SLAY Instructors

Rodney Stanton - CEO / Director / Instructor


Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern.

Rodney Stanton has been dancing his entire life! He gained his dance education in Los Angeles CA and the Bay Area. He spent his time training with the focus on excelling in multiple dance styles to become a well rounded dancer/performer with no limitations. He danced and competed with LTW Dance under the tutelage of LaTonya Watts and in that time won several regional and national titles. With LaTonya , Rodney trained in Jazz, Street Jazz, Hip-Hop, African, productions and much more. He was also her personal assistant in class and for her competition  team. She taught him all the ins and outs of the comp world from choreography, music selection, costume design, make-up and hair. He also trained for several years in the classical style of Ballet with Helga Ishikata and Ricky Navarro at Delta Ballet. He performed with Anandha Ray and Moving Arts Dance were he learned and performed modern and modern ballet. He worked with East County Performaing Arts in Brentwood CA where he taught technique classes, choreographed for their award winning comp team and starred in and choreographed for their production of the Nutcracker. Rodney has also worked for the Royal Caribbean Cruise line and got to travel and perform on the open waters.

 He moved to Oregon just five years ago and has already won multiple national titles with his competition team and had an undefeated 2016-2017 season! He has been recognized for his outstanding choreography and has been awarded for his creative perspective and style. His unique teaching methods allow him to form a special bond with his students to fully create a safe and free space for creativity and passion.

"My mission is to build and train amazing dancers, but also humble, strong, driven individuals who will use all the skills given to them to achieve their goals and dreams, dance related or not." Rodney Stanton

Alexis Stanton - Instructor



Alexis Stanton is a Camas High School Varsity Dance Team alumni, and served as captain leading the team to four years of WIAA State competition. In her four years she collaborated with and was trained by alumni of the Portland Trailblazer's Blazer Dancers, learning the ins and outs of the style. Throughout her time on the team they earned multiple district and state titles, and she individually earned a place on the Thunderbird Dance Camp All Star Team.

She continued her dance training at Groove Nation Dance Academy where she learned the fundamentals and cultures of multiple hip hop styles including popping, locking, waacking, house, industry choreo, and more. As a member of the advanced competitive company, Alexis' teams earned many titles in the Portland competition scene and even traveled to Seattle for the World Of Dance hip hop competition. She now instructs weekly hip hop classes as well as intensives to all ages from 5-18+. 

Alexis now continues to train in all styles of dance as she believes there is always room to improve and push to meet one's limitless potential. This drive, hunger, and humble passion is something she strives to instill in her students along with dance skill. 

"I want my students to be great people, not just great dancers. Through the discipline and commitment to their craft, they will learn to recognize their own growth, capability, and worth, while always remembering that there is still more to be achieved. Giving students the tools to understand that they can set and accomplish their goals is my mission for them in dance and in life."

 - Alexis Stanton 

Kaila Risley - Instructor


Acrobatics, Tumbling, Jazz, Hip-Hop

From performing to teaching, Kaila has always loved dance and gymnastics. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, cheerleader and dancer, there was no doubt a life-long passion had emerged. Kaila attended the University of Oregon where she was a cheerleader and earned her degree in Elementary and Special Education. While in college she also danced on a performance hip hop team and was a competitive collegiate all-star cheerleader. 

Each summer Kaila teaches cheerleading camps across the Northwest for the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) as a Head Instructor working with middle school and high school teams. Through NCA, she was blessed with the opportunity to instruct at a cheerleading camp in Japan. After moving to Portland to gain her Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Kaila coached competitive all-star cheerleading and has worked with local cheer and dance teams. She danced in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks Rosebuds for two seasons. Currently, Kaila is an NBA dancer for the Portland Trailblazers Blazerdancers.

 Performance Experience:

- NBA Dancer - Portland Trailblazers Blazerdancers

- WHL Dancer - Portland Winterhawks Rosebuds Dance Team

- University of Oregon Cheerleader

- Collegiate All-Star Cheerleader - 4 years

- Collegiate Performance Hip Hop Dance Team - 3 years

- Four Year Varsity Cheerleader

- Two Year Captain

- Competitive Gymnast - 6 years

- Dancing in a variety of studios and grooving to the beat since I could walk


Teaching Experience:

- National Cheerleaders Association Instructor and Head Instructor - 13 years

- Far East Camp Instructor - Cheerleading camp taught in Japan

- Youth and Junior All-Star Cheerleading Coach - 4 years

- Dance & Fitness Instructor

- Youth and Junior Dance Clinics

- Elementary and Preschool teacher


Special Awards/Community Service:

- Portland Winterhawks Rosebuds Most Inspirational Award

- NCA Head Instructor Leadership Award

- StyleShock Cheer and Dance Community Outreach Coordinator

- Miss Oregon Top Talent Award 2010

- Miss Lane County 2010

- University of Oregon Cheerleading

- Most Inspirational Award

- Best Game Cheerleader Award

- University of Oregon Athlete Academic Committee

- Assist in building a 5K run to benefit Operation Smile


Marcus Stanback - Yoga



  Marcus Stanback has been a dedicated student of yoga since his first exposure to it in 2016. Originally he began yoga to relieve back pain, but he greatly enjoyed the connection of breath to movement and the mindfulness the practice brought to his life. As a former D1 Track & Field decathlete he has a background in competitive athletics with extensive experience in endurance conditioning. Marcus is a new yoga teacher in the Pacific Northwest after moving here in early 2018. During his 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Portland, OR in 2018 he embodied more subtle aspects of the body, mind, and spirit connection through pranayama (breath work), meditation, and a sharper understanding of the physical postures. He believes that the practice of yoga is an opportunity for us to connect more deeply with our own experience and recognize the unity in our collective experience in society today. Marcus believes yoga is for everyone and can be a tool to bring us together to heal and grow.