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.
Kayla has been dancing since the age of 3 and is very passionate about the world of dance. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Modern. She grew up dancing at the Morgan Family YMCA in Tacoma and was a part of their dance company for 5 years. She then moved to Bellingham in 2007 for high school, where she danced at many different studios in town. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Dance and a minor in Psychology from Western Washington University. Kayla believes that everyone should have the opportunity to dance, and that each dancer has their own unique strengths and abilities. Kayla is excited to be a part of the Harper&I Dance Center family!
Emma grew up in the dance community of Bellingham, beginning at age three. Her training is rooted with a foundation in classical ballet, though she also studied and competed in many other styles, such as jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, and ballroom. After studying at Cornish College of the Arts, Emma came back to Bellingham to pursue her passion of teaching and choreography. Emma first joined the Harper&I family as a ballet/contemporary instructor in 2012. After taking some time to focus on choreographing stage musicals, she is elated to rejoin the HIDC faculty. Her specialties now include ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, and competition 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. 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!
Grace has been dancing since the age of 7 at A Gift of Dance/Infinity Dance Company. She was a part of the performance and competition team and competed in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Acro, Tap and Hip Hop. Grace trains with a hip hop dance company in Vancouver, BC called “Kill The Lights” that trains in multiple urban styles. The program includes training in freestyling, choreographing, and teaching as well as training in LA for a few weeks in the summer. She is planning on auditioning again for another year and attending Whatcom Community College in the fall. Grace is excited to share what she has learned as a dancer and to help her students grow!
With small influences from many different styles, from popping to salsa, Jake’s passion and focus is breaking. Originally from Renton, Washington, Jake learned almost everything he knows from world champion Bboy Jeromeskee, and by battling with and against crews all around the Seattle area. Being part of a hip-hop community as vibrant and passionate as Seattle’s scene is has shown Jake the importance of culture and history to breaking and dance as a whole, which makes teaching the history behind the dance a major part of all his classes. Jake has been teaching breaking to students of all ages for over 5 years, and holds technique, safety, and fun above everything else in his lessons. He’s also really really excited to be sharing what he knows with dancers at Harper&I, and looks forward to helping new students broaden their horizons in dance and in life.
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".
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.
Katie started dance when she was 3 years old and has loved it ever since! She started with jazz and loved it so much she went on to ballet, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Katie then started attending dance competitions from 6th grade until her freshman year of high school. One of the most exciting things she has done with dance is attend the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive in LA and New York on a scholarship!