Our Dance Faculty

Our teachers are all very loving & positive people who love what they do. We provide a positive environment that focuses on the life-skills of responsibility, punctuality, teamwork and respect for others.

  • They nurture your student's imagination & creativity with lots of POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT!
  • Most importantly, they do their job in a way to make every student FEEL SPECIAL!
  • Expertise in training your child in a safe, healthy activity is PRICELESS!
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Deborah Messinger-Seamster

Deborah’s been dancing since age 4. She’s danced with the San Francisco Ballet Co. & the Bolshoi Ballet Co. from Russia when they performed in Portland. She toured extensively in jazz & tap variety shows & dinner theatre shows. She lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years & danced in TV commercials. She’s owned and operated Deborah Messinger School of Dance, first in Beaverton, OR and then in Gresham, OR for over 49 years.  She has over 52 years teaching experience.  Her school  is well known for its many top awards at local & regional competitions. Deborah is also currently the dance technique coach for the David Douglas High School Dance Team. Many of her students are now professional dancers & teachers. To know more, refer to the section entitled "Studio's History". 


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Tara Marshall 

Tara has studied dance under Deborah for 37 years– she’s almost her daughter by this time!  She’s the studio manager & head instructor at DMSD. Tara has over 30 years teaching experience.  She’s taught many girls who have gone on to be teachers or professional dancers themselves.  Also, she has won numerous choreography awards in local & regional dance competitions.  She is also head of our performing/competition groups.  She was the leader of a group of our students who, in 1999, we were invited to perform at the World Trade Expo. In Korea.. Students of all ages love “Miss Tara”!!! 


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Holly Knoles

 Holly is new to DMSD this year but we're confidant that everyone will love her classes.  She has danced since she was five years old.  She's studied dance in several locations around the Portland area including the Jefferson High School dance program.  She has competed in all the different styles of dance all around the US.  In high school, she was capt of the dance team and won the title of "All State Dancer".  Then at U of O, she minored in dance. As an adult, she was a dancer in two professional dance companies.  Then, more recently, she was the owner of her own dance studio up in Longview, WA.  Due to a family situation, she moved here to Portland and  is very excited to be teaching again at DMSD.  We WELCOME HOLLY to our faculty!


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Keagan O'Toole

Miss Keagan studied many dance genres thru high school such as hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, modern and contemporary as well as being on her high school dance team. Then she went on to coach dance team at 2 different schools while going to college.  And for 10 yrs now, she's been the Alumni Dance Team coach for the school she attended.  She's FABULOUS at hip-hop! Keagan is a proud coach for dance team at David Douglas HS. She's now a wife and Mom of 2 of our young dancers here at DMSD! Come "get your groove on with Miss Keagan"!!