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 Christine Hamel, Ballet Teacher
Hamel Dance Academy owner and instructor Christine Hamel started her dance training when she was just three years old. She went on to train at the School of Pacific Ballet Theater (now known as Oregon Ballet Theater), Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College, Smith College, and Studio Flay Ballet in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon graduating from Smith College, with a degree in political science and French, and a minor in dance, Christine returned to Portland and danced professionally with St. Clair in Company for several years as well as performed in various classical ballets under the direction of Barbara Remington. She has taught for Portland Public Schools, Beaverton Arts and Communications School, Portland Parks and Recreation, Sherwood YMCA, and several private studios including Stites Performing Arts Center.
Additionally, Christine completed the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers Program at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys watching her students progress in their training. Many of Christine’s former students have been accepted into leading dance programs such as Summer Dance Lab, the Joffrey Ballet School’s summer dance program, Paul Taylor Modern Dance summer intensive, NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Institute, BodyVox’s JAG program and summer intensive, NYU Steinhardt summer dance intensive, the Da Vinci Performing Arts Magnet School, Dance West, Jefferson High School performing arts program, and various college dance programs. Christine has three sons and a daughter.
Miss Kira Weaver, Dance Teacher
Kira is a behavioral specialist at Community Action, along with years of experience working with children in multiple settings, she also has over 10 years of experience teaching dance from ages 3 to adults. Her primary expertise is in classical ballet, but she also has experience in teaching contemporary, modern, jazz, ballroom, musical theater and hip hop. For the last three years she has taught dance with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Before that she choreographed for and was captain of her college dance team at Linfield. Her teaching philosophy is children should have a space to learn and have fun; dance is a place where children should be able to express themselves creatively. She is excited to teach this season at VDV.
Miss Renata Retter, Dance Teacher
Renata Retter grew up in the Los Angeles area where she began dancing at the age of two, and began competing at the age of 6. After graduating from high school, she taught at her home studio for five years. She also attended California Lutheran University and received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2017. Renata also presents choreography and class plans at MusicWorks Unlimited, which is a company that provides training and teaching materials to other dance teachers. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Chiropractic at the University of Western States in Portland. Although her education is her main focus, Renata simply could not stay away from dance! She is very excited to join the VDV family!
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 seventh year as an instructor.