KIM DINSMOOR, Artistic Director
Artistic Director Kim Dinsmoor has enjoyed the privilege of dancing and teaching professionally throughout the greater Seattle area. She has been a member of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Olympic Ballet Theater and Ballet Petit now known as Ballet Bellevue.
Her Philosophy includes teaching excellent body mechanics for dancer safety, that music and movement is vital to children's development, and that the love of teaching is paramount to the success of the school and the children's training.
Lea Moran, Instructor
Christin Reuss-Purcell, Instructor
A native of Seattle, Christin Reuss-Purcell studied at Washington Academy of the Performing Arts, Kirov Academy of Ballet and London Studio Centre.
Christin toured throughout the U.K. and Germany with Images of Dance, under the artistic supervision of Dame Alicia Markova, dancing the “Milkmaid” and “Scotch Rhapsody” in Ashton’s Façade, and in Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations.
In Calcutta, India she opened her own ballet school, and danced in galas performing excerpts from La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Carmen Suite, The Nutcracker and Giselle which are rarely seen in that country. She danced the lead role of "Marie" in an alternative re-interpretation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King with Owen/Cox Dance Group and The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City.
Currently a soloist with International Ballet Theatre, she has performed roles including "Clara/Sugarplum Fairy” in The Nutcracker, and “Radish” in the Northwest premier of Chipollino.
Prior to joining the faculty at Dance West Seattle, Christin taught at the Washington Academy of the Performing Arts, Emerald Ballet Academy and International Ballet Academy.
DEAN SPEER, Instructor
Dean Speer has been a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, producer, director, singer (baritone) and writer. He was the founding director of Chehalis Ballet Center in Washington state and is former artistic director of the Chattanooga Ballet in Tennessee.
His dance training and experiences in the arts have taken him many places - geographic and otherwise: Cannes, Paris, New York, Chicago, Mossyrock, and Pe Ell. He is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.
Many of his students have gone on to continue their professional training around the globe, and are enjoying amazing careers.
Mr. Speer is also the author of On Technique, University Press of Florida. All students and their families should get their own copy of this inspiring book, also available through Amazon.com. Mr. Speer will happily autograph it especially for you.
SIMONE TRICHE, Instructor
Simone started dancing at the age of 3 at Elite School of Dance in Puyallup, WA. For ten years, Simone was enrolled in classes for ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and gymnastics.
At the age of 13, Simone started competitive cheerleading, which includes elements of dance and gymnastics. Simone was a part of South Elite All Stars in Kent, WA for 5 years and had the opportunity to participate in national and world dance and cheer competitions in Portland, Dallas, Los Angeles and Orlando.
Simone studied dance and American Sign Language at the University of Washington. Simone is now completing a teaching degree in math at Western Governor’s University.
In 2012, Simone became a dancer at Le Faux, Seattle’s longest running celebrity impersonation show. In her years at Le Faux she became the dance captain and her choreography was featured in the performances.
Simone started dancing in 3rd Shift, a contemporary jazz dance company, in 2013. Simone performs with 3rd shift at numerous performances around the Pacific Northwest and California. Simone also backup dances for Fly Moon Royalty with 3rd shift dance and has been featured in various concerts as well as television appearances.
RANDALL PLUT, Accompanist
Randall Plut has been the pianist and composer-in-residence for Dance! West Seattle since 1996 and an employee of the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Mr. Plut has accompanied ballet classes and composed music for numerous other dance venues, including Martha Nishitani School of Modern Dance, Dorothy Fisher Ballet School, Pacific Regional Ballet Festival, Chicago Dance Academy, British Dancing Academy, Ballet Cascadia, Nebraska Dance Camp, Evergreen City Ballet and Northwest Dance Intensive. Mr. Plut was a performing member, for over four years, of a night club act in Chicago called "Jan Hobson and her Bad Review."
Since 2000, he has been the pianist for the University of Washington School of Law graduation ceremonies. He has also been the pianist and music director for numerous theatrical productions, including My Fair Lady, Bells are Ringing, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Grease. Mr. Plut received training in musical composition from the late Dr. Gregory Short, over a period of twenty years. Mr. Plut has had several original compositions performed by symphony orchestras. He is also the composer of a musical comedy, My Sweet Candy, which received three performances in 1987 at the Carco Theater in Renton, Washington.
Mr. Plut has performed numerous piano recitals and in 1977 he performed the piano part in the Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto with the Thalia Symphony in Seattle.
A sample of Mr. Plut's composition and style can be seen and heard here. Find additional samples on his Youtube channel.