Center For Movement Arts Teaching Faculty

Tim Ryan, Director

Adult Ballet, Children's Ballet, Men's Technique, Children's Modern
Tim has taught dance since 1977 in public and private schools in both Portland and Eugene, Oregon. He was a recipient of a Graduate Teaching Fellowship and earned his M.S. and B.S. in Dance pedagogy from the University of Oregon. He completed his post-graduate study, as one of five students accepted from a pool of five thousand applicants, at the Royal Academy of Dance Teachers College in London, UK. In 2010 the University of Oregon honored Mr. Ryan as Alumni of the Year.

Students of Mr. Ryan have been accepted to some of the most respected dance programs in America including Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Julliard, Chicago Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, The Harid Conservatory , Lines Ballet of San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the University of Utah, Goucher College, Belhaven College, the University of Oregon, Interlochen Arts Academy, Joffrey II, and the Boston Ballet.

Sherie Blankenship Ryan, Director

Adult Ballroom, Teen Ballroom, Children's Tap
Sherie began her teaching career in 1987 at the University of Oregon and has taught for CMA for 14 years. An experienced teacher of ballroom dance, folk dance, tap, modern dance, and ballet, she additionally holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon and is chief administrator and co-founder of Center For Movement Arts.

Ms. Ryan performed with the Mary Miller Modern Dance Company and Skandia Leikerringen, a Scandinavian folk ensemble. She is a veteran musical theater performer and choreographer whose credits include: Oklahoma, Camelot, The Sound of Music, Annie, The King and I, South Pacific, The Fantastiks, Kiss Me, Kate and Brigadoon. She has also co-written, directed and choreographed a variety of original musical productions for children.

Margretta Hansen, Senior Instructor

Children's Ballet, Pointe, Adult Ballet
A native Oregonian, Margretta has performed in the Portland area with Ballet Oregon, Portland Opera and Pacific Ballet Theater, as well as Oslund+Co/Dance, Tere Mathen Dance, and Minh Tran & Company.

In Eugene she appeared with Dance Theatre of Oregon, Susan Zadoff, and Eugene Ballet Company. In addition to teaching ballet at CMA, Margretta has taught for American Dance Theatre, Eugene School of Ballet, Oregon City Community Schools, Lewis and Clark College and Conduit Dance, Inc.

Kristin Batchelor, Instructor

Children's Ballet, Children's Modern, Adult Ballet
Kristin began dancing at age 5 and can still remember the excitement and anticipation of her first class. She studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, San Francisco Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet in New York City. Before moving to Oregon, she worked with Margaret Wingrove and Cliff Keuter in San Francisco area modern dance companies.

Locally, Kristin performed with Gregg Bielemeier, Mary Oslund, and with the aerial dance company, aero/betty. She was recognized by Martha Ullman West in Dance Magazine for having the ability to blend dance technique and style with a "cross-pollination of forms." Kristin has a degree in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University. She has a true passion for dance and enjoys sharing that love through teaching.

Jerri Clark, Instructor

Children's Ballet
Jerri started dancing as a child and has taught yoga, dance fitness and Pilates in numerous health clubs and studios in the greater Portland metropolitan area since 1998.

Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, she co-directed a youth ballet company for the Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Center, where she also taught creative movement and ballet classes for both children and adults. Jeri has performed with the Prairie Wind Dancers, the University of Kansas Dance Company and Kaw Valley Dance Theatre.

Taryn Johnson, Instructor

Adult Ballet, Children's Ballet, Jazz and Hip-hop
has worked with students of all ages and abilities for over 10 years. She as taught and performed locally and internationally. Taryn began her dance training at the British Dancing Academy in Renton, WA, where she studied RAD (Royal Academy of Ballet) Ballet, Modern and Jazz under the direction of Sandy Baca. She continued her studies with Marcia Quigley-Neel, at the Maple Valley School of Ballet where she also began teaching. After moving to Portland, Taryn has continued to study all forms of dance adding Hip-Hop, Salsa, Lindy-Hop, and Argentine Tango into the mix. Taryn is a former member of the Agniezska Laska Dancers, with whom she toured internationally to Mexico and Poland performing and teaching Modern dance at two major dance festivals.

Currently, Taryn works as a freelance dancer and choreographer in the Portland Metro area. Most recently, her work was presented at the 2011 fundraiser for OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute, and the 2011 production of SWEAT. Previously, Taryn has choreographed for and performed in "HAIR the Musical" (CAST Community Theater), "Guys and Dolls" (Tahoma High School), "Blue Skies Dance Concert" (Dance Coalition of Oregon), and choreographed for the Catlin Gabel Dance Club, and both the FAST and SUN after school programs. Taryn also has a BA in Applied Linguistics and Spanish from PSU, with plans to earn a Master's.

CMA Guest Teaching Artists

Tracy Broyles

Restorative Pilates for Dancers
Tracy Broyles is an art-maker based in dance and performance, a facilitator of structured and unstructured movement, and a body-worker. Dreams and intuition, archetypes, the unseen forces of energy, and the human condition guide her work.

Tracy first discovered Somatics, Pilates and Yoga as a young dancer, and after years of study felt passionate about sharing the healing and shaping qualities of intentional movement with others. She began teaching classes and seeing private clients in 2001, and completed her Pilates Certification in 2003. Tracy also studies and is influenced by the Alexander Technique and Butoh and incorporates energy work into her teaching and dancing. Straightforward and fun her style is to support the individual’s transformation into a more embodied self. For more on Tracy or to contact her please visit tracybroyles.com

Laura Haney

Pilates Mat, Adult and Teen Jazz
Laura attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance and music. She was a member of River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, toured nationally as a featured performer in the Broadway show 'Fosse' and was a cast member of the Broadway musical 'A Christmas Carol' for two seasons.

Laura was a company member of BodyVox from 2005-2008 and most recently performed in Lane Hunter Dance's 'The Beginning Is Near' and 'PSYkO' She is a Stott-certified Pilates instructor and has taught numerous dance workshops and master classes across the country. Laura currently directs the dance program and student company at Multnomah Athletic Club.

Agnieszka Laska

Modern Dance
Agnieszka has performed nationally and internationally for over 20 years as principle dancer and choreographic assistant in Balet Form Nowoczesnych, one of Poland's premier modern dance companies. She holds an MA in Dance Pedagogy and has received prestigious awards from the Polish Ministry of Culture & Arts and Ministry of Education.

Agnieszka has been a guest teacher at various schools and institutions, most recently at the State University in Queretaro, Mexico. In Portland since 2001, she founded Agnieszka Laska Dancers in 2003, creating numerous works, often to music of local composers, usually with musicians on stage. ALD performs regionally and internationally, touring to Mexico and Poland.

Brett Mills

Adult Ballet
A native of Chicago, Brett ttrained at Ruth Page Foundation under Larry Long, at The Joffrey Ballet School, and the Washington School of Ballet among others. Her professional career included performing with BalletMet, Ballet Iowa, and Eugene Ballet where Brett was a principal dancer.

Brett's teaching experience includes Ballet Idaho Academy, Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College, Ruth Page Foundation, Dance Academy of Libertyville, Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy, Bodyvox, and Polaris Dance Theatre.

Tino Nozaki

Hip-Hop
Tino is originally from the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and got his start in dance at the Atkinson YMCA's Dance Central program where he studied Street and Jazz technique. During this time, Tino also apprenticed under his first mentor Deanna Luster of Diamond Head Theatre in Broadway Jazz and overall technique. Since moving to Portland, Oregon, Tino has worked closely with his Hip Hop mentor, Patricia "Mz. Triche" Sylvester, and has performed and taught dance classes of all levels at various locations including Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Southwest Community Center, etc. As an Adjunct Faculty of Portland Community College (PCC) Rock Creek, Tino has taught Hip Hop 1 & 2, Jazz I/II/III, and watched the dance program at Rock Creek Campus quadruple in enrollment (PCC Program Review, Spring 2011) since officially starting the Dance program in early 2009. While his choreography is heavily influenced by his Contemporary Jazz and Street Funk background, Tino also has over a decade of training in various styles such as Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet, Broadway Jazz, and Color Guard. He believes that versatility is a crucial trait of a successful dancer and performer. Tino has been the Artistic Director of iN.GAUGE Dance Company since its foundation in February of 2009.

Sherrie Wieden

Adult Tap
A native Oregonian, Sherrie has been dancing since age 2 ½. She has taught for over 40 years and her students enjoy her easy to follow teaching style. Over the years her accomplished dance styles have included: Tap, Jazz, Tahitian, Hula, Belly dancing, Novelty and Disco.

Her Adult Tap class is designed for a wide range of skill levels from Beginning to Advanced-Intermediate. Using contemporary music with enjoyable syncopated rhythms, students of all skill levels will enjoy Sherrie's easy-going, fun loving class!

Eric Zimmer

Adult and Teen Jazz, Physical Trainer
Eric Zimmer Eric has been dancing since 1989. After receiving his early jazz and ballet training at the University of Montana, he moved to Portland to pursue a career in dance and fitness. While building his career in the fitness industry, Eric immersed himself as a choreographer, teacher, and performer in jazz, modern and Argentine tango. Eric's talent for jazz has given him prominent roles in musical theater; favorite productions include A Chorus Line and the Fosse-based Chicago.

Eric teaches at several Portland fitness clubs and dance studios, where his dynamic and inviting style of instruction is a hit with both children and adults. His classes incorporate an energetic blend of styles ranging from lyrical and musical theater jazz to hip hop and funk. Class is based on sound technique, but his dancers are encouraged to let loose in class and find their own expression within the choreography.

"Dance is a sweat job."

~ Fred Astaire, dancer/actor