Dancing for Joy | Extraordinary Teacher

Kiyon Gaines teaches students in both the Men’s Professional Division and the Open Adult Classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet

When Kiyon Gaines walks into the studio and lights up the room with his mega-watt presence, saying Good morning, Everybody, dancers feel his energy drawing them in. Soon dancers of all levels and abilities, from seasoned and aspiring professionals to weekend hobbyists, are following his moves, taking his direction, and doing everything they can to be the best they can be.  Kiyon Gaines’ choreography is powerful and athletically challenging; sometimes quixotic, dreamy and complicated, always the essence of pure joy. His exuberance is contagious and the pulsating energy in the studio drives dancers to experience something greater within themselves that would not have been possible unless they had walked into the studio and taken his class. Kiyon Gaines is often described by those who have seen him in action—dancing teaching or working as a choreographer—as exuberant, but his exuberance is much more than magnetic energy or a personality trait. Kiyon has found it exhilarating to teach students as well as adults and believes Everyone who wants to learn to dance, should learn.  He is the catalyst that inspires dancers to come into their own unique expression of joy.  Where does his magic come from?

We’ve asked some of his Open Ballet students to comment:

“Kiyon finds a way to inspire dancers of all ages and all levels in one class because of his strong dedication to the arts and incredible passion for dance. He truly brings out the inner artistry of each dancer, which allows me to leave class feeling inspired and accomplished.” –Tanya Bendis

“Incredibly passionate and inspiring teacher. His creatvitiy is captivating not to mention his enthusiasm for the art of ballet is contagious. –Desiree Valdovinos

“Kiyon’s class is a workout for the mind as well as the body. He gives challenging and technical combinations while never losing sight that it’s really about the joy of dancing.” –Andy Demetra

“Kiyon teaches with great enthusiasm. His classes are so much fun!” -Carolyn McFarland


“I love Kiyon’s classes because they push my body and mind to the limit while still enjoying myself and getting to really move! His energy is motivating and contagious! - Jessica Chlebowski

“Kiyon is a fundamental and elementary protyle form of matter like a Qi unit of measure or a pulsar unit.” – Eliot Crimson


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