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, jazz funk, and house.
After graduating high school, Lauren traveled 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. In Portland, she was a part of Mix’d Dance company for two years and and a member of the Rosebuds Dance Team for four years. Any time she is in LA , she loves to go back to the studios and take classes to further her repertoire.
Lauren recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Health and Fitness with a focus in physical activity and exercise. Lauren is excited to be back at CDT for her sixth year.
We are so excited to welcome Lauren back to teach Jazz and Jumps & Turns Tech.
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
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. She loved theatrics and performing and earned solo roles such as Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in the studio’s productions of the Nutcracker. Robin was invited to join FGDA's 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. She was named captain for a total of 5 years on both teams. Her Senior year of High school, she was selected to be an OSAA All-State dancer at the state championships in 2015. Shortly after, Robin began teaching acrobatic classes at FGDA. Here she found a love for choreographing and teaching for all ages and decided a career in dance was the right path for her. This led Robin to studying dance at Western Oregon University. There she took a wide variety of technique classes such as modern, tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and partnering. Along with dance core classes such as history of modern dance and ballet, dance production, dance videography, composition, somatics, and dance pedagogy. She also participated in performing and choreographing for the annual Spring Dance Concert and was selected every year to represent the dance department at The American College Dance Association regional conference. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Social Sciences in August 2020. Robin’s love for teaching never stopped since she began in 2014 at FGDA. She then joined the CDT family where she has taught tap, contemporary, and acrobatics.
Robin is delighted to be teaching tap & Acro this year!
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 ,The Wizard of Oz and Elf. In 2021, Zoe choreographed Mamma Mia for West Salem High School.
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.
In 2021 CDT was nominated and voted BEST DANCE STUDIO in Willamette Valley.
Zoë is a certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique and CDT is a National Honor Society of Dance Arts Charter for Junior and Senior levels.
Zoë is married to Brad, and has two sons, Ben and Sam.
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 four years Sydney has had the opportunity to train with and be a member of Portland area Mixd Dance Company. 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 fourth year as a CDT teacher. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be back at her second home once again, sharing her passion for dance! I’m ready for what this crazy new normal has to bring us this year. Thank you for sticking it out with us, we would be nothing without your amazing kiddos!
JAZZ & JUMPS & TURNS TECH
Zoë - Lisa Banton
DIRECTOR - BALLET , POINTE &
PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE
LYRICAL & YOGA
City Dance Theatre
CELEBRATING 26 YEARS OF DANCE EDUCATION IN SALEM, OREGON
Chelsie Greene began dancing at the age of 3 with tap and ballet. Quickly she found her love for funk and hip hop around 8 years old and was the youngest to audition for her dance school’s Hip Hop competition team. She learned a lot about hard work and performance when dancing with the Hip Hop group- also having to prove herself being the youngest one. In middle school she was the Captain for her dance team that won first place. In high school she began dancing at Inspiration Dance Company under Karissa Meador where she focused her efforts in Hip-Hop and soon began instructing Hip-hop, lyrical and creative movement to students of all ages. Taking a break to explore Latin dance and then a break from dance altogether Chelsie started her yoga journey. Movement as a form of expression and a way to keep healthy has always been an integral part of her life.
After starting a family, Chelsie returned to school and began dancing again at WOU where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, African, hip-hop, and dancers wellness- She Graduated from Western with a Bachelors of Science in Dance and a minor in Biology. During this time Chelsie also took the next step in her yoga journey and received her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and has been instructing yoga ever since.
Chelsie is passionate about health and wellness and the power of expression that dance provides. She will begin a Master’s program in Dance Movement Therapy at Lesley University in the Fall of 2021. She is a proud mother of two girls ages 2 and 8 as well as a wife to a husband who is always supportive of her dance aspirations!
We welcome Chelsie to CDT. Chelsie will be teaching Lyrical and Yoga.