WELCOME TO VAN DE VEERE PRODUCTIONS DANCE, DRAMA AND VOCAL STUDIOS 503-560-2328
SIX TIME NATIONAL VOCAL CHAMPIONS Spotlight Dance Cup Competition Nationals Branson, MO and Seaside, OR
WELCOME TO VAN DE VEERE PRODUCTIONS
West Linn and McMinnville, Oregon
WE ARE THRILLED TO OFFER CLASSES IN BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, HIP HOP, LYRICAL, MUSICAL THEATER, CREATIVE MOVEMENT, BALLET/TAP COMBO, TUMBLING AND VOICE TECHNIQUE/BROADWAY SINGING.
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR DANCE, PRODUCTION AND VOCAL TEAMS AT OUR WEST LINN STUDIO AND MCMINNVILLE STUDIO. ALL TEAMS TRAVEL, PERFORM AND COMPETE AT DANCE COMPETITIONS AROUND THE NORTHWEST.
MY VOCAL PROGRAM IS TOP NOTCH AND WE ARE REGIONAL OVERALL WINNERS AND 6 TIME NATIONAL WINNERS!
We are thrilled to offer a variety of classes and levels from the recreation dancer/singer to the competition level dancer/singer. We offer something for everyone! At VDV, it's a lifestyle!
DANCE WITH US
DREAM TEAM 2016
The Tilt Team 2016
VDV STUDENTS SHINE ON STAGE
SHOW YOUR EMOTIONS
WE LOVE TO PERFORM
FULL SET PRODUCTIONS, ALL SINGING ALL DANCING
FULL SET PRODUCTIONS, ALL SINGING ALL DANCING
KAEDYN'S SOLO 2016
DANCERS AND SINGERS AT VAN DE VEERE PRODUCTIONS
LOVE TO COMPETE AND PERFORM
SING WITH US
SING AND DANCE
VAN DE VEERE
Our Competition Teams perform at two competitions in the Portland area each year. Our singers can attend at least three competitions and we love to perform at the Nationals! Auditions for our performance teams are in May or June. Dancers are invited to audition for our jazz teams, hip hop teams, singing teams or our produciton teams.
Miss Kathleen has been instructing dance for over 20 years! She grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin dancing at Marilyn School of Dance, under the direction of Suzanne Swanson Wagner. She was captain of their performing troop, D'Vision Street Dancers and traveled to many competitions, conventions and performance trips as a student, as well became an assistant and student teacher at age 14. With Miss Suzanne, she was lucky to attend several teacher training workshops in the Chicago area.
Always being active in music and theater, she moved to New York City in 1993 to attend the prestigious school, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating in Musical Theater, she next toured the country with American Family Theater in two shows, Beauty and The Beast and Dinosaur Mountain and appeared in two Off Off Broadway showcases in New York City. Kathleen moved to Utah to instruct dance at Dance Arts, Dance Concepts and New World Dance Theater. She choreographed several musicals as well as performed in several professional theater productions in Salt Lake City, including the Utah Premier of "Phantom" at the Grand Theater, and work at the Hale Center Theater.
Miss Kathleen next moved to Oregon in 1996 to continue her career in the arts. She began her Oregon teaching career at the Lake Oswego Academy of Dance as a core instructor. She took a break from teaching to perform as a headlining singer on the Mississippi Queen Steamboat out of New Oreleans. Upon her return, she founded Van De Veere Productions, a dance, drama and vocal program in 2000, offering classes in 8 locations around the Portland area. She believes in continuing education for herself by attending conventions and she was a national show director a national dance competition for several years. She is a professional singer, has released 2 solo CD's and took "Best Actress in a Musical" for her performance as Sally Bowls in "Cabaret" and 2012 for "Betty Blake" in the Will Rogers Follies. As a musical theater choreographer, she has won Best Choreography Awards in 2005,2007, and 2008 for "Caberet", "Fiddler", and"Chicago". She is still active in community, college and professional theater as a performer and choreographer.
As a sought after master choreographer, she travels the United States teaching master classes in all types of dance, voice and musical theater. She is excited to work with several "sister" studios in the USA! She was the past dance director for Extreme Sports Camps that provides master dance classes for NIKE, and was an active with Live On Stage, a Portland Theater Group.
Miss Kathleen is thrilled to be the National Competition Judge for Starpower Competitions! She is active in the dance world by taking voice classes with Adrienne Angle (voice teacher to the Broadway stars) and attending the Dance Teacher summit in New York City!
LOTS OF FUN FOR YOUR LITTLE DANCER
Hip Hop Classes
Musical Theater and Creative Movement
McMinnville Studio Dancers
SO MUCH FUN FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE
WE OFFER GREAT CLASSES IN CREATIVE DANCE AND PRINCESS BALLET FOR YOUR LITTLE DANCER! BALLET AND TAP COMBONATION CLASSES ARE ALSO POPULAR. IN OUR WEST LINN LOCATION WE OFFER A GREAT NEW CLASS! HIP HOP AND PLAY FOR YOUNGER DANCERS SEE YOUR DANCER SHINE
WE OFFER GREAT OPTIONS FOR YOUNG DANCERS
DANCERS AT ONSTAGE NEW YORK 2011
NEW STARS PERFORMING AT THE BLAZER GAME 2010
BLAKE WINS THE NATIONAL VOCAL TITLE AT SPOTLIGHT MID-WEST NATIONAL FINALS BRANSON, MO 2009
VOCAL AND DANCE STUDENT BLAKE TRAVELED TO BRANSON, MO WITH HER FOUR SOLOS AND WINS THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FOR HER PERFORMANCE OF "JOHNNY ONE NOTE"! SHE IS THE NATIONAL WINNER! BLAKE TOOK HOME 3 DIAMOND AWARDS AND ONE RUBY FOR HER PERFORMANCES. SHE WAS ALSO PART OF THE ELITE PERFORMANCE TEAM! BLAKE HAS TAKEN VOICE AND DANCE WITH MISS KATHLEEN FOR FOUR YEARS. LOOK FOR HER ON BROADWAY SOMEDAY! CONGRATS BLAKE!
NATIONAL CHAMPION 2009 BLAKE
NATIONAL WINNER BLAKE 2009
JOHNNY ONE NOTE AT NATIONALS
SPOTLIGHT DANCE COMPETITION 2009
BLAKE WINS THE DIAMOND OVERALL VOCAL SOLO AT SPOTLIGHT 2009
BLAKE WINS THE OVERALL VOCAL SOLO AT SPOTLIGHT 2009
Vocal and Dance Student Blake takes home the big trophy and the highest score for her vocal solo, "I Speak Six Languages" at the Spotlight Dance Competition in Portland 2009! She also won the Diamond award and the Outstanding Entertainment Award of the Evening!
Way to Go Blake! Amazing!!
MISS KATHLEEN AND MISS BLAKE
MISS SARA WINS THE DIAMOND AWARD FOR HER LYRICAL SOLO 2009
STUDENT OF THE YEAR MISS SARA TAKES HOME THE DIAMOND AWARD
Miss Sara took home the Diamond Award for her lyrical solo, ROME at the Spotlight Dance Competition in Portland, 2009! Her performance was passionate and amazing! We are so proud of her!
WE ATTEND THE IN10SIVE DANCE CONVENTION WITH MIA MICHAELS
MISS K, JACQUI AND SARA WITH MIA MICHAELS AND STAFF
OUR DANCERS AT THE IN10SIVE WITH CHOREOGRAPHER CHUCKY
Miss Kathleen and Chucky Klapow (Choreographer for High School Musical 1, 2 and 3)
CLASS HELD BY MIA MICHAELS!
CHOOSE VAN DE VEERE PRODUCTIONS
Dancers at the 2008 UFO Parade
WE ROCKED AT SPOTLIGHT 2008
SPOTLIGHT RESULTS 2008 COMING SOON
FIERCE THE ULTIMATE DANCE CONVENTION
Miss Kathleen's New Stars and Juniors teams attend the FIERCE Convention in Long Beach on the Queen Mary
WEST LINN TEAMS THE NEW STARS AND JUNIORS ATTEND FIERCE THE ULTIMATE DANCE CONVENTION ON THE QUEEN MARY IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA JULY 23 AND 24
Members of the West Linn teams traveled to Long Beach to attend Miss Kathleen's dance convention, FIERCE. Miss Kathleen is the national director of the new dance convention also co-directed by Kim Bogoro and Stacy J. The convention included 8 dance classes and a studio showcase in the Queen Salon of the Queen Mary ship. The girls had a blast in class and enjoying the historic ship! Next year all teams will attend one FIERCE event.
SPOTLIGHT DANCE CUP COMPETITION PORTLAND OREGON 2007
Miss Kathleen is thrilled with the dancers results at the Spotlight Dance Cup Competition this March. We took several high honors and awards! Check each link to see how each team did. Miss Kathleen was excited to receive the "Flawless Diamond" award along with student of the year, Kylee, with their vocal performance of "I Know Him So Well" in the Teacher/Pro Division.
We are working on posting the results of the competition soon.
Miss Kathleen at Spotlight Portland 2007
Miss Kathleen and Stacy J
SPOTLIGHT DANCE CUP 2007 PHOENIX COMPETITION
Miss Kathleen and teacher friend Stacy J from Take 5 Studio in Phoenix entered the Spotlight Competition (www.spotlightevents.com) in Phoenix, Jan of 2007. Their routine "DIVAS" took the Flawless Diamond award, the highest honor at the event. They also scored the Outstanding Entertainment Award.
Miss Kathleen Travels to New York City for "Making It On Broadway"
Between Christmas and New Years, Miss Kathleen and students Emily, Madeline and Gracie and families traveled to New York City to hit Broadway and a Broadway training workshop. The workshop included classes in acting, voice, musical theater and dance with the top Broadway performers, directors, choreographers, and casting agents in the business. The workshop concluded with a huge audition for 3 of New York City's biggest casting agents and directors. One highlight was seeing "The Apple Tree" starring Kristin Chenoweth, Broadway's darling!
Miss Kathleen Travels to New York
OUR SINGERS WIN BIG AT THE SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION
Madeline wins the Portland Overall Vocal Winner with I'M THE GREATEST STAR
Madeline wins JUNIOR MISS SPOTLIGHT at the Portland Competition. She is pictured with National Director Michelle Kresgre.
Blake wins the Diamond and 2nd Overall High Score in the Vocal Division!
Miss Kathleen and Blake
I AM CHANGING
Emily takes the "Flawless Diamond" Award at Spotlight 2007
Emily takes the Flawless Diamond award for her lyrical piece, "I Am Changing" choreographed by Miss Kathleen at the Spotlight 2007 competition in Portland. She took 5th overall high score out of 90 solos! Emily also was in the final 6 for the Senior Level "Dance Down" where students ages 13-18 learn a dance combo and have to perform it for the judges. She has been invited to dance at Nationals in the Extravanganza Performance in Branson or Las Vegas. Way to go Emily! We are so happy for you!
SPOTLIGHT DANCE CUP COMPETITION 2006
The Van De Veere New Stars, Juniors and Dancers took high honors at the Spotlight Competition. Our soloists did an outstanding job as well! As a studio, we took...
2 overall Entertainment Awards (Madeline for "Rockette" and "My New Philosphy")
Overall Best Costume Award (Juniors for 'My Strongest Suit")
Judges Choice (Van De Veere Dancers for use of prop in "The Storm")
Judges Choice ( Van De Veere New Stars for joy of dance in "Shoeless Joe")
Judges Choice (Courtney for amazing energy for "Walking on Sunshine")
Juniors took 4th and 3rd Place Overall for "I'm Going Bananas" and "My Strongest Suit"
Miss Emily won the Triple Crown Award!
Look for more results soon! Great job to all my dancers and singers!
PAST STUDENT OF THE YEAR TAKES
THIRD PLACE IN THE DANCE DOWN
Emily took 3rd place in the junior dance down at the Spotlight Dance Competition in Portland. 87 dancers learned a quick and challenging dance combination on stage like an audition. The judges saw the dancers in groups and choose their final 4 dancers. Emily took 3rd place with the invitation to dance with the Elite Performance Team in Las Vegas or Branson Nationals!
MISS KATHLEEN AND MADELINE TAKE TOP AWARDS AT THE FAMEUS COMPETITION IN HOLLYWOOD
Miss Kathleen and Madeline&Emily ROCK Hollywood August 2005
Miss Kathleen attended the first annual FAMEUS Competition in Hollywood with Junior dance members, Emily and Madeline . This was the first nationals of its kind hosted and produced by Debbie Allen, a well known Hollywood choreographer and performer. We were also lucky to have Gracie along for the ride as our biggest fan! Emily competed in the junior division with her routines, Lose My Breath and He's A Dream. Although she did not place in the top honors, she danced her personal best and looked great! Madeline and Emily also competed their duet, Millie and took a 1st place! Madeline competed three songs in the vocal division for juniors with Out Here On My Own, Cowboy Take Me Away, and Don't Rain On My Parade. She took 1st place in both the country division and the musical theater division! Miss Kathleen competed three songs as well, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Cabaret, and Out Tonight. Miss Kathleen took 1st place in the jazz, rock, and musical theater divisions in the professional/teacher division. This nationals combined the best of the best talent representing almost every state in the country. Madleine and Miss Kathleen both placed in the top four with their musical theater songs to go on to the FAMEUS CHALLENGE. This was a gala night with several television and film celebs, agents, casting directors, and producers. Madeline and Miss Kathleen were able to recompete their songs for judges like Raven (from That's So Raven), Dave Scott (choreographer of You Got Served) and Debbie Allen herself as well as representives from major record lables. In the gala, Madeline took 3rd overall high score with Don't Rain On My Parade in the junior vocal division and Miss Kathleen took 2nd overall high score with Cabaret in the professional/teacher division! Wow! What a blast! Here is the best news, last week Debbie Allen called Madeline to invite her to a special audition with Disney the first week of September. Who knows, Madeline could be the next television star!!!
Miss Kathleen and Madeline
Debbie Allen with Emily and Madeline
Madeline Is The Overall Vocal Winner In Branson at the Spotlight Dance Cup National Finals
SPOTLIGHT NATIONAL VOCAL WINNER
Miss Madeline won the national title as the Spotlight Dance Cup National Vocal Winner for the second time in a row with her outstanding performance "My New Philosphy" this June in Branson, MO. She received a diamond trophy and took the overall high score at Nationals! We are so thrilled for her! Get her autograph now! Madeline has studied voice with Miss Kathleen for two years and has traveled to Hollywood to compete in FAME US Competitions with Miss Kathleen and her sister, Emily.For more information on Spotight Dance Competitions, check out www.spotlightevents.com
My New Philosphy
WHAT ARE SESSIONS AND HOW LONG DO THEY RUN?
Sessions are lessons broken down into groups. Sessions may be a combination of 4,5,6,7 or 8 lessons. Please check your local parks and recreation guide for prices, dates and times. Please note that some locations have a week off in between sessions. Miss Kathleen and the recreations centers can not give refunds for classes missed due to illness, vacations, and forgetfullness. You will never pay for a holiday that we would have off during the session, and any days off will be listed! We take usual breaks for Christmas, Spring Break and time off in the summer. Dancers need to be registered by the first day of the session to reserve their spot in class. Advanced registration is recommended because some classes can be very popular and there is limited space. You can always register through your local Parks and Recreation department.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR EVERY SESSION?
Yes! On or before the first day of the session.
SHOULD I STAY AND WATCH THE CLASS?
This is becoming an issue in some locations. In all studios I have worked in the past, parents are not allowed to watch the class. This is for several reasons. First, it can be difficult for dancers to concentrate with observers in the room. Next, some parents will try and coach dancers from the sidelines. Another reason, noise from visiting or cell phone conversations. Next, some dancers feel embarrassed if they make a mistake on a new step with a huge audience watching them. Finally, there can be a problem with little brothers and sisters trying to run into the class. I do agree with all the reasons listed above, so consider these things before you decide to watch the class. If you in fact do stay, please respect the students and instructor by practicing silence. That way, we can all help the dancers be the best they can be and get the most out of the class!
WHAT IF MY LITTLE DANCER CRIES THE FIRST DAY?
This could happen. It is OK. Parents may try and take the class if the little one is scared. If this persists more than three weeks, the dancer may need to wait a year and try it again. This is common with the younger first time dancers. No worries!
NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS?
Yes, please turn off your cell phones during class, this goes for students and parents. Students may check messages between classes if there is an emergency.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE DANCE RECITALS?
McMinnville and West Linn locations will put on full dance recitals.
WHEN ARE AUDITIONS FOR THE DANCE TEAMS?
Auditions will be held in the summer months. Juniors, New Stars, Hot Shots, & Mac Attack range in ages 8-13 and the Van De Veere Dancers between 13-adult. There are special requirements for the Elite Team auditions. Be prepared to show off all your dancing skills as auditions will include ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. You do not have to have a dance already prepared to audition. Dancers will learn choreography at the audition. Please check back for audition dates and times. Auditions again will be held in June 2008 for our 2008-2009 performance teams.
Miss Kathleen and her staff offer classes for all ages and performance opportunites as well. Our dancers have performed at the Blazer Game, Yamhill Flyers International Basketball Games, Linfield College Games, and more! Dance team opportunities are coming up again this summer! The teams perform in the competitions and attend a summer dance trip. There will be auditions for the following teams again in June of 2008.
Young dancers in class
Emily and Madeline's Duo
MISS KATHLEEN'S LOCATIONS
Miss Kathleen and Van De Veere Productions offer dance and drama classes to students of all ages. Classes are offered in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, lyrical, drama, and voice. We also offer great summer camps, and birthday parties (See more under class information)! Students begin at age 5 (younger in some locations) through adults.
Miss Kathleen and her staff offer star quality! End your dance year with a spring dance recital that concludes the dance year. Miss Kathleen and Van De Veere Productions currently offer classes in To find out more specifics on classes, dress codes, recitals, costumes, or schedules click on class information.
Check below to see if classes are offered in your area.
West Linn Parks and Recreation with Miss Kathleen, Miss Becky and Miss Sarah
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thursdays
Van De Veere Productions at the McMinnville Downtown Location above Gallery Theater with Miss Kathleen Thursdays and Saturdays