Mija started dancing at the age of six in Hiroshima, Japan. It was not long until she fell in love with ballet and went on to perform title roles in Cinderella, Firebird, Giselle, Paquita, and more. Teaching has been her passion for the last 10 years and she has taught and directed shows in various dance schools throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as Tokyo and Kanagawa, Japan. In May of 2021, she decided to create her own company and opened Flight Feathers Ballet. While directing and teaching is her main focus, Mija still enjoys performing by collaborating with local musicians and artists and has been featured in numerous shows and music videos.
Photo Credit: Christine Takamura
Emily Mickelson has been a part of the dance world for the last eleven years. Emily grew up a competitive dancer, and has been on teams in all genres such as hip hop, contemporary, jazz funk, musical theater, tap, jazz, and lyrical! Within the last three years, she’s been drawn teaching. She values an encouraging fun environment for students to feel safe to reach past their creative potential! Emily finds the creative process very important, and loves to prioritize individual growth, while also having fun!
Andrea Freed, born and raised in the greater Seattle area in Washington state, started dancing ballet at the age of four and soon fell in love with it and dancing. In 2017, Andrea earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied primarily ballet and modern dance. While at Cornish, Andrea performed in works by Kyle Abraham, Iyun Harrison, Pat Hon, Veronica Lee-Baik, and Gerard Theoret. Andrea has been teaching ballet since 2012 to all ages and enjoys sharing her passion for ballet with all her students. In addition to teaching, she also has an interest in dance administration and started working with Seattle Theatre Group (STG) in 2017. She now works with STG on their DANCE This program and more recently their Dance for Parkinson’s program. She believes that dance is for everyone and enjoys sharing that message in these programs and in the classes she teaches.
Andrea is excited to join Flight Feathers Ballet on this new journey!
Robin began dancing at the age of five in ballet and jazz. After moving out west at thirteen, dance fell off her radar, but she embraced acting and stage production all throughout high school and fell in love with performing. In high school, she won awards in drama, particularly for her roles in Shakespearean plays and for state competition one-act plays. It wasn't until college when she took up Irish step dancing that she realized how much she had missed dance. With her career focus in science, time went on and suddenly on the brink of turning 40 in 2017, she discovered Woodinville Dance Academy (WDA) when her five-year-old daughter asked to try ballet. Seeing that WDA had adult dance classes too she knew it was time to get back into the fold. Since then, Robin has been dancing in adult hip hop and ballet and has taken part in “The Nutcracker” in memorable roles such as Mother Ginger and narrating as Old Clara. Discovering dance again with her daughter and having the opportunity to perform alongside her has been the greatest treasure.
Since 2021, when Flight Feathers Ballet came into being, Robin has embraced volunteering for script writing, design input, prop/set making, and reprising her role of Old Clara. She currently takes four dance classes a week in hip hop, ballet, and contemporary to keep dance as her outlet and challenge herself. She loves creative writing (self- published author), putting on a show and volunteers her time to help the studio director with storytelling, writing and design for upcoming Flight Feathers productions. She also provides charity to students with her “Mother Ginger Magic” fund so that no student is left behind and can still perform. When not dancing, Robin works as a Project Manager in Oncology Biopharma Marketing Operations.
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