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.
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.
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.
Martina Keyn majored in theater and music at both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Warner Pacific College. Her studies also include early childhood development education which have given her an edge as a performing arts instructor.
She has extensive theatrical experience from over 100 performances covering on and off stage roles. From leading roles to directing, make-up, stagecraft, chorus and everything in-between, her well-rounded background makes classed educational and tons of fun!
Martina has even been a youth leader, nanny and Disney party host!
William Keyn (fka “Troy Keyn”) has over 20 years’ experience performing in music venues across the country. Past performances include the likes of B.B. King’s Blues Club, El Gaucho Portland and Roseland Theatre as well as numerous charity events, weddings and other local events.
William proficiently plays more than ten musical instruments with an ability to represent multiple genres and cultures. He also runs and operates his own record company and studio, Sanctus Novum Records.
He enjoys teaching group guitar, ukulele, bass and drum lessons for SALT Academy and offers private lessons as well. He loves spending his spare time with his best friend (who happens to also be his wife!) and his three amazing kids playing music, doing voices and goofing around.
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.
Liah has been with SALT Academy for over five years. She started as a student and for the last two years has been a teacher assistant in various classes with an emphasis on tumbling.
Liah began her performing arts journey at the age of four when she took her first gymnastics class. She continued in gymnastics through age eight stopping only to recover from an injury and move across the country with her family. Shortly after moving to Oregon she trained at Top Flyte Gymnastics where she spent three years as a member of their competitive team.
Her desire is to impart an excitement for dance and movement to her students, challenging them to acquire new and foundational skills.
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.