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 and the award-winning Astoria High School Dance Team, is 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 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!
Miss Cheryl is our specialized Pre-school and ballet instructor. Her outstanding manner of working with children provides them with a concise foundation that carries over into their future dance study. Her work blends choreography with her cleverly designed props and sets. Her background is inspired by years of Ballet training including the Dance Educators of America, Dupree workshops and Pacific Northwest Ballet teacher seminar-specializing in pre-school instruction. Her classes are well structured with the young ones in mind, presenting dance movement, musicality, terminology, to each dancer.
Miss Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theater for Coastal Caroline University. She has over 25 years of study, competition circuit levels and live theater. In New Orleans she ran and directed dance camps in the Rivertown Theater. While her husband, a Coast Guard Pilot was stationed in North Bend Oregon, she taught, produced and directed the Pacific School of Dance. She will be teaching Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theater. Miss Caroline shares her wealth of knowledge to the young as well as the older students…her musical phrasing for tap, and her stage movement training builds a disciplined dancer. Miss Caroline attends New York City Dance Alliance, where her advanced students received high marks.
Dancing since the age of two, Miss Sarah has Ballet in her blood. In the 1980’s both her mother and father were dancers at Boston Ballet, and then created their own company in the greater Boston area-The North Atlantic Ballet Company. Sarah grew up in the school being trained by her parents. In 1985 they hired Larissa Lavishchuk, a Ukrainian certified Vaganova teacher who trained Sarah in the Vaganova Syllabus. Miss Sarah went on to be a featured artist with DanceArts in Cape Cod while attending college. Her experience also includes numerous musical theater productions as well contemporary and modern dance. In 2003 she moved to Hawaii with her husband, where she met John Landovsky, director of the Hawaii State Ballet. Under the tutelage of Mr. Landovsky, she danced, taught and choreographed until 2009 when she moved to Oregon, where she completed her degree in Anthropology. 2013 finds Miss Sarah in Oakridge, Oregon. While there she realized there were no performing arts opportunities for children and started a school there. Over the next few years Miss Sarah developed her dancers using a mixed syllabus and creating new choreography. In 2018 Miss Sarah relocated to Astoria with her family.
Miss Libby has been dancing most of her life; a senior member of Little Ballet Theatre and Astoria High School Dance Team member, her training in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, acrobatics, lyrical, hip-hop and contemporary provide a solid background for acro-dance. She has been assistant to classes in acrobatic dance and is now trained in Acrobatique dance form, a new syllabus originated in Calgary Alberta, Canada. She is looking forward to working with the students and watching them progress in the acro-dance levels
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!
Guest Instructors may be available as schedules allow. We reserve the right to substitute teachers if necessary.