We are all full time dance educators. This is not our part time or after work job. As a result we are proud to be training well rounded dancers of all ages, levels and genres. From 3 to adult, beginner through advanced, and ballet to hip-hop.
PAULA MAGEE BALLET, POINTE, JAZZ, TAP, LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY, HIP-HOP
Paula Magee began her training in California at an early age studying with Ms. Teta Smart. It is there that a solid technical foundation and true love for dance was instilled. She went on to train extensively in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and lyrical/contemporary with Stanley Holden, Phyllis Cyr, Joe Tremaine and Staff, Steven Peck and Roland Dupree, all of Los Angeles, California, furthering her education at University of California Santa Cruz and Texas Women’s University. During her tenure in southern California Paula could often be found demonstrating classes containing such up and comers as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio and Dee Caspary.
Paula became a much sought after instructor throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County California area, before taking a 2 year teaching position in Dallas Texas. Since 1989 she has been the proud owner and artistic director of Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Co.. In addition to her many studio classes, Paula stays active in the community by coaching the 5 time State Champion Silverton High School Dance Team. Go Foxes!
EMILY SWORD BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY, MODERN, HIP-HOP
Emily Sword is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who holds a B. S. degree in Dance from Western Oregon University. She has performed for many years in the Silverton Area as a member of the Silverton High School Dance Team, and has been dancing under the instruction of Paula Magee since the age of 9. Emily has also had the opportunity to perform in Eugene with the University of Oregon Dance Department, and at the Western Oregon University Spring Dance Concert in Monmouth. She has taught Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz and Modern/Contemporary at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Co. since 2006, and also became a certified Assistant Coach for the High School Dance Team in 2007. When not teaching or coaching, Emily and her husband Orion are busy raising their beautiful daughters Madi and Scarlett.
ALEX REESE BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY, HIP-HOP
Alex Reese began her dance training at the age of 8 under the instruction of Paula Magee and staff at Silverton Ballet. She was a varsity member of the Silverton High School Dance Team for four years starting in 2002, and won the title of OSAA All-State member in 2006. After graduation she attended the University of Oregon, and as a freshman became a varsity member of the nationally ranked U of O Dance Team, performing at many different venues and events across the state. In 2007 she placed 3rd in Hip-Hop with her team, at the USA Collegiate Nationals in Las Vegas. Alex has taught Jazz and Hip-Hop at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Co. since 2005 and in 2011 became a certified Assistant Coach for the SHS Dance Team. Currently she's attending Portland State University to further her education.
ANN dryden TAP
Ann Finch started her training with Ballet (as every great dancer does) at a very young age. In high school she was cast as a dancer in South Pacific, and it was then that she knew dance and theater were her passion. Ann moved to Oregon in 1977 and furthered her training with Pat Heath and Marylouise Billings. Shortly there after she was selected for a performing group that toured in L.A., affording her the opportunity to study with Joe Tremaine, Bob Banas, and the staff at Debbie Reynolds Studio. Upon arriving back in Oregon Ann taught at PCC as well as Billings Dance Center. In addition Ann has extensive experience with many award winning high school Dance Teams and is an OSAA Dance Team Judge.
MICHELE lynn BALLET, POINTE
Silverton Ballet is thrilled to welcome Michele Holland as the newest member of our wonderful teaching staff. Michele (yes, there really is only one L) brings with her an impressive ballet resume with training in a variety of styles. She has danced professionally as both a corps member and soloist with Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Jefferson Ballet Theater and Kentucky Repertory Dance Theater (KRDT). While dancing with KRDT Michele was fortunate to be able to tour with them in Moscow, Russia! Since retiring from performing, Michele has taught ballet and pointe extensively. We are so excited to have her joining the Silverton Ballet family!
I can honestly say that of all the activities that I encouraged my 4 children to participate in, dance at Silverton Ballet has had the greatest impact on them. Their love of music and movement will be enjoyed for the rest of their lives, because of you.
- Robin Lebold