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!
Bella grew up in Ashland Oregon, she has been dancing at Danceworks since she was 9 years old. She has always loved hip hop but has also experienced so many different styles of dance including contemporary, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre all thanks to Danceworks.
She has been in many spring showcases but also performed with Danceworks in various venues such as Disneyland, local Halloween, Christmas and 4th of July parades, OSF Green Shows, as well as MLK Jr. Celebrations.
This is Bella’s second year stepping into a teacher role at Danceworks. She is extremely excited to pass on her love of dance to other kids. As well as teaching dance this year, Bella will continue her studies at Southern Oregon University.
Lili (she/her/hers) is a writer, producer, director, choreographer, and actor based in Los Angeles.
She created, produced, and starred in Complete Works, an award-winning indie comedy set in the world of a collegiate Shakespeare competition that premiered on Hulu as a 5-episode, half-hour mini series for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
Since Complete Works, she’s been developing new ideas for television and film with her writing/producing partner (and husband!), Joe Sofranko.
In 2021, Lili and Joe had a baby girl. :).
Lili was born and raised in LA and received her BA in Theatre from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. She was a 2005 YoungArts Winner in Theatre and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee. http://www.lilifuller.com/
Ashreale is a native of St. Louis, MO. She discovered her passion for dance at Central Visual and Performing Arts high school and was awarded a pre-professional scholarship to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA).
She has had the wonderful opportunity to work with artists such as Alicia Graf (Alvin Ailey), Antonio Douthit-Boyd (Alvin Ailey), Kirven Douthit-Boyd (Alvin Ailey), and Leonard Cruz (Bill T. Jones). As a teenager she performed in AIDA and High School Musical at The Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor theater. She has performed in The Wiz and The Black Nativity with The Black Rep of St. Louis. Ashreale has also studied and performed in Italy.
Ashreale embarked on her new journey in life as a mother. Her and new family moved to Ashland back in November 2022. Since then she has had the wonderful opportunity to step back into dance and is excited to continue her dance journey in the Rogue Valley! Learn more at http://ashrealemcdowell.org/
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