Instructors

Annie Warf
Owner
Preschool Dance Director
Lead Preschool Instructor


Jeremy Knuth
Music Director
Preschool Assistant
Private Piano, Musical Theatre

Jeremy Knuth is a musician and teacher from Vancouver, Washington. He started private lessons at the age of six and trained with pianists, Azemar Glenn and Vila Moreland for 12 years.

Jeremy began teaching and working with youth programs in 2002 after graduating from Hudson’s Bay High School. He spent three years teaching swimming, taekwondo, gymnastics, and managed an afterschool care program, while picking up private piano students on the side. He then spent a year traveling abroad while working as a deck hand on a private yacht. Feeling the lack of music and teaching, Jeremy returned to Vancouver where he spent a year at the Gardner school working one-on-one with developmentally challenged children and within the 3rd-8th grade class rooms as a teaching assistant.

After the Gardener school, Jeremy began education at Clark College pursing music and teaching. He also rented a room from a small music store where he taught piano and sold/repaired instruments. In 2010, Jeremy started working with Riverside Performing Arts.

Besides teaching, Jeremy has always pursued his own art and has worked with several local projects, but can currently be heard around Vancouver and Portland playing with Sell the Farm and Outline of the Sun.


Josh Murry-Hawkins
Dance Director
Youth Dance Company, Ballet, Jazz, Tumbling

Josh started dancing on the Oregon coast, as a teenager he studied at Milwaukee Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. He was scouted by Brigham Young University and received a full scholarship to study with ballet master Jan Dijkwel from Dutch National Ballet. He was performing leads in full length ballets, appearing in senior projects and composition pieces getting attention and recognition from dance professors all within his freshman year.

Deciding school could wait he made his way back to Portland and joined BodyVox. In his time with the company he became a leading artist touring all over the nation and Europe. Josh was instrumental as part of BodyVox’s education and outreach program, developing and performing specially designed school programs for thousands of students throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Josh began performing with Éowyn Emerald and is a founding member of Éowyn Emerald & Dancers. He has gone on three successful tours with EE&D to Edinburgh, Scotland performing in the Fringe Festival, the largest arts and performance festival on the globe. The company achieved the accolade of being featured as a “Top Pick” in the London Time’s Art Section, and received glowing reviews for their performances from many international arts publications.

Josh continues to be featured in new works and guest with companies in the greater Portland area. Establishing roots in Vancouver, he is ready to teach the next generation of dancers and share his passion of the performing arts. 


Heather Kahl
Theatre Director
Theatre Troupe, Acting, Improv


Margaret Green
Private Voice, Vocal Ensemble

Margaret Green has enjoyed making music in the Portland area for over 24 years. She is the vocal music director at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) and a National Board Certified Educator. Green was recently featured in the Columbian newspaper’s Portrait section, highlighting individuals making a difference in the Vancouver community.

As an educator at VSAA, Green has enjoyed collaborating with artists in many disciplines. Some highlights include teaming up with theatre artists as the vocal music director for West Side Story, The Good Person of Szechuan, annual Dinner Theatre productions, mounting an Elizabethan Feste (collaborating with dance and strings), and assisting on productions of The Sound of Music, The Boyfriend, Pirates of Penzance, and Into the Woods.

Hallmarks of Green’s educational philosophy includes building musicianship, fostering healthy vocal development, exposing students to a wide variety of genres of vocal music, and developing the ability to not just sing, but to be a singing actor when performing. Alongside this, she strives to help each student find what their voice is capable of in preparation for the next stage of their vocal development.

Green has a passion for women’s choirs and was the founder/conductor of Belle Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble from 2000-2012 and in 2011-2015 Margaret had the pleasure of directing the Women’s Choir at Lewis and Clark College. Green is an active adjudicator and guest clinician for high school and middle school choral events, and an honor choir conductor.

In addition to her conducting, Green has enjoyed singing with several choral ensembles in the Portland/Vancouver area; most recently Chor Anno and with the NW Community Gospel Choir for the Gospel Christmas performances with the Oregon Symphony. In the summer, Margaret teaches at MidSummer Music Retreat on the Campus of Whitman College and has been a Unit Leader at Camp Julianna Girl Scout Camp.

Finally, in 2002 Green was awarded a Fellowship through the SURDNA Foundation in New York to research both the African American Singing Tradition and Eastern European Vocal Traditions. By the end of her Fellowship, Margaret had studied with Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, composer/conductor Dr. Andre Thomas from Florida State University, and Kitka Balkan Women’s Ensemble.


Bethany Barbieri
Tap, Ballet


Jesse Schafer
Guitar, Ukulele and Bass


Jacquie Bell
Adult Beginning Tap