About Us

Director & Owner

Ms. Yvonne Cox

YvonneMs. Yvonne Cox is Owner & Director of Academy of Dance with 20 years of experience teaching tap/ballet/hip hop/jazz/lyrical/pointe to ages 2 years-adult. Yvonne has had formal training in dance since childhood and is a member of Dance Educators of America. She is an experienced choreographer and participates in dance conventions and competitions in Seattle, Las Vegas and Canada starring world renowned dancers. She ran choreography for Eugene Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker as well as Lyric Light Opera’s Beauty and the Beast. Yvonne has a B.A. from Washington State University. Yvonne is grateful to her husband, 3 children, Mom & Dad, students and their families for their ongoing support of Academy of Dance.


Ms. Sylvia Trask
sylviaMs. Sylvia Trask has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She acknowledges the kindness of people on all side of the country, that have allowed her to be able to experience training in a vast variety including Jacob’s Pillow, American University in Washington DC. At Dance Lab in Seattle, Wa she studied under Ray Bussey in Jazz for 4 years. Sylvia’s inspiration to teach came from her home town instructor, Klara Koenig. She taught Sylvia to follow her passion for dance, in spite of Sylvia not having that perfect turn. This encouragement is what lead Sylvia to 40+ years of quality instruction. She continues training today at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Western Washington University.

Ms. Rebecca Brown

Ms. Rebecca Brown is a classically trained dancer from the Tulsa Ballet School and she was a dancer with USA Ballet and also with The Memphis Belle Swing Society. She received an education in many different types of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom. She taught at The University of Memphis, Northwest Ballet School, Academy of Dance in Burlington and Anacortes Community Theatre. She has choreographed and directed for META Performing Arts, Theatre Arts Guild and Anacortes Community Theatre. Rebecca has also enjoyed performing in multiple ballets & acting in several musicals. She loves dance & strives to encourage all of her students to have a passion for dance and Fine Arts.

Ms. Amy Hanson

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Ms. Amy Hanson began dancing at the age of five and has danced ever since! She has studied ballet, tap, jazz,     and lyrical. She has taken ballet at Western Washington University where she received a BA in Education. She has continued to pursue her passion for ballet and jazz beyond college. In addition to ballet and jazz Amy is also a pilates, barre and zumba instructor, teaching dance and fitness to all ages. Amy is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. In her free time Amy enjoys camping and exploring with her husband and four children. She is excited to join the Academy of Dance team and share her love of dance with Academy of Dance students!

Ms. Christina Krejer

Ms. Christina Krejer trained with New York Ballet dancer, Lynda Yourth, Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich and continued with California Ballet’s Paul Koverman and Maxine Mahon. She was in programs with Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Washington Ballet in D.C. Most of Ms. Krejer’s professional dance experience is with California Ballet Company where she performed roles from corps to soloist from most major classical and contemporary ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Balanchine’s Serenade and Francisco Gella’s Suite Vivaldi. Ms. Krejer has also guested with San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Connecticut Ballet Theatre. In addition, she has performed with Maui on Stage and Maui Song and Dance. Christina has taught dance both nationally and internationally.

Briley Shanander

Ms. Briley Shanander started dancing in high school when she took a jazz dance class. She found that she loved dancing and wanted to continue, so began taking classes at the Academy of Dance in tap, lyrical, hip hop, and ballet. While Ms. Shanander continues her training, she also teaches ballet and tap classes for young children at the Academy of Dance. Ms. Shanander is studying elementary education with an emphasis in science at Western Washington University. At Western, She has had the opportunity to take dance classes in both contemporary and ballet. Ms. Shanander will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in 2020. In her free time, her husband and her enjoy many outdoor activities; such as horseback riding, camping, and archery.