Director: Bethany Weed
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 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.
Abigail Zimmerman 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.
Jessica began dance classes at age 4 and continued dancing through her childhood into her teens at various academies in San Francisco, California. While attending Pre-professional ballet programs such as the Academy of Ballet and the Oakland Ballet, she became certified in Pilates through Ellie Herman Studios. Then while teaching Pilates and dance, she went on to become a professional ballet dancer and joined small, local companies. After moving to Washington, Jessica spent 4 years teaching ballet at Lynnwood Rec Center as well as a few other academies. She is very pleased to start teaching classes at Haven and hopes to share wonderful techniques and styles with her students.
Jessica and her husband currently have a performance project together called Mental Tronde de Jambe, consisting of 4 musicians and 2 dancers. They work for the City of Seattle and perform regularly at different venues. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and spending time with her 2 dogs.
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.
Caitlynn is from Columbia, Missouri and is new to WA. She has been dancing and performing many styles of dance for over 22+ years which include Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, HipHop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pom, Acro, and many other styles. Caitlynn was a member of Kansas State University’s dance team and Dance Conservatory where she also received her degree in Business Management, with a minor in Dance and a Certificate in Sports Marketing. Ms. Noltie is a Collegiate NDA National Champion and has had the pleasure to dance at a Collegiate Football Bowl Game- the Cactus Bowl, March Madnesses Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight and other basketball and football games with attendance of over 50,000+ people. She has danced professionally on various dance teams and companies for the past four years. She has also had many opportunities to dance in professional music videos and events. She plans to keep pursuing her professional dance career while teaching at Haven.
Caitlynn has been teaching for the past seven years in various styles such as Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, HipHop, Tap, and Acro and loves that she’s able to teach others what she’s so passionate about.
Some fun facts about Caitlynn are: She has two dogs named Dwight and Angela, both named after characters from “The Office”. She loves to travel and hopes to make it to all 50 states one day.
Caitlynn is very excited to be at Haven and can’t wait to see all that her students do!
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.
Kristine Houston has been teaching classical ballet for the last quarter of a century. She served as ballet Mistress for the California company “Repertory Ballet San Clemente” where she restaged, costumed, produced and organized ballets including “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, Don Quixote”, La Vivandiere”, “Paquita”, and “The Sleeping Beauty”.
Kristine has students working professionally, or serving as trainees and apprentices at some of America’s finest ballet companies Including Boston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. Her students are routinely accepted or invited to participate at respected summer programs including The Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet West. She has dancers placed at the Youth America Grand Prix competition and students featured in Pointe and on the cover of Dance Magazine. Her graduating students have gone on to many college dance programs at prestigious universities including Juilliard, Pace and UCI. Before her teaching career, Kristine appeared in many ballets including La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Paquita, The Nutcracker, La Vivandière and Red Poppy.
Ava Cortez started her training at eight years old with Pacific Northwest Ballet through their Dance Chance program. Since then, she has trained in multiple styles of dance, such as ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, character and hip hop. Ava is currently training at Haven Dance Academy and is excited to teach dance to the next generation of Haven dancers.
Instructor & Office Assistant Sam Stratman
My name is Samantha Stratman I have been dancing for thirteen years and have been assistant teaching for the past six 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.
Studio Manager: Felicia Brockmann
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.
Our Friendly Office Staff
Bethany, Angelia, Kennedy, Sam, Felicia