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.

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

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!

Nicole Farnesi teaches our Acrobatics Classes.  Nicole Farnesi recently relocated from Miami to Seattle and holds a BA in Dance and a Teacher Certification from Florida International University.  Nicole began her training in dance and love for acro at age 7, and has been choreographing and teaching acro since 2004 throughout South Florida.  Nicole is also Company Manager and a performer with Animate Objects Physical Theater where she has performed aerial arts, fire performance, acrobatics, and contemporary dance with Animate Objects since 2007.