ABOUT OUR STAFF
The Dance Connection is directed by Wendy Robbins. Wendy’s dance experience includes jazz, tap, ballet, theater, and clogging. She enjoys teaching all dance styles and focuses on correct technique while building each dancer’s self-confidence. Wendy directed Dance In Flight ballet company’s production of "Cinderella….Well Almost" and received rave reviews as one of the best productions in the company’s history. A few of Wendy’s other dance moments include several Richland Light Opera productions, performing with the Charlie Daniels Band at the Florida Citrus Bowl, dancing as a featured guest at the National Clogging Convention in Las Vegas, and performing with the inaugural Chinook Basketball dance team. Wendy is also the Director of the Diamond Ridge Cloggers and has taught clogging for over 20 years! She also coached cheerleaders for 12 years and offers private coaching to future cheerleaders and dance team members. Wendy studied dance at WWU in Bellingham and holds a BA in Speech Pathology/Audiology.
Erin An is an all-around dance expert. She teaches hip hop, lyrical, tap, ballet, jazz and our little dancers. Erin joined us a few agos when she moved from Texas where she taught all dance styles. Her Tri-Cities students love her as much as her Texas students did, and they can’t get enough of her choreography.
Danielle Rothwell is a national clogging competitor, placing first at several national events. Danielle learned to clog with the Diamond Ridge Cloggers over 15 years ago before moving to attend college at Eastern Washington and then Boise, ID where she danced with a national competition team. With her Masters Degree in hand, she returned to the Tri-Cities and has been teaching our advanced cloggers, adults & competition teams for the past 5 years. We are honored to have her join us and share her experience and techniques with us.
Fred Shaffner has clogged for untold years and teaches our Carefree Senior Cloggers. You’ll notice him at all of our shows – he’s the youngest at heart! Senior classes are held on Monday mornings. Register for this fun activity through Fred at 627-0765. Fred also provides valuable assistance with our adult clogging classes and new show team dancers.
Hannah Osborne started taking ballet at the age of 2 at Ballet Arts in the Tri-Cities where she studied all through her school years. At 18 she moved to New York to dance with Light of the World Ballet Company for two years. She spent two summers in Walla Walla at summer dance intensive. She spent five sumers in Jackson, Mississippi at summer dance instensives with Ballet Magnificat!. She was involved with the performing company Dance In Flight while in the Tri-Cities and had the opportunity to choreograph and assist in directing several shows. Hannah maried her high school sweetheart in 2007. Hannah is mom to two awesome dancers and a new puppy.
Taylor Nagle Miss Taylor grew up dancing and competing in a variety of dance styles. She is super excited to be back at Dance Connection after taking time off to attend college and encourages everyone to come dance with her! .
Barbara Wilson – Stay Tuned!
Beth Giever has dabbled in a little of everything and is the go to sub when your usual instructor (or their kid) gets sick! We appreciate her willingness to jump in at the last minute whenever she’s needed!
Fun Fact: in her spare time Miss Beth trains for and participates in triathlons!
She loves to dance and leaps across the finish line of a triathlon after 4 hours and some 35 miles!