Instructors

Becky ChaseBecky Chase

I began dancing at the age of 9, and began teaching when I was 19 years old. I have studied, ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap, but tap is my real love and that is what I mainly teach. I also teach the small dancers beginning at age 2 ½ years. I teach beginning and advanced and toddlers to adults. I have studied with such tap masters as Brenda Bufalino, LaVaughn Robinson, Dianne Walker, and James “Buster” Brown. I appeared in the local PBS television station and taught a tap “Hoofing” instructional segment. I have owned and operated Klamath Dance & Exercise since its conception in 1988. I have established a history of dance programs for a local grade school. I have traveled in the summer to Northeastern Oregon town (Condon, Oregon) and instructed dance to the local children and teens. I have choreographed children’s dance groups that have performed in our local theater’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” and choreographed for dance groups. I am an awesome person and an inspiration to everyone!


Bonnie OteroBonnie Otero

I have been dancing from a very young age. Started training with San Diego Park and recreation from Elementary through High School. When I started college I started teaching for San Diego Park and Recreation. I taught for two years and took time to raise a family. I was in several productions with the Starlight Opera in the late 1960’s. I started teaching again when we moved to Klamath Falls in 1985, through Klamath Falls Park and recreations. I began teaching at Klamath Dance & Exercise 4 years ago when my youngest daughter started taking. My specialty is tap but I also teach ballet and Jazz. I really enjoy teaching especially younger dancers. I have danced in programs given by Klamath Dance and I enjoy performing.


Renita Peñuñuri

Renita grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon and began dancing at Klamath Dance when she was 5 years old. Renita has competed with the studio’s Dance Team as well as choreograph pieces that were taken to student choreography contests. Renita has been involved with live audience performances, competitions, plays, pageant, and fundraisers. After high school, Renita attended Western Oregon University where she received a major in Dance with minors in Spanish and Physical Education. Renita has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and ballroom. During Renita’s college career she studied abroad in Rosario, Argentina where she practiced her Spanish and had the opportunity to learn the Argentine Tango. Renita has been teaching for 9 years working with students of all ages and abilities. Renita has participated in the Ross Ragland stage production “Oklahoma!” as well as collaborate with the Klamath Chorale. Renita has taught choreography to a group of local students whom performed in the “Eugene Ballet Nutcracker”. Renita enjoys teaching dance and whenever she gets the chance you can find her on stage dancing her heart way.


 

Kim DykstraKim Dykstra

I have lived in Klamath Falls most of my life and have been dancing for over 20 years, studying ballet, jazz, tap and Broadway style dancing. I have taught choreography to students performing in the Eugene ballet’s “The Nutcracker” and was a dancer in the community production of OKLAHOMA! I have been an instructor at Klamath Dance & Exercise for a few years now and enjoy it immensely. I love teaching and choreographing dances for recitals and, most of all, it is very rewarding to see students start out so small and grow into such talented and beautiful dancers!


Sensei ZutterSensei Zutter

Paul Zutter’s Karate career began in 1969 under the late Kazuo Kuiyama. 4th Dan. He has also studied with masters such as: Tomosaburo Okano, and Hirokazu Kanazawa. Mr. Zutter has studied and is closely associated with Robert Halliburton. 6th Dan. Head of the way of Japan Karate School in Fresno,California. Mr. Zutter has been a 3rd degree (San-Dan) Black Belt since 1998. Mr. Zutter has been teaching Karate for over 30years. Mr. Zutter is a horticulturist coming from a very international family; he has lived on three continents. Mr. Zutter is also fluent in Spanish.

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Melissa Mathiason

My dance world started at a young age with several years of Jazzercise. Most of my adolescent dance study was self taught; via Michael Jackson music videos and other various hip hop artists. In junior high, I had friends that knew how to break dance and I learned several moves. From there, my dance experience was freestyle hip hop. My freshman year of high school, some friends and I tried to start a dance team. I helped choreograph the audition routine. We performed during several wrestling matches and basketball game half time shows. Sadly, this team did not become a permanent program. It wasn’t until my college years that I got formal dance training. I studied modern, ballet, african, and hip hop dance. I also studied dance production, and was involved in a few productions as stage crew, light and sound technician. I performed in a modern piece in the faculty concert my sophmore year. I was also a drummer for an african dance class.The summer before my junior year in college, I auditioned for the dance company ZAPP (Zriliak Artistic Performing Productions), Eugene’s original hip hop dance company. I was lucky enough to have some personal choreography in one of the routines. The company performed in shows at the HULT center as well as smaller venues in the Eugene area. The year ended with a tour in Seattle. I’m thrilled to be back in the studio and even more thrilled to be able to share my passion for hip hop with my students.

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 Suzan Phipps

Suzan Phipps moved to Klamath Falls in 2011, from Jacksonville Florida, where she taught dance for 22 years. After graduating from the University of New Haven, in Connecticut, with a B.A. Degree in English, she trained and became certified as a teacher with “Dance Educators of America” and owned her own dance studio for 11 years.  Suzan was very active in several theatre and community groups, as well as a coach with Special Olympics. Suzan furthered her studies in the “Cecchetti Ballet Method” and became certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Cecchetti Branch, London, England and is an affiliate of Cecchetti USA. She also teaches a movement program, called “Body Recall” at the Senior Center and at Crystal Terrace in Klamath Falls.