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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, and 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 Dance Studio and has danced since the age of 2. She has taken master classes from Travis Payne, Michael Rooney, Travis Wall, Andrew Winghart, Mia Michaels, and many others. The past two summers she has traveled to California to train and study intensely with Mandy Moore. While competing, Trisha has achieved highest overall honors including Senior Miss Encore, judge’s choice awards, and is a crowd favorite to watch. Trisha has a special gift with children and truly cares about each and every dancer. Her students have won multiple highest overall awards and special awards, and her routines have won multiple choreography awards. She loves sharing her love for dance with others and helping dancers achieve their goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  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!

 

LINDSAY BLADE

Child Development | Youth Specialist

Lindsay BladeLindsay Blade was hooked on dance after watching Fabulous Feet’s first ever dance recital. She began her dance career (age 9) with Fabulous Feet #2. Quickly becoming part of the Fabulous Feet dance family, Lindsay was chosen to be in the first ever competitive dance team to represent Fabulous Feet at The Dance Masters of America (DMA) Dance Competition, where she and her group won many awards, including many first place and highest overalls. Lindsay traveled with the team to many National dance competitions including, Canada, Anaheim, and New York, where she also took classes from many well-known instructors.
Lindsay has taught dance to many “little” dancers during her high school and part of college years. She even later hired a few of her old students to work for her at her business, The Coffee Cabin. Fast forwarding 25 years, Lindsay is still part of the Fabulous Feet Family/Faculty. She is very excited to now share the love of dance with her two daughters and students. Lindsay has a passion for teaching dance, but especially for the little ones, and she hopes to spark the passion in them to grow up with the love of dance that she did. Dancing is not only about learning to moving to the music! It builds confidence and forever friendships. It teaches cooperation, dedication, and how hard work pays off! It teaches you to believing in yourself and to trust in others. “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” is something Lindsay will always remember and pass on to her students! Lindsay’s love of dance and her admiration for Melissa has made her a permanent fixture in the beloved studio. She is grateful for what she learned about life through dance and will pass that on to her two daughters, son, and students.

 

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!

 

HANA GETSINGER

Ballet Specialist| Technique Developmemt

Hana GetsingerHana Getsinger grew up in Seattle, training at Spectrum Dance Studio from the age of 4. Hana studied Jazz, Tap and Modern but felt particularly drawn to the poise and discipline of Ballet. Hana has had the privilege of studying with Dale A Merrill, Ron Tice, Ann Reinking, Melissa Lowe, Sam Watson, James Clauser and Joan Shelton. She received a merit scholarship to University of Arizona’s prestigious dance department, and later completed her studies at University of Washington. Hana is passionate about all children having access to the arts and has worked to advance this cause through outreach work with Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle International Children’s Festival, and Icicle Arts in Leavenworth. Hana recently moved from Leavenworth to Wenatchee with her husband and two children, and is delighted to share her love of Ballet with students at Fabulous Feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAITLIN STUBER

Diversified Teacher and Choreographer | Youth Development

Caitlin StuberCaitlin attended Wenatchee Valley College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Molecular Biosciences from Washington State University. She has professional experience in ergonomics and kinesiology and has studied anatomy, child development, and child psychology. Caitlin has taken dance lessons for 20 years. She danced in Fabulous Feet #10 and has been involved with the studio ever since. Caitlin competed with the Fabulous Feet competition team for nine years and attended competitions across the United States and Canada, danced on two cruise ships, and has taken classes in New York City. She has received many top honors and Judges Choice awards for her solos, trios, and group numbers. She has trained in ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, character, and tumbling. Caitlin has taught dance classes for six years including all ages from tots combo to adult classes. She is excited to be back at Fabulous Feet both teaching and working in the office again!

 

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.

 

 

 

  KATIE SPURBECK

Ballet Instructor| Youth Development| Tap Technician

Katie SpurbeckKatie fell in love with dance at the age of 3.  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. Katie is also a Registered Nurse with interest in pediatrics. She loves sharing her passion of dance with all ages, and enjoys watching her students grow through their challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELIZABETH POPOFF

Youth Progession | Tots Combo | Teacher Contemporary Specialist

Elizabeth began dancing at the age of 4. She studies all styles of dance including jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. Elizabeth’s passion for dance started with the Nutcracker. She has been in the Nutcracker for 10 years now, playing roles ranging from Clara, the Nutcracker, and much more. She joined the competition team when she was 8 years old, and she has been a part of the team ever since. Elizabeth dances at competitions with her team, and has won awards and has been recognized by judges. She has traveled to regional and national competitions, including Encore, IDC, Spotlight, Nuvo, and The Dance Awards. Elizabeth has assisted classes for many years now, and is so excited to share her love with dance at Fabulous Feet.

 

  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.