OUR TEACHERS

Aisha Wand has been instructing dancers and choreographing shows in Ashland for the past 9 years. At the age of 10, Aisha found her passion in dance. She began her studies in Ballet and Jazz in Honolulu Hawaii and soon found herself emerged in it. Training in multiple dance styles such as: Modern, African, Hula, Tahitian, and Hip Hop.

Aisha began dancing professionally in Hawaii at the young age of 17 performing in off Broadway musicals, local shows and conventions. After graduating she moved to LA to continue her dance education and professional career as a dancer in LA and NY. She performed in MTV & VH1 music videos, commercials, as well as stage performances with various recording artists in the early 90s.

As well as technique and a strong foundation, Aisha continues to provide her students with a true appreciation for dance in a positive and professional environment.

Sandra started dancing at the age of 4 and it has been a part of her life ever since.  She has 20+ years of training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary styles as well as training at the elite level as a gymnast for a large part of her childhood.  Sandra’s most influential instruction was at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle where she had the opportunity to take class from accomplished dancers from LA and New York on a daily basis.  Her experience includes Westlake Dance Center Company performances, Teacher’s Assistant at Westlake Dance Center in Contemporary and Lyrical classes,  Seattle Seahawks Dance Camp Instructor and Performances at Vancouver Expo.  Sandra has over 8 years of teaching experience in jazz and contemporary dance with emphasis on technique.  She shares her love of dance in hopes to give kids and teens a tool for expression of music through movement and to help instill self confidence in them as young people.

Paige Wilkey was born in Los Angeles California where she began dancing at age 3. She studied under the director of Jonette Swider in the Cecchetti and Balanchine technique. In addition to Nutcracker shows every winter, Paige also performed in Miss Swider’s spring showcases for ten years. She attended summer programs on scholarship at: American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and Boston Ballet.
At the age of 16, Paige was accepted into Boston Ballet School’s pre-professional program. She moved there to study full time and finish high school online.

She joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as a Professional Division student in 2013, was promoted to apprentice in 2014, and joined the company as a company artist in 2016. She has performed the following featured roles with Oregon Ballet Theatre: The Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade; The Principal Pas de Deux in George Balanchine’s Agon; Arabian in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker; The Pas de Deux in Nacho Duato’s El Naranjo; The Winter Fairy in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella; Juliet’s friend in James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet; and The Yellow Girl in Dennis Spaight’s Crayola.  Paige also was cast as Odette in The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s performance of Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, which led her to her apprenticeship with the company. She was cast as one of five ballet dancers in a special for PBS television which featured John Tesh and his music. Paige looks forward to sharing her expertise and experiences with young promising dancers.

Aimee has been dancing for over 30 years. Born and raised in northern California, Aimee started her training in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz and Character. She joined a traveling competitive dance team, won national titles in Jazz/Lyrical and provided entertainment for a Cruiseline. As her training continued into her teenage years and well into her 20’s, she extensively trained in an array of Hip-hop styles underneath the Hip-hop genre such as Breaks/Popping/Rippling/Gliding/House/Street/Jazz Funk and Vogue. Aimee's love for dance has fueled her to study in New York, LA, SF and Vegas. She has collaborated in and choreographed various live shows and productions including music videos for EDM master Lion.Belamy and Robot.De.Niro, performing at the famous Warfield Theater in San Francisco. While always working on side projects Aimee continued to teach regular dance classes at studios from Portland, Oregon to the North Bay. She taught all styles while co-directing Fierce Dance Company alongside Rauly Duenes, former Blue man crew (Vegas) and Culture Shock member (SF). Aimee also took her passion for dance all the way from the infamous Haight Street Fair Stage to the Marque of Palms Casino in Las Vegas. She choreographs and performs for The Fans of Jimmy Century, a resident Las Vegas electronic/alternative dance band. Aimee has taught for the last 16 years, from Master Class Guest Instructor and Judge to Resident Teacher at both competitive and non-

competitive based studios, her passion still remains the same:

“Dance is a language, a necessary outlet to help us find the emotion we might not have words for. With it we build confidence, acceptance and a deeper knowing of

ourselves and one another. "

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