OUR TEAM

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SABRINA GOMEZ-VANNELLI

Owner/Founder/Artistic Director/Instructor

Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli is the owner and creative director of Day-to-Day Dance in Blaine, Washington.

She founded Day-to-Day Dance in 2003 after moving her family to Blaine in 2000. Sabrina has dedicated her life to wellness teaching, mentoring, and performing dance, music, and sports.

Sabrina has trained in—and now teaches—several modalities of dance including jazz, modern, creative dance, contemporary, Latin, and hip hop. Sabrina is also a member of the National Dance Education Organization, holds a Master of Fine Arts from Seattle University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University.   

Sabrina embarked on her journey as a dance artist at a young age —her passion for dance ignited at an indigenous people's performance in Wapato, WA. where her family had moved to in the 70's and after attending a performance by the Ballet Folklórico dance company—and on a separate occasion, watching an all-girl hip hop breakdance crew. Her formal dance experience began with the Walla Walla Dance Company in 1992, and subsequently with the Walla Walla Dance Foundation; Walla Walla Community College ASB Dance Club; Walla Walla Community College Basketball Cheer Squad; and Walla Walla Community College Foundation Summer Musical Productions. Her teaching experience began at the Walla Walla Dance Center and continued into community parks and recreations programs until her founding of Day-to-Day Dance in 2003. 

Sabrina’s professional development includes training as a Brain-Compatible Dance Educator; Certification in Progressing Ballet Technique, Certification in Performing Arts Industry Essentials from NYU Tisch School of the Arts; and working toward becoming a certified Bill Evans teacher. She has participated in several training masterclasses including Revolutionary Principles of Movement with Cheryl Ale,  Conditioning with Imagery for Dancer with Donna Krasnow, and Eric Franklin methods; and with legends such as Bill Evans; Wade Madsen; Gina Sorenson; Nathan Trice at Peridance Capezio Center in New York; Anne Green Gilbert; Terry Goetz and Anna Mansbridge at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle; Alexandra Dixon Lynch and Betsy Cooper of the Seattle Dance Project; L.A. Dance Force; and training at The Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley CA. Sabrina continues to develop her technique through contemporary dance classes, ballet classes, ZUMBA, conditioning with imagery for dancers, yoga, and Pilates classes.

 

Sabrina enjoys sharing her passion for the art of dance with her community and strongly believes that the arts make individuals and communities strong and should be fun for and accessible to all. In her free time, she loves to cook, listen to music, sing and play music, knit, play games, watch movies, read, travel, and explore the great outdoors. 

VALERIE GOLIFF

Hip Hop & Contemporary Dance Instructor

Valerie dove deep into the study of contemporary dance, ballet, choreography, contemporary improvisation, and hip hop as a student at Western Washington University.  Her time at Western was also spent on the WWU Hip Hop Dance Team as one of the captains.  As of June 2020, she earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Psychology.  Prior to Western, for the seven years through middle school and high school, she trained in and performed contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap with Allegro Performing Arts Academy in Kent, WA.  Valerie is so excited to be teaching at            Day-to-Day Dance and cannot wait to encourage students to explore new and exciting ways to dance while becoming in touch with their own unique movement style and artistry.

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ELIZABETH SMYTH

Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Dance Movement Instructor

Elizabeth began taking dance classes in Gig Harbor, WA at the age of three. She has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. For the last several years she has primarily focused on ballet training, specifically through Cecchetti USA and has completed the student levels as well as completed the first ballet teaching certificate. She is also certified in Zen Barre and continues to take contemporary, ballet, and tap classes to further grow as a dancer and artist. Currently, Elizabeth is a graduate student at Western Washington University where she is studying anthropology and Spanish. She has taught at studios in Port Orchard and Seattle and loves sharing her love of dance with the students at             Day–to-Day Dance.

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JENNIE OLSON SIX

Yoga & Improv Acting

Jennie has been teaching yoga for over 12 years. She has taught in yoga studios, gyms, group homes, after-school programs for children with autism, and at universities in San Diego and now Whatcom County. She has taken two 200 Hour level trainings in Hatha and Power Yoga, as well as numerous workshops for restorative, trauma informed teaching, prenatal, and therapeutic applications of yoga.

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CARELLA CLARK

Zumba Instructor

Carella loves all things fitness! She has been teaching fitness classes for over ten years in Whatcom county. She works hard to make sure my classes are fun, energizing and easy to follow for all fitness levels! No need to be a dance professional to come join in on the fun. All you need is a positive attitude, smile and heart to get healthy in a fun way! Hope you can join her for a Zumba class that will give you the energy and the stress relief you need to take on the day!
Peace, Love and Dance!