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.
Ballet & Conditioning
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.
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
Amy began dancing at the age of 6 under the direction of Christine Hales at the Dance Centre in Ellensburg. She continued her training at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Intensive, Dance Aspen, the Redmond Academy of Arts, and North Carolina School of the Arts Summer program. Amy attended college at North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied both ballet and contemporary dance forms under the direction of Melissa Hayden and Brenda Daniels. Amy’s performance repertoire includes numerous traditional ballets and contemporary premieres. Her favorite ballets and roles have been the Rose variation in the Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Myrta in Giselle. Amy’s love for teaching led her to continue her education at the University of Washington and Northern Arizona University where she earned a degree in Speech Pathology and certification in Elementary Education. Her teaching career has been diverse and unique, as she and her family have traveled with her husband’s military career. As an instructor, she has taught at Yuma Ballet, and most recently at Ballet Pensacola’s training division. Amy currently teaches 2nd grade at Valley View Elementary School and is excited to be teaching in the ballet division at Central Washington Dance Academy.
Jessica has been dancing for 19 years, and is trained in many styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary/ modern and Vaganova Ballet. She has taken many master classes including from Mia Michaels and Nick Lazzarini. She competed at various dance competitions in the PNW for 12 years. Jessica is attending Central Washington University double majoring in Graphic Design/ Photography and Dance. Jessica has been a member of and choreographer for both CWU Orchesis Dance Company and the CWU Dance Team for 4 years. She has attended the American College Dance Association 3 times with CWU. She was also a dance instructor of ages 3-18 at the Tom Taylor YMCA for 3 years.