2018-2019 Dance Department Faculty


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Megan Rezai - Director

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.


Rachel Moore - Dance Instructor

Rachel was born in Sydney Australia, and started dancing at the very young age of 2½.

Dancing has always been a big part of her life ever since she learnt how to walk. Throughout her upbringing she has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and has completed all grades up to and including, Advance 2 RAD ballet, Advance 1 ISTD modern and Advance 1 ISTD tap. 

To pursue her passion for dance she specialized in ballet at The McDonald College of Performing Arts school where she strengthened her technique and discipline which gave her the privilege to perform in the school’s Premier State Ballet. 

As soon as Rachel graduated, she joined the talent agency Friedrich’s Promotions where she was able to perform at multiple events throughout Sydney, Australia. She progressed her career overseas by first traveling to Taiwan to perform at Window on China theme park and subsequently accepted a position as a professional Vegas-Style Show Dancer with Carnival Cruise Line. She had the opportunity to perform in many lead roles and covered many times as a dance captain, and team manager. 

After 11 amazing years, she retired from the cruise ship industry to settle here in Portland where she continues to pursue her passion through teaching and performing with the Country/Rock band Flexor T. 

Rachel loves being able to share her knowledge and professional experience with young minds as a teacher. Watching her students grow and further their passion for dance is what drives her to encourage, develop, and motivate them each and every day.

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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.


Amy Russell - Dance Instructor

Amy Russell was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She continued her training at Western Michigan University, where she graduated from the Lee Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a minor in entrepreneurship. Amy has also received training from artists at the Pillow Project, METdance Company, SALT Contemporary Dance, and the American College Dance Festival, where she has presented choreography. She has performed the work of artists like Brendan Duggan and Adam McGaw, as well as performed at theme park Kings Island. Amy is excited to share her knowledge and love of dance with the next generation of artists and professionals.

 

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Guest Faculty Summer 2019

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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.