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. 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.
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 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.
Ms. Shandie was born and raised in Chelan, WA where she started dancing at the age of 12. After studio training at Lake Chelan Centre for Dance then at the Academy of Dance and Performing Arts; she became captain and co-choreographer of her high school dance team. Realizing her passion for dance, led Shandie to attended the University of Washington where she earded her degree in Creative Dance.
She spent her time training in multiple genres such as: Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, and African dance. While at the UW, she performed in the musical production “Sweet Charity” and in the piece “Giddy Up” from the 2015 Dance Faculty Concert. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and love for dance with the RDF students.
Ms. Jessi started dancing when she was just 2 years old and has been involved in the competition world for 22 years now. She is trained in various styles of dance such as lyrical, jazz, contemporary, ballet, acro, tap, modern and hip hop, and has been teaching now for 10 years. Since graduating college at Utah Valley University in 2011, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Modern Dance, Jessi has had the opportunity to create several competitive group, solo, duo and trio routines, in which she has been recognized for her choreography, and creative process. Her creative works has received many high score, title, and overall awards at several competitive dance completions! While in college, Jessi was a member of Synergy Dance Company all four years she attended, where she was acknowledged for her student choreographic work and aptitude.
Jessi has been recognized for being passionate, inspirational, and dedicated to her students and their success, receiving a “Most Inspirational” award from her peers and dance teachers in 2004! She pushes her students in the most positive way, and while her classes are challenging, she makes sure her students fall in love with dance the same way she did. Jessi is caring and compassionate yet tough, and loves nothing more than seeing her students reach their own personal goals.
Outside of teaching dance, Ms. Jessi loves spending time with her husband and two boys! Having the support of her family at home and her dance family away from home is such a blessing, and she wouldn’t change being a dance educator for anything in the world.
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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.
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.
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. Currently she teaches gymnastics at Gymnastics East, and is extremely excited to be apart of the RDF family.
Dustin grew up training at nationally recognized Allegro Performing Arts Academy in Kent, WA. He eventually continued on to educate for the studio, returning frequently over the course of his career to guest teach. Eventually his education moved him to LA, where he signed with agent Jim Keith. During this time, Dustin appeared in several TV commercials and live performances such as the infamous Carnival Ball. He was also a featured dancer on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Throughout his career, Dustin has been a guest judge at some of the top dance companies in Seattle & Las Vegas. In addition to judging these events, he has enjoyed watching his students and choreography consistently win top honors at regional and national dance competitions. Students who trained with Dustin have gone on to professional careers in the dance industry from tours and music videos to TV shows like SYTYCD and most recently, World Of Dance. Today he lives in Seattle, WA, with a diverse career which includes teaching for Elite Performance Camp,as well as educating for several of Seattle’s best studios, where he shares his passion for dynamics, musicality and, above all, work ethic.
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.
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.