Faculty

 

ERIN KINGSLEY is the younger daughter of Dr. Madame and she was raised as a student in the school since her toddler years. Miss Erin trained, performed and taught in dance forms ranging from classical Ballet to Jazz & Tap. She was a member of the Sprague Olyannes dance team and a captain her senior year. Miss Erin earned her honors BS degree from Oregon State University in 2000 as a Speech Communications major. She served as an officer in the US Air Force, including overseas duty in operation Enduring Freedom. Miss Erin has three children. Her oldest son, Milo, has performed in our Elsinore Theater production since 2007. His brother DocPaul joined him starting in 2009. Youngest son, Brody, in 2011. Miss Erin is expecting her 4th son in August 2012. All will grow up as dancers at Discovery School, just like their mom. Miss Erin's interests include developing young children's cognitive skills and muscle coordination through the art of dance and she particularly is excited to welcome boys into her classes. Miss Erin's classes are a good mix of high energy and calming structure. Miss Erin is the primary Irish Dance teacher and loves this unique and entertaining form of dance. She also is a skilled ballet teacher and has enjoyed watching her students grow in their classical technique.
HOLLY HOEM began dance training as a youngster in Eugene, Or.From 14 years of age she performed with the Carousel Concert Dancers, including lead roles in several ballets.Miss Holly received a full scholarship to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she studied ballet, lyrical, jazz and modern dance through Graham and Cunningham techniques. She also was accepted into the prestigious performing company, Cornish Dance Theater, where she performed severalprincipal roles. Miss Holly continued her education at U of O in Eugeneas a dance major and she taught at the Eugene School of Ballet. After becoming a mother to four children, Miss Holly operated an in-home daycare for several years. She joined the faculty at Discovery School in 2007 and she delighted students since then with her gentle, caring manner. Miss Holly is a wonderful performer and she loves dancing at the Elsinore Theater with daughters Christa and Chloe. Miss Holly's greatest desire as a teacher is to share her love of dance with young children, incorporating creative play and animated music to help her students discover movement. For older students, she encourages them to find joy in dance while utilizing proper technique.
LYNN SUNDERMIER "Dr. Madame", has BA degrees in Speech Pathology & in Theater Arts, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in neuromotor control. She also is certified as an EMT. Lynn is the Oregon State representative for the Classical Dance Alliance, a group whose mission is to improve dance training nationally. Lynn specializes in balance for stance & gait across the life span, and she taught graduate classes at U of O. She has several articles published in respected scientific journals, and Lynn's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Lynn also has published papers on the neuromotor and biomechanical aspects of dance movement & training. As a young adult, Lynn danced professionally on both east & west coasts. But now, her greatest joy is challenging her students, to learn & grow as dancer-athletes & performers.
ALICEA TRESIDDER completed a BA & MA in elementary education at WOU and she is teaching dance at Howard Street Middle School. Miss Alicea has taught at Discovery School since 1989, but she began as "Dr. Madame's" student when Discovery School first opened in Salem in 1979. Miss Alicea is a performing artist who loves dance for its own sake and she dances beautifully on pointe as well as in jazz, lyrical and Irish Dance. Mis Alicea is a wonderful performer, whether dancing as part of a corps or creating memorable characters. This year Miss Alicea teaches Irish soft shoe classes as well as beginning & advance jazz/lyrical/hip-hop classes. Miss Alicea is a devoted parent to her daughter, Jenna, age 18 years, who has danced at Dicovery School since her pre-school years (just like her mother).
  TAMI MATTISON began studying dance as a young child of five. In high school, she performed with Willamalane Dancers in Springfield, Oregon. In college, she studied ballet and modern dance at Clackamas Community College. She was also member of the Lake Oswego Dance Academy Performing Company. She earned a BA degree with a minor in Dance from University of Oregon in 1995. With two children to raise, she established an in-home private pre-school/daycare, which she operated for 16 years. Miss Tami did post-baccalaureate work at Western Oregon University. During that time she completed coursework in Dance Pedagogy, Creative Dance for Young Children, and an Independent Study on The Brain Dance by Anne Green Gilbert. Miss Tami began training and teaching at Discovery School in 2005. All three of her children have danced at Discovery School of Dance. Miss Tami’s particular dance interests range from classical ballet to multicultural and creative dance forms. She delights our young students with dance activities that contribute to the development of body and spatial awareness, musical sensibility, flexibility, motor co-ordination and healthy social interactions. Miss Tami is a lovely dancer and a patient, gentle teacher.