Here at Melody Lane Dance, Music, and Drama Academy, our team includes dance, singing, and acting instructors that help your student reach for their goals. We’re committed to bringing more than 75 classes to the Yakima community through our professional, expert instructors who are well-versed in both their craft and working with students of all ages.
melody lane singers director
Born in Yakima, Kyle Hitchcock is the assistant drama director at his alma mater Davis High School and co-owner of Yakima Broadway Revue Company. A former Seattle Talent actor and model, Kyle has experience working in professional theatre and loves taking what he learned and giving it to other people by showing them how performing is a fun outlet.
Preschool dance director
Paige Delp, born in Yakima and raised in East Valley, has been dancing since the age of 3. her very first job was teaching gymnastics, and it’s that same dedication she brings to teaching every dance class. She hopes to help dancers learn and grow into young adults with a strong work ethic that allows them to pursue what sets their soul on fire. Currently attending Heritage University studying Environmental Science, Paige also holds a degree in Agribusiness and Tree Fruit Production.
Amelie Barry grew up in Yakima and graduated from Eisenhower High School and the University of Oregon. As co-owner of Yakima Broadway Revue Company, Amelie loves teaching dance to challenge students to be excited when they learn something after working hard. She also has previous experience in childcare through YMCA.
In 2018, the Akin family welcomed Sarah Marquis as studio owner. A longtime member of the Melody Lane family, Sarah began dancing at the age of two. She grew up at Melody Lane, taking classes five days a week in genres like ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. By the time she was in high school, Sarah taught the Dance Explorers class and came to love educating students to become contributing members to the community, later attending the University of Idaho to earn her Bachelor of Science in Dance.
As a substitute teacher for Highland School District, mom of two, and dog owner, Jennifer Danforth loves working at Melody Lane because everyone feels like family. Born and raised in Yakima, she attended Highland High School and YVC. Fun fact: Jennifer shares her birthday with Elvis Presley!
Born and raised in Yakima, Jessica Greathouse is a graduate of East Valley High School where she once coached dance. Today, she loves teaching at Melody Lane because she gets to teach students who love dance as much as she does. Jessica has one daughter, Adalynn, and two dogs named Jack and Lexie.
An experienced guitar player, saxophonist, and choral singer, Justin Poole grew up in Yakima and got his A.A. at YVCC and B.S. at CWU. Justin has been teaching at Melody Lane since 2015. What he loves most is passing on something that has given him so much joy and customizing his lessons to the student. His other experiences include singing in chamber choirs, barber shop and opera; playing the Ukelele; creating soundscapes for museum exhibits; and creating the background audio in radio ads. Fun fact: he has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
A graduate of West Valley High School, Jenn Manley was born and raised in Yakima. She’s worked in industries from fast food to retail to office jobs, but she found her calling at Melody Lane. What she loves most about working with students is seeing their smiling faces when they get to do what they love everyday. Jenn has two children: Brooklyn (17) and Jacob (15). The whole family loves Melody Lane: daughter Brooklyn is graduating in 2019 but she has been dancing Melody Lane since she was in kindergarten! Fun fact: Jenn has six dogs and four cats.
Melody Lane singers Instructor
Born and raised in Yakima, Kristin loves teaching and seeing the growth in the kids from the beginning of the year to show time. She currently treated at Adams Elementary in Yakima. She enjoys getting to showcase amazing talent. Kristin also grew up singing in Melody Lane Singers for 12 years. She’s been married to Noel Cisneros for 19 years and they have two children together: Kristina and Noel.
Born in Napa, CA, Sharolyn Hartwig attended school in Oregon, South Dakota, Michigan, and Canada. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and formerly worked as a housekeeper, landscaper, music instructor, junior high teacher, and substitute teacher. With a B.S. in Elementary Education, Sharolyn also has endorsements in reading and music. She loves watching her students progress and learn in their classes at Melody Lane. Sharolyn has two grown children and one cat.
Sara was born in California and moved to Zillah when she was 7. She was homeschooled but participated in drama and choir at Zillah High School. She has one cat named Buddy who is 13. Her heart is to pour into the next generations and help build them up for the life ahead of them. There are many ways we can help prepare our kids as they grow, but there is also so much that we can learn from them.
A resident of Yakima for 35 years, Kally Marquis graduated from CWU with a degree in Business. She has worked as a church administrator and in accounting offices of retail, wholesale, and long-term care facilities. She enjoys crafting, card games, and puzzles. Kally has three children, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
Ashley Gosnell is a
Melody Lane Alumni with 15 years experience. During the
day she works as a certified medical professional for
Astria Health. She believes teaching no only provides an opportunity for students to
create in a variety of arts, but it cultivates the future
performers of this wonderful valley. She is also a member of the Yakima Broadway Revue
Born and raised in Yakima Washington. Graduated from Davis High School in 2015 and currently attending YVC as a music major pursing a degree in Music Education and Piano performance. Music fascinates me because just like numbers, music wasn’t’ something that was invented, it was discovered. My mind gets overwhelmed with awe when I learn new things about music theory and I wish to share that same overwhelming admiration for the sounds of our existence with those I teach.