Amanda Klinke Hernandez, Artistic Director
Amanda Klinke Hernandez brought her teaching talents to the Seattle area in 2005 after 10 years of professional teaching and choreography in Illinois and Michigan. In 2008, Amanda 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.
Sharon Riedy, Program and Community Relations Manager
Sharon has been on the faculty of Washington School of Dance since 2009, cultivating a wonderful second family within the WSD community. For the 2019 – 2020 school year, she will be teaching Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Contemporary.
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 include jazz, tap, musical theater, hip hop, and contemporary dance from Los Angeles, Toronto, and Seattle.
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. She continues to incorporate new ways of teaching and creating from workshops and intensives she has attended including Sanna Longden’s World Dance, PNB’s Teachers Seminar in Seattle, and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Aboriginal Dance Training in Toronto.
As an educator, she stays up to date on the latest pedagogy to share with her students. Her continuing education includes certifications and training from Marie Walton-Mahon’s Progressing Ballet Technique (2018), Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain-Compatible Dance (2010), Total Barre™, ZEN•GA™, and STOTT PILATES®. She is currently working on her certification in International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS) and online teacher training courses from CLI Studios.
Sharon is grateful to have the opportunity to share what she loves and hopes to dance with you at WSD!
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 dance, pre-ballet, tap, ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary.
Thera Langham Knapp
At the young age of three, Taylor King discovered her love for dance in the styles of Ballet and Tap. Just a few years later. Taylor transferred to Washington School of Dance where she continued her dance education under Amanda Klinke Hernandez, Sharon Riedy, Annie DeVuono, and many more. Throughout her 12 years as a student at WSD, Taylor has has had the privilege to study Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. During the 2018-19 dance season, Taylor received the opportunity to substitute for many classes at WSD, ranging from creative movement and Pre-Ballet/Tap to Jazz and Contemporary. In July Taylor assisted with the “Fairytales” summer camp before she would go on to teach the “Around the World” camp in August at the Bothell studio. This upcoming year she plans to finish her Senior year at North Creek High school and attend The University of Washington in 2020 in pursuit of a degree in Primary & Special education. Taylor could not be more thrilled to be sharing her love for dance this year with students at the Snohomish studio.
Noelle Price is contemporary creator originally from Detroit MI. Price received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo MI where she established the Art for Change Scholarship through the Black Arts and Cultural Center, and developed thePLATFORM, an annual show presenting community art works.
Since relocating to Seattle WA in 2015, Noelle has performed with Karin Stevens Dance Company 2016-17, set work in festivals Full Tilt (Evoke Productions), Men in Dance Adjudicating Showcase, Tint Dance Festival and performed for the 2018 premier of Beautiful Carcass, a Maya Soto and Nico Tower collaborative project among other things. Price self-produced an evening length work titled An Ode to Marlin and wrote/performed her first one women play Death and Other Rude things both in 2016. 2019 her evening length work Remember Me Young received a Seattle Dance Crush Award for its commitment to advocacy.
Noelle currently finds fulfillment as the founder and Artist Director of PRICEarts (www.pricearts.co) a multidisciplinary arts organization, in addition to teaching at eXitSPACE School of Dance (Seattle WA) and Washington School of Dance (Bothell WA)
Shauna Rice grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2014. She began dancing at age 3 and started teaching when she was 16. At age 19 she started her professional dance career and had the opportunity to dance for Disney, Universal Studios, LADanceForce Conventions, Nascar, Sony and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Her most exciting gig was as a back-up dancer for the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. She toured the world with him in 2006 and had the experience of a lifetime! Her dancing career has taken her to over 40 countries world-wide and is so thankful for all the opportunities she has been able to experience. But she always finds her way back into the studio and realized her true passion is teaching kids of all ages. She hopes to instill the love of dance in each one of them and encourages them to reach their full potential and follow any dreams they may have. Shauna is known for her energetic & bubbly personality and brings that into all her classes she teaches. She expects a lot from her students but always in a positive encouraging way. She is excited to join the WSD family and looks forward to the coming teaching year!
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