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Hip Hop Coach:  

"My dream in the arts has always been to share my passion of dance, whether that is through performing or teaching. I love to take what I feel from a song and put it into expressive movements. I have always dreamt of being a professional choreographer one day. Choreographing for a famous artist would be amazing!

I have had the opportunity to perform throughout the many years I have spent at ESPA! I have been at this studio since I was four years old, and have grown up performing in showcases as well as dance competitions. I also had the unique opportunity to start a dance club at my high school two years ago. In this club I got the opportunity to create choreography and teach it to my fellow classmates.

My mom will always be a huge inspiration in my life. I got my dancing genes from her, and throughout my childhood, I have learned how to connect with people through movement. She has always inspired me to embrace who I am, and wear my heart on my sleeve."

McKenzie Olson

Demi/Developing Coach:

"My dream in the arts has been to learn and grow more in the art form and share my knowledge as best I can with those wanting to learn and grow also! I am an ESPA alumnus from the start of my dance journey! I have had the wonderful opportunity to perform and compete with Expressions and now I get to create alongside the same coaches that taught me to be the dancer I am today. The biggest inspiration in my dance career has been from all of my former coaches as they provided me with the opportunity and guidance to learn and grow with them, followed by my former peers with all hat they contributed to my growth to push myself out of my comfort zone in not only my dancing by in my everyday life as well.

Dance holds a large place in my life as it has given me a way to identify and work through my emotions when I need it most!"


Demi/Developing Coach: 

"What has been my dream in the arts is to take what I have learned throughout the years and inspire my students and others with it.

I want to inspire others in ways of pushing through hard seasons, the way I learned to discover myself, and the way I express myself through movement.

I have had the opportunity to create and perform through competing dance for 7 years, and doing shows through local theatre. They both taught me to express myself in ways I can't explain simply through speaking.

The ones who have inspired me along the way are  my family, my amazing dance coaches Brenda, Jessica, and Katrina who I grew up training with, as well as Kiana Thoreson who I always looked up to as a young dancer and my first solo choreographer.

They all have had a huge impact in my life and have inspired me in so many different ways."

Emma Jillson

Developing/Devoted Coach:

"I dream of opening a dance studio of my own that centers its focus on dancing to worship God, and using the talents that God has given us in a way that honors Him. I want to be able to use dance as a way to reach people in as many ways as I can. I hope that I reach that goal by one day opening that studio that I've been dreaming of. 

I’ve been in the performing arts since I was eight, and I actually started out in musical theater productions before I switched to dance at fourteen, where I was given opportunities to perform at competitions and showcases.

My grandma was a very big inspiration to me, as she was the one who first got me into dance, and she always encouraged me to try something new. My coaches were also big inspirations to me along the way, and I'm grateful to every single one who believed in me when I often times didn't. My mom is also a big inspiration to me because no matter what life threw her way, she remained strong and resilient."

Abby Locke

Demi Coach:

Bio coming soon!

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Scotlyn McGowan

Demi/Developing Coach:

ESPA is where I found my love for dance and it opened the door to so many opportunities! In high school I performed with the Spokane Nutcracker and CDA Summer Theater. I then went to WSU and earned my Bachelor's in Kinesiology, and made the Crimson Girl dance team. I danced for a D1 program and performed at home football and basketball games, the Men’s PAC-12 basketball tournament in Vegas, the Holiday Bowl, and on the UDA Nationals floor (where we made school history 2 years in a row). In Pullman WA I also started teaching at a local studio and ran their summer camps. After  college I moved to Florida and taught dance in Daytona Beach, then had an owner of a baton studio reach out to me to start their dance program. The past 1.5 yrs I got their dance program up and thriving! My husband finished chiropractic school  in FL and we are  back to the PNW. I couldn’t be happier to be joining the team back where it all started for me.

Kelsey Dwyer

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"My dream in the arts is to inspire dancers to train hard, love what they do, keep their passion ignited and to keep pushing until they get the result they desire! Being in this industry is not easy and nobody is going to hand you a free ticket to success; BUT, you can determine your own definition of success and work hard to achieve that! The classroom is my favorite place to create, and in a sense, perform. I loved performing on stage, but the studio is the place where you can train the hardest, fail, try again, create and be the most vulnerable. Brenda is a huge inspiration to me, her artistry, choreography, passion, business and family commitments are so admirable. All of the amazing coaches and choreographers I have learned from have inspired me to start teaching myself, and my students inspire me daily as I see them learn and grow and become wonderful people."

Katrina Ingalls

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"ESPA has been my home and my creative environment since I was 14. Every opportunity I have had has come from here. My dream has always been to impact the youth in a positive way through the shared passion of dance. I have been teaching for over 20 years now and am also the director of our Team X Company, our competitive team.  I enjoy traveling and taking classes from a variety of coaches so I can provide a well rounded teaching experience and always continue learning. I have had the opportunity to learn and teach new skills, such as aerial silks, and various styles of cultural dance.  Brenda and my dad have always been my greatest inspirations. Both support me to be the me-est me possible. Sometimes through encouragement and affirmations, sometimes through challenge and tough love. I am so grateful to have them both in my life."

Jessica Switzer
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