FACULTY

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Faculty Revolutin Dance Factory
Faculty Revolution Dance Factory

Leah Davies - Owner and Studio Director

Ms. Leah has been involved in the Competitive Dance scene for 26 years. Teaching at numerous studios in the Pacific Northwest over the past 10 years, Leah has been recognized for her enthusiastic teaching styles and choreography. Specializing in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and tap she brings innovative and competitive choreography and training techniques to her everyday instruction. While on the dance team at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX Leah was awarded as a Collegiate All-American. She is currently working with local High School Dance Teams, and helping train her dances for College Dance Teams. She regularly works with Skyline High School Dance Team in collaboration with their coaching staff.  Leah was certified as a Dance Masters of America Teacher and is currently employed by 3 National Dance Competitions as a judge for multiple locations. Working for Showbiz National Talent, Kids Artistic Revue, and Rainbow Dance Competitions has been an eye opening experience allowing Leah to have a broad view of dance techniques and style through out the United States.
 

During her earlier years as a dancer, she was recognized at both regional and national levels, earnings overall awards,  titles, and  positions in many well known dance competition. Being awarded Miss Teen Washington and receiving a gold medal for Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts were some of her most memorable experiences. Leah has also earned numerous scholarships and jobs as touring assistants to dance conventions, and been awarded summer program internships to perform in New York City under the direction of Sheila Barker. The energy from working with young talent fuels this teacher in every way and brings excitement and energy to her life.

Jennifer Allie

Ms. Jennifer started ballet at the age of 4 in montpellier, France.  She moved to California and continued her training at  the Pacific Ballet Academy and later, at 13, at Ballet San Jose as a professional division student where she was also able to perform with this professional company. She has attended various summer programs including the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Joffrey ballet school, the Rock School for Dance Education, ESDC Rosella Hightower and the Royal Danish ballet school. She recently graduated from Cornish College of the arts in Seattle with a BFA in dance where she trained primarily in ballet and modern. While at Cornish, she had the pleasure of performing works by Pat Hon, Zoe Scofield, Iyun Harrison and Vivian Little. She currently dances in a local dance company in Seattle, Version Excursion under the direction of Erin Boyt. Jennifer is excited to be  teaching at Revolution Dance Factory where her experience and training will highly benefit the students

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trista Federspiel

Trista trained in Canada completing advanced level ballet exams with honors in both the Cecchetti method and the Royal Academy of Dance. Graduating at age 16 to begin her professional career, she enjoyed performing in the US, Canada, and the UK gaining experience in both the theatre world and the commercial dance industry.  For over 15 years, she has worked with dancers and gymnasts across Canada and the US as a personal coach, choreographer and popular guest teacher. Her students regularly receive scholarships to the most prestigious training programs, and many have found success in the professional dance world as performers, choreographers, and teachers. In addition to her dance credentials, her interest in movement and the human body has led her to pursue training and credentials in Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Pilates, and Yoga. She finds great satisfaction in using her experience with these mind-body practices to inform her teaching in the dance studio. She is the founder of Thriving Dancer a mind-body focused cross-training program for high-level dancers. She views her students as whole & unique individuals and strives to nurture their individual talent and abilities. Wither they pursue a career in dance or not, she hopes the experiences and lessons learned in the dance studio will serve her students well, wherever their path may lead.  Trista is an American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum certified teacher in levels pre-primary-Level 7.

Outside of the studio, Trista is a published writer and regularly writes for magazines with national distribution. She enjoys living in the beautiful PNW, spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, and gardening with her husband and two children. 

Kinsey Folkers 

Kinsey graduated Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. She has 20 years of performance experience and nine years of teaching a range of ages from 2 years old to 23 years old. Her dance training began at a young age, over the past years she has studied from such notable dancers as David Keery, Catherine Batcheller, Stephanie Saland, Vera Altunina, and more. Kinsey has had the privilege of performing with the Radost Folk Ensemble for 15 years and International Ballet Theatre for 8,  as a soloist in several years of their annual productions of Dracula, Nutcracker, as well as Copellia, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Les Sylphides. She managed and choreographed for the Bellevue Collection’s Snowflake Lane Jingle Bells for their 15th anniversary. She is excited to be teaching ballet with RDF and is looking forward to sharing her love for dance while cultivating a sense of community and empowerment. Kinsey is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and aims to utilize her degree to support the arts through performance enhancement and injury prevention in the future.

When she isn’t teaching dance, you can find her studying, spending time with her dogs, and possibly enjoying a scoop or two of ice cream.

Braidon Hobzek 

Braidon Hobzek is a Seattle based choreographer and dancer, who you may have seen dancing for Macklemore, People’s Choice Awards, AT&T, Value Village and most recently in the All In WA: COVID-19 concert on Amazon Prime. He is thrilled to join the RDF faculty and looks forward to sharing his skiltls in the industry with his students. 

Allison Kelly 

Allison was born and raised in Sammamish, Washington. Her love for dance began at a young
age under the tutelage of Anita Johnstone, owner of Highland Dance Academy and she
continued studying the Royal Academy Dance techniques until graduating high school in 2016.
Along the way, Allison discovered her home within the jazz and tap world through dancing with
Kelsey Ruth and Sarah Bordenet at Cascade Dance Academy.During her final two years of high school and first year of college, she taught ballet, tap, and jazzat HDA. She has been involved with child development, teaching and choreographing for nearlya decade.


After high school Allison pursued and received her Bachelors of the Fine Arts in Dance at
Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in May, 2020. During her four years there, she received
technical training in contemporary, ballet and vernacular jazz techniques from reputable
professors such as Patricia Hon, Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf and Laura Smyth and she
continued to perform during her collegiate pursuits with Michele Miller and Laura Smyth while
also pursuing education in stage management and lighting.
Her philosophy is dedicated to creating a positive studio environment where students flourish,
are nurtured in self expression and become passionate artists. Allison strives to cultivate unique
artistry and a love for dance within her students.


Michelle Mattson

Ms. Michelle has been dancing for over 30 years and teaching for over 15.  She is cross trained in multiple genres of dance, teaching tap, jazz, lyrical, & hip hop.  Over the past decade she has choreographed for competitive studios in the Pacific North West, including several independent pieces for competitive cheer and hip-hop teams who have won national championships with her creative and innovative choreography.  She is known for her light-hearted, fun approach to teaching.  Michelle prides herself by teaching with positive reinforcement of technique and in the confidence she builds in her students.  In recent years, Michelle has teamed up with several Seattle music artists to choreograph and perform in both local and out of state venues and shows.  Additionally, she co-choreographed and danced in a music video for one of these artists. 

 

Outside of dance, Miss Michelle is a Director at T-Mobile and she travels frequently to support her virtual team of employees.  While she works hard, she also plays hard, but dance is where she finds balance and true happiness.  When she’s not laser focused on her career or teaching her students, you’ll find her spending time with her husband, fur-baby, Jack Bauer and her immediate family. She is eager and excited to be a main driving force at Revolution Dance Factory working with students who share in her passion.

Molly Milton

Ms. Molly has been dancing since she was 2.5 years old and began dancing competitively at age 8.  She was awarded the title “Petite Miss Dance of the Pacific Northwest” by Dance Masters of America Chapter 39 in 2012 and represented her age group at the national convention in Anaheim that year. Molly has been awarded “Most Valuable Performer”, “Outstanding Technique”, and “Best Well-Rounded Dancer”

Molly has attended intensive programs at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, International Ballet Academy in Kirkland, and attended Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla where she was selected to be an apprentice of Jon Passafume’s Modern Company which performed at the Walla Walla Dance Festival.  Her favorite styles of dance are ballet, jazz and contemporary.

She credits her strong ballet technique to years of study with Ms. Angela Robinson and her love of contemporary to her many solos choreographed by Ms. Leah Davies.  Her competition teams have been recognized at regional and national competitions around the country for the last decade and Molly has won many convention scholarships in jazz, contemporary, lyrical and ballet. 

Celeste Mirabal

Ms. Celeste has been dancing since she was 5, starting out in a small studio in southern California. From there she moved to Texas and was a part of the Rosette Dance Team in high school. Her junior year of high school she moved to Florida and was a part of the Mane Attraction Dance Team, becoming an officer her senior year. While in Florida she was also a part of the Integrity Dance Company, training in multiple genres of dance including, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, and acro. Ms. Celeste attended Florida State University, until she moved out to Sammamish, Washington with her family. Celeste is an assistnt coach for the Skyline High School Dance Team and has works with dance team training to prepare girls for collage dance. She has helped take Skyline to winning a state championship. Currently she teaches gymnastics at Gymnastics East, and is extremely excited to be apart of the RDF family. 

Dylan Tizon

Dylan has been teaching dance for the last 11 years and seeing the passion, drive and growth in her students brings her great joy. When she started dancing at the age of 13, she quickly discovered that hip hop was where her heart was. She has since trained at The Connection Performing Arts Center, Westlake Dance Center, Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle and Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio in both Seattle and Los Angeles. Her dance crew was recognized as being top three in the country at Hip Hop International, she has worked extensively with NIKE as a brand ambassador/model/dancer and has worked on the sets of music videos and movies, both in front of and behind the camera. 


 

She was selected as a Monsters of Hip Hop cast member along with 13 other hand-picked dancers from around the world. The show was directed by Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (Nappytabs) and choreographed by Tony Testa, Nick Demoura, Rhapsody James, Chonique and Lissette, Laura Edwards, Marty Kudelka, Brian and Scott Nicholson, and more. Their mentorship was priceless as their credits include artists like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and just about every dance show or performance you see on television. She performed at the 2014 Emmy’s Awards Show. 

Abby Zimmerman 

Abby Zimmerman grew up in the small town of Grays River, WA. She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and a Pilates Mat certification. 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 dance 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 student’s annual recitals and talent competitions, 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. While Abby has several years of teaching experience in the Seattle area, she is very excited to be a part of the team at Revolution Dance Factory.

Guest Choreographers & Teachers

Maria Godbee - Choreographer

Ms. Maria  has been training in dance since the age of four and teaching has been her passion for the past 17 years.  She has been apart of many hip hop performance teams around the Seattle area including Breed, Potion, PG Fam, and LV. She was also a member of the Bombshells, a professional dance team for the Washington Stealth Lacrosse. She started her teaching career at Wendy's School of Dance and since then has taught some Junior High and High School dance teams along with multiple competitive dance studios in the Seattle area. 

CONTACT​ US

660 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite C2

Issaquah, WA 98027

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425-651-8102

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