Teaching a lifetime of poise and grace, appreciation of the arts, and respect of the history of dance!
Director of Maddox Dance Studio; Artistic Director of Little Ballet Theatre; Coach of the Year 2001 1A, 2A and 3A Oregon High schools; Producer of the Miss Oregon Pageant for 32 years; Producer of Miss California Pageant for 8 years; Director of Miss America of Miss America Pageant for five years; Ballet Faculty member Clatsop Community College for 23 years; Coached the Astoria High School Dance Team. Member Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, and American Academy of Ballet. Professional performing career includes: Donn Arden Dancers appearing at Moulin Rouge in Hollywood, Dorothy Dorben Dancers appearing in San Francisco, Noel Sherman Dancers appearing in Montreal and New York City. One of 35 teachers accepted to International Ballet Seminar in Vail. She studied at Royal Academy of Dance Teachers Seminar, Royal Academy Training in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Attended American Academy of Ballet Teachers Seminar 2001. Mrs. Peterson has taught for national dance organizations in Houston, Biloxi, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, San Jose, Shreveport and Denver and is past president of National Association of Dance Teachers, Portland Chapter. She has judged National Dance championships and for the Miss America system. Received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Dance & Drill Coaches Association of Oregon, and a Honoree of the 2010 Astoria Music Festival, named an awardee of the Lady Liberty Award by the Board of Directors of the Liberty theatre in 2016.
Emily started her training at age 6, through 17 at Maddox Dance Studio. She was a member of Little Ballet Theatre for 10 years, dancing the role of Clara for 3 years in Nutcracker. After graduating from Seaside High School, in 2005 she graduated with honors from Western Oregon University with a degree in dance. She performed with Rainbow Dance Theater, touring the West Coast and Mexico City. She has taught at Alsea High School and also at Western Oregon University. Miss Emily was a member of the Krayon Kids Musical Theater in Portland, performing original productions with a select group of performers from throughout Portland. She was guest artist performer and teacher for Alsea’s International Day and taught hip hop and creative dance at the Art Centre. Miss Emily teaches ballet, jazz, modern hip-hop, and creative movement. She has attended the Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America and New York City Dance Alliance seminars. Her outstanding choreography for her students, brought awards in performance from the New York City Dance Alliance, and the award-winning Astoria High School Dance Team, always creative, challenging and a visual treat! She is the head coach of the Astoria High School Dance Team.
Carleta has danced at Maddox Dance Studio since the age of four. As she advanced she was placed in the Little Ballet Theatre company and danced in the Nutcracker for 12 years. In 2005, she danced the title role of Cinderella; in the LBT production. While attending Knappa schools, she and her mother, Dana, created the Knappa school dance team, with 60 members. She transferred to Astoria High School her senior year, and was on the Astoria High School Dance team “Pizazz’. Not only does she love to dance, she is an accomplished actress, appearing in many productions as an actress/singer/dancer, and choreographer for the Astor Street Opry company. She also has directed several of the ASOC productions. She helped stage the LBT production of Wizard of Oz, in 2012. She joined our staff to teach ballet, jazz, musical theater and tap Carleta is a graduate of the Prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, where she also taught lyrical dance at the international Dance Academy. She has attended Dance Masters of America and New York City Dance Alliance seminars. Her innovative Musical Theatre classes, earn many accolades for her technically trained students.
Michelle started her dance classes at age 5 at Maddox Dance Studio,studying a full curriculum of ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre. She was a member of Little Ballet Theatre, dancing many roles in the Nutcracker, and helped choreograph variations when she was in high school. She graduated from Ilwaco, Washington High School, and attended Chapman University in California. She trained under a Dance Kinesiologist and earned her degree in Kineiology with emphasis in Exercise Physiology. She graduated in 2004 from Pacific University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While in PT school she taught ballet, tap, jazz, and dance conditioning at the Laurel Valley School of Dance Arts. She is co-owner of Piro-Plyo, LLC and a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. She is currently training in the Acro-Dance Teachers Association, based in Toronto. Her acro-dance classes are focused on the artisitic movement of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics.
Our receptionist since 1990. Pam Brings much more to her title than can be imagined. She welcomes students, parents, families, does first aid with band aids and hugs, teaches new moms the skill of making a ballet bun, is a miracle worker repairing lost strings in ballet and pointe shoes, answers many questions based one her experience as being a dance mom to her daughter; she is the house manager for all productions and serves untold hours of help for rehearsals and shows! She is always ready to help all of our dancers!
We welcome Dylan Candela to the teaching ranks, Dylan has been with us for her
growing up years and as a tiny dancer always showed an intense interest in a strong
work ethic and developing her technique and vocabulary. DYLAN is a Senior member
of LITTLE BALLET THEATRE. She has been assisting in classes for the past two
seasons , along with carrying a full schedule of her own classes under our faculty. She
has attended the New York City Dance Alliance,
and is a member of the Astoria High School Dance Team. Dylan will be teaching Hip-
Hop and we know she will be not only a wonderful teacher but will be an excellent role
model for the young students.
Guest Instructors may be available as schedules allow. We reserve the right to substitute teachers if necessary.