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 ,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 CDT's performing company under Zoë's direction performed at Disneyland in June 06 , October 08 , August 13,
August 16 and also performed at Universal Studios August 2016 .The Company will be performing again at Disneyland
August 2018 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 for SKIT’s production of Footloose.
At CDT, Hailey is also a choreographer for Relevé Performing Company and CDT's Competition Team Director.
Hailey is currently a dancer for her fourth 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 2018/19 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 sixth year teaching at CDT and she will be teaching all Lyrical classes and 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 Acro.
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 and Contemporary. 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!
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!
Since the age of 3, Kaysie has found a love and passion for dance while attending a local studio known as Forest Grove Dance Arts. She has participated in a variety of styles such as Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Irish, Lyrical, and many more. As a studio member, she gained friendships that she holds close to her heart and cherishes the values they taught her. In 2008, Kaysie became a company member of Ballet Forest Grove and performed in the annual Nutcracker until she graduated with the Class of 2015 at Forest Grove High School. Her first solo as Clara encouraged her to pursue Ballet and work to improve each year. In 2010, she was introduced en Pointe, while continuing each style as well. Kaysie became the first student to perform each soloist from the Nutcracker. The Sugar Plum Fairy and King Mouse roles were her favorite to perform! FGDA also hosted an annual Young Choreographer of the Year Showcase. Kaysie won the title of this showcase for several years as an independent dancer. This allowed her to open herself to new opportunities and introduce the art of creating dances for herself and others.
In 2009, Kaysie joined her local dance team while obtaining a leading officer position for 3 years. Because the majority of the team was directed by students, Kaysie quickly learned how to manage and create an efficient yet fun experience. The team displayed a different variety of culture and tradition to what dance meant to her. Multiple exhibitions were performed throughout the year to enhance the confidence of each dancer. While integrating assisted teaching at the studio, she obtained her leadership skills alongside her peers and role models to guide her.
During high school, Kaysie addressed her studio director about creating a competition team. Wanting each student to fulfill their potential, FGDA created a team to compete individually and in small groups. This inspired other dancers to participate which created the competition team to be a large portion of the performances. While she placed consecutively in the top 5 each time, Kaysie wanted to create her own piece to compete with. As her senior project Kaysie choreographed and created her own solo in a local dance competition. Placing 2nd helped her to prove her potential and creativity to her teachers and peers outside of the dance world.
Now at the age of 21, Kaysie will be attending her senior year at Oregon State University with a study of Psychology and Spanish.
Kaysie is thrilled to be teaching again. Kaysie’s goal as a Jazz teacher is to provide the confidence and perseverance she has learned herself and to help others find their passion.
As faculty at City Dance Theatre, Kaysie cannot wait to share her experience with others and gain another family!