Summer Instructors

DDS Instructors

Ursula Panagiotou - Lyrical, Tap
Ale Madera - Creative Movement, Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary 1, Strength & Conditioning for Dance, Turns & Leaps
Karina Melikyan - Ballet, Pointe
Marisa Katsman - Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary 2
Emi Gatineau - Jazz
Kelsey Hamon - PreDance, Teen Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary
Chloe Albin - Tap, Improv, Contemporary/Lyrical 3/4
Natalie Dukane - Hip Hop

Guest Instructors

Shane Donohue - Tap
Taylor Easley - Yoga
Thomas House - Improv, Contemporary/Lyrical 3/4
Kim Lusk - Improv, Contemporary/Lyrical 3/4
Cait Wyler - Ballet


Shane Donohue
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Shane Donohue graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BA in Dance and a minor in Psychology. At UWSP Shane received the Incoming Freshman Scholarship in Dance, the Bukolt Family Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, and the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. He has performed works Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Michael Estanich, Larry Keigwin, Autumn Eckman, Zoe Scofield, Bennyroyce Royon, Dylan Ward, Laura Rodriguez, Mike Esperanza, and Kate Wallich (YC2). 

Thomas House
Thomas was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA where he trained in dance primarily with Denise Wall. He began his formal training at Purchase College, SUNY where he graduated in 2014. While in school he performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Doug Varone, Twyla Tharp and had the opportunity to study dance abroad for 4 months in Taipei, Taiwan. Thomas recently moved to Seattle from Brooklyn where he worked as a freelance dance artist. He joined Kate Wallich + The YC in January 2016. Along with performing with The YC, his most recent performances include an 8 city international tour with Abraham in Motion, shows with Aszure Barton & Artists at the NY City Center “Fall for Dance” festival and the premiere of KT Neihoff’s Before We Flew Like Birds. We Flew Like Clouds. Thomas has also worked and performed with Loni Landon Dance Project, LoudHoundMovement, TOES for Dance and Zoe|Juniper. In 2014 and again in 2015, he presented his own work “to see. [arena] reaction to you” in NYC.

Kim Lusk
Kim Lusk is descended from a hearty line of cowboys, homesteaders, and mountaineers. A performer and choreographer based in Seattle, her choreography has been presented at Velocity Dance Center, Bumbershoot, Vashon Center for the Arts, Trigger. New Dance Happenings., Seattle International Dance Festival, and Connecticut College. Her work is supported by Velocity’s Creative Residency program. Kim has performed with zoe|juniper, and serves as Rehearsal Director + Choreographic Assistant to the company setting zoe|juniper's work around the country. She currently performs with Peggy Piacenza and Britta Joy Peterson. She holds a degree in dance from Connecticut College.

Cait Wyler
Cait is a dance instructor, performer, and art administrator. She has been a professional teacher for ten years, specializing in advanced ballet technique. After graduating Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A in Dance, Cait went on to perform and choreograph in both New York City and Miami. Since moving to Seattle she has taught at Velocity Dance Center and Bainbridge Dance Center; performed with Mark Haim and Anna Conner + Co; and worked at Velocity as both an Operations Manager and Programming Coordinator. Behind the scenes, Cait has worked with contemporary dance artists KT Niehoff, Zoe Scofield, Kate Wallich, Jody Kuehner, Patrick Kilbane, and Coriolis to produce performances and workshops. She was also an instrumental part of the Capitol Hill Arts District pop-up building V2 (2016) which featured both daily events and large-scale arts events. Cait believes that, through dance, young people can be empowered to fully express their creative self and inspire their peers to do the same.