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
Regina "Mimi" Stewart Badger
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.
She has had the opportunity to train under Barbara Remington, Julane Stites, Brad Garner, and Shannon Mockli, and has taken classes from Kathleen Hermsdorf, Garth Fagan Dance Company, and Alexandrous Ballard just to name a few. Jenell has over 6 years’ experience teaching ages 2-adult.
She believes that anyone can dance and is passionate about helping her students find the most freedom and joy in dancing according to each students physical abilities. She also enjoys leading movement explorations that allow her students to unlock their greatest artistic potential.
Following her eduction, she was accepted by audition to the Traditional Dance Company of Mexico and had the opportunity to travel to Greece, China, Canada, Singapore, Scotland and Australia. She later worked in the U.S. traveling from Texas to the East Coast and even peformed in the audience of former president George Bush in 2001.
After spending the first seven years of her dance journey testing out different studios, she finally found SALT. Once there, she spent the next six years dancing with the company "family" and at age 13 advanced to dancing on pointe. Her main focus has been on ballet and pointe with additional focus on contemporary and lyrical styles.
Savannah has performed to music pieces from the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, the Sound of Music as well as performed solos on pointe.
Her desire is "...after all that SALT has given me, I want to give back and provide that same experience for another child, while also keeping the art of Ballet alive in the next generation of dancers."
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.