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.

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!

Calysta Cheyenne studied hip hop, jazz and contemporary at Ashland Danceworks for seven years and also studied ballet and tap as a young adult. She became certified as a cardio kickboxing instructor in 2012 and has a passion for music, creative movement and fitness. Calysta is an avid performer and the frontwoman of multiple bands in Oregon. She believes that by authentically expressing oneself through artistic and physical pursuits, a person can achieve peace within and inspire others to share their joy. Calysta is a skilled trainer who brings her positive energy to every class when teaching both children and adults.

 
 

541-708-6470

ashlanddanceworks@gmail.com

280 E Hersey #14, Ashland

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