Kim Graham

Kim Graham

Kim is a 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.
Carlyn Hudson 

Carlyn Hudson 

Carlyn 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.
Moriah Walter 

Moriah Walter 

Moriah 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.
Kelley Adams

Kelley Adams

Kelley 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.
Russell Capps

Russell Capps

Russell 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.
Martin Ervin

Martin Ervin

Marty started training with Columbia Dance in 2005 and was a performing member of Columbia Dance Academy from 2006-2008. He attended Young Americans College of Performing Arts. Marty has toured with the Young Americans performing company throughout the United States and Japan.  He returned to Vancouver looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for dance with our community.  Marty is currently teaching at a number of studios in Vancouver and Portland and he is an assistant coach at Hockinson High School.

Lacey Ackerman

Lacey is originally from northern California and has been dancing since age three. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern for 20+ years. Her career highlights so far include representing the University of Nevada, Reno at American College Dance Assoc., performing Cari Cunningham’s Aureate Debris. She received her degree in dance from the University of Oregon in 2015, where she was a member of the Repertory Dance Company.  Most Recently, Lacey was an instructor and choreographer for Kathryn Howard’s School of Dance in Roseburg, Oregon. She is passionate about dance and aims to be a lifelong learner, taking dance classes still in order to provide the best teaching to her students.