Faculty & Staff

Employment Opportunities

Dance Premier is always looking for motivated, energetic instructors who may offer different styles and experiences to our valued students.  We are now hiring experienced hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and contemporary teachers for employment. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your resume to: ann@dancepremier.com

Our Instructors

Every member of Dance Premier's amazing staff works hard to promote a friendly and nurturing environment for all dancers and families. We strive to give each student a positive dance experience and also the opportunity to leave each class with a sense of accomplishment. For a more indepth look at each instructor's experience, please  read below. 

Contact Info

If you should need to contact one of our faculty, please use this link and put your teacher name in the subject line.   Email Your Teacher 
For teacher, class or facility issues or concerns, please email Ann Jackson, our Business Manager at  Email for Customer Service

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Stephanie McDougall Rud, President/Director

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Stephanie Rud is a member of Dance Masters of America with an extensive 27 year background in teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop to students of all ages. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance from the University of Washington and studied under the world renowned Anne Green Gilbert, specializing in Creative Movement teaching techniques for young children.

Ms. Stephanie’s innovative and motivational dance styles have placed her in the forefront of dance educators in the Greater Seattle area. As an instructor/choreographer for dance studios across the Western United States she has earned numerous awards including the prestigious “David De Marie” excellence in choreography award from Dance Masters of America. In addition, her dance students and choreography have been recognized on regional and national levels by West Coast Dance Explosion, CoDance, Starpower Spotlight Dance Cup, NYCDA’s “Critics Choice Award”, and many others. Her high energy jazz style has been featured as part of the College Football “Aloha Bowl” halftime extravaganza and in the former TV talent show “Destination Stardom”.

Ms. Stephanie’s reputation to produce excellent performers eventually led her to the NBA where she was hired as the Director/Choreographer for the Seattle Sonics Dance Team and WNBA Storm Dance Troupe from 1998-2002. In an effort to bring soStephanie Rud is a member of Dance Masters of America with an extensive 22 year background in teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop to students of all ages. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance from the University of Washington and studied under the world renowned Anne Green Gilbert, specializing in Creative Movement teaching techniques for young children.

Ms. Stephanie’s innovative and motivational dance styles have placed her in the forefront of dance educators in the Greater Seattle area. As an instructor/choreographer for dance studios across the Western United States she has earned numerous awards including the prestigious “David De Marie” excellence in choreography award from Dance Masters of America. In addition, her dance students and choreography have been recognized on regional and national levels by West Coast Dance Explosion, CoDance, Starpower Spotlight Dance Cup, NYCDA’s “Critics Choice Award”, and many others. Her high energy jazz style has been featured as part of the College Football “Aloha Bowl” halftime extravaganza and in the former TV talent show “Destination Stardom”.

Ms. Stephanie’s reputation to produce excellent performers emething fresh and new to the athletic arena, she was the first to break the mold by incorporating “male” hip-hop dancers to perform on the court. Several dancers who were trained by Stephanie during these years have gone on to dance professionally for such names as Beyonce, Rhianna, Savion Glover, Breed, and have been featured in the hip hop movie “Stomp the Yard”.


After her 20 year tenure of teaching at various dance studios, Stephanie opened Dance Premier in 2002 in Issaquah, Washington where she and her acclaimed faculty teach at 3 studio locations on the Sammamish Plateau. Ms. Rud is also the founder and Artistic Director of “Prodigy” Dance Company consisting of 70-80 dancers between the ages of 7-18 who have the desire and skill to perform at a competitive level.

Adding to Stephanie’s credits is her ongoing venture with the Seattle Mariners. She is the originator and choreographer for the now famous Seattle Mariner’s Grounds Crew Dance Routines and Junior Mariner’s Dancers which is an exclusive opportunity to Dance Premier Students.


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Angela Robinson

A California native, Angela moved to Washington ten years ago. She started ballet at the age of eight with the San Francisco Ballet School and studied under the instruction of her teachers Irena Jacobson, Lola De Avila, Pascale Leroy, Larisa Sklyanskaya, George Esquivel, Ricardo Bustamante alongside ongoing private lessons with Edward Ellison (former Soloist of SFB & master teacher of Ellison Ballet). For nine years she performed in the SFB Nutcracker and SFBS Student Spring Showcase. Active in high school dance/singing/theater programs Angela attended various summer ballet intensives in addition to SFBS summer intensive, including Victoria Morgan Ballet Workshop, Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive program, and Berkeley Ballet Theatre. She then continued her ballet studies with Professional Ballet School and performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre. While studying to be a pharmacy technician she took advantage of college and broadened her dance vocabulary with choreography and dance history courses. Angela is a ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Her extracurricular activities include American Kennel Club confirmation dog shows, breeding of French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs, and Subaru modifying..


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Mackenzy Isaacson

Miss Mackenzy has been dancing since she was two years old.  Mackenzy and her sister, Cassidy, both trained at Dance Premier and were members of the  Prodigy Dance Company until they were in their teens.  She later moved on to further her education at The Connection, Westlake, MK Ballet, Deborah Hadley's School and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Miss Mackenzy's training consists of ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop and Horton technique. Mackenzy won 1st in the USA and 6th in the world at Hip Hop Internationals Vegas in 2009 and was on Americas Got Talent in 2010 with the hip hop crew RNG.  She won 3rd place in contemporary at Youth America Grand Prix in 2011 and has trained at Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, as well as, Long Beach Ballet in Long Beach. Miss Mackenzy has performed in seven cities in China and, most recently, she has been dancing and performing in New York City with Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program.


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Kelli LaBelle

Miss Kelli has been with Dance Premier since she was 4 years old and in our Tiny Tutus class. Early on, she became one of the studio's top dancers and was on Dance Premier's very first Prodigy competition team formed in 2004. Ms. Kelli is an extremely talented dancer and choreographer who has experience teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern and hip hop. Ms. Kelli was a Dance Masters of America finalist and has traveled to New York City, LA and Las Vegas to compete at the national level. In addition to being part of our esteemed teaching faculty at Dance Premier, Ms. Kelli has shown her versatility not only by teaching dance, but by running our popular birthday parties, leading our summer ballerina camps and helping out in our administrative offices, all while attending the University of Washington!


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Melissa Tanner

Ms. Melissa began dancing locally at the age of six before enrolling in dance classes at the then- newly opened, Dance Premier.  While at Dance Premier, she joined the Prodigy Dance Company and competed locally and regionally.  During her time as a student at DP, she was well regarded by her teachers, her teammates and fellow students.  As one of the studio's senior dancers, Melissa began teaching our Tiny Tutus and PreDance level students and was running our successful summer princess camp program.  During this time, she fell in love with teaching children and decided to study dance education in college.  Ms. Melissa went on to attend Brigham Young University where she danced on scholarship, performed with the BYU Dance Ensemble Performing Group, student taught at Butler Middle Shool in Utah and received a BA in Dance Education with an emphasis in Modern. Upon returning "home" to the Issaquah area, Ms. Melissa has been working as a dental assistant, teaching ballet at Evergreen City Ballet and now has joined the esteemed faculty of Dance Premier!  We are thrilled to have Ms. Melissa back with us and know you will love her as much as we do!


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Ashley Waterworth

Ms. Ashley started dancing at the age of four and originally comes from North of the border in Vancouver, Canada! She is trained in many dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, and Musical Theatre. She competed in many competitions locally during her studio years and was lucky to travel to places such as Nevada and California to train with world renowned teachers. Ashley has also danced for many events leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, was a dancer in the main stage shows at the Pacific National Exhibition for a decade, and has even danced for the Queen of England!!!  After graduating from high school, Ms. Ashley taught dance to students of all ages in Vancouver, Canada until she decided she wanted to take her dancing to a professional level and set off to be a dancer on cruise ships. This was a great opportunity for Ashley as she got to travel the world while doing what she loved!!! Six years later and she is back on land having travelled to over 100 countries around the world in places such as Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Mediterranean having danced in over twenty five different production shows on-board!

After moving to Seattle in 2015, Ashley found that she was missing one piece of her puzzle and that was dancing!  Ashley is so grateful for meeting Stephanie Rud and is so excited to get back to teaching. Dance Premier is very excited to have Ms. Ashley's positivity and high energy on our Dance Premier team!  We know our dance families will love Ms. Ashley!


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Chelsea Henriques-Tyson, Office Admin/Instructor

Chelsea Henriques-Tyson has been dancing for 21 years and has trained with Chris Jacobsen, Sonya Tayeh, Justin Giles, and Mandy Moore.  She graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance and a Minor in Education. While building her dance career, as well as her choreographic portfolio, she taught and traveled extensively on the West Coast and internationally in England, prior to touring with a professional dance company in Paris France.  Ms. Chelsea has also danced on the Disney Channel and has won many national titles and choreographic awards, including placing in the top 10 for the American Dance Awards against USA, Canada, and South Africa.  Dance Premier is thrilled to add Chelsea to our esteemed faculty.


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Alayna Wong

Alayna Wong trained at Huntington Academy of Dance in Southern California for 10 years before moving to Washington and joining International Ballet Academy in 2014. She has studied the Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Balanchine methods in classical ballet under renowned teachers including Marnell Himes-Ushijima, Gary Joyce, Vera Altunina, Francois Serre y Berga, Le Yin, and Stephanie Saland; she has also studied many other genres of dance including jazz, modern, character, and others. Alayna has taught throughout Washington State and has enjoyed her time as a member of the faculty of Dance Premier.


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Sam Ahmed

Sam Ahmed is a dancer and creative performer who is deeply passionate about storytelling and emotional communication. Sam’s dance background consists of hip hop and jazz-funk movement with contemporary influences. Originally from California, Sam is also trained in acting and musical theatre, having spent early years performing and competing with Cupertino Actor’s Theatre. He found a true passion in dance through musical theatre, and shifted focus, performing and choreographing hip-hop and jazz-funk within his community in northern California. Upon graduating college, Sam moved to Seattle in 2015, and immediately fell in love with Westlake Dance Center. He has since trained with and performed for many teachers at WDC, being ever-passionate about growth and versatility across styles. Sam brings theatre elements of stage presence, authenticity, and raw energy to his dance teaching, creating a unique approach that encourages students to shine in their best light. He currently dances with Varsity Dance Company (Isaac Tualaulelei) and The Purple Lemonade (Ron Gatsby) and has been a part of Westsiders Company (Hannah Wintrode), The Z Project (Zsa Baysa), and other Seattle-based groups. Notable performances include the World Choreography Awards, Choreographer’s Carnival, World of Dance Seattle, and the Seattle Mariner’s halftime show. Dance Premier is very happy to have Sam join our faculty team!


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Emily Chen

Emily Chen recently immigrated to the Seattle area from China and is currently is attending the University of Washington.  Ms. Emily was a student at the Guangxi Arts Academy from 2005-2011 where her focus was Chinese Classical Dance. Upon graduating, she later went on to attend the Bejing Dance Academy where she performed as a company dancer until early 2018.  Most recently, Ms. Emily was a soloist in the ballet drama “Xi’er" and was also a lead dancer in the Classical Chinese Ballet, “Flying” and “Praise of the Lotus”.  Dance Premier is thrilled to have Ms. Emily expanding our dance program by teaching Classical Chinese Dance and Chinese Ethnic Folk on Saturdays at our studio!  


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Ann Jackson, Business Manager

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Ann Jackson has been with Dance Premier since the early days when we were holding classes in a tiny room at The Plateau Club and is the studio's current Business Manager.  Born and raised in Maine, she developed a love for all things dance under the tutelage of Vivian Foy Stacey. While attending high school at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, Ann chose cheerleading over dance, but always wished she had continued dancing. After college, marriage, 2 daughters, and a move to the Pacific NW, Ann found herself searching for dance classes for her young daughters. After a chance meeting with Stephanie Rud and learning about her new studio called Dance Premier, Ann immediately signed her girls up for ballet classes. Developing a friendship with Miss Stephanie in the early days of DP, Miss Ann became the studio's first Office Manager, a position she held and enjoyed for five years. After "retiring" to spend more time with her busy family, Ann returned to the Dance Premier family in 2013. We are so glad to have Miss Ann back in the office at Dance Premier!


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Naomi Bray

Bio coming soon...


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Ashley Guiberson

Bio coming soon...n