Staff

Owner & Director

Paige MacDonald

Born and raised in New Mexico, Paige started dance at age 3 and hasn't stopped since. She was involved with the children's dance Company 'Dance Express,' then 'Jazz Machine,' performing at several community events as well as competitions. Paige had the opportunity to be involved with the competitive Drama program 'Odyssey Of The Mind,' and  was exposed to many facets of the theatre world.

Paige was trained under Ballet Theatre of the Southwest's Celia Dale and under Tara Debevec Of Tara's Dance Academy, then East Mountain Dance.
Paige attended The University of New Mexico and also performed as a guest artist for Sarah Waff  for several productions.
Along with her family, Paige participated in the New Mexico Film industry including, ABC Family's WILDFIRE, USA Network's IN PLAIN SIGHT and SCORTCH TRIALS, the 2nd film in the popular movie series, Maze Runner.
After teaching for several years at EMDC, she was a hired cast member for ARTRAGEOUS a many faceted performance Company in 2013. She had the opportunity to tour with the cast and performed for many audiences.
After moving to northern Idaho in 2015, She worked for Allegro as an instructor and choreographer then having the opportunity to become the Proud owner in June of 2017! In 2019 Paige Choreographed for the production of This Christmas Night in which the local Organization Suzuki String Academy performed live along with ADS students.

She looks forward to sharing her love of the stage and watching the dancers in her community grow.

Meet The Team

Charlotte Solly

Office Manager
& Costume Mistress

Charlotte started her career as a Physical Therapist and worked for many years in the United Kingdom treating both amateur and professional athletes.
As her career progressed she had the opportunity to work in healthcare IT systems and also managed a large hospital outpatient department.
She has been involved with theatre from an early age and have always loved performance and dance. Charlotte even participated in Roy Castle's Record breaking Tap event on the BBC.

  "Working as part of the Allegro team lets me combine my administrative skills in an area that I am passionate about."


 

Gail Trotta

Tap

Gail has been dancing for several decades and has an abundance of experience in her profession. 

Miss Gail Own her own studio, 'Gail's Studio of Dance' in Deluth, Minnesota for 16 years. She taught Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Ladies Exercise. She became a choreographer for the Deluth Playhouse, School Events and Special events.
Miss Gail also had the role of Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in California.
She also has experience with special needs dance classes.
Her role at Allegro is to keep the art of Tap dance Alive!



 

Siobhan Winter

Heather Bunty

PBT/Ballet/
Acrobatic Arts

Ms. Siobhan or Miss Bonbon if you prefer has been with the Allegro family for many years, and currently teaches Acrobatic Arts, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Ballet. She started dancing as a child and never stopped. Finding Allegro's adult dance program reignited her passion for the studio experience.

She has a background education that includes nursing, early childhood education, and over 25 years of formal dance education, specializing in Ballet, Jazz, Yoga, PBT, & Acro. As a world traveler, she has been exposed to many unique styles and educators throughout the years. 

An avid dancer Ms. Bon is always studying the latest techniques for strengthening, conditioning, and otherwise maximizing a student’s capabilities (with an emphasis on safe dance training.) you can find her certification, as well as more information about the specific curriculums,   ProgressingBalletTechnique.com  Class Directory - Progressing Ballet Technique | PBT | Online Ballet Training

AcrobaticArts.com 

Lyrical/Cheer

Outgoing and Energetic Dance Professional with experience teaching children
and adults, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Excellent in spotting talent and a
honest, hardworking, reliable, and team player! 

She started her dance career at age 5, drill team age 14-16 and at age 16 Starting teaching dance at Desert Rose School of Performing Arts.
Age 17 Chosen Top Dancer Cheer leading Camp 1990-1991
Heather also participated in College Cheer leading and Dance. She now owns her own studio; Heather's School of Dance in Cocolalla, Idaho 
Teacher Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Zumba Dance Fitness
Heather has been with Allegro Dance Studio since 2009. She also was coach of the Sandpoint High School Dance Team from 2014-2016.
She now is an actively participating Certified Dance Tech Judge.


 

Chika Orton

Salsa/Bollywood/
Bellydance/Jazz

Chika started dancing at the age of 16 and over the years learned Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Hula, Samba as well as many others. Today, she really love Salsa, Belly Dance and Indian dance. Dancing is her passion in life.She studied Pilates in order to become a better dancer and to be able to continue dancing even when she becomes a grandmother, and have been teaching Pilates in Japan, Australia, India, Thailand and the U.S. now for over 10 years.
2004 Samba dancer at Samba carnival in Japan
2006-2007 Performed Belly Dance at the Oriental restaurant in Tokyo
2009 The winner of the Bangkok Salsa competition
2013-2015  Performed as a member and choreographer of Bollywood dance group in India 

Allegro is very fortunate to have such a talented teacher!


 

Tap/Ballet/Jazz/
Contemporary

Christina has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She has performed in numerous Nutcracker performances with the Eugene Ballet Company. She was the lead in Allegro Dance Studio’s A Christmas Carol recital. She performed on the Sandpoint High School dance team from 2015-2016. She has competed in competitions and won a judges choice award. She has attended ballet intensives at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. She now attends Brigham Young University. She has been assisting teaching dance classes since 2014, and is excited to be teaching classes this semester!

Christina McClelland

Margo Barton

Tap/Jazz/Pre-K

Margo has been dancing  for 10 years at Allegro Dance studio. Miss Barton has participated as a competitive dancer Allegro for 6 years consecutively.

Margo has assisted many children's dance classes including summer camps and weekly classes. She has participated as a student performer in The Eugene Ballet Company's The Nutcracker in Sandpoint for several years. Margo also performed alongside Suzuki String Academy in the hit performance of This Christmas Night in the 2019 Holiday Season.

Another acheivemant performance was at the Annual Pend Orielle Art Council's Art Gala in which she entertained guests as a live art exhibit. 

Dancing has been an amazing hobby/sport for Margo. She is grateful for the  wonderful environment that has been created at Allegro Dance Studio. She plans on turning her passion for dance into a wonderful career in the future. 

Willow Solly

Jazz/
Contemporary

Willow started dancing at the age of three in Rhode Island. She attended Newport Academy of Ballet and was taught by soloists from The Island Moving Company. When she was seven she was chosen to dance in The Nutcracker, a professional 10-night production in the famous Newport Mansions. She also performed in their production of Mother Goose the following year.

Willow moved to Southern California and continued her dance education at the San Clemente School of Performing Arts. All the teachers at the studio were currently working in the dance industry and ballet classes were taught through the American Ballet Theater curriculum. During her time there she also danced in their Nutcracker production taking roles from being a party boy, soldier and Chinese tea.

In 2016 Willow moved to Sandpoint Idaho and has been dancing at Allegro Dance Studio since then. She studies ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatic arts. She has been a member of the Gems competition team since moving here and was the Team Captain in the 2019/20 seasons. Willow also helped to choreograph some of the competition routines. She has assisted for 2 years with Miss Paige in the jazz, ballet, pre k, and hip hop classes. She is also a substitute teacher and teaches private lessons.  She has had many performance opportunities at Allegro including The Eugene Nutcracker, and invitational events for the Pend Oreille Arts Council.

Jared MacDonald

Ballet/Boys Class
 Jared has been involved in physical activities involving body awareness for over 26 years. He studied Kenpo karate and kickboxing in Albuquerque, New Mexico before moving to Idaho where he briefly trained in aikido as well. His dance experience began in ballroom and Latin partner styles under the tutelage of Sarah Waff and was immediately captivated by the challenging nature of dance. Upon establishing the studio with his wife, he began studying a Vaganova based ballet curriculum with a focus on aesthetic and Balanchine dance principals and has since been serving as a part time instructor at the studio for three years. During this time he served as the instructor for the boy's class focusing on male technique in dance.
 Recently, he was involved with the Pend Oreille Arts Council annual gala as a headlining act, performing with his wife at the event in a contemporary piece that he helped choreograph. 
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