CWDA Staff

Jane Venezia

Owner

School Director

Ballet Instructor

Jane’s early ballet training was at the Jordan College of Music, in Indianapolis, IN. She was a scholarship student at the Boston Ballet School, an apprentice with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and a company member of New Hampshire Ballet. As a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre she danced in productions of "Giselle", Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake". In NYC she was a member of the Radio City Music Hall ballet ensemble. She moved to New Jersey and taught at the Mercer High School for the Performing Arts. She founded Montgomery Dance Arts in the fall of 1992. She is in the 1994 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has set works on companies/schools in Iowa City, IA, Bainbridge Island, Grand Rapids, MN and Ellensburg, WA.

She has been the director of the Central Washington Dance Academy for the past ten years. She founded the Central Washington Dance Ensemble (CWDE), the performing company of the school, in order to give dedicated dance students more opportunities to perform and to share the beauty of dance with the Ellensburg community on a larger scale. CWDE has presented five ballet productions under her direction , several in collaboration with the CWU theatre and dance depts. Within that same time period she has directed annual productions for the school featuring all levels and dance styles from the school.

Jane is also an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified instructor obtained through her ongoing seminars and testing in New York City at ABT headquarters.

Cindy Bruns

Ballet & Conditioning 

Instructor

Cindy studied ballet with Toni Pimble, Riley Grannon, and Susan Zadoff at the Eugene School of Ballet.  She attended summer intensives at Whitman College and at the Royal Academy of Dancing's summer program in Toronto, Canada.  She began touring with the Eugene Ballet Company (EBC) at age 14 when she was cast as Clara in the Nutcracker.  After that, she began performing corps de ballet roles with EBC on a regular basis.  In addition to The Nutcracker, in which she danced various roles including Chinese and Waltz of the Flowers, she performed in Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Bolero.  As an instructor, she has taught at the Eugene School of Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Berkeley City Ballet.  She has been teaching ballet at Central Washington Dance Academy (formerly Stage Door Dance) since 2010.

Taylor Bir

Office Administrator

Tap, Contemporary & Ballet Instructor

Taylor Bir began dancing at three years old, receiving the bulk of her training at Dance Expressions in Maple Valley. Taylor was a member of Ensemble Ballet Theatre, dancing with the company for eight years. She also danced at Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla, Washington, where she has taken classes from members of Spectrum and Eugene Ballet, Allison Keppel and Jennifer Martin, respectively. Taylor is a graduate of Central Washington University where she received a MS in Administrative Management, BA in Communication Studies and a dance performance minor. Taylor is a former dancer and choreographer for the Orchesis dance company at Central Washington University, although she has graduated, she continues to work closely with the company. Taylor works with the Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies program at CWU teaching classes ranging from tap to dance fusion. Taylor enjoys community outreach programs choreographing for various organizations throughout Ellensburg, most notably, Distinguished Young Women of Ellensburg. Taylor still attends national conventions and conventions such as NUVO and Radix to grow as a dancer, choreographer and Instructor

Katelyn Stewart

Hip Hop

Contemporary

Pre-school Dance

Instructor

Katelyn, an experienced choreographer, performer, teacher, and alumni of CWU is excited to join the amazing teachers on staff with CWDA this fall. She received the majority of her early dance experience with Ignite Dance and Yoga in North end Washington where she trained extensively in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop. She continued dancing through college at CWU where she double majored in Dance and Recreation/ Tourism/ Event Management. She also earned a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Katelyn danced and choreographed for the CWU Orchesis Dance Company for five years and for the CWU Dance Team for four years, including two years as captain. You can see Katelyn featured as a supporting role in the music video “Monster” by rap artist Indi in 2019 and playing the same role in a piece shown at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) in Salt Lake City. Katelyn also had the amazing opportunity to display her own choreography at ACDA 2020 in early March. Katelyn grew up competing and loves any privilege she gets to share her passion for dance with others.