Director and Instructor
Danielle Andre has 27 years of dance experience. She trained in jazz, hip-hop, tap, clogging, ballet, contemporary, musical dance theatre, and voice. Growing up she had the opportunity to dance at Today’s Generation Dance Company in Moses Lake where her mother is one of the original co-founders, directors, and costume designers. In 2006, Danielle won the title of Miss Moses Lake and non-finalist talent winner at the Miss Washington Pageant. While her husband was finishing his medical degree they moved around quite a bit which allowed Danielle the opportunity to teach at numerous studios in Washington, California, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Michigan. She is an award winning choreographer winning numerous first place awards and state and national championships. Choreography awards include: WIAA State Championship titles in high kick, military, hip-hop, and dance, National Championship awards at the USA Dance/Drill Championships in High Kick, Military and Hip-hop. Danielle Graduated from Brigham Young University with Bachelors of Science and Sociology in December of 2008 at the age twenty. Other experience includes: Head High School Dance Coach and Director for Roseville High School in Sacramento, California, Competition Team Director for Today’s Generation Jazz Club, and Judge and Back Stage Manager for Team Dance Competition Company. Danielle is married to Tyler Andre and together they have four amazing children: Emree (9), Jesse (7), Brighton (4), and Reid (2). As a family they love to go camping in the mountains and eat lots of ‘smores.
Director and Costume Design
Lori Baker grew up in Provo, Utah where she fell in love with dance at an early age. She trained in many different styles including jazz, tap, and ballet. Lori eventually relocated to Washington state with her husband, Reid. Lori now directs a successful dance studio training dancers ages 2-18 years old in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, and clogging. Her dancers have been featured on the popular reality television shows America’s Got Talent, Dance Moms, and So You Think You Can Dance where one of her dancers placed among the top three female dancers. When she is not busy at the studio, Lori also directs the local high school dance team. In her 12 years as coach they have won 17 State Championships and 15 National Championships. Lori was recently inducted into the WSDDCA Hall of Fame. After graduating, her dancers have gone on to dance professionally, toured with Taylor Swift and with college teams including the Spokane Empire Dance Team, the Washington State Crimson Girls, and the BYU Cougarettes. Lori loves sharing her passion for dance with youth everywhere.
Carol Griffith and her husband Justin have four amazing kids. She has taught preschool in a co-op setting for over five years. They love to spend time together as a family camping, fishing and exploring. Growing up she played soccer, basketball and ran track. More recently, She has run several half marathons and her first full marathon last year. Music is very important to Carol. She can play the piano, flute and bassoon and loves singing! Besides music and sports, she also loves to read. She has an Associate Degree from BYU-Idaho with a minor in music. Fun fact, when she was little one of her sisters and her would use a broom for a pretend surfboard and rock out to the beach boys!
Mattie Lybbert first began her training at Today’s Generation in Moses Lake, WA (where her mom was one of the original co-founders). There she studied, jazz, hip hop, clogging, ballet, and contemporary. As a jack of all trades, she started teaching dance at age 12 and has been teaching ever since. Mattie was Washington State’s Distinguished Young Woman in 2010, and placed first in the talent and fitness categories. She was recognized as America’s top ten Distinguished Young Women and took home the top national award in the talent and fitness categories. As captain of the Molahiettes she went undefeated her senior year of high school and won 3 state titles in one year. She has also been inducted into the Moses Lake High School hall of fame.Over the years she loved training and working with groups so much that she earned her degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. She is passionate about having the right culture and expectations in place to see individuals and teams thrive. She also graduated with 3 collegiate national titles and 1 international title in dance as a member of the BYU Cougarettes. She has since judged dance competitions, led training intensives for teams across the nation, and set choreography for local dance teams and studios. She hopes her students learn that fun and hard work go hand in hand. She now enjoys being a certified gym instructor and dance teacher, but most of all loves nightly dance parties in the kitchen with her husband and two daughters.
Shalyse Hukill has been in love with dancing since she can remember. With over 15 years of experience in jazz, contemporary, ballet and 12 years of tumbling, she cannot wait to share her passion of dance and all things fitness with Today’s Generations Dance Studio. She has danced professionally with Odyssey Dance Theater and made it to Las Vegas on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. She assisted for Bill Bohls, Kimberly Rhinelander, Brooke Lipton, and Jason Kash. Her awards include Dancer of the weekend at New York City Dance Alliance, LA Dance Magic, Hollywood Connection, and NUVO. She has an incredible passion for all things fitness. In College, she competed in Track and Field at Utah State University on scholarship. Any chance she can you will find her running or teaching High Fitness at the gym. She is married to her best friend Tyler and has three crazy kids, Emersyn and Talmage (4 year old twins) and Briggs (1 year old). Her favorite food is cake frosting and you can catch her on a boat surfing it up any day of the week!
Ashley Naset has danced for over 25 years and has been teaching for 15 years. She is trained in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pom, kick line, musical theater and held leadership positions on her junior and high school dance teams. Since graduating from high school, she’s performed all around Seattle with groups including Eastside Moving Company, En’Lair and Enertia. Special performances include Westlake’s “Sign of the Times”, Rex Kinney’s “Rivival”, and the DaCi Dance Conference held in Kingston, Jamaica. She has choreographed for many groups including middle school, high school, collegiate and professional NBA dance teams. She was a coach for Kentridge High School for ten years, where she received WSDDCA Co-Coach of the Year with her sister, Staci. She received 15 State Titles in the time she was there. She has been a speaker for coaches and judging conferences providing instruction on various dance topics. Many of her dancers have gone onto collegiate and professional dance teams, broadway, and as feature dancers on the Disney channel. Currently, she is judging for WIAA Dance/Drill Competitions and is the Education Director for the Judges Association. In the summers, she teaches at dance camps and is the Talent Recruiter for Elite Performance Dance Camp in Bellevue. Since moving to the Eastside of the state in 2014, she’s taught at Today’s Generation in Moses Lake and then Ambitions dance in Kennewick. She has 3 fun and energetic boys and has been married to her husband, Josh for 8 years.
Anastasia has been studying ballet for 14 years, since very early age. Some of her training includes a year in Bolshoi theater academy, one of the best ballet schools in the world. She have been trained in classical ballet Vaganova method as well as a Russian folk dancing. While studying she went on a tour with her ballet school to perform in Serbia, Spain and France. Anastasia has a choreography degree. She performed in some of the best Russian theaters such as The Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater, The Kolobov Novaya Opera theater etc. She later graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities and has an HR degree. Three years ago she moved to the US to be close to her fiancé who is now her husband. They are raising two boys ages 6 and 2. A little over a year ago she began her teaching career at Tri-Cities Ballet Academy where she teaches advanced ballet and realized she has a lot to share and really enjoys watching her students grow. She has an awesome family and really enjoys going on family trips to explore new places. Traveling has always been her passion and she has visited around 15 countries. Her other passion is learning new languages, she can speak Russian, English, German, Dutch and a bit of French.
Brittney has loved ballet since she could talk, and begged her parents to let her take classes. She began dancing as a toddler taking classes through our local studio in Beaverton, Oregon, then transferred to Dance Connection 2 when we moved to Gilbert, Arizona. During her ten years of dance experience Brittney mainly pursued ballet, but also enjoyed jazz and some hip hop. During her sophomore year of high school, she was given the opportunity to be the only soloist in the annual recital. She was also asked to choreograph for the high school production of “West Side Story”. After graduating High School, she was awarded a full academic scholarship to Brigham Young University. While studying Mathematics Education, Brittney took as many ballet and pointe classes as possible. After college, Brittney taught dance classes for the city’s Recreation Department. It was a wonderful opportunity to apply her education background with my love of dance. Through her teaching opportunities, Brittney has created six unique dance curriculums for ages 3-8, and has enjoyed teaching even when nine months pregnant! In fact, she has volunteered and taught children ages 2-13 for over 15 years. Brittney has four children, and now that her oldest is a teenager, she is so excited to get back to teaching!
Lilly Leonard spent her whole life dancing; training and performing for 15 years at Today’s Generation in Moses Lake, WA. Lilly is trained in jazz, clogging, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop and musical dance theatre. She has taught dance for 5 years and during that time was over many competitive and performing dance teams. Her time at Today’s Generation are some of her most fond memories. As well as the time she spent on the Moses Lake High School dance team where her team won Washington State Champions and National Champions multiple years. During 2 of those years Lilly helped lead her high school team in a leadership position helping both teach and choreograph. She learned many valuable life lessons through dance and is excited to contribute to an environment where another generation can gain confidence and poise through dance! Lilly went to BYU and studied Public Relations (with a few dance classes mixed in!). She ultimately graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelors in Communications.