Instructor Biographies

Franchesca Rivera-Fobes, Director

Ballet, Lyrical

Bio coming soon

 Jennifer Olszewski

Ballet, Creative Ballet, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet, Tap 

JenniferbwJennifer Olszewski  has been studying dance since the age of three and teaching for the last nineteen years. She studied Anatomy and Kinesiology, Laban Movement Analysis and other dance related topics at the University of Washington, were she graduated with a B.A. in dance.   She began dancing at the Burien Community Center at the age of three and has studied at local studios as well as at Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont and Velocity Dance Center in Seattle.  Over the years she has performed at events in the area, musical theater productions, and with the University of Washington Ballet Co., as well as with Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont and Scotland.  She has more recently performed with SSSCo, a local modern dance company.  Recently she studied and was certified in Brain Compatible Dance Education and has studied the Bill Evens approach to dance education.

Samantha “Dew” Smith, Jazz and Hip-Hop Instructor

Bio and Photo Coming Soon

Shelley Brittingham, Ballet Instructor
Bio and Photo Coming Soon

Lisa Heringlake, Guest Instructor
lisabioBWLisa grew up in Burien, where she begun studying dance at Studio VII.  During high school she continued her learning through New City Ballet, where she taught tap and belonged to the performing group.  She has also taught for Belltown Ballet and Conditioning, performed and choreographed for the University of Puget Sound Repertoire Dance Group, and studied at Johnson and Peters.  She has a passion for teaching and is currently studying to obtain a degree in education.

Sarah Edwards-Strode, Guest Ballet Instructor
Sara_2Ms. Edwards-Strode has trained with Joffrey Ballet on scholarship in the Professional Division, received an apprenticeship from Connecticut Ballet, and has also studied and performed with Ballet Bellevue, Spectrum Dance Theater, New City Ballet as well as other dance schools in the state of Washington. She has most recently studied dance, Kinesiology, and injury prevention with Cornish College of the Arts on scholarship and performed with Cornish Dance Theatre. Being a student of New City Ballet in her youth she has a special and personal commitment to further the academy’s education department. Sarah hopes to share her enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of dance with her students and continue to dedicate the art of dance to enriching peoples lives.