Maria Moreno Ferrin has performed and choreographed in numerous musicals, ballets, and revues. Before moving to Portland, she worked with Ballet Classico and Ballet Concierto in Mexico City, and the San Antonio Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, and San Antonio Opera Association in Texas. In Mexico City, she was a dancer with Amelia Hernandez’ Ballet Folkloric at Bellas Artes and has performed with many Flamenco groups in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. She began her studies in San Antonio, Texas with Ruth Matlock and Victor Moreno, and in Dallas, Texas with Marjorie Tallchief of the Edith James School. In Texas she studied Spanish dance with Rogelio Rodriguez and Alta Garcia. After receiving a scholarship to Bellas Artes la academia de danza she joined the Ballet Folklorico and danced with Ballet Classico and Ballet Concierto. She also studied modern, jazz and tap. After moving to Portland, Maria began teaching and choreographing for Metro Dance Center, Ballet Oregon, Portland Community Ballet, Jackie Kunzman School, Washington State Ballet and Portland Dance Academy. To introduce Spanish and Mexican dance, she formed her own company, Ballet Fiesta. The company’s emphasis was Flamenco, but they also performed other Spanish dance including regional Spanish folk dances (jotas), neo-classical dances and escuela bolero (eighteenth century dance). The Mexican dance performances included regional dances from Vera Cruz, Jalisco, and Tehuantepec, and Polka Nortenos.
Gail Black has toured internationally and performed with the Bob Hope USO shows, Debbie Reynolds Show and Neil Diamond. In addition to several local studios, she has taught at Portland State University, Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon State University. Ms. Black has choreographed Oklahoma!, Hello Dolly, Anything Goes and The Music Man for local productions as well as convention floor shows for the Benson, Marriott and Hilton hotels. She has also directed and choreographed for the Dazzle and Company, and co-directed the Portland Trailblazer Dance Team. Gail Black and the Dazzle company auditioned and were awarded the honor of performing at Disneyworld, May 2000. In April 2004, Gail’s tap number for NCD won gold at the Co. Dance Regional Competition in Seattle, which qualified NCD for the National Competition, Summer 2004. Ms. Black teaches jazz and tap.
Eve Welcome began her study at the Newton Dance Center at the age of eight. There she studied the Cecchetti method under Annette Thornton. She continued her study in Western Kansas via various schools of dance throughout the region. In 1990 she joined the Amendments, a show choir, where she choreographed many of the pieces performed. In 1994 she joined the Kensington, KS dinner/musical theater group. She joined Northwest Conservatory of Dance in 2009 and began teaching in 2012. Eve teaches ballet.
Shelby Wardle trained for about 15 years throughout the United States and Germany in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, along with competing nationally in dance competitions and performing in several musical theatre productions. From 2009 through 2012, she gained dance teaching experience at Applause! Performance Academy in Wahiawa, HI and at SKIES Unlimited in Wiesbaden Germany. Shelby also choreographed dance in Wiesbaden, both at the SKIES Unlimited studio and at the Amelia Earhart Playhouse. At the latter, she was a co-choreographer of Irving Berlin's White Christmas in 2011. More recently, from 2012-2016, she attended college at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science.
Amy Maris-Volf has vast experience dance. Before moving to Montana, she taught dance in Hillsboro and started the dance programs for Hillsboro Parks and Recreation. In Montana, she owned her own dance studios for many years. She has returned to Hillsboro recently and is now teaching ballet and jazz for our studio.
Bailey Goldmann has been doing hip hop dance since she was 15 years old. She began dancing in middle school and soon realized her passion for movement. Recently, she has been training in Seattle for the past three years.