Colette Herring Compton/Artistic Director/Ballet/Pointe Instructor

Colette Herring Compton began her teaching career at the age of 13 when her parents converted their den into a dance studio. The 50-cents per class rate she charged covered the cost of her summer studies. That was over fifty years ago and she has not stopped teaching or choreographing since.

Her experiences in classical ballet, musical theatre and drama began when she was nine taking her on adventures throughout the U.S., Europe, Great Britain, Canada and Mexico.  She has performed with such companies as Le Grand Theatre de Verviers in Belgium, touring with Disney on Parade, Casa Manana Summer Musicals in Texas, Alexander Dinner Theatre in Los Angeles and Stage West Theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts to name a few.

Her favorite ballet roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanhilda in Coppelia along with the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote and Le Corsaire.

She has founded and been artistic director for six dance companies presenting both original works and full length productions of ballet, modern jazz, tap and character dancing. 

Between the years of 1975-1977, she directed, staged, choreographed and performed in the complete Nutcracker for the University of South Alabama and Continuing Education Departments.

From 2002-2008, she lived north of Seattle working with several dance studios choreographing as well as preparing students for Dance Competitions. She also co-directed and eventually directed a small company that performed for the community.

Her last teaching position was with Avant Dance Studio in Corpus Christi, TX. where she taught,  choreographed and coached students preparing them for competitions and performances.

The foundation for her teaching is based on her summer studies with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England where she passed her Elementary Exam with a mark of “Commendation” in 1965.

She is a strong advocate of individual body alignment and injury prevention for students and believes the benefits of good ballet technique can be achieved by anyone at any age.

She has taught credit and non-credit courses in universities, continuing education and senior citizens programs, private studios and dance companies.  In all cases, she has been told that she utilizes clarity with an odd sense of humor for which she has been appreciated over the decades.

Colette came to the realization that she must be doing something right when some of her very first students brought their children and eventually their grandchildren to study with her.

Now semi-retired and living happily with her husband of 14 years, she would like to establish herself in the community and share her experiences with young students and adults.

Abby Lewis/Tap Insructor

Abby Lewis has been studying dance for the past fifteen years. She began her training at the age of 3 at New Vision Dance Center in Hillsboro, Oregon, then later at Forest Grove Dance Arts in Forest Grove, Oregon, at the age of 12. Abby has studied many styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and tumbling. In 2010, Abby joined Ballet Forest Grove, a nonprofit youth pre-professional ballet company, where she danced with for six years. Abby has performed in numerous productions of the Nutcracker, and over the years she has taken on many roles in the ballet ranging from Chinese Doll to Waltz of the Snowflakes, with her favorite roles being Doll and Snow Princess. She has also performed in fifteen years of recitals and other ballets, including The Grinch, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Swan Lake, as well as Ballet Forest Grove’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase. She is a student at Western Oregon University studying elementary/middle education and minoring in dance. At WOU, she has had the opportunity to travel to the American College Dance Association Northwest Conference and perform in the annual Spring Dance Concert. This year, she will be traveling again to the ACDA conference to represent WOU in a tap piece, entitled “Bach on Tap.” She looks forward to working with students on an individual basis and creating strong tappers, as well as motivating the next generation of dancers.

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Katreena Patton/Competition Hip-Hop Instructor

Katreena Patton, 24 years old. Started dancing when I was 8 years old at Albany Dance Academy. Got awarded hip hop dancer of the year and promoted to competition teams within 2 years. Hip hop has always been my favorite, but I also studied ballet, pointe, jazz and tumbling. During my time dancing I attended many Monsters Of Hip-Hop conventions and earned numerous top honors at competitions.

I Continued dancing at Sole Expressions Dance Studio through all the changes. Started coaching competition hip hop when I was 17 years old and fell in love with choreographing. 

I took a break for a few years to go to cosmetology school and begin my career at Fourteenth Avenue Salon and Day spa. I’ve been a cosmetologist for 4 years now and am ready to get back into the studio. 

I love being a positive influence on children and teaching them the creativity of hip hop. I strive to give kids an outlet to express themselves, and create amazing friendships with their teammates. I’m stoked for this year! 

Caitlin Rose/Ballet/Competition Jazz Instructor

Caitlin Rose began dancing in the Corvallis/Albany area at the age of seven and has been teaching at studios around the Willamette Valley since 2013. Her training began at Regional School of Ballet and then later at Legacy Ballet until the age of eighteen. During this time she had the opportunity to perform with Eugene Ballet Company in their productions of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, as well as choreographing and performing in Linn Benton Community College’s productions of A Christmas Carol and The Agamemnon. Caitlin continued her dance education in college and recently graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance. She has studied dance techniques such as modern, jazz, ballet, and hula, as well as taken academic courses in pedagogy, kinesiology, composition, somatics, and dance history with professors of dance Sharon Oberst, Deborah Jones, Les Watanabe, Dr. Marita Cardinal, and Daryl Thomas and assistant professors Amy McDonnell and Cynthia Garner. She had the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Association two years in a row, expanding her technique, dance theory knowledge, and teaching practices from professionals around the U.S. Caitlin received three awards in excellence from WOU’s honor society Phi Kappa Phi for her choreographic works Primordial Awakening and Involuntary State, and her research in dance history. Caitlin choreographs, performs, and attends workshops and classes throughout the Willamette Valley. She loves learning and wants to continue her education by gaining a Master of Fine Arts in Dance but for now is looking forward to learning from the best teachers, her students, and working with each dancer as an individual.

Brittany Hubbard/Tumbling Instructor

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