FACULTY

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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.

Sydney Dean

Sydney has been preforming since she was 3, starting with 7 years of gymnastics in the junior olympics program, she then switched to competitive cheerleading, and trampoline and tumbling, before finally landing on dance, which she immediately fell in love with. She is extensively trained in acrobatics and loves to learn (and teach) new tricks and skills. She and her teams have won many awards, most recently being an outstanding performer award and the title of all star dancer from Elite dance, and her dance team winning the state-wide competition as the grand overall champions. Sydney is extremely excited to prepare young dancers for the competition team, and to strengthen their skills and technique.

 

Outside of dance, Sydney deeply enjoys singing. She is currently being trained in musical theatre, classical, and opera music. And hopes to one day dance and sing onstage, in plays and musicals.

 

Juliana Graceffo

Juliana has been dancing for 15 years, 8 of those years competitively. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and musical theater. Her competition teams have been recognized regionally and nationally, receiving many first place, top 10, and judges choice awards. Juliana was awarded Celebrity Spirit by Celebrity Dance Competition, given to dancers who enjoy life on and off stage and encourage others in everything they do. Her studios have received multiple Studio Spirit and Sportsmanship awards from Revive Dance Convention, Celebrity Dance Convention, Spotlight Dance Cup, and The National Dance Honors. Juliana is so excited to teach and inspire the next generation of dancers at RDF.

 

Madie Gruhn

Madie is starting her Sophmore year at the University of Washington. She is a proud member of the UW dance team and a very hands on leader in the local High School Dance team world. She has been competing in pom, hip hop, jazz and lyrical genres, and been active in multiple genres of dance including years of ballet training. She is most excited to get started with her teaching career and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with the generation to come. 

 

 

 


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.

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. 

Nicole Romine

Nicole Romine is an international award winning director and choreographer. As a master teacher, she has taught ballet for over 25 years and trained students who have been accepted into the most prestigious dance schools in the country such as the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., Juilliard, the Rock School for Dance in Pennsylvania, the Joffrey Ballet in New York and more. Many of her  students have gone on to professional careers in companies around the world and on Broadway. She believes every student should have access to excellent training and endeavors to pass on her love for the art form.

McKenna Sevruk

McKenna was a member of Maple Valley’s Ensemble Ballet Theatre for nine years under the direction of Kimberly Wooten, and became a principal dancer in 2015. While dancing with EBT, she received instruction in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. After high school, McKenna continued dancing and began teaching in Bellingham, Washington with several studios until moving closer to home after graduation - she received her degree in sociology and psychology from Western Washington University. She is passionate, not only about dance, but about storytelling, producing, and directing in the arts world. When she is not dancing she is a kindergarten teacher.

Ashly Starnes

Ashly has been dancing for over 20 years and has been in the competitive dance industry for over 10.  She has won numerous awards and competitions titles with her competitive dance career including: Senior Miss Spotlight, numerous conventions scholarships and assistant teaching positions. She enjoys working with children and is excited to pass on her knowledge of dance to the next generation. As a UW graduate,  she is currently working at Harborview Medical Center as a Registered Nurse. My favorite things to do are hike, read, and play with my puppy! 

Jordan Stuber

Jordan Stuber has been dancing for 20 years, 10 of those years competitively. She is extensively trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. She won numerous scholarships and awards during her competition years. After high school, she trained at Westlake Dance Center under Zaydi Ong, Kirsten Cooper, and many others. She graduated from the University of Montana receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography and Performance, a Media Arts Minor, and an Entertainment Management Certificate. She graduated Cum Laude, was a member of Mortar Board - an American national honor society for college seniors, and help a VP position in Delta Gamma. She performed in and choreographed for many of the school's productions. While in college she also Instructed Barre Fitness classes and modeled for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.  She was the Social Media and Marketing Chair for the Dance Club and is currently the Social Media Manager for the University's Alumni Association. When she's not dancing Jordan loves to get outside and be with family and friends!

Erin Walker

Erin has been dancing for 10 years. She began her training at IGNITE Dance & Yoga where she immersed herself in all things competitive dance for 6 years. From there, she moved to Spokane to attend Gonzaga University and continue dancing. While at Gonzaga, Erin received Bachelors of Arts in public relations and dance with a performance concentration, held leadership positions within the dance program, and became the first student ever cast in their Repertory Dance Company for all 4 years. Erin is so excited to begin her teaching career with RDF and is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with young artists!

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Guest Choreographers & Teachers

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. 

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 skills in the industry with his students.