Washington Dance Studio’s Dedicated and Experienced Staff

The WDS Staff considers teaching the youth of our community an honor. We value the opportunity to motivate, captivate, and inspire as we challenge and encourage our students. We all continue to further our own dance education through regional and national dance conventions and master classes. Our staff also enjoys learning from and inspiring one another!

Sharron Washington

Sharron Washington

  • Owner/ Instructor of Washington Dance Studio since 1970
  • Instructs Pre-Dance, Ballet, and Jazz
  • Director / Instructor of Summer Dance Camps
  • Choreographer for MHS musicals(1964–1978), Civic Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Arts In the Park, MCC Celebration Singers, Clay Center Tiger Chorale, Chapman Class Night, Pop’s Choir, Sugar & Spice Singers, 40 years with K-State Singers
  • Show Choir Clinician for Kansas State, Emporia State, KMEA conferences
  • 1997 recipient of the KSU Roni Mahler Award for teaching excellence in the community
  • Mom to Jennie and wife to Bill
Jennie Stout

Jennifer "Jennie" Stout (Washington)

  • Owner / Director / Instructor of Washington Dance Studio
  • 1997 graduate of Kansas State University in Dance and Business
  • Instructs Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Ballroom
  • Director / Instructor of WDS Senior Company
  • 20+ years of teaching experience at all levels (beginning to advanced) and with all ages (preschool to adult) in studio, public school, university and master class settings
  • Performance experience with Kansas State University Dance Department Winter and Spring Dance Concerts (student choreographer, soloist and group participant) and K-State Singers
  • Wide range of choreography experience from competitive-level Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Lyrical pieces, to K-State Singers, high school show choirs, a variety of musicals, as well as community events
  • 2008 recipient of the KSU Roni Mahler Award for teaching excellence in the community
  • Kansas State University Ballet Instructor, Spring 2012
  • Kansas State University Spring Dance 2012, Contemporary Piece, "Hope," Choreographer
  • Mom to Ellie and Sophie and wife to Ben
Alison Gerth

Alison Gerth

  • Director / Instructor of the WDS Junior Company
  • 2006 graduate of Kansas State University in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Education and Youth Ministry
  • Instructs Creative Movement, Pre-Dance, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical
  • Designed and Directed Creative Movement Class and Summer Camp Curriculum
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
  • Former WDS student and Senior Company member (and captain)
  • Mom to Addison, Abbigail and Alexander and wife to Andrew
Jenna Gourlay

Jenna Gourlay

  • Director / Instructor of WDS Core Company
  • 2013 Graduate of Kansas State University in in Business Administration Management
  • Instructs Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
  • Senior and Junior Company Production Piece Choreographer
  • Former WDS student and co-captain of the WDS Senior Company
  • Studied Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern
  • Wife to Matthew
Laura Cash

Laura Cash

  • Kansas State University graduate in Elementary Education
  • Kindergarten Teacher at Northview Elementary
  • Instructs Ballet, Tap and Jazz
  • Former WDS student and co-captain of the WDS Senior Company
  • Studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap and Jazz
  • Wife to Blaine
Kelly Law

Kelly Law

  • 2001 graduate of Kansas State University in Business Administration - Marketing and International Business 
  • Instructs Tap and Jazz
  • 20+ years of teaching experience in Tap and Jazz
  • Regional director for business development for Collegiate Insurance Resources
  • K-State Classy Cat from 1996-1998
  • Instructed and choreographed for American Dance and Drill Team from 1996–2004
  • Mom of Kherington and wife to Justin
Meredith Olds

Meredith Dodd

  • Kansas State University graduate in Dance
  • Former WDS student and member of Junior and Senior Companies
  • Performed in KSU's 2010-12 Winter Dance and 2011-14 Spring Dance
  • 2011 and 2012 performed and took master classes at the Kansas American College Dance Festival
  • Dancer in KSU's The Music Man
  • Studying Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop
  • Instructs and assists Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop
  • West Coast Dance Scholarship Finalist
  • Awarded KSU Dance Scholarships
  • WDS Core Company Assistant
  • Wife to Caleb

Ellen Roberson

Ellen Roberson

  • Kansas State University graduate with B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Dance
  • Studied at Alvin Ailey in New York City, summer of 2012
  • Performer in Winter and Spring Dance at K-State
  • Choreographer and performer for Wildcat Request Live competition at K-State, 2010-2013
  • Former student of Washington Dance Studio and member of WDS Senior and Junior Company
  • Studied Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance
  • WDS Junior Company Assistant
  • Instructor and Assistant of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop

Courtney Smith

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Courtney Smith

  • Kansas State University graduate with B.S. degree in Art Education
  • Teaches art at Marlatt Elementary
  • 20+ years of dancing experience in Kansas City
  • 10+ years of teaching dance in Kansas City
  • 4+ years of cheerleading experience
  • Instructs Pre-Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop and Tap
  • Creative Assistant for WDS