I am president and co-founder of Inspirations Dance Studio. I grew up dancing in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, and more. My passion started at the age of 8 and has followed me through college and adult years. In college, I found my love for special education. After receiving my degree in speech and hearing sciences, I created a dance program for individuals with special needs in Portland, Oregon. When I moved back to Spokane in 2014, my mother, Janet Ostrander and I began working on Inspirations Dance Studio. We hope to enhance the lives of the youth in our community as well as create an environment where no one is limited by their disability. While working on my Masters in Special Education, I hope to bring a variety of teaching techniques and positive reinforcements to each and every classroom.
I am a choreographer and instructor here at Inspirations Dance Studio. In elementary school I was a gymnast but as I grew older my creativity longed for something more meaningful and artistic, so I decided to try dance. I competed in the Seattle area for five years in jazz, lyrical, and contemporary but trained hours every week in ballet because ballet is the foundation of which all other dance is built upon. I have taken master classes from Shannon Mather, Travis Wall, Tasandra Chavez, Stacy Tookey, and many others. I believe that it takes an athlete to dance but an artist to be a dancer and that the story you tell is what matters most. Anyone can dance no matter their abilities, as long as they put their whole heart into it. I've taught ages 2-18 and strive to build my classes around my students and provide them with strong technique and a creative outlet.
I have trained, and continues to train, in various styles of dance since the age of 3. At 7 years old, I became a competitive dancer for the Prodigy Dance Company in Sammamish, WA. During my eleven years with the Prodigy Dance Company, I was honored to be chosen for the Elite Teams program in my last 6 years. Throughout my dance career, my teams won an abundance of awards and were invited to national competitions, from Nuvo, Jump, NYCDA, Radix, Velocity, CoDance, Tremaine, and Encore. I was recognized for my performances and auditions winning numerous high score awards and receiving scholarships. Being on a competitive team allowed my to take classes and learn from some of the top dance artists in the industry such as Stacey Tookey, Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, tWitch, and many more. I taught her first class when I was 16 years old and has been teaching ever since. Currently, I am a student at Gonzaga University studying business and minoring in dance. Along with being the social chair for the dance council, I am also a member of Gonzaga's hip hop dance team — Bomb Squad. The Bomb Squad performs at Gonzaga basketball games and other events throughout the year. Dance has brought much joy into my life; what started as a hobby has grown into something much more over the years. It has evolved to become an intricate part of who I am — through and through I am a dancer.
I grew up in Selah, Washington. I started dancing when I was 4 years old at Footlites Dance Studio in Selah and then moved over to Broadway Bound Dance Academy also in Selah. I was on a competitive team for many years. I competed in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and production. I then took a break from competing and joined the Selah High School dance team and worked her way to becoming captain of the team her senior year. I didn’t continue to dance when she went to college, which made me miss dancing and eventually lead me to join our studio at Inspirations! Since graduating high school in 2015 she is going to college at Eastern Washington University and is majoring in communication disorders.