Meet our instructors
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Harvest continued with dance and gymnastics by becoming a coach and instructor teaching at places such as American Elite, Gym Kids, Mt. Hood Ballet Academy and others. From cheer leading to costume design, Harvest brings a rich diversity to the world of performing arts.
Her competitive nature combined with her depth of experience as a performer and instructor are the catalyst for her passion to see kids of all ages and skill sets to enjoy the performing arts to their fullest.
Regina "Mimi" Stewart Badger-Artistic Director/Co-Founder
Regina "Mimi" Stewart Badger-Artistic Director/Co-Founder
Regina’s career spans over 40 years in performing arts and includes production administration and artistic oversight, writing and directing. She has acquired and maintained an extensive knowledge and understanding of multiple styles of vocal techniques and drama methods. Her desire, is to see anyone who wishes to be a performer, be given the opportunity to acquire a solid working knowledge of voice, acting and dance. She believes that a student’s self-discipline, accountability and hard work applied with heart and motivation can bring hidden talent and enriched opportunities to life no matter what career is pursued.
Advancement as a student positioned her to become a student-teacher and now teaches Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Drama classes full time. Gabriella’s enjoyment comes from being able to impart her knowledge into her students while encouraging them to have fun.
She has done industrials with Nike and performed at the Vans Invitational 2007 Mt. Dew Tour as a back-up dancer. She has also collaborated with Northstar – a Native American dance troupe who is sponsored by OPB and Painted Sky and the list goes on. Melissa has toured as an assistant on Moveo’s Workshop Tour, teaching classes in hip-hop.
It was with Moveo where she realized her innate passion for dance and was able to gain knowledge and experience in most styles of dance. After performing and training with Moveo for 6 years she decided to explore her passion for teaching. Her desire is to motivate and inspire people to always reach for higher goals, and seek their dreams regardless of the obstacles that may stand in the way. Melissa received specialized training in Hip-hop, Jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet and has a love and passion for all genres of dance. She has experience teaching hip-hop, creative movement, beginning tap, and parent-tot classes. Melissa has been teaching Hip-Hop to all age levels for the past 8 years and loves it.
Music has always been a central part of Danielle’s life. Coming from a very musical family she started her passion for music as early as grade school as a soloist and an ensemble-member. In high school and college, she performed in quartets, madrigal groups, chamber vocal ensembles, show choirs and large choral groups.
Danielle’s love for music has lead her into teaching beginning voice and piano. Her hope is to see each student grow in their love for music and the arts and she enjoys developing students of all ages and skill levels. As she teaches from a classical foundation, students learn to apply their knowledge to all genres.
Her goal with each student is to create a comfortable environment where they can discover their vocal identity with patience, vigilance, and confidence. Danielle focuses on their unique voice and singing style while maintaining vocal health. Whether student’s goals are big or small, her fun, focused, and inspired approach helps them to achieve success.
Outside of teaching she enjoys cooking for her family and friends, adventurous travel with her husband, and cheering on her own children in their endeavors.Book a Private Lesson with Danielle
Judy is an organic home-grown Portland girl. Through most of her life she’s endeavored to serve God and others as a teacher of dance. Along with her husband Ted, they have adopted and raised three children (now adults), Leah, Jon-Michael and Carolyn.
In 1998, Judy and Ted spent time as volunteer missionaries in Liberia, West Africa. While there, she started a free school for children who could not afford private school tuition (there are no public schools in Liberia). An outgrowth of that program continues today, where over 1,300 Liberian students will receive tuition to attend schools this year, through God’s Precious Children.
As an instructor, Judy began in her basement with Judy’s School of Dance, she continued as the artistic director at Finale’ Dance, then started Footwork Dance Studio (Milwaukie), and Dance Connection (Welches). Her students have gone on to work in Portland area theater productions, teach at other dance studios, along with the direction of choreography and dance numbers for several school plays in the Portland area.
Judy is delighted to impart her knowledge as a tap instructor with the SALT team and looks forward to encouraging the very best in her student’s talents.
Peyton has been a student at SALT Academy for the past eight years which include two years’ experience as a teacher assistant and substitute. Peyton is one of many teachers who are either former or current students and have “grown up” in the Academy.
Hip Hop is her favorite style of dance and will be teaching this as well as Primary Hip Hop/Tumbling. She loves working with kids helping them succeed. She also loves going on adventures and spending time with friends and family.
Peyton chose to attend SALT Academy because of her desire to become a performer and she’s very excited to begin teaching this year.
Jilliann Bryant, wife, mother and advocate for living a healthy, green lifestyle has danced ever since she can remember. She found a love for ballet at the age of 3 and continued into adulthood learning and teaching jazz, hip-hop and ballroom dance.
Jilliann started her path to dance at Stites Dance Studio in Portland, OR. In college, she performed as a Warner Pacific Knight Dancer for two basketball seasons at Warner Pacific. Jillian also holds a Bachelors in Human Development Family Studies, minoring in Health and Human Kinetics.Mrs. Bryant's teaching experience includes:
- Kara's Dance Studio - Vancouver, WA
- Arthur Murray Dance Studios
- Deborah Messinger School of Dance/Rising Stars Preschool - Gresham, OR
Adults and older kids are not to be left out; she also has extensive experience teaching Latin Ballroom Dance pulling from years of training throughout the West Coast.
Melanie loves staying active. She is a fitness enthusiast and loves taking hikes with her husband.
What gives Melanie her “edge” is her upbeat personality and high energy. She likes helping her students express themselves through dance and movement. Her diverse background in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and ballet keeps her routines fun and challenging.
Melanie started dancing at the age of 8. In high school she was dance team captain and varsity member. After high school, she continued her training at a well-known local studio, Mt. Hood Dance Academy, where she gained valuable teaching experience. She became a student-teacher and was later promoted to dance instructor. While teaching part-time, she studied at PSU to obtain a bachelors in marketing and continued her study of dance. Melanie’s experience also includes Precision Elite Gymnastics & Dance.
Melanie continues her passion for excellence through advanced training top facilities such as Body Vox, Vega Dance Lab and NW Dance Co.
Charlie Chrisman has over 35 years’ vocal and musical teaching experience. He began music studies playing trumpet in elementary school with goal of one day becoming a band teacher. In middle school he added singing; performing in concert choirs, show choirs, and also in musical theater.
Charlie holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music Education (k-12) from Central Missouri University and a Master's in Church music from Western Seminary, Portland Oregon.
Throughout college he sang lead tenor in a Barbershop Quartet and performed throughout the state at various venues. He studied classical voice privately as well as performed in madrigal groups, concert choirs and various ensembles. Other college vocal experience includes singing in and directing a contemporary gospel ensemble that traveled to multiple states.
Charlie’s experience as an instructor also began during college where he taught trumpet and voice, later adding piano and guitar as well.
After moving to Oregon in 1990, he was the first full time Worship Arts Pastor at Greater Gresham Church (now known as Pathway Church). He spent 13 years developing the music, drama groups and media programs which included multiple adult worship teams, musical theater events, youth worship bands and gospel choirs. He continues to teach privately and in other local organizations such as Journey Theater Arts.
Charlie's music interests span from musical theater, instrumental, classical, EDM, opera, choral, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, to country! He is passionate about the power of music to change the lives of both those who study and perform AND those who hear and experience those performances. He is excited about sharing that passion with families at SALT!Book a Private Lesson with Charlie