Meet the Infinity Instructors!
Kelsie first started her adventure in dance at eight years old through an after school program, giving ballet a try, but mostly only taking jazz classes until middle school. She then trained at a local studio in jazz, contemporary, ballet, and pointe until her senior year in high school. Along with that she was also greatly involved with choir and dramatics; performing in and also choreographing numerous pieces and shows. As a senior she was honored at the 5th Avenue High School Musical Awards in Seattle for her work in Aida. Kelsie attended Baldwin-Wallace University and became involved in their dance team; performing at numerous university events and even invited to perform half-time at an NBA game. In her first year of college she also continued training in ballet and jazz. She began her teaching career in fall 2013 and was pleased to join Infinity’s team one year later. Kelsie is involved in her community and also regularly choreographs for local school theater departments, choir departments, and local theaters. Kelsie's main teaching focuses at Infinity have been Musical Theater and a variety of levels in Jazz and Contemporary. She hopes to share her deep appreciation for movement and self expression with her students!
McKenna began dance classes at age three but became serious about her training when she was eight. McKenna is seasoned in several areas of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz, but specializes in classical ballet. She was a company member with the Ensemble Ballet Theatre from 2008-2017, becoming a Principle Dancer in 2015. McKenna has been in a number of productions throughout her time with the company. Some of her notable roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy (the Nutcracker), Rapunzel (Rapunzel), Swanhilda (Coppelia), the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), and Tinkerbell (Peter Pan). McKenna is currently attending Western Washington University where she continues her ballet training under former professional ballerina Cher Carnell. After graduating, she would love to open up her own studio and further share her love for dance. McKenna teaches ballet at Infinity Dance Company and can’t wait to have you in her class!
Cherie started dancing right here in Lynden at the age of 12. Beginning in a contemporary class, she very quickly discovered her love for the style. Cherie danced all throughout her school years both competitively and recreationally while training in contemporary, modern, ballet, and jazz. She began teaching dance for a homeschooling group at age 15 as well as assistant teaching here at Infinity. Cherie currently works as a company dancer for Intrepidus Dance, a modern dance company in Seattle. Looking forward, she plans on continuing her professional dance career in Seattle or elsewhere, and hopes to use her experience and skills to make dance more accessible to her community.
Samm started dancing in 10th grade on her school's mostly hip-hop dance team. When she moved over to Ellensburg to attend CWU for theatre arts she found her passion was truly dance. She was a Captain of the CWU Dance Cats from 2006-2010 training in many styles of dance and taking multiple dance courses through CWU’s dance program.
After five years of coaching the local middle school dance team, she opened up a free community dance program in February of 2010. This program gave youth a place to go after school where they could learn and grow not only in dance, but as young adults. Her free program became a nonprofit in 2016 by the name of Unity Center of Dance. This program went on to compete and gain multiple top and judge’s awards. Styles she loves to teach are Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, African Jazz, Funk, Pom, Acro, and Lyrical.
Samm is so excited and blessed to now be part of the Infinity Dance Family and hopes to bring her passion for dance to all.
Samm is certified with: DTW & UNLV Dance, Team USA Safe Sport, Concussion Management, Cheer and Dance Stunting, First Aid/CPR, USA Acro/Tumbling, coaching, and Fitness Certification.
Lucretia began dancing in 1980 at Susan Vaughn's school of dance. She also danced for the Jackson Civic Theater and the Coldwater Civic Theater. She studied dance and was a part of Jazzabout Productions at Lansing Community College from 1989-1991, while attending high school. She attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 5 years in a row from 1987-1991. She has been to many dance conventions including CNADM and DMA. She has taken master classes from Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Tommy Relabate, Judy Rice, Denise Wall and many more! Lucretia completed four summers for Teachers Training School by Dance Masters of America at Buffalo University. Her teaching experiences include 1 year teaching for Gloria Glalbreath, 10 years teaching at Susan Vaughn's School of Dance and 3 years teaching at A Gift of Dance. Lucretia has been with Infinity Dance Company since it opened!
Emily started dancing at a young age, taking classes at the YMCA, an after-school program and Sonlight Church. As her love for dance grew, she began to take more and more classes. By the time she entered high school she was training in jazz, tap, Hip Hop, contemporary, ballet, worship, pointe, and acro, as well as a member of the competition and performance teams at Infinity Dance Company. She has also played many roles in various shows, including Liesl in Nooksack Valley High School's "Sound of Music", and the Evil Queen in Infinity Dance Company's "Snow White." Emily graduated from Western Washington University in June 2018 where she continued to train in Ballet and Modern dance and major in Kinesiology. She plans to attend graduate school soon to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and become a physical therapist specializing in professional dancers. Outside of teaching dance, Emily also teaches yoga, barre and dance fitness. At infinity she is currently teaching jazz, conditioning, acro, hip hop and worship and is excited to share her love for dance and exercise with the students at Infinity Dance Company!
Dancing has been a big part of Callie’s life for 16 years. She started ballet as soon as there was a studio in Lynden (A Gift of Dance) and gradually picked up more classes over the years. Until her senior year of high school she trained in every style Infinity had to offer and spent most of her time at the studio (which she LOVED). Callie was also on the competition team for 3 years which she really feels inspired and pushed her artistry. Ever since Callie was little it has been a goal to teach at the studio. Callie received training from various instructors at Infinity as well as taking lots of different classes and master classes from dancers and instructors from many different dance companies. Callie loves teaching all styles but really finds a passion with teaching hip-hop. She furthers her hip-hop training by taking classes from Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. When she isn’t teaching or dancing she loves photography, cosmetology and music. She is currently attending Whatcom Community College to hopefully soon acquire a business degree!
Laura began dancing in California at the age of 4. She began her lessons with Ballet, Tap and Jazz and soon discovered Classical Ballet was her passion. At age 5, Laura’s mother found Salwa Rizkalla, a former Prima Ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet. At Salwa’s school, Southland Ballet Academy, Laura trained rigorously and her professional, classical ballet training dream was made a reality. At 10 years old, Laura was invited to be a Company member and perform with Festival Ballet Theatre. Laura performed professionally with this company until she was 17. Laura performed in Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Little Mermaid, La Bayadere, Gisele and The Nutcracker yearly with Festival Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Laura participated in master classes from many professionals including Prima Maya Plisetskaya, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Karen Kain,Paula Abdul and Peter Boal. Laura was accepted on full Scholarship to Los Alamitos performing Arts high school at age 13. Laura was accepted into summer programs at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Kirov. In Laura’s senior year of high school her family moved to Washington State where she danced with Morca Academy and then Northwest Ballet. Afterwards, Laura became an instructor at A Gift of Dance before coming to Infinity. Laura is the founder of Ferme' Productions and Owner of Dance Prodigy Booking. Dance Prodigy Booking has brought many professionals to Infinity Dance Company and Whatcom County and is excited to continue enriching the dance community in the northwest! Laura is excited to see where this Dynamic future leads! She is passionate about bringing every opportunity possible to our local dance community. Laura enjoys living in the Northwest with her Husband and 3 sons.