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.
Born in Yakima, Kyle Hitchcock is the assistant drama director at his alma mater Davis High School and part-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.
A former preschool teacher, Madeline Hope Guinn is a dance instructor at Melody Lane who loves merging her greatest passions— teaching and dancing— into her classes. Born in Yakima, Madeline is also a licensed massage therapist. When she isn’t dancing, Madeleine loves going on adventures, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family and friends.
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 lean 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.
Born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey, Danielle grew up dancing in her mom’s dance studio. She is a licensed massage therapist and dance instructor with ten years of experience who finds joy in teaching others big or little, young or old. She is married with three wonderful children Evan, Gabrielle, and Autumn; a cat named Pepper; and a bunny named Lucy.
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.
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.
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 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.
Melody Lane singers Instructor
Born and raised in Yakima, Kristen enjoys teaching at Melody Lane because she performed in the Melody Lane Singers from ages 6-18 and loves seeing the sparkle in students’ eyes when they perform. She attended Davis High School and received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Washington University. Kristen has worked in daycares and summer camps before finding her calling as a vocal instructor and math teacher who also helps local high schools with costuming in local productions. With husband Noel, a teacher at Davis High School, she has two children, both of which are current Melody Lane students.
Dance & Theatre Instructor
Morgan Van Vleck grew up in Yakima, and attended Eisenhower High School. When not teaching at Melody Lane, she spends her time performing in musicals and plays. She’s been fortunate enough to have performed throughout Washington in Yakima, Ellensburg, and Leavenworth. Morgan loves sharing her passion for theatre and dance with kids. It’s inspiring for her to see how much they can improve in a years time.
Born in Oregon and raised in Hawaii, Samantha is currently studying vocal and piano performance at Yakima Valley College, where she is president of her music program. She has worked as a caroler, theatre and stage manager, and music teacher. Fun fact: Samantha has one child, two dogs, four alpacas, and three chickens. Samantha has taught at Melody Lane since 2016.
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.