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Meet Our Staff 

 

Lynn Galletta
Owner/Artistic Director
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Lynn started dancing at the age of 6, and graduated from the National School of Ballet in Toronto, Cananda. After spending time in New York studying with David Howard Ballet and at the Martha Graham School, Galletta performed in Bob Fosse's Pippin as well as On the Town, Cinderella, Cabaret, and many others. She also performed with Alberta Ballet and California Ballet while teaching and choreographing coast to coast. Galletta came to Kitsap County in 1996 and taught and choreographed locally. She recently realized her dream by opening up her own studio and dance company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gwen Adams
Vocal Director/Acting Coach

 

Gwen has a Master's degree in business and a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts that includes a minor in performing arts and a directed study in Theater in Education - using music and theater to teach any academic subject. She has directed musical theater in Idaho and Washington for 20 years with an emphasis on vocal performance, stage movement, and character development. Gwen's recent productions include "Spitfire Grill", "Forever Plaid", Nunsense", and "The Great American Trailer Park" for the Jewel Box Theater and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" for CSTOCK. Gwen plays piano, guitar, oboe, bassoon, and the saxophone. Her joy is writing music and bringing out the talent in others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashia Mills
Instructor/Choreographer
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Ashia began dancing as a child in Tacoma and then continued her dance training in Poulsbo when her family moved to the area. Most of her training came from studying under Michael Falotico, former Artistic Director of Dance Ensemble NW. She then attended Boise State University where she took ballet classes, choreography classes, and others. Ashia also taught at Backstage Dance Center in Boise for three years while going to college. For the past 16 years, Ashia has been enjoying teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop in many different settings including: Boys and Girls Club, three different local studios, skating rinks, and schools. She enjoys passing her love for dance to children and teens. Currently, Ashia lives in Poulsbo with her husband and three young children.

 

Tammy Humbert
Associate Director
Instructor/Choreographer

 

Tammy began dancing at the age of 4 in her home state of Florida. She has more than 20 years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical, and has had the privilege of training with such notable choreographers as Pamela Boling, Roger Minami, and Debbie Allen. As a student, Tammy had the opportunity to study, perform, and compete for companies such as Alvin Ailey, Southern Ballet, and Showstoppers. Her passion for dance led to a career performing on stage and television for corporations like Princess Cruise Lines, Sheraton Casinos, Sea World, and Walt Disney World, where she performed as Snow White, Belle, and Ariel. Tammy moved to Kitsap County in 2005 with her husband and 2 daughters. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies from Western Governors University, and is now honored to be able to share her knowledge and love for dance to others by teaching at Galletta's.

 

 

 

 

Amber Haugen
Instructor/Choreographer

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Amber started dancing at the age of 4 and knew it would always be a part of her life. She has over 20 years experience as a dancer, a choreographer, and a teacher. In her career as a dancer she has performed at the Seattle Opera House in La Traviata, Dennis Spaight's Ghostsand Frank Bays' Plectrum. Amber was a dancer with Tacoma Performing Dance Company and performed in numerous Nutcrackers and choreography showcases in Washington and California. She studied with the First Chamber Dance Company and has trained with Frank Bays, who was a soloist with the Joffery Ballet. Amber also studied dance at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and with Jo Emery Artistic Director of Tacoma Performing Dance Company. Amber is a former studio director for Liberty Bay Danceworks and assistant director for Dance Ensemble Northwest. Teaching dance is Amber’s true passion and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with all her students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Matthews
Instructor/Choreographer

 

 

Chelsea studied dance from the age of 3 and has been in love with dancing ever since. She received most of her training locally at Liberty Bay Danceworks and with their dance company, Dance Ensemble Northwest. While there, Chelsea danced numerous roles in The Nutcracker such as Spanish, Rose, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. She also received training at Western Washington University while earning her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. While at Western, Chelsea participated in a student choreographed/student danced show entitled New Music/New Dance. She is excited to be in her home town now working with the Galletta School of Dance and living with her husband, Nathaniel, their son Eldon, their dog, Oscar, and their guinea pig, Henry.

 

 

 

 

 

                          

 

 

Byanka Spaulding
Instructor/Choreographer

 

Byanka has lived in Washington her whole life. Since the age of six, she has performed in over 23 productions with Ballet Bellevue which includes the following roles: “Sleeping Beauty”- Fairy, “Puss and Boots”- The White Cat, “Little Red” – The Wolf, “The Nutcracker” - Doll, Rat Queen, Spanish, and Russian, and many more. Byanka has also been very active in Seattle Theatre Groups, "Dance This”, and has performed under the instruction of Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Jamel Gaines, Daniel Cruz, Kabby Mitchell, Dora Oliveira, and Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye, as well as studying in the Young Choreographers Lab. She has also studied African dance for 5 years with Lora Lue and Modern dance with Vania Bynum and Sonia Dawkins, and has performed for 2 years in “Black Nativity” directed by Kabby Mitchell. Byanka is also the founder and producer of Expose the Eastside Dance Collective.