Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors are dedicated professionals who seek to build dance skills, foster creativity & teamwork and instill a love of movement, dance and fitness in every student.

Lonnie Liddell, Owner & Creative Director — Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Broadway Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop & Creative Movement

lonLonnie Liddell, owner and artistic director of the Sisters Dance Academy, was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and began dance lessons at the age of four. She has trained in classical ballet, as well as in lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballroom. She has trained with The Morca Dance Academy, Vision’s Dance Company of Canada, The Nancy Whyte School of Ballet, and Elizabeth Roper’s School of Ballet. Her love for dance led her to continue her dance education at both Eastern Washington University and Brigham Young University. She and her family moved to Sisters in the fall of 2006 and she began teaching for a small, local dance school. When the studio owner moved out of state only a year later, Lonnie was at a crossroads. With young children to care for, she was not yet ready to take on a studio of her own. In 2008, Lonnie began teaching ballet classes out of her home and was ready by February of 2009 to officially open the Sisters Dance Academy. Sisters Dance Academy now has over two hundred students, toddlers to adults, taking classes in a variety of genres.

Kayla Williams — Contemporary, Modern, Broadway, Jazz, Jr. & Sr. Performance Ensembles

KaylaA dancer most of her life, Kayla has a passion for dance and desires to cultivate a passion for the arts in her students. She began with jazz then branched into ballet, hip hop, tap and modern/contemporary. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Dance. Kayla has taught for over ten years in studios, workshops, and classes for the University of Idaho. In her dance career, Kayla has had the opportunity to study with and perform in pieces from many great dance artists including the Bill T. Jones Company, Sherry Zunker, Christopher K Morgan, and Susan Hadley. Kayla loves choreographing and has had the honor of showing her work in many studio recitals, dance concerts, Dancers Drummers Dreamers, multiple American College Dance Festivals, and Groovin’ Hai Productions. Most recently, Kayla spent a year living and working in Shanghai, China. While in China, she performed throughout the city, taught in multiple venues, and choreographed for productions. Upon her return, Kayla finished up her Masters degree in Teaching and now when she is not teaching dance, she is teaching kindergarten at an elementary school in Bend.

Shannon Abero — Hip Hop, African

shannon abero head shotBorn and raised in San Jose, CA, Shannon discovered her love for dance in high school, where she was a member of the Cheer, Dance and Drill Team. After earning her BA in Psychology at Cal State University, Long Beach she realized that she really wanted to pursue a dance career. Represented by the Dorothy Day Otis Agency, Shannon toured with the Asian Singers, received a part in Memoirs of a Geisha, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and worked with Nike. She has had the opportunity to perform at Monsters of Hip Hop and the House of Blues in LA. Shannon was a member of the Funkenometry Dance Company. She has trained with Wade Robson and Tabitha and Napoleon from So You Think You Can Dance, as well as Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlake’s choreographer). She moved to Bend in 2011 with her family and is excited to share her love for dance at the Sisters Dance Academy.

Liz Warren — Contemporary, Jazz

Liz started dancing at age five in Forest Grove, OR under the instruction of John Gardner and Joan Guinness.  She was a co-captain of her high school dance team, and then studied ballet after high school.  She has trained in jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary styles, with some occasional classes in Bollywood, West African, jazz funk, Broadway, theatre, and pointe. Liz danced with Lyrik Contemporary Dance Company for two seasons in Portland, OR, and apprenticed for Portland’s InGauge Hip Hop Company for one season while training at Northwest Dance Project.  Since 2002, she has established and coached numerous ballet/jazz dance teams in both California and Oregon. When not at Sisters Dance Academy, Liz may be found teaching Contemporary for teens at Academie de Ballet Classique in Bend, OR. She is excited to join the Sisters Dance Academy team teaching her favorite things – a love of music and Contemporary dance!

Tiffany Bell — Irish

Tiffany head shotTiffany began ballet, tap and jazz lessons at the age of three with the Salinas School of Dance in Salinas, CA. It wasn’t long before her love of rhythmic movement drew her to Irish dance as well. She advanced quickly, becoming a member of the Intermediate Company, performing in California and on cruise ships. After moving to Sisters, she continued her dance study and became a featured dancer with Sisters Dance Academy. Tiffany began teaching Irish at Sisters Dance Academy in 2012 and is excited to see the program grow. She loves for her students to tell a story and grow through dance. But above all, she hopes her students will enjoy the rhythm and joy of each step, big or small. When she is not dancing, Tiffany is an early childhood educator at a preschool in Sisters.

Sharri Bertagna — Tap, Jazz, Zumba®

sharri head shot2Sharri danced for the Tueller School Of Dance in Logan, UT for fifteen years, ten of which were competitive. Ballet, jazz and tap were her main areas of dance training, with a secondary focus on contemporary and lyrical. Sharri also danced and competed with her high school dance team in jazz, prop, novelty, and military styles of dance. She has been with Lonnie since Sisters Dance Academy first opened, teaching jazz, hip-hop, and tap. Sharri is also a Zumba instructor and has been teaching group fitness for ten years. She is a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America). When she is not dancing, Sharri owns and operates Hike-N-Peaks outdoor store in downtown Sisters.

Makenna Liddell — Hip Hop & Contemporary

Makenna Liddell is an award-winning Sisters Dance Academy dancer, recognized at the 2018 Turn It Up dance competition as the highest scoring soloist. She has trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary & lyrical, hip hop, tap, jazz and Irish dance styles. With a focus on elegant, strong movement and beautifully articulated expression combined with positivity and kindness, Makenna is an incredible dancer, role model and teacher. Through Makenna, students fully understand a love of dance and the drive to be one’s best. In the summer of 2018, Makenna studied advanced contemporary dance in an intensive at Brigham Young University (BYU). In fall 2019, Makenna will begin school at BYU with a double major in dance and special education.

Jordi Weaver — Ballet & Contemporary

Jordi has been dancing on and off since the age of five. Although she moved frequently as a child, her mother always made sure she was enrolled in a studio or performing with a dance team. The movement, music and poetry of dance serve as a beautiful and positive outlet for Jordi to express her emotions.  In her free time, she also enjoys singing, reading and traveling.  Jordi has been teaching at Sisters Dance Academy since 2011. Her incredible talent and her charismatic approach make each dancer feel encouraged and able to find their individual potential.

Haley Ellis — Turbo Kick®, HIGH Fitness©

A former teacher and now a busy mother of three, Haley is a group fitness fan who was first introduced to Turbo Kick back in high school.  While earning her BA in Special Education at Brigham Young University, she taught several Turbo Kick classes a week. These days she is a certified HIGH Fitness Instructor. HIGH Fitness is a high-intensity cardio class that will work your body, torch calories, and feel like a party!

Khiva Beckwith — Dance Conditioning, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Triathlon Coach

Khiva croppedWith a lifelong interest in health and fitness, Khiva began work as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in 2008. She is dedicated to motivating, educating and guiding people towards their fitness goals. Khiva is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Science (2010) and a Certified Group Fitness and Spin Instructor through FitTour (2010). In her free time she loves to travel, camp, hike, run and spend time with friends, family, her husband & three kids. Her motto is: “Live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Don’t wait. Because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll be ever again.