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."
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
Ballet. Contemporary. Modern.
Kristie Lauren grew up in the San Francisco bay area, with extensive training in ballet and modern at The Academy of Arts and Ballet. Kristie Lauren was a member of the bay area modern company Moving Arts Dance for five years, touring and performing all over the U.S. She also worked with several other well-known bay area companies including: Menlowe Ballet and Quixotic Dance Technologies. In 2013 Kristie began working with tribal belly dancers in fusion projects. She brought her love and talents of contemporary dance into the world of belly dance. With different tribal artists she has toured in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Baja, and Germany. Kristie Lauren moved to Oregon in the summer of 2014 to attend Western Oregon University and finish her B.A. in dance. Kristie joined Rainbow Dance Theatre in September 2014. With Rainbow Dance Theatre Kristie has toured many locations in the U.S. and performed throughout Canada. After five years of dancing with Rainbow Dance Theatre Kristie went on to pursue her MFA in Dance through Saint Mary’s College of California. Kristie has taught dance for almost two decades, she is passionate about release technique modern, somatic ballet, and dance conditioning. Kristie seeks to inspire curiosity for self-expression through embodied movement. Kristie resides in Milwaukie, Oregon with her two children and two cats.
TAP. JAZZ. BALLET.
Amina Diakite grew up in Portland Oregon, and has been dancing and doing gymnastics since the age of 6. She started out with Tap and Modern dance, at Buckman arts magnet school where her passion for dance formed. While she continued these styles, her dance training expanded to Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and African. Amina was able to train in these various styles all through middle school and high school. Amina is a Jefferson Dancers alumni, and toured through China with the company in 2013. Amina continued to study modern dance at Portland State University, and today she teaches dance to youth. She hopes to create a positive impact in their lives and development through dance.
“I think dance is a wonderful form of self expression for youth because it teaches strength, discipline, and self confidence. I also believe that teaching dance is a give and take process, and it’s so important to learn from your students as well.”