Dance Teacher Biographies
The instructors you'll read about below are the heroes of our dance department. They create a fantastic experience for hundreds of dancers each year. I'm privileged to work with and continually inspired by the wonderful people who choose to share their passion for creativity, excellence in motion and having fun while growing and learning at the Pavilion in Mountlake Terrace.
Take a look and you might learn something new about your favorite teacher. - Chloe Davenport
Chloe E Davenport
Ballet, Modern / Contemporary, Jazz, Creative Dance, Tap/Ballet, Yoga
Ms. Davenport has been teaching Ballet, Modern/Contemporary Dance, and Creative Dance abroad and in the US since 1994. Her love of dance started at age 3 when her mother took her to see the Boston Ballet and she sat on the edge of her seat for the duration of the performance. She immediately started dance lessons and loved to ‘be a butterfly’.
Her first serious training began at age 7 while her family was stationed with the Air Force in Japan. The unforgettable two year experience of taking ballet class, where only Japanese was spoken, taught her that dance is its own language and is for everybody. After moving to Southern California, she studied Ballet and Jazz at the Phyllis Cyr Dance Academy, dancing in all of their Nutcrackers, recitals and performing groups. She went on to receive a BA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara focusing on Modern Dance, Improvisation, Composition and Ballet. Directly out of college, her wanderlust landed her in Dortmund, Germany where she began teaching dance to children and adults. In this she found her calling and sought out a second dance degree focused on instruction. The Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands, after two years of study, awarded her a Modern Dance Docent (Teachers) Certificate in 1999. This education included curriculum planning supported by child development studies, as well as rigorous physical training in many dance techniques that broadened her understanding of Modern Dance, Ballet and Improvisation.
She returned to the states in 1999, and has taught throughout the greater Seattle area including Spectrum Dance, Allegro Performing Arts School, 9th Ave School of Dance and many Seattle Community Centers. She has been directing the dance program here at MLT since 2011. Under Ms. Davenport’s guidance, the participants and highly trained staff, create a supportive, inclusive and performance ready dance community.
Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing
Lauren Carroll Bolger
The Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dance was founded in 2016 by TCRG Lauren Carroll-Bolger. The school seeks to connect their students in North America with the cultural heritage and traditions of Ireland. The head teacher, Lauren Carroll-Bolger, is a world-championship level dancer, holds a BA in Irish Music & Dance from the University of Limerick, and has worked with renowned Irish dance instructors from around the world. Her team of instructors are also high-level competitive dancers with professional performance experience. Collectively, they attempt to share the artistic, contemporary, and performance styles of Irish dance with their students in the Puget Sound.
Tricia Zuskind Daniels
Jazz, Lyrical, Tap
Tricia is originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada, but recently moved to the Seattle area from New York City! Tricia began dancing at the age of 5 at Tri-City Dance Centre and was a competitive dancer with them for 10 years.
She earned her BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University in 2016, attending school on a full-ride scholarship. After graduating from BYU, Tricia performed with Disney Cruise Line for a season and then moved to New York City!
While in New York, Tricia was auditioning every day and booked some excellent projects including: Barnum (Skyline Theatre Company), The Wizard of Oz National Tour (Apex Touring), and two Off-Broadway musicals!
When not performing, Tricia has spent as much time as possible sharing her talents and knowledge through teaching, specializing in Jazz/ Musical Theatre. Tricia is so excited to be a part of the MLT Dance Academy team and can’t wait to help others discover the joy of dance!
Creative Dance, Summer Camps
Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz
Kathryn Hightower (she/her or they/them) has been a dancer since she could walk and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and so much more! She has performed all over the Pacific Northwest, including The Paramount, On the Boards, Seattle Center, and Velocity Dance Center in many styles and often for a cause. She has a BA in Dance, with a Teaching Endorsement, from University of Washington. Kathryn also directed her own dance company for 5 years, and produced a women’s art festival for nearly a decade.
Kathryn has been teaching dance to all ages for about fifteen years and has been at Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy since 2011. She is really excited about the adult tap program she and Ms. Davenport have developed at MLT over the past several years! She finds great soul nourishment in this community. When she is not dancing, she works as a primary care naturopathic physician at Emerald City Naturopathic Clinic in Seattle.
Maria Plancich Kesovija
Creative Dance, Tap & Ballet, Ballet-all levels, Ballroom
"Dance is my first love!” Maria began her dance career at Mountlake Terrace Recreational Pavilion at age 3 where she fell in love with dance and has been dancing since! She enjoys choreographing from Ballet to Ballroom.
Maria Plancich Kesovija’s artistic resume includes: Ballet Scholarship, New York; Guest Dancer and Vocalist with LADO Croatian national folklore Ensemble, Zagreb Croatia; Ballroom Dance Instructor; Dancer with Seattle Opera Productions; Croatian folkdance teaching and residencies at local schools including Pacific Northwest Ballet; Voice and dance instruction at camps, workshops, and festivals on the West Coast; Guest vocal and dance soloist in the northwest and nationally. Maria studied voice and dance at the University of Washington and has trained in many ballet schools.
Her dance background is broad and she is forever devoted to her Croatian Folklore. Maria began in Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble’s children’s ensemble in 1975, when the ensemble was founded, and was appointed Artistic Director in 1998. Vela Luka has been on three performance tours to Croatia. Maria sings with Ruže Dalmatinke, Dalmatian Roses, where they showcase music of Croatia.
Maria has enjoyed teaching at MLT Dance Academy since 2013: Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1-6, Pointe, East Coast Swing and Waltz. Maria’s daughter began taking classes in 2013, at age 3. The family tradition continues at MLT!
Kathryn Tyszkiewicz Ramsey
Creative Dance, Creative Pre-Ballet, Tap & Ballet, Ballet , Tap
Katy Tyszkiewicz Ramsey started dancing when she was three and began teaching dance at fifteen. Studying jazz, tap, and modern at Loyola Marymount University as she earned her theatre and English degrees prepared her for her work in Los Angeles theatre. She has worked with the Actor’s Studio, Greenway Court, and the Boston Court. She spent many years with the Antaeus Theatre Company appearing in productions such as Mother Courage and Dinner at 8:30.
Ms. Ramsey also was a member of the Openfist and served on the executive board as the Outreach and Education Director. As an artist educator she created and ran the theatre program at Mount St. Mary’s University and has taught dance and theatre in various high schools in and around Los Angeles. Katy holds a BA and MA from Loyola Marymount University and has also studied at the Oxford School of Drama