Morgan Trewin, Teacher
Morgan grew up dancing at her local studio in Bend, OR. She continued her dance practice at the University of Idaho where she earned a B.S. in Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health with a minor in Psychology. Morgan also began her teaching practice while at the University of Idaho. After graduating, Morgan moved to Seattle 2015. Since then, she has taught for private studios, preschool enrichment programs, Seattle Parks and Rec, and other community engagement projects. Morgan is thrilled to be a part of the RDC team!
Markeith Wiley, Teacher, Hip Hop Program Director
Hip Hop 1, 2, 3 & 4, Hip Hop Team Director
Markeith Wiley, hailing from Long Beach, CA is a dancer, choreographer and performer who easily moves between genres and the Artistic Director of The New Animals dance company. Markeith has been teaching Hip Hop for 13 yrs. and Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz for the past 9. He is a Cornish College of the Arts graduate and City Art Future Lister. Markeith has been teaching at RDC since 2015.
Cristen Klaja, Assistant Studio Director, Tap & Ballet Program Director
Pre-Ballet, Ballet/Tap combo, Hip Hop/Acro, Ballet 1 & 2, Tap 1, 2, 3, 4, Jazz 1, Contemporary 4
Jenna Baker, Studio Owner, Dance Team Director, Jazz & Contemporary Program Director
Jazz 3 & 5, Contemporary 1, Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet, Hip Hop/Acro 5-6 Hip Hop 6-8, Musical Theater, Dance Team Director
Jenna has been dancing for 37 years and teaching for 25. She began dancing and competing in Redlands, California and moved to Seattle in 1998. She completed her BFA in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts in 2007. She's danced with many award winning teachers and choreographers in the Los Angeles and Seattle areas, and has been teaching and choreographing in Seattle for more than 20 years. She started teaching at RDC in 2006 and took over as owner in 2012.
Jilyan Wolfe, Teacher
Acro 1 & 2, Jazz 2
Jilyan was born and raised in Massachusetts before moving to West to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from Arizona State University. She has had the opportunity to teach in studios, middle schools, high schools, and day & overnight camps in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona and Washington. Predominately trained in modern and jazz, Jilyan has also studied ballet, tap, and acrobatics. She holds two levels of certification through Acrobatic Arts, a certification through International Dance Teaching Standards, and has completed the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center, expanding her knowledge of Brain Compatible Dance Education.
Jilyan takes a personal approach to teaching dance. Her focus is on combining proper technique while exploring self-expression, confidence, and personal growth. She is dedicated to educating dancers about all areas of dance including its rich history, kinesiological principles and choreographic methods. More than anything, Jilyan is focused on having fun in the classroom and creating a love for dance and movement.
Sara Caplan, Teacher
Ballet 1, 2/3, 3/4, Pre-Pointe & Pointe
Sara Caplan is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist originally from Dedham, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre: Dance Performance and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY, The College at Brockport. She has performed in works choreographed by Kendra Portier, Laura Petersen, Maura Keefe, and Beth Gill. Sara has taught at The College at Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and The Pennsylvania State University teaching modern technique, ballet technique, conditioning and repertory. She has also taught ballet at Kennedy Dance Centre in Bellefonte, PA and Studio G Dance in Pittsburgh, PA to students of all levels aged 12-35. Her most recent teaching position was at Slippery Rock University teaching contemporary modern technique, improvisation, wellness, kinesiology and dance composition for dance majors and minors, as well as Dance: Art and Culture to non-dance majors. She is excited to be joining the RDC community!
Robert Moore, Teacher
Ballet/Contemporary 3 & 4
Robert Moore, from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Intensive. He went to Mexico with JUNTOS Collective, and taught with Notes in Motion, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, and JD/dansfolk. Robert graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, AATMA Performing Arts, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Karin Stevens Dance, the Guild Dance Company, Kinesis Project Dance Theater, The Gray, PRICEArts, Coriolis Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, and Spectrum Dance Theater.
Sarah Alaways, Teacher
Pre-Ballet, Ballet/Tap combo, Contemporary 2, 2/3 and 3, Jazz 4 and adult Tap 1
Sarah Alaways, MA Dance Performance, studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and has been teaching dance for 15 years. She has performed with Etude Ensemble (Irvine), Ad Deum II (Houston), Revolve (Houston), LEON Contemporary (Houston), and Transitions (UK) Dance Companies. Most recently, she performed in Velocity’s Bridge Project, Full Tilt 2019 (Phi Voba) and The Three Yells’ “A Crack in the Noise.” Her work has been performed in Project Dance (New York), ISAS Arts Festival (Houston), Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre (UK), Full Tilt 2019 (Seattle), Converge at the UHeights (Seattle), and 12 Minutes Max @ BASE (Seattle). Sarah also serves as a board member for Dance Educators Association of Washington. She is thankful to be a part of the RDC family!