Faculty

Artistic Director/Owner, Stephanie Harper

Stephanie Harper has 21+ years of dance training and has a B.A. in Dance from Western Washington University. A ballerina at heart, Stephanie has performed numerous roles in a number of classical ballets including The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and more. She is trained both as a dancer and instructor in ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Stephanie's approach to dance is anatomical, unique, effective and ever-developing as a result of research, communication and experience. But mostly…it's because of her love for the art!

Harper&I is not simply Stephanie's creation…it is largely due to every student that Stephanie has ever taught, every experience she has had in life, and every person she has met.  Through dance and movement she strives to help students and community members build greater self-awareness and to feel more connectivity within themselves and their environment. She is thrilled that Harper&I has received so much support in the community and is excited to continue helping dancers develop a sense of self-confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything they set their heart and mind to. 

 

 

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Britta Martens
Britta began dancing when she was just 2 years old and found her passion instantly. She eventually became a member of Backstage Dance Studio’s competition team in Bellevue, Washington and competed in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip-Hop and Lyrical categories until graduating from High School. Although Britta has a love for all types of dance, her true passion lies with ballet.  In addition to her love for dance, Britta is also passionate about teaching and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University, with a major in Elementary and Special Education along with a minor in Dance.  When she is not dancing or teaching dance, she is at a local junior high teaching in a Special Education classroom. She is most proud of her vision and commitment to integrate the arts into the core curriculum in the public schools system. She is thrilled to continue to pursue her passions for both Education and Dance!

 

 

 

Jeremy Galvez
Jeremy's love for dance can stem all the way back to elementary school but he started focusing on dance as more than just a hobby in high school. While attending Kentwood High School, Jeremy was a part of his high school's dance team for 3 years. During his senior year, he won two state trophies for his team in the categories Hip Hop & Show. Currently attending Western Washington University, he was apart of the WWU Hip Hop Team his first year. Now, he is apart of the dance club SiniHHA while also being a choreographer for the Seattle Storm Dance Troupe. He is attending Western for Business with a focus in Marketing, aiming for the goal to market himself professionally as a choreographer around the world. He also uploads dance videos online through Youtube.com/JeremyGalvez!

 

 

 Holly Gibson

Holly started dancing when she was 3 years old and has not stopped since! Growing up she trained primarily at Woodinville Dance Academy where she studied ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, and African dance. She also studied acting and musical theatre throughout school. Holly has several years of experience teaching ballet, tap and jazz for younger ages. She also danced with Chimera Dance Theater, a Seattle based modern dance company directed by Sarah Lofgren. Holly is currently a full-time student and plans to pursue degrees in dance and psychology. She hopes to someday combine these two passions to become a dance therapist. Holly is passionate about teaching her students to be strong, healthy, and expressive dancers. She strives to inspire her students to find joy in dance!

 

 

Taylor Gillie

Taylor started dancing when she was just four years old and hasn't stopped since! Her training has primarily been focused on ballet but she also enjoys contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. Taylor is a full time college student at Whatcom Community College, and though she does not know what her future holds, she is sure that dance will be a part of it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hackett

Michael is a hip hop dancer raised right here in Bellingham. He has ten years of experience in hip hop and is in his 3rd year of teaching at Harper&I. While Michael's style of dance focuses on aspects on popping and locking, he also has experience with many other styles of dance. Michael believes that each student should enjoy their learning environment and that dancers have more success in their learning when they feel comfortable in their surroundings.  As a teacher, Michael hope to leave his students with a higher inspiration for doing what they love and feeling courageous enough to reach for their goals.

 

 

 Cassie Skye Howlett

Cassie has been a dancer for ten years. She received her BFA in Dance from Western Washington University with minors in Theatre and Psychology. Originally from Maple Valley, WA, her love for dance started with jazz and hip-hop and then she quickly moved onto ballet, lyrical, contemporary and modern. Her teaching philosophy: "It is very important to me to aknowledge  the unique dance abilities and strengths of each dancer. My goal is for dance to empower my students through their challenges and success. I aim to teach to the best of my abilities and inspire a willingness to learn and grow for my students". 

 

 

 

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Sarah grew up in Bellingham and first fell in love with dance in a little pink tutu at the age of 2 and hasn't stopped dancing ever since. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theater, hip hop and partnering. She is currently a full time student at Western Washington University and is the owner of Muse Artwork which allows her to express her love of art through painting and design. Sarah is very passionate about Harper&I as she was a part of its original creation and is excited to watch it grow and develop and become an important part of dancer's lives in our community.