Contact and Class Information
Get to Know Your Instructors
Our instructors are not only highly talented in their fields but are also able to teach a wide range of ages and skills. Choose your YMCA facility to meet a few of our specialists and their backgrounds:
Arts Class Room Locations by Discipline
Culinary Arts | Community Room
Dance | Youth Multipurpose Room, Spirit Mind Body, Multipurpose room 1&2, Adventure Zone, and racquetball court
Visual Arts | Community Room, Conference Room, and Birthday Party Room
Meet Our Instructors
Edna Cabalfin, Youth and Arts Program Director
Miss Edna began dancing at the age of 7 with the Filipino/American Association where she learned Tinikling, a traditional Philippine dance, the Tahitian, and Hula. Through her youth, she took ballet lessons at Irene’s School of Dance and has 5.5 years’ experience with various dance teams. Edna’s four years of dance coaching with the Bremerton High School dance team, twelve years teaching, and six years of choreography experience helped her establish the dance program at the Haselwood Y. She hopes to grow strong performing, visual, and culinary arts programs here at the Y for both youth and adults.
Katie Henderson, Dance Instructor
Miss Katie has been a Y dance instructor since early 2014. She has nine years of studio experience, five years dance team experience, and has interned with the Manette Business Association. Katie’s expertise has helped us debut and develop many of the introductory and progressive dance classes currently available at the Haselwood Y.
Ella Hazzard, Dance Instructor
Miss Ella shares her passion for dance in our Haselwood Y Progressive Dance Classes, Teen Late Nite programs, as well as the Y Summer Camps. She has been dancing at Irene’s School of Dance for 15 years and was a member of Dance Arts Theatre for 9 years. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and pointe.
Sidnie Flood, Dance Specialist
Sidnie began her dance training with Inwood Performing Arts in Inwood, West Virginia. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and Irish Step. At the age of 12, she joined the pre-professional Inwood Dance Company. After high school, Sidnie attended Point Park University where she received a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Jazz and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management. Sidnie has performed works by Eddie Ocampo, George Balanchine, Laurie Stallings, and more. She attended programs with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, The Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has also restaged numerous works on the Inwood Dance Company. Sidnie taught at Haselwood YMCA in 2015, the inaugural year of our progressive program, and she is excited to be back as a Dance Specialist.
Lily Blair, Dance Specialist
Miss Lily started dancing at age 8 in Poulsbo. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and musical theatre. She became an apprentice for Dance Ensemble Northwest when she was 14 years old and became a member when she was 15 years old. After high school graduation, she moved to Los Angeles where she continued to study dance. She studied ballet and hip hop at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She also worked with inner-city teenagers and children who taught her hip hop, salsa and break dancing. She toured as a backup dancer for a Latin pop singer in Lima, Peru. After spending one year in Los Angeles, Lily moved back to Kitsap County. Here, she combined her knowledge of hip hop and her love for teaching dance to begin teaching at several dance studios in Kitsap County until 2012.
Travis Vance, Visual Arts Specialist
Mr. Travis is a graduate of The Art Institute of CA: Inland Empire. Travis has worked on several movies in the film industry. He is an experienced animator and designer who loves to share the knowledge he has gained with the next generation. He loves to inspire his students to bring out their inner artist and strives to ignite passion in others through the passion in himself.
Kristin Woodland, Culinary Arts Instructor
Kristin Woodland experienced the joy of cooking as a small child while preparing family meals with her mother. She has always dreamed of working with kids. To accomplish this goal, she attended Olympic College in Bremerton and then transferred with her Associate of Arts to Brigham Young University-Idaho where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. Kristin helped create the Y Bakers program as a way to contribute more hands-on learning for children.
Rebekah Snedegar, Dance Instructor
Mrs. Rebekah has been dancing since the age of 3. She started with Ballet but has training in all styles including Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, and Tap. She found her true passion in Jazz. After graduating high school she moved to Utah and Idaho where she continued taking college classes in dance. Rebekah has experience teaching dance and cheer at the Boys and Girls Club, her church with underprivileged youth, and in studios. She has received a degree in Child Development. Rebekah has experience teaching children with diverse abilities including those who were blind, deaf, and who have Autism, as well as teaching adult jazz classes. Rebekah brings a great deal of love for children and excitement to the Y's dance program as she is passionate about children and helping them find their own freedom of expression through dancing.
Kainani Bonsell, Dance Instructor
Miss Kainani was born and raised on the island of Maui where she started dancing Hula at the age of 5 with her Kumu Hula (teacher). She found her love for dance, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern—but her true love was Hula. This traditional Hawaiian dance was created to perpetuate Hawaiian culture by telling stories through body movement. Kainani continued to study Hula, traveling through the Hawaiian Islands, Europe, and Japan. In 2002, she began dancing professionally for Old Lahaina Lu’au and worked her way up to Assistant Director. Kainani moved to Washington with her husband and three kids in 2009. Six years ago, she brought the art of Hula to the Haselwood YMCA and has been teaching keiki (children) and adult classes.
Jayden Johnson, Dance Instructor
Miss Jayden has danced for over 13 years with the Bremerton Dance Center. Jayden has received formal dance instruction in the genres of Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She has had the opportunity to be a part of various productions such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid. Jayden has a strong passion for dance and hopes to share that love for dance with each of her students.
Miss Emmalia has studied dance with Galletta Dance and In Motion Performing Arts. She also has experience dancing with the Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre. Emmalia has had the opportunity to have her choreography displayed in KCMT’s performances of Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan, and in their 2018 Performing Arts Summer Camps. We look forward to seeing the combination of her dance and theatre experience in our classrooms.
Miss Dara has more than 10 years of experience working with youth ages 6 weeks to 18 years old. 5 years of this experience has been teaching dance. As a dancer, she has performed in the West End of London and has participated in several competitions throughout Cambridge, UK. Dara’s specializes in Hip Hop Dance but continues to expand her dance education in other genres. Dara also has 3 years of stage design. Her design experience has been displayed in our Gig Harbor YMCA dance recitals. She is a graduate from the University of Washington and has a BA in psychology with a heavy emphasis on youth development. Dara found much joy dancing while growing up and hopes to provide this joy with her dance students.