Instructors

photo Tabitha Padilla

Studio Director - Instructor

 

     
photo Madi Russell

Competition Team Coach, Hip Hop Instructor

Madi Russell first realized her love for dance at a young age & she taught herself by watching Youtube videos and music videos, and this has influenced her style and work ethic. She later joined the Glacier Peak HS Dance Team and became a captain and choreographer for the team in her last 3 years on it. Now after high school and still wishing to pursue dance she is going to the University of Washington majoring in Marketing and minoring in Dance. She loves the new students and new experiences each year at Applause brings! Her main passion is hip hop and looks up to dancers like Keone and Mari Madrid, Lyle Beniga, and Shaun Evaris. & It is her passion to encourage young hip hop artists to work hard and never give up.

     
photo Kelly Smith

Ballet & Lyrical Instructor 

Kelly Smith teaches Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical. She’s had Royal Academy of Dance training into the Majors levels and has done several summer courses with the American Academy of Ballet. She has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical & hip-hop for several years, and in 2006 Kelly instructed an award winning jazz competition team. She recently completed her minor in dance at the University of Washington and is looking forward to sharing her diverse dance background with students. She strives to instill a love of dance in all of her students while having fun and allowing them to grow as dancers and individuals. Kelly is thrilled to be a part of Applause Studio and looking forward to sharing her high energy and knowledge of dance with her students!

     
photo Candace Larson

Jazz & Tap Instructor 

Candace Larson is excited to teach tap, jazz, and ballet at Applause Studio! Candace recently moved to Washington from Utah with her husband and two cats. As a daughter of a dance teacher, Candace has danced since she could walk and has been teaching various forms of dance and musical theatre arts for 12 years. Candace is a tapper at heart but has a deep love and respect for all forms of dance. She has choreographed several musicals including Crazy For You, Joseph and the Amazing Techinicolor Dreamcoat, and Once on This Island. Candace is also a certified Zumba instructor.

During the day, Candace is a Medical Writer for Seattle Genetics, Inc. When she isn't working or teaching, Candace enjoys exploring the lovely neighborhoods of Seattle, spending time with good friends, and singing with her church band.

     
photo Emily Chadwick

Contemporary and Hip Hop Instructor

Emily is an Applause Studio trained dancer.  She has been through our internship program and has excelled in teaching.  She is currently teaching a wide variety of classes for us: hip hop, ballet, and contemporary. She is a member of our Competitive team, Acclaim. She is also a member of her high school dance team. 

     
photo Laura Garber

Laura Garber has been involved with the studio since the doors opened teaching Jazz, Tap, Voice, Piano and Acting. In addition, she founded our Musical Theatre Company, Applause Players.

After a sabbatical, she returns to us for one semester of voice through December 2020! Vocal Instruction is geared towards enhancing the singer to a performer; focusing on the voice plus stage presence and logistics. 

Laura has been performing since 1997 and travelled for various performance contracts with regional theatres throughout the U.S. Locally, she's performed with The Museum of Flight, Driftwood Players, and a few cover bands. You can also see her musical choreography/stage combat with Lynnwood High School and Lakewood High School.

     
photo Mark Holt - Private Guitar & Piano

Mark Holt has been recording, performing, teaching guitar and piano in the Northwest for years. He has a BA in Music Performance from The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma,Wa. His recent focus on solo guitar has led to a variety performances, videos and competitions.  In 2017 he was one of 16 chosen nationally for the Guitarslinger event at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. He has performed at Master Classes with Duo Melis from France and Brazilian virtuoso Carlos Barbosa from Lima. This vast background allows for guitar performances that incorporate elements of Classical, Spanish, Rock, Pop, Jazz, and improvisation. He has also performed on keyboard live on KEXP and at several laptop battles. He currently teaches piano privately at several Seattle Public Schools. He has written full range of original music and more that can be found at www.wandmusic.com.

     
photo Oceana Dunsire

Applause Players Director - Jazz, Curtain Call Kids, Ballet and Musical Theatre Instructor

Oceana Marie Dunsire learned to love the performing arts from a young age and grew up at Applause Studio, participating in Applause Players, the Performance Teams, voice lessons, and several dance classes. She went on to study theatre and dance at Western Washington University and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre. It is her goal to encourage and nurture a love of the arts in all her students, and help them to be the best they can be!

     
photo Emmy Fansler

Encore Dance Ensemble - Adult dance instructor

Emmy dances, teaches, and choreographs from a core belief in the transformative power of dance. A relative latecomer to dance, Emmy began intensive ballet training at the age of fifteen and has since developed a unique style based on interpersonal connection. She persistently defies the exclusionary paradigm of the ballet world, creating radically inclusive dance spaces and choreographing to highlight each dancer’s unique story and strengths. She hopes to teach compassion, connection, and creativity through dance, knowing it has the ability to break down barriers and build communities. She has professionally performed and taught ballet, pointe, jazz lyrical, contemporary, salsa, partnering, and hip hop for the past ten years across the USA and Kenya, focusing on dance as a tool to break down barriers and build communities. Emmy has experienced first-hand the life changing effects of dance, and her gratitude shines brightly in her teaching style.