DANCE INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
Lea is the Owner and Executive Director of Body Language Studio. She has been an instructor for over 21 years and has taught classes in several dance styles, as well as fitness and yoga. She started dancing at age 3, grew up competing nationally in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop choreography, lyrical, musical theater, and acrobatics. She was a competitive cheerleader at Newport High School, danced for the Seattle SuperSonics Dance Team for 3 seasons, and has a Minor in Dance from the University of Washington. She has been a guest performer in numerous local productions, was a founding member of Daniel Cruz's hip-hop crew, Cruz Control, and Elmer Pizarro's Team BoogieZone Breed, and she danced Salsa for Corazon Dance Company. She has also been a judge for Team Dance Competition.
She has a BA in Economics and worked professionally in customer service, sales, e-commerce, database marketing, copy-writing, and social media for several companies, including Alaska Airlines and Expedia Inc. for over half a decade. Her hobbies include aerial arts on silks, singing, traveling, cooking, yoga, and dancing in her living room with her family! Teaching is her passion, and she enjoys helping her students develop body awareness, confidence, and grit. She and her husband, Jerome (our Co-Director and Breaking Instructor), keep busy with their 2 toddlers who also love dance!
Mr. Jerome, a.k.a. B-boy Jeromeskee, is our Co-Director and founder of Body Rock Breaking, our championship-breaking training program. He started B-boying in 1996 and has been performing and competing ever since. He is a member of several competitive B-boy groups – 2x world champion Massive Monkees, DVS Crew, and what was the Seattle SuperSonics Boom Squad. Massive Monkees is the 1st American crew to win the title of R-16 B-Boy Master World Champions in Korea.
Jeromeskee has participated in, judged, and won numerous B-boy events throughout the world, in the U.K., France, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Poland, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, and all over the U.S. He was a featured performer on Dancing With The Stars, the MTV Video Music Awards and Europe Music Awards, competed on MTV’s Americas Best Dance Crew, and was one of the coaches on MTV's "MADE: I Want To Be A B-boy." He is part of the team that choreographed and appeared in the award-winning music video, “Downtown,” for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and choreographed for and performed live with Macklemore, all around the world. He has danced in commercials and on TV, including The Ellen Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show.
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Mr. Jerome is passionate about inspiring the next generation, passing along his wisdom, and instilling a growth mindset in all of his students.
Anna began dancing at Cornerstone Studio at the age of 8 and has since trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary. During high school, she was a member of Cornerstone Company and Cornerstone's Pre Professional Program. An enthusiast for all forms of dance, Anna has also performed in several musicals through Newport High School. She is very excited to pass on her love of dance to her students and help them grow through this beautiful art form! A freshman at UW, Anna hopes to continue her dance education by majoring in both dance and biology.
Chelsea is the Studio Manager and an instructor at Body Language Studio. She has trained competitively in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. She currently teaches pre-level ballet, pre-level & beginning tap, instilling not only a good foundation but also a love for dance. She also choreographs specialty tap numbers for The Nutcracker and winning competition tap solos & duos. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys creating art, photography, hiking, sporting events, and traveling.
Chris Kaku is a Beacon Hill native who started learning the Electric Boogaloo’s style of Popping and Boog in 1999. For the past 20 years, he has continued to be a student of the various styles that belong under the umbrella of “Funk Styles.” As a teacher, he focuses on building understanding of foundational techniques & movements along with cultural & historical knowledge to provide context. His goal is to provide the tools for individuals to find themselves in their movement while honoring the communities that created the dance.
Mr. Chris will be a guest instructor for our Adult Hip-Hop Foundations & Funk Styles class.
Glen, aka B-boy Armagedden, was first introduced to breaking in 1995 while living in Japan as a "military brat." Shortly afterward he moved to Seattle, WA, and quickly immersed himself in the local B-boy community. He is a member of world-renowned, 2x world champion B-boy crew Massive Monkees and performed with what was the Seattle SuperSonics Boom Squad and in opening acts for numerous major recording artists. In his early years, his energy went towards perfecting power moves; due to consistently showcasing his energy, precision, and attention to technique, his notable signature move became his head spin.
Much of his adulthood has been spent living and traveling within the US and abroad to numerous countries, most recently back to Japan, and he made it a goal to connect with the local dance communities in each location. He is now based out of Seattle again and is passionate about spreading dance as a way to empower and enrich youth, with goals for working towards future efforts to expand his reach.
Kofi began his dance education at the age of six in his home city of London, studying ballet and tap dancing. After moving to Seattle, he continued studying ballet from 2011 until 2014 at the International Ballet Theatre. Since the age of sixteen, he had been training under choreographer Josh Scribner in tap dancing. In 2016 he became a full member of Scribner’s Alchemy Tap Project, and has been featured in two dances that have been released online in video form: “Stick To It” and “The Muse’s Dream.” In addition to an annual company show every summer, The Alchemy Tap Project performs at venues all around the Seattle area including Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Art Museum, the Can Can, Folklife Festival. Kofi also frequently travels to various tap conventions and festivals around the country in order to learn from tap dancing industry veterans, and has taken classes from accomplished choreographers such as Jason Janas and Ted Louis Levy. He has also been involved in other professional shows including the Seattle Theater Group’s 2018 Dance This performance directed by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick Grant, which included a televised appearance and performance. He now is focused on teaching and performing tap dance professionally.
Lynelle is a seasoned dance instructor and a student favorite. With more than 20 years of choreography and teaching experience, she has competed and performed regionally and nationally in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballroom, and more. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes technique, flexibility, performance, and teamwork. Also a fitness professional, Lynelle makes an effort to introduce her students to Pilates and yoga and instill the importance of creating healthy habits for the mind and body at any age. Lynelle is also a nationally award-winning high school drill team coach, dance/drill judge for WIAA, and traveling choreographer for Tribe 99.
Melissa began her dance training at age 3. She trained at Ballet Chelsea in Michigan through high school in their pre-professional program. She graduated with a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts, and has performed and taught internationally at summer programs and festivals. Locally in Seattle, She has danced with Forthun+Rome Dance Theater, PRICEarts N.E.W., The Gray, and Intrepidus Dance.
Samantha Weissbach was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has been dancing since the age of 2. She has trained at various establishments, but received her primary training through Cornerstone Studio, Ballet Bellevue, and Emerald Ballet Theatre.
Samantha has worked with many local Seattle companies and choreographers such as CarliAnn Forthun, Ethan Rome, Diana Cardiff, Inlay Dance, Relay Dance Collective, Pitch+Roll Productions, FAUNIX, and Sixth Day Dance. Currently, she is both a Company Member and Executive Director of Intrepidus Dance.
In addition to dancing professionally and teaching in the Seattle area, Samantha also serves as Co-Owner & Director of Operations for Dancewear Center: a local dance retailer aiming to support and empower our dance community through quality, integrity, and education.
Samantha's goal in her ballet classes is to facilitate a learning environment that focuses on excellence in technique and artistry, while cultivating dancers who are self-aware, curious, and brave. She desires to support the development of empowered dancers that will lead the way in shaping our world into one that is diverse, inclusive, and empathetic.
Miss Staria is the Manager of Creative Content and the Hip Hop Foundations + Choreography Instructor here at Body Language Studio. She was first introduced into hip hop culture when she was 11 years old and has had it a part of her life since. Staria has trained competitively in hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical and tap. Throughout the years of dancing she also developed a love for video and now to this day has incorporated these two passions into a small business. She will also be teaching a Dance for Video class now offered here at BLS. Staria loves to find interesting roles to dance. In the past she has been the Nutcracker and even danced on stilts for two years! As an instructor, Staria's goal for her students is to educate them on hip hop culture and to understand where different dance moves originate from. In her video classes, she aims to help students understand their creative potential and to think outside the box and to strive to be their unique selves.
Despite her Venezuelan roots, Raquel fell in love with Polynesian cultures at the age of 12. In 2010, she met Sandi Stevens, owner and founder of Ohana Arts. Meeting Sandi greatly impacted Raquel and Hula became a prominent part of her life. She was trained and hired to be a professional Hula performer in the state of Florida. In the Ohana Arts Studio, Raquel began teaching keiki (children); it was there that she gained a passion for teaching kids the art of Aloha through song, dance, and music. Having the opportunity to perform with some of the best companies and performers in South Florida, she lead out on productions both small and large including a children’s episode on PBS Kids, the city of Hollywood’s annual production “Dragons and Drums,” and the Mango Festival at the Botanical Garden in Miami Gardens. Raquel is now married and the mother of two little girls. She especially enjoys sharing the stage with her husband and looks forward to the time she can share it as a whole family. Raquel has decided that no matter where she lives, she will always carry and share the spirit of Aloha with her community!