Office + Box Office Manager
Originally from Oregon, Ms. Yager began her ballet training at the age of 8, followed by gymnastics at age 13. In 1977, she relocated with her family to Bellevue, Washington where she excelled as captain of Newport High School gymnastics team and competed in the Washington state gymnastics meet in 1981.
As a young adult, she earned her degree in Recreation Leadership from Bellevue College. In addition to her studies, she worked at Mustard Seed Daycare Preschool, taught preschool gymnastics, directed Sunday School instruction and operations at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, volunteered at Kennydale Elementary, and was an assistant coach for Ringdall, Junior High School gymnastics team before pursuing a career in airport operations at the Port of Seattle in SeaTac, Washington.
In addition to exploring dance and movement classes around the Puget Sound region, Ms. Yager's favorite things include hiking with her dog, camping, reading, drawing, and sewing.
Design & Marketing Manager
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Ms. Malady was born and raised in South Africa, where she learned to sew at an early age and made all of her own costumes as a competitive ice skater. After moving to the United States, she earned her B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Utah, followed by a credential in Elementary Education after relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has two daughters who have been dancers from a young age and has been designing and creating costumes for their school theatre, dance performances, and competitions for the past 14 years. She started working with Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) four years ago as a volunteer and has thoroughly enjoyed working with its talented dancers, faculty, and staff to bring professional stage productions to life.
In her spare time, Ms. Malady enjoys reading and creating unique miniature tutus.
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Parent Guild President
Terry Larimer hails from Omaha, NE and is no stranger to volunteering for the arts. Before moving to the Seattle area, he spent much of his time volunteering at the Omaha Community Playhouse – the largest community theater in the country - where some of his projects include “Frankenstein”, “A Few Good Men” and several years of “A Christmas Carol”, to name a few. Mr. Larimer has been volunteering backstage at ECB since 2018, and became President of the nascent Parent Guild in 2019. His daughter Olivia has been a student here since 2012.
2019/2020 ECB CORE FACULTY
About Our Core Faculty
Evergreen City Ballet’s 2019/2020 Core Faculty consists of the Artistic Director, School Principal and five instructors who are committed and dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education to all of our academy students. Each instructor is passionate about instilling ECB’s core values of excellence, integrity, discipline, respect, inclusiveness, professionalism, and teamwork. ECB’s unique dance curriculum offers a rigorous, well-rounded, and holistic approach to learning and development. Core Faculty instructors may periodically rotate within their designated levels, at the discretion of the Artistic Director and School Principal, to ensure that ECB delivers a comprehensive and dynamic learning experience. Each instructor is available for one hour coaching or private session to work with a student one-on-one and help advance their technique and artistry. At ECB, our goal is to help each student learn, grow, and thrive.
Level IV to PD
Ms. Porter grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She trained with Ballet West and First Chamber Dance Company and attended high school at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her professional career dancing with The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC and then with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Porter was the Artistic Director of Ballet Bellevue for three years where she created two original full length ballets. She has created works for The Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Inception Dance Theater and her highly acclaimed Sacred and Profane for Burmer Music. Her piece, Vim was recently performed in Croatia. In February of 2017, Ms. Porter took 1st prize at The Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival, in Utah, for her piece Duet and was invited to return and to present an evening of her choreography. In October she brought 10 dancers from Seattle to Utah, to perform her original choreography for an enthusiastic audience at The Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah.
In addition to choreography, Ms. Porter has been teaching for 20 years and has enjoyed working with not only professional dancers, but students and non-dancers. She's taught all over the state, choreographing musicals, graduation dances, and the occasional flash mob. Ms. Porter loves coaching, mentoring and nurturing the passion for dance in her students that she has celebrated her whole life.
Level IV to PD
Ms. Butcher is a dancer, teacher, and creative artist based in Seattle, Washington. She received her training at Evergreen City Ballet, with summers spent at Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, the Juilliard School, and DanceWorks Chicago. After graduating high school with an Associate's Degree in 2012, she continued her training at LINES Ballet's Training Program in San Francisco. Since returning to Seattle, Ms. Butcher has worked with choreographers Amy J Lambert, Petra Zanki, and Cameo Lethem, additionally performing with Coriolis Dance and the Seattle Opera.
"Charmaine Butcher’s dazzling presence on stage is only outmatched by her exquisite movement quality, a technical talent who shines equally in balletic sections, punchy jazz and goofball comedy" — CityArts
While nurturing her desire to perform, she simultaneously developed her unique approach to teaching. Driven by her training, education, and experience, Ms. Butcher believes that a student's physical ability is only defined by the fullness of their spirit. Primarily teaching contemporary ballet, she is dedicated to the development of the individual, regardless of perceived limitations. She believes that if she empowers students to trust in their unlimited physical, intellectual, and emotional potential, those individuals may carry that dedication throughout their life, creating a ripple effect throughout their communities.
Level II A to IV
Nathan Cook began his ballet training at the age of four at Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma, WA, where he studied classical and contemporary ballet under the direction of Kay Englert. He has studied a wide variety of other dance styles including modern, tap, jazz, and flamenco. He received further training from Spectrum Dance Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he spent four summers dancing on merit scholarship. Over the years, Mr. Cook has studied with many notable directors and instructors including Peter Boal, Vicki Pulkinen, Eva Stone, Sonja Dawkins, Donald Byrd, Bruce Wells, Timothy Lynch, and Stephanie Wood. As a professional dancer and guest artist he has had the privilege of working with esteemed choreographers such as Adam Miller, Julie Tobiason, Jennifer Porter, Eva Stone, and Stanko Milov. Major roles danced by Mr. Cook include Peter Pan, Hilarion, Franz, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Prince Charming, Prince Ivan and Nick Bottom, to name a few. Mr. Cook recently retired as the Director of Washington Contemporary Ballet and is currently dancing with Khambatta Dance Company.
Creative Movement to Level II B
Ms. Bevington was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She started dancing at age 4 with her twin sister, where they received early training at Ballet Etudes in Mesa, Arizona. Ms. Bevington had the opportunity to participate in multiple performances ranging from Nutcracker to original contemporary works.
At age sixteen, she relocated with her family to Washington where she and her sister enrolled with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) under full scholarship. She has attended summer intensive programs with PNB, School of American Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theater. Her professional training has also included work and performance opportunities with PNB's Professional Division Program, Cincinnati Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Over the years, her favorite roles have included Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields; Tall Fairy in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker; Winter Fairy in Cinderella.
Ms. Bevington enjoys teaching younger level students at Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) and is very excited to be a part of their foundational training.
Parent & Tot, Creative Movement
Ms. Martin has been part of Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) since its inception in 1994. She began as a student under founding Artistic Director, Wade Walthall, and progressed to a Company Dancer performing principal roles including Cinderella, Sugarplum Fairy and Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She also performed in Amsterdam and Austria with the Salzburg Ballet.
After returning stateside and recovering from an injury, Ms. Martin began instructing and working as Ballet Mistress for ECB for 10 years. During this time, she also pursued a Montessori teaching certification and began classroom instruction in Washington state. She enjoys teaching both in the studio and in the classroom, implementing Montessori principles with all of her students.
MUSICIANS & PIANO ACCOMPANISTS
Dancing to Live Music
Dancing to live music is an important part of a dancer's education. Live music provides a pulse, rhythm, and heartbeat to dance movement and gestures. It helps our students kinetically connect with their bodies and cultivate their musicality and artistry. At Evergreen City Ballet, we are fortunate to have dedicated and experienced musicians to play for our ballet technique classes, for levels IV and up.
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David Kellogg, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a classically trained pianist adept and at home with all styles of music. He graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in piano performance with a minor in harpsichord. He is noted for his work both as a solo pianist and a collaborative pianist.
In addition to his work with the Cascade Foothills Chorale, he is the Collaborative Pianist for Chorale Sounds Northwest out of Burien, Washington. In addition, he currently works with Evergreen City Ballet and Tacoma City Ballet as a dance accompanist. His private studio of piano students includes children, youth and adults. He also entertains residents at several local retirement communities. In the past he has 35+ years in church music in various roles ranging from pianist/organist to choral/instrumental director to music program director.
Art Koshi is a pianist and composer from Honolulu, HI, who has been accompanying ballet and modern dance classes since 1997. Art works as a dance accompanist for Cornish College of the Arts, The University of Washington, Dance Fremont, Seattle Theatre Group, and All That Dance. In addition to the piano, Art plays percussion, guitar, and bass. His composition experience includes soundtracks for indie movies and recordings for dance concerts. Art has also played for improv theater groups such as Jet City Improv and On the Spot, with whom he’s performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Austin’s Out of Bounds Festival and the Seattle Improv Festival.