Edwina Castle, owner and artistic director , trained extensively under internationally recognized dancers and teachers. She continued studies at Oregon Ballet Theater, master classes, and Teacher Seminars at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her career includes dancing with State Ballet of Oregon, Juice Company, and Redlands Festival Ballet. TV appearances include “Two for Ballet” on PBS; the NAIRD award winning home video “The Swan Lake Story” on Disney Channel; and music video “Body Jacking”. Edwina’s ballet students have been accepted at prestigious schools and summer workshops to include Oregon Ballet Theater, Whitman College and Long Beach Ballet Arts Center. Several received dance scholarships at Oregon Ballet Theater, summer dance intensives, and WOU
Patsy Nippoldt has danced with Gallery Ballet, Portland Community Ballet and Portland Dance Academy (Oregon Festival Ballet). She has performed such roles as the Stepsister/Stepmother in Cinderella, Lilac fairy/Carrobosse in Sleeping Beauty, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Pas de Quatre, Raymonda Variations, Mama Papa doll in Toyshop and the duck in Peter and the Wolf. Lately, Patsy has spent her time in the costuming, choreography and teaching aspects of the ballet world, primarily with Gallery Ballet. She also enjoys participating in the character roles of the productions. Her favorite dancing/character roll of all time is Carrobosse in Sleeping Beauty. Outside of ballet, she works as a software engineer in Beaverton and lives with her husband in Newberg.
Karley Geneva Jones earned a Master of Music degree (suma cum laude) from Western Oregon University in June 2009. In 2002, Karley entered Western Oregon University on a dance scholarship, after studying ballet, tap and jazz since the age of four. She continues to study dance at WOU. Karley tapped to Good Mornin’ from Singing in the Rain and also danced en pointe to Pavlova’s Dying Swan in her college senior recital. As a senior in high school, Karley received the “Award of Excellence” from the Chehalem Valley Dance Studio. Throughout her high school years, she studied ballet with Edwina Castle and danced leading roles in Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake and La Bayadere. She was awarded the “Assoluta Award” from Edwina Castle’s Classical Futures dance company.
Rhiannon Jill Payne has a great variety of dance education and teaching experience, and her true passion in life is dance. She studied with professionals from Oregon Ballet Theater; founders of Tatar Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in Russia ; and ballet masters Boris Rachminin and Natalia Zolotova of Bolshoi Ballet. She has also performed variations in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake , and Don Quixote. Jill has taught ballet to children and adults at Laurel Valley Dance in Hillsborro, the Lynn Marchant Dance Academy in McMinnville, and Newberg’s Professional Dance Center . Jill’s dance objective is to empower others through the art of dance.
Judith Miller was instrumental in the development of a youth ballet company at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio, which presented professionally styled classical and contemporary performances including a full-length production of the Nutcracker ballet. In addition, Mrs. Miller’s choreographic credits include several original narrative ballets including Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz. Training seminars include a course for ballet teachers at the Byelorussian Ballet Theatre in Minsk; Summer Cecchetti ballet workshops held at Michigan State University; David Howard Teacher training seminar in Palm Beach, Florida; a course of study at the Royal Academy of Dancing in London; a Russian Method course at Western Michigan University; and Ballet Teacher’s Symposiums at the Chautauqua Institution School of Dance in Chautauqua, New York.
Adam Cogswell is a p rofessional Ballroom Instructor, Adam Cogswell, have a diverse dance background specializing in ballroom dance. He is well versed in all the classic ballroom styles: fox trot, waltz, tango, and more for those who are new to the dance floor! For those who want a little more sizzle, Adam will gladly teach salsa and other ballroom dances with Latin flair.
Meghan Freeback spent fifteen years as a competitor and performer, traveling the west coast, North America, Ireland and Scotland to compete at the regional, national and world level. As a top 5 podium placer at the regional level and a top 25 placer at the national level, Meaghan has competed at the Worlds 4 times both as a soloist and on teams. She is officially certified to instruct both hard and soft shoe and looks forward to training the next generation of dancers.