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Melissa Scholten
Melissa received most of her ballet training in the Boise area, dancing at Dance Arts Academy, Ballet Idaho, and Capital City Ballet Center. She attended the University of Idaho and taught ballet classes for the university and Festival Dance Academy. After graduating she returned to Boise and taught at Capital City Ballet Center. Recently she returned to Moscow and began teaching ballet again for the University of Idaho and Festival Dance Academy.

Mia Song Seshiki
Mia was adopted from South Korean 29 years ago. With opportunities given to her by her parents, she was exposed to both classical piano (a state competitor) as well as ballet. She began ballet at age four and has trained in a modified Russian Vagannova-style classical ballet. Her repertoire includes having danced several important lead roles of the famous ballets including: Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Copellia, and various Ballet Gala performances. Additionally, Mia has also placed 1st or 2nd place in several dance competitions in Washington State as well as Vancouver, Canada. Over the years, she has been a ballet teacher’s aid, a substitute teacher, and an instructor. Since 2006 Mia has been the Ballet Mistress for Festival Dance Academy and in 2007 was hired by the University of Idaho’s Dance Program to be one of their ballet instructors. She also teaches ballet for the PEACT at WSU

Diedre Sakota
Diedre Sakota has been dancing for over twenty years and teaching for ten. She has studied several genres of dance ranging from ballet, jazz, tap, and modern to Bollywood, African, and Hungarian. Diedre has performed with several dance companies and has performed in Ecuador, Peru, Russia, Quebec and several states in the U.S. with BYU-Idaho’s Dance Alliance. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Dance and Health Science from BYU-Idaho in 2009 and has since taught for various universities and dance studios.