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Meet the Reign Dance Company Staff
Angie Bunday is an elementary school teacher in Eugene with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Minor in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has always dreamed of opening a studio to provide dance opportunities for all ages in a positive and welcoming environment. When the stars aligned, Angie jumped at the chance to make it happen.
Dance has been a part of her life since she was five years old. She was fortunate to have dance and gymnastics classes and programs in the Portland area growing up through her elementary and middle schools, where she learned and loved the art of dance, gymnastics and performance. When she joined the Scottish Tams at David Douglas High School, she caught dance team fever, and was a four-year member of the team under the direction of Coach Lynette Velasquez, an incredible and accomplished coach and dancer. They were State Champions in 2000 with their Show routine, a moment she is very proud of.
Angie attributes her life success to her involvement in dance team, where she learned the value of hard work, grit, and dedication. After high school, she became an Oregon Duck. Angie took collegiate dance courses and danced for several local teams and programs, but through all her college years, she missed dance team greatly. It was fate that around that time she met Lisa Gilliam, the previous Head Coach at North Eugene High School and previous owner of The Dance Factory studio. She was a volunteer Assistant Coach for six years under Coach Gilliam and learned so much from her.
This year is her third year as Head Coach, and her ninth season at North Eugene High School. In her first year as Head Coach, the team took home their first State trophy in the program’s history with a 4th Place finish at the OSAA State Championships. She also began the Corridor Armadill-OHs Dance Troupe at her elementary school eight years ago, which is open to all kindergarten through fifth grade students at her school. She has a five-year-old son, Logan, who you may see running around the studio from time to time.
In 2017, Angie was named 5A Coach of the Year at the OSAA Dance & Drill State Championships.
Belle Murray quickly fell in love with dance in 2007 after joining the North Eugene Dance Team. She spent all four years of high school as an active team member and was named Head Captain her junior and senior years. She graduated with Varsity letters in 2011. During her time in high school, she also served as the Dance Coordinator & Choreographer for the 2010 and 2011 Mr. North pageants. Today, she is still connected with North Eugene as an Assistant Coach and choreographer for their Varsity dance team.
Her studio experience began in 2009 when she started dancing at a local studio in Eugene. During her 7 years there, she danced with 3 of their performance groups, both hip hop and jazz, at various levels. She instructed and choreographed for the middle school aged jazz and hip hop group for 4 years.
She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Today, she works for a Web Design and Internet Marketing agency in Eugene, while also staying highly dedicated to her love of dance. She is passionate about all genres, but has a special place in her heart for hip hop.
Radiance/Regal Coach & Open Class Instructor
Courtney Miller began her dance career in 2005 when she joined the Thurston Middle School Dance Team. She immediately fell in love with dance and went on to join the Thurston Cabaret at Thurston High School. During her senior year of high school, she was chosen to be captain of the dance team, and began choreographing pieces alongside the coach. During that same year, she was chosen to be a member of the All-State Dance Team, and was a recipient of the academic scholarship from the DDCA.
After graduating, Courtney went on to become an assistant coach at Thurston High School along with being a teaching assistant at Thunderbird Dance Camp. She joined a collegiate dance company for three years, competing both group pieces and solos.
She is currently a junior at Oregon State University, majoring in Computer Science, and could not be more excited for the opportunity to be a part of Reign Dance Company.
Rage Coach & Open Class Instructor
Samm started dancing at age 6 and hasn’t stopped since! She spent 8 years at All That! Dance Company, including 4 years on the competitive teams. During high school, she joined the North Eugene Dance Team and served as captain during her senior year. She was also the Dance Coordinator for the 2016 Mr. North Pageant. A highlight of her dance career so far has been dancing at Disneyland (twice!)
She is trained in jazz, hip hop, contemporary and ballet, and is currently volunteering as the Assistant Instructor for the Corridor Elementary Dance Team. When she’s not taking class at Lane Community College, you can find her at the Reign studio, dancing on our collegiate Hip Hop group, Royals!
This Spring/Summer, she will be teaching our 4th grade-Middle School group, Rage, as well as our Beginning Jazz, Hip Hop, and Hip Hop Cardio classes!
Open Class Instructor
Chelsea Roberts has been dancing for most of her life. She has experience in tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop. She spent her High School career competing on the Sheldon High School Dance Team and was proud to be a part of the 2009 State Championship team her senior year.
After high school, Chelsea knew she wanted to continue her dance career and became a coach with the Sheldon Colleens and Sheldon Middle School teams. Now on her 5th year of coaching the Sheldon JV team, she is excited to extend her teaching career into the studio world.
When Chelsea is not teaching dance, she spends her time taking care of her young daughter and working part time as a nanny. Chelsea lives in Springfield with her husband Andrew and their daughter Gwenevere.
Royal Tots Coach & Open Class Instructor
Alexa Magnuson has been dancing her whole life starting in Medford, Oregon at the age of three. She moved to Springfield at the age of six and began dancing at Ballet Northwest Academy where she studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater. In 2010, she joined a local dance studio under their high school hip hop company. During her sophomore year of high school, she moved up to their collegiate hip hop company, while also assisting their middle school team. Throughout her high school years, she worked to choreograph for the Mr. Bulldog pageant.
Alexa graduated from Creswell High School with honors and is now attending the University of Oregon. This past year she decided to expand outside of the studio and became an assistant coach for the Willamette High School Dance Team. She also works part time as a nanny.
She is very excited to teach, assist, and dance at Reign Dance Company! She will be teaching our littlest group, Royal Tots, as well as our open classes Creative Movement and Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop open classes. You can also see her assisting our high school hip hop group, Riot, and dancing for our collegiate hip hop group, Royals!
Open Class Instructor
Claire Maederer began dancing at age 8, focusing on classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, theater, and more. After training with renowned teachers such as David Howard, Larry and Sarma Rosenthal, Amanda Gardner, Oleg Briansky, and James Wallace, and attending summer programs such as Boston Ballet and Anaheim Ballet, Claire began dancing professionally in Denver with the Dawson Wallace Dance Project. She has since completed teacher trainings with John White in the Vaganova method, as well as the Pulse Teacher Workshop and the Jump Dance Convention Teacher Workshop, and was Artistic Director of Ballet North West Academy for 5 years.
While pursuing her Exercise & Sport Science degree at OSU, Claire has completed several trainings with the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, which has led to her interest in physical therapy. Her combined interests of lifetime physical health and the benefits of dance led Claire to start working with David Leventhal, the Director of Dance for PD in Brooklyn.
Claire will be teaching our Intermediate/Advanced Jazz, Ballet, and Conditioning open classes this Spring!
Emily Lyons started dancing in 2008 with a middle school dance team, and once she entered high school, she spent a year dancing with the Sheldon High School Colleens. At the end of her Freshman year, she joined The Dance Factory, dancing on Urban Vibe, their high school hip hop company. Throughout high school she assistant coached Urban Beat, their middle school company, while dancing on Urban Vibe and her senior year moved up to Urban Pulse, their collegiate company.
Emily graduated Sheldon High School in 2014 with honors and she is now attending University of Oregon, majoring in Human Physiology as a Pre-Med student.
Jennie Monnette was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After living in Ohio and Canada, she moved to Eugene at the age of three. She started dancing at TaDa Studios right away, and has been in love with dance ever since. In middle school, Jennie started dancing at Identity Dance Company. She took a break her freshman year of high school, and her sophomore year she joined the Dance Factory’s high school dance team, Urban Vibe. Her senior year she was moved up to their 18 and older collegiate company, Urban Pulse.
Jennie graduated from Churchill High School and is now attending Lane Community College, and is working towards the Interior Architecture program at the University of Oregon.
Jennie is very excited to have the opportunity to assist and dance at Reign Dance Company. She assists our High School Performance Group, Riot. She also dances in our Collegiate Hip Hop group, Royals!