Kimberly kjersten, instructor

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Kimberly has been teaching at Sherwood Dance Academy since 2016 and has been a dance instructor since 2002. She teaches with a special emphasis on cultivating a fun, positive and encouraging environment to facilitate the growth of her students’ confidence in and outside of the classroom. She has designed and honed her teaching method to fit her own teaching style as well as regularly restructuring to fit the needs of each class and individual student. 

Miss Kimberly started taking gymnastics at the age of 2 and tap and jazz at the age of 6. She later added many other styles to her repertoire including hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical, among others. In high school she was on the Newberg High School Dance Team. She was also a member of the Senior Performing Company at her home studio, Chehalem Valley Dance Academy (CVDA), where she was named Dancer of the Year in 1998. 

In 2008, Kimberly earned a spot as a BlazerDancer for the Portland Trailblazers. She danced with the BlazerDancers for 6 seasons and was co-captain her last 2 years on the team. Her experience as a BlazerDancer included intensive dance training in Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and included performances in Estonia, The Philippines and South Korea. Kimberly was chosen twice to represent the BlazerDancers at the Pro Action Dance workshop in Las Vegas to learn choreography to teach the team for the seasons’ performances. After retiring as a BlazerDancer, Kimberly has continued taking dance classes and is continually expanding her dance education via classes, workshops and online lessons.

In her 16 years teaching, Kimberly has taught at multiple studios, including 12 years at CVDA Newberg and 2 years as the CVDA McMinnville Artistic Director. She has been a guest choreographer for several dance companies and for elementary, middle and high school plays and dance teams. 

Kimberly’s formal education includes studying at Portland Community College, Portland State University (PSU) and CoachU. In 2014, she graduated from PSU with a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis on Family Studies and Pre-Physical Therapy. In 2018, Kimberly graduated from the Core Essentials Program at CoachU, an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited school, and became an ICF Professional Life and Business Coach. She plans to continue her coaching education by attending CoachU’s Advanced Coaching Program and will become an ICF Professional Certified Coach soon thereafter.

Including teaching dance at SDA, Miss Kimberly wears many hats. She has been the George Fox Dance Team coach since 2016; she owns and operates Kimberly Kjersten Music Editing where she splices music for fellow dance or gymnastics teachers, coaches, and performers; she is an ICF Professional Life and Business Coach for her recently founded company The Abundant Edge (www.theabundantedge.com); and Miss Kimberly is also mother to a spunky, hilarious and adorable almost-4-year-old daughter named Jaxin, who is the light of Kimberly’s life and keeps her mom on her toes!

She teaches: Acro, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, & Power Tumbling

Get to know Kimberly better:

When did you start dancing and why did you keep dancing?  I started gymnastics when I was 2 (mommy & me!) and tap and jazz when I was 6. I kept dancing because none of the other activities I did (baseball, volleyball, track, horse riding, among others) lived up to the feeling I had when I danced. Also, it kept me so busy that I didn’t have time to get in trouble, so says my mom. :)

Why did you want to become a dance instructor?  I have always loved dance so much and wanted to share my passion and knowledge about it with as many people as I could. Dance has opened up so many opportunities for me in my personal and professional life. I am so happy to be a stepping-stone for my students to help them reach their goals and aspirations too, like has been gifted to me by my instructors and mentors growing up.

Do you still dance or take dance lessons even though you are an instructor? I do! I have taken random classes here and there since having my daughter, and I got to practice and perform with the other SDA instructors for the 2016 Spring Recital. I often dance at home taking online classes (definitely not the same as in-person instruction, but still fun) and give myself dance lessons!

What is your favorite style of dance and why?  That’s a toughie. I loooooove lyrical and sassy jazz. I think it’s a tie between the two with a couple close runners-up including tap and acro.

What is the hardest part about dance to you and why?  The hardest part for me is finding the time to take class! It’s also tough now that I’m a bit older and my body doesn’t do what I want it to!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of the studio or besides teaching dance?  I love hanging out with my daughter, Jaxin!! She is hilarious and fun. I also enjoy hiking, camping, reading, learning, running my businesses and going on adventures.

What is your favorite dance quote and why?  “I dance because there's no greater feeling in the world than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear.” I don’t know who said this, but it’s true! I never realized how much of an outlet dance was for me until having my daughter and not getting to do it daily as I did before. I love finding myself in the flow of classes and performances. Dance definitely keeps me in the moment.