Bethany Weed: Studio Owner & Instructor
I have been dancing since the age of four, growing up training at the former Ballet Academy of Performing Arts in Edmonds. Here I not only received experience in formal ballet technique but also became a teaching assistant then progressed to instructor and eventually assistant director and last year director before it’s closing. I have a BA from the University of Washington in interdisciplinary arts with a focus on culture, literature, and the arts. I had the opportunity to be a company member of Seattle based Sixth Day Dance Company over the years and pursued training in jazz, modern, and tap technique as well at BAPA. I have 15 years of teaching experience and love getting to instruct dancers of all ages. The little ones bring such enthusiasm and wonder to the studio and seeing my older dancers progress throughout a season brings me such joy. I am excited to bring all of these experiences into my own studio and create a space that can reflect the joy that dance has given me throughout my life.
2018 was our year of 3s! We added a 3rd studio and we welcomed our third child Beckett Ryder into our family. Big sister Ryla Grace and big brother Lochlan William love to be at the studio and I feel immensely blessed to be their mom as well as do what I love at Haven.
Most people don’t realize I have a very adventurous side as well and have gone skydiving and enjoy camping. My husband and I are also avid Sounders FC fans!
Lindsay Johns: Instructor
Miss Lindsay started dancing at the age of 3 with creative ballet. She then continued dance at various studios until she found her dance home at Olympic Ballet Theater at the age of 9 and danced there until she graduated from high school. Lindsay then furthered her dance education at Cornish College of the Arts and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance.
She has danced professionally with Walrus Performance Productions, and danced with and choreographed for Sixth Day Dance and Intrepidus Dance. She also has enjoyed performing in a couple of musicals.
Lindsay has taught dance at Reflections School of Dance, Ballet Academy of Performing Arts, and PacWest Performing Arts. She has taught ages 2 to adult and has taught ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and lyrical.
She lives in Lake Stevens with her husband, Andrew, her daughter, Ava, and sons, Theo and Ben.
Abby Juvrud: Instructor
Miss Abby grew up in the small town of Grays River, WA. She holds a BFA in Dance and Pilates Mat certification from Cornish College of the Arts. Abby grew up dancing at Maddox Dance Studio in Warrenton, OR, where she spent many years performing in The Nutcracker as a member of Little Ballet Theatre. She has also performed works by local Seattle choreographers Laura Aschoff, Donald Byrd, Dayna Hanson, Wade Madsen, Zoe Scofield, and Deborah Wolf. Abby’s love of travel has allowed her to take classes in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden, study at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, and pursue her growing interest in Anouk van Dijk’s Countertechnique movement system.
Aside from traveling and performing, Abby also loves to create and choreograph. In addition to choreographing for her students’ annual recitals, her choreography has been performed at the Converge Dance Festival, RAW Seattle’s FIXATE, and the Men In Dance Adjudicated Showcase. She has also assisted in coaching students performing in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker through their Dance With Us program. Abby has years of teaching experience in the greater Seattle area, and loves sharing her knowledge and the joy of dance with students of all ages.
Kat Erickson: Instructor
Miss Kat has been a student in dance since she was 3. At 12, she fell in love with Riverdance, and a passion for Irish Dance was born. She has competed locally in Solos and Teams, but her passion lies within the community building dance can bring. Since beginning teaching in 2004, Kat’s excellence in form and line, as well as a foundation focused on longevity and passion for dance is what brings her students success. Outside of dance, Kat sings Barbershop harmony both in Chorus (A Cappella Joy) and in Quartet settings! She also runs a summer camp (Harmony Explosion NW) focused on Barbershop style music.
Morgan Thompson: Instructor
Mr. Morgan has been dancing for 20 years now and teaching for over a decade with his focus being in Hip-hop and urban choreography. With a jack-of-all trades approach to dance, he hopes to share his love and passion for the various styles of hip hop including: Popping, Locking, Krumping, Breaking, and a lot more! He has danced with a ton of West-coast crews like BPDC, Kontagious, Bad Kids, DC9, and many more, and performed and competed at venues like Hip hop international and World of Dance!
I cannot wait to meet you and cultivate a community of positivity and empowerment!
Victoria Gutierrez: Instructor
Miss Victoria received her professional training at Academia de la Danza Mexicana INBA, where she graduated with a BFA in Classical and Contemporary Dance. In 2007 she moved to Seattle where she continued her training with the International Ballet Academy. Victoria has performed for various dance companies such as International Ballet Theater, Evergreen City Ballet, ARC Dance, City Opera Ballet, Olympic Ballet Theater and Katy Hagelin Dance Project. As a choreographer she has collaborated with the Seattle International Dance Festival, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Bohemia, Drybones Artist Collective and Le Faux. Victoria truly enjoys teaching and has been doing it since 2009 for numerous schools in Seattle.
Katarina Lee: Instructor
Miss Katarina's Bio - Coming soon!
Mollie Brown: Instructor
Miss Mollie started her journey with ballet, modern, hip hop and contemporary back home in California at the sweet age of 4. After moving to Seattle and attending Cornish College of the Arts, she was lucky enough to dance with a small local company, Serendipity Dance where they performed in festivals such as SIFF and Full Tilt. She found her home teaching at Haven Dance Academy in 2014 and has been happy to be a member of our dance family ever since!
Ivy Anderson: Instructor
Miss Ivy has been dancing for 17 years and counting. While open to all types of dance, Ivy’s main interests are Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Tap, and Ballet. She is always ready to help as much as she is wanting to learn. Aside from dancing, Ivy writes, paints, cooks, and hikes in her spare time, and her favorite holiday is Halloween!
Samantha Stratman: Instructor
My name is Samantha Stratman I have been dancing for sixteen years and have been assistant teaching for the past seven and a half years. I began dancing when I was 3 years old at BAPA and transferred to Haven Dance Academy when it first opened in the Fall of 2016. I love to dance and have training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern and more. I have a passion for teaching kids of all ages and I find delight in watching them learn to dance. I am the oldest of 5 and thoroughly enjoy being a leader and teacher. Dance is a freeing outlet for me and I find great joy in being able to express and move in ways that words never can.
Angelia Jarman: Instructor & Office Assistant
Miss Angelia's Bio - Coming soon!
Ana Hamilton: Instructor & Office Assistant
Miss Ana's Bio - Coming soon!
Felicia Brockmann: Studio Manager
I have been dancing for over 20 years. I began teaching at the Ballet Academy of Performing Arts in Edmonds and am now continuing with Haven Dance Academy. I feel that Ballet is not merely something that I do; it is an expression of who I am. I love working with children, sharing the gift of dance with them, and helping them to find their creative niche in an encouraging, supportive environment. I am very excited to be part of building the community here at Haven, both in the classroom and behind the scenes in the office! I hope to share the joy of dance with my young daughters, Liliana and Isabelle.
One of my favorite dance memories is from early high school. I had volunteered to perform a solo for a ladies Bible study group, but the floor where they had me perform was pretty slick. In the middle of the dance I slipped and fell down to my knee (which really hurt) but I stood right back up and finished my dance. Afterward, I hobbled over to my mom and asked if anyone had noticed. She didn’t know what I was talking about and neither did any of the other ladies- evidently they assumed it was all part of the choreography. After that day, I wasn’t nervous about performing anymore, because I realized that if you pretend like you did everything correctly, the audience will believe you.