ABOUT | DANCE 

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Dance is the most physically and mentally demanding subject within the performing arts, and is the main theme of the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio. We aim to instill in our students the knowledge of dance technique and style, the physical training necessary for proper body development, a feeling for movement, and the necessary emotional qualities needed for dance. Music association and appreciation, along with rhythm and timing, are also included in our students’ training. It is our feeling that when our students have left the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio, whether to pursue a career in dance or not, he or she will have developed a stronger sense of responsibility and a better appreciation for the arts.

  MELISSA MILLER PORT | DIRECTOR 

Melissa & Team

Melissa, past-president of Dance Masters of America chapter #39 is certified by test to teach. She has studied dance seriously since the age of five under the direction of David DeMarie. She has also taken master classes with Gus Giordano, Betsy Haug, Brian Foley, the infamous Tom Ralabate, and others. She was crowned Miss Dance D.M.A. Chapter #8. She has also competed in and won highest scores in national competitions. Melissa taught for DeMarie from 1979-1986. At that point, she went on to tour with Greg Thompson Productions, and has performed all over the world including Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York, Reno, Toronto, and Bermuda.

Since opening the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio, Melissa’s students have achieved top honors in many competitions, including high score, Dancer of the Year, Performance Groups and Duo’s of the Year and many first place awards. Other students have gone on to dance professionally, with Greg Thompson Productions and other producers and dance companies. The great success of her students has brought the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio to a high that makes all of its students proud to be “Fabulous Feet dancers.” Melissa served on the National Board of Dance Masters of America. She has also been on the National Judges Panel for DMA. She was the future planning director of DMA as her teaching skills, studio “know-how” and assertive attitude are the things she is recognized for. Melissa absolutely loves working with young children, as they love working with her.

  TRACY TROTTER

DIRECTOR OF FFD AERIAL ARTS | NUTCRACKER DEVELOPMENT | TAP SPECIALIST

Tracy Trotter

Miss Tracy graduated from Wenatchee High School. During her prep education years she studied Ballet with Joan Shelton at the Wenatchee School of Ballet and Fabulous Feet Dance Studio, performed with the Wenatchee Youth Circus. She spent 5 years at Eastern Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. She taught at EWU dance and gymnastics camps and received “Best Teacher Awards”. While at Eastern, she was an assistant teacher in the athletic department and a featured soloist with the Spokane Ballet Company.

Miss Tracy has attended Master Teacher courses in New York as well as attended teacher classes at the LADF National Convention. She is also a corporate member of the “Royal Academy of Dance” London 2003-2013, and the “International Tap Association” 2003-2013. Also, Tracy toured as a professional dancer. She has performed, danced and held the position of “Dance Captain” and “Assistant Choreographer” in many shows, ranging from Magic Shows, Vegas style Reviews, Circus, Rock Tours, Motown and Blues, and also various Broadway style reviews. She has traveled and performed in Japan, Bahamas, West Indies and various locations in the U.S. While in Japan and Bahamas, she taught gymnastics, dance and aerobics as a professional guest. She has worked with the choreography for Wenatchee Music Theatre productions of “Grease”, “Chorus Line” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. Tracy and competition dancers have won several honors and national awards.

  TACIA MEDRANO-SABEDRA

Hip Hop Expert | Jazz Precision | Contemporary Choreographer

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Tacia Medrano has been dancing at Fabulous Feet for 22 years. She has been taught by many of the top choreographers in the world. She has won numerous awards such as: judge’s choice awards, top 10 awards and a scholarship award in New York City. She was awarded multiple scholarships from JUMP! The Alternative Convention, Monsters of Hip-Hop, and Monsters of Contemporary for her exceptional work in Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. She has been on a national dance team that traveled and performed in Paris as well as dancing on two cruise ships! Tacia has been a teacher for 11 years at Fabulous Feet. She really enjoys helping others learn and improve on what they do. Tacia’s incredible musicality works to her advantage in choreography and we are proud to have her as a part of the Faculty.

  TRISHA MILLER

Youth Development | Contemporary Choreographer | Technique Specialist | Private Instructor

Trisha-MillerTrisha was born and raised at Fabulous Feet and has danced since the age of 2. Trisha has taken master classes from Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, and Dee Caspray. While competing Trisha has achieved highest overall honors and is a crowd favorite to watch. Trisha has a special gift with children and truly cares about each and every dancer. Trisha’s students won the highest overall duo and received extra judges choice awards.

 

 

 

 

  SHAWNA SHELTON

Tap Specialist | Youth Development | Diversified Choreographer

Shawna-SheltonShawna started her dancing career with Fabulous Feet One! She has studied all styles and competed in competitions across the country receiving numerous overall awards. She has taken master classes in New York and in LA from various teachers such as Patsy Swayze and Mia Michaels. Shawna has also completed 3 years of intense teacher training through Dance Masters of America to hone in her natural ability to teach. As a teacher she has been awarded for her outstanding choreography. Shawna’s particularly gifted with amazing rhythm and is well known for her inspired choreography. We are thrilled to have Shawna on the Fabulous Feet Faculty!

 

 

  KATIE SPURBECK

Ballet Instructor| Youth Development| Tap Technician

Katie SpurbeckKatie has been dancing for 18 years. She has attended many regional and national competitions all over the United States. With her team, Katie has received many top awards ranging from first overall to Judge’s choice. She has starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Wenatchee Nutcracker and debuted as the Wenatchee Nutcracker’s original “Clara” at the age of 13. Katie has observed Master Classes by Jennifer Martin of Eugene Ballet Company and participated as an Instructor in training at a Weekend Workshop with Internationally sought after Master Ballet Instructor Stephanie Saland. She has also attended master classes from Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, & Stacey Tookey. She loves sharing her passion of dance with all ages, and enjoys watching her students grow through their challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORA VAN LITH

Youth Progression | Tots Combo Teacher | Contemporary Specialist

Cora Van LithCora has been dancing since the age of 3. Joining the competition team at the early age of 7, Cora has become a valuable member of the team! While competing, Cora has won many overalls and high scores with groups, trios, and solos. Recently, she won 1st place in her solo division at International Dance Challenge! Cora has been training for years honing her instruction skills and class management throughout her time as an assistant. She has also attended various contemporary workshops instructed by famous choreographers including Stacey Tookey and Mia Michaels. Cora has always loved dancing and has always loved working with children. She is looking forward to continuing her passion for dance as a dance teacher. We are so excited to have Cora become a part of the Fabulous Feet Faculty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCKAYLA CORULLI

Youth Development | Tots Combo Instructor| Hip Hop Specialist

McKayla CorulliMcKayla Corulli began dance at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio at two years old. She was inspired by her four older siblings who introduced her to the world of dance. McKayla has studied all styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and tap and has expanded upon the basics with training in tumbling, trapeze, and aerial silks. McKayla was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the recent production of the Wenatchee Nutcracker. She began competing at the age of seven. Over the years she has been awarded three national scholarships and received recognition for her emotional presentation along with her dedication to dance. McKayla and her competition group have received first place titles and been awarded highest overall category winners multiple times while competing at regional and national levels– including winning the highly prestigious entertainment challenge for the international dance challenge. McKayla has dedicated time assisting classes over the last seven years and is excited to share her joy and passion for dance with the next generation of young dancers!

 

ALISSA RIKER

Tumbling Specialist| Aerial Artist

Alissa RikerAlissa Riker has been training at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio for 8 years! She studies all styles of dance ranging from classical ballet to aerial silks. She has been featured in various tumbling roles in the Wenatchee Nutcracker including Jack-in-the-Box and an Arabian Aerial Artist. Alissa has attended many competitions and received numerous prestigious awards with her competition team. She has recently assisted and demonstrated for all of our tumbling classes- solidifying and honing her instruction and technical skills. We are so excited to welcome Alissa as part of the Fabulous Feet Faculty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAYA AGUIGUI

Hip Hop Specialist | Musicality Development

Maya AguiguiMaya began dancing at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio at a young age. She is a recent graduate from Wenatchee High School but continues to keep dance in her life. Maya has trained in all styles of dance but specializes in Hip Hop. Recently, she attended The Dance Awards national competition and convention, Monsters of Hip Hop, Jump! Dance Convention, Hollywood Vibe, and many more. There she received training from Twitch (So You Think You Can Dance Finalist), NappyTabs (SYTYCD Choreographers), Kenny Wormald, and many more. She has attended multiple other conventions where she solidified and developed her technique and musicality. Maya is a fantastic dancer and instructor—we are so excited to welcome her to the Fabulous Feet Faculty!

 

 

ANDREA LOCKE

Modern Specialist | Movement Technicality

Andrea LockeAndrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from The University of Idaho. She has an extensive and eclectic dance background. Andrea grew up in Richland, WA and studied classical ballet under a Royal Academy of Dance certified instructor. She began modern, jazz, and tap training in High School. She has worked with world renowned choreographers, including Frankie Manning, Vickie Uris, and Christopher Morgan, to name a few. She has taken master classes from members of Ailey II, Paul Taylor Company and Bill T. Jones Company. She has had the opportunity to perform in a number of reconstructions of classical modern pieces, including Passacaglia and Fugue originally choreographed by Doris Humphrey and Soaring originally choreographed by Doris Humphrey and Ruth St. Dennis. Andrea enjoys sharing her unique knowledge and experiences of dance by bringing a different focus and awareness to the way we use our bodies. She focuses on proper technique, natural forms of movement, as well as strength and flexibility in her classes. Andrea has two young daughters, and works as a Medical Assistant during the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Elizabeth Wilson

Ballet Specialist | Technique Development

Elizabeth WilsonElizabeth began dancing at a very young age and received Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet training through the age of 14. Training continued under a number of instructors through her high school and college years with summer intensive training at schools in Portland Oregon and Vancouver, Canada. In 1981 she opened the Bainbridge Dance Center on Bainbridge Island, Washington, a school of ballet, modern, tap and jazz, with approximately 200 students, ages 4 through adult, and several instructors. She continued her dance and teaching training through workshops at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance, and other Puget Sound schools. In 1989 the Bainbridge Dance Center was purchased by one of the instructors and still exists today. Although Elizabeth’s career took another path, she continued to take classes regularly.

 

 

 

 

LESLIE LEVENBERG

Jazz Specialist | Ballet Technician

Originally from New York City, Leslie began studying dance in Kindergarten. After a year or two of ballet, her dance teacher, Dorothy Wescott, encouraged me to study as many dance styles as possible– which began many years of studying jazz (with Matt Mattox of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) Russian Character Dancing, tap, and Hawaiian. Leslie became passionate about changing the world and left the USA in 1972 to engage in full-time humanitarian work. Teaching dance and exercise became an integral part of many of her projects working with financially underprivileged children, refugees, senior citizens, youth groups and so much more. She lived abroad for 40 years in about 15 countries. She returned to the US in 2011 where she now hopes to bring her love of dance and music to all!

 

 

 

 

  CRASH KETCHAM

Guest Choreographer

Crash-KetchamCrash has been dancing since the age of 10. He intensively studied hip-hop and other subjects. On stage he is electrifying! His dedication to the arts is amazing! Crash and his group have won numerous high score awards and the highest overall award twice as well as Best Choreography. He took home two scholarships from JUMP! The Alternative Convention and was invited on stage to Perform with some of the members of So You Think You Can Dance and Michael Jackson’ This is it! While Crash is studying at college, he has choreographed routines for Fabulous Feet and his connection with the studio will remain intact throughout the year.