Instructor Biographies

Kim Graham, Owner and Instructor, Evergreen Dance Academy, Vancouver, WAKim Graham, dance instructor and owner of Evergreen Dance Academy, was born in San Francisco, CA where her ballet training started at the age of 6. During her early years of training, she performed roles with the Contra Costa Ballet and the Orinda Ballet.

After moving to the Northwest as a teen, she trained with Pacific NW Ballet School, and Dance Lab of Seattle. She attended the University of Washington, where she performed in both classical ballet roles and modern dance under the direction of Kitty Daniels, Hannah Wiley, and Mark Morris.

After completing college with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1988, Kim relocated to Los Angeles where she danced with The Long Beach Ballet under the direction of David Wilcox. She also danced as a soloist in Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral productions of The Glory of Christmas and The Glory of Easter, which were televised nation-wide.

After retirement in 1993, Kim started teaching ballet in Hood River OR. After moving to the Vancouver area in 1997, she taught for Columbia Dance Ensemble from 1997-2000. Kim started Evergreen Dance Academy in 2000.

Jessica Allen, Instructor at Evergreen Dance Academy, Vancouver, WA

Jessica Allen began dancing and tumbling when she was just 3 years old.  She attended the Oregon Gymnastics Academy and Hollywood Dance and studied jazz, ballet and tap for over 15 years in the Portland area.  When not in the gym or dance studio, you could find Jessica in acting lessons or on stage with the Oregon Children’s Theatre!  Jessica began teaching tap, pre-ballet and tumbling at her mother’s dance studio in Portland, Oregon when she was 16 years old. She worked through college teaching children’s dance and swimming lessons and spent her summers assisting in a Creative Arts Preschool program in Portland, OR.   She graduated from the University of Oregon and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.She has experience teaching in a variety of school settings from traditional preschools to Infant-8th grade Montessori programs!  She loves inspiring children to move in the studio and learn in the classroom and spent the 2013/2014 season directing an afterschool dance and tumbling program at Childpeace Montessori School in the Pearl district while co-teaching in a 3-4 year old classroom at Noah’s Ark Preschool in West Vancouver!  Also a certified fitness instructor and American Heart Association First Aid & CPR instructor, Jessica has experience teaching a wide variety of formats to students of all ages. She has been sharing her passion for dance and movement with students at Evergreen Dance Academy since 2005! Jessica lives in West Vancouver and is married with two young daughters.  She is so excited to launch our new Evergreen Arts Preschool program in the Fall of 2014!

Kelley Adams, Instructor at Evergreen Dance Academy, Vancouver, WAKelley Adams is originally from New Hampshire and started dancing at age 5. She trained in ballet, tap, and jazz for 20 years at a studio in Massachusetts where she had the opportunity to perform at Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and on a Caribbean Cruise Line cruise. She has also taken many master classes and attended conventions that were taught by some of the choreographers you see on TV today. In 1995, Kelley completed the Dance Education Training Course offered by the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston. Since then she has enjoyed teaching children and adults at studios in Massachusetts, Nashville, and now here in Vancouver.

Moriah Walter, Instructor at Evergreen Dance Academy, Vancouver, WAMoriah Walter started dancing at age 5. Her training has included Claudette Walker School of Dance, Dance Educators of America, Miami City Ballet, and Evergreen Dance Academy. In 2011, Moriah won the DEA platinum award for modern dance at the regional competition, and went on to receive a scholarship for the national competition in Las Vegas later that year. Moriah has been working with young children since 2008 in the genres of ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and lyrical. She is the newest addition to Evergreen Dance Academy as one of our pre-school dance teachers, and has most recently taken over our Jazz and Lyrical classes. Moriah has been married to her husband Paul for 8 years and resides in Vancouver.

Carlyn Hudson, Instructor at Evergreen Dance Academy, Vancouver, WACarlyn Hudson grew up in Rockland County, NY and began her dance training there at Coupe Theater Studio.  Upon graduation, Carlyn attended the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008.  Carlyn has since worked with Connecticut Ballet and Polaris Dance Theater, and is now a cofounder, dancer, and choreographer with SubRosa Dance Collective a Portland based modern dance company.

 

Russell Capps (not pictured)  began his dance training with Eric Hyrst of London’s Royal Ballet. His early studies embraced performing with the Jefferson Dancers under the direction of Mary Foleberg, Oregon Festival Ballet, and Directors John Gardner and Michael Falotico.
Intense training developed great respect and deep discipline for the art while working with notable choreographers including Toni Pimble, Dennis Spaight, Charles Bennett, Val Caniparoli, John Clifford, James Canfield, Keith Martin, Carol Armitage, Vasili Sulich, Robert Sund, David Allen, and many others. His influential teachers include Alla Khaniashvili, Rebecca Wright, Elena Carter, Joe Wyatt, Patti Jones, George De La Pena, Sylvester Dolinar, and Meg Potter.
Russell enjoyed a dance career for more than 30 years with several notable ballet companies including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nevada Dance Theatre, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Ballet Oregon, Eugene Ballet, and Pacific Ballet Theatre. He performed many principal and soloist roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, and Coppelia, to name a few.
Russell’s choreographic achievements include the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and neo-classical and modern ballets, including Tijustme (Just In Time), Eye II Eye, One Second, Glass House, and Velveteen Rabbit. His choreographic collaborations highlighted Bravo! Vancouver “St. Paullus Oratorio” and “An American in Paris” performed to live orchestra and choir and broadcast on public television. Long Beach Ballet and Dance West of Beaverton Arts and Communication are among other collaborative efforts.