Faculty - Special Guest Teacher

Stephanie Saland

Former Principal Ballerina NYCB Ballet, Pointe, Variations

Stephanie Saland

Stephanie Saland

Stephanie Saland was born in Brooklyn, New York and entered The School of American Ballet at age 15. Three years later she was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet in time to participate in the historic Stravinsky Festival in 1972. She sustained a 21-year career with the company, dancing a major portion of the Balanchine repertoire as well as principle roles in the works of Jerome Robbins.

Ms. Saland has appeared on television in the PBS program "Choreography by Balanchine" (part of the Dance in America series), followed by "Apollo" with Baryshnikov and ABT, as well as a telecast of Peter Martin's colaboration with "Ray Charles in Concert with the New York City Ballet". Her last televised performance was in the "Vienna Waltzes" section of the "Balanchine Celebration" on PBS in 1993. Ms. Saland's frequent association with Jerome Robbins led to a showcase of her work in "Fancy Free" and "Antique Epigraphs" in another "Live From Lincoln Center" production.

As a guest performer, Ms. Saland danced with Rudolph Nureyev at the Gershwin Theater in New York and performed "Giselle" with Alexander Gudonov in Miami. At Playwright's Horizons in New York she taught movement for student actors. In addition she co-taught and helped develop a body-awareness class for actors with theater teacher Caymichael Patten, before moving to Seattle in the fall of 1993.

Stephhelp Martina Since finishing her performing career, Ms. Saland moved on to teaching ballet for varying levels of students and professionals. The programs and companies she has taught for include The New York State Program in Saratoga, The Kansas City Ballet, The San Diego Ballet and Ballet Argentino in Buenos Aires (the company of Julio Bocca). She also guest teaches at "STEPS" in New York City and for the American Academy of Ballet, and the Princeton Dance Theater ... the School of American Ballet Theater's Susan Jaffe. In Denmark, Stephanie has taught numerous times for the Bartholin International Summer Program and at Dansens Hus. In the fall of 1999 Ms. Saland guest taught for her former company, The New York City Ballet. In 2003 she had the pleasure to teach at Alonzo King's San Francisco Dance Center. Ms. Saland taught in Madrid for La Compania Nacional de Danza of Nacho Duato and for other Conservatories and traveled to various schools in Mexico to offer classes. She has joined a wonderful roster of teachers each summer for the American Academy of Ballet, run by late Mignon Furman.

In 1998 Ms. Saland initiated a movement class for opera singers for the season of the "Young Artists" program at the Seattle Opera. She also taught for the Pacific Northwest School, in the open program and variations classes in the upper levels. Peter Boal, in his new role as director at PNB has brought Ms. Saland in to coach dancers for some of the repertoire. Currently Ms. Saland offers ongoing ballet classes at "Velocity" on Capitol Hill in Seattle, as well as continuing to teach for Spectrum Dance Theater.

For the past few years she has taken part teaching for the Dutch Dance Festival in Sittard, in the south of Holland. Since 1997 Ms. Saland has maintained an ongoing connection between Seattle and Los Angeles teaching for the "City of Angels Ballet", an academy located in L.A. targeting an immigrant community in one of the most densely populated areas of the city. In the fall of 2007 Ms. Saland taught Master Classes at the Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles, and for an intensive in Long Beach, CA.

Ms. Saland has also been active as a judge and teacher with the Youth America Grand Prix and as a presenter for two International Dance Medicine Conferences.

Recently, she was interviewed for an upcoming documentary for Dance in America on the life of Jerome Robbins and was on a panel in San Francisco for "Words on Dance" along with Edward Villella, Helgi Tomassen, and Robert LaFosee. A new affiliation began in November of 2007, when Ms. Saland began giving company class and assisting in rehearsals in Vancouver with Ballet BC.

Ms. Saland's classes are a distillation of a long performing career and the integration of information derived from having worked one-on-one with Balanchine, Robbins, and her collegues. Some of her strongest influences were from teachers such as Stanley Williams, Maggie Black and Tina Bernal. She was equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet sources: White Cloud Yoga (Gyrotonics), Pilates, Zeena Romett floor barre and years of a variety of modalities including cranial-sacral, physical therapy, network chiropractic, soma and Aston Patterning.   For more information on Stephanie Saland.   ~Recent Interview~


Special Guest Consultant

Vincenzo Lapertosa

Vincenzo Lapertosa

Contemporary Ballet, Choreography, Acting, Beamish BodyMind Balancing™

The Italian artist Vincenzo Lapertosa is a professional Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer and Actor. He obtained his Degree in Dance at the National Academy of Ballet in Rome. He also  graduated with a degree in Choreography. His award winning Choreography piece "The Clown" was highly praised as a choreographic masterpiece.

He trained in Ballet  with Maestro Philip Beamish, Nina Trofimova, Madame Darvash, Inna Zubcowskaya (Russia),  and Dance Contemporary with Peter Goss (Paris). He has danced as a Soloist for, Birgit Cullberg, Milan Ballet, Aureliana Dance Company, Gartnerplatz Theatre as well as other companies and International Festivals. He has been a guest choreographer throughout Europe and is praised for his originality and his unique use of music in theater .  He has collaborated with the Choreographer Aurelia Baumgartner.

He has been Ballet Master for Piccinni Ballet (Italy), Ulm Staatteather (Germany), Aureliana Dance Company (German ). He has acted in the Film " Appassionate" 1999, and for the competition Venice Film Festival.

At the present he works in Germany teaching ballet and is interested in Butoh and Philosophy dance. He holds a degree in Philosophy.



Becky Erickson

Ballet, Pointe, Beamish BodyMind Balancing™

Becky Erickson

Becky Erickson

Becky has graced the stage as a principal ballerina since the young age of 18. Becky primarily trained with the Cache Valley School of Ballet in Logan Utah, after graduating from the CVCB's syllubus she had further training with Dance West, NYCB, Ballet West, Inishfre Irish Dance, and the Northwest Dance Intensive. Becky has performed for many professional and community theatres including: Cache Community Theatre, Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Utah Festival Chorus, Inishfre Irish Dance (performed locally in Utah and on Tour) and Fox 13's "So You Think You Can Dance," competing in Las Vegas for Season 8. And yes she has met all the judges. Becky has performed many roles; some of her favorites include: Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen (The Nutcracker,) Lilac Fairy, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella (Cinderella), Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Swanilda (Coppelia), Princess Helena (Firebird), Lucy, Nina, Lead Vampire (Dracula), The Rose (Beauty And The Beast), Paquita (Paquita), Kitri (Don Quixote), and Black Swan (Swan Lake). Becky was voted Most Valuable Company member by the Board of Directors for the CVCB in 2012. Becky is also a professional judge for the Utah Dance Fest, going on 5 years as an adjudicator. Becky has set traditional Choreography as well as her own choreography for many productions over the years, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Nutcracker and CVCB's Choreographer's Showcase. Becky is Currently working on her own "Peter Pan" ballet. Stephhelp Martina Becky still enjoys a career of performing as well as teaching, she is in high demand for master classes as well as a guest artist in the West and Midwest States; offering technique workshops along the way. Becky has been teaching since 2001, she has taught every age group from toddlers to adults. Her passion for dancing shines through her teaching as you see her students blossom with confidence and movement. Currently Becky was selected to be in the national book called Dance Across the USA, as a featured dancer at Glacier National Park. Becky resides in Providence, Utah with her Husband and three beautiful children.  

Kabby Mitchel III

Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Choreography

We are sad to inform students that Kabby Mtichel III will not be joining us this year as he passed May 4, 2017. We invite you to Kabby's memorial July 9th at the Paramount theater in Seattle.
Kabby Mitchell III

Kabby Mitchell III

Kabby Mitchell, III is a choreographer, educator and performer whose signature choreography has been seen in Black Nativity since 2000. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nederlands Dans Theater, Civic Light Opera, Oakland Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kabby Mitchell, III has been a dance instructor for more than thirty-five years, having taught ballet, modern, jazz and Afro- Haitian dance at schools and dance academies in Seattle, Iowa and Mexico. In Seattle, he has worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, DASS Dance, Spectrum and Ewajo Dance Workshop. His local choreography credits include work with Spectrum Dance Theater, The Group, Seattle Rep, Bathhouse Theatre, ACT and Civic Light Opera. His credits include Sankofa Theatre’s MAAFA Experience at the Moore Theatre: Flight, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton at ACT: Hamlet X, directed by Tyrone Brown: and his own piece, Beautiful/Ugly, at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. He frequently contributes his time to help programs that support the development of young urban dancers, and is supporter of local art and theatre companies whose goals are to serve the underserved community through the arts. In 2007, as part of PNB’s 1st Celebrate Seattle Festival, Kabby was honored for his significant contributions to the Northwest dance scene and for being the first African American to dance with PNB. Also in 2007, he was featured on the cover of Colors NW magazine August issue and Arthur Mitchell, the director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, asked him to be a part of the “Masters and Mentors” program. DASS Dance also honored Mr. Mitchell for his contributions to Contemporary Dance in the Northwest. Most recently Mr. Mitchell directed and choreographed Ballet Bellevue's Nutcracker; choreographed Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess and last summer he choreographed Langston Hughes summer musical entitled Roll of Thunder: Hear My Cry. Professor K is currently on faculty of The Evergreen State College where he teaches Dance and African American Studies.

Dean Speer

Partnering, Ballet, Choreography Author of  "On Technique"

Dean Speer

Dean Speer

With more than three decades of experience teaching and training dancers, Dean Speer brings in-depth knowledge to each of his classes. A ballet major and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle from which he holds a B.F.A. degree, Mr. Speer pursued training in Cannes, Paris, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Canada, among others, in addition to studying in the Seattle area.

Mr. Speer, while still a student, had been a demonstrator for Intermediate and Advanced classes at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance in New York, and performed professionally with two modern dance companies, including one repertory company whose works ranged from “classic” modern dance work as old as 1950 to the new and experimental, plus one company which performed only the works of its artistic director. Roles include ‘The Revivalist’ in “Appalachian Spring” to principal and solo work and an original cast member in many pieces. Mr. Speer taught Graham Technique for many years until “retiring” and is very happy to be back giving Graham Technique classes.

He is the Founding Director of the Chehalis Ballet Center (doing business as Southwest Washington Dance Center) – and former Artistic Director of Chattanooga Ballet (Tennessee). He has been a guest master teacher throughout the Northwest including Dance Masters of America and in British Columbia.

Mr. Speer has taught all levels of graded children's ballet studies; Company Class; Creative Dance; Modern Dance Technique (Graham-based); Pointe; Variations; Character; and Fundamentals of Partnering. He has worked extensively with both children and adults and has created and written his own graded syllabus of classical ballet study and teaching guide, Notebook II Dance Teachers. Mr. Speer coordinated nine highly-regarded annual regional workshops for dance teachers. Mr. Speer was a pre-registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing in London, England, qualifying him to teach the Pre-Primary through Grade VII Children's Syllabus.

Dean Speer CoachingStudents of his have studied with or are currently at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, University of Utah, the Harid Conservatory, Walnut Hill, and Dance Lab (Walla Walla, Washington).

As a choreographer his work has been filmed for national television, and he has created many ballets for the concert stage using a diverse selection of composers as well as for the opera – plus dances for students, many recital programs, and lecture/demonstrations.

He performed with Repertory Dancers Northwest, American Theatrical Motion Art Dance Company, Bellevue Civic Ballet (a Regional Dance America company), and the Seattle Ballet Ensemble of which he was a founding member, plus numerous guest appearances.

He has served as an adjudicator for several arts and scholarship programs and contests and as a consultant for several organizations and has been on the board of directors of many dance-related organizations. He was appointed by the Governor to the State of Washington Combined Fund Drive Steering Committee, is a past president of the Cornish College of the Arts Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was the Chair of the University of Washington Combined Fund Drive for two years. In 2008, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching and Choreography by the Mrs. America Pageant (Washington).

Maluhia Vander Griend

Contemporary, Musical Theater


Maluhia Vander Griend

Maluhia Vander Griend is the Artistic Director and owner of Dancing For Joy, located in Bellingham, WA.  Dancing For Joy has four studios with sprung floors, a Stomping Grounds coffee shop, and 28 amazingly gifted employees who teach 900 student hours per week.

Maluhia has been dancing for thirty-three years and teaching for twenty one. Her early dance training took place in Hawaii, Bellingham, Vancouver B.C., and in the musical theatre program at Oklahoma City University.  She was also a member of Fusion Dance Company in Seattle.

Maluhia continues to focus her studies and her teaching on ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, African, and Musical Theatre.  She is passionate about instilling the love and joy of dance into her students, building community, mentoring, and challenging her students to strive for excellence.  Together with her husband Kurt, a visual artist, she enjoys dreaming up ideas, creating new productions for studio performances, and pioneering new businesses such as their art school Artpeace.   Kurt and Maluhia have created original works such as their annual December production of “The Nativity,” and spring shows like “Never Wonderland of Oz.”

Recently, Maluhia was invited to teach at “Happy Feet” dance studio in Costa Rica a school that provides scholarships to kids who are homeless.  She will be traveling to Costa Rica this January 2017 with her husband.  Maluhia also was recently honored with the award Professional Women of the year for Whatcom County.  What an honor.   Maluhia recently finished choreography for two musicals in Bellingham; White Christmas, and Sound of Music.

Jehrin Alexandria

Director, Beamish BodyMind Balancing™, Ballet, Pointe, Aqua Ballet, Self Care

Dean Speer

Jehrin Alexandria

Jehrin is a director/teacher/performer. She grew up in Detroit, MI and danced  with the Severo Ballet Company until she was 17.  She moved to  New York City to pursue a career as a professional ballerina.  Her main teacher who influenced her teacher style to this day was Maggie Black and Marjorie Mussman.  In addition she studied extensively with John Prinz, Larry Rhodes, Flemming Halby, David Howard, Ferdinand Nault, Finis Jhung, Robert Denvers, Ernie Pagnamo, Lonné Moretton, Christina Bernal, Patricia Wilde, Helen Douglas, partnering class with Ivan Nagy, and ijazz with Frank Hatchet..

She has performed as soloist and principal with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater, Off Broadway's Buffo, Syzgy, The Brattleboro School of Dance, Yashindah and Ballet Northwest.

Jehrin is a certified Pilates Instructor and worked in Pilates(c) under Carola Trier, Fran Lehan and the Anderson-Kasacove Studio. She trained intensively in Gyrotonics(c) at the White Cloud Studio in Seattle, with founder Julio Horvath and Magali Messac.

Jehrin is also certified in Sports Injury and Massage from The Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA under the direction of Ben Benjamin. She owned and operated her own sports massage clinic for over 10 years and ran the clinic at Stratton Mountain, VT.

In addition to teaching ballet for the past 28 years and performing, Jehrin has directed and performed in her own African drum and dance troupe, worked with the Thurston County, Lewis County and Pierce County areas school systems helping to bring dance to all communities.

Jehrin trained and taught with Developmental Movement Therapist Bette Lamont as well as studied with Anne Green Gilbert of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, expanding her age range of movement classes from babies to adults as well as working with autistic children.  In 2012 she received her certification as a teacher of the Beamish BodyMind Balancing™ technique.

As a director and administrator Jehrin has directed 23 annual summer dance programs in Olympia, WA and brought in professional dancers and teachers from all over the world. A big part of her program always offers scholarships to underprivileged students.  She also offers workshops throughout the country with guest teachers.

Jehrin has been teaching ballet for the last 25 years as faculty at The Evergreen State College.  In addition she is currently on staff at Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA.  Jehrin works freelance as a guest teacher in Ballet as well as leads workshops throughout the country in the Beamish BodyMind Balancing™ technique. She teaches private lessons in studio and on line. Her mission as she sees it it to help facilitate students and teachers to have access to techniques that help maintain a healthy body and attitude in the field of dance.

*Guest instructors subject to change without warning, although featured we do not guarantee their participation.  
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    "Last year was my first year going to any dance intensive and I didn’t know what to expect. Northwest Dance Intensive helped me improve my flaws more than ever. Unfortunately I had injured my foot foot a couple weeks before the intensive. The teachers definitly did not let this stop me from getting the full experience at NDI. I learned more in 3 weeks than I could ever imagine, such as the correct way to hold my body and how to use my muscles and lines correctly to improve my dancing. My technique has been better than ever after taking class with Phillip and Jehrin. I have also learned from all of the teachers to be myself while i’m dancing and that it isn’t about the steps, but its about how you interpret the steps in your dancing. This is a life lesson I will cherish forever. They were so understanding of any problems or flaws anyone had. I made so many amazing friends and had a blast in the dorms as well. I cannot express how much I appreciate everyone there for making me a better dancer and a better person and i can not wait for next year!"
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