Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy

Office Staff

Mellanie Heniff
Polly Webber

Allie Fletcher
Carrie Berg
Cathy Cano
Jenie Evans
Leah Shapiro
Lori Dones
Susan Price
Tanya Goodwin

Office Staff

Mellanie Heniff, Co-owner
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Mellanie started Westside Dance Academy in 1984 at its current location, formerly named Portland Gymnastics Center and Carla Webber Studio of Dance.  She took over the Gymnastics Business in 1996 and changed the name to Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy.  

Mellanie trained in Dance & Gymnastics starting at the age of 7, at Portland Gymnastics Center and Carla Webber Studio of Dance.  She competed in both Gymnastics and Dance for many years, and started teaching at the age of 14.  Mellanie had a passion for teaching and new early on that she wanted to devote her time to teaching children dance & gymnastics.  Over the years she has had many students continue on to professional dance and performing.  Some of those students have returned and currently teach classes at Westside or have their own children enrolled in the program.

Mellanie now spends her time managing the academy and occasionally still teaches classes.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, genealogy, Zumba, golf, skiing, hiking, working out, and spending time with her family.  Mellanie has a daughter, Madison, who has competed on Westside’s artistic gymnastics team and rhythmic team.  Madison also loves to dance and is currently a member of Westside’s Performing Company, Ballet Company and Hipnotic Jr. Crew.

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Polly Webber,
Co-Owner
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Polly has been working at Westside since 1987. She has taught a bit of everything including tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and ballet.

She grew up dancing at the Academy and started student teaching in high school.

Polly has trained locally and through out the United States, both West coast and East coast.

She currently manages the dance department and enjoys watching her staff's successes and seeing Westside's students shine.

She graduated from Portland State with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Polly has two daughters Audrey Ann and Eliza Jean who are both following in their mothers foot steps as Westside Academy students!

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Allie Fletcher
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Alexandra Fletcher, otherwise known as Allie, is 22 years old and grew up around the Portland area.  She graduated from Clackamas High School, completed a year at Clark College, and then transferred to Portland Bible College, where she is continuing her education.

She loves learning new things and studying history.  She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, gardening, fishing, and helping her older brother with his chickens and his four acres of land he has out in Sandy, OR.

Her number one favorite thing: her family.  Her second favorite thing: children.  Children are so precious, funny, and so full of life.  They are the future.  Allie is so thankful to get to be apart of their lives, encouraging and shaping them to have good morals and values and manors.  She has grown up working with children and took classes in high school on child development. 

Allie is currently working here at Westside Academy in the front office and in the after school care program, as well as all day activity camps.  She also works at Heritage Church in Vancouver, WA as the two-year-old teacher.

  Allie has been apart of Westside since her preschool years, being involved in dance, gymnastics, and the preschool and after school care.  She also has great memories from all the birthday parties she’s had here. It’s a great environment to learn and grow, and to meet new friends and faces.

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Carrie Berg
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Carrie Berg has worked at Westside since 2003.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Portland State University.

She is also a Level 10 Gymnastics judge.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and beautiful baby boy. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with family and watching a good movie.

Carrie is the Registrations Director and her favorite part of her job is interacting with all of the customers!

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Cathy Cano
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Cathy has been an integral part of the Westside team since 1992. Working in numerous departments has given her in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the academy, thus making her a valued asset in the office where she currently spends most of her time.

Cathy is wonderful with all the students, taking the time to get to know and appreciate the uniqueness of as many of them as she can. She's enjoyed watching many of them grow up here and her detailed attention to customers makes many feel so welcome.

Cathy always strives to be supportive of all the staff here at the academy. The personal attention she provides to her fellow workers makes her a favorite here.

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Jenie Evans
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Jenie is a gymnast/coach who started off here in a parent/child class when she was only two years old. She grew up here and is bonded to Westside. Jenie was a level nine for four years.

She then decided to continue her career by working here as her first job. She loved it so much; she's been here ever since!

Jenie also participated in gymnastics in college at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in Architecture.

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Leah Shapiro Leah Shapiro

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Leah began working at Westside in 2007. She started in the after school care department, and became the Director for After School Care in May 2008. Leah now keeps busy at Westside working in the office.

Leah has two daughters, Abigail and Charlotte, who are both members of Westside's Performing Company and Ballet Company.

Leah has been involved with a variety of careers, from performing with symphony orchestras to working as a multimedia technician at Intel.

She loves watching her girls dance, going to the movies, and spending time with family and friends.

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Lori Dones
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Lori has been employed at the Academy since 1993.

She was born and raised in Portland and is a true Oregonian!

She has two children, Autumn and Alex, both of whom grew up at Westside as members of the Performing company. Lori is proud of her adult "kids", as they are pursuing their dreams of being professional dancers and choreographers and reside in New York. Lori enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

She likes to read, knit, watch movies and walk (is proud to have reached her first goal: completed a half-marathon) and is very involved in her church.

Even though she misses her kids on the East Coast, she focuses on her work at the academy; and enjoys seeing the students in their dance and gymnastic classes.

She also works part-time with the Jefferson Dancers, where her Son was a member for four years and still keeps involved. It makes her happy to be around the dancers of all ages.

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Susan Price
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Susan Price was raised in Eastmoreland, and started dancing at age 3 at the Emory Clay Studio in downtown Portland.

She attended Cleveland High School and graduated from Arizona State University Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration.

Susan was Westside's Recreational Dance Director and a dance teacher. Currently, she is part of our office staff. She loves babies, cats, traveling and DANCE!

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Tanya Goodwin
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Tanya has been working in the main office here since 2007. She likes helping people and enjoys both the customers and staff at Westside.

In addition to her time here, she also works for an upper extremity prosthetic company, also in the Tigard area.

Tanya has two amazing children, Josh, age 18 and Mackenzie, age seven. Josh has worked both "Parent's Nite Out" and Westside's birthday parties.

Mackenzie is active in both our ballet and acrobatics programs.

She has been with her wonderful Husband Jimmy for fifteen years and they have enjoyed their relocation here from the California area for the past three years.

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Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy
11632 SW Pacific Highway, Tigard, OR 97223 (503)639-5388
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Updated April 17, 2013