Our Staff

 

      KATHRYN FLEISHER

Owner/Director of Dance Arts Academy

Kathryn Fleisher began her dance training in her early childhood at Ann’s Studio of Dance and Community Ballet in Huntsville, Alabama. As an Ann Brown Company Dancer she won numerous platinum, gold, and overall awards at local competitions and performed at Six Flags Over Georgia and throughout Australia and New Zealand. Miss Kathryn was a founding member of Images Dance Company at Grissom High School, as well as a soloist and student choreographer. She was also a varsity cheerleader and a featured dancer in Grissom High School’s performance of West Side Story. Although she was accepted to several college dance programs, Miss Kathryn chose to attend the University of Alabama. She was a member of the performance company Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and the student choreography company Dance Alabama. She was also the dance and music critic for The Crimson White, the University of Alabama’s weekly newspaper. Throughout her college career, Miss Kathryn taught jazz and tap at several local studios and for several community outreach programs.

After graduating from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Dance Choreography and Performance, a B.S. in Journalism, and a minor in General Business Miss Kathryn continued teaching, choreographing, and performing throughout Alabama. She was a member of the NBDL’s Huntsville Flight Dance Team and the Vipers Arena Football Dance Team. As a teacher, Miss Kathryn’s contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, and musical theater choreography has won countless platinum, diamond, and high point awards at Spotlight, Dance Caravan, Dance America/Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Hollywood Vibe, and Co. Dance competitions. In 2005, her student won the National Miss Teen Dance Caravan title by performing a jazz piece choreographed by Miss Kathryn. In 2010, her lyrical piece Note to God won choreography awards at Dance America/Dance Olympus and Team Dance competitions. In 2013, Miss Kathryn’s contemporary piece, Landfill won 1st overall senior small group, a choreography award at MOVE competition, and was the Ruby Class National Champion at Spotlight’s Pacific Northwest Nationals. In addition, her contemporary duo, Stop Saying Sorry, received 4th runner up in the Diamond Division at Spotlight’s 2013 Pacific Northwest Nationals and her jazz number, Heads Will Roll, won the A Cut Above award at the 2013 Spotlight Nationals as well. Some of Miss Kathryn’s students have had the honor of being crowned Miss Teen Spotlight, Mr. Spotlight, and Miss Spotlight in 2014 at Spotlight competitions. While still in Alabama, Miss Kathryn trained and choreographed for several local dance teams helping them take top honors at local Universal Dance Association Competitions. Miss Kathryn’s students have gone on to appear in TV shows like Devil Girls and Meet the Fosters, become members of professional companies like the Atlantic Ballet and the Rockettes, become members of local dance teams, selected to attend summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, Joffery Ballet, and Lugi Jazz Dance Theater, and have been accepted to college dance programs. In addition to her degree in dance performance and choreography, Miss Kathryn is also certified in jazz and tap by Dance Masters of America.

For over a decade Miss Kathryn has been sharing her love of dance with students throughout Alabama and Spokane. Although she loves all styles of dance she is known for dynamic jazz, lyrical, and contemporary choreography. Miss Kathryn is excited to be living her dream of owning her own dance studio and looks forward to inspiring all the students of Dance Arts Academy and sharing with them her passion for the art of dance.

LYNNE SCOTT STOCKER

Ballet Director of Dance Arts Academy

Lynne was dancing at four years old; Scottish Highland style and Ballet! At age sixteen determined and passionate about Dance as a career she auditioned for, and completed, a three year Pre-Professional Dance course at Guildford School of Dance & Drama on a full scholarship. She then auditioned, and completed, a two year Pre-Professional course at the renowned Rambert Ballet School on a full scholarship.

Lynne received certifications from ISTD (International Association of Dance Teachers), Cecchetti Ballet Method, RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Surrey, UK.

She danced professionally for 14 years as a soloist with the Dance Company of the Augsburg Municipal Theatre in Germany. During that time appearing in hundreds of theatrical productions (Ballets, Operas and Operettas, Musicals and Plays), dancing in thousands of performances!

Lynne choreographs with joy, creating artistry for all levels and ages. Lynne’s dedication to the Art form is a lifelong passion. She teaches everyone who wants to learn, her teaching philosophy is simple; be the best that you can be!

 

JACKIE O’HARA

Dance Instructor

Jackie O’Hara is in her twentieth year as a dancer. She was first hired as an instructor at the age of fifteen, and has since taught students of all ages in tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet. Miss Jackie has choreographed production numbers, small and large group routines, duos, and solos for dance competitions. In recent years, Miss Jackie’s choreography has been awarded Special Judges Awards, Category Winner awards, Overall Awards, Spotlight’s Industry Tap Award, and has been selected to make special appearance at finale presentations.

At the age of 16 she received the Outstanding Student Choreographer Award during the Dance America competition. She was also selected as Student Teacher of the Year in 2009. Miss Jackie has traveled throughout the United States to train at dance workshops. As a community liaison, Miss Jackie performed a pointe routine with the Moscow Ballet during their Sleeping Beauty performance. She has also performed at the Christmas Tree Elegance, Gonzaga University basketball games, and Shock Arena Football halftime shows.

Currently Miss Jackie attends Gonzaga School of Law in pursuit of her desire to be an attorney. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2014 with high honors and a double major in Political Science and Psychology. During her senior year at Gonzaga University, she was elected as Gonzaga Student Body’s Speaker of the Senate. While attending Gonzaga Preparatory School Miss Jackie was Vice President, a varsity cheerleader, a mentor, tutor, National Honors Society member, and at graduation won the Brother Buskin’s award for Loyalty and Leadership to her school.

MANDY FLEMISTER

Dance Instructor

Mandy Flemister began dancing over 20 years ago, choreographing large group routines over eight years ago, and began teaching professionally at age 17.
Developing her Hip Hop style is a continuous process in which Mandy pulls from all areas of her training including Drill, Pom, Prop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Cheer, Tutting, Breaking, and Krumping. Mandy enjoys continuing her dance and choreographical skills through attending workshops and various adult based classes.
A fitness enthusiast and former Dance Team Captain, Tangledroots Dance Crew member, professional promotional Qdoba Girl Dance Team member, and professional competitive dance team member, Mandy recognizes the characteristics of dance performance and incorporates those aspects into a fun class environment. At Spotlight’s 2013 dance competition, Mandy’s hip hop choreography number, What It Is, won the regional A Cut Above award & placed 2nd overall senior large group.
In her time away from the studio Mandy enjoys finding new dance inspiration, DIY home projects, and quality time with her family and close friends.

 

KRYSTAL ROACH

Dance Instructor

Krystal began dancing at 8 years old in Spokane Washington.  She has spent the last 16 years training in a variety of styles with a focus on Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop.  It did not take long before she realized the joy dance brought to her and began attending workshops and competing in local, state, and national dance competitions.  She also performed during halftime shows for Spokane Shock games and Gonzaga University basketball games throughout her training.   Her dance opportunities have taken her across the nation giving her life experience which has helped provide variety in her technique and choreography for dance.  

During high school Krystal gained a leadership role on both her dance team and her color guard team.  She choreographed and cleaned multiple routines for the team and led them to statewide competitions.  She was honored to be chosen to represent her dance team by competing as a soloist in competition.   Although Krystal was offered various dance opportunities in college, she decided to pursue her passion of teaching and accepted a job at Dance Arts.  She has since attended Eastern Washington University to obtain her teaching degree in Elementary Education.  She continues to grow in her knowledge of dance and teaching techniques through workshops and classes.  

Krystal began training to teach at 13 years old in a teacher assistant program.  She was awarded teacher assistant of the year twice while in the program and has trained under both Lynne Scott-Stocker and Kathryn Fleisher among many other teachers.  She has also taught workshops and day camps for groups of children at the YMCA, local dance studios, theater clubs, and Mt. Spokane High School.  She has worked with children ages 3-18 with various skills and experience throughout her training and volunteer work.  Krystal has been working as a teacher, substitute, and administrative staff member for Dance Arts for the past 5 years.  She has a passion for helping students reach their potential and hopes to continue to do so throughout her teaching career.  

 

CORA STOCK

Acro Instructor

Miss Cora began her dance career at 4 years old taking ballet and tap classes.  She was also taking gymnastics at the time.  Ultimately gymnastics took over around age 10.  Cora continued gymnastics, competing mainly on floor and vault, throughout high school.  She was offered a leadership position as captain junior and then again senior year.  Simultaneously, Cora began competitive cheerleading at age 12.  She competed at the regional, national, and international levels.  In 2014, her team was named international champions at the Sea to Sky International Championship in Vancouver, BC. Cora’s cheerleading career extended all throughout high school, where she was on the sideline and  competition team.  Her team has placed top three in the state for over 14 years straight.

Once out of high school Cora decided to continue cheerleading at Whitworth University for two years.  Whitworth Cheer traveled for football and basketball and performs at various events throughout the year.  Cora is currently earning a B.S. in Health Sciences, a B.A. in Biology, with a minor in Psychology.  She hopes to attend medical school after graduation. 

 

Monique Stark

Dance Instructor

Monique 2016 (3)Monique has enjoyed dancing all her life, but began her formal dance training when she was 10 years old at Broadway Dance Center in Tracy, California. She attended dance conventions and competitions in the Bay Area and quickly fell in love with all things dance. At the age of 12 she moved with her family to Meridian, Idaho where she continued her training in jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop at Sandy’s Danceworks. She excelled in her classes and was invited to become a member of their competitive team which she participated in during middle school and high school. Monique was also a member of the Meridian High School Warriorettes Dance Team and was the Co-Captain her senior year. After high school, she spent a few weeks of her summer in New York City dancing at several conventions and competing with the International Model and Talent Association. She continued dancing in college at Boise State University as a member of the Maneline Dance team.

After college, Monique moved to Soda Springs, Idaho where she opened The Studio. Owning her own dance studio was one of her childhood dreams and allowed her to share her love of dance with the community. Teaching and watching the growth of her dancers brought much joy to Monique. Unfortunately, after 4 short years Monique had to close The Studio due to unforeseen circumstances. This life change brought her back to her hometown of Meridian, Idaho.

Once back in Meridian, Monique continued to share her passion. She became the Assistant Coach of the Meridian High Warriorettes helping them to win many awards, both locally and nationally. During the same time frame, Monique taught Jazz and Lyrical at Backstage Dance Center and later ended up coaching their senior competitive team, “The Diamond Dancers”.

In 2013, a career opportunity brought Monique and her husband to Spokane. She quickly fell in love with the area and enjoys being able to raise her two boys in this beautiful city. She is very grateful to be a part of the Dance Arts Academy family and is looking forward to continuing to share her love of dance here in Spokane.

Lexie Powell

Dance Instructor

Lexie 2016Lexie Powell is a Chewelah, WA native. She began taking ballet classes nearly 20 years ago with the majority of her ballet training taking place at Northern Ballet and Performing Arts under the direction of Ann Marie Benedict. After a childhood filled with dancing, Lexie left her hometown to pursue dance at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Lexie graduated from WWU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Her degree emphasized both performance and choreography with a focus on modern technique. The curriculum featured ballet and modern technique classes, courses on dance history and teaching, and choreography. As a senior she completed the BFA Capstone which featured her own choreography along with a solo performance. For her solo performance Lexie had the pleasure of working with Natascha Greenwalt of Seattle who is the co-founder of Coriolis Dance.

Lexie began working as a demonstrator for her childhood ballet teacher when she was 14 years old. At the age of 19 she began independently teaching ballet to students ranging from beginners to advanced students. She believes in the importance of a strong technical foundation and while she hopes to train strong, competent dancers, she also hopes to inspire a lifelong love of dance!

Lexie is currently attending Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy. She is passionate about the arts and the sciences and is a firm believer in importance and interconnectedness of both.