Thank you for your interest in All About Dance. Our studio was founded on the principle that each person has tremendous worth and talent. We are dedicated to seeing that each and every one of our students finds and develops their personal self-worth and talent. Our goal is to offer them the best and most professional dance training that can be found in Northern Nevada. All About Dance offers you the most professionally staffed facility in the area and has been locally owned and operated since 1994. Emphasis is first placed on safety, which is why we offer a raised spring floor with a vinyl surface designed especially for dance. Only our highest qualified instructors teach advanced dance movements and higher-level technique.

Meet our staff

Our Fearless Leader

Sarah Palamar

Sarah

Owner / Creative Director

Sarah Christine Palamar, from Tehachapi, California has an extensive experience in dance. Her training involves many styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Gymnastics, and Ballroom. She has also trained in competitive, sideline, and professional Cheerleading. Growing up as a competitive dancer since the age of 7 she holds a number of regional and national titles and trained with well-known dancers, choreographers, and directors such as Michael Pena, Dak Eubanks, Kelly Wade, and Brandy Stiles. At the age of 12 she received the World Champion Title of Junior Miss Starpower at National Talent competition in Orlando, Florida. She traveled with Starpowers Power Pak Tour (2000-2002) having the opportunity to dance on stage with MC Hammer and his dancers. Sarah was chosen to perform her award winning solo at the Disney World stage (2001) with the tour and won the “Most Technical Dancer” of the group. Sarah traveled to Spain, New York City, and Maine with the Dance USA team to represent the USA for the Dance World Cup (2008). Sarah has been teaching dance since the year 2006 beginning in Southern California before she decided to make a change in 2008 to teach in Lake Tahoe and All About Dance. Being a choreographer and teacher in Lake Tahoe for a competition team she won Choreography Awards, Standing Ovation Award, and Judges Awards for her strong Lyrical style dances.  Sarah continues that success with All About Dance as the team has won regional and national awards.  Sarah is the Owner, Creative Director, Teacher, and Choreographer of All About Dance since the summer of 2014.

Teachers

Antoine Lashua

Acro / Cheer / Sports Conditioning / AcroFit Coach

Antoine is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is a former Cirque performer. He performed for SeaWorld in Cirque de la mer as an acrobat. Antoine performed in Las Vegas, NV in THREE Cirque du Soleil shows: La Nouba, Mystere, and Alegria. In La Nouba he was an acrobat, flyer, character, tumbler, and trampolinist. In Mystere he was an acrobat, flyer, character, tumbler, stilts, bungee, and trampolinist. For Alegria he was an acrobat, flyer, character, and tumbler. He worked with Aerial Experience Productions as an acrobat and character. Antoine has been coaching power tumbling and gymnastics for 19 years.

Christine Jeanblanc hails from Belfort, France, where she started her classical ballet training at age 9 for 12 years, after which she earned a B.A. in Ballet and Jazz dance from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After majoring in foreign languages in France, Germany and Boston, U.S.A., Christine resumed her dancing career around the world starting on cruiseships with Jean Ann Ryan Productions and Crystal Cruises. She pursued her career in Nevada, Thailand, Japan, with renown Las Vegas based  choreographers  Michael Darrin, Jaymie Marshall (Lido de Paris), Mistinguett (Greg Thompson Productions in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Japan, Thailand), Stabile Productions, Gail Siegler, Nanette Berberra. She is honored to be given the opportunity to teach at All About Dance to share her knowledge and passion for dance.

Ballet / Pointe

Christine Jeanblanc

Joe Guzman

Hip Hop / Cheer

Bio Coming Soon!

Alana began dancing at an early age in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has trained in many styles including ballet, pointe, pas de deux, jazz, tap, musical theater, and contemporary and was a company member at Fredericksburg Ballet Centre. She danced featured roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and The Sleeping Beauty ballets. She began singing and acting at age 8 and was cast in musicals with the theater department at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg Children’s Musical Theater, and Fredericksburg Theater Company. She was accepted to James Madison University as a vocal music major where she had featured roles in the music theater department productions and toured with the show choir. Her professional career began as a singer and dancer for Paramount Kings Productions theme parks and has performed for Cunard, Crown, and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. She has toured in Japan and performed for our military troops stationed in Europe and the Middle East in USO shows. She worked in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Reno as a dancer, singer, actress, and dance captain in large scale production shows and musicals including SUGAR BABIES starring Mickey Rooney and Juliet Prowse and THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! LIVE! produced by Debbie Reynolds. She had the great pleasure of performing in the Broadway national tour of SHOW BOAT starring Tom Bosley. Alana feels extremely blessed to have worked with so many talented performers, musicians, stage crews, producers, directors and choreographers including Emmy award winner, Michael Darrin and Tony award winner, Susan Stroman. Alana relocated to Gardnerville, NV with her husband, John, in 2001 where they are raising their daughter, Harley, who dances on the AAD competition team. Alana works for the Douglas County School District as a substitute teacher and is thrilled to be with the All About Dance teaching staff.

 

Ballet / Jazz

Alana Belanger

Alisa Merino

Adult Hip Hop / Adult Musical Theatre

Born in Southern California and raised in our own Minden, Nevada. Alisa has been dancing and acting for over 13 years. All About Dance being her beloved studio seven of those 13. Preforming in multiple recitals, plays and musicals, she found the stage to be her primary outlet. She could leave everything out on the floor. Soon after graduation, Alisa began teaching at All About Dance. It has been a beautiful blessing in her life. The studio is a second home, a place of foundation and peace. While Alisa teaches, she is also attending Western Nevada College to pursue a degree in Social Work. She hopes to open up her own practice as a Crisis Intervention Counselor for teens 13-15.

Briana has loved expressing herself through dance for the past 20 years, and she was on a competitive dance teams for 11 of those years. Tap has been her first love ever since her first solo on stage at the age of 5. Briana has recently held the titles of Miss Carson City, Miss Lake Tahoe, and Miss Douglas County in the Miss America Organization. She was 1st runner up to Miss Nevada 2016 and 3rd runner up in 2017, with tap dancing as her talent. Briana graduated in May 2018 from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and currently works for a non-profit organization in Woodfords, CA.

Tap / Mini Dancer

Briana Vallejo

Hannah Denhoff

Junior Lyrical

Hannah Josephine Denhoff, an alumni here at All About Dance and also danced in Lake Tahoe. She has been dancing since she was 10 and with the help of our amazing owner she found her passion. AAD is not just a place, but her second home. In 2017 Hannah received first overall for her solo at AAD Team’s National dance competition in Seaside, Oregon. Hannah’s favorite types of dance are contemporary/lyrical, jazz, and musical theater. She has traveled to 10 different countries and hopes to explore many more places someday. Hannah is a Douglas High School graduate and is currently attending WNC. She is beyond thankful to be able to teach at an amazing studio, hoping she can inspire other dancers in the same ways our amazing owner, Sarah, inspired her.

As a child, Kristen loved to dance especially ballet, tap, and jazz, and even performed in The Nutcracker. She was often found outside or in the basement making up her own dance routines to the music on the radio. In high school her family relocated from New Jersey to Dayton, NV. She went to college at Biola University in Southern California and loved working at Disneyland. After getting her degree in Elementary Education she moved back to the Carson valley and became a teacher. She spent a few years in South Carolina while her husband was in the US Air Force and then returned to the valley and they began their family. Kristen currently loves being a stay at home homeschool Mom to her three amazing children. Last year, she experienced being a Dance Mom with her Tiny Dancer and knew instantly that All About Dance was to be a part of their family.

Tiny Dancer

Kristen Schnorbus

Sean Palamar

Production Manager

From a young age Sean was in numerous musicals at school and church.  Sean has 20+ years experience working in production as a sound engineer, lighting tech, and audio/visual.  He is also a musician playing drums, guitar, bass, and keys.  Sean has worked as a sound board operator for the Reno Aces and managed production for Impact Women.  He continues to use his talents in production and music at his local church.  Sean leads our team of Prop Dads and coordinates all things with lights, sound, and staging for all our shows. 

Shannon has been involved in performing arts from a very young age. As a child she performed in various musicals and plays and began dancing in 6th grade.  She enjoys all styles of dance but especially enjoys tap and jazz. Shannon started dancing at All About Dance in 2018 and joined the team as the Front Desk manager in 2020. Shannon brings several years of clerical and administration experience. When she’s not at the studio, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and three little boys.

Front Desk Manager

Shannon Gillham