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Join The Strongest Team of dance instructors in Alaska

Are you Passionate about teaching dance? We Need You!

 

Are you a dance teacher looking to work at a fun, fierce, and fabulous studio where you are well respected and highly appreciated? Alaska Dance Theatre is always looking to hire top talent to teach. Spend your time in state-of-the-art studios with plenty of light and space.  Work with the best students and the award-winning staff.  Loads of opportunities to choreograph and grow your talents, realize your artistic vision, paid-for-by-ADT professional development opportunities, exciting new projects to build your resume! Send cover letter and resume to Niki Maple, Artistic Director - click on the button below. Out-of-state talent welcome.

Meet Our Team

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NIKI MAPLE

Artistic Director, Ballet, & Pointe Instructor

Niki has received training from the School of Ballet, Ballet Etudes, American Ballet Theatre, and Milwaukee Ballet. She has Performed with Milwaukee Ballet II, Eugene Ballet, Alaska Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, Pulse Dance Company, and choreographers Courtland Weaver, Alice Bassler Sullivan, Toni Pimble, Gilmer Duran, James Sewell, and Amy Seiwart.

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FARAH ZOETMULDER

Associate Director, Ballet, & Pointe Instructor

Farah began dancing at age 5 at Interplay Ballet in Toronto Canada. She later attended and graduated from Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. While in Winnipeg, she was awarded the Paddy Stone Choreography Award. She has performed for The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Anchorage Opera, The Anchorage Symphony, Theatre Artists United, and Anchorage Ballet.

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MELISSA JABAAY

Associate Director,  Jazz, & Acro Instructor

Melissa began dance at age four and has trained with Broadway Dance Center, Dance Masters of America, and UAA. She has performed with Busch Gardens, Carnival Cruise Line, and Neil Goldberg's Cirque Productions where she notably performed as a swing dancer.

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EMMA LOCHNER

Junior Associate Director, Ballet, Pointe, & Contemporary Instructor

Mrs. Emma is from Charlottesville, Virginia. She started dancing when she was two years old and has been studying dance for nineteen years. She enjoys designing choreography and exploring new ways to express the many facets of humanity and the beauty of creation through the art of dance. Mrs. Emma trained with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Ballet San Antonio Academy, Anchorage Classical Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Eastern Virginia School of Performing Arts, and Central Virginia Ballet. She graduated in December of 2020 from Randolph College with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Studio Art Minor.

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SARA SCHROEDER

Office Manager/ Marketing Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

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JACQUELINE ROBINSON

Front Desk Supervisor

Bio coming soon!

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ANGIE FELLAND

Front Desk Assistant

Angie enjoys singing, acting, and Jazz/ Broadway dance. She is also fluent in Japanese and earned her seal of biliteracy with the Japanese Immersion Program.  She plans to continue her education at UAA.

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MARGARITA MERKUSHEVA

Pianist

Margarita began studying piano at age five. She is a graduate of the Vologda Music College in Russia in piano and voice and furthered her studies at the Armenian Musical Conservatory in the class of renowned pianist Professor Robert Oganian. Her music has inspired dances by many noted choreographers, including Israel (El) Gabriel of the University of California, Irvine, and is performed in productions by New World School of th Arts, Anchorage Ballet, and ADT. She has released two CD's, It's My Life and Believe in Yourself.

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DEANA CHAMBERS

Instructor - Ballet

Deana took her first ballet class at age nineteen and received her dance education from Ballet UAB, Chaffenburge Ballet, and Alaska Dance Theatre. She has performed for Ballet UAB, North Dakota Ballet, and Alaska Dance Theatre.

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BLAIR ROBINSON

Instructor- Ballet & Jazz

Blair began dancing at age four. She has trained with Alaska Dance Theatre, Joffery Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Blair has performed with The Radio City Rockettes, Les Folies Bergere, and the national tour of Movin' Out, performing original choreography by Twyla Tharp. Blair recently became a certified teacher in American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum Pre-Primary through Level 3.

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SARAH JEFFERIES

Instructor- Ballet & Pointe

Sarah has been a jewel in the ADT community for years, formerly serving as Associate Artistic Director of the organization. Her dance education includes ADT, Richmond Ballet, Butler University, Jordan College of Fine Arts, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and University of Kansas. Sarah has danced professionally with ADT, Peoria Ballet, Storling Dance Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, California Ballet, and the San Diego Opera.

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HEATHER MCEWEN

Instructor- Ballet

Heather began dancing at age six. She has trained with Interlochen Arts Academy, SUNY Purchase University, Cleveland Ballet, and the Paul Taylor Dance School. Heather has performed with Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York, and as a principal dancer for Anglo-American Ballet.

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RHIANNON ROSEMAN

Instructor- Tap & Jazz

Rhiannon began dancing at age five. She has received her dance education from Dance Spectrum Alaska and Alaska Dance Theatre. She has performed with UAA's Dance Ensemble as well as in UAA's New Dances and Momentum Dance Collective's Breaking Ground. Her choreography credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with Service High School and Goldenview Middles School.

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COLBY DEEMER

Instructor- Hip Hop, Boys Dance, & Tap

Colby Deemer is a local Alaskan Dancer who has traveled around the world reaching and performing. He has worked with the Deutsche Ballet Company, Vaga Lume, Kids Artistic Revue, Dance Driven, as well as in Alaska. In 2019, he brought his experience back to Anchorage to share what he has learned from his time abroad. His training has allowed him opportunities to perform with Dick Van Dyke, The Mountain Dew Tour, The Portland Trailblazers, Nappy Tabs, Nick Lazarino, and Mike Minery, Mr. Deemer has 15 years experience teaching in Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and more. He is excited to be sharing his knowledge with the emerging generation of dancers.

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Christian Cadavos

Instructor- Hip Hop

Christian Cadavos is a 25-year-old Filipino American artist, director, cinematographer, and freestyle dancer born and raised in Anchorage, AK. His parents moved from Maasin Southern Leyte, Philippines in the 1990s to raise him and his older sister and to pursue an education and their desired passions. Christian graduated from East Anchorage High School in 2015 and was a part of the East High Dance Contempo Company during his senior year. Christian’s first style of dancing was b-boying in 2010 and he later began expanding to new dance styles including Hip-Hop, Popping, House, and Krump. Christian has auditioned and participated in local and out-of-state dance competitions including Top of the World, 5678 Showtime, NBC’s World of Dance Season 2, WOD Bay Area 2018, Hip Hop International 2017, and 2019 in Phoenix, AZ, and AGT Season 14. He will be graduating from nursing school in July 2022, while taking the time to travel to more all-style competitions out of state.

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DOLORIS PITTS

Instructor- Hip Hop

Doloris's love for dance started as a very young child. Self-taught at the age, she began teaching fellow students during recess for her elementary school talent shows. In 2005, Doloris began her first training classes in Advanced Dance class at West Anchorage High School. She began choreographing pieces for various studios around the Anchorage area as well as performing as the opening act for several celebrity concerts. She is delighted being a part of the team here at Alaska Dance Theatre.

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TE'SHAWN ANDERSON

Instructor- Hip Hop

Miss Anderson is a graduate of UAA with a bachelors in business management and minor in dance. She has been with ADT for 2 years now and has become an incredible member of the team. She has choreographed with UAA, Sunlight Collaborations, and ADT. She is a freelance dancer who has performed and studied with companies such as Pulse Dance Company, Artistic Drift, Sankofa, Lulu Washington dance company and has taught throughout Alaska at Dance Dynamics, Alaska Moving Arts, Woodland Parks Boys and Girls Club, Pulse Center for Dance and currently Alaska Dance Theatre. Te'Shawn hopes to impact the Anchorage community through dance, creating new pathways to communicate  human experiences. She would like to further her dance career around the world, learning to teach, and operate her own dance studio, and bring her knowledge back to the people around Anchorage.

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SIENZA CHANDLER

Instructor- Modern/ Contemporary

Sienza Chandler is an up and coming teacher and choreographer. She is a beautiful Jazz and Contemporary technician who is delighted to share her innovative choreography with our ADT students. She is originally from Ketchikan, Alaska where she began dancing at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. She has choreographed for the University of Alaska Anchorage, and trained with dance education Betsy Pritchard, Katherine Kramer, Brian Jeffrey, Katie O'Laughlin, Melissa Jabaay, Dani Eustice, Evelyn Rice, Holly Dayton, and many others.

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TAYLOR HICKS

Instructor- Modern & Jazz

Taylor is a lifelong Alaskan and dancer of 23 years. She has trained at Ketchikan Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, STEPS on Broadway, and American College Dance Association conference. Taylor joined UAA's dance program where she found her love for modern dance, improvisation, and choreographing under Brian Jeffrey and Katherine Kramer. Taylor holds a Bachelor's of Arts from UAA, majoring in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis. She dances as a company member of Momentum Dance Collective & Assistant Director/ performer with Sunlight Collaboration.

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CADY LYNN O'BRIEN

Instructor- Ballet and Jazz

Cady Lynn O'Brien began her dance training in Sitka, Alaska at Sitka Studio of Dance. As an adult, she moved to London, England to study at the dance conservatory Tinity Laban. Ms. O'Brien had the opportunity to teach at a dance workshop in South Korea. Her performance credits include Chopinana, the Nutcracker, and Gisselle with Anchorage Ballet; Cravan, Dusk to Dawn, and the Nutcracker with Pulse Dance Company. She is currently a choreographer and performer for Pulse Dance Company, and a performer with the Anchorage Opera. Ms. O'Brien holds a degree in Dance Studies and a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education.

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SARI PHILLIPS

Instructor- Jazz/ Broadway, Acro, & Hip Hop

Sari has been dancing since age seven and has trained with Ballet West, Colorado State University School of Arts, Walla Walla Dance Festival, and Diavolo Dance Theatre. Sari has performed with Diavolo Dance Theatre, Impact Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Alvin Alley Dance Company, and in the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics.

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CLOTILDE SEVERIN

Instructor- Creative Movement

Bio coming soon!

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AVA HOLZBERGER

Instructor- Creative Movement

Bio coming soon!

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EMMA CHASTAIN

Instructor- Pre Ballet, Youth Ballet

Bio coming soon!