BETH ITH, Director
Tap - Ballet - Jazz - Lyrical - Hip Hop - Turns & Progressions
Beth has been dancing since the age of three in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, and Hip Hop. She found her passion for Tap dancing, very early on, and since, focused on excelling in the technique and different styles of Tap. Beth's teaching journey started at Studio 1 Dance Studio (owned by her mom, Sue Warter) when she was 18 yrs old. She stayed teaching at Studio 1 for over 15 years as well as other dance studios along the way where she taught Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Turns & Progressions. Beth was also Co-Director for the past few years. She is a certified member of both Dance Educators of America (DEA) and Dance Masters of America (DMA). Beth has been recognized for her choreography in both regional and national dance competitions. She has seen her students go on to pursue dance careers with appearances on Dancing with the Stars, GLEE, So You Think You Can Dance, the movie Fame, Emmy Awards, Video Music Awards, and the television show Bunheads. Many of her student’s further their dance training after high school in dance programs at Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle), Broadway Dance Center (NY), Oklahoma City University, and University of Colorado Boulder and in professional performing companies. Beth has judged national dance competitions and taught tap master classes around the US, where she enjoys passing on her love and knowledge of tap dancing to students. In 2013, Beth started her new dance journey as Owner and Director of Rhythm & Soul Dance Studio.
Emily has been dancing since the age of three and has been trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet/Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Clogging, Theatrical and Hip Hop. She grew up doing many competitions and won many top awards, and high scores with Act One Dance Studio and Barclay Shelton Dance Center, where she finished dancing her senior year in high school. Emily took a few years off from dancing but was given an amazing opportunity back into the dance world with Rhythm and Soul Dance Studio for the last 3 months of the 2017-2018 dance season. In Emily’s free time she can be found hanging out with her two bulldog puppies, Lola and Levi and husband Cameron. Emily is very excited to start this new adventure with Rhythm and Soul Dance Studio and looks forward to sharing her love for dance with her students.
Roz Huntley began dance training in her hometown of Anacortes, Washington at age three and focused on ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She attended Evergreen City Ballet’s summer intensive ‘06-’08 learning from former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Wade Walthall and Patricia Barker. In order to further her education in dance and culture, Huntley moved to San José in 2013 to begin schooling at San José State University. While dancing at SJSU, Huntley studied Limón Technique under Gary Masters, ballet with Britt Juleen and Mark Foehrigner, contemporary with Heather Cooper, jazz with Jill Yager and Dominique Lomuljo, and dance composition with Fred Mathews. Huntley was a company member in University Dance Theater where she performed works by Hsiang-Hsiu Lin, Gary Masters, and Maria Basile. While with the company, Huntley attended the American College Dance Association in 2015. She graduated in December of 2017 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in dance and linguistics and is excited to begin her journey with Rhythm & Soul Dancers.
AMY J. JONES
Rhythm & Soul Competition Team Choreographer
Jazz - Lyrical
Amy began dancing at the age of three. She grew up doing several dance competitions, receiving many awards along with scholarships to Tremaine and The Edge in Los Angeles. Amy was named the 1992 Jr. Miss Dance of the Pacific Northwest and 1st runner up in the 1994 Miss Dance of the Pacific Northwest Competition. She trained for two years in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA before moving to New York and continuing her training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Amy performed with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company in New York then moved on to tour nationally with the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company for three years. She is a talented choreographer who has been recognized regionally and nationally for her unique style. Amy is a proud mom to her little man, Rylin and her little girl, Ramseigh. Amy has been part of the RSDS family since 2013 and believes Rhythm & Soul Dance Studio is an inspiring place to grow as a choreographer and dancer.
Krista is originally from Anchorage, Alaska having moved to Seattle in Spring of 2015. She began ballet and tap at age 5, soon after gaining a foundation in the Vaganova method. This training was the catalyst in studying classical ballet around the country. Among her most influential teachers were Bryan Ketron and Gabriel Otrevel. They gave her an appreciation for how a teacher can shape a dancer's artistry and increase a passion for growth. At age 16 she trained and danced with Eugene Ballet as an apprentice, performing in one of her favorite ballet's Scheherazade. Krista combined her love for teaching and ballet in 2012 and is excited to continue cultivating a passion for dance in this years students at RSDS!