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Annette Lago

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.  

"How can I ever thank Annette for what she has done? As a parent you will notice positive things that influence your child… Annette is one of those".

- Max (parent)

Annette Lago

Matthew Gregg

Matthew has been dancing professionally for over 15 years for companies including Nike, Ecko, and Nordstroms. His competitive choreography has won awards on both a regional and national level. Gregg also choreographs commercially for companies including Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, and Amazon. Matthew believes his biggest strength has been learning all aspects of the dance industry. He is a choreographer, DJ, videographer, creative consultant, and professional public speaker. Highlights include The Space Needle, Century Link Field, The Columbia Tower, and The Seattle Art Museum. After asking Matthew, what’s next? He replied:

 

“I want to use what I've learned to continue teaching our children that anything is possible and believing in yourself will be the most important thing you ever do in life. Our job as adults is to keep that creative light burning in a child’s mind, and to show them they can do anything they put their minds to.” Matthew is very excited to be starting a volunteer position teaching hip hop to underprivileged high school students this fall. “I want to help make sure that music and dance can provide opportunities for everyone, not just the ones that can afford it.” 

 

"I have had the privilege of watching many different instructors and coaches with kids. Mathew, was one of the best I have ever seen. He was animated, hilarious, entertaining, kind, and overall just fun to be with. I was incredibly impressed by what I saw today. It was so good I wanted to sign myself up!"

- Michelle (Little Discoveries Owner)

Matthew Gregg

Amanda Oie

Amanda is from Seattle, WA and trained under Pat Hon’s mentorship in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts, where she went on to receive her BFA in Dance. Attending summer dance programs at Alvin Ailey sparked her interest and passion for exploring and training in all forms of dance. She has a strong Ballet and Modern background and is also a versatile performer and teacher in Jazz, Flamenco, and Musical Theatre Dance. Miss Amanda has danced with ARC, Walrus, and Maureen Whiting Dance Companies; and has worked with local choreographers: Wade Madsen, Geoffrey Johnson, and Daniel Linehan. Amanda is currently the Managing Director for the Maureen Whiting Dance Company and also teaches at Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center in Renton, WA. Her choreography has been showcased at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, and Northwest Film Forum. Miss Amanda recently completed the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, led by the pioneer of creative movement and the brain-dance curriculum, Anne Green Gilbert. This is Miss Amanda’s third year on Faculty at Dance Arts, and she is excited to continue inspiring students to find their love and passion for dance, and to discover expression and technique through the joy of movement. 

 

"Amanda looks for the beauty within each of her dancers.  She inspires them to love the art of dance and to always do their best.  My daughter wants to attend Cornish because she wants to be just like Teacher Amanda."  

- Cindi (Parent)

 

Amanda Oie

Corinne Keller

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 "So You think You can dance" darling, Mandy Moore. 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.  

"You are a wonderful teacher so please don’t ever stop! My daughter has grown so much through dance and has become a beautiful, young woman ready for college. I had tears in my eyes watching her during her last dance recital…but she’ll dance through life, I’m sure of it. Thanks for your support and smiles".

- Tammi (parent)

 

Corinne Keller

Markeith Wiley

Markeith Wiley is a California native and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. He is a dance maker, performer, and instructor. Markeith surprises and keeps his students and audiences engaged with his quirky sense of style, humor, and his vast movement vocabulary. His influences include breakdancing, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, theatre dance, and more.  Wiley has performed with Keith Henessesy, Kitten n' Lou, The Dance Cartel, Lingo, and was a member of the 2014 City Arts Future List. Markeith has also choreographed for competitive dance receiving many high score awards, as well as theater dance, including WET and the Satori. Markieth performs regularly and has plans for a new performance group, The NogoodDoers, to launch their first work in '17.

 "Markeith will always push you out of your comfort zone while still being gentle and kind. I  love to perform his original and innovative choreography. He makes me a better dancer."

- Ellimy (Student)

 

Markeith Wiley