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 in 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.
Stefanie started dancing when she was three years old and growing up she would ask her parents to let her stay for just one more class – her dedication and love for dance has only grown since then! She has experience in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip hop, African, Modern, Lyrical and Contemporary. Stefanie often traveled all over the country to compete in dance competitions and won several national dance championships over the years. She has taught independently over the last eight years and also worked with BAAY in Bellingham where she taught ballet and worked with their theatre department.
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'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 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. In addition to teaching dance, Holly is also a nanny and a camp counselor. 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!
Kaelyn has been dancing for fifteen years and enjoys teaching and dancing many different styles. She grew up taking classes at Pacific West Performing Arts near her hometown in Snohomish and trained at Westlake Dance Center for a few years following high school. Kaelyn has taught at several studios and is currently a student at Western Washington University. She is majoring in Elementary Education and is also a part of the WWU Hip Hop Dance Team.
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.