The studio opened in July 2000, and started with a handful of girls. Through passion, dedication, and lots of hard work we have grown and grown over the years. I have had the honor to teach hundreds of children, watch them grow and graduate, and even have some of their children dance with me now. Our dancers have been selected in many programs and colleges dancing in the US, Europe, and Australia. I am so proud and blessed to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and love of dance with the community, and look forward to the next 15 years and the joy it brings to us all at Dreamweaver!!
Alanna Fisher began her ballet training in Arcata, California at the Academy of Ballet Arts with Nadine Cole. At sixteen, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the Rock School for Dance Education’s training program. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Utah, with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Ballet. While a student at the University of Utah she spent two years dancing with Utah Ballet, the department’s resident company, and three years dancing with the department’s Character Dance Ensemble. During her years with both companies she travelled, trained, and performed in Greece, Germany, and Costa Rica. After college, Alanna joined Ballet Fantastique, a chamber company in Eugene, Oregon. During her two years with Ballet Fantastique she performed in numerous productions, including the lead role in their 60’s Rock Opera, Cinderella, and also taught for their Academy. For the past two years, Alanna has been teaching all around the Oakland/Bay Area, and is now very excited to share her love of ballet with students in Redding.
Anna Pettis is originally from southwest Florida and began dancing at the age of seven. She furthered her training and toured with Ingredients Dance Company in Dallas, Ballet Magnificat’s Events Co. in Jackson MS, Filter Dance Co. in Champaign IL and is currently with Artesan Dance Company in Redding CA. She enjoys teaching and choreographing different genres of movement including Modern, Contemporary and African. Her passion is to explore the depths and connections of movement in a way that is authentic, creative and truth-oriented in all styles.
Chloe Dank has studied gymnastics for most of her childhood, competing across California and placing at the top in the state-wide competitions. Several years ago she discovered her passion for dance, and began excelling in Acro, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Lyrical. She is finishing High School at home, and has plans to pursue dance in college and Disneyworld. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her love for dance and gymnastics with children.
Jamie grew up in Redding and started dancing locally at a young age. In addition to study and performance she has attended competitions, conventions and workshops throughout the years. She was a cheerleader in high school, and became the teams captain and choreographer. She still works with the Enterprise High School cheerleaders as their choreographer. Jamie has a love of teaching and creating cutting edge routines. She is very excited to be taking over the hip hop classes this year at Dreamweaver, where she will deliver a dose of enthusiasm and energy to each and every class!
Began dancing at age four and has been dancing ever since! She believes studying dance can benefit anybody not just those pursuing a career. For seventeen years she has inspired her students to achieve their goals through discipline, knowledge, and performance . She continually reminds dancers that, ”All the talent in the world is worth nothing without the will to work.” Her extensive background in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern comes from years of study in New York, Washington, Oregon, Canada, and San Francisco. She is happy to be home in Redding with her husband and three children to share the joy of dance.
Kristen Olson grew up in Wasilla, AK. Starting out as a gymnast, she trained and competed as a level 7 and won 1st place in the state wide competition. She continued to train as a level 8 gymnast, but then discovered her love for dance and began training at Sonja’s Dance Studio. She trained in: ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, jazz drill, and clogging. After graduating high school, Kristen continued her dance education by completing Paradosi Ballet Company’s trainee program and also performed with the company. For the past two years, she has been dancing as the principal dancer with Enliven Dance Company in Wasilla AK. Kristen has taught in various studios in Washington and Alaska and is excited to be apart of the Dreamweaver family.
Michele Digesti Is a student at Enterprise High School. She has been dancing at Dreamweaver for 11 years. Michele excels in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, and Modern Dance. She was a founding member and soloist for the Dreamweaver Dance Team. She has danced many character roles in our story productions, and dedicates many hours to her love of dance. Her wish is to pursue dance in college and continue teaching or open her own studio.
Sierra Dank has danced since she was 3, studying a variety of styles, but her favorite has always been tap. She has studied under numerous instructors; many are the greats who originally developed tap as an art form. At UCD she continued her dance training, performing with the university dance teams. In San Diego, she danced and performed with “The Human Rhythm Project”, and has been teaching dance since she was 15. She has shared her love of dance with her 5 daughters, and is passionate about helping others discover the movement and the rhythm inside of them.
Tara Sturges became a dance teacher 6 years ago. She has been teaching Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at Dreamweaver for the past 3 years. Tara began dancing at age three and was involved in both dance and competitive gymnastics throughout her youth. She spent her high school and college years teaching gymnastics, and served in various churches as a choreographer of children's musicals. Tara was trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at multiple studios in Capitola, CA, Portland, OR, and Ceres, CA. She was a dance instructor in Ceres for 3 years prior to relocating to Redding. One of her favorite projects was creating the choreography for a local high school production of "Hello Dolly" in Modesto, CA. She loves working with her students as they grow in their love for dance. Tara has an eye for detail. Her teaching style produces dancers that are strong in both confidence and technique.