Sara Sanders, Owner, Director and Teacher


Sara Sanders is a National Certified Teacher and Examiner through Dance Masters of America (DMA) and the owner of Higher Ground Dance Studio.   She started dancing at the age of 6 and quickly fell in love while dancing at a couple of local studios in town.  Sara has currently been teaching for 12 years.  During her dance career she participated in many events.  She won several awards and scholarships at competitions and conventions all across the United States and Canada.  She also learned how important it is to give back to the community.  She participated in several community events like retirement and nursing home shows, hair shows, parades, benefit shows supporting Hospice and AIDS, teaching underprivileged kids dance in Yakima, Washington, and an anniversary celebration of a church in Portland, Oregon.

She took a break from dancing, married Zac, moved to Colorado then back to the beautiful Northwest and started their family.  During her time off from dance she realized more and more how much she loved dance and wanted to start her own studio.  She wanted to create a place where children could come and learn the love of dance she was given in a warm and encouraging  environment.  Dance and children have a special place in her heart.  She is excited to share her heart for dance with all who come through her dance room!  

When she isn't teaching or running the studio, her and her family love to spend time together regardless what they are doing.  Their favorite place to go together is Disneyland.  She has had the privilege of dancing in 3 Disney parades with her children, a memory she will cherish forever!



Jeana Johnson

Jeana Johnson is a Dance Masters of America National Certified Teacher.  Jeana started dancing at the age of 7.  She has studied dance at a couple local studios as well.  She had the opportunity to dance in places like Disneyland, California Adventures, a Caribbean Cruise ship, Disney World and a Portland Trail Blazers half time show. Jeana achieved many awards in competitions and participated in performances to raise money for Hospice. She has been teaching for 11 years and loves to create dances that capture the audience and tell a story.  In her down time she loves to make coffee and create amazing chalk art!










Jill Gibson

Jill Gibson is a National Certified Teacher and Examiner with Dance Masters of America.  She started dancing at a local studio when she was 6 years old and instantly fell in love.  She has studied Jazz, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.  Jill has been teaching for over 10 years and is currently in her 4th year teaching at Higher Ground Dance Studio.  She has also spent time judging for various dance competitions including Dance Magic.  Jill teaches to share her love of dance and hopes to inspire her students through creative expression and movement.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family.  Jill also loves all things Disney.  Some of her favorite Disney Characters include Simba, Baymax, Stitch and Hei Hei!









Maddie Whiteside

Maddie Whiteside has been a student and is in her second year teaching at Higher Ground Dance Studio.  She just graduated High School and has been dancing for 15 years.  She loves dance and uses it as an emotional outlet and she loves to express herself through dance.  Maddie loves dance for many reasons, but she truly loves how you can always progress, she likes how it's challenging and how it teaches great work ethic.  Maddie loves kids and does a great job connecting with them all while teaching them the dance technique they need.  Maddie has a pet tortoise named Petunia and wants to become a teacher while traveling the world!