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.

Michele Mitzel received her training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington. Ballet has had such a positive and amazing impact in her life & she is very excited for this opportunity to be working with kids and adults who just want to dance.  She hopes that ballet education will only help them become stronger and more passionate dancers.

Her dance training began at the age of 5 in California with ballet, tap, acrobatics and jazz where she performed at many county fairs and dance competitions. At the age of 10 she moved to Seattle and auditioned for and was accepted into PNBS on full scholarship where she studied for several years under the guidance of many other outstanding artists.  Michele was chosen to perform in company performances over the years under the direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell and was part of the original cast for the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker.

Knowing that ballet was her passion she returned to PNBS and was the School Secretary for many years where she was able to assist with the audition tours and the coordination of the Annual School Performances as well as use and grow her administrative abilities.

Once she moved to Ashland and became so busy with her growing family and work Michele put her love for dance aside, until 12 years ago when she stepped back into the studio and has been teaching at Danceworks for the last 6 years.

Sarah Lozoff trained at Miami Conservatory (now Thomas Armour Youth Ballet), under Thomas Armour, Robert Pike, Ruth Wiesen, and Nancy Raffa. At the nationally renowned, New World School of the Arts, she studied with Judith Newman, Gerri Houlihan, Peter London and many others. Professionally, Sarah danced soloist and principal roles with Ballet Rosario Suarez, directed by Cuban prima ballerina, Rosario "Charin" Suarez. Over two decades, she has taught nationally in conservatories, public schools, and outreach programs. Sarah currently guest teaches nationally, teaches in Ashland, Oregon, and is a movement director/choreographer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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