Linda Maxwell, Education Director
Linda fell in love with dance and ballet at the age of 3 ½. Her earlier training was at a private studio, supplemented by summer ballet programs. She has a BFA and MFA in Dance from UC Irvine.
Linda was program head and taught a variety of classes at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, including Dance Appreciation, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, floor-barre, folklorico, performance skills and dance performance.
Currently, Linda teaches ballet, jazz and tap at Humboldt State University where she has taught for the past twelve years. Her work is seen regularly on the HSU Spring dance concerts.
In addition to her work at the college level, she has worked with civic ballet companies and had her works adjudicated on gala National Regional Ballet Festivals. She spent several years as John Travolta's private dance instructor. She has choreographed musicals for various venues including PCPA, the American Melodrama Company and locally, the Ferndale Repertory Theater and the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Ferndale.
Professionally, she has performed with Calpulli Danza Mexicana, a folklorico dance company in New York City. In Humboldt County, in addition to Humboldt State, she has taught dance at College of the Redwoods, Ferndale Elementary and High School, and Studio of Dance Arts in Eureka. She is a certified floor-barre instructor.
Linda considers herself to be a continuous student of dance, spending her summers studying dance in New York City.
Gina Grebe - Ballet 2, Jazz
Gina grew up in San Jose, CA and from 3rd grade to junior high, she took dance classes to include Acro, Street Jazz, and Jazz. Gina took a year off from class at the beginning of high school, missed it, and decided to never go a year without dancing again. At her high school, Gina took a mixed-style dance class, she choreographed for and danced in several musicals, and performed with the Baile Folklorico club. Gina returned to studio classes at the age of 17 to finally take ballet – a style which previously she had seen as too pink and stiff. Ballet quickly turned from a “necessary evil” in Gina’s mind to a style she truly enjoys.
Gina attended Humboldt State University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Dance Studies. While at HSU, Gina enjoyed dancing every day of the week with classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and various world styles. Gina has danced in several concerts, including a solo in A Day With Rain, a piece she co-choreographed as a trio between a dancer, her shadow, and her imaginary shadow friend. Gina’s original choreography, Off Duty, was a funky rhythm study accompanied by a live beatboxer, and was selected for HSU’s Spring Concert in 2012. Gina has been teaching various styles of dance to various ages since 2011 and is currently teaching at North Coast Dance in Eureka, CA. In 2013, Gina started a worship dance ministry at her church, teaching a mixed-technique class and developing choreography for the Worship Dance Team.
Heather Walker - Creative Movement, Kinder Ballet, Company Member
Heather started ballet classes at age 7 through a local parks and rec program after seeing a production of Nutcracker. Beginning at 10 she studied at a Cecchetti based school with Lucille McClure in Whittier until she was a senior in high school. Heather came back to ballet as an adult looking for an exercise routine and started dancing at NCD in the spring of 2001, and teaching in 2004. She has performed in 10 of the 11 Nutcrackers, including as Rat Queen in 2008 & 2009. Other roles have included the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs in Jack and the Beanstalk , and Pluto in To Pluto and Back.
Although she continue to work full-time for the county, Heather’s background as a camp counselor (10+ years) and in Early Childhood Education (8+ years) has been crucial to developing the Munchkin Movement classes and Passport to Dance camps.
Melody Collver - Ballet 5
Melody started her dance career in 2012 as a young adult after attending a North Coast Dance spring show. Since then, she has taken classes in styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and swing. She has performed in Humboldt State University's fall dance program multiple times, as well as in a variety of shows at NCD including: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphide, Stars & Stripes, The Wizard of Oz, and Rodeo. She began teaching the beginning adult ballet class and now teaches the Intro to Ballet and Pre-Pointe Ballet classes. Whether teaching or taking class, Melody hopes that dance will continue to be a part of her life for many years.
Demetria Schioldager - Company Class
Demetria is a professional ballet dancer and instructor who has taught dance for over 10 years alongside her professional ballet career. She started her training at age 5 with the Royal Academy of Dance Program. During her formative years, she completed her RAD exams and received training at the summer intensive programs of: Royal Academy of Dance, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Though offered a chance to train year round after high school, Demetria pursued a college education and received her Bachelors of Science at Indiana University. After graduation, she danced for three years with Nevada Ballet Theatre under the direction of James Canfield. Looking for a fresh outlook, she moved to San Francisco where she worked at Menlowe Ballet and worked as a freelance dancer across the Bay Area until moving to Humboldt. She has taught dance in the Indiana University Pre-College Program, Nevada Ballet Academy, Menlo Park Academy of Dance, ODC, Geary Dance Center, and Roco Dance. Along with teaching group classes, she gave private lessons in the Bay Area and took several students to dance competitions where they placed in solo ballet performance categories. Demetria has also received her Pilates training and has been teaching in the STOTT PILATES® method the last year. Performing works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Twyla Tharp, Fredrick Ashton, Jerome Robins, Matthew Neenan, and many other diverse choreographers, has given her insight into the versatile would of dance. Demetria is a passionate teacher who encourages and empowers her students while strengthening not only their bodies but their dedication and knowledge of dance.
Abbie Brodhag - Ballet 4, Teen/Adult Ballet
Abbie has been dancing for 12 years and 7 of those years have been with North Coast Dance. Abbie started at NCD when she was 9 years old and fell in love with the studio and the people. She had never dreamed of furthering her dance career as far as she has in such little time.
Her favorite style of dance has always been and always will be ballet, but now she's explored out of her comfort zone she has fallen in love with contemporary and hip hop. One of her proudest moments as a dancer was being the Mad Hatter in NCD's 2018 Spring production of Alice in Wonderland. The role was fun, challenging, and unlike any other ballet Abbie has had to perform. 4 year old Abbie never could've imagined how far she'd come in these 12 years. From dancing on pointe, earning lead roles, and finding what truly is a second family, Abbie is beyond thankful to be a member of the North Coast Dance Company.
Elizabeth Sloan-Rouse - Ballet 3
Bio coming soon...
Andrea Williams - Ballet 3 & 4
Andrea started in ballet at the age of 9 and has been dancing for 8 years. She has attended the TCDA international ballet festival and American ballet theater summer intensives. school and enjoys dedicating her time to North Coast Dance. Andrea’s favorite roles she has danced at North Cost Dance include Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Rose Queen in the Nutcracker.
Daphne Endert - Hip Hop
Bio coming soon...
Jonny Wisan - Contemporary,
Adult & Youth Jazz
Jonny was born and raised in Eureka, CA. He found his life-long love of performing through choir at age 5, then swing dancing at age 7, and in his teens he started attending Trinity Ballet Academy for a grounding in Classical Ballet Technique. In 2017, Jonny graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Dance (Ballet, Jazz, modern, swing, tap, folkloric, cultural, folk, etc) and a minor in Musical Performance. Jonny’s had the great privilege of teaching dance- at camps, workshops, and studios throughout Humboldt County- to a myriad of ages and skill levels. He’s thrilled to join the NCD family of teachers, students, and staff members. Jonny can hardly wait for classes to begin!