Annette is the founder and director of Dance Arts. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Washington and loves to teach Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Tap. Ms. Lago is passionate about encouraging self-expression, strong technique, a love of dance, and a sense of family amongst her students. She regularly attends dance workshops and conventions including Jump, Co. Dance, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is also an avid hot yoga and mountain biking enthusiast. She is known for incorporating athleticism and yoga training into her classes. In 1999 she founded the Fusion Competition Team so she could provide additional opportunities to students with a developing interest in dance. Today the team flourishes through performances, competitions, guest instructors, team bonding activities, and special events.
Like most five year old boys, Ben Dominick was incapable of sitting still. Loving to jump high and far, he tried a Ballet class at the local studio. He has been dancing ever since. In 2010 he received his B. F. A. in Dance from Cornish College of Arts, studying Ballet, Modern, and Stage Combat. He has performed works by Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Deborah Hadley, and Amy Thompson, and worked with companies around Seattle. He continues to lack the ability to sit still : )
Jacob is a third generation dance instructor in a family of great dancers. Jacob's training began with tap, ballet, jazz and later grew to include include lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, step dancing and aerial hoop & silks. Jacob has many performing acclamations to his name including World Championship awards. As an instructor and choreographer Jacob has coached many groups to High Score Awards and his choreography is often recognized for its entertainment value. Jacob attended PLU and opened and sold two successful dance studios. Now he entertains thru comedy, event coordination, performing on stage as well as teaching all around the PNW. Jacob teaches a fun class that is mentally and physically challenging while infusing it with humor.
Taylor Kalka is a senior at Kentwood High School. She danced competitively for 6 years at numerous studios including Dance Arts, training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap and musical theater. She attended many competitions and conventions where she learned from choreographers such as Kent Boyd and Mark Kanemura. She later joined her high school’s varsity dance team where she was an officer for 2 years competing at the district and state level. With a love for choreography and teaching, Taylor intends to share her passion for dance with students of all ages and levels. Coming back to the place where it all began, she is excited to help shape this new group of students.
Heather began dancing at the age of 2, studying Hip hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary. As a teenager, she also danced on her High School Dance Team, and was selected at their regional dance camp as one of 10 to perform in Paris, France with the USA all stars. Heather began teaching in 1999 with one class of 16 students that quickly turned into three classes. She knew she had found her love! Heather has been teaching for nearly 2 decades. She has experience teaching beginning through advanced students from ages 2 – 18. Heather is also the founder of 2 hip hop companies in California, Optical Illusion & Elements. She has also coached for several High School Dance Teams, and has received numerous awards for her competitive hip hop choreography.
Corinne has been dancing since she was 5 years old. Her mother jokes that “she used to dance in the womb”. Corinne is a graduate of the RAD and ISTD disciplines of dance in both Ballet and Modern. She is also well versed in Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Corinne danced throughout college and was a member of The East Side Moving and New Vision Dance Companies. During this time she had the opportunity to dance for top choreographers including, Mandy Moore ("So You think You can dance"). Corinne has been teaching students of all ages and levels for over 15 years. Her choreography has received countless high point and special awards. She is a wife and mother of two. Dance is her absolute love and passion, second only to her Family, friends, and the students she teaches.
Christine McLaughlin has been dancing since she was 6 years old. She started her training in Irish step dancing, competing since age 7. At age 11, she began training in jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary, and ballet. Christine spent 5 years competing with her studio’s competition team in St. Louis. While earning her Bachelors degree from Indiana University, Christine was a member of InMotion Dance Company. Teaching is her passion, whether it’s teaching second grade during the day or teaching dance in the evening.
Hayley has been dancing for 13 years. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. Hayley has been dancing competitively with Fusion at Dance Arts for nearly a decade and has received countless awards along with her teammates for group routines, and as a soloist. Hayley has been an assistant teacher at Dance Arts for 3 years and a lead teacher for 1 year. She is a Senior in High School and attends Running Start at Green River Community College. She is very excited to continue dancing and teaching.
Sarah is a Yoga Alliance certified, registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), and has been teaching yoga since 2017 at Hot Yoga Inc. Sarah is honored to bring yoga to Dance Arts, and believes in creating a fun, safe space for kids, where they can learn more about this humbling practice, and step into their own power by building strength from within.
What We Believe
We believe a dance studio makes a difference in children's lives. An arts education produces hard working and well-disciplined kids, a culture of belonging, a community, and a home away from home.
Happy Parents and Dancers
Dance Arts is amazing! It is obvious that they care about their students and have fostered an environment where the older dancers can mentor the younger ones. Thank you so much for your commitment to my daughter!
This is such a great dance studio! The teachers are fantastic and they truly work with each student at their own level and help them progress noticeably as the year continues.
If you're looking for a dance studio with personal attention, this is your place!! All three of my minions have danced here. I have two boys and one girl. The owner is quite amazing. She is kind, yet focused, talented and great with students and parents alike. It was a home away from home for our whole family!