TT TDC Members

Artistic Director:

Robin Jennings Jaecklein received her BS degree from Kent Sate University and her MFA from The Ohio State University. She moved to Washington to dance with the Pat Graney Dance Company where she acted as rehearsal director as well as a technique and repertory instructor for the company. She has taught at universities around the U.S. and abroad as well as at Cornish College of the Arts and Bellevue Community College.  She began teaching dance for Tacoma Public Schools in 1997, creating an Arts Integrated elementary curriculum and a performing Dance Company at Grant Center for the Expressive Arts. Robin is one of the founding teachers for the Tacoma School of the Arts, where she currently teaches dance full time and is the head of the dance department. She was on the board for DEAW (Dance Educators Association of WA) and has served on the WA OSPI ARTS/WASL task force. Robin began the Tacoma Dance Collective in the summer of 2005 and currently serves as its Artistic Director. Her works for TDC include a piece commissioned by the Museum of Glass entitled, Dresses, which premiered in December of 2005, and Table, Couch and Rug, which are selections of a larger body of work, known as the "Furniture Series". Robin's primary job, however is mother to four beautiful children ages 8, 7, 4 and 1.


Mary Mabry is originally from outside Houston, Texas. She is a dance performer, choreographer, educator, and promoter who has been exposed to a wide variety of dance techniques during her career. Mary’s training is in Ballet and Modern and she received her degree from the University of South Florida. From 2001-2003 Mary taught for Towson University's Moving America Maryland program, whose focus was integrating dance into the regular classroom. She moved to Tacoma in 2003 and taught at Grant Center for the Expressive Arts for three years.  Currently, Mary is the Coordinator & Artistic Director of the dance program at Metro Parks Tacoma and she is an Adjunct Artist at the Tacoma School of the Arts teaching ballet. Mary's works for MPT Dance includes an original adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2007) and an integrated theatre/dance production of The Wizard of Oz (2008). Currently, Mary is working with David Domkowski to produce The Stories We Tell, a celebration inspired by the works of Gerald McDermott, which will also feature a sound score engineered by Paul Eliot. Mary’s choreography for TDC includes Nightflight and Pendulum, which both premiered in the MOVE! concert series of 2007. Mary has also choreographed and performed jointly with Kate Monthy exploring space constriction on an elevated 4X4 stage at the Tacoma Free Artist's "Eye Full" show and at Jazzbones for the "Ten Tiny Dances" works. In her spare time, Mary enjoys gardening with her dogs Simba, Bitsy and Cobey, running, biking, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing the guitar, serving on the Board of Directors for DEAW (Dance Ed Assoc of WA), and helping with The American Heart Association's Go RED! campaign.

Laura Ewing Miltner started taking dance classes when she was 13 with money she earned babysitting, and she just can’t seem to stop. She studied at various dance studios around Atlanta, Georgia, while growing up. She danced at the University of Georgia in the 80’s and Lansing Community College (Lansing, Michigan) in the early 90’s. She was a member of the Valley Dance Ensemble and a dance instructor for the Alliance for the Varied Arts in Logan, Utah (1994 – 1998). Since her move to Washington in 1998, she has danced as a guest artist with Dance Theatre Northwest. Currently, she teaches dance at Grant Center for the Expressive Arts as well as at the YMCA Morgan Branch and for Metro Parks Tacoma. Some of her very favorite dance partners over the years have been: Ella (19), Zelda (14), Arthur (8), and Eric Miltner, and her friends at the Tacoma Dance Collective.

Kate Monthy received her formal training at Tacoma City Ballet under Jan Collum and Erin Ceragioli. While studying there, she danced in the professional division of the company, and at an early age began assisting and teaching classes. After graduating from Annie Wright School, she studied at Boston Ballet for a summer intensive program. During college at Pacific Lutheran University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science, she studied abroad in Cannes, France. While in France, she spent six months at the École Superieure de Dance Cannes Rosella Hightower. She is the founder and principal teacher at MLKBallet, a tuition-free ballet school in the Hilltop district of Tacoma. She danced professionally for the Zoe Scofield Dance Company in Seattle and continues to perform professionally with various local artists.

Megan VonZale


Artists Adjunct

Kristie Hoke, Dance Instructor, Elite School of Dance, Puyallup

Erin Josse, Co-owner of Source Yoga, Tacoma

Melissa Paz, Co-owner of Source Yoga, Tacoma

Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem, Program Director - Dance, YMCA Morgan Branch