Photo of Darrah BlantonDarrah Blanton (she/her) began teaching children’s dance in Seattle in 1999. She specializes in ballet, tap, creative movement, parent-toddler, beginning jazz, and musical theater. Her students have ranged in age from 1 to 18. Darrah has been on faculty at All That Dance, American Dance Institute, Spectrum Dance, Urban Monkeys, Young Child Academy, Interlaken preschool, The Secret Garden preschool, and the Queen Anne & Laurelhurst Community Centers. She created original choreography for Ingraham High School’s productions of Grease, Guys & Dolls, and Seussical: The Musical.

Darrah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington with a double degree in Dance and English. She continued her studies in workshops at the Creative Dance Center, featuring the BrainDance and other teaching techniques.

As a child growing up in Bellingham, Washington, Darrah studied with Wendy Setter at the Dance Studio and with Isabel and Teo Morca at the Morca Academy. After moving to Seattle in 1996, Darrah performed at the University of Washington, Velocity, Seattle Center, The Chamber Theater, On The Boards, and Freehold Theater. She recently returned to live in her hometown of Bellingham with her husband and their two young sons.

Photo of Dakota CristDakota Crist (she/her) is a performing and teaching artist based in Seattle, Washington. She relocated from her home state of Montana to pursue a BFA in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts, graduating in 2016 with a focus in dance performance. Dakota has performed with Ballet Montana, Sacramento Ballet, and The Three Yells.

Dakota developed a love for teaching and dance education while still a young student, leading her to pursue a career in dance education. She began teaching movement in Montana and has continued teaching in Seattle. Dakota attended the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers held at the Creative Dance Center, focusing on Brain Compatible Dance Education.

Photo of Sara StevensSara Stevens (she/her) is passionate about ensuring movement and theater art opportunities for youth. When she was 11, a dance studio opened in her rural MN town and she never stopped dancing. She continued to study ballet, tap, and modern, performed in several musicals, recitals, and talent shows, even after becoming a mom. She has been teaching creative movement classes in preschools and beginning ballet/tap in elementary schools in Seattle since 2013. She was a choreographer for 4 musicals at Loyal Heights Elementary. She also helped develop theater arts program at Whitman Middle School – during COVID school closure, her students performed a live Radio Play over Zoom with listeners tuning in from all over the US.

With this diverse background, her dance classes often include aspects of dance, music, and theater. The joy that dance brings to children gives her energy to keep up with the little ones! She also loves swimming in Puget Sound, doing yoga, and hiking with her teenagers.