CHELISS THAYER: Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip-Hop Instructor
Cheliss started her dance journey at 3 in a ballet class. Since then, she has explored Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary & Hip-Hop. She graduated with a minor in Dance from WOU in Winter 2015. She has performed in many productions, including a production of Cinderella. Cheliss has choreographed for the LBCC Dance Concert "Inspirations" in 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as for WOU's winter program.
Cheliss has trained as a student with Katherine Sanders since before Downtown Dance opened in 2011, and has been teaching both children and adult classes at the studio since Spring term of 2012. She has contributed choreography to the studio's June Showcase each year since.
JENNA MOSER: Lyrical Jazz and Contemporary Repertory Group
Jenna wanted to be an ice skater so her parents enrolled her in ballet at the age of six. She took ballet, jazz, tried gymnastics, performed on her High School Dance Team, and finally went back to ballet while enrolled at Western Oregon University. At WOU, she was a guest dancer with Rainbow Dance Theater for three years and performed with them, including an opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Festival. After college, she continued ballet and performed in productions of Raymonda and La Bayadere. In 2013 she became a coach of the Philomath HS Dance Team and continued for four years teaching technique in that setting.
In the spring of 2014, she took her first class at Downtown Dance and never left. She started with Lyrical Jazz, then eventually joined Contemporary. Jenna began teaching the Adult Lyrical Jazz class in 2016 and the teen Contemporary Repertory Group in 2017. (She was never an ice-skater, but she's glad to have found dance.)
BETH SMITH: Dance With Me and Creative Dance Instructor
Beth has loved dance since she was a child. At a young age, she studied ballet, and as a teenager and young adult she studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap and ballroom at Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University. She has choreographed for community theaters in Utah and Oregon, including, most recently, Mary Poppins and Oklahoma for Lebanon Association For Theater Arts in Lebanon, Oregon. She is a dancer in the Advanced Contemporary class and the Adult Repertory Group at Downtown Dance. She has taught children's creative movement classes in the past and looks forward to being a part of the Downtown Dance faculty and sharing her love for movement and dance.