ABOUT US AND WHAT WE DO
Bozeman Dance Academy's pride and excellence in our professional staff, talented students, and accredited curriculum (appropriate to age, level, and interest) allows everyone to experience the joy of a positive dance programs.
Cassie Farmer became the Owner/Director of Bozeman Dance Academy as of September of 2012. She has been a dance instructor for over ten years and is excited to take the next step as Director while continuing to teach all forms of dance at BDA.
Her early training began at the age of 3 years old and included; Jan Shatto School of Dance, Elizabeth Tolerton’s School of Dance, Dancer’s Workshop of Jackson Wyoming, and The Cody Center for the Performing Arts. She was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and theatre. Cassie was given many performance and traveling opportunities as a company dancer for the Three Rivers Dance Company and was chosen several years in a row to participate at Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in LA. Cassie was selected her junior year of high school to represent the State of Wyoming as a company dancer with The Young Americans, and traveled extensively to various dance workshops throughout her years as a student and instructor.
Cassie’s love for teaching dance began at age 12 when she became a student helper for CCPA. By the age of 16, she was choreographing pieces for recital performances. She began formally teaching for CCPA in 2003. There, Cassie taught all levels of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and lyrical dance and had the honor of choreographing performances for the Dance Excellence showcase in Disneyland California where they were representing the state of Wyoming
Cassie’s passion as an instructor is to take her students to a new level in dance. She incorporates dance workshops and festivals, so her students get to experience all the dance world has to offer, this also serves to establish vital networks with other students and instructors.
Cassie, along with her husband Clint and daughter Teagan, are happy to call Bozeman home!
Piper Flair joined the BDA staff in 2002. Piper began her performance experience at age 4 on a pair of figure skates in Great Falls, MT, trading in the skates for dance shoes in high school She has over 17 years of dance training and performing experience and has been teaching Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop professionally for the last 10 years. After graduating from MSU in 1998 where she was a 5-year member of the Montana State Cheer and Dance Team, she took her dancing to the professional level with the NBA Portland Trailblazer Dancers. Upon her return to Montana, she continued work with the Universal Dance Association as an instructor and district representative for 7 years. She has since continued to teach, coach, and choreograph for Montana Ballet Company, area dance teams, studios, and the MSU Dance Repertory Theatre. Her goal is to provide continuing dance opportunities for local dancers which came true in 2007 and 2008, when she choreographed and placed local dancers in the China and Japan tours of the Magic of Jay Owenhouse. She is the author of the story line for T’was the Night Before Christmas, Bozeman Dance Academy’s signature winter show, converging the ideas of her fellow staff into the script, editing the music, and assisting in prop and costume design and construction. Piper continues her dance education by attending workshops from New York to L.A., and she still enjoys promotional performances with the Blazers. Piper and her husband Ryan are the proud parents of Bodin and Kael.
Lanna Parker has been dancing in the Bozeman since she was 6 years old. Her specialties include Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. She began her dance instruction at Dance Elite of Bozeman with Chrissy Ludin who now choreographs for Disneyland Resorts. She then studied with Jeff and Cathy Giese at Big Sky Dance Academy. The Geises are currently the directors of Eagle Mountain Performing Arts Center of Idaho. Lanna joined the Montana Ballet School under Director Ann Bates (1954-2011) in 1998 where she studied and then became a part of the Montana Ballet Company in 2001. Lanna danced with the Company until 2007. She has danced in 12 Nutcrackers, performing the lead roles of Clara, The Dew Drop Fairy, and The Sugar Plum Fairy. Lanna's other dance accomplishments include studying at Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah and performing with The Magic of Jay Owenhouse in Nagasaki, Japan and in Bozeman. Lanna attended Montana State University, where she majored in History with a Teaching Option and minored in Museum Studies and Japanese History. Lanna has been teaching at Bozeman Dance Academy for 15 years and is a founding member of BDA’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” production, where she was the first to perform one of its lead roles, “Aurora Borealis”. Lanna would like to thank her teachers Ann Bates, Dana Sorg, Christine Austin, Piper Flair and Cassie Farmer for inspiring her to be a lifelong dancer and teacher. Lanna would also like to thank her parents for their love and support and for always being there to help build props, volunteer at shows, and even perform with her! Her father Dave, was a consistent “Uncle” for many Nutcrackers and her mom Margot can often be found helping to paint props. Lanna’s parents are major contributors to the many props that appear in BDA’s annual performance of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Lanna also teaches social dance including jitterbug, country two-step and the waltz on request.
Erin Swietnicki started her Ballet training in 1989 with Dulce Anaya, student of Alberto and Alicia Alonso, in Jacksonville Florida. In 1995 she was cast in Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, and Marzipan for the First Coast Nutcracker; produced by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and choreographed by Christopher Fleming of Southern Ballet Theatre. She attended summer intensive workshops with The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for three summers before returning as an RA with advanced placement at the age of 18. She finished high school with the Nutmeg Conservatory for The Arts in their 2 year Pre-Professional Residency Program in Torrington, Connecticut; where she performed in choreography by Moses Pendleton of MOMIX. At Nutmeg she is known for her roles as Snow Queen and Arabian in the Nutcracker, Mercedes and Kitri Variation from Act 1 in Don Quixote, and Variation #4 of Paquita. At the age of 19 she moved to New York City and did work-study programs with STEPS on Broadway and Peridance as well as class at ABT. She took classes regularly from Diana Cartier, David Howard, Cynthia Harvey, John Selya, Igal Perry, Max Stone, and Deborah Roshe. She has danced with regional New York Companies including Ballet Long Island, Eglevsky Ballet, Albano Ballet, and Blue Muse Dance Project. In 2005, she obtained a degree in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is currently pursuing a Fine Arts Degree in Metal smithing and a Small Business Minor at Montana State University.
Katherine Proctor Charlier, known simply as "Proctor", graduated from Virginia School of the Arts then began her career with the Walt Disney Company. She then traveled overseas in Europe with the DOD (USO) entertaining the military troops. Back in the USA, she danced with Thodos Dance Chicago performing on national & international tours. Between shows, she performed with and choreographed for production events in Chicago, NYC, LA, Miami, & beyond, and taught classes in jazz, ballet, tap, and precision dance technique in Chicago and New York. Proctor performed with the Radio City Rockettes in New York and on tour for 8 years before embarking on a 4-year trip around the world with her husband, Christopher. After seeing almost 60 countries and 500 cities, they decided to move to Bozeman and raise their sons, and are still thrilled with the decision.
Keely Larson started teaching at Bozeman Dance Academy in 2013. She has taught and taken styles including hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, break dance and contemporary. Keely attended Dance Excellence with BDA twice, and loved the entire experience deeply. She has choreographed and performed in BDA's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and spring recitals since her beginning with the studio. As far as professional development goes, she performed in an off-broadway showcase through a workshop with Peter Sklar, has taken classes with numerous master teachers, and attended a variety of competitions. Most notably, she spent two days training with renown choreographer and dancer, Galen Hooks.
Currently, Keely works for two local newspapers in Big Sky and Madison County and is dipping her (pointed) toes in the professional dance industry. She has loved each and every performance opportunity in Bozeman, and enjoys watching this dance community grow.
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