Stites Performing Arts Center

Staff:

Shanon Barker and Thomas Breuckman

Julane Stites

Bobbi Jo Shadel

Barbara Greco

Barbara Remington

Amy Bonaduce

Nemra Khan

DJ Rayley

Donnie Lewis

Lotti Baird

Emily Hydd

John Gardner

 

Shanon Barker and Thomas Breuckmanhanon

Shanon Barker and Thomas Breuckman are the new owners of the Stites Performing Arts Center. Shanon is a native of Portland and a former student at the Stites Center as well as several other local dance studios. She has been teaching dance and baton twirling for over 30 years, first beginning her teaching career teaching tap dancing and baton twirling in her mother’s basement. Shanon taught Jazz, Tap and International Dance in the Jefferson Performing Arts program for 10 years. Additionally, she is a baton teacher who has coached throughout the world and taught national and international champions.

Shanon has a deep love for children and the arts and has made teaching the arts her life’s mission. Thomas Breuckman has worked with children in school and other settings for the past 22 years, as a teacher, counselor and administrator. While not a dancer, he is very supportive of the arts and loves to see children develop the artistic side of their lives. Thomas has been involved with arts programs in school, volunteer and studio settings. Currently, he is principal at DaVinci Middle School. Back to top

Julane Stites

Julane Stites career in the performing arts is expansive and impressive. Julane is Artistic Director of the Jefferson Dancers as well as head of the Jazz Department at Stites Performing Arts Center. She began dancing at a very early age and showed that special gift from the beginning. First appearing in a Portland nightclub at the age of 15, Julane was a principal dancer on Broadway at the age of 17 and appeared in such shows as “The Happy Time”, and “Promises, Promises”. Other highlights include national TV specials and commercials, including The Tony Awards and the Ed Sullivan Show. Julane’s choreography is known and respected throughout the dance profession. Her resume includes choreography for numerous musicals including Civic Theatre’s “West Side Story”, and Will Vinton’s California Raisins. This past summer, Julane was a principal in the local production of “A Chorus Line”. Truly multi-talented, Julane is an accomplished singer, actor, dancer, choreographer and dancer. Back to top

 

Bobbi Jo Shadel

Bobbi Jo began her dance training at the age of three, studying tap, jazz and polynesian dance with Shanon Barker. At six years old, Bobbi joined the Kelly Kadets Baton Corps where she combined her athletic skills with dance technique. She continued dancing and twirling and was a member of State, Regional and National Champion Baton Twirling teams. Bobbi attended the University of Montana and Portland State University, graduating with a degree in Health and Fitness Promotion. Throughout her college years and since, Bobbi has taken numerous dance, health and fitness classes with an emphasis in tap, jazz, and aerobics. Bobbi Jo loves to work with children and her experiences as Youth Program Coordinator with the American Red Cross as well as her dance training make her an ideal addition to the staff of the Stites Performing Arts Center. Back to top

Barbara Greco

Barbara Greco earned her B.A. in K-12 (seconday choral emphasis) Music Education in 1983 from Pacific Lutheran Universiy. She began her performance experiences at Parkrose high school, Portland. Barbara was the only student during those years to simultaneously be in choirs, orchestra, concert and marching bands, and drama. In high school, she was a member of the 1979 All-Northwest Choir which regearsed and performed for the Music Educators Conference in Billings Montana. Barbara played cello with the Stradivani Strings Quartet as well as performed wocally with the ensemble for private events.Other performance experience includes flute, percussion, musicals, opera worksop productions, plays, and flag team with The One More Time Around Again Marching Band. Barbara has taught music at Oregon School of Music and Dance and Young Musicians and Artists Summer Camp.She has extensive experience as a substitute music teacher in Portland and East county school districts. Currently, she substitutes for Reynolds school district. Barbara volunteers at Wilkes Elementary tutoring the cello students and coordinating the art literacy volunteers. Directing church choir and childrens Christmas programs have also been part of her music education background.
Today, Barbara continues to sing for weddings and funerals. Back to top

Barbara Remington

Ms. Remington’s outstanding career has included positions as soloist and principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the Royal Ballet of England, the Netherlands Dance Theatre and the Harkness Ballet. Her roles have included the ballerina roles in “Scotch Symphony”, “After Eden” and “Raymonda Variations”. She appeared opposite Margot Fonteyn in “Cinderella”. In addition to classical ballet, Ms. Remington performed on Broadway in Allen J. Lerner’s, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”. Her teachers have included such eminent artists as Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn, Jerome Robbins, Robert Joffrey, Serge Grigoriev and Sir Frederick Ashton.
Ms. Remington headed the Ballet Department at the University of Oregon. She joined the Pacific Ballet Theatre as School Director after operating her own private school in Eugene and Portland for 8 years. She has served on the faculties of Reed College and Jefferson High School. She has also been the ballet mistress with the Spokane Ballet Company. Barbara continues to teach at the Stites Performing Arts Centre while enjoying guest engagements within the United States. Back to top

 

Nemra Khan

Nemra Khan has performed professionally and taught Middle Eastern Dance for over 20 years. She has been the featured dancer at Athens West, Grecian Gardens, Spiro’s Athena and Plakas, in Portland. Additionally, Nemra Khan has been guest performer and master teacher up and down the West Coast including Canada and Hawaii. Taught by America’s top Middle Eastern Dancers, Nemra Khan specializes in interpretive style.
Middle Eastern classes taught by Nemra Khan at Stites Performing Arts Center will improve grace and posture, and will offer participants fun, fitness, toning and the intricacies of body isolations all to the exotic rhythms of the Middle East. Fitness will truly be FUN with these classes. Back to top


Amy Bonaduce

Amy began her training under Shanon Barker at the age of three and continued in the Jefferson High School Performing Arts Dance Program. During her studies at Jefferson, Amy received training in tap, jazz, modern and ballet and was a member of the Jefferson Dancers. She has received instruction from exceptional local artists including Julane Stites, Elena Carter, Fred Locke, Keith Goodman, Mary Osland and Terry Brock. She has also worked with nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers such as Brenda Bufalino and Lowell Smith. Additionally, Amy has received training from Patricia Brewer-Jones, Oregon Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey School in New York City.
Amy is a three time Grand State Baton Champion in the event of dance twirl and was a member of a nationally placing team. She is also a United States Twirling Association certified coach and judge. Amy began teaching at the age of 17 for the Kelly Kadet Baton Corp. Amy is a graduate of Portland State University where she majored in psychology and also teaches dance in the Portland Public School System. Back to top


DJ Rayley

Danielle J Rayley, known to most as DJ, began studying dance with Shanon Barker at the early age of three. Shanon mentored DJ in Hula, Tap, Jazz, and Baton. DJ's early enthusiasm and talent lead to entry in local pageant shows such as, The Paper Doll, in which she won first place, and the title "Miss Paper Doll", with her baton skills.
During her adolescent years, DJ participated in the Jefferson High School Out-reach Arts Program where she was introduced to theater, and continued her studies in dance. In the spring of 1987, DJ auditioned and was accepted into Jefferson High School full-time and began to participate in the Performing Arts Program five days a week. The program gave dancers top-notch foundations in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and African dance. DJ not only committed to the rigorous dance schedule, but also pushed forward in her theater studies.
During her many years in dance and theater, DJ has been involved in a myriad of performances: Starry Night, Cora Smith's Fashion Shows, Off the Streets kids dance programs, summer camps, Hip Hop club competitions, Woodburn High School Dance Team, Relay for Breast Cancer, Portland Parks and Recreations, local high school talent shows, and Portland Cable Access shows. She also performed a solo in Sanctuary (directed by Keith V. Goodman), and directed open house performance programs and the award winning choreography for On The Edge, an inline skate dance team.
DJ's theater and dance career have given her the opportunity to do what she loves most... to choreography and to instruct up-and-coming artists. She is currently involved in a variety of dance institutes: Sellwood Community Center, Laurelhurst Studio, Mt. Scott Community Center, Dishman Community Center, Woodburn Parks and Recs., Innovative Dance Studio, Woodburn High School Dance Team, Reed College, Eastside Dance Studio, and right here at the Stites Performing Arts Center.
In April of 2002, DJ took her career one step further and became the director of her own dance company, SNAP!, incorporating her vast background and unique styles in Hip Hop, Funk Tap, and theater. . Back to top

Donnie Lewis

Donnie Lewis was born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon where he studied dance at the KCD Dance Studio and the Chitwood School of Dance. Donnie began his technical training in Hip-Hop, and later expanded to Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Swing, and Ballroom. Donnie started teaching at the age of 14 and has taken awards in many dance competitions, including 1st place in the 2001 Rickets Review and 3rd place in the 2001 Oregon State Fair Talent Competition. Donnie joined the staff at the Stites in January 2002, and is currently teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced Hip-Hop classes. Back to top

 

Lotti Baird

Lotti Baird joined the Stites Center in 2005. Originally from Germany, Lotti began her gymnastics training when she was 6 years old and competed throughout her high school years. She finished her competitive years at the German Gymnastics Festival (Deutsches Turnfest) in Munich.

When she was 16, Lotti became an assistant coach with a local team. She graduated from Georg August University with a degree in physical therapy. In 1981, Lotti earned her German Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics/Rhythmic Gymnastics license. Later, with her own two daughters competing, Lotti took advanced coaching courses and received her advanced German coaching license for pre-elite gymnastics and was an assistant coach with the German Jr. Olympics Team. She was also the physical therapist for the team.

Lotti moved to the United States in 1986 and has practiced physical therapy and coached gymnastics in Minnesota, Oregon and Washington. In 2003 and 2004, Lotti coached gymnastics in Vancouver. She retired from coaching competitive gymnastics in 2004, however was delighted to join the Stites staff to coordinate and teach the recreational gymnastics program.Back to top

Emily Hyde

From a young age, Emily aspired to be in the circus and often conducted her own circus shows with her siblings! Unlike most, Emily pursued these dreams. She trained at the Do Jump! Movement Theater School for 11 years where she had the unique opportunity to study dance, gymnastics, acting, and trapeze and aerial work. She also took contortion classes at the School of Acrobatics  with Mee Seon Pierce, and acrobatics and aerial at the New Circus Arts under the direction of Charles Johnson. Emily also trained at Naydenov Gymnastics, and trained and taught contact improvisation with Reeva Wortel at SO&SO Laboratories.

Emily was able to use these skills to perform with Performing Wellness as a contortionist and actress. As a costumer for Umo (a movement theater production company), Emily had the opportunity to work with Cirque du Soleil company members. Emily also produced, performed, and costumed with Femmes Follies Fantastique; danced in the Whipping Hand (a local musical); and with Anatomize at the Portland Art Museum doing contortion and fire dancing.

Emily has a rich and diverse employment career: a trapeze and acrobatics teacher at the DoJump! School; Rigger for the Do Jump youth performing group, ‘The Zig Zags’; taught an integrated dance and visual arts summer program at the Bradley-Angle House; an individual skills trainer working with high-risk youth at the Perry Center and on staff with the District Attorney’s Office and the State of Oregon.

In 2004, Emily began teaching creative movement at the Stites Performing Arts Center. She offers a unique and creative approach inspired by her diverse background, and strives to create that atmosphere for her students.

Currently, Emily is working toward her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health at Portland State University.Back to top

John Gardner

John Gardner was artistic director of Pacific Festival Ballet for many years. He has had a stellar professional, worldwide performing career. He has danced many roles in the ballet classics with major companies.  John Gardner danced with American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Hamburg State Ballet before returning to Portland to start his own studio in 1982. Over the years, John has trained many dancers, beginner through professional.Back to top