About

Photo of Darrah BlantonDarrah Blanton 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 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 Hayley ShannonHayley Shannon is a dance artist and teaching artist based in Seattle, WA who is passionate about the power of dance to unite and heal. She is a faculty member at Velocity Dance Center, Creative Dance Center, Spectrum Dance Theater and teaching artist with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs and independently. Hayley is a company dancer with The Three Yells and creates dance work as an investigation of humanity. She is a board member of Dance Educators of Washington (DEAW) and coordinates community outreach programs for Spectrum Dance Theater.

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, she earned a B.A. in Communications and Dance from Michigan State University. She went on to study LivingDance~LivingMusic, an alternate-route dance/movement therapy program, with Dr. Danielle Fraenkel in Corfu, Greece as well as ongoing investigations of dance, somatics and body consciousness in the Pacific Northwest. Hayley's studies in somatics will take her out-of-state this fall, but she will return to teaching at DBD in 2019.