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THERESE YOUNG obtained a BA degree in Dance from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, where she danced with the Minnesota Dance Repertory Theatre. She continued her studies in Dance at Texas Woman’s University where she graduated with a MA in Dance in 1984. 

While in Texas she studied with the Nikolai dance company for a year, and took classes and workshops with professionals such as the Alvin Ailey Company, Twyla Tharp, Utah Dance Repertory Theatre and Madame Beriosova from the Royal Ballet of London. She also studied jazz with Gus Giordano and has completed a ballroom intensive at BYU.

Therese is an Associate Professor of Dance, and the Director of the Dance Program at Central Washington University where she is responsible for curriculum and program development, along with teaching dance history, pedagogy, and dance technique classes.

Therese also directs and develops original choreography for the University's performance dance company "Orchesis."  Her choreography has been accepted and shown in National Dance galas around the country.  Therese was the WAHPERD Dance Educator of the Year in 2011.

GABRIELLE McNEILLIE  is originally from Rochester, New York, Gabrielle McNeillie received her early training at Brockport School of Dance and Performing Arts and the Rochester City Ballet. She graduated cum laude from The University of Akron with a BFA in Dance Performance. After working for almost a decade as a dancer and Dance Captain for Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment, Gabrielle returned to Rochester, married her husband Blair, and began sharing her passion for dance through teaching.

She earned her MFA in Dance/Choreography from The University of Arizona in 2014 where she had the pleasure of being trained and mentored by the outstanding faculty and staff of the School of Dance.

Gabrielle's teaching and choreographic credits include private studios in New York, Washington, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as at The University of Arizona, Pima Community College and Central Washington University. Her most recent performance and choreographic credits were with AGA Dance Collective a collaborative performance group in Tucson, AZ, with whom she was a founding member. Past performance credits include; Carnival Cruise Lines, Illuminata Dance Co, and Rochester City Ballet.

Gabrielle's research has been presented at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference, Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance combined International Conference, and the Dance Kinesiology Teachers Conference. Her research interests in injury prevention have been strengthened by a background in Pilates.

In January of 2013 she was licensed in all levels of mat based Fletcher Pilates® and in June of 2015 she was licensed to teach on all apparatus. While in Tucson she was an active student and teacher at the Fletcher Pilates® flagship studio, Bodyworks Pilates™. 

As an educator, choreographer, and dancer Gabrielle believes that the discipline of dance can add tremendous value to education. Students who study dance learn life lessons in cooperation, collaboration, self-analyzation, and reflection, which can enhance their future successes regardless of career choice. This is what continues to drive her passion for not only dance as an art form but for dance as a road to excellence.

ALEX EYRE is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and began his studies at 15 in ballroom, folk and ballet and was a member of the New Performing Dance Company.

Alex studied modern dance at UNC Chapel Hill with Foster Fitzsimmons, Dianne Eilber, and Marian Turner. He performed with the Carolina Playmakers before entering the  North Carolina School of the Arts where he received a BFA in Ballet with Summer sessions at the San Francisco Ballet School and in musical theater performance.

Alex was member of Florida Ballet at Jacksonville from '79-'81, then spent three years in New York studying with David Howard.

ADAM MEYERS grew up dancing, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Music Dance Theater and a minor in Ballroom Dance, becoming gold-level certified in International Standard, International Latin, and American styles.

After a short professional acting career, Adam now teaches ballroom dance classes at CWU, and for some reason spends the rest of his time as a professional author and game designer.

He lives with his wife Rachel and their three boys.

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