Shadowmoon Wolf began her dance journey at the age of 4 training in ballet and tap. To advance her training, she later joined a competitive dance team with the Portland Dance Company. In high school, she was captain and head choreographer of the Forest Grove High School dance team. She later returned to her alma mater as head coach of the team and carried them to 2nd place in the OSAA State Championships in 2006.
Shadowmoon also grew up figure skating, modeling and acting in and around Portland. She was crowned Miss Jr. Oregon in 1993 and if you look closely you can spot her on the back of both Teddy Ruxpin and Mickey Mouse Christmas addition toy boxes.
She is certified with the Royal Academy of Dance and as a personal trainer with ASFA and ACE. She has a background in group fitness and spent time teaching at 24hr fitness and other local dance studios before launching her own program in 2007.
Shadowmoon started out with 21 students and has since grown to over 265 students. She currently leads four company teams and has received countless awards for her choreography and the technical proficiency of her students at both regional and national competitions. Her favorite style of dance is Lyrical but she holds a soft spot for Musical Theatre due to her many performances as a child in local shows. One of her all-time favorite roles was playing Cha Cha in the musical Grease. In 2000, Shadowmoon was selected as an All Star Member of the Thunderbird Dance Camp and later returned to instruct several summer camps there for high school students across the state of Oregon.
Now with over 20 years of teaching experience, Shadowmoon continues to bring her love of dance and fitness to Moonstar. She enjoys working with children and women of all ages to help them reach their personal goals and empower them to make health and fitness a top priority. She is excited to share her passion and love for dance with others and feels grateful for the opportunity to serve young dancers across our community.
Instructor, Office Manager/Registrar
Erika began dancing at the young age of 3 and danced through her college years. She has performed countless recitals, competitions, and conventions. Erika danced en pointe in The Nutcracker for several years with the Mid-Columbia Ballet. She was a member of Eastern Washington University's dance team. While Erika has trained in Jazz, Hip Hop, & Modern, Classical & Cecchetti methods of ballet, it is Tap she loves most. Erika has been with Moonstar Dance Studio for almost 7 years and introduced our Acro program. She is a member of the Acro Dance Teachers Association. She loves instructing our youngest dancers and enjoys watching her students grow as dancers, artists, and people. Erika believes that when you dance with your heart, you will always have fun.
Lead Ballet and Pointe Instructor
Laura is a native of Oregon and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Portland.
Laura received her initial dance training at the Northwest Conservatory of Dance and continued her formal dance education as a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet School & Company. She has danced and taught ballet in the Portland/Metro area for the past 20 years. She has trained with and performed many varied works choreographed by internationally renowned artists such as John Magnus, Judy Rice, Patricia Brewer Jones, Nancy Davis, Mark Goldweber, Winthrop Corey, Ceyhoun Ozhoy, George de la Pena, Francesca Corkle, Mary Cochran, and many many others.
In December of 2019, Laura directed and choreographed her first full length production of The Nutcracker for Moonstar Dance Studio.
Laura has been with Moonstar for 5 years and oversees the ballet program. She teaches Ballet technique levels 2-5, pre pointe and beginning through advanced pointe technique.
Laura is also available for private lessons & choreography upon request. (Contact Laura for rates and availability)
This year, Laura will be taking her first group ballet piece to the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals in Washington in January. She will be growing this program throughout the current year, training dancers & creating a competitive pointe team to take to YAGP, to expand and include group and individual classical & open/contemporary pieces to compete in the semi-finals next year.
Laura lives with her husband of 13 years, Scott and her 9 year old daughter, Lilah.
Briley Neugebauer, originally from Seattle, grew up studying many styles of dance and was a graduate of the pre-professional program at International Ballet Theatre. Upon high school graduation, she received talent and academic based scholarships to study dance at the University Of Arizona. In 2011 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. from the School Of Dance where she performed roles such as Choleric in Balanchine's Four Temperaments, Lead Female Daemon in Carmina Burana and was a part of commissioned works such as Bella Lewitzky's Recuardo, and Martha Graham's Panorama. During the summer of 2011 she joined ART-IF-ACT Dance Project for a five week tour in China performing numerous roles that showcased the history of dance in America. Upon returning to the states, she was accepted as an apprentice at Spectrum Dance Theater_Donald Byrd where she also had the opportunity to perform in the musical Oklahoma! at the 5th Avenue Theater. She then moved to Portland and was a company dancer at Polaris Dance Theatre for two years where she also created original works such as "Derailed", "Choice", and "One of Everything". She afterwards became a Principal Dancer and Rehearsal Director for Moxie Contemporary Ballet. In August of 2015, Briley was one of the founding members of PDX Contemporary Ballet and now serves as their Artistic Director.
Anna grew up right here in Tigard and graduated from Tigard High School. She has been dancing for over 20 years including her studies as a dance major at Colorado Mesa University. As for her professional career, she has danced for Disney Cruise Line as well as with multiple local companies. She most recently spent 5 years in Southern California in the industry and working at Disneyland as a parade performer. Her goal is to foster creativity in her dancers and show them what it is to be an artist.
Melissa Rumsey began dancing at a late age and fell in love from the first moment. She has worked professionally with The Schiff Dance Collective, Evolving Doors Dance, Danca Nova Dance Company, Rouge Co. Dance Company, BRIAH Danse, Industrial Dance Alliance and had the honor of performing in Florence Italy through Alambrado. She has presented her own work both in Colorado and Oregon, through Industrial Dance Alliance and Floor's In The Rough and her choreography has been used in a visual album by Bella Betts and recently to create the dance on film Amalgamation.
While teaching and working with competition studios all through Colorado and Oregon she has been recognized by industry professionals for her "ground breaking" choreography and strives to instill a strong grasp of technique and a love for the artistry of dance in her students in a supportive environment.
Ms. Rumsey is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist with training in Embodied Awareness injury prevention for dancers, Progressing Ballet Technique and many other dance medicine training tools. Using all these techniques to create a unique, sought after teaching style, Melissa trains dancers to learn how to use strength and flexibility to their advantage, keeping dancers strong and versatile for their whole careers.
Rebecca Spencer trained at the Louisville Ballet School where her instruction included classes in ballet, modern, jazz, character, pointe and variations. In college, her education expanded into areas such as improvisation, pedagogy, and kinesiology.
She received her B.F.A. in Dance from Belhaven University in 2012, and has been teaching and/or performing ever since. Rebecca is dedicated to teaching the whole dancer, from ballet technique and terminology to growing awareness of muscle groups, conditioning, and famous ballets and dance figures.
Olivia Ontkean moved to Portland at the age of five where she began training as a ballet dancer and competitive figure skater. During her ten years of competitive skating, she also trained in aerial acrobatics and competitive Irish Dance.
In high school, she was recruited to try out for the Sunset Sunflares varsity dance team and began dancing competitively in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theater. She went on to become team captain and later join the coaching staff from 2010-2019 (Varsity and JV state champions 2014, JV state champions 2018). In December 2010, just after graduating high school, she had the opportunity to dance in an opening group number for the Radio City Rockettes on their tour stop at the Moda Center.
In college she continued to train in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acro. In spring of 2017, Olivia choreographed musical numbers for Liberty High School's production of "Heathers 101: The Musical". Olivia joined the Moonstar family in fall 2017 after substituting in the summer and has absolutely loved every moment she gets to spend with her students.