chicago's Northwest Ballet Ensemble and the University of Michigan's Impact Dance Theater. In 1998 she helped create the Dance Ypsilanti program which used public schools and parks programs to bring creative movement curriculum to hundreds of students in Southeast Michigan.
Amanda believes in the power of arts education to change lives, and is committed to providing a positive, uplifting dance experience for every child.
- Sharon Riedy, Operations Manager
Sharon has been on the faculty of Washington School of Dance since 2009 cultivating a wonderful second family within the WSD community. She teaches dancers of all ages ranging from 18 months to adults. She teaches Grown up & Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Contemporary Dance in WSD’s Fundamental Program. You will also find her leading a Total Barre™, Ballet and Pilates class in the Adult Punch Card Program.
Her training started with ballet and folk dance at Immaculate Conception Academy and the Philippine Cultural Center at the age of five. Since then, her training has expanded to jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater and contemporary dance.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts (1998) from Ryerson University, Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Dance (2000) at York University, Toronto, specializing in Education and Arts Administration. Upon graduation, Sharon worked for a number of organizations within the United States, Canada and the Philippines. She loves to incorporate new ways of teaching in her classes that she learned at various local and international workshops. She has completed numerous programs, including Sanna Longden’s World Dance, PNB's Teachers Seminar in Seattle, and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's Aboriginal Dance Training in Toronto.
In 2010, she earned her certification as a Brain-Compatible Dance Educator under Anne Green Gilbert's Summer Dance Institute for Teachers. Sharon is also certified to teach Total Barre™, ZEN•GA™, and is working on completing her STOTT PILATES® Certification.
Sharon is grateful to have the opportunity to share what she loves within the Bothell community. She hopes to dance with you or your young dancer at WSD soon!
- Annie DeVuono
- An emphasis on personal enrichment and a contagious joy for movement are integral to every class Annie teaches. Ms. deVuono integrates beautiful choreography with the proper execution and terminology of each step, unraveling the mysteries of different rhythms and sharing the energy of fellow dancers.
Annie deVuono comes to teaching with a wealth of practical and professional experience. Trained in Cecchetti method for her first seven years, she then studied at Ruth Page, home of the Chicago Ballet, Gus Giordano and then attended Cornish College of the Arts.
She began teaching in 1979 while dancing with the Tallahassee Ballet. Long a favorite teacher at BellTown Ballet here in Seattle, Annie is delighted to now be working at WSD Studio and warmly welcomes her new students.
In addition to dance, deVuono began working with costume design after moving back to Chicago in 1985. Still performing and teaching, her passion for headwear had begun. Shortly thereafter, she introduced her own millinery line; this was followed by numerous private commissions and eventually international recognition for her headwear. www.devuonohats.com
- Megan Ess
Megan Ess, a Seattle native, is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA degree with a major in dance and a BS degree with a major in biology. She began her training at Wendy’s School of Dance, now Washington School of Dance, and was an active member of their dance company for five years. She is currently faculty at Washington School of Dance, teaching creative movement and ballet. Megan has just recently attended Bates Dance Festival’s Professional Training Program summer intensive where she worked with choreographers Doug Varone and Kate Weare. During her time as an undergraduate at UW, Megan has performed in INFLUX, the Dance Majors Concert, and the Master of Fine Arts Concert. She spends her time teaching, performing, and creating work in the greater Seattle area.
Megan is an independent dance artist. Check out her website: www.megankess.com.
- Heather Hatada
Heather was raised all over the West Coast and then spent her college years in the Southeastern United States. Her dance training started when she was three years old and she's been fortune enough to have worked with a number of instructors in six different states. She has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, and Hip Hop while also taking Master Classes in a variety of other styles.
Heather started teaching in high school and continued by teaching jazz and choreographing 9 musicals at Tusculum College in Tennessee. Two years later she received a Master's in Biology at Eastern Kentucky University and was also a dancer and choreographer for the EKU Dance Theatre where she received 2 best Choreography awards. She has always had a deep love for dance and animals but hasn't found a job that combines the two passions. After a couple of moves and working as a zookeeper for a number of years, she started working part time as a Veterinary Assistant and was able to return to teaching dance. She has been with WSD since 2009 and loves working with the variety of students and classes. Her passion is exposing her students to a variety of dance styles and helping them excel at the style they love most.
- Catie Heath
- Catie began dancing at a young age and was trained in contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop. She performed with the award-winning Dance Studio of Fresno for five years and has also performed as a guest artist for the Miss California Pageant, the Central California Dance Conference, and other benefits throughout California. Catie enjoyed teaching for several years at The Dance Studio of Fresno as well as The Dance Company in Kingsburg. She was also a member of the contemporary dance company, Altered Modalities, for six years. When she is not teaching at WSD, Catie works as an art therapist/child and family therapist.
- Anne Motl
Originally from Minnesota, Anne Motl began her classical dance training with the Stroia Ballet Company in Little Falls. In pursuit of her career, Anne relocated to Washington to attend the Cornish College of the Arts, receiving her BFA in dance in 2002.
With 15 years of experience teaching a wide variety of ages and levels at dance studios, preschools, private and public schools, it is Anne's goal to make dance accessible and fun for everyone. She teaches many genres of dance including ballet, creative movement, jazz, and modern. She is currently part of the dance faculty at Cornish College Preparatory Dance, eXit SPACE School of Dance, and Washington School of Dance.
Anne's teaching style follows the traditional dance principles and disciplines that she learned as an adolescent. She believes in teaching anatomically correct body positions in a healthy manner, and being hands on in the classroom. Anne nurtures individual students at the appropriate developmental stage and introduces the dance elements and dance vocabulary in her classes.
Anne has performed works by local choreographers including Kristina Dillard, Maya Soto and Alana O Rogers. She danced with badmarmarDANCE company from 2009-2016 and is currently dancing in a new ensemble called the Marlo Ariz Dance Project.
- Molly Mulholland
Molly began dancing at the age of two and immediately fell in love with performing. Since then, Molly has trained in many different styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe, and musical theatre. She also began teaching dance at local studios at the age of sixteen. Molly has spent the past two years studying dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is now back in the Seattle area planning on working towards her business degree.
- Noelle Price
Noelle Price is a native Detroiter dedicated to spreading the love of danceto all ages through community projects. She enjoys blending cultural rhythms with formal training to both challenge the advanced dancer and invite the novice. Noelle moved to Seattle in August of 2015. She self-produced her first evening length dance work in September 2016, titled “An Ode to Marlin”. She wrote and performed a monologue series titled “Death and Other Rude Things” in October 2016.
In addition to being an independent artist, she is currently dancing for Maya Soto and Nico Towers and is a former member of Karin Stevens Dance Company. Noelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University. She has developed and implemented several community dance projects in the Kalamazoo area including the establishment of the Arts for Change Scholarship through the Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center.
During her years at WMU Noelle had the pleasure of working with many professional dance artists including Arturo Fernandez, ballet master of Alonzo King LINES ballet, while learning King’s contemporary ballet Koto. She also performed as the featured soloist in the historical reconstruction of Loïe Fuller’s La Mer by Megan Slayter and Jessica Lindberg Coxe, was the premiere dancer in an original piece by contemporary choreographer Peter Chu of Chuthis and performed for three seasons with the WMU chapter of the Chicago-based hip hop company, Hip Hop ConnXion.
Noelle finds joy in the balance of teaching and creating work.
- Wendy Tacey
- Wendy Tacey is wife & mom of two daughters and is the Author & Founder of the GLOSS for Girls Curriculum as well as the newly formed “Beyond GLOSS” Ministry and Discipleship classes for girls in grades 7-12. Wendy is a graduate of the University of Washington Dance Program and spent 20 years in the dance business as Founder and Artistic Director of Wendy’s School of Dance in Bothell, now renamed, Washington School of Dance. WSD was birthed in 1988 in the recreation room of Wendy’s childhood home. In 1996 upon the completion of her degree, Wendy formalized the school in Bothell with a following of 70 students. WSD was home to over 250 students when Wendy began seeking an exit strategy from the business in an effort to focus more attention at home.
Wendy was grateful for the gifted teaching and management skills that Amanda Klinke Hernandez brought to WSD in her 3 year employment at Wendy’s School of Dance. Upon Wendy’s decisions to retire from the business in 2007, Amanda became the perfect candidate to purchase and direct WSD. Through a thoughtful and professional process, Amanda purchased WSD in 2007 and together one year later in 2008, Amanda and Wendy announced Amanda’s role as Owner/Director. It was truly a God- orchestrated transition that served both Amanda and Wendy for the new seasons they were about to enter. Amanda has maintained the legacy and vision of WSD with continued growth, excellent staff, performances and programs that benefit dancers of every age.
In the middle of parenting, Wendy’s heart was burdened for the grace, poise, body awareness and inner beauty that seemed to be disappearing amongst young girls outside the dance classroom. Wendy was motivated to dig deep into God’s Word on the subjects of True Beauty, Value and Worth and discovered that all the years of teaching teens provided the necessary insights into the hearts and needs of young girls that motivated the writing of GLOSS. Wendy desires that girls would discover early the messages of the GLOSS Curriculum and know that they are Treasured and Loved by the One who created them! www.glossforgirls.com