Conveniently located in Tumwater!

... a new school offering quality dance instruction to the greater Olympia area.  

South Sound Dance

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Julian Young - Instructor

Julian Young started dancing at Santa Barbara City College under the instruction and influence of Kay Fulton and Pamela Lappen. He continued his training at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cornish College of the Arts. Julian has had the opportunity to perform many roles in both modern and classic ballets from Le Sacre du printemps(Rite of Spring), Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle to “Hunters” and “Shaker Life(Songs of the Disinherited).”Julian has performed with Opera Pacifica, Evergreen City Ballet, DASSDance, San Diego Dance Theater, Northwest Ballet Theater, International Ballet Theater, Olympic Ballet Theater, and has performed works by Blythe Barton, Monica Bill Barnes, Daniel Wilkins, Kabby Mitchell, Jennifer Porter, Juanjo Arques, Jean Isaacs, Mark Haim, Donald Byrd and Donald McKayle

Anna Stacey - Instructor
Anna Stacey began training at Puyallup Valley Dancenter at age five.  She studied various dance styles including ballet and jazz, but her favorite was always tap!  She continued dancing with PVD until graduating high school. In college, she was a choreographer and dancer with the Repertory Dance Group at the University of Puget Sound for two seasons.

Anna's choreography has been part of a number of local productions.  She has been involved with two LDS Regional Dance Festivals, choreographing both clogging and jazz numbers.  She has choreographed three summer youth musicals with BK Musical Productions.  Anna has also performed in multiple shows dancing swing and lindy hop as a member of Capitol City Stomp in Olympia, WA.

Anna has over six years experience teaching ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, hip hop, and creative movement to students ages two through adult.  Her approach as an instructor combines teaching the technical aspects of each dance style while having fun and building confidence in her students.

Kristine Graham - Instructor

Kristine Graham is an award-winning teacher who recently moved to Olympia, WA from Los Angeles, CA where she had been teaching ballet, jazz, and modern dance at Millikan Middle School and Performing Arts Academy.  Kristine was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where she performed in original musical productions and studied dance, drama, and voice in a Children's Workshop Theater Group.  She continued her dance training throughout high school and college and graduated from Pitzer College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 1998. 

Kristine has had the opportunity to attend, teach, and perform at the American Dance Festival (ADF) in Durham, North Carolina as well as perform with Dancer's Group Studio in San Francisco, CA and the LA Jazz Foundation where she danced as a soloist and an ensemble member in The Legend of the Chocolate Nutcraker, a multicultural re-telling of the classical Nutcracker ballet incorporating jazz, modern, tango, samba, ballet, and swing dance.  One of the highlights of her teaching career was in 2008, when Kristine's choreography and dance students were chosen to travel to Beijing, China as part of a pre-Olympic festival and cultural arts exchange.

Kristine has a love for dance as an art form and her teaching style incorporates strong technique as well as choreographic and performance skills to help her students build confidence, maintain a healthy body image, and express themselves creatively while inspiring them to reach for success in all aspects of their lives.

Katie Bronzini - Assistant Company Director, Instructor
Born and raised in Northern California, Katie began her dance career at the age of 5 under the direction of Mary Knight at Mendocino Ballet in Ukiah, Ca.  Katie studied Classical Ballet, both Vaganova and Cecchetti methods, until she graduated high school in 2002.  While in college, she continued dance with a competition jazz team and began teaching ballet through the local recreational club in Chico, Ca then continued her education in Sacramento, Ca and performed with a jazz dance group as a soloist and company member.  Her dance experience includes ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical and hip hop.  She has performed in numerous productions including The Nutcracker, Peter and The Wolf, Cinderella, and Don Quixote and has attended many Regional Dance Festivals and dance competitions including the International Ballet Competition where she was selected to represent her region as a dancer in a gala performance.  Katie moved to Washington in 2005 and continued to teach and take dance classes and in 2012 received her degree in Veterinary Technology.  She currently works as a Licensed Veterinary Technician practicing Canine Hydrotherapy and Massage and is very excited to continue her love of dance by teaching at South Sound Dance.

Classes are taught by well-trained professional instructors whom have the necessary experience required for his or her class.  

Hannah Taylor-Kormondy - Owner, Artistic Director, Instructor
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Hannah Taylor-Kormondy began her dance training at age 9 under the direction of Steven Boyd as a competitive jazz dancer. She then continued her training with The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she intensively studied classical ballet and modern dance. She has performed in a series of choreography projects at Lincoln Center and the New York City Civic Centers, was a company member with Karin Stevens Dance, based out of Seattle, Washington and has performed with the world re-known Cirque du Soleil in Kona, Hawaii.

Hannah has over 12 years of teaching and studio dance experience; teaching master classes, choreographing, and judging for national dance competitions, ensembles, and studios across the nation. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and was the competitive Dance Director at The Dancing Tree in Kona, Hawaii. Her strong ballet, modern, and jazz dance background create a unique and versatile experience for her students. Many of her students have attended top dance schools such as University of Arizona, Oklahoma University, Southern Methodist University, and Fordham University and are working as professional dancers.

Now making her home in Olympia, Washington with her husband and son she is opening her own studio, South Sound Dance in Tumwater, with the hope to teach, choreograph, and inspire other young dancers in the Tumwater and Olympia community.

Meet our Staff