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 17 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.

Lauren Asmussen

Lauren is a second-year student at the University of Washington. She danced competitively in high school and is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap and musical theater. After graduating from high school, Lauren spent the first year of her college education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she trained with the United Movement hip hop team as a dancer, teacher, featured choreographer and historian.  She is excited to share her love for dance with students at RDF.

Vanessa Acevedo

IVanesa often goes by the name “Nesa. She is from Colombia. Nesa enjoys art, dance and music. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to spend time with kids and encouraging  them to explore their creativity through  dance . She had her first Salsa lesson when she was only five years old and has loved it ever since.  Nesa completely fell in love with dancing and  was truly  amazed at what the body could do at that age. She is excited to join the staff at RDF and looks forward to spreading her love of dance with our younger dancers.

 

Brittnay Baldwin

Brittnay Baldwin started her training in Seattle, WA at the age of 4 and went on to graduate Cum Laude from Chapman University in Orange, CA with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Communication Studies. Following her graduation, Brittnay danced for Holland America Line where she performed on the seas of the Mediterranean, Baltic and Caribbean. During her career, she has been featured a soloist in the Capezio A.C.E. Fashion Shows, on the prestigious stages of Irvine’s Barclay Theater and New York’s Miller Theater in Sarah Mann’s award winning “P-noki (Puppet Edit)”, Max’t Out under the direction of Jonni Homsey and numerous Chapman University performances, including the 27th Annual American Celebration. An experienced teacher, award-winning choreographer and masterclass instructor, Brittnay brings her passion and love for dance to all ages and styles.

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.

Angela Robinson

Angela started ballet at the age of eight with the San Francisco Ballet School and studied 

under the instruction of her teachers Irena Jacobson, Lola De Avila, Pascale Leroy, Larisa 

Sklyanskaya, George Esquivel, Ricardo Bustamante alongside ongoing private lessons 

with Edward Ellison (former Soloist of SFB & master teacher of Ellison Ballet). For nine 

years, she performed in the SFB Nutcracker and SFBS Student Spring Showcase. Active in 

high school dance/singing/theater programs, Angela attended various summer ballet 

intensives in addition to SFBS summer intensive, including Victoria Morgan Ballet 

Workshop, Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive program and Berkeley Ballet Theatre. 

She then continued her ballet studies with Professional Ballet School and performed with 

Peninsula Ballet Theatre.

 

While studying to be a pharmacy technician, she took advantage of college and broadened 

her dance vocabulary with choreography and dance history courses. She has performed 

locally with Emerald Ballet Theatre, Ballet Bellevue, Inception Dance Theater, Dry Bones 

Collective, Katy Hagelin Dance Project and the touring cast of the Land of Sweets 

Burlesque Nutcracker. At the height of the pandemic Angela starred and choreographed for her first production of a featured dance film “Concord”. Angela is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the 

ABT® National Training Curriculum and has additionally attended training intensives for 

levels 6, 7 & Partnering. Angela is also a proud Project Plié Master Class Instructor & 

partners with her local Boys & Girls Clubs. Some of her skills include intermediate/advanced ballet instruction, pre-pointe – intermediate pointe instruction, choreography, and is a Certified Make-Up Artist with specializing in long lasting anti-aging stage make-up. Angela has instructed ballet at Emerald Ballet Theatre, Dance Premier, Stanza Performing Arts, Ignite Yoga and Dance, Vibe Dance Studio, ARC School of Ballet, 

Issaquah Dance Theater, Auburn Dance Academy, Momentum Dance Academy & Evergreen City Ballet. Outside of the dance studio, she has worked as a model, Pharmacy Technician, owns a cannabis edibles brand, and is a breeder/handler in AKC confirmation with her French Bulldogs and Bulldogs.

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.

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!

Maya Tizon

Hello, my name is Maya! I have been training in hip hop choreography and foundations since I was 10 years old with PG Fam and KreativMndz in Mukilteo, WA. I have been grateful for the opportunities to compete in Hip Hop International, World of Dance, and perform at We Day Seattle. More recently, I was part of UW’s Hip Hop Student Association where I got the opportunity to choreograph performances and teach classes. My goal for this class is to create a safe and supportive environment to explore hip hop styles, foundations, choreography, and freestyle.

Emily Vargas

Bio coming soon!

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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. 

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.

Kayla Miles

Kayla Miles is currently attending the University of Arizona studying Biology. As a previous dancer at Revolution Dance Factory she has performed and competed for years on an award winning competition team and danced for 14 years. She has enjoyed teaching children's classes and camps throughout the years. Kayla is now am a member of Alpha Chi Omega and dance for fun in my free time. 

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. 

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.