Dance Movement Academy & K-Bay Gymnastics
Join Our Coaching Team at Dance Movement Academy & K-Bay Gymnastics
Are you looking for an exciting career in teaching dance, gymnastics, or cheer? At Dance Movement Academy & K-Bay Gymnastics, one person can make a big impact. We value customer service, teamwork, and fun. If you are interested in joining the team please inquire within or click here for the current job openings.
Introducing some of our talented team members:
Performance, Power, Poise and Passion...
Dance Movement Academy & K-Bay Gymnastics is blessed to have qualified instructors that assist in teaching classes with high standards of technique, discipline and artistic form. DMA & KBG's passion for dance, quality in instruction, and dedication to her students, has inspired many children and adults to continue in the field of performing arts, including teaching dance even after they leave Hawaii.
Interested in joining the team?
Allison Sheppard, Dance Instructor, Gymnastics Coach and Special Needs Specialist
Allison has been teaching and coaching with Dance Movement Academy and K-Bay Gymnastics since the age of ten. Allison’s passion, self-motivation and natural knack for goal setting, lead her to grow and develop her career at a young age. She is experienced in various styles of Contemporary Dance, Movement, Tumbling, Choreography and Gymnastics. These credentials have heeded Allison to persue her other calling, as a Child Development and Behavior Specialist, where she stages creative movement as a tool for communication, success and focus management. DMA and KBG are honored to have Allison aboard since 2008!
Started gymnastics at age 6 at Hawaiian Island Twisters and stayed there for seven years competing in USAG compulsory and optional levels. In high school she devoted her time to the varsity sideline and competitive cheer team for Kalaheo High School and for Cheer 808 All Star. At the High School senior year she was team’s captain. She also was in he OIA 2nd team All State and UCA All American Cheerleader. Jori coached recreation classes and team for K-Bay Gymnastics for 2 years prior to attend the UNLV where she became a Division I cheerleader for all four years. While attending UNLV, she coached for youth cheerleading. During her senior year she was rewarded NCA All American and also team captain. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. Jori says: “I am a very compassionate and competitive person who looks forward to using my knowledge and experience to helping others
Jorilyn Gorgonio, Gymnastics Coach
Traci Hazlegrove, Dance Teacher
Traci attained her spirit for dance, gymnastics and cheer in her hometown, in South-West Tennessee. In High School, she strived in cheerleading, especially stunts and tumbling skills. Upon relocating to KMCB with her husband, Traci sought out to fulfill her passion for dance. Traci is now a valued instructor at Dance Movement Academy, where she shares her energy, talents and skills to each of her students.
Catherine Bandstra, Dance and Gymnastics Coach
Cate entered the world of dance and gymnastics with enthusiasm at the age of 3 in her hometown of Littleton, Colorado. Cate enjoyed eight years of gymnastic and tumbling before committing more time to dance and cheer. As a committed student of dance, Cate trained in tap, jazz, ballet, poms, lyrical, cheer, gymnastics and hip-hop with an accumulative of seventeen years of formal training. As a competitive dancer, Cate competed with both her high school dance team, and Varsity Poms team as a co-captain, and Varsity Cheer squad at county and state levels in both Colorado and New York. A dream of Cate’s has always been to coach others in gymnastics, dance and cheer as a way to give back to the sports that played such a promenade role in her life. Cate hopes to inspire her students to achieve confidence, personal best, and a love for sports. Outside of the gym and studio Cate is a former active duty Marine, mother to a little girl, and a BA student of psychology who enjoys spending time with her family and exploring all Hawaii has to offer.
Italia Grosso, Dance Coach
Italia's love for dance began at age three in her home town of San Antonio, Texas, where she first began dance lessons. Living the military lifestyle has afforded her the opportunity to train under and be influenced by a variety of dance professionals. She also had the privilege to pass along this training to others through teaching four semesters of dance at F.A.C.S. Academy, a private co-operative school in Missouri. Italia graduated high school in May of 2016 from Soli Deo Gloria Academy. She will continue to further her academic studies, participate in an internship with Pacific House of Mission, study art at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, and pursue various volunteer endeavors. Italia is thankful to God for this opportunity to utilize her talents and passion in dance through Dance Movement Academy
Racquel Alfsen, Gymnastics Coach
As a "military brat" living in Italy, Racquel was introduced to the sport by competing in her school's gymnastics team. She later moved to Florida to compete with the Pensacola Junior College recreational gymnastics club and eventually worked for the program while going to college. She enjoyed working with the younger gymnasts, teaching them proper technique and form! Maintaining proper conditioning also led Racquel to work as a supervisor in chiropractic clinics, rehabilitation and fitness centers. She received a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida and was certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Instructor.
When her family moved to Hawaii in 2009, she had her daughter join Kbay gymnastics. Coach Jori asked her to be on the team! At the same time, Coach Di allowed Racquel to train for a fitness competition after winning her first Novice Figure competition with the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders. Unfortunately an injury sidelined her from training but she has been her daughter's biggest fan ever since! She feels blessed to be able to contribute to the gym as an Instructor, as well as a team parent.
Heather Shuford, Dance Coach
Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. At age six, joined local County Chorus / Drama Team, and for the next eleven years, studied, competed and was a student teacher for competition in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical classes at Dance Dynamics, a dance academy in Columbus, N.C. in regional and national Scholastic Pageants. She held the title of Miss Columbus North Carolina in 1999. Heather competed and placed in the Miss Columbus. In high school was a NCA, (National Cheerleading Association), All American National Cheerleader. For two of the four years, was team captain of the dance/ cheer competition squad. At age 21, danced with the North Carolina Star Stage Dance Company, which toured various cities on the east coast. Fall of 2008 and Summer 2012, I worked as a company choreographer for All That Jazz Company in Virginia, in ballet, tap, and jazz. In my time there I was also giving the tremendous honor to provide individual, and duo choreography for competitive age teams. We moved to Hawaii this past July 2014. The majority of my life has been spent either on the stage, or watching my dancers with pride from the wings. And God willing, the new chapters that lay ahead of me will tarry on the same path at Dance Movement Academy with Di Rodin
He has been competing in gymnastics since was 6th grade, when he tried the sport out on a dare. He fell in love with the sport and continued to train and compete all the way to his senior year of High School. He was a specialist on Rings, High Bar and Parallel Bars. Bryce didn’t want to stop there; he put in an application to teach at age of 15 at Aerialworks Gymnastics in Rockwall Texas. By working at the gym, he found out that he love helping individuals increase their knowledge and skills in gymnastics, thus resulting in their rise in confidence and self-image. I taught Level 4 Boys Gymnastics as well as an assistant coach for the Girls Compulsory and Optional Team. I’m a very high energy individual and strongly look forward to being part of a new experience in my life.
Bryce Kirkley, Gymnastics Coach
Abigail Young, Gymnastics Coach
Abigail received her gymnastics training at Chalkboard Gymnastics in Parker, Colorado. In High School she competed in gymnastics and cheerleading, became a member of the Cheer Central Sun and helped coach upcoming cheerleaders.
Aside from competitions, Abby has 9 years of babysitting experience, which enhances her fluid coaching skills for children.
Abbys says: “I’ve always loved kids. I love helping them learn and grow as young athletes. Being able to help kids accomplish goals, stay in shape, be happy and healthy is something irreplaceable.
To be able to have the opportunity to help young gymnasts grow would truly be not only fun but a great experience.”
Alexia Ryan, Gymnastics Coach
The many challenges that I have encountered over the course of my life have tested my fortitude. The response I developed over the years was one of a strength, purpose, and action. As a proud member of the Marine Corps, I depend on inner fortitude to propel me through the obstacles put before me; both figuratively and literally. As a child I developed my mental toughness and fighting spirit by participating in gymnastics. I loved how much it pushed me to be better and stronger, every day a new challenge, and every day a new accomplishment. I covet what gymnastics did for me as a child; today I strive to give the youth present at K-Bay Gymnastics the same opportunity; to open their eyes to the world of gymnastics.
One of the cornerstones of my life philosophy is commitment. I make it a priority to put time into the things that I am passionate about. I have done so with cheerleading, track, cross country, and the Marine Corps.
I don't have much experience with jobs other than the Marine Corps. I do however believe that no other job could have better prepared me for life. Throughout the challenges in my life, I have learned that there is nothing you can do except learn and grow from them. I believe strength can conquer all. I intend on instilling the same inner fortitude that I developed through gymnastics into every student I encounter here at K-Bay Gymnastics.