Meet Our Team
Rising Heights Dance is founded and owned by Madison Lucas. Growing up in the Kalama community, Madison began dancing at age 14 in Longview, WA and learned many great skills and genres, but focused on her passions of ballet, lyrical, and jazz as she progressed to an on pointe ballerina and advanced dancer. She has been dancing for 12 years and has been teaching for 5 since she left college at BYU-Idaho majoring in theater and minoring in dance pedagogy. She was able to participate in many different showcases and productions in college to prepare her technique to share with dancers as well as took classes in muscle movement, dance technique and teaching skills. She is a Progressing Ballet Technique licensed teacher and will continue her own training as she teaches others. She is excited to bring dance back to her hometown and begin her own studio!
Jasmin has been the partner in establishing Rising Heights from the ground up. She grew up in Kalama with Madison, re-connected after college, and eventually became the biggest supporter in encouraging Madison to take this next step in her dance career. You will often see her in the office managing most of our day to day operations such as our dance software, website, social media, and many many other tasks that keep our studio running. Aside from being Madison's best friend and business partner, Jasmin has a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in school counseling, as well as a bachelors in Psychology and minor in Child and Family Studies. She will be using her education to certify in Youth Protection Advocates of Dance (YPAD) and train all staff in providing a safe space and encouraging positive mental health to all of our students.
Noelle has a bachelor's degree in dance from Brigham Young University and has performed with Dancensemble. She is experienced in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She has been dancing for 22 years and has many years of teaching as a TA and college understudy while earning her degree. She is joining us for her second year teaching in the Washington area. In her off time Noelle enjoys time with her beautiful family, and being active in her church and community. Noelle is recently certified in Acrobatic Tumbling and will be establishing our tumbling program as well as sharing her love of dance to students of all ages!
Angel was born in California and grew up in Woodland, WA. She began dancing when she was 7 years old, finding that jazz and tumbling were her favorite classes! In her free time she enjoys paddle boarding, spending quality time with friends and family, and going on drives. This will be her 3rd year teaching dance. Angel is excited to be teaching minis, toddlers, and beginners! She is also looking forward to learning and growing her teaching skills at Rising Heights Dance!
Shauna "Nani" Davis
Nani was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Oregon. She started dancing Hula at age six and went on to professionally dance in the same Dance Troupes alongside her sister, all the way through Elementary School to College and after. She's danced for small private parties, to the stages of Statewide Festivals and everything in between. Some of her fondest memories include dancing for Retirement Homes and the Annual Asian Celebration. Nani loves spending time with her two kids and family and being active in her community. She also has a heart for Local and Global Missions and is a member of her Church’s Missions Leadership Team with her husband. This will be Nani’s first year teaching Hula and is so excited to share her love of Hula, her Hawaiian heritage and the spirit of Hawaiian culture with students at Rising Heights Dance!
Courtney started dance casses at age 3 and quickly fell in love with it. She joined a competitive dance team at the age of 7 and continued competing in several genres until the age of 18. During high school she studied ballroom and swing dancing and was able to work with other studios in the area aside from her home studio. As a senior dancer, she was able to substitute and teach private technique and tap classes. After high school, she continued her dance career at the collegiate level performing at sporting events and in competitions against other college dance teams. This will be her first year officially teaching students and she is excited to share her passion of dance with the students at Rising Heights Dance.
Eden started dance at age 3 and fell in love with ballet from day one. She has 5 years of pre-professional training at studios including The Portland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater and Ballet West. Eden has studied many styles of dance including lyrical, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, flamenco, and modern though she has focused primarily on ballet. She has participated in many showcases and recitals and her favorite part to play was a Stepsister in Cinderella. Rising Heights Dance is her first teaching studio, and she is excited to share her technique and skills with developing dancers!