Daniel Wilkins | Artistic Director
Contemporary & Ballet
Daniel trained at School of American Ballet performing principal roles in the graduation Workshop at Lincoln Center, he then went on to perform professionally with Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Kennedy Center), Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Donald Byrd –The Group (NYC), Spectrum Dance Theatre and Complexions Contemporary Ballet (NYC). Wilkins is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of DASSdance, a multi-media contemporary dance company based in New York City since 2000 and Seattle since 2007.
DASSdance has been presented in New York by Diane von Furstenberg - The Theater, DanceNow, the d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, the JoyceSoho and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In Seattle, DASS has been presented by On the Boards, the Bagley Wright Theater, Velocity, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Washington Hall and Broadway Performance Hall.
Daniel has taught Master Classes in Contemporary Dance Master at Peridance NYC, Regional Dance America, as well as at the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary Summer Intensive in NYC. DASSdance has been featured in Fashion Wire Daily, Flaunt Magazine, Paper Magazine, Art News, W Magazine, New York Magazine, The Seattle Times, The Daily and the New York Times radio WQXR.
DASSdance School opened formally at the MLK FAME CC in 2014 offering professional-level training in Contemporary Dance.
Kristina Koumaeva | Program Director
Jazz, Contemporary, Stretch & Strength
Kristina Koumaeva is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer represented by BLOC and Big Fish NW. She grew up dancing in the greater Seattle area, training at Turning Pointe Dance Centre before beginning her teaching career in 2011. In 2012, she attended the University of Washington and performed with the Cheer & Pom squad and The Three Yells modern dance company before graduating with a BA in Marketing from the Michael G. Foster School of Business in 2016. After completing undergrad she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a commercial dance career. During her 3 years in LA, she danced for luxury brands Gucci, Hermes, Redken, and Louboutin and worked with a handful of musical artists including JoJo Siwa and Justin Timberlake. She was also a manager for Millennium Dance Complex and the HUB, a Versaclimber trainer at CRUX and produced entertainment events with Artists Creating Entertainment. She likes to say that she “wears many hats and dances in any shoe.” In July of 2020 Kristina relocated back to the PNW and pursued her passions for teaching, choreographing and performing. You can find her on the weekly schedule at Premiere Dance Center, DASSdance and Issaquah Dance Theatre, teaching jazz, contemporary and heels while also dancing in/creating commercial and concert work around Seattle. Aside from dance, Kristina loves to cook, spend warm weekends outside with her partner, Josh, and pup, Banjo, and thinks that live music and travel are worth every penny!
Koach Tee Giggz
Hip Hop Team Advisory Director and Mentoring Artist
Tyrone Crosby known as Koach T was born in Compton, California, raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1999. In 2006, Tyrone extended the dance program at his former high school, from an after school club to a year-round community program, in hope that this could be an anti-drug and anti-gang for the youth in the community. Holding seasonal auditions for hundreds of youth, in the northwest, today Kutt 'N' Up has traveled and performed all over the United States from coast to coast, and internationally. Tyrone (Koach T) Crosby is the CEO / Founder of what is today an extraordinary entertainment company also know as Kutt ‘N’ Up Entertainment. Mr. Crosby has been a featured Master Teacher at DASSdance's All 4 1 dancepalooza since its inception in 2010 as well as teaching after school programs at Garfield High School, Washington Middle and Community Centers all over Seattle. Mr. Crosby is the Choreographer for Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Summer Musical. N The Kutt dance studio is located in Des Moines, WA offering classes for all ages. https://www.instagram.com/teamkuttnup/
Creative, Hip Hop & Tap
Anna Waltz grew up as a competitive dancer in South Florida, and moved to the Seattle area in 2013. From there, she started training and competing with Issaquah Dance Theatre. While she has trained in nearly every style of dance, jazz and tap are her favorites. She started teaching at Issaquah Dance Theatre at the age of 16 and continued to teach and train from then on. Last year, she started Tap Dawgs, a club for learning and performing tap dance at the University of Washington. This is her second season with DASSdance, and she is excited to be teaching Creative, Hip Hop 1 & 3, and Beginning Tap for all ages this season. Anna loves being able to engage with each and every student in her classes and finding ways for each child to succeed.
When she is not at the studio, she is taking classes at the University of Washington and double majoring in Dance and Biology with a focus on physiology. She hopes to go to vet school after graduation in 2023 and become a wildlife veterinarian, dancing all the way there.
Contemporary & Ballet
Mari Sharpe was born and raised in Colorado and has been dancing since she could walk. At age seventeen, after years of intensive pre professional training, she accepted her first company ballet contract with Canyon Concert Ballet. Since then Mari has danced corps, demi-soloist, and soloist roles in numerous classical and contemporary ballets under directors from Canyon Concert Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Denver Ballet Theatre, and more.
In 2016 Mari decided to shift her career from ballet to circus with a focus on bodily sustainability and fell in love. In May of 2017 she graduated from an intensive pro-track training program at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle, WA. Well-versed in many areas of circus, but specializing in aerial hoop & contortion, Mari has since featured the results of her meticulous training through performances in music video productions, ads for Google, & promotional work for other large scale companies; setting award winning choreography for both performance troupes & the dance competition circuit; staging & posing for fine art photography across the country, published by NYT best selling authors & hung in galas around the world (including the Lincoln Center in NYC); and living as her truest self under the lights on stage as an acrobat, aerialist, & dancer of many styles.
Mari has been teaching movement for just under a decade, most recently working as the director of a nationally winning dance team and coaching circus both freelance & through her alma matter: the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Her teaching style is detail focused and technique based - certainly still a bun-head at her core. Through the years Mari has collected many niche movement certifications & credentials in pedagogy, and remains a strong believer in life-long learning. In her free time Mari enjoys sleeping, skiing, stretching, painting, & finding paths to further her studies in any way she can!
"In my eyes sharing a passion for personal growth is truly divine, and I’m incredibly excited to improve alongside you all as both human & artist."
Creative & Ballet
Annalisa Brinchmann is a graduate of The University of Washington where she double majored in Dance and Musical Theater. She began training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Dance Fremont and The Studios, attending summer intensives at Ballet Austin, and The Joffrey Ballet.
Locally, she has taught at a number of Community Centers in Seattle (Laurelhurst, Green Lake, Delridge and Loyal Heights) as well as Aspire Kinetic Arts, North Seattle French Academy, Emerald Ballet Theater, Washington School of Dance and The Community Dance Project.
You may have seen Annalisa on stage as anything from a bunny to a showgirl to a nun! She has been fortunate enough to work with Village Theater, Leavenworth Summer Theater, The Edmonds Driftwood Players, Aspire Repertory Theater and The Woodland Park Players.
Benjamin Bloom is a dancer, gymnast, and acrobat born in San Francisco California. He moved to Washington to train as an elite-level gymnast with the Washington Men’s Gymnastics team which he has been doing for the last 5 years.
Ben has been a gymnast for 18 years and started coaching when he was 16 having coached on and off for the last 6 years. Ben has also done modern and breaking for 4 years in high school and then again in his last two years of college.
Ben loves to compete and perform and he loves to share his knowledge of both. He is passionate about the artistry that can come from movement of all kinds and enjoys working with children of all ages to share that passion.
Sensei David Zeger began training at the Aikido Kokikai Southwest dojo in Tempe, Arizona in 1994. He began facilitating Aikido practices at the Arizona State University Kokikai Aikido Club in 1998 under the guidance and instruction of Veronica Burrows Sensei and David Nachman Sensei.
Since moving to Seattle in 2000, he led practices regularly at the University of Washington Kokikai Aikido Club and (former) Aikido Kokikai Seattle dojo. Since 2004 he has continued his study and instruction through sharing practices with Kokikai Aikido practitioners in Seattle’s Central Area. Some practices are also led by other senior dojo members, typically having more than a decade of practice experience.