Staff & Instructors

 

The staff at DASH Center for the Arts is a group of people who truly care about your youth, their growth as individuals, and have a strong love for the Arts.  Each DASH Center instructor is a working professional in their field.  Their experiences range from local theaters and bands to Broadway stages and international concert tours.  DASH instructors and staff exemplify our standards of excellence: respect, love, and selflessness.  Our instructors will push your students to be and give their very best in everything they do!  We are a family at DASH, and you and your family are invited to join!

 

Charles Simmons

Guest Instructor
Charles was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. He has always had a love for singing and dancing but didn’t take it seriously until his sophomore year in high school when he discovered the Reality Check Dance Team. Joining Reality Check just a few months later, Charles graduated from Washington High School, and quickly became heavily involved in the DASH Center becoming the Choreographer/Artistic Director for Reality Check Juniors (RCJ) and one of the founding members of Zero Gravity Dance Troupe. While working with and for the DASH Center, Charles  traveled all over the U.S. and Canada, training, performing with and for top dancer/choreographers including Dave Scott, Tessandra Chavez, Miguel Zarate, Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo, Anthony “Redd” Williams, Shane Sparks, and Daniel Cruz to name a few. Charles has also worked with several local theaters to pursue acting and voice including the DASH Center: “Just Another Girl,” “The Wiz,” “Now That’s What We Call Music,” Tacoma Musical Playhouse: “Grease,” “Hairspray,” “Peter Pan,” “The Color Purple,” and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts: “11 Days in the Life of Dr. King.” Needless to say Charles LOVES the arts and his DCFA Fam. He is extremely thankful for opportunities and experiences thus far but there is so much more in store!

Michael Cole, Jr

Director of Music/Instructor
(Bio coming soon!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Sanders

PAEP Director/Mini Hip-Hop/Acting Instructor
Tiffany is a graduate of Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) and is currently a student at Pierce College where she studies communications. She appreciates the opportunity to be able to give back to her community. Tiffany danced with Zero Gravity Dance Company and has performed with SOTA as Tom in their production of “The Glass Menagerie,” Iris in “Metamorphosis” and most recently portraying Aaliyah in The DASH Center’s winter production “Now That’s What We Call Music.” She is thrilled to share her passion for performing arts and public relations with the talented youth at the DASH Center and is looking forward to an amazing season.

Darren Spencer aka Scooter

Art Of Hip-Hop Program Director
Scooter came to the DASH Center while working as producer of the show, “Street Beat on Kube93.” This show was named “Best West Coast Community Affairs Show.” Born in Philadelphia and later raised in New Jersey, Scooter began his career as a young MC at age 13. He worked hard to hone his craft and went on to win numerous freestyle battles over the years. Scooter spent six years in the United States Army, fighting in Desert Storm/Desert Shield. After completing his service, Scooter attended Bates Technical College, receiving an AA degree in Audio and Sound, and at that point realized his love for radio. After one visit to the DASH Center for the Arts, Scooter fell in love with what the Center had to offer and quickly enrolled his daughter. As they say, the rest is history.

Shelia R. Scott

Artistic Director

Shelia has been involved in the arts in Tacoma for more than 20 years.  Shelia is passionate about the DASH Center and its mission of helping youth through the arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Smith

Dance Director and Ballet Instructor
Crystal is a former dancer and instructor with Tacoma City Ballet. Crystal has been pointing her toes for almost 30 years. She received her classical ballet training from Miss Jan Collum and performed in the professional division of Tacoma City Ballet under the direction of Erin Ceragioli. When she is not at the DASH Center, Crystal runs her own dance program called DanceLab Northwest at Pacific Ballroom Dance in Auburn. She has choreographed original works for Tacoma City Ballet, PLU’s Dance Ensemble, MLKBallet’s Ten Tiny Dances, and DASH. While Crystal has performed roles such as Cinderella and Clara in “The Nutcracker,” her favorite role is being a mom. She has three young dancers of her own: Aidan (ballroom), Juliana (ballroom/ballet/hip hop), and Lachlan (jumping on furniture).

Kenya Adams

Hip-Hop Instructor

Kenya has been dancing for as long as she can remember! Among her many passions is her love for singing, dancing and music. Kenya was introduced to the DASH Center during her role of Ada-Pearl in DASH’s production of “The Wiz” in 2009. DASH has taught Kenya how to properly express herself through song and dance and she is now sharing her knowledge with younger DASH Center members. To her, nothing is more important than instilling a love for dance into her students. She is blessed to be a part of the DASH Center family and excited to see what the future will bring.

Isaiah Parker

Acting Coach/Instructor

Isaiah teaches Acting for teens and young adults. Having performed for Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Village Theater, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater, and DASH Center, Isaiah also coaches High School Speech and Debate at various schools throughout the area.

 

Amy Tiemeyer

Youth Empowerment Mentor/Team Trainer
Amy brings more than five years of community involvement to the DASH Center. Trained at School’s Out Washington’s Pathway to Excellence and Edge Learning Institutes, she is a licensed personal trainer with additional certificates in nutrition, strength training, and endurance. Amy serves on the Advisory Board for the Art of Hip-Hop Program. In addition to DASH Center, Amy teaches yoga at First Creek middle school and healthy cooking at REACH.

Sonja Olsen

Booking Agent/Public Relations Specialist

Sonja grew up in the Pacific Northwest but spent a very long eight months in Montana after high school. Upon returning to Washington, Sonja attended the Art Institute of Seattle for Audio Production working as a tutor/mentor at Kingston Junior High School’s After School program.  There, she became the activities coordinator along with being a classified substitute for the school district. She now sharpens her skills for Public Relations in her position at Sephora and acts as booking agent for the DASH Center.