Classic Tap Dance Studio Teachers
Liz Goff, Owner | Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap
Liz Goff has been dancing and singing since the age of 4. She studied ballet, jazz and hip hop from various studios in Salem and Portland as a young girl, while all along learning tap from her uncle Dan Wold and mother Jane Raddatz. Growing up in a musical environment created a love for the arts in Liz that has been a constant throughout her life. Performing in musicals such as “Godspell” and “Little Shop of Horrors” in high school only added to Liz's love of music and dance. When Classic Tap opened in 1999, along with taking lessons herself, she began teaching jazz to a one-student class and never looked back!
Over the years Liz has visited several other studios in the U.S. and taken many Master Classes from phenomenal teachers including Triche Sylvester, Germaine Salsberg, Anthony LoCascio, Nancy Traina and Brenda Buffalino. She has been lucky enough to learn a variety of styles throughout the years and truly pulls technique from every class she's ever taken or observed. Liz's passion for dance is apparent and she loves to share that passion with each and every student she has come across in the last 16 years....children and adults alike!
In October of 2014, the family business was passed down to Liz, and she became the new owner of Classic Tap Dance Studio. Liz hopes to continue and expand upon the legacy left by her mother and uncle. She believes that having a knowledgeable and talented staff of instructors is important, but not the main ingredient in running a successful dance studio. The key is for those instructors to not only be great dancers and have vast technical knowledge, but to also possess an abundance of love and passion for teaching others! Liz and all the teachers at Classic Tap truly care for their students, and consider every member to be part of the Classic Tap Family!
When she's not at the studio heckling the students, parents and staff, Liz enjoys spending her time with her wonderful Husband, two fantastic sons and a spectacular group of amazing friends and family!
Jane Raddatz | Tap
Jane Raddatz began dancing and performing before she was four years old with her first teacher, Lew Harder, having learned her first steps from watching her older brother, Danny Wold, take class. Starting at age five, Jane became a student of Lew Ballatore in Tacoma, Washington, where she studied tap, tumbling, ballet, and ballroom. Mr. Ballatore was a noted gymnast, tumbler, tap and ballroom dancer, and choreographer, connected with dance and entertainment greats such as Louis DePron, Fred Astaire, Dick van Dyke, Bob Hope, and more. After dancing and performing with her brother Danny all around the Tacoma area through high school, Jane went on to assist Mr. Ballatore teach ballroom for several years.
Jane and her family moved to the Willamette Valley in the late 1980s, where she began teaching after-school tap classes and private lessons. In 1999, Jane and her brother Danny opened Classic Tap Dance Studio. The studio has remained a true family business for the past 17 years, having been passed down to Jane's daughter, Liz Goff, in 2014.
In addition to her dance experience with Mr. Ballatore, over the years Jane has had the opportunity to take class with Debbie Allen, Jason Samuels Smith, Arthur Duncan, Chloe Arnold, Robert Reed, Brenda Buffalino, original Tap Dog Anthony Locasio, Diane Walker, and others.
One of Jane's biggest thrills is seeing someone start dancing at a young age and watching them progress and grow as dancers, having the privilege to pass forward her own passion of dance. She credits Lew Ballatore as her greatest influence and owes everything to him - she would not be the dancer and teacher she is today, nor would Classic Tap exist without Mr. Ballatore.
Renee Meier | Hip Hop
Renee Meier has been a hip -hop instructor at Classic Tap for nearly sixteen years. Her love of dance and passion for teaching has been passed down from generations. Beginning dance at age 3 in tap, ballet and Jazz, she soon found she needed more creativity in her life, finding hip-hop was like coming home. She has had the opportunity to study under some very influential choreographers such as Dave Scott and Shane Sparks. Renee accredits her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology to helping her forge techniques for teaching dance to a plethora of personalities and abilities throughout the years. Her skill as a choreographer and instruction has led her to instruct master classes and personal instruction. Renee was also a dance instructor at Chemeketa Community College. Her passion for teaching dance lead to a career as a school teacher as well.
When Renee is not teaching dance or math to second graders she is spending time with her three kids and husband on their farm in Jewell, OR. She is president of the PTO and continues to further her education in both dance and academic instruction. The philosophy she has taught throughout her career and a saying she lives by is, “Dance As IF No One Is Watching”.
Kala Shafer | Ballet, Tap
Kala Shafer has studied a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, salsa, hula, Irish, and ballroom. After dancing with Classic Tap through high school, she went on to graduate from Western Oregon University in 2011 with a B.A. in Humanities and a Dance minor. During her time at Western she studied under Dance Professors Deborah Jones, Amy Rance McDonnell, Sharon Oberst, and Darryl Thomas. The summer of 2013 she joined the teaching staff at Classic Tap where she currently teaches Ballet and Tap.
Kala believes dance is a whole body art form. She strives to provide a solid foundation of technical understanding, while challenging her students to connect mentally and emotionally to their physical movement.
Sharon Lane | Contemporary, Modern
Sharon began dancing at the age of ten. After studying tap, jazz, and ballet at Classic Tap through high school, Sharon began focusing on ballet. At the age of 21 she became a Trainee at Portland Festival Ballet. She trained at PFB under Artistic Director, John Magnus, for four years, studying ballet, modern, contemporary, improvisation, and acting. During that time she had the opportunity to work with many well known teachers and choreographers including Jeffrey Stocker, Lavinia Magliocco, Les Watanabe, Elaine Bauer, Melissa St. Claire, and Mary Hunt. Sharon is now a dancer and choreographer with The Agnieszka Laska Dancers, out of Portland Oregon. She began teaching contemporary at Classic Tap in the summer of 2014.
Allyson Faber | Substitute
Ally is a Classic Tap company alum who now teaches ballet, jazz and tap, celebrating three years of instructing, feeling now she has found her forever home. She first studied Cecchetti and examined through its respective levels in Louisiana, performing in Nutcrackers and falling in love as a child with lyrical jazz and Broadway-style pizzazz! As an Oregon transplant in high school, she found herself at Classic Tap performing tap like she had never studied it before, falling in love with RAB and Fosse along the way. She has been seen in the community choreographing productions of Alice's Adventures Underground at Chemeketa (2011), Theatre Outreach's “The Music Man” (2012), Salem Academy's “The Wizard of Oz” and Salem Academy's junior high production of “Annie” (2014-15). To this day she assists with choreography and coordination of large, special events (such as Sock-Hops and Homecoming dances) at Salem Academy. Working under Lori Hammer here in the community at S.K.I.T. Theatre, Ally has taught musical theatre and dance from 2010-2015 to children of all ages in special workshops, mainstage productions and summer camps. Along with her mother, Missy Bennett, Ally has been blessed to co-direct drama camps, teach elective dance classes to the junior high and high-schoolers and to help choreograph arts competitions for them to perform with at Crosshill Christian School. Ally's first love is dance, however, and she loves witnessing the moment when beginning dancers master a step for the first time, passing on a passion and love for movement that transcends time!
Sarah Greco | Hip Hop, Ballet
Sarah has had 20 years of dance experience. She started dancing at the age of 5 years old, in Portland, Oregon at Stites Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Shanon Barker. Over the years, Sarah has had experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and gymnastics. Some of her teachers were Amy Bonaduce, Jason and Michelle Davis, DJ Rayley, Jennifer Dubac, Keith Goodman and Reene Adams. Sarah was also a member of the Kelly Kadet Baton Corp for 7 years. As a baton twirler, Sarah also learned some juggling skills. Later on, Sarah studied dance at Western Oregon University, taking ballet, modern, hip hop, Improvisation, African and West African drumming, from Darryl Thomas, Carl Massey, Sharon Oberst and Amy McDonnell.
Jim Bennett | Tap
Jim began tap dancing at Howard Street Charter School and joined Classic Tap when they opened, performing through high school. He accredits his enjoyment and success to both Dan Wold and Jane Raddatz, learning clean rhythm tap from their different styles. Jim believes tapping is truly expressing yourself and being present in the moment. He currently supports people who are intellectually and developmentally diverse, enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his amazing wife.
Lauren McCurdy | Tiny Ballet, Adult Ballet Barre
The arts have been a huge part of Lauren’s life since she was a young girl. Lauren has been dancing since the moment she could walk and joined Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance in San Mateo, CA at the age of three. She has performed and choreographed for an eclectic range of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre. As a dancer with Tap Explosion in San Jose, CA and New Ground Dance Company in San Mateo, CA, her career as a dancer was sprouting all while teaching children and adults throughout the Bay Area. Her love for dance and the arts grew into a passion for Musical Theatre. While obtaining a degree in Dance at San Jose State University, she was a part of San Jose State’s Musical Theatre Company, under the direction of Janie Scott, entitled Company One. She made her debut in professional theatre at Cabrillo Stage as Judy Turner in a Chorus Line in her last year of college. Upon graduation, she put her love of performing to the side to teach children and enjoy the arts in a whole new way. Lauren is so happy to have moved to Salem and share her love for the arts with Classic Tap Dance Studio!
Madeleine Raley | Substitute
Madeleine Raley (20), has grown up in Salem, OR, and has danced in the Willamette Valley for 16 years. Her teachers and instructors have included Annie Orwick at American Ballet Academy, Deborah Higginbotham at Willamette Ballet Academy, Elizabeth Guerin, Jason and Michelle Davis, Anne Mueller, and Nancy Davis at The Portland Ballet, and two summers with Jillana Zimmerman at The Jillana School. Over the past 18 years of classical ballet training, some of her notable performances include: The Nutcracker, Firebird, Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, Le Sylphides, Serenade, Who Cares?, Valse Fantasy, Anne Mueller's Day By Day, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Paquita, Swan Lake, and many other pieces. Currently she is pursuing ballet professionally through teaching and dancing locally, and hopes to get hired for the 2017-18 season.