Adriana Hernandez (she/her) was born in Southern California and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She has worked with Maya Soto/ Nico Tower, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Mary Sheldon Scott, Anna Conner, Ktisk Contemporary Dance, Alicia Mullikin, and other artists in Seattle, San Diego, and Mexico. Her choreographic work has been presented through On the Boards’ NorthWest NewWorks, Velocity Dance Center’s Bridge Project, Seattle International Dance Festival, Cornish College of the Arts and at Southwestern Community College where she also received the Outstanding Dancer/ Choreographer Scholarship. Currently, Adriana works as a Teaching Artist for various Community Education Programs in the greater Seattle area where she teaches creative movement and adaptive dance in public schools, early childhood centers and recreation programs. She researches and experiments with movement through choreography, literature, and teaching choreography and creative movement.
Lauren Kirchner began her dance education at the Center for Dance in Issaquah/Preston where she trained in ballet, jazz, and musical theatre. At Connecticut College, she minored in dance and received her BA in Sociology-based human relations in 2009. While at Connecticut College she studied modern dance and ballet, was an active member of the dance club, and captained the school dance team, studying with artists such as David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Robyne Watkin, Lisa Race and JT Jenkins. Ms. Kirchner also spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia studying dance and sociology at the University of New South Wales, working with Australian choreographer Sue Healy. Lauren has worked for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs since 2008. Additionally, she serves as PNB’s DanceChance Coordinator and the Student Cast & Parent Volunteer Coordinator.
Ciara McCormack Greenwalt grew up dancing in Burlington, Vermont and small-town Nebraska. She studied ballet intensively for many years before expanding into other genres, and in 2011 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephens College with a BFA in Dance. Since then, Ciara has worked with students of all ages in dance studios, theaters, and schools in the US and Chile. Her continuing education includes the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center, the annual Creative Advantage Institute, and the 2015 Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. Along with teaching for PNB’s Community Education program, she directs Moving Minds Dance, performs with Intrepidus Dance, and serves as Vice President for the Dance Educators Association of Washington. Ciara’s passion as an educator is to support student’s growth, encourage their sense of joy and wonder, and facilitate their understanding of their world through creative explorations for mind and body.
Mackenzie Malhotra is in her second year teaching with PNB, after completing her apprenticeship last year! She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She has been teaching musical theatre and dance, as well as directing and choreographing ever since she graduated. In addition to PNB, she teaches with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Emerald City Dance Complex, and EDGE Performing Arts & Dance (where she is the co-founder of a musical theatre performance group called The Collective). In addition to teaching, Mackenzie is a working actor in Seattle—performing with theatres such as Village Theatre, Twelfth Night Productions, and Seattle Music Theatre.
Robert Moore, from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Intensive. He went to Mexico with JUNTOS Collective, and taught with Notes in Motion, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, and JD/dansfolk. Robert graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, AATMA Performing Arts, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Karin Stevens Dance, the Guild Dance Company, Kinesis Project Dance Theater, The Gray, PRICEArts, Coriolis Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, and Spectrum Dance Theater.
Hayley Shannon joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a teaching artist apprentice in 2014. She comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she studied dance for fifteen years and performed professionally with the Michigan Dance Project. Hayley earned a BA in communications and dance from Michigan State University’s Honors College where she was fortunate to direct various student concerts, teach extra-curricular dance programs and facilitate movement workshops with youth. Hayley migrated to Seattle in fall 2013 and has since completed Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Program in development and Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center. In addition to her work at PNB, she is a faculty member and development coordinator at Spectrum Dance Theater and a company artist and communications manager for The Three Yells Performance Company. Through her teaching, Hayley seeks to cultivate community and empower people of all abilities, backgrounds and ages to celebrate their individuality.
Suzanne Singla trained with Columbia Dance Ensemble in Vancouver, Oregon Ballet Theatre School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she received a Certificate of Dance. She performed with dance ensembles in Oregon, New York and South Africa. Her teaching credits include faculty positions at Connecticut Dance Theatre, School at Steps, and Ballet Hispanico. Suzanne joined the Community Education and PNBS faculty in 2004 and served as Children’s Division Coordinator from 2005–2009. She is also a certified STOTT Pilates instructor.
Ellen Tejera was born in Olympia, WA where she began her dance training in ballet, jazz and theatre dance. She received a BFA in Dance, Magna Cum Ladue, from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012. She has also studied with Mark Morris Dance Group and Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship. Ellen danced professionally in the Seattle area in a variety of shows and as a member of Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) from 2012 to 2016. With KDC, she performed locally and on several international tours including trips to Brazil, Mexico, India, and Europe. Ellen began with Pacific Northwest Ballet as in intern in 2012. Now a teaching artist, Ellen loves working with student of all ages and abilities. In addition to teaching with PNB, Ellen has been on faculty at Rainier Dance Center since 2013 where she teaches ballet, pointe, creative dance and combo classes. In the fall of 2018, Ellen decided to take her passion for movement towards a new adventure. She will be earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Washington in 2021.
Adam Kessler is a dedicated drummer, percussionist, and educator. While playing and touring the globe with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, Adam felt the power that music has to bring people together. In 2006 he received a BA in Music from Cornish College of the Arts. While there he gained valuable experience through the study of jazz, Brazilian, electronic, middle eastern, and gamelan music, as well as musicianship and composition training under the private direction of multi-instrumentalist Denney Goodhew. Adam performs regularly in Seattle, teaches privately as well as ensemble classes, and has been an accompanist for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Education programs since 2006.
Becca Baggenstoss teaches and performs a variety of percussion styles. Native of Arkansas, she received a bachelor of music education from Oklahoma State University and a masters in percussion performance from the University of New Mexico. She arrived on the Seattle scene in 2009 and already has a variety of gigs from principle percussionist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, to performing with the Blue Thunder Drumline, the Seattle Percussion Collective, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Concert Imaginaire, and Super Geek League. She also teaches the Franklin High School drumline and teaches privately at the Seattle Drum School and various after school music programs. She joined the PNB Education team in 2010.
Max Holmberg is a Seattle based drummer, bandleader and educator. He first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa’s house at age two. After passing through the renowned programs at Eckstein and Roosevelt HS, Max then moved to Boston where he completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle in 2014 where he currently resides and can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Alex Dugdale Band, Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band and the Kareem Kandi Band, as well as teaching out of his studio, at the Jazz Night School, and Seattle Drum School. Max hosts the Sunday night jam session at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood, the Student Jam Session at Egan’s, and the Secret Jazz Club on Airbnb.
Throughout Max’s musical journey, he has had the opportunity to gain personal experience and knowledge from many notable musicians. Some highlights include performing clinics at Berklee College of Music with Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, and Wayne Krantz, a performance/rehearsal at Lincoln Center with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Wynton Marsalis, workshops with Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, the late Rashied Ali, and the late James Moody, a performances and recording with the Roosevelt Jazz Band and Cuong Vu, among others. In addition to these artists, a special thanks goes out to Benny Green, Neal Smith, Katia Roberts, Ernesto Diaz, Tyler Richart, Joanne Brackeen, Stuart MacDonald, Moc Escobedo, Lisa Holmberg and Scott Brown for going above and beyond in helping mentor Max as a musician, drummer and human spirit.
Max has since been a featured guest artist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville(UVM), Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, several Seattle area high schools, and Whitman College.
Jeremy Jones was raised in Denver, Colorado, and studied music and computer science at Duke University in North Carolina where he received the Lionel Hampton Scholarship for Jazz Studies. After graduating from Duke in 2002, Jeremy moved to Seattle and worked four years full-time at Microsoft while integrating into the diverse music scene of the northwest, joining PNB in 2010. Jeremy has performed and recorded with Billy Taylor, Winard Harper, The Coats, Chevy Chase, Choklate, Reservoir Cats, Upbeat, Seattle Percussion Trio, and Jazz for Peace. He was selected to Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2003 and 2005. Jeremy plays in the Seattle-based trio The Teaching with Josh Rawlings and Evan Flory-Barnes. The Teaching has released three albums, a DVD, and won the Earshot Jazz Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble in 2009 and Band of Year by the Inside/Out Awards in 2010. Jeremy received a Grammy Nomination in 2014 for playing drums on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ album The Heist. In addition to his work in the Northwest, Jeremy often performs in his home state of Colorado, and has toured nationally and internationally including Italy and Peru. He is passionate about education and has given workshops and performances at schools in Massachusetts, Washington, and Colorado. Jeremy is also a certified hatha yoga teacher.