ZOË-LISA BANTON - DIRECTOR
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 and The Addams Family. 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 CDT's performing company under Zoë's direction performed at Disneyland in June 06 , October 08 , August 13 and performed at Universal and again at Disneyland 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.
Hailey danced at City Dance Theatre starting at the age of two and has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Pointe.
At the age of 10, Hailey was invited to be part of the CDT Performing Company and performed with them for 9 years. The Performing Company gave her the opportunity to further her dancing art where she competed and went on to win numerous awards. Her senior year in High School, Hailey auditioned to be a part of Tremaine Dance Conventions performance program. With Tremaine, Hailey assisted many of the industries top dancers and choreographers in numerous cities throughout the United States.
Hailey started teaching at CDT at the age of 17. Since then she has been the dance instructor for SKIT children's theatre in Salem for their 2014 season, as well as the teaching assistant to Billie Crane for SKIT’s production of Footloose. At CDT, Hailey is also a choreographer for Relevé Performing Company and the competition team.
Hailey is currently a dancer for her third season with the Portland Winterhawks Rosebuds dance team and danced for the Portland Steel arena football team for their 2016 season. Last year, Hailey had the opportunity to join and train with Mixd Dance Company in Portland and will be continuing with them for the 2017-2018 season. She hopes to continue her career as a professional dancer and possibly own her own dance studio one day!
This will be Hailey’s fifth year teaching at CDT and she will be teaching all Lyrical classes as well as Jumps & Turns. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a member of the CDT teaching staff for another year and share her love of dance with all of the amazing dancers at CDT.
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 in 2019.
Robin is very excited to be a part of the CDT family. This year Robin will teach Tap and Contemporary.
Michaela has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre at Body and Soul Creative Dance in Portland. Starting in 2002 she started dancing competitively winning numerous awards for groups, duo, trios and solo numbers including 2011 ADA teen dancer of the year, and 2014 Thunderstruck senior top soloist.
After high school, Michaela has had the opportunity to pursue dance in other areas. She was a part of the Portland Steel Arena Football Dance Team and also Portland State Dance Team for the past four years, serving as a captain for the past two years.
At Portland State, she is majoring in child and family studies, and plans to pursue elementary education with her degree and pursue her love of dance.
Michaela is very excited to begin teaching Jazz at City Dance Theatre!
Haven began dancing when she was five years old at Albany Dance Academy. She has trained in various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip-Hop (etc.) While dancing at ADA, she participated in several competitions and danced in a total of eleven productions including, “The Little Mermaid”, “Peter Pan,” and “Mary Poppins”. Growing up, she developed a great passion and love for dance, and hopes to give that same experience she had to other aspiring dancers. Shortly after dancing at ADA, Haven wanted to further her dance knowledge and started dancing at studios such as Dance Vision, Groove Nation, MVP, and Vega Dance Lab. Among these different dance experiences, Haven has also been able to attend Monsters of Hip Hop for ten years, Monsters of Contemporary, The Deep Tour, and Jump Dance Convention. In high school, Haven was a four-year member of the West Albany Hi-Steppers Dance Team, captain for one year, and a 2014 All-State Dancer. She had the privilege of choreographing the 2013-2017 hip-hop routines for West Albany High School’s Dance Team, and currently is the Choreographer/Assistant Coach for the team. She had the opportunity of being a 2014 Thunderbird Dance Camp assistant, and the honor of making the All-Star Team when she attended camp.
Haven started choreographing and instructing Hip-Hop at Sole Expressions Dance Studio, staying there for three years. At the age of 17, she was lucky enough to make it as a 2014-15 Blazer Dancer Finalist, as the youngest dancer in the audition process. Haven also coached/choreographed for the Albany Gems Middle School Dance Team. Soon after, she began teaching hip-hop and contemporary at Rise Up Fitness, where her creativity as an artist took flight. Not long after, she was taken on as a dancer and soloist for LYFE Dance Company: Season 2, under the direction of Durante Lambert. Not only has she danced at various dance events and recitals growing up, but she has also performed musically at many local venues.
At a young age, Haven developed a great love and passion for music, as well as dance. At the age of eight years old she started playing the drums, bass guitar, and singing. With this musical passion, she started playing and performing with bands she had been a part of. Haven now continues to pursue music, when she is not dancing. Currently, she teaches at Legacy Ballet Dance Studio. While attending competition last year, Haven received a choreography award for her 2017 hip-hop crew.
Haven is so excited to join the CDT staff, and wishes to inspire fellow dancers and help them find their passion through dance!
Haven will be teaching Hip Hop.
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 apart 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, and Dancing for the Portland WinterHawks. While working at the front desk of the Courthouse, she found a love for a class the club offers called "Club Dance". In June she got hired on as an Instructor for the class, and is loving every minute of it! Hannah will be teaching the Conditioning class offered at the studio. She believes that the foundation to a good dancer comes with being physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally strong.
She is so excited to be back and cannot wait for a fabulous year at CDT!