CELEBRATING 23 YEARS OF DANCE EDUCATION IN SALEM, OREGON
City Dance Theatre
Jena started her dance training at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Studio, enhancing her training at Portland Youth Ballet and NW Dance Studio.
Jena was also part of the Silverton High School Dance Team, was awarded a dance scholarship and selected to the OSAA Dance/Drill All State Team her senior year.
Growing up Jena attended many summer intensives including Joffrey Ballet School.
After high school, she continued her dance training at Joffrey Ballet and Performing Arts Trainee program ,Texas, Dean College, Boston and American Music and Dramatic Arts College in Hollywood, CA.
Jena found her passion for teaching while a teaching assistant at her hometown studio. Since then, she has worked as a dance teacher in ballet, jazz and lyrical in Texas. Jena also taught dance to Rhythmic gymnasts.
Jena looks forward to inspiring young dancers to reach their potential and enjoy the art of dance as much as she.
We welcome Jena to CDT. Jena will be teaching Acro 1, Lyrical and Jumps and Turns.
Lauren began dancing when she was four years old. She started her training at City Dance Theatre where she was a performing company member. She also competed at various competitions around Oregon and won several awards. Through her years Lauren has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and house. After graduating, Lauren travelled to LA where she trained for three months at Millennium Dance Complex, The Edge Performing Arts Center and the Athletic Garage. During her time there she learned many more styles of dance and was taught cardio and dance sculpting workouts. After returning, Lauren was given the opportunity to teach at City Dance Theatre for three years. During her time teaching she also choreographed for Releve Performing Company and McNary High School’s Legally Blonde The Musical. Lauren was a dancer in Goldfoot’s first music video “Feel Like Dancing.” She has choreographed for the Silverton High School Dance Team. During her first year of teaching at CDT she danced for the Portland Steel Arena Football team, which sparked her interest in the professional dance team world. Now at Portland State, Lauren is studying health, fitness, and math in hopes of becoming a high school teacher. In Portland, she was a part of Mix’d Dance company for two years and will be going into her fourth year as a member of the Portland Winterhawks Rosebuds Dance Team. Outside of work and school, Lauren has been teaching workshops and subbing dance classes around Portland. Any time she is in LA , she loves to go back to the studios and take classes to further her repertoire. Lauren is excited to be back at CDT. We are so excited to welcome Lauren back to CDT to teach Jazz.
CDT alumni Sydney Farr has been dancing since the age of six and has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop. For nine years she performed with CDT Performing Company throughout the greater Willamette Valley, the Portland area, and Disney California.
Having a burning passion and love for dancing and performing, Sydney wanted to go further with dance after high school. Her first professional appearance was in a music video as a featured dancer for the Portland band Goldfoot, for their song “Feel Like Dancin”. While attending a Tremaine convention with CDT she was awarded a Hip Hop scholarship and was honorably mentioned.
For the past two years Sydney has had the opportunity to train with and be a member of Portland area Mixd Dance Company, and plans to continue on for a third year this fall. She currently takes dance classes in Portland and has spent some time in LA taking master classes.
Sydney’s future goals include professional dancing and owning her own business. She is currently the owner of Sydney Farr Photography.
Sydney will be teaching all Hip Hop classes during her first year as a CDT teacher. She appreciates this opportunity and couldn’t be more thrilled to be back at her second home sharing her passion for dance!
Hannah started dancing at City Dance Theatre at the age of 3. She took Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary, and also was a member of the Performing Company and competition team. She found a passion in dance, and when trying to dabble in other extra curricular activities, she found herself always coming back to it.
Once graduated, she began attending Chemeketa Community College, working at The Courthouse Athletic Club, Dancing for the Portland WinterHawks and Mix'd dance company. While working at the front desk of the Courthouse, she found a love for a class the club offers called"Club Dance" and was hired on as an Instructor.
Hannah will be teaching Contemporary. She believes that the foundation to a good dancer comes with being physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally strong.
Hannah is so excited to be back and cannot wait for a fabulous year at CDT!
TAP & ACRO 2
Robin has been dancing since she was 8 years old. After her start at Banks Performing Arts she continued her dance training for 7 years at Forest Grove Dance Arts. She trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Improvisation, and Acrobatics.
Robin was invited to join Forest Grove Dance Arts' Senior Competition Team where she competed for 2 years.
While training in the studio, Robin also was participating in middle school and high school dance teams, the Junior Vikettes and the Vikettes. She was named captain for a total of 5 years on both teams. Vikettes competed yearly and qualified for state championships every year Robin was on the team. Her Senior year of High school, she auditioned for and was selected to be an OSAA All-State dancer at the state championships in 2015.
Shortly after, Robin began teaching acrobatic classes at Forest Grove Dance Arts. Here she found a love for choreographing and teaching for all ages and decided a career in dance was the right path for her.
Robin is now studying dance at Western Oregon University, taking classes such as ballet, modern, tap, improvisation, choreography, wellness for dancers, and many more. She plans to graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Dance.
Robin is very excited to be a part of the CDT family. This year Robin will teach Tap and Acro 2.
Zoë comes to Salem from England. Her extensive training led to a professional career in dance throughout the world. Her credits include training and experience with The Royal Ballet School, The Rambert Dance Company, The Mantis Dance Company, Princess Cruises, Will Rogers Theatre Branson, Missouri, and Middlesex University. Zoë competed all over the United Kingdom where her solos gained 1st place and Highest scoring solo consistently. She was a finalist in the esteemed Miss Dance of Great Britain and a finalist at The All England Dance Finals with her classical solo and national solo.
While in Salem, Zoë has taught for Community Education, was the original dance teacher at Howard Street Charter School, choreographed for the Willamette Girls Choir, Salem Boys Choir, Salem Pops Orchestra and Miss Marion Polk County Pageant. Zoë is the choreographer for McNary High School where she has choreographed Oklahoma, Grease, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Les Miserables, Annie Get your Gun, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon ,The Pajama Game ,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Taming of the Shrew ,Kiss Me Kate,Hairspray,As you like it, West Side Story, Little shop of Horrors , Urinetown , Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast ,The Addams Family and The Wizard of Oz.
For five years Zoë was Ballet Mistress for local dancers for the Eugene Ballet Company's The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, and in 2004, Ballet Mistress for the Russian Festival Ballet, The Nutcracker, for which her studio was chosen exclusively to perform.
Relevé City Dance Theatre's performing company under Zoë's direction performed at Disneyland in June 06 , October 08 , August 13, August 16, August 18 and also performed at Universal Studios August 2016.
The company performs throughout the Willamette Valley at various community events and retirement communities during the Holidays and Summer months.
Former students of Zoë's are now dancing on Broadway, teaching in studio's & colleges, are dancing for professional sports teams and have danced for esteemed Ballet companies.Many have pursued a College Degree in Dance.
Zoë is married to Brad, and has two sons, Ben and Sam.
JAZZ, JUNIOR JAZZ & TAP COMBO
Zoë - Lisa Banton
LYRICAL,JUMPS & TURNS,ACRO 1