Lorrie has spent 53 years in dance. Her formative training as a young person, age 5-16 included Karen Voske, Christine Patterson, Joan Mason-Shelton and Valerie Evans. Her professional career includes: Spokane Ballet Company; Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of The Arts, Western Washington University, The Christy Lane Jazz Company and many other Professional Schools and Companies. She has studied under multiple artists and Master Teachers…. Ronnie Mahler of American Ballet Theater, Irene Larsen of New York City Ballet, Nicholas Orloff of Ballet Russe and American Ballet Theater fame! More contemporary artists such as - Tyce Diorio, tWitch, Brian Freidman, Roland Dupree, Michael McBain, Gregg Russell, Travis Wall, Gene Nelson…. Just to name a few. Lorrie pursues continuing dance education through intensives, competitions and conventions across the USA. Lorrie now owns 2 studios in Okanogan County: Twisp, and Omak. The studios offer recreational, professional and pre professional studies in Classical Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary and Jazz as well as Tap and Hip-Hop. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Children’s Dance Theater of Okanogan County. C.D.T. is a nonprofit entity that sponsors students in dance education and promotes performance opportunities for young dancers!
Haley began dancing under the instruction of Lorrie Wilson at LFW School of Dance at the age of 7. She started taking ballet classes and slowly branched into Jazz and Tap over the course of the next 2 years. As she got older she was able to travel to many dance conventions with the LFW studio including Dupree, Velocity, Hollywood Connection, and many more in varying locations such as Seattle, Spokane, Disneyland, Vancouver, and Tacoma. When Haley graduated high school and began attending Washington State University, she enrolled in the school’s dance program, and at the end of her freshman year was hired by the school to teach for their dance program. She was able to teach for 2 years before moving back to her hometown of Tonasket and began teaching again for Lorrie at the Omak studio in 2013. Haley currently resides in Tonasket with her husband Patrick Colbert and her two sons Mason and Miles Colbert on their apple and pear farm. She continues to teach for LFW school of dance under the tutelage of Lorrie, and hopes to continue teaching and giving back to students for years to come.
As a child and teenager, Riley spent many years dancing at LFW, and Children's Dance Theater. After graduating in 2009, Riley spent two years dancing in Bellingham, Washington at Whatcom Community College, as well as Western WA University. After moving back to Okanogan County, she started her teaching journey with LFW. She is now in her 9th year as an instructor! Riley enjoys working with her students, and building fundamental relationships with them as well. Being a teacher at LFW is not only rewarding to watch her students grow, but herself and her fellow instructors. Riley couldn't imagine being anywhere else but here at this point in her life. She will forever cherish the dance community that has accepted her with open arms! She sees each year as a new opportunity to expand her passion for the art of Dance.
Tedra discovered her love of dance as a training method while she was a competitive figure skater. Tedra’s passion for dance grew as she continued her dance training through Pacific Lutheran and Central Washington Universities. Tedra started taking classes at LFW and then teaching tap and jazz in the late 90’s except for the two years she took off to get her degree and license as Physical Therapist Assistant. Tedra has recently been certified through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association as a fitness barre instructor and uses her knowledge and passion for dance in her PTA practice to help her patients with increasing their strength and stability.
“I love that dance is good for the body and soul and can be enjoyed by every age, gender and culture. Dance is literally a universal language”
Lainey spent her formative years training at LFW School of dance under Lorrie Fraley Wilson, and went on to graduate from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Production Management. She has worked with companies such as Anaheim Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nevada Ballet, Backhausdance, Clifton Dance Project, Momentum Dance Center and the Hawkins Company. Her choreography has been recognized at several regional competitions including Spotlight Dance, Hollywood Dance Experience, & Dupree. Lainey spent 7 years with the Walt Disney Company as a stage manager and event planner in Creative Entertainment, where she had the opportunity to plan events with Dance the Magic, Dance Excellence, and runDisney. She is certified in BASI Pilates, DK Body Balancing Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, and owns a Pilates Studio in Wenatchee. Lainey lives in East Wenatchee with her husband, Travis, and their three pets, Marvel, Stan Lee, & Wanda. She is excited to be a part of LFW Dance Staff, and share her passion for Dance & Pilates with her students!
Lyndzi has been dancing with LFW School of Dance since she was six years old. Dancing with LFW has given her great opportunities such as: dancing in Disneyland, going to dance conventions/competitions, including Velocity, Dupree, Hollywood Vibe and Tremaine, and performing in CDT productions. She has also taught ballet, jazz, and tap in former years while she was a student. This past year, Lyndzi graduated from Tonasket High School with her high school diploma along with her Associates of Arts/ Science from Wenatchee Valley College. In this next chapter of her life she wants to continue dancing while getting her teaching degree in Physical Education. Lyndzi is very grateful for the time that she had as a student at LFW, and is very excited to be a teacher this year.
Kaylee is a Junior at Oroville High School, and a Running Start student at Wenatchee Valley College. She has been dancing at LFW since she was four years old, and in the Children’s Dance Theater productions since she was six. She has loved each role she has been cast in for CDT, but her favorite was the part of Alice, in The Alice in Wonderland Ballet. Kaylee went to her first Dance Competition and Workshop when she was seven, and has since competed every year with a solo and group pieces. She has gone to many different competitions including: Hollywood Dance Experience, Dupree Dance, Hollywood Vibe, Velocity, and Spotlight Dance Cup. Some of her achievements include dancing at Disneyland with Disney Performing Arts and Dance the Magic, as well as a 4th place overall solo at Dupree Dance. Dance has always been a part of her life, and a huge passion. Kaylee hopes to dance professionally after High School. She is very thankful to have this opportunity to teach at LFW!!