Charlene Brown is also the co-owner of Island Dance in Langley, WA. Charlene brings nearly 40 years of dance experience to her studios and to WIDT. Charlene studied with Ray Bussey and other nationally known teachers, and was a member of the Tacoma Performing Dance Company under the direction of Jo Emery. Her choreography has been seen in numerous Seattle area musical and dance productions.
Charlene Brown began her dance studios, Island Dance, on Whidbey Island in 1987. She is committed to offering the highest possible level of dance education and professional instructors to her students. Through many years of perseverance, Charlene has provided the opportunity for thousands of dancers to further their education. Many of her students have gone on to college and received degrees in dance, while many more of her students have won individual titles and honors in dance. Charlene has also worked extensively in musical productions and in directing them with children. She is an artistic advisor to Whidbey Children’s Theatre.In 1993, extending her commitment to the art of choreography, Charlene's dream of a pre-professional dance company became a reality in Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. As co-artistic director and production manager, she has overseen all 19 (going on 20) productions of The Nutcracker, both productions of The Snow Queen and all annual WIDT spring concerts. Charlene also choreographs for The Nutcracker and is advisor to the WIDT Board of Directors.