DRIVE FACULTY

JAIME MONSEF
Jaime Monsef is the owner of Align Pilates Studio and has been a certified STOTT® Pilates instructor since 2006. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Business Management and a BFA in Dance, where she also taught beginning ballet and was twice awarded the Monica Gutchow dance scholarship.  After graduating from college, Jaime danced with the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, was head ballet mistress at Northwest Ballet Theatre and taught Pilates for several studios, including Core Physical Therapy (now Core Physio), where she fell in love with teaching Pilates to post-physical therapy clients.  

Qualifications & Experience:

  • STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
  • Pre- & Post-natal Pilates Specialist
  • Total Barre® Qualified Instructor
  • CORE™ Qualified Instructor
  • BFA in Dance, Western Washington University
  • Over 13 Years of One-on-One & Group Pilates Instruction

 

KIM GOCKEL
Kim Gockel has instructed and choreographed in and around the Seattle area for over 30 years. Kim earned her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Washington and has spent her career focusing on the research and implementation of safe and effective movement as it relates to dance. She has participated in many dance workshops around the country through which she has learned to think about the body mindfully and teach others to do so as well. 

Kim teaches modern ballet with the purpose of transforming strong, dynamic technique into meaningful movement. She has had the opportunity to study with prominent instructors including Stephanie Saland and Hannah Wiley whom she credits as having the most influence on her current perspectives on movement. 

 

JULIANNA PATTERSON
Julianna has been dancing since she was 14. She began teaching in exchange for classes starting her junior year of high school & has been teaching ever since. She was on the University of Kansas’ hip-hop team all 4 years as a dancer and choreographer. She’s been in Seattle for a little over 2 years now and teaches throughout the city and surrounding areas with Westlake Dance Center as her home base. Julianna tries to make her classes as fun as possible, while still offering foundational and challenging choreography. She really enjoys teaching hype pieces, but her favorite style is Urban Contemporary.

 

 

 

 


LIZ TOOKEY
Originally from Edmonton, Liz Tookey was a competitive dancer at the renowned Shelley’s Dance Company where she trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap and musical theatre
from the age of 5.

Her professional career has allowed her to travel all over the world. She began with Princess Cruises as a featured dancer, and she travelled to Tokyo, Japan where she was part of the featured pas de deux couple in “Encore!” at Tokyo Disney Sea. She also went to Egypt and Israel under Big Fish Management to perform alongside Lisa Brokop for an inspiring show tour for the Canadian military.

Liz was able to exercise all of her skills in dancing, acting and singing when the love of the stage drew her to the world of musical theatre. Throughout her career she got to play a wide variety of characters. In Theatre Calgary’s production of “Anne of Green Gables” she played Gertie Pye, she played a flashy chorus girl in The Arts Club production of “Spamalot”, and in a dream come true performance in the North American Premiere / Toronto Mirvish production of “Dirty Dancing” she performed as ensemble and 1st “Baby” understudy. After an 18 month run Liz went on to play the role of “Baby” 52 times!

Liz can be seen on various episodes of the CW Network’s “Hellcats” as a featured dancer, and as Ashley Tisdale’s dance double. She was also Maggie Lawson’s dance double in the musical episode of “Psych”, and a featured dancer in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”, Nickelodeon’s “Jinxed” and the upcoming feature film The Layover directed by William H. Macy.

Transitioning to the world of choreography, Liz began by assisting Canadian choreographer Stacey Tookey on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She was also part of the creative team for ‘Reefer Madness” where she helped create dance sequences for the film.

Liz’s choreography can most recently be seen on Super Channel’s “When Calls the Heart”, and recently was the personal dance coach for award winning actor Domhnall Gleeson for the feature film Crash Pad. Other credits include choreographing and directing the Czech Republic fashion show for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and choreographing the opening number for the Times of India International Film Awards in Vancouver.
Liz loves to share her passion for what she does with pre-professional and professional dancers across Canada via master classes, adjudicating and setting choreography. She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre, and for Groove Street Productions and MOVE Dance Conventions.

 


ATO MOLASENG
Ato, a fresh face in the dance scene. This guitar player turned dancer learned to dance on his own through YouTube at the age of 14 and started formally training much later in his life under the guidance of Kari-Lee Florentine. After given the opportunity to  substitute a class at Westlake Dance Center, Ato found a passion in teaching and strives to help others in improvement and self-love through dance. His style includes hard hitting old school hip-hop groves and a smooth, intimate groove to more R&B music.