Pulse Staff

Mandy

Mandy Voecks – Studio and Performing Company Director

Mandy is the owner and director of Pulse Dance Studio. She was born and raised in Northern California accumulating over twenty years of dance training. Mandy grew up as a competitive dancer competing against some of the most talented dancers in the country and taking home many high point overall wins. She went on to become a professional cheerleader for football’s fabulous females, the Oakland Raiderettes, where she was a co-captain and won the dancer of the year award. Mandy spent three years with the Raiders performing for home game crowds and community and charity events. She also earned the opportunity to gain dance expertise traveling abroad. After her time with the Raiders, Mandy moved to Los Angeles to further her dance education at some of the finest professional training facilities in the industry. In 2012, Mandy relocated to Vancouver, WA and started Pulse Dance Studio in 2013. She believes that good dance teachers never stop educating themselves, which is why she continues to take classes to ensure that her dancers will always have the most up-to-date training and choreography. Due to this, Mandy has participated in the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School. It is an outstanding educational program for dance teachers that test in dance history, terminology, proper technique, and teaching skills for each type of dancer.  Mandy has temporarily relocated to Dallas, TX where she is fulfilling a life-long dream of hers of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader!

 

Sam

Samantha Ballou – Studio Manager and Instructor 

Samantha began her career as a dancer at the age of two and a half, in Longview, WA.  She started her training in ballet and while growing older, began to explore other areas including tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, acrobatics, ballroom, and pointe. Samantha started competing with dance at the age of eight.  When she was eleven years old she began training in Vancouver, WA at Schell Dance studio, where she was selected to be a part of their jazz, tap, musical theater, and ballet performing group teams.  Over the years, she has competed and trained in workshops at various regional competitions in Washington and Oregon.  In addition, Samantha has competed at national competitions in Arizona and Las Vegas where she has had the opportunity to take classes from well-known instructors, such as Mia Michaels.  Samantha has won awards such as: DEA platinum senior solo medalist, DEA Nationals Gold medalist, Thunderstruck Dance Competition Best in Show, New York City Dance Alliance 1st place overall tap, Top Talent for Miss Washington International Junior Miss, two times People’s Choice award at Miss Clark County, and various other top awards.  Samantha has also had the opportunity to perform in Silverwood, California Adventure and twice in Disneyland.  When Samantha was thirteen she decided performing and competing where not enough for her.  She wanted to be able to share her joy of dance through the art of teaching. She began her training as a dance teacher with Marlene Schell.  When Samantha was sixteen years old she began subbing at Schell dance studio, and when she was eighteen she began teaching some of her own classes and private lessons.  Samantha continues to train with various instructors in the Vancouver and Portland area because she believes you can never stop learning.  Samantha works to incorporate all of her various training and expertise in the classroom and strives to inspire young dancers to reach their full potential.

Samantha is our Studio Manager and is at the studio daily to help with any questions, comments, or concerns anyone may have.

 

Mo

Mo Phillippi – Office Assistant 

Mo is our amazing office assistant!  She is volunteering her time to help out at the front desk as needed and assist Miss Samantha and Miss Mandy with all studio tasks. Mo is the mother of one of our Pulse Performing Company members, Makayla Phillippi.  Mo and her husband Eric have been an integral part of the studio since the day we opened.  From assisting behind the scenes to building props, they have been a huge help in the success of our studio, competition team, and the production of our yearly recital.  The studio would not be where it is today without this family.

 

 

Kacey

Kacey Hristov – Instructor

Kacey hails from Texas, moving here as a young child where she quickly began her gymnastics career.  She started on a performing tumbling team at the age of 5 and moved to a regular competitive gymnastics academy when the tumbling team closed down a few years later.  It was at this gym that she discovered Rhythmic Gymnastics and although starting at an age to be considered “late” by most (9 years old) her sheer determination and passion for the sport led her to consecutive state and regional titles for 5+ years, Junior Olympic top 10 finishes, US Nationals qualifier, Elite level her first year at Nationals (top 12 placement in the US), and eventually a Top 5 United States National Team ranking.  She was well known in the sport for her performance quality receiving multiple awards for her amplitude and performance abilities.  As a coach she was responsible for all ages and ability levels, including gymnastics ranked on the US National Team.  She received the Regions “Coach of the year” award multiple years in a row, and was a certified judge in the sport.  She trained under top judges and coaches in the nation and since switching over to dance, has used her 20+ years of training and coaching experience to create a one of a kind top notch program for Acro Dance.

 

Nichol

Nichol Stubbs – Instructor

Nichol began studying dance at the age of nine at Inland Pacific Ballet in Southern California, where she completed year-round classical ballet training, summer intensive programs, and two seasons of the Nutcracker.  She then studied for a summer season at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City.  Throughout high school, Nichol studied and performed at the Academy of Ballet Arts and Mountain West Ballet, as well as with Dance Company at Jordan High School.  She also performed for a season of ABA’s “The Nutcracker” as part of the Snow Corps and a demi-soloist in Arabian.  Throughout high school, Nichol also taught ballet to all ages at His Majesty’s School of the Arts in Sandy, Utah.  Nichol performed on Repertory Dance Company at Mt. San Antonio College in California, and taught ballet and jazz classes to children ages 5-12 at MKR Dance Productions.  Nichol graduated from Utah Valley University with a BFA in Modern Performance in 2011.  She performed on UVU’s Synergy Dance Company for a year, where she was co-president, and her choreography was also featured.  In 2010, Nichol presented her research titled “Butoh Reflects the Japanese Culture” at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.  Nichol has taught at studios in Southern California, Salt Lake City, Kenosha, and Vancouver since 2003.  Her choreography has won awards at several dance competitions, and her passion for dance drives her to pursue movement opportunities. Nichol recently performed with the professional company Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City for two seasons of “Charette.”  Nichol is currently a creative movement specialist in the Vancouver School District, and is finishing her second bachelor’s degree in secondary education.  Nichol intends to pursue her Master’s Degree in Dance Science.

 

Marty

Marty Ervin – Instructor

 Marty started training with Columbia Dance in 2005, and was a performing member of Columbia Dance Company from 2006-2008. He attended Young Americans College of Performing Arts.  Marty has toured with the Young Americans Performing Company throughout the United States and Japan. He is such an inspiring instructor.  His knowledge and passion for dance shines through as he teaches.

 

Sienna

Sienna Ballou – Instructor

 Sienna is a student at Pacific University in Forrest Grove earning her major in English Literature and double minoring in Dance and Spanish.  Sienna grew up in Vancouver, WA, training at various studios in the Vancouver/Portland area.  She has trained under master level teachers, such as Marlene Schell, Tracy Durbin, Franco Nieto, Jennifer Camp, James Healey, and many more.  Sienna has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary.  Contemporary has been Sienna’s main focus since High School.  Sienna attended Vancouver School of the Arts (VSAA) and Academics and in her senior year had her contemporary choreography featured at the National High School Dance Festival in Miami, Florida.  Since then she has had multiple numbers she choreographed featured at VSAA and Pacific University, taught ballet lessons at Lakeshore athletic club, and was a modern dance teaching assistant at VSAA.  Recently Sienna traveled to Trinidad and Tobago with Pacific University and focused on how dance and movement fit into culture.  In her studies she has obtained knowledge on kinesiology and how to control your body through stretches and movement, choreography lessons, and dance improvisation.  We are very excited to have Sienna join our team and teach our students new ways to express themselves through the art of dance.

 

Jennifer McClary – Instructor

Jennifer is originally from Ashland, Oregon where she began studying dance at the age of five. She toured Oregon and California with the Oregon State Ballet and Beaverton Ballet beginning at the age of 11. Jennifer has received scholarships to many Dance Institutions around the US, and graduated from Orange County High School of Performing Arts. She has trained at Tremain’s Dance Studio, Philadelphia Institute of the Arts, All That Jazz, Joseph Wyatt Dance Studio, The Edge and Broadway Dance Center where she has taught, managed the front desk and produced their student shows for 5 years. Jennifer is a graduate of Point Park College with a BA in dance, concentration in Jazz, where she worked and performed with famous modern/jazz companies from around the United States including Hubbard Street Dance Company, River North Dance and Pilobolus. In 2002, she performed with Tracie Stanfield’s company Synthesis Dance Project at International Dance Festival in NYC and performed for Michelle Barber at the Alan Awards in 2003. She choreographed, danced, judges and teaches classes with En L’Air Aerial Dance Theatre, Ticket to Broadway and other studios both locally and across the country. Jen was invited to Dublin Ireland in 2007 to perform and assist with :pushing progress artistic director Calen Kurka, and was very excited to become a part of :pushing progress, the company because this company is dedicated, empowering and will truly impact audiences and individuals throughout time. Jen loves being a  teacher. Her mission is to encourage young dancers by empowering their abilities to excel in what she loves the most.

 

Beth Miranda – Instructor

For the past 15 years, Beth has trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom, hip hop, tap, ballet and acro/tumbling. After training at various studios, Beth was lucky enough to continue her dance training in college as a member of the University of Cincinnati Dance Team. On this nationally ranked team, Beth competed and place second at the National College Dance Team Championships in the hip hop and pom divisions. Most recently, Beth had the privilege of representing the United States of America as a member of the US National Team at the World Dance Championships in 2013. She helped to earn her country a gold and silver medal in the hip hop and pom divisions. Beth has been teaching for the past 5 years and specializes in technique classes. She strives to build strong dancers that are knowledgeable about proper leap and turn placement. Beth’s classes will challenge dancers while giving them the tools to grow.

 

Bryan Solante – Instructor

Bryan was born in Oahu HI and now lives in Beaverton Oregon. He began his training in hip hop under the tutelage of Don Flores and learned many different styles of hip hop (such as “Popping, locking, house etc.). He also has an extensive background in break dancing under the direction of “Defcon 5″ members and “King Tran”. He continues to train in multiple styles under the direction of Alexis Woffinden, Charlie Chheath, Jason Wickett, Lorena Aranda and Jennifer McClary. He currently performs with the presitgous hip hop crew “RAW” and is a co-founder and choreographer in the trio group called “understaff”. He hopes to continue to grow as a teacher and student while building new relationships with those that share his passion for dance!

 

Saidah Wilson – Instructor

Saidah started her upside-down career in artistic gymnastics at the age of 2. She switched to acrobatic gymnastics in 2003 and trained and competed in several women’s pairs at the state, regional and national level until 2008. Saidah has trained under, and coached alongside several great acrobatic coaches, including Arthur Davis III, Sheri Reiakvam, Stefan Furst, and Yuri Vorobyev. During and after her competitive career, Saidah has coached preschool and school-age gymnasts and acrobats. She has also studied Child Development, which allows her to bring creativity and an understanding of children’s social, physical and mental progress.  Saidah currently develops acrobatic gymnastics programs and is building her circus and acrobatic repertoire.