At Glass House Dance, quality of classroom instruction is of absolute TOP priority! We search high and low to bring the absolute BEST in the industry to the east side. We are PROUD to offer a faculty line up the represents all facets of the dance industry both academically & commercially. More important than their impressive resumes, is their ability to interpret their own experiences within the industry and synthesize them into meaningful, pertinent & tangible practicum, that not only inspires but fosters growth within their students. Please take a moment to get know our incredible Glass House Dance faculty!
Karl Watson currently dances with Whim W’him, under the direction of Olivier Wevers. Previously, he worked in Chicago with Luna Negra Dance Theater and Visceral Dance Chicago. Karl’s repertoire includes works by acclaimed national and international choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Sidra Bell, Banning Boulding, and Ihsan Rustem. Karl also works as an educator, teaching throughout the Seattle area and across the country. Karl was Associate Director for Visceral Studio Company and has staged works at Visceral Dance Chicago, The Big Muddy Dance Company, George Mason University, and Fordham University/Ailey School. He has taught at intensives for VIP Dance, Francisco Gella, and Summer Dance Lab, among others. Karl is passionate about sharing his experience and love of dance through performance and teaching.
William Wiersma is a born and raised Seattlite who has made a name for himself in the professional dance community for almost 10 years. He has performed on most large, mainstream stages such as Key Arena, Tacoma dome, Seattle rep theater and pacific northwest Ballet. After 5 years of training and dancing professionally he moved behind the table when he began choreographing large sets for shows around Seattle such as Pride, Musicals, and music videos. William's style is mainly contrived from urban street styles and hip hop. Though he has been trained in multiple styles including tap. Diversity and individualism is a driving influence in his teaching style. Most recently he returned from the national tour of Lin Manuel's In The Heights. Now back in Seattle, he's exited to share the knowledge he's gained with the next generation
Ethan Rome is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Dance, Psychology, and Entrepreneurial Management. From there he trained at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and then relocated to Seattle.
He performed with the Khambatta Dance Company for three years. He has also danced for the Seattle Opera, Kayle+Company and various other projects. Ethan has performed and taught around the world and in the United States, including: Seattle, throughout the Midwest, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, India, Mexico, and Brazil.
Ethan is the co-founder/director of Forthun+Rome Dance Theater. F+R is a professional contemporary dance company based in Seattle. Ethan has choreographed original works for the Seattle International Dance Festival, Kayle+Company, the University of Iowa, the All Out Kids, the Chelsea Ballet, Inlay Dance, the Khambatta Dance Company, Price Arts N.E.W. and numerous pieces for F+R.
Miss Mackenzy has been dancing since she was two years old and has trained at numerous schools in the area including Dance Premier, The Connection, Westlake, MK Ballet, Deborah Hadley's School and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Miss Mackenzy's training consists of ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop and Horton technique. Mackenzy won 1st in the USA and 6th in the world at the Hip Hop Internationals Competition in Vegas in 2009 and was on Americas Got Talent in 2010 with the hip hop crew RNG. She also won 3rd place in contemporary at Youth America Grand Prix in 2011 and has trained at Movement Invention Project in New York City, Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, as well as, Long Beach Ballet in Long Beach. Miss Mackenzy has toured and performed in seven cities in China and most recently performed in New York City with Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program. She has years of experience teaching contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe, and turns and leaps as well as years of experience choreographing dance routines and running competition teams. Miss Mackenzy also earned a BS in Neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2018.
Brittni Bryan grew up dancing in Olympia, Washington, where she began teaching in 2010. She is a former member of 3rd Shift Dance Company and a former choreographer and dance captain for 'Le Faux' at Julia's on Broadway.
She holds a B.A. in English Literature and will complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching in the spring of 2018. Brittni's love of teaching dance is what led her into academic teaching; however, her love of sharing dance technique and choreography with young artists is what keeps her in the studio sharing her passion with her students!
Brittni's style is expressive, fluid, and communicative. She brings her love of language and analysis into her choreography: dissecting intentions, motivations, and hidden meanings within the context of the music to tell its story. This analytical component of her teaching style allows dancers to develop their critical thinking skills alongside their technical skills. Brittni's choreography was most recently set on 3rd Shift Dance's Youth Ensemble (2016-2017), while Brittni was a guest choreographer for their junior ensemble members.
Mija Bishop started studying ballet in Japan at the age of six. She has 8 years of teaching experience through out the Pacific Northwest, as well as in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Japan (Ballesonance Tokyo Ballet Studio and Kyogo Ballet).
In 2004 she competed in the St. Petersburg Russia Dance Open and in 2013 she she returned to St. Petersburg, Russia to bring two of her students to the same dance open as their mentor.
Her roles in past performances include title roles in Dracula, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cinderella, Firebird, Midsummernight’s Dream, and Giselle.
As a Choreographer and Co Artistic Director she has created Choreographic work and staging for: The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Paquita.
Larisa holds a B.F.A in dance from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of Arizona. She is the recipient of the Special Talent Award; Dare to be Different Award, Best Concept Choreography Award, Multiple Choreographic Judges Choice Awards and the Medici Scholarship. She has set choreographic works for Glendale, Chandler-Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale community colleges. Her choreography has opened concerts for Brett Michaels, Tesla, George Thorogood, 38 special, Steppenwolf, Gary Allan, Third Eye Blind, Lynyrd Skynryd, Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Social Distortion, Ted Nugent and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Further, Larisa is a national and international “judge” and guest master teacher for some of the largest dance companies and organizations in the world. Her role as a guest artist and dance judge has taken her to Japan and England. In 2014, Larisa received the incredible honor of being selected as a dance “judge” for the very prestigious Worlds Dance Competition. Previously, Larisa’s held the positions of Adjunct Professor of Dance at Glendale and Chandler Gilbert Community Colleges and Faculty of Dance Associate at Arizona State University. Larisa’s vast experience in both the commercial and academic realms of dance has made her insight into performance and choreography truly innovative, original and unparalleled.
Hannah Rothschiller began her dance training in Kent, WA at Allegro Performing Arts Academy. While attending Allegro, she extensively trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, jazz funk, hip-hop, musical theater, and tap. In addition to her training, she was a member of Allegro’s highly competitive dance team, which attended numerous competitions locally and nationally as well as performed in community events. Hannah is a nationally ranked dancer both as a soloist and a group performer. Growing up she also was a competitive gymnast and chose to focus on dance full time. Upon graduating high school, she pursued further education in dance at Western Washington University where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance and a minor in Psychology in 2018. At WWU, Hannah was a member of Western’s hip-hop dance team for four years and heavily involved in the dance department both performing and assisting. Her self choreographed piece “By the Book” was chosen to represent WWU at the American College Dance Festival. While in Bellingham, Hannah was a dance instructor and choreographer at Brittany Setter’s the Dance Studio for four years and a proud member of the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company. Besides performing with the company, she taught contemporary technique classes for the community and was a teacher at BRD’s youth and high school dance intensives. Dance has been an important part of her life for 16 years and she has developed a deep passion for the arts. Hannah is beyond excited to share her love and enthusiasm for dance to all ages.
Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa has danced nearly her entire life. She started her training with the Michigan youth company Ballet Chelsea under artistic director Wendi DuBois. She attended the University of Iowa for two years, then completed her college career at Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in dance. After working with guest artists Esther and Olivier Tarpaga while at Iowa, Melissa was invited to attend the Ouagadougou Dance and Drum festival in Burkina Faso, Africa where she performed and taught. While at Cornish, Melissa had the privilege of working with faculty members Wade Madsen and Deborah Wolf as well as guest choreographers Gerard Theoret, Paula Peters, and Tinka Gutrick-Dailey. Melissa is currently working with dance artist Abby Zimmerman for the Converge dance festival at Velocity Dance Center, and is also a member of the company Forthun+Rome Dance Theater.
Willow has been dancing for 13 years. She began her training at the British Dancing Academy at age 6. After many years of developing a technical foundation in Ballet she discovered commercial styles of dance and has never looked back. At 16, she was given the rare opportunity to begin working as an instructor and developing her own teaching pedagogy. Willow is currently working on obtaining an Associate in Arts degree and has plans to begin building her commercial resume in Las Angeles
Margie Teman grew up in a house filled with music in Spokane, WA. Her mother was a church pianist who also enjoyed playing for ballet classes in Spokane. Margie followed in her mother’s footsteps as a church pianist and played for her first ballet class while studying piano performance at Cottey College when she was 19. After moving to the Seattle area, she worked at SAFECO Life as a senior programmer analyst for 25 years while continuing to play for classes in studios throughout the area. This included Highland Dance Academy, where Margie’s two daughters danced for many years, as well as ARC Dance and Arc School of Ballet, Spectrum, Evergreen City Ballet, The Children’s Dance Conservatory, Issaquah Dance Theater, Ballet Bellevue, and Cornish College of the Arts. Margie plays both classical and contemporary music, but also enjoys occasionally mixing in some music from Broadway and Disney shows to keep things interesting and fun for the dancers. She has accompanied master classes at ARC, PNB, PAFE, Seattle Theater Group, and DASSdance, and has served on the Board of ARC Dance for many years. She and her husband have lived in the Sammamish area for over 30 years and have six children and two grandchildren. Margie really looks forward to working with the staff and dancers at Glass House to bring live piano accompaniment to some of their upper level ballet classes this year.
Ryan has performed, taught, toured and judged across the United States, as well as, over seas, including venues in Asia and Europe. He has television credits both domestically and internationally, having appeared in live broadcasted performances in the US, choreography and performance credits in music videos that have premiered on SkyTv in Canada and MTV Europe. He is also an international master teacher having facilitated classes and clinics on three continents. While working on different projects and productions, he has had the pleasure to be involved with some of the most distinguished and innovative dancers and choreographers in the industry. Ryan has worked with and judged for some of the largest dance competitions and organizations in the world, and was honored to serve as a USASF Dance Worlds Judge in 2014 & 2018.
Hailey has been a studio, competitive high school, and D1 collegiate dancer. She competed locally on the Kentwood High School Dance Team before leaving the state for college, attending The University of Montana. There she danced three years, was awarded Most Collegiate by the program her senior year, as well as earned her Bachelor's in Heath and Human Performance with a focus in Exercise Sciences. She is a huge advocate of exercise, nutrition, and the relationship between the two.
After over 17 years of dancing on stages, courts, and fields she is always energized when given the opportunity to step to the other side and teach. She has a background majorly in Jazz and Hip hop but is very passionate about highly competitive and commercial dance as well. Above all else, dance is an outlet to simply feel in tune with your own self, and the moment. Hailey feels like the biggest blessing dance brings is its ability to connect people of all ages, stages, and backgrounds. Dance is a safe space, and she feels so honored to be a part of that experience for and with other artists and dancers.
Raegan is a Teacher Apprentice at Glass House Dance. Having multiple years as an assistant instructor, completing a minimum of 200 hours of in class, hands on teaching under the direction of the lead instructor. Taking the next step from assisting to leading, Teacher Apprentices are given their own class to instruct under the guidance of their faculty mentor. For Teacher Apprentices this is the culmination of years of hard work and learning and is the exciting next phase of their journey in which to further develop their own voice as an instructor and continue creating their own teaching pedagogy.
Raegan has been dancing for 13 years. She started in ballet then branched out into jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She quickly realized she wanted to help and pass on her love of dancing to younger students, becoming a teacher's assistant by age 12. After transitioning to Glass House, Raegan joined the performance team, which led her to start competing the following year, and continued to work as a teacher's assistant. She continues to work hard to improve her dancing and teaching to create a positive impact on others.
Bethany is a Teacher Apprentice at Glass House Dance. Having multiple years as an assistant instructor, completing a minimum of 200 hours of in class, hands on teaching under the direction of the lead instructor. Taking the next step from assisting to leading, Teacher Apprentices are given their own class to instruct under the guidance of their faculty mentor. For Teacher Apprentices this is the culmination of years of hard work and learning and is the exciting next phase of their journey in which to further develop their own voice as an instructor and continue creating their own teaching pedagogy.
Bethany has been dancing for seven years. She has always been invested in all sorts of arts including music, acting, painting, and dancing. It has always been such a passion for her. Over the years she have also gained a passion for kids. Bethany loves watching them learn and grow while getting to build a relationship with them. She loves teaching at Glass House because it merges two of her biggest passions, dance and children.
Xena is a Teacher Apprentice at Glass House Dance. Having multiple years as an assistant instructor, completing a minimum of 200 hours of in class, hands on teaching under the direction of the lead instructor. Taking the next step from assisting to leading, Teacher Apprentices are given their own class to instruct under the guidance of their faculty mentor. For Teacher Apprentices this is the culmination of years of hard work and learning and is the exciting next phase of their journey in which to further develop their own voice as an instructor and continue creating their own teaching pedagogy.
Xena started dance at the age of 3, and hasn’t stopped for 12 years. She is originally from England, and studied ballet and musical theatre at Joze School of Dance until she moved to the states. Then, she branched out to other styles, including hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. Xena began her teaching career when she was 12, by assisting professional teachers and learning under them. Three years later, she has studied with a wide range of teachers in a variety of classes. Her teaching philosophy is constantly growing and improving as she learns from her teachers, students, and herself. Xena strives to provide a fun but constructive class, where her students can learn new techniques in an engaging way.