Jenny Dubac is a native of Massachusetts, where she began studying dance with Kennith Lipitz and Shelly Ziebel. The Boston Ballet School and North Carolina School of the Arts played an important part in her training before she attended the Juilliard School, graduating in 2004 with a BFA in Dance. Marriage to an orchestral clarinetist took her west with stops at the Milwaukee Ballet and the Santa Fe Opera before settling down in Portland, OR ten years ago. She performed with Polaris Dancer Theatre from 2008-2016 and continues to teach for Polaris Dance Theatre and PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Jenny teaches Ballet on Mondays.
Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Melissa began her early training with Bob and Carol Hanlin, and her formative years with Michele Anderson and Denise Rinaldi at the Santa Barbara Ballet Center/Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. Upon graduating from high school, Melissa trained full-time with the Houston Ballet Academy and later the Lou Conte Dance Center/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has performed with Houston Ballet, Houston Grande Opera, Smuin Ballet, Company C Contemporary Ballet, State St. Ballet, Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, and spent four years performing domestically and internationally with David Parsons' company, Parsons Dance. Melissa graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Art History, and a minor in Exercise and Health Science. She also holds her comprehensive Pilates Certification from Body Arts and Science International and enjoys teaching all of her students, in Pilates or dance, how to use their bodies most efficiently and effectively while enjoying the movement and expression of the moment.
Melissa teaches Contemporary on Tuesdays
Katie Scherman is an artist, choreographer, teacher, and movement researcher based in Portland, OR. Scherman has performed with Houston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Washington Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Zhukov Dance Theatre, Terpsicorps Dance Theatre, Bodyvox, and numerous festivals and galas around the world. In 2009, she was honored with a Princess Grace Award in Dance. Scherman holds a BFA in Dance from LINES/Dominican University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon. She was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship at the University of Oregon from 2012-2015 and is the 2015 precipitant of the UO Graduate Student Emerging Artist Award. Her research is deeply rooted in the creative process, vulnerability, and collaboration. Scherman was award a 2016 Alembic Artist Residency at Performance Works NW where she premiered her first evening length work, "Complicated Women" in which she directed, choreographed, and performed in. Scherman has held guest residencies at Pacific University, University of Utah, LINES Ballet/Dominican program, and Bodyvox Junior Generator program. Her choreography and teaching have been presented through the US. Most recently, Scherman held a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the School of Dance at the University of Utah. She was a 2017 Guest Artist for Salt Dance Fest.
Katie teaches Contemporary Ballet on Wednesdays.
Michelle Davis was born in Dallas, Texas. She trained with the Dallas Ballet Academy under the direction of Flemming and Vivi Flindt. She worked as a student dancer with the Dallas Ballet and Ballet Dallas, and Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School. In 1989 Michelle joined the San Francisco Ballet School and was named an apprentice in 1991. She danced for eight seasons with San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, and also danced in 1996/97 with they Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark. She made guest appearances dancing with Maximum Dance, Nevada Festival Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Ballet Arts Ensemble in Michigan, Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, and Pacific Festival Ballet in Oregon. In 2004 Michelle moved to Portland and has since enjoyed teaching and choreographing for Stites, Columbia Dance Ensemble, BodyVox, Vancouver Dance Theatre, Polaris, Vancouver School of Arts and Academies, Northwest Dance Project, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, and PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Michelle teaches Ballet on Thursdays.