Our Team

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. 

Paige Delp

Programs/Operations director
Dance instructor

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. In 2021, she graduated from  Heritage University studying Environmental Science, Paige also holds a degree in Agribusiness and Tree Fruit Production.

Sarah Marquis

OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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. 

Emily Bissonette

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!

Jennifer Danforth

dance Instructor

Cyndi Charles 

Retail/purchasing Assistant

Cyndi was born right here in Yakima and grew up in the White Pass mountains. She loves traveling all over the world, her favorite being Honduras and Guyana! Cyndi grew up performing at MLA and got to meet her best friend, Miss Sarah, while doing so! She is so excited to work alongside her lifelong friend at a place where she herself was able to grow as an artist. She is excited to use the skills that helped her grow within her family business, Silver Beach Resort, to support the students and staff here at Melody Lane! 

Sharolyn Hartwig

piano Instructor

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.


Sidney Reichert

Theatre Instructor
Dance Instructor
Communications coordinator

Sidney is originally from all over the westside of Washington State (specifically Sumner, WA.)  In 2021, she graduated with her BFA in K-12 Theatre Education and she is working towards her teaching endorsement in Theatre and English. Sidney has been performing since the age of 6 playing instruments, singing, acting, and dancing. With many years involved in school and community theatre as well as choir, she loves the arts and continues to share that love with her students. 

Kally Marquis


assistant

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.

Membership and events Coordinator
dance Instructor


Samantha Sugihara was born in Springfield, Oregon, and raised in Pearl City, Oahu Hawaii. She has been involved in many fine arts such as piano, guitar, musical theatre, vocal performance, and symphonic band throughout her primary to college education. Samantha is currently working on her bachelor's degree in Business Management. She has achieved an Associates' degree in Music Vocal Performance. Samantha is currently working here at Melody Lane Academy because she loves to spread her knowledge of music and work with the younger generation to ensure the preservation of music theory and technique of old and new. 

Melody Lane Singer's Company Director
Theatre Instructor
Private voice Instructor

Born and raised in Yakima, Sergio Valdez is a graduate of A.C. Davis High School and Yakima Valley College where he was in many musical productions. Sergio also helps in directing and choreographing for A.C. Davis High School. He enjoys teaching at Melody Lane because he gets to teach students who love to sing and dance as much as he does.

Sergio Valdez

Samantha Sugihara

Vocal Instructor
Piano Instructor

Emily was born in Seattle, WA and raised in Yakima. She graduated from East Valley High School and continued her passion for dance and the arts in Los Angeles, California at AMDA, The American Musical and Drama Academy, where she received her BFA in Dance Theatre. "The arts have always been a huge passion of mine. Getting to watch the kids here at MLA find lifelong friends and express themselves in so many ways has been amazing and I cant wait to continue to watch the students shine!

Born and raised in right here in Yakima, Emily McDougall has a love for her dogs, God, and all things ballet! She is currently attending CWU for Film Studies with a minor in Art and Design. Emily has been performing ballet since she was 8 years old and has loved the community that Melody Lane has brought to her where she can continue to share that passion with her students. 

Emily McDougall

dance Instructor

Kristina Messer

Dance  Instructor

Bio to come....

Justin Poole

Guitar Instructor

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.