Metro Dance Academy Staff
Metro Dance Academy’s dance instructors are carefully screened and continually improving their professionalism through education and certification programs. The Dance Academy provides staff training in a multitude of physical activities that will benefit your child throughout their lives. The entire Dance staff is required to be First Aid/CPR certified.
Ryan is a very well known choreographer in Oregon. He currently is the Head Coach for the Milwaukie High school Dance Team. They are the 2018 USA National Champions in Open Dance. He has also choreographed for many High school teams all around the state including Washington and Alaska for local and national competitions. Ryan was a company member for Pure Dance Co. under the direction of Sonya Duffin from 2007-2013. He is a Staff member for Thunderbird & Stayton Dance Camps. He specializes in precision jazz & contemporary. Before getting into dance, Ryan was a competitive gymnast for 10 years. Ryan is excited to share his love of dance with Metro Dance Academy.
David has been the President of Metro Gymnastics Center since its inception in 1990. He has been teaching gymnastics to children of all ages for the past 35 years. Even though he now spends most of the time as the business visionary, his love for children is evident in his caring approach towards them. David is currently the Men’s Region 2 Chairman, Chairman of the JOPC (Junior Olympic Program Committee), first aid/CPR certified, KAT Accredited, Safety Certified and Certified through USA Gymnastics University. David is the father of 3 children and enjoys most anything physical and outdoors. His favorite activities include, weight training, running and biking.
Since starting dance at the age of four, McKenzie has grown up with a love of stage and show. A native of the Willamette Valley, she graduated from the University of Oregon where she spent four years as a sideline dancer for the cheerleading team, serving her senior year as a team captain and the following year as a volunteer coach. She is currently in her third year as the Varsity Sideline Cheerleading Coach for Tualatin High School. McKenzie teaches Princess Ballet at Metro.
Instructor, Jr. Company Instructor
Katie has been a dance instructor for the last 5 years, with a competitive background in contemporary, lyrical, modern, and jazz. She has coached and choreographed for several local studios and soloists, and many high school teams, and is overjoyed to join the Metro family! Outside her dance life, Katie is a pediatric nurse, and has been working at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for the last three years on night shift. Katie is also a multi-certified adult fitness instructor and enjoys teaching barre, weight lifting, high intensity interval training, and circuit-style group classes. Katie is thrilled to be teaching more and continuing her journey with everyone at Metro this coming season!!
Christel started dancing when she tried out for dance team at Aloha High School. She had no previous experience so dance was completely new to her, but she fell in love with it immediately. After High School, she was on the cheer/dance team at Portland State University and after two years on the team, she ended up coaching the team for a year. After college Christel was a Portland Lumberjax Dancer. (The Lumberjax was the Professional Lacrosse team for Portland) While being a Jax Dancer, Christel auditioned for the Portland Trail Blazers Jam Squad (co-ed Hip Hop team) and ended up making the team! She then danced for the Jam Squad for 2 years and after that she danced for the BlazerDancers for 3 years. While Christel danced for the Portland Trail Blazers, she was also a company member in The Detail, Nonsense Dance Co, and Lyrik. Now Christel enjoys her love of dance by teaching, watching her daughter learn to dance, and going on much needed date nights with her husband to musicals and dance performances.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Erika comes to us with a multi-faceted dance background. Erika studied Ballet and German folk dancing at Christiansen School of Dance, and went on to study at Utah Dance and Arts Center, with a focus on tap, jazz, and ballet. She performed with Ballet West and studied under Bene Arnold. Erika was part of three productions of the Nutcracker with Ballet West, and received a private invitation to dance in A Mid-Summer Nights Dream. Since moving to Portland Erika is now in her second season as a member of the BlazerDancers and Portland’s AFL team, ThunderDancers dance teams. “They call it dance I call it living.”
Annette has been office manager at Metro Gymnastics since 1992. Her son Ryan Dwyer was on the boy’s team when Metro first opened in 1990. She has 4 grandchildren and enjoys doing crafts. Annette is privileged to have met many wonderful customers through the years at Metro, who have brought their children to experience the fun sport of gymnastics. She has seen many children excel not only in this sport, but hear from many parents how gymnastics has built confidence and a sense of achievement in their children with other activities, thus fulfilling Metro Gymnastics Center’s Mission Statement.