Gildenfire Dance

Chloe Goolsby is our Saturday Ballet Teacher.  Here's what she says about herself:

 I began my training at age three with acro and jazz, eventually joining a competitive dance troupe at age 9. From ages 3-12 I trained in both acro and gymnastics, floor work being my best and favorite. I danced from ages 9-17 as a competition dancer and also performed as a soloist in a couple of ballet productions put on in Bainbridge Island. I danced in many concerts and choreographed the three years I attended the UW, eventually receiving an award my senior year for most realized dance production for my choreography. Since my graduation from the UW, I have been teaching acro, jazz, ballet, and contemporary at PacWest Performing Arts in Snohomish, both subbing and as a regular instructor. For acro, I especially enjoy teaching beginning acro and any ages for jazz and contemporary. I also am beginning to sub at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center in creative dance, pre-ballet, and ballet I for ages 3- 7. 
I love to dance jazz, modern, and contemporary styles in particular and would to teach them as well. I also love improvisation and ballet!

Jenna Richter is the Director and lead teacher at Gildenfire.  She teaches Creative Movement, Ballet, Creative Modern and Modern Dance.  Jenna  graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Dance in 1997.  In 1999 she began teaching dance classes for children at The Phinney Neighborhood Center.  When Gildenfire began, it was 5 students.  Now with 130 students in Ballard and West Seattle it continues to grow every year.  Jenna has taught Aerial Dance and Trapeze.  She also  performed with the Cabiri Dance Troupe in Seattle for 18 months.

Jenna does continuing education at the Creative Dance Center in North Seattle at least once a year to improve and build on her skills.  In 2010 she went to a teacher training at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont and returned again in 2011 and 2012 to gain some circus inspiration to bring to her classes!

Jenna also taught preschool for 10 years and has two young boys of her own.

Brittini Bryan

Brittni Bryan has been teaching in Washington state since 2010. Beginning as a contemporary dance instructor, she has since expanded to teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical, gymnastics, modern, and acrobatics in the King and Thurston county areas. In 2013, she graduated with her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Seattle University. Brittni was a competitive dancer and was a part of Tumwater High School's national ranking dance team. As a competitive dancer she won various overall titles as a lyrical and jazz soloist, frequently competed and won student choreography categories, and was a recipient of NYCDA's Triple Threat scholarship program. Since graduating from Seattle University, Brittni has continued her dance training as a member of Xaviera Vandermay's Seattle based company, 3rd Shift Dance. Brittni is so excited to join Gildenfire as an acro and ballet instructor! She is passionate about teaching and individualizing curriculum to best fit each student's needs. She cannot wait to meet all of the dancers at Gildenfire!

Brittany Mattox
I am so excited to jump on board as the new acro teacher here at Gildenfire! I trained in gymnastics for 13 years, 5 of them being competitively at a national level, and cannot wait to bring my experience and enthusiasm to each class that I teach. I have also been trained in dance my entire life, and am in a professional company that travels around the PNW. I'm looking forward to this new teaching endeavor and to meeting all of you personally

Hannah Rice

Driven by the structure and discipline of the classical art, Hannah Rice has always had a passion for the beauty that is ballet.  After attending a ballet summer intensive program at Evergreen City Ballet at age sixteen, Hannah’s dreams were further ignited to seek out how far she could take her abilities.  After transferring her training to The Next Step Dance Studio in Wenatchee, Washington in 2012, she attended more summer intensive programs at Cornish College for the Arts and again at Evergreen City Ballet.  She left these programs and trainings with a stronger eye for technique and artistry.  Other dance experience of Hannah’s include workshops and classes with Lousie Nadeau of PNB and ECB, Kevin Kaiser of ECB and NYCB, Paula Peters of Cornish, Iyun Harrison of Cornish, Wade Madsen, Michelle Miller, Pat Hon and more.  In her first year of teacher training in 2012, she assisted a level 1-ballet class under the direction of Rhiannon Archerelle.  Her second year included taking over two level 1-ballet classes and one level 3-ballet class.  In her third year, Hannah was teaching level 3-ballet twice a week, level 1-ballet twice a week, teen ballet once a week, pointe technique once a week and created her own Modern class, which was also held once a week.  Amy Weaver of Convergence Dance and Francois Serre y Berga were her mentors during her process of teaching and provided guidance and instruction.  Over the years, Hannah has trained with Rhiannon Archerelle Rebecca Allen at The Next Step Dance studio in not only becoming a better dancer, but also furthering her art of teaching. 

Hannah currently is a sophomore dance major at Cornish College of the Arts and hopes to pursue a future in teaching dance post performance career.  She is currently working on choreographic projects of her own as well as rehearsing for Cornish Dance Theater.  Hannah holds the truth that as a dance teacher, she is not only responsible for the technical growth and successful future of her students, but also feels the need to connect with her students in hopes of giving them a perspective not otherwise seen.  Hannah is overjoyed to guide the future little ballerinas at Gildenfire!    

Angel K Langley

Angel Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a young Filipina-american woman of color currently a Senior pursuing her Dance Studies degree at the University of Washington.  . Her current projects include “WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!” , an ethnographic research project and community event series focused on the female popping experience. She will be speaking at UC Riverside’s Show& Prove 2016 Hip Hop Studies Conference. Moonyeka has collaborated with Youth Speaks Seattle, Moksha Arts Corps, Anak Bayan, and the Seattle Dance Scene. She has been a teaching artist teaching ballet/modern/hip hop at Rainier Dance Center, Remix Dance Team at My World Studios, Arts Corps as a resident artist at Mt. View Elementary and other Seattle Elementary Schools, D&G Dance Studios, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Massive Monkees: The Beacon Studio, and local community centers.  Angel is also performing in  two original works at University of Washington's Dance Major's Concert 2016. When she’s not rehearsing or training, you can find her stuffing her face with raspberry dark chocolate, mountains of froyo or thai food!