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Kimiko Noriyuki (Hagmann)

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Born and raised in Rupert, Idaho, Kimiko began her training at the age of 8 at Centre Stage Stage Studios of Dance and Performing Arts in Burley, Idaho. Under the instructions of Jennifer Sage and Alyssa Robinson she performed in the studios annual production of the Nutcracker and was on the competing dance team until she graduated in the year 2000 from Minico High School. She was honored with parts such as Clara, The Snow Queen, Dew Drop Soloist, The Doll, and many more in the Nutcracker and had several successful team and solo wins at dance competitions on the West Coast and Las Vegas, NV.

Kimiko went on to dance with the Boise State University Mane Line Dancers for the 2001-2002 school year and then took a break from dancing from the year 2003 until she made her return to movement via Zumba® and Strong Nation® certification in 2018 and a R.A.D. Women’s Self Defense instructor in 2019 in Santa Rosa, CA.

Kimiko has two beautiful children and loves teaching jazz, contemporary/lyrical, and Studio Moves signature adult class Fem Fusion. Aside from managing the studio, she works alongside the owner Tawnya and fellow teacher Lauren to mentor the Jr’s and Mini’s Studio Move competition teams and simultaneously works with youth recreational dancers as well.

Photography by Jason Guy Boudoir

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Sofia Striegl

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Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Sofia began her training at Long Beach Ballet at the age of 4. During her time there, she performed in the Nutcracker for 15 years, and attended Regional Dance America festivals. Sofia continued her training at summer programs with American Ballet Theater, Ballet West, and The Rock School for Dance Education. She also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, receiving both Top Twelve and 2nd place awards. Sofia then joined Grand Rapids Ballet as a trainee, performing in productions like The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Balanchine’s Serenade, as well as dance films and educational outreach performances.

Sofia is now an apprentice at Ballet Idaho after joining their Trainee Program for the 2022-2023 season. She has performed classical works such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and contemporary works from choreographers including Penny Saunders, Dani Rowe, and Joseph Hernandez.

Sofia has enjoyed teaching classes at her home studio, Long Beach Ballet, as well as working at their summer intensive. She is looking forward to continuing to teach at StudioMove!

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Stephanie Millington

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Stephanie began dancing at three years old in Rochester, MN. After graduating high school, Stephanie attended Brigham Young Univerity-Idaho to study Dance with an emphasis in choreography and performance. While in her undergrad, she directed and choreographed for the collegiate dancers company and performed with Brigham Young University-Idaho’s touring dance company Dance Alliance for three seasons. Stephanie Millington is passionate about her love for movement and shares that passion with the dancers she teaches.

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Lauren Ivie Johnson

Yoga and Dance Instructor

I am a teacher and coach at heart, also a mom and by nature, a mover in all of the ways. I’ve taught in the arts for more than seventeen years, I am strong advocate for creative expression for all ages. As a dancer, runner in several marathons, and yogini, I have a passion for human anatomy & health, as well as fitness, dance technique and human expression. I believe in the power of community. My classes draw from nature, are energetic and challenging, when they need to be. I have worked for regional theatres in Outreach & Education, I have managed companies of actors & dancers ranging from infants to adults, and even seen some of my students go on to be nationally recognized, which is so fulfilling.

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Taylor Cavazos

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Taylor has over 12 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, and her personal favorite; hip hop! She began dancing at 8 years old in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. She has trained under professional dancers including Rie Hata, Kyle Hanagami, Kolanie Marks, Dave Scott, and Travis Wall. In 2008, she joined Phyzikal Graffi-T (PG FAM), an adult hip-hop team that trained and performed at a professional level. Performances included recitals, benefits, competitions and a dance film titled Battlefield America in 2012. She spent seven years teaching jazz and hip-hop classes at local dance studios and choreographed for many shows and competitions each year. Dance allowed her to travel to Los Angeles, Canada, Las Vegas, and Oregon for different performing opportunities. She has a strong passion for dance that will never be lost, and loves teaching people how to groove to the music while gaining confidence through movement.

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Ella Smith

Hip-Hop Instructor

Ella has been dancing since she was 11 years old. She started on competition teams at a young age learning various styles, but always found her strength in hip hop. Growing up in Portland, she grew to love and admire all different styles of hip hop dance. Now she loves to teach it to anyone willing to learn!

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Mandy Nelson

Certified Barre Instructor

Mandy is an Idaho native and a Bleed Blue Bronco! A Boise State alum, she has worked for the university for over 20 years and still loves going to work every day! Mandy started dancing in high school and continued in college as a Mane Line dancer. After college, dancing took a backseat to being a wife and mother of two boys.

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Tawnya Halleus

Founder, CEO

Tawnya first began her career as a student of dance 35 years ago. Her young start helped develop a deep love for dance that led to a deep love of teaching the art to all levels of skill. At the age of 12, she began teaching her first dance class, where she was mentored to become one of Idaho’s top dance instructors.

While a student in high school, Tawnya was also a high school dance team coach for one of Idaho’s award-winning teams. She then pursued her education at Boise State University while a member of the two-time National Champion Mainline Dance Team. After her college days, she continued her dancing experience as a member of the Steelheads Hockey dance/cheer team as well as a team member of the Boise Stallions and a part of the Stampede dance team.

After spending several years as a professional dancer, Tawnya returned to the dance studio as an instructor where she quickly became well known in the dance community as a creative, cutting-edge dance artist who brings original content to all of her programs and classes. As a lifelong student of the art of dance, Tawnya has enjoyed continuing her education with classes, certifications, and trainings throughout the United States and internationally including the prestigious Millennium Dance Complex in Salt Lake City; additional courses at The Edge Performing Arts in Los Angeles CA, and visiting studios in New York and Hollywood.

A gifted instructor, Tawnya’s classes and programs have attracted all levels of ability from beginners to advanced where she custom fits the content to each individual.

Tawnya is the owner and founder of the dance studio Hidden Springs Dance Academy, teaching a wide range of programs to all ages. In January 2017, she founded the original Dance N Sip program, catering to ladies 21 and up for a fun-filled evening of wine and dance that encourages every woman to find their inner sexy self through a little liquid courage — the ultimate Girls’ Night Out!