Meet our staff
Owner / Director
Sarah Christine Palamar, from Tehachapi, California has an extensive 28 years of 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 at Forever Dance Lake Tahoe and All About Dance. Being a choreographer and teacher at Forever Dance for the competition team she won Choreography Awards, Standing Ovation Award, and Judges Awards for her strong Lyrical style dances. Sarah is Co-Owner, Director, Teacher, and Choreographer of All About Dance since the summer of 2014.
Owner / Desk Manager / Tiny Dancer Teacher
Paula Baker began dancing at the age of three and continuing through college where she competed in Gymnastics. She took a break to raise her daughter Ginna, who followed her Mom’s passion for dance. Paula and her daughter danced together for several years. Paula took some time off (twenty years) to pursue her career in the auto racing industry, managing National events, running a Professional racing team, as well as dancing with her car behind the wheel, earning five National Championships. When a family move brought her to Carson City she dusted off her shoes and joined us at All About Dance, first as a student, then as Co-Owner and teacher as well as maintaining our front desk.
Production Manager / Strength & Conditioning Coach
As a child 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 was a physical training and use of force instructor at the Western Nevada Peace Officer Academy from 2008 to 2013. His focus was on creating safe, focused, and strong police officers for their communities. Sean is still in law enforcement and has been serving our community since 2007. Sean joined the All About Dance family in 2017 when he married Sarah. Sean is our production manager for our Christmas and End of Year shows and is now the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Dance Team.
Ballet / Pointe
Willow began ballet lessons at 2-1/2 years old at a Royal Academy of Dance school ion Half Moon Bay, CA at the Susan Hayward School of Dance. She danced and taught lessons there through age 18. Willow went on to dance at San Francisco State University, performing in showcases and as a member of the dance company. She also performed at Skyline College, Canada College, and several other colleges around the Bay Area. Knier later returned to The Susan Hayward School of Dance as a ballet instructor for several years in addition to assisting to choreograph musicals at Half Moon Bay High School.
Mini Dancer Teacher / Ballet / Jazz / Song & Dance / Mini Team Coach
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.
Adult Hip-Hop / Adult Lyrical
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.
Mini Dancer Teacher / Tap
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.
Kimberlee Courtney has been training for 10 years in dance, starting off her education in Musical Theatre. She received a Musical Theater Scholarship from All About Dance at the age of 12. From there she assisted in K-1 Combo and Musical Theater. Kimberlee was apart of the All About Dance Competition Team from 2014 to 2019. Kimberlee placed 4th overall at the Spotlight Dance Cup’s Regional, receiving category winner, and judges choice award. She also took home 10th overall and another judges award at Bravo Dance Competition. In 2017, Kimberlee received a $500 scholarship and placed 3rd in CVCT’s Stars of Tomorrow with her self-choregraphed solo “Til it Happened to You”. Kimberlee is an All About Dance alumni and is excited to continue with the studio as a Hip-Hop teacher.
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.