DANCE INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
Lea is the Owner and Director of Cornerstone Studio. She has been an instructor at Cornerstone for over 20 years and has taught classes in almost every dance style, including fitness and yoga. She started dancing at age 3, grew up competing nationally in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop choreography, lyrical, musical theater, and acro. She was a competitive cheerleader at Newport High School, danced for the Seattle Super Sonics 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 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 degree in Economics and worked professionally in customer service, sales, database marketing, copy-writing, and social media for 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 breaking instructor), keep busy with 2 toddlers who also love dance!
Alicia has trained in hip hop, jazz, ballet, African, krump, lyrical, and more. She trained at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, as well as in L.A. at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, The Edge Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Allen Dance Studio, Evolution Dance Studio, and with Monsters of Hip Hop. Alicia has worked with Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, N.E.R.D., Nick Cannon, Manny Pacquiao, and more. She has also performed at the BET Awards, Kids Choice Awards, and American Music Awards, to name a few. Alicia is currently studying American Sign Language, to incorporate movement with deaf studies.
Chelsea is the Manager and Tap Troupe Director at Cornerstone 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.
Ethan Rome is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Dance, Psychology, and Entrepreneurial Management. From there he trained at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and then relocated to Seattle.
He performed with the Khambatta Dance Company for three years as well as the Seattle Opera, Kayle+Company, and various other projects. Ethan has performed and taught around the world and in the United States, including Seattle, throughout the Midwest, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, India, Mexico, and Brazil.
Ethan has choreographed original works for the Seattle International Dance Festival, the University of Iowa, Gonzaga University, Ballet Chelsea, the Khambatta Dance Company, Price Arts N.E.W., Intrepidus Dance, and multiple pieces for his own company Forthun+Rome Dance Theater. He has also received the Bridge Project residency and the James Ray Residency.
His choreography often explores psychological or philosophical concepts. Ethan uses his background in hip-hop and martial arts to influence his contemporary movement.
Jeromeskee 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 Super Sonics 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.
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 the manager of 3 of our Cornerstone Company performing groups and is also a choreographer for Cornerstone Compete, our competition team. She is a seasoned dance instructor and a student favorite. With 16+ 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.
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.
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.