Miss Kathleen Van De Veere, Studio Owner & Artistic Director
Miss Kathleen has been instructing dance for over 20 years! She grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, dancing at Marilyn School of Dance, under the direction of Suzanne Swanson Wagner. She was captain of their performing troop, D’Vision Street Dancers, and traveled to many competitions, conventions, and performance trips as a student. She also became an assistant and student teacher at age 14. With Miss Suzanne, she was fortunate to attend several teacher training workshops in the Chicago area with CNADM.
Active in music and theater, Miss Kathleen moved to New York City in 1993 to attend the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating in Musical Theater, she toured the country with American Family Theater in two shows, Beauty and The Beast and Dinosaur Mountain and also appeared in two Off Broadway showcases in New York City. Kathleen then moved to Utah to instruct dance at Dance Arts, Dance Concepts, and New World Dance Theater. While in Salt Lake City, she choreographed several musicals, performed in several professional theater productions (including the Utah Premier of Phantom at the Grand Theater), and worked at the well-respected Hale Center Theater.
Miss Kathleen next moved to Oregon in 1996 to continue her career in the arts. After teaching at a few local studios, she took a break from teaching to perform as a headlining singer on the Mississippi Queen Steamboat, out of New Orleans. Upon her return in 2000, she founded Van De Veere Productions- Dance, Drama, Vocal, and Tumbling studios, offering classes in several styles, levels, and ages. She believes in continuing education for herself by attending conventions, judging competitions for Starpower Dance Competitions, and show directing. Kathleen is a professional singer, has released 2 solo CDs, and won “Best Actress in a Musical” for her performance as Sally Bowls in Cabaret and for Betty Blake in The Will Rogers Follies. As a musical theater choreographer, she has won Best Choreography Awards in 2005, 2007, and 2008 for Cabaret, Fiddler, and Chicago. Kathleen is still active in community, college, and professional theater as a performer and choreographer. She looks forward to directing and choreographing Footloose at the Gallery Theater in 2018.
As a sought after master choreographer, Kathleen travels the United States teaching master classes in all styles of dance, voice, and musical theater. She is excited to continue her work with several “sister” studios around the US. Kathleen was also the past dance director for Extreme Sports Camps (providing master dance classes for NIKE) and was active with Live On Stage, a Portland Theater Group.
Miss Aphyna Zoe, Contemporary/Lyrical Teacher (West Linn)
Aphyna began dancing when she was 12 years old and was transformed by the power and joy she discovered in expressing herself through movement. She was one of Van De Veere Production’s very first students when the studio opened in 2000, where she began her training in ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. Aphyna continued her performance training throughout college as a member of the OSU Elite Dance Team, where she served as co-captain her sophomore and junior year.
Aphyna’s passion for travel and dance led her to explore movement art across the globe, performing contemporary dance professionally in Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon in 2013. She immersed herself in Butoh in Barcelona and trained intensively at the Aerial Factory in Bangkok. Aphyna attributes her emerging artistic style to all of these experiences. Her soul searching eventually brought her back to Portland to study aerial arts at Awol Dance Collective, where she completed a one year pre-professional training program in 2018 and was invited to be an apprentice for Awol’s professional company.
Aphyna has 6 years of experience teaching dance and is thrilled to return to VDV. As a dance teacher Aphyna encourages creativity and aspires to connect her students to their own unique form of expression, to move beyond the barriers of traditional technique, and ultimately to find the joy in dance.
Miss Christine Greenhalgh, Tap/Musical Theater Teacher (West Linn)
Christine was born and raised in Gresham, Oregon. She began studying dance at Mt. Hood Ballet Academy when she was four years old, and has been dancing ever since. She has taken almost every style of dance from ballet to hip hop, and tap is one of her favorites. She has studied with DeeDee Rios, April Robinson, Sarah Reich, and Chloe Arnold, among others. She has participated in Dance Magic and other regional competitions for many years, and won Stardust multiple times in trios and as a soloist. In its inaugural year, Christine won Gresham’s “East County’s Got Talent” with a musical tap number from Chicago which she choreographed. She is the two time recipient of the Wynn Musical Theater Scholarship. She recently graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a double minor in Dance and in Music. Christine is currently living in Portland where she is very involved in local professional theaters. She can be seen performing at Lakewood Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre, and Pixiedust Productions. This is Christine’s fifth year at Van De Veere Productions, and she is very excited to share her love of dance with all of you!
Miss Jeanna Parks, Tumbling Teacher
Miss Jeanna has been a coach/instructor for 12 years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology, with an emphasis on sports from Linfield College. Having a background in Sociology has allowed her to break down complicated skills and accommodate all types of learning. For the past 8 years, she has taught with the McMinnville Parks & Rec Gymnastics program, which she co-founded in 2010. She began teaching Tumbling/Acro for Van De Veere Productions in 2013. Jeanna’s classes offer an exciting element for all dance styles and she is excited to continue teaching for the studio.
Miss Kelly Yokoyama, Hip Hop Teacher
Kelly Yokoyama is a Linfield College alumni. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, she has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She has danced ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hula, but her favorite style has always been hip-hop. She has been a part of numerous dance studios and productions in Hawaii such as Boogiedown Productions, The Movement Center, and 24/7 Dance Force. She continued her love for dance in Oregon where she and fellow dance instructor Tim started a hip hop club at Linfield College, choreographing and producing numerous performances and showcases.
Kelly has also been a hip-hop teacher for youth aged 3-18 for the past three years at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center and directed a dance camp at her local preschool. She has been a substitute teacher at VDV, and this is her first year as an instructor.
Miss Rachel Kato, Ballet/Contemporary (West Linn)
Miss Rachel has been dancing for over 15 years. She began training in ballet in Portland with John Gardner. After training with John, she chose to expand her dance vocabulary and studied jazz extensively with Tracey Durbin and Mary Hunt. She received her BFA in Jazz Dance at the University of the Arts where she had the privilege of studying with many teachers including: Roni Koresh, Kim Bears Bailey, Donald Lunsford, Martha Chamberlin, and Dennis Gronostayskiy. While living in Philadelphia, she performed with Beyond Dance Company. After graduating, Rachel returned to Portland and taught ballet and jazz for a year. After a year in Portland, Rachel chose to attend a post-BFA program at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School. Upon returning to the States, Rachel moved to the Bay Area, where she received her Yoga Teacher Certification at Purusha Yoga, taught ballet and gymnastics at many local studios, and danced with Bollynaach (a local Bollywood company). Rachel is starting her second year teaching with Van De Veere Productions.
Miss Rosemary Thornton, Ballet Teacher (West Linn)
Born in Inverness, Scotland, Miss Rosemary has a BA from United States International University. She has studied and performed ballet for most of her life, beginning with Robert Lindgren, former director of the School of American Ballet, and his wife, Sonya Tyven, both of whom continue to inspire her. Rosemary also studied Modern Dance at the London School of Contemporary Dance. In San Diego, she studied with Wayne Davis and performed with Stage 7 Ballet Theatre, City Moves!, San Diego Ballet Ensemble, Jean Isaacs, Del Mar Theater Ensemble, West Coast Productions, Hallmark Video, and numerous modern dance, industrial, and musical theater productions. She has been lucky to have participated in workshops and master classes taught by internationally respected members of the dance community such as Jilanna (ABT), Tom Rudd (S.F. Ballet), Woody McGriff (Bill T. Jones), Gary de Loatch (Alvin Ailey), Haim Ohm (Batsheva), Bill Cratty (Limon), Nancy Callahan (White Oak/Lar Lubovich), Albert Reid (Cunningham), Barry Bernal (Cats, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express), Lonne Morreton, and others. Since moving to Portland, Rosemary has performed with Portland Opera, Mythobolis Dance Theatre, Janet Towner, and other local choreographers. She has been teaching ballet for over 25 years and is teaching her sixth year at Van De Veere Productions.
Miss Sara Price, Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop/Contemporary Teacher (McMinnville)
Miss Sara grew up in Newberg and started taking dance with Miss Kathleen in 2002. She competed on the Elite team with Van De Veere Productions and earned multiple Diamond awards at Spotlight for her lyrical solos. During her time as a student at Oregon State University, she was a member of The Elite Dance Team and also a captain of the team for one year.
While working on her Master’s in School Counseling, Sara taught contemporary at VDV West Linn for two years. Sara is now in her third year as an Elementary School Counselor, and she loves that both jobs allow her to work with kids on maximizing their full potential. She enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening, and also has a 14 pound cat named Mulder. This is her second year teaching at VDV McMinnville.
Mr. Tim Marl, Hip Hop Teacher
Tim Marl has grown up in the Portland area for most of his life. He started dancing at the age of 4 in his bedroom, copying music videos from MTV. In 2010, Tim started dancing at Vega Dance Lab. Two years later, he performed with a Portland dance company at the Newmark Theater in a hip hop version of The Wizard of Oz. Since then, Tim has performed in 5 different productions in various theaters in Portland. During this time, Tim has been a hip hop coach for a high school dance team, choreographed for various competitions, created hip hop camps, and directed his own dance videos on YouTube. Currently, Tim is a member of Lyfe Dance Company, performing at various events in the Portland area. He is also the Director of Rogue Society, a newly formed dance company. Tim has been a past guest choreographer for Van De Veere Productions and is starting his fourth year as an instructor.