Marysville Performing Arts Centre has been an active establishment in the Marysville are since 2002. We are also a home base for Charity Dance Project. Between these two entities we have multiple performance opportunities each year and a little something for everyone! We hope you'll come give us a chance to be your home-base for dance!
Emily Price - Owner/Instructor
Emily has enjoyed dancing since she was six years old. Loving all kinds of dance, she has trained in tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and ballet and is always happy to try something new. Growing up, she went to dance classes four nights a week before studying and performing with Western Washington University’s Dance Department, while earning a B.A. degree in English Literature in 2007.
As enthusiastic as Emily is about dancing, she is equally enthusiastic about teaching and passing knowledge on to others. She has been teaching dance since early 2003 at various studios in the PNW and since finishing her Masters in Teaching in 2011 she taught in four area school districts with secondary students. She has owned MPAC since August, 2012 and currently teaches English/Journalism at Lakewood High School.
Emily is also the founder of Charity Dance Project. A local dance/arts group whose main ambition is to organize arts events for charity purposes. Their first show, "Sur L'eau," in November of 2014 raised $685 dollars for charity:water helping build wells in third world countries. Their second show in April of 2015 raised just over $632 for the Coccoon house in Everett, helping at risk and misplaced youth. in 2016 $672 was donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation; $2000 to Forefront: Suicide Prevention in 2017 and the 2018 charity event sent $2002 to Summit Assistance Dogs.
Emily has also spent time working with students from Marysville Pilchuck High School's Drama Department choreographing for their 2015 spring musical, "Mary Poppin's," which included some of the original Broadway Choreography - a treat to learn and teach. She looks forward to future work with community youth both inside and outside the studio!
Charlotte Blanchett - Instructor
Charlotte has been dancing since the age of eight, after seeing the Radio City Rockettes on TV. She was determined to be a tap dancer just like them. After twenty-two years and studying forms of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Swing, Tap still remains her favorite. Charlotte studied dance as much as five days a week and was successful at competitions including the Tremaine convention and competition and the Paula Abdul Co-Dance competitions where she earned "High Silver(s)" for her own choreography at the age of 14. Charlotte has had experience both teaching classes and creating her own choreography for students and recital since high school. During college Charlotte continued to teach at multiple studios and earned her Associate of Arts degree from Edmonds Community College in 2005.
Charlotte has a passion for just about anything performance related and is always eager to learn new things. Charlotte performed with her high school's Theatre Department including the productions, "Anything Goes," where she tutored other students in Tap dancing and, "Crazy for You." She also did stage work for "Into the Woods". Charlotte spent several years in her schools woodwind and pep bands playing flute before dance took over the last of her free time.
Besides just dance, Charlotte believes that good community is achieve throuh helping one another in any way that we can. Charlotte has actively been involved in clubs and organizations that promote equality and anti-bullying messages since she was in high school. She also believes that extra-curricular activities help to shape our youth to be responisbile, structured, team players who put the whole of the group above the needs of just one. Through self-expression in a safe environment we learn there is beauty in all of our differences and that each individual has something special and unique to offer that can shape us all into something better. Charlotte also takes community one step farther by making an effort to support our local businesses whenever she can and by participating in Charity Dance Project, raising money for those who are less fortunate or a cause that is benefitting us all.
Charlotte is excited to work with the students of Marysville Performing Arts Centre!
Teresa Hanawalt - Instructor
Teresa Hanawalt graduated Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in dance in 2003. Teresa danced with Kristina Dillard’s Big Red Dance Company in 2004 and 2005. In January 2006, Teresa’s piece ALL AGAINST ME was reset by Maya Soto on the Vancouver School of Arts and Academic’s dance company. Teresa has been co-artistic director of NorthWest Dance Syndrome, a collaborative modern dance company, for the past 5 years.
Teresa has choreographed and performed professionally as part of NorthWest Dance Syndrome throughout the Seattle area, working with many artists and performing at a variety of venues. Teresa presented her choreography and performed at the Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts in 2002 and with NorthWest Dance Syndrome in 2004 and 2007. She performed site specific work with NorthWest Dance Syndrome as part ofSiteWorks at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in 2006. In January 2007, NorthWest Dance Syndrome produced their third full-length evening of dance premiering their new work Red Tent. In April 2007, NorthWest Dance Syndrome premiered Perch as part of the Walrus Dance Company’s production, Elegant Absurdities and guest performed in Exit Space’s spring show at the Broadway Performance Hall.
Teresa also performed with NorthWest Dance Syndrome at 12 Minutes Max at On the Boards in March 2007, and was part of the 12 Minutes Max Showcase at Bumbershoot in September, 2007. In September and October, 2007, Teresa premiered a new choreographic work titled Angle Of Repose in NorthWest Dance Syndrome’s 4th full length evening of dance, CHARGING RHINOS. Teresa currently enjoys teaching at MPAC and PNB.
Julie Hodgen - Instructor
Julie Hodgen has been dancing since 2001 and has trained in multiple dance styles including tap, jazz, modern, ballet, and hip hop. She has been teaching since 2014, training dancers in tap, jazz, and hip hop. Alongside teaching, Julie is also an understudy dance for Le Faux' s at Julia's on Broadway. Julie has received additional dance training under Stacy J, Kolanie Marks, Matt Stefanina, and John Roque. Her main goal with dance is to help people see a whole new side to themselves and to help them grow into strong, talented individuals.
Heather Smith - Office Manager
Heather has been married for 41 years and has three grown children, a son and two daughters (her pride and joy), along with four absolutely adorable granddaughters.
As a parent, Heather has enjoyed watching her own daughters grow up with a passion and love for dance and performing. She was involved in most aspects of her own daughters dancing careers. Heather served on the Board of Directors for twelve years at another dance studio where she helped with fund raisers, organized costume orders, programs and many of the other details involved in recitals.
Heather has a background in customer service and is very detailed and organized. She loves to spend any time she can with her family and friends. She also enjoys scrapbooking and reading.
Heather is excited to be part of the staff at MPAC and is looking forward to seeing all of you!
Jan Hodgen - Office Staff
Jan has been part of the MPAC team since the studio opened in 2002. The same year her daughter began dancing at Marysville Performing Arts Centre. Jan and her husband married in 1985. They have three children and recently became proud grandparents.
Living in the Marysville/Arlington area her entire life, Jan has enjoyed volunteering for many organizations and events including the Marysville School District, PTA, Marysville Strawberry Festival, and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Jan loves spending time with her family, attending sporting events and working with the staff, parents and students at MPAC.
Emmie Boas - Instructor
Emmorie Boas has been dancing at Marysville Performing Arts Center for fourteen years. She specialize in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap. She been taking Jazz for ten years and has been in the highest Jazz class for the last five. By teaching classes she hope to not only strengthen the dance style of her students, but also herself.
Laura Koty - Instructor
Laura Koty has danced at Marysville Performing Arts Centre for the past eleven years, studying ballet and tap. Laura performed as a lead dancer in MPAC’s productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Return to the Land of Sweets.” Previously she performed in the Moscow Ballet Company’s production of “The Great Russian Nutcracker” as a Party Guest. She loves dance and is excited to work with the students!
Kalena Tadio - Instructor
Kalena first started dancing with Hula when she was 5, and later began studying Hip-Hop and tap. She later joined MPAC and began expanding her horizons with Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz, and Modern, and has been dancing here for the past 5 years. Doing a few privates and solo’s over the years to get out of her comfort zone, build confidence and overall be able to be the choreographer she is today, is something she is thankful for. Kalena has been a TA for a class here in the past, as well as choreographed her first group piece, “Stamina” for the most recent Charity Dance Project, which featured her fellow dance friends. Her passion she has for dance is a force to be reckoned with.
Outside of dancing Kalena is pursuing Dentistry. She attends EVCC and is fulfilling her prerequisites to later go into the Dental Hygienist program at Lake Washington VoTech.
Kalena is excited to see all the faces that are ready to not only learn but also build that passion for dance even more. She wants to push them in a way that will help them realize what they're capable of individually as well as together.
Kalena is honored to be apart of the MPAC staff and can’t wait to have a great year!
Elli Madsen - Instructor
Elli has been a passionate lover of dance since she was three years old. At this time she began her training at Island Dance located on south Whidbey Island.
Here she was later given the opportunity to join their pre-professional dance company Whidbey Island Dance Theater. Elli received her BFA in Dance from Western Washington Universty.
While here she studied extensively in both Ballet and Contemporary. Throughout her dance career Elli has worked with many outstanding choreographers, such as: Eva Stone, Marlo Ariz-Martin, Aaron Cash, Daniel Wilkins and Lara Littlefield. She has also performed works by, Doug Varone, Liz Gerring and Joachim Schloemer. Looking towards the future Elli cannot wait to continue to grow as both a dancer and teacher; she can't wait to meet all of her new students!
Cassie Skye Howlett - Instructor
Cassie Skye Howlett has been dancing for 10 years and recently received her BFA in Dance from Western Washington University with minors in Theatre and Psychology. Originally from Maple Valley, WA, her love for dance started with jazz and hip-hop and then she quickly moved onto ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. She currently lives in Bellingham where she performs and teaches with Bellingham Repertory Dance and teaches for a local studio called Harper & I.