Judie received her basic dance training in Philadelphia with Peter Conlow and Gertrude Eggleston. After graduating from Millersville University with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education, she taught second grade and opened her first dance studio in Manheim, PA. As a young mother of three, she discovered the challenge of teaching dance. She has choreographed and performed leads in "Finian's Rainbow," "Pajama Game," "Oklahoma," "Stop the World I Want to Get Off" with Treat Williams, "Anything Goes," and "Damn Yankees." Following her move to Oregon, she opened Laurel Valley School of Dance (Hillsboro) in 1976, LaPine Dance Academy from 1990-1993, and Sunriver Dance Academy in 1996 - present. She continues to teach ballet and tap as well as singing with her husband, Claude, at First Presbyterian Church, Bend. Judie has judged "Dance Magic" pageants in the Northwest for over 25 years. She values the inspiring relationships spanning nearly 40 years with children, parents, and her awesome staff members.
Heidi Drake has been dancing to the thump of her own drummer since she was a kid, eventually focusing on dance enough to serve as head captain of Cottage Grove High School's dance team for two years (way back in the mid-1980s, when people thought gold lame' and bi-level haircuts were cool). She continued on to earn her B.A. in Journalism, fitting in as many dance classes as she could at Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. Heidi still earns a living as a freelance writer and editor, working from her home office in the Sunriver area.
After a 20+ year hiatus from dancing anywhere but her own living room and the occasional wedding, Heidi enrolled her two daughters at Sunriver Dance Academy and soon found herself teaching kids' jazz. Having found her community and calling, Heidi is thrilled to continue teaching her Hip Jazz classes, as well as adding Kid Aesthetics tap and directing the South County Dance Crew to her SDA schedule. She feels beyond lucky to have "studio rat" daughters who love dance as much as she does, and a supportive husband who's a very good sport.
Anguelina Kouznetsova Ballet/Pointe/Jazz Acro
Anguelina has been trained in ballet, character, and music in her hometown of Kazan, Russia as well as Central Oregon School of Ballet, Valerie Holger’s Academie de Ballet Classique, Ballet North West Academy, Victor School of Performing Arts, also with Tatyana Martyanova, Vera Mihailovna Zakamskaya, & Kazan Choreography Academy. She has achieved Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Human Physiology and a minor in dance at the University of Oregon. In Canada, she completed rhythm and musicality courses and currently is instructing and choreographing for Velocity Dance Theater, Academie de Ballet Classique, and Ballet North West Academy. Anguelina truly enjoys sharing her love of dance with others. She is also a volunteer at the Humane Society of Central Oregon. At Sunriver Dance Academy, she will teach Ballet I, Ballet III, Ballet IV, and Beg. Pointe. We are pleased and privileged to add this remarkably talented young dancer to our staff.
Juliana Elliott Ballet/Hip Hop/Lyrical
Juliana recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.S. degree in Dance Management. Just after graduation she was hired to dance and perform in Branson, Missouri at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. This summer she was a Dorm Director at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has also served as a line captain while performing with the American Spirit Dance Company. Currently, Juliana is studying to become a certified Gyrotonic® instructor. Juliana spent her college summers training at Royal Academy of Dance summer intensives, Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She is thrilled to share all she’s learned with the students at Sunriver Dance Academy.
Sara Jo Slate Ballet/Bellydance
A lifelong dancer from the Chicago area, Sara Jo (Zweena) began teaching dance in 1997. She is a former Fort Wayne Dance Collective instructor and founded the celebrated Troupe Taleeba (Indiana). She currently directs the South County Hipsters and Little Hipsters. She has soloed on several notable stages including the Embassy Theater (Indiana), the Fort Wayne Performing Arts Center, the Tower Theater (Oregon), Les Schwab Amphitheatre (Oregon), and the Chicago Civic Opera House. In 2003, she choreographed the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Thais and performed in the production as a principal soloist. She also choreographed Thais for the Metropolitan Opera's 2008/2009 season. The production was broadcast live in movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met Live in HD series and airs on PBS's Great Performances.
Sara Jo is a graduate of New Trier High School and first learned to choreograph in their acclaimed performing arts program. She holds a BA in American Studies from Wellesley College and a masters in education from Harvard University. She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and is a founding member of the High Desert Bellydance Guild. She is happiest when teaching ballet and bellydance, learning tap, and homeschooling her two children.
Dave plays doumbek, riq, djembe, cajon, didgeridoo and Native American ﬂute. He enjoys shooting photos and video, and is a blogger and aspiring novelist. He likes to hike with his wife Connie (a belly dancer), and lives out in the high boonies beyond Sunriver. His day job is programming computers in C++.