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Karen Cannon director of Vancouver City Ballet in Vancouver, Washington.

Karen Cannon born and educated in England, Karen has her dance qualifications and teaching certificate in Classical Ballet, Tap, and Jazz from The International Dance Teachers Association (AIDTA). She spent 10 years touring the world as a professional dancer and choreographer and has been teaching dance for 30 years. Karen’s students have gone on to achieve placement in many prestigious programs, including Julliard, University of Arizona, Point Park University, and Cornish College of The Arts.

Under Karen’s direction, the Studio’s competition groups have gone on to achieve national recognition at events such as YAGP, ADA, NYCDA, Onstage, and Tremaine. Karen established Vancouver City Ballet & DanceWorks Dance Studio in 1993

Julia Ostrovskaia is a graduate of the Rambert School in London and has spent the last 5 years dancing around Europe and Israel. She is back in the Northwest and very excited to reconnect with the dancers here! Most of Julia’s training has focused on classical technique under Russian teachers, however, she is also well versed in contemporary dance. Julia enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities and focuses on a clean, classical approach that emphasizes covering space and traveling beyond one’s comfort limits.

Julia Ostrovskaia is a teacher at Vancouver City Ballet in Vancouver, Washington.

Alyssa Hofmann is a teacher at Vancouver City Ballet in Vancouver, Washington

Alyssa Hofmann started dancing at DanceWorks when she was three-years-old. At 16, she moved with her family to Seattle where she had the opportunity to experience other instructors’ styles of dance. She has had roles in the ballets “The Nutcracker,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Cinderella.” Alyssa is currently a student at Clark Community College where she is working toward her degree in Civil Engineering.

Brynn Hofer began training in modern and ballet in Washington State at Isabelle’s Dance Time. Soon after, adding jazz, lyrical and partnering technique to her studies. Brynn attended Western Washington University under scholarship and received a BFA in Dance and choreography. She graduated with honors and was the recipient of the outstanding graduate of the year award. While in college she danced works by Penny Hutchinson, Susan Haines, Nolan Dennett, and Richard Merrell, as well as performing with the Mt. Vernon Opera. Brynn was selected two years in a row, to perform a restaged work by the Liz Geering dance company, from New York. In 2015, Brynn joined Polaris Dance Theater as a company member, and is excited to be a part of the Danceworks family!

Stacy Staples is a teacher at Vancouver City Ballet in Washington.

Stacy Staples started dance at age 7 in Vancouver, WA and began her teaching career at 15 years old. She’s taught and choreographed for 4 studios including Vancouver City Ballet, holds a Cecchetti teaching certificate and was on Battleground high schools dance team. Married to Todd, they have three children together, Addison, Charlie and Huck. Stacy loves working with younger students and seeing them discover a love for dance that she discovered as a kid as well as adults who are trying dance for the first time.