4768 Tolt Avenue, Carnation, WA 98014
Sarah Dodge | POUND®
Sarah Dodge has always had a passion for health, but very little experience with fitness or dance, other than taking ballet for a year at age 5 and then playing high school volleyball. As a full time Doctor of Chiropractic in Carnation, Sarah attended a few classes at The Studio to get her exercise in for the week. She attended a POUND class, not knowing anything about it, and has been hooked ever since. As a musician, Sarah has always loved making music, but lacks dance skills. POUND was the perfect combination of music mixed with fitness in a simple, easy to follow, whole body workout for all skill levels. She received her POUND Pro training in June 2018 and has been loving teaching it ever since! Sarah lives in Duvall with her husband Kris and fur babies Ella and Luna. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding and playing her hot pink electric violin.
Virginia Ringseth | Yoga Strength
Virginia’s love of artful body movement began at age seven, when her Mom took her to her first ballet class. Virginia went on to compete in junior high gymnastics, but her participation was halted due to a diagnosis of severe scoliosis. Years later, Virginia discovered yoga, and was instantly hooked. She has been practicing consistently for 20 years. The healing, strength, and joy that yoga has brought to Virginia’s life is profound, and she considers it an honor to guide students through their own practice. She is RYT-200 certified in Vinyasa and Hatha, and has a supplementary 100 hour certificate in Hatha yoga. Virginia recently ended a 28 year stint in the airline industry and has traveled extensively. She is passionate about revitalizing old homes, and manages a restored Airbnb cabin on the Skykomish River and spends time at her refurbished vintage mobile home on Hood Canal.
Erin Warrick | Barre, Hip Hop & Burlesque
Erin was introduced to the world of dance at the age of 5 when her mom started taking her to her jazzercise classes. It didn’t take long for her to catch the dancer bug, and she started taking studio classes at the age of 9. She began competing in regional competitions and continued her studio education until high school when she decided to join her high school dance team. She got her bachelor’s degree in dance from Western Oregon University and coached competitive high school dance teams for 6 years. She has been trained in a variety of dance genres including jazz, ballet/pointe, contemporary, hip hop, modern and African.
In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and wine tasting. She lives in Snoqualmie with her husband and fur babies.
Denice Thurston | ZUMBA®
My love of Zumba was discovered 4 years ago when I stepped into my first Zumba class with a co-worker to see what it was all about. Who knew you could get an intense cardio workout while feeling like you were at a dance club with your friends? I have held my license since 2015, but this will be my first recurring gig sharing Latin dance fitness with all of you at the Studio. In addition to weekly Zumba/dance classes, I also lift weights and strength train 4 days a week, competing in competitions such as the Tactical Strength Challenge. My husband and I live on a small hobby farm in Duvall with our four-legged children, and I work full-time for T-Mobile in the accounting department. I cannot wait to meet all of you!
Amy Madrigal | POUND®- P90X- PiYo
I live, dream and eat fitness everyday! I fell in love with fitness at 17 years old. At this point in my life I get to share my passion with others who have the aspiration to become a better stronger version of themselves. I have three beautiful daughters and I am engaged to the man of my dreams. Although balancing family and a career may be tough at times, I strongly believe that finding time for yourself and your health is very important. Inspire you family and friends, lead by example!! You are worth the effort you put in!!
McKenna Asakawa | Traditional Hula
McKenna grew up dancing hula with Halau Hula O’Na Mauna Pohaku (Hula School of the Rocky Mountains) in Boulder, Colorado. She trained in ancient (kahiko) and modern (auana) forms of hula, as well as Tahitian otea. For over ten years, McKenna performed as a soloist and with the other wahine in her troupe at concerts, festivals, hula exhibitions, and private events. McKenna has coached young dancers on technique, guided hula classes in Boulder, and taught hula fundamentals with the Hawaii Club at Colorado College. In addition to lifelong friends and a 10-syllable Hawaiian name (i.e., Alaka’i Pu’uwai Aloha), the hula community has provided McKenna a rich education in Hawaiian culture, language, history, and mythology. McKenna is honored to bring a little aloha to the Snoqualmie Valley through her hula for beginners class!
Kristin Pittenger | Pilates
My passion for physical fitness started young and now my goal is to provide others with the opportunity to improve their body awareness, strength, and mobility through the discipline of STOTT Pilates. Starting at the age of six I began my first ballet class and through the years I have practiced Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary, Clogging, and even Irish Step. I started my Pilates journey in 2017 and have fallen in love. I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and Pilates has expanded my practice significantly. Pilates has even helped me with my own lower back injuries and allows me to perform the activities I love. I grew up in a rural town in Eastern WA, so it has been a great joy discovering Carnation and moving somewhere that is equally tight-nit and community focused, all the while being within a short distance of the city. I can’t wait to work with all of you to reach your fitness goals, prevent injuries and/or reduce pain by improving core strength, stability, and overall endurance.
Diego Baccino & Abby Croteau | Tango
Diego Baccino and Abby Croteau began their tango education eight years ago in Montevideo, Uruguay – the lesser known birthplace of tango music and dance. Diego and Abby were fortunate to spend eight months learning “tango de salon” at one of the last traditional tanguerias in the region. Since then, they have continued learning with various world renown dancers in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Seattle, and Montana. Diego and Abby taught Argentine tango for three years at the Downtown Dance Collective in Missoula, MT – where they built a tango community to include various levels of classes and monthly social dances. Diego and Abby offer an authentic tango experience with dance instruction and cultural background. Now living in Carnation, Abby and Diego look forward to sharing tango with the Snoqualmie Valley community.
Kate Rousu| Evening Stretch & Yoga
I fell in love with yoga during college as a form of stress relief and have been practicing regularly ever since then. I love the connection of movement to breath and want to help others explore the beauty of the practice. I received my 200 hour teacher certification from Core Power in 2015. In my classes, I strive to make yoga approachable for everyone and hope my students leave class feeling more relaxed and limber than when they arrived!
Outside of my time in the studio, I enjoy hiking with my husband, Dennis and our dog, Pinot. We also enjoy travelling, cooking, biking and wine tasting.
Elle Macdonald | Yoga
Elle Macdonald, is a creative certified yoga instructor and gymnastic coach. She grew up in northern Idaho, and now lives locally in Carnation where she enjoys walking her dog, swimming in the Tolt river, and loves teaching yoga to the local community. Elle feels yoga is a wonderful, personal and unifying practice. Her main focus is to create a class around clients’ individual wants and needs. Whether that focus is destressing, flexibility, posture or toning. Take some time to focus on you and your body with her awesome Be Bendy class.
Lynn Parsley | Afro Belly Boogie/Belly Dance
Lynn Parsley is a lifelong dancer, having begun her ballet training at the age of 3. She has been a professional ballet, modern and jazz dancer and teacher from age 17, and began studying belly dance 14 years ago. As a professional middle eastern dance performer and teacher, she strives to bring historical and folkloric authenticity to her performances and into the classroom.
Lynn recently added the dance fitness workout called AfroBellyBoogie to her teaching repertoire, as it perfectly combines her love of folkloric dance with belly dance and fun, current danceable music. As a dancer and teacher Lynn ensures that body alignment and correct posture and muscles are used, to provide a safe and effective workout
Uliani Kealoha Chung | HulaBlast
Island Girl-That’s what I am! I am a certified HOT HULA fitness instructor originally from the island of Oahu in Hawaii where I was born and raised. I currently live in Snohomish, and I have been teaching HOT HULA fitness since it was introduced to Washington state in 2012. I enjoy hula dancing and Polynesian culture as it has been a major influence in my upbringing and life experience in Hawaii. I continue to maintain my connection to hula and culture through my participation as a hula dancer with Hokulani’s Hula Studio and outrigger canoe paddling with Hui Wa’a O Puget Sound in Everett. HulaBlast is the perfect combination of my love for Polynesian culture and fitness. I am excited to share this class with everyone at The Studio.
Bob & Karlen |Beginner Partner Dance/Ballroom
Bob & Karlen teach locally and participate in the Seattle dance community and other venues around the country, eg, Portland, San Diego, New Orleans.
We love to share the joy of dance, especially with those who are just starting. Getting over the hurdle of “I can’t dance” doesn’t take long, and we have found anyone can learn. We take people from wanting to dance to loving dance and being confident with basic dance moves. We teach a variety of partner dances, including swing, blues, cha cha, salsa, waltz, zydeco and cajun. Dance is one of the best activities as it offers physical, social and mental benefits, and it is a great source of fun. Come join us!
Chelsey Brackenridge | Owner-Personal Trainer
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I am absolutely thrilled to bring my vision of dance and dance fitness into our community and the Snoqualmie Valley. Born and raised in Cheyenne, WY my love for dance began at the age of 4. I participated in the usual children’s dance classes such as ballet, tap and jazz until about age 8 where my competitive nature came alive and I fell in love with sports. I have been an athlete in one way or another my whole life but I never quit dancing. In 2012 I reintegrated back into the dance world. My little girl dreams of being a choreographer (back then it was for stars like Britney Spears HAHA) erupted once again. Over the past few years I have been certified in a handful of dance formats and acquired my personal training license. I still cannot believe where this journey has taken me today, to owning and operating my very own studio!
My true passion lies in helping others reach their full potential and helping my clients find out all they are capable of. One of the greatest joys of my job is when someone tells me that I have changed their life, in one way or another, big or small. I strive to make people’s days better by bringing positive energy, thorough knowledge, and preparation to my classes. I do this for the smiles, the laughs and the confidence I see build through the people I work with. I do this knowing I can help someone overcome an injury or a medical set back. I do this because I love to connect with others on a deeper more intimate level. When you feel the most vulnerable and naked I am there not to judge but to open your eyes to your true beauty and strength. I do this to inspire others to be silly, have fun and be real. I do this because this is what I was born to do and who I am meant to be. I cannot wait to help you change your life through the power of dance and fitness!!!