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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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ANDREI CHAKINE

Executive Director, Interim

Andrei Chakine is experienced in nonprofit management and has contributed to the work of nonprofits in Alaska for over two decades. Mr. Chakine holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska. He resides in Anchorage with his wife and 3 children. 

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NIKI MAPLE

Artistic Director

Ms. Maple received her early training from the School of Ballet and Ballet Etudes in Phoenix Arizona, under Nina Marlow.  She further supplemented her training by attending summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre in New York and Milwaukee Ballet. Ms. Maple was a company member with Milwaukee Ballet II, working closely with the professional company while furthering her dance education and training.  In 2007, Niki moved to Anchorage to dance with Alaska Dance Theatre. She has had the privilege to work with Eugene Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, and Pulse Dance Company along with notable choreographers such as Courtland Weaver, Alice Bassler Sullivan, James Sewell, Toni Pimble, Gillmer Duran, and Amy Seiwart. She has been teaching ballet for over 9 years in the traditional Vaganova style, ranging from intermediate to advanced levels. As a teacher and performer, Ms. Maple is passionate about sharing her love of ballet with the youth of Anchorage.

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KRISTEN VIERTHALER

Director of Development

Kristen, currently the Director of Development, has worked off and on at ADT since its earliest days.  She been a dance teacher, an Executive Director, a Pilates Instructor and Choreographer in the Anchorage since 1998. As an adjunct professor at UAA, Kristen taught Pilates, Dance for Musical Theater and Modern. Prior to that, Kristen worked professionally as a dancer, performing in large productions in Las Vegas, like Siegfried and Roy, EFX, Spellbound, and Legends in Concert. Kristen also performed on Crystal Cruises and on the Broadway tour of A chorus Line. Kristen is a choreographer and cofounder of Theater Artists United. She has choreographed for such organizations as the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Concert Chorus, UAA, Cyranos, Anchorage Community Theater, Perseverance Theater, Mad Myrna’s, Kokopeli Theater and many more. 

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FARAH ZOETMULDER

Associate Director

Ms. Zoetmulder began dancing at age 5 at Interplay Ballet in Toronto Canada under Anna McCowan Johnson and Arnold Spohr. She later attended and graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School under David Moroni and Julia Arkos. While in Winnipeg, Ms. Zoetmulder was awarded the Paddy Stone Choreographic Award and appeared as a dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet before moving to Anchorage. Locally she has appeared as a dancer for the Anchorage Opera, The Anchorage Symphony, Theatre Artists United, and Anchorage Ballet. She is considered one of the best ballet and pointe instructors in the State of Alaska and has had several students under her instruction place in the top 3 at the Youth America Grand Prix, classical division. Her students have been accepted into numerous professional ballet schools, companies, and Universities, including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Kirov Academy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, The Royal Ballet School in London, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Arizona, Houston Ballet, and Ohio State University. 

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MELISSA JABAAY

Associate Director

Melissa Jabaay is honored to be a part of Alaska Dance Theatre as one of their teachers, choreographers, stage managers and lighting designers for the past 13 years. She is originally from Alabama. She worked and danced professionally for Busch Gardens Theme Park, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cirque Productions and Minnie Madden Productions. She competed on the University of Alaska Anchorage Gymnastics team and returned as their choreographer and assistant coach for 5 years. She teaches multiple genres of dance. She holds a BA in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis from UAA and studied to be a technical theatre technician as well. She has three children and a  husband who helps make so much possible.

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SARA SCHROEDER

Office Manager/ Marketing Coordinator

If you follow Alaska Dance Theatre on Facebook and Instagram, and enjoy the designs of our posts, announcements, flyers, branded merchandise, blogs, videos and pictures - then you are already familiar with Ms. Schroeder's work! In addition to her artistic talents, Sara is the friendliest and most organized person that we know. If you have any questions about anything Alaska Dance Theatre, please don't hesitate to ask Sara for help.

MARGARETA MERKUSHEVA

Pianist

Margarita began studying piano at the age of 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 the Arts, Anchorage Ballet, and ADT. She has released two CDs, It’s My Life and Believe in Yourself.

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DEANA CHAMBERS

Instructor

Ms. Chambers took her first ballet class at age nineteen while attending University. She quickly excelled and went on to receive her dance education from Ballet UAB in Birmingham, AL, Chaffenburge Ballet in Fort Worth, TX, and Alaska Dance Theatre. She has performed with many productions including Cinderella with Ballet UAB, Nutcracker with North Dakota Ballet, and numerus Alaska Dance Theatre productions of Mobius and yearly Showcase. Ms. Chambers specializes in the instruction of Ballet for young children and is proud to have taught for Alaska Dance Theatre for over a decade. She considers teaching dance her “2nd Career” after working as a NICU nurse for many years. In her spare time, Ms. Chambers is a dedicated mother and grandmother. 

BLAIR ROBINSON

Instructor

Mrs. Robinson started dancing at age four, later becoming a student at Alaska Dance Theatre at age twelve. She later went on to train at Joffery Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Art in Teaching Physical Education from UAA. She has performed with The Radio City Rockettes in New York City, Les Folies Bergere in Las Vegas, and the national tour of Movin Out in which she played the role of “Brenda” and performed original choreography by Twyla Tharp. Her teaching expertise include Ballet, Jazz, and Broadway dance. Some of Mrs. Robinson’s favorite activities include taking pilates and yoga classes, and exploring Alaska in her Cessna 180 with her husband and three children.

SARAH JEFFRIES

Instructor

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

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HEATHER MCEWEN

Instructor

Ms. McEwan began dancing at age six. She later received her formal dance education from the Interlochen Arts Academy, SUNY Purchase University, Cleveland Ballet, and the Paul Taylor Dance School. She has performed with Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York, and as a principal dancer for Anglo-American Ballet. She has performed numerous classical roles, including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Juliet and Eglevsky’s Romeo and Juliet. She is a dedicated teacher of classical ballet for all ages. A long time Alaskan, Ms. McEwan also enjoys, fishing, clam digging, watching Robert Redford films, and being a Hockey and Baseball mom to her two sons.

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RHIANNON ROSEMAN

Instructor

Ms. Roseman began taking Ballet lessons at age five. At age 15 she began to tap and fell in love with dance all over again. She has received her dance education from Dance Spectrum Alaska and Alaska Dance Theatre. She has performed with UAA in the “New Dances” production and is a long-time performer with Alaska Dance Theatre. Her choreographic credits include 7 Brides for 7 Brothers with Service High School and Goldenview Middle School. Her teaching skills include Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballet. A long-time Alaskan, Ms. Roseman enjoys our tight-knit arts community, and all it has to offer. When she is not teaching dance, she can be found enjoying hikes with her dogs and watching Star Wars.

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JOVANA KARAPANDZIC

Instructor

Jovana began dancing at eleven years old at the Ballet School in Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated in 2010 with a major in Contemporary Dance. She participated in the International Competition of Ballet Schools in Pancevo, Serbia, winning second place in Contemporary Dance. She has taught modern ballet at studio "Rade Tosic" in Pancevo, Serbia. After moving to Alaska, she was invited to instruct at Alaska Dance Theatre.

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COLBY DEEMER

Instructor

Colby Deemer returned from teaching in Germany for 3.5 years. He performed around Europe during that time as well. He taught for ProStage, TenDance, Frei Universtat (University), among many others. He toured with Vagalume and trained at Deutsche Oper and Freidrich Stadt during his time there. 

Colby is trained in many styles and is capable of teaching Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Partnering. He has lead teams to national titles, and had nationally awarded choreography during his time in Germany. Colby has a great passion for dance and an even greater passion for passing his knowledge of dance on to the next generation of dancers at Alaska Dance Theatre!

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DOLORIS PITTS

Instructor

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

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TE'SHAWN ANDERSON

Instructor

Welcome, Te'Shawn! Stay tuned, bio's coming soon!

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SIENZA CHANDLER

Instructor

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 Alaska Dance Theatre students. Sienza is originally from Ketchikan, where she began dancing at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. She has choreographed for the University of Alaska Anchorage, and trained with dance educators 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

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. 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 Art from UAA, majoring in Theatre with Dance Emphasis.

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EMMA KOZIOL

Instructor

Emma Koziol has been studying dance since the age of two. 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. Emma trained with and has performed in professional productions with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Ballet San Antonio Academy, Anchorage Classical Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts, and Central Virginia Ballet. She graduated in December 2020 from Randolph College with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and a Studio Art minor.