Our Team: Adult Drop-in class instructors:
Carly is a born and raised Alaskan. Has been teaching yoga since 2007 and coaching one-on-one and group fitness since 2009. She has lived and taught in Russia, South Africa, Seychelles and Alaska. She is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and a NASM certified personal trainer with specializations in nutrition and corrective exercise. She also enjoys wilderness, mountain biking, purpose, travel and being active in her family’s wilderness adventure company, Within the Wild.
Healing, injury prevention, reduced chronic pain severity, more energy, quality of life, and healthy active aging are all achievable through movement, mindfulness and maintenance
Creacy Boggess began dancing at a young age in praise dance and drill teams in Texas. After years of training in hip hop and jazz, she learned she connected with hip hop dance the most, especially while attending West High’s dance program under Lori Bradford. Creacy minored in dance at UAA while dancing and competing with Underground Dance Company’s team Hardcore. Creacy continues to dance and teach in Anchorage, Alaska.
Sophia lives to energize your workout. She believes that the hustle should never stop you from having fun. Life is too short for boring workouts! Be it yoga hikes or HIIT Intervals, Buti Yoga or Barre Strong, Sophia seeks to use her 11+ years of experience to fuse creative movement and dynamic music for the ultimate experience. Braiding body awareness and intentionality into the workout only makes it that much more sustainable for each participant. Sophia’s heart is that through fitness each one of us can find our space, own it and, ultimately, share that energy with others.
Aurora began her training in ballet and tap under the tutelage of former dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and Broadway. She is trained in Bouronville and Cecchetti and continues her studies in the Vaganova method. Aurora performed with the Galle and Collins company in the Festival of Nations in Albany and in annual Scandinavian festivals throughout the northeast. She has performed with Pulse Dance Company and continues to share her passion with dancers of all ages throughout Anchorage.
Brittany Petry studied ballet, modern and jazz for 15 years at ADT and was a performing company member for six years. She has worked with many esteemed instructors and choreographers including Alice Bassler-Sullivan, Noell Partusch, Lori Bradford, and Jimmy Hao. She attended workshops and intensives, including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival; performed in numerous productions, and danced in several collaborations with the Anchorage Symphony. She now performs with Pulse Dance Company.
With over 5 years of experience as a Pole Dance instructor, performer, and sensual movement connoisseur, Breanna specializes in heel technique, exotic choreography and floorwork. She has experience in belly dance, hip-hop, latin, and contemporary movement. In 2012 she stumbled across a video of a pole dance performance online, and it was love at first sight. She began taking lessons and became XPert certified in 2015. Her ultimate goal is to create an inclusive, collaborative, and empowering environment where students can explore sensual self-expression, while simultaneously gaining a better understanding of their own coordination and strength. She is currently working towards her CPT Certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to further her knowledge of movement and health.
Elizabeth Washam studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, breakdance and clogging at Sonja’s Studio of Dance for 11 years. She has danced in competitions, performed on a carnival cruise, and attended the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She performed in the University Dance Company, traveled to Chicago for a performance showcase, and now performs for Pulse Dance Company.
David Westlake is an Anchorage based yoga and meditation guide. His style combines body awareness with a heavy dose of relaxed mindfulness, creating a complete practice for those in his classes. He is eager to be joining the Annex team and offer this class to its community.
Stephanie Wonchala is an Anchorage choreographer, dancer and dance educator. Wonchala serves as the Executive Director of Pulse Dance Company and is the owner/operator of Studio Pulse Center for Dance and its Annex, selected as a "Best of Alaska" studio in 2017 & 2018. She is a 2017 Connie Boochever Fellow, a 2016 Alaska Journal of Commerce "Top Forty under 40" awardee and a 2015 Rasmuson Fellow.
Wonchala served as Artistic Director of the 2014 Arctic Winter Games and on faculty with UAA's department of Theatre & Dance. She has produced and directed numerous community dance events, including nine evening-length concerts for Pulse Dance Company, choreographed for the Anchorage Concert Association and Cyrano's Theatre, and been commissioned by the Anchorage Symphony, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Anchorage Museum Polar Lab Initiative, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her work has earned highest rankings in the NUVO dance convention.
Wonchala is a UAA dance ensemble alumna and has trained in acclaimed studios in New York, Vancouver, Long Beach, and Berlin, as well as attended multiple American College Dance Festivals across the U.S. She has interned, instructed, performed and choreographed for dance intensives in Homer, Seward, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She has studied under Jake Casey, Bobbi Jene Smith, Chaim Gebber, Manuel Vignoulle, Mia Michaels, Graciela Kozak, former XSIGHT! director Brian Jeffery, Billy Siegenfeld of the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Katherine Kramer of Rhythm Explosion, Peter Carpenter, Annie Arnoult-Bessera of Striding Lion, Alice Bassler Sullivan, Krenly Guzman, Lillian Manansala, and Ines Moroni.
She has held the titles of Miss Anchorage 2005, Miss Chugiak/Eagle River 2006, Miss Alaska 2006, and competed in the Miss America 2007 pageant on Country Music Television. Wonchala was featured in the Anchorage Press as one of Anchorage's most accomplished personalities in 2012. In addition to 15 years as a dance educator, she is certified in Yoga Sculpt, Buti Yoga, Barre Pilates and Zumba.
Wonchala is incredibly grateful to live a life in dance - especially in Alaska. She continues to be inspired by the beautiful hearts, minds, and moving bodies that make up the Anchorage dance community, and feels deeply privileged to work within that community every day.