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Kathryn Howard School of Dance opened in 1985 with forty enrollments and has seen growth to over four hundred enrollments over the past 31 years.

We are located in Roseburg, on the NW corner of Garden Valley Blvd and Stephens St (behind Ken's Dry Cleaning). Our new location has 6,000 sq ft of brand new dance space! With three large studios, sprung dance floors, mirrors, barres, dressing room and plentiful viewing areas for spectators.

Kathryn’s approach is wholesome and holistic. She believes dance is the vehicle for building not only artistry, poise, grace, coordination and rhythm, but also self-esteem in children. As they see themselves accomplish goals through discipline and effort, they progress in other areas of their life as well. Kathryn feels that she is helping not only to develop dancers, but healthy, happy people. Classes are taught in a positive atmosphere where creativity is allowed to blossom.

Our Instructors

Kathryn Howard, Owner/Instructor

Training/Experience:
• Trained in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Royal Academy of Dance method of ballet • Studied the Limon & Cunningham methods of Modern Dance in New York City • Extensive training in Los Angeles under jazz masters Joe Tremaine and Roland Dupree • Dance major at Brigham Young University, performed with the acclaimed Dance Company, Orchesis • Educated in Virginia Tanner method of teaching children at University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Personal Philosophy: • Dance is the vehicle for building not only artistry, poise, grace, coordination and rhythm, but also self-esteem.
Fun Facts: • Founder/Director of Umpqua Youth Musical Theatre Company and choreographer for several UCC productions • Mother of six, married to husband Russ, for 39 years, grandmother of three • Loves fresh flowers, particularly the ones grown in her garden


Caitlin Christopher, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• BFA in Dance from University of Georgia • Performed solo roles in Cirque de Lune, Casanova, Zorro, & Pride and Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet and had the opportunity to perform in Italy as member of Ballet Fantastique contemporary ballet company • Trained at North Atlanta Dance Academy, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Boston Ballet • Notable achievements in choreography: Intoxicating Misery for Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), Unquiet Divide at American College Dance Festival Association, NYC-SYR: Seat 24 nominated for ACDFA, and the Shedd Institute’s How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying, Mary Poppins and Anything Goes
Personal Philosophy: • Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. – Gail Devers
Fun Facts: • Loves chocolate and Kalamata olives (but not together) • Was a nationally ranked equestrian • Is a classically trained soprano


Haley Howard, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• Dancer since age eight; skilled in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop, and tap • Dance education in New York, Georgia, California, Oregon, and Washington • Continues training at master classes throughout the USA
Personal Philosophy: • To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
Fun Facts: • Enjoys drawing and painting, both realism & abstract • Happily married to Adam and joyful mother of two • Listens to every genre of music and loves it all!


Erina (Ellie) Dantibo, Instructor

Dance Training/Experience: • Graduate of Santa Monica College as dance major • Highly skilled in modern, jazz, hip hop, and reggae • Performed with the acclaimed collabor8 dance company in “World of Dance” & “Carnival” in Los Angeles, Zepp & Megante in Tokyo, and as a dancer alongside Reggae artist E-Dee • Choreographer for the Tokyo Mirage • Studied with Alvin Ailey dance company and Broadway Dance Center in New York, trained by Nolan Padilla, Malaya, Victor Rojas and Rino Nakasone and many other greats
Personal Philosophy: • Seek joy, peace, honor, and happiness. Carpe diem – seize the day!
Fun Facts: • Born & raised in Tokyo • Is a master calligraphist • Avid animal lover (owner of 3 spoiled dogs!) • Favorite flower is hibiscus



Hannah Spagnola, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• Trained in classical ballet (Cecchetti), musical theatre, tumbling, and tap • Performed in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphide, and Camille Saint-Saen’s Carnival of Animals
Personal Philosophy: • Through dance you can find strength, grace, beauty and passion you might not otherwise experience.
Fun Facts: • Studied early childhood education college • Accomplished teacher, happily married to Paul for over 10 years, mother of two, active community, church and civic member • Lives on a farm with 20 chickens, 2 cats & 2 dogs!



Brooke Corder, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• 9 years All Star Competitor • Member of dance team at Southern Oregon University • 2010 NCA Top All American, Top Individual 6A State High School division • AACCA safety certified for cheer, stunt, and tumbling
Personal Philosophy: • Life begins outside of the comfort zone.
Fun Facts: • Bachelor degree in Archaeology, Environmental Studies & Geography • Loves mountain biking, essential oils, yoga, and popcorn • Enjoys life with boyfriend Sean & Siamese kitty Walter White



Kelsey Thompson, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• Extensive training in hip hop, street Jazz and lyrical dance • Performed with Zapp Dance Co. throughout the United States 2003 -2015 • Master Degree in Education, Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology, currently teaching in the Roseburg School District
Personal Philosophy: • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss
Fun Facts: • Loves all animals and has two cats and one dog.• Loves to travel



Evan Redling, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• Urban Dance Training Program, Lorrach, Germany • Specializing in break dance and hip hop • Choreographer & member of EDF Crew (Everyday Fun)
Personal Philosophy: • Life cannot happen without change, learning cannot happen without mistakes, so who says work can’t happen without having fun?
Fun Facts: • Passionate about eating & sleeping • Met his idol Marquise Scott on Hollywood Blvd



Bryn Finlayson, Instructor

Training/Experience:
• 10 year competitive gymnast, Level 7 USA Gymnastics • Extensively trained in vault, beam, bars & floor • AACCA safety certified for cheer, stunt, and tumbling • Beam & Floor Champion, Level 7 State of Oregon 2011 • Varsity level cheerleader, experienced flyer & back base
Personal Philosophy: • Be scared and do it anyway
Fun Facts: • Can imitate musical instruments with only her mouth • Interested in pursuing medicine or police work as a career • Loves singing in the shower!



Holly Russell, Studio Assistant

Training/Experience:
• Graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho with degree in Fine Arts. • Leading roles as Dorothy in The Wiz and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes; supporting roles in Grease, Brigadoon, Music Man & Into the Woods to name a few.
Personal Philosophy: • Go out and make your mark. - Elizabeth Arden
Fun Facts: • Volunteers for March of Dimes. • Enjoys driving with the windows down and the music turned up! • Has a penchant for diet soda.



Coreen Harker, Studio Manager

Dance Training/Experience: • Trained figure skater 16 years; ice dancing specialty.
Personal Philosophy: • Keep an attitude of gratitude.
Fun Facts: • Born and raised in Canada. • First time meeting husband was at a dance, where they danced 17 hours straight in a dance-a-thon! • Loves photography, hiking & reading.

1437 NE Dee Street, Roseburg, OR 97470  Phone: 541-672-8811  
Email: kathryn@roseburgdance.com

 

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