2018-2019 Dance Department Faculty
Tess Anderson, Director
Miss Tess has taught for most of the past 30 years, and has never been able to stay away from the Performing Arts.
She fell in love with Ballet, when she was 6 years old, while taking classes at Anita Pienovi's Studio in Beaverton, she continued dancing though college. Miss Tess was blessed to study under Sylvester Dolinar (Oregon Ballet Theater) and Meg Potter (American Ballet Theater) while working for her degree in Theater Arts at Portland State University.
Miss Tess performed around Oregon in Musicals, Operas and Theater into her late 20s. Her favorite roles include: Louisa in The Fantastics, Susannah in Bedroom Farce, Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense II, and everything she did for Classic Greek Theater of Oregon. She also toured for the Young People's Theater Project performing children's theater in schools throughout the Midwest and East Coast.
Previous to starting the dance program at Precision Elite, Miss Tess has taught dance and theater at: Oregon Dance Academy, Civic Theater, Portland Parks & Recreation, Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation, Westside Dance Academy, Metro Gymnastics Academy, Oregon Gymnastics Academy, Middleman Jewish Community Center and Portland Community Ballet.
Her teaching strengths tend toward the younger students and more theatrical styles; however, she spent several years working with rhythmic and artistic gymnasts teaching a stripped-down form of ballet that focused on body positioning necessary for the skills they competed.
At Precision Elite, Miss Tess is developing a performing studio, committed to creating original works for young dancers. She welcomes dancers of all skill levels, who are enthusiastic and willing to work hard.
Megan Rezai - Dance Instructor
Miss Megan is originally from Oklahoma where she began dancing at the young age of 5. She instantly fell in love with ballet and what it taught her in and outside the studio. Throughout her upbringing she had the honor of participating in the Performance Awards with the American Academy of Ballet. This training taught her proper ballet technique, performance skills, and the correct discipline for the art. Throughout her high school years she was on the Dance Team which elaborated on jazz, hip-hop, and turns/leaps. During her Senior year of high school, she decided to turn her love for dance into a lifelong journey.
She went on to attend the University of Central Oklahoma where she danced another 4.5 years before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary/lyrical, modern, and musical theatre. Throughout college she had the opportunity to perform in many showcases while also teaching. After graduating, she decided to move to Oregon where she now teaches all dance forms and to all ages.
She believes in each and every student that she has the opportunity of teaching this beautiful art to. She does it all while keeping a positive learning environment.
Guest Faculty Summer 2019
Lacey Ackerman - Dance Instructor
Originally from northern California, Lacey has been dancing since she was three years old. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern for over 20 years. Her career highlights so far include representing the University of Nevada, Reno at the American College Dance Association, performing Cari Cunningham's Aureate Debris.
She received her degree in dance from the University of Oregon in 2015, where she was a member of the Repertory Dance Company. Lacey is currently an instructor and choreographer for DanceWorks Performing Arts in Vancouver, Washington. She is passionate about dance and aims to be a lifelong learner, taking dance classes still in order to provide the best teaching to her students.
Tiffany Schmeling - Dance Instructor
Dancing her way through life, Tiffany Schmeling was already an accomplished performer when she was
introduced to choreography at an early age. She has nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of dance styles including, but not limited to modern, contemporary, tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom, Disco, acrobatic, and hip hop. Studying and tutoring under the guidance of award-winning Schell School of Dance.
In addition to performing, Tiffany has produced, directed and choreographed multiple production shows such as Living Hope, Grease, Little shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, How to Succeed in Business and Pippin.
Currently she is a teacher at Danceworks Performing Arts, Coaches Cascade Middle school dance/drill team, Choreographer Hockinson Drama and Prairie Drama. Choreographer and lead dancer with Flexor-TVP of IMMEURU.
Tiffany is extremely passionate about her work and loves the art of dance. She is always looking for ways to keep this passion and love for dance alive in her life. For Tiffany, any opportunity to dance, coach, consult or mentor that presents itself is a welcomed blessing to be seized up.