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.

Jonathan Luke Stevens has been a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the last 6 seasons. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, he has been performing since the age of 11. After graduating high school from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with an emphasis in Musical Theatre, he went on to receive his BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. He has worked in both New York City, and Los Angeles, as well as other major regional theaters like the American Repertory Theatre and Seattles 5th Avenue.

Hanna grew up locally and studied with Aisha at Danceworks for 7 years! She knew her passion for dance at a young age, and went on to study Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University. In college she focused on Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. When she left college, she dove into the dance world, teaching classes to all ages and performing with various companies on the west coast and in New York City. She received a certificate for a 200 hour yoga teacher training and further pursued dance pedagogy. She booked a tour with Music Producer “Troyboi”, in 2017, as a dancer, aerialist, and violinist, and toured with him for 2.5 years. Hanna’s experience and passion for teaching will provide the groundwork for a well rounded class of technique and performance critique, and of course lots of fun!

Katya grew up in Ashland, Oregon and started her journey as a dancer at Ashland Danceworks when she was 8 years old. Her first love was hip hop, but ultimately she immersed herself in many other styles of dance including: contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, and tap. She has performed in 11 Spring Showcases, and many other venues with Danceworks including but not limited to: OSF Green Shows, OSF Daedalus projects, local 4th of July and Halloween parades, Southern Oregon’s Got Talent, MLK Jr. celebrations, as well as performing on stage at Disneyland. After many years of being a student of Danceworks, Katya stepped into the roll of teaching. She has been teaching hip hop to kids of all ages, 5-18, for the last 3 years. Katya will be graduating from Southern Oregon University in the spring of 2022 with a BS in Psychology. Her greatest joy is nurturing and cultivating the boundless creativity in children, and her psychology degree will assist in paving a path to connect her love for working with kids and her passion for dance.

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280 E Hersey #14, Ashland

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