Member Database


Elizabeth Brooks

Executive Director

Even with her diverse interests, dance has been a constant thread for Elizabeth Brooks. She began her training at age 5 in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. From age 12-15 she danced with the North Carolina State Ballet Company and enjoyed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. She was then a senior performance member at the Belleville School of Ballet in Belleville, IL with lead and solo roles in The Nutcracker. She also enjoyed competing with her high school dance team for 2 years. She came to Springfield to attend Missouri State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Dance. While at MSU, she toured with Inertia, the MSU dance company, as well as performed and taught at the American College Dance Festival. She attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Collegiate Intensive in 2010 and has also attended jazz and contemporary workshops from international performers and choreographers in Edinburgh, Scotland. She continued on at MSU to pursue a Masters degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, and is now a Digital Marketing Strategist for The Marlin Network. She has been teaching, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern in the area since 2012. She stays actively involved in the area dance community as the Executive Director of the Springfield Dance Alliance and the coach and choreographer for the Ozark High School Dance Team.

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Elizabeth Brooks

Elizabeth Brooks

Executive Director

Carla Pellman Williams

Founding member

Carla Pellman Williams, DPT, BFA

Founding Member

Carla was born and raised in St. Louis where she began her dance study at age 3 after begging her parents to enroll her in dance classes for months.  In 2005, she graduated cum laude from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance.  While at MSU, she had the pleasure of performing in faculty and student works, performing and presenting choreography at the American College Dance Festival, and touring with the University’s outreach company, Inertia.  After college, Carla spent time dancing professionally with aha! Dance Theatre and has enjoyed opportunities to perform the work of Susan Dodge, Susan Rieger, Lon Gordon, Dan Stark, and Tina Kambour among many others.  Carla completed comprehensive studio Pilates training through Polestar® Pilates Education in 2008.  In the past, Carla has been an adjunct faculty member of the Theater and Dance Department at MSU, has choreographed for Tent Theatre, and has taught dance technique and Pilates Springfield Ballet.  Carla helped establish the Springfield Dance Alliance in 2012 with Kerry Allan and Teresa Simpson and she currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director.  In 2016, Carla earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Missouri State University and practices at the Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Carla Pellman Williams

Carla Pellman Williams

Founding member

Teresa Simpson

Founding member

Teresa Simpson’s training covers a broad range of dance techniques including classical ballet, modern, and improvisation.  She holds an M.S. in Administrative Studies with a focus in Arts Management (2015) and a B.F.A. in dance performance (2008) from Missouri State University. Teresa has toured with Missouri State University’s community outreach dance company, Inertia; performed in works by Sara Brummel, Rhythm McCarthy, Ruth Barnes, Shirley Russon Ririe, Rebecca Enghauser, and Ian Spink; and presented choreography at the American College Dance Festival. She began her pre-professional dance training with the St. Louis Ballet School, performing in the company's production of <i>The Nutcracker</i> and participating in student workshops and has trained with Nashville Ballet. Teresa helped create and implement a performing arts after school program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Nashville, TN, designed an after-school program curriculum for Missouri State University’s Citizenship and Service Learning office, taught movement and theatre games at the Rivendale Institute of Learning, and worked alongside Springfield theatre artists to create a one-act play accessible for children with autism. Teresa also holds an International Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center (2010) and has worked as a Montessori teacher, incorporating basic creative movement into a prepared environment Montessori curriculum. In addition to being a co-founder of Springfield Dance Alliance, Teresa is also the School and Outreach Programs Associate for Springfield Ballet, a per course faculty at Missouri State University, teaching artist with Placeworks Arts Outreach, and has served on the AATE Missouri Theatre in Our Schools mini conference planning committee. Teresa is thrilled to remain a part of Springfield Dance Alliance as board president and see the Springfield dance community grow.

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Teresa Simpson

Teresa Simpson

Founding member

Kerry Allan

Founding member

<i>Kerry Allan began her dance training with the Woodstock School of Ballet and continued through college at the University of Georgia, where she performed with the university’s pre-professional modern and aerial company, CORE. Over her career, she has had the opportunity to work with many influential choreographers and instructors, including Karen Eliot and Ruth Barnes of the Merce Cunningham Company, Alberto de Saz of the Alwin Nikolais company, as well as Molissa Fenley, Anna Godowa, Sean Curran, Bala Sarasvati, Rebecca Enghauser, Dean Williams, Darryl Clark, and Travis Gatlin. Her choreography has premiered with performing companies like Sole Full of Rhythm, Meaning in Motion, Youth Dance Theater, Merge, and the professional modern dance company People Dancing, where she served as a performer and choreographer. She has received top awards for choreography in regional and national dance competitions and participated in international dance festivals and workshops, including the Zawirowania Dance Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Kerry has a wide range of experience teaching, serving as an adjunct faculty member of the Dance Department at Eastern Michigan University, and an instructor for Randazzo Dance, Movement Artists Guild, Arts in Motion, Cecchetti Council of America International Summer School, Dance Xplosion, Dance Steps Studio, Encore Talent, Woodstock School of Ballet, Dance Arts of Chelsea, and Springfield Little Theater. In addition to studio work, she has been part of several public school programs (from K- 12) to bring movement arts to a wider community of students. She is currently serving as founder and executive director of Springfield Dance Alliance and on faculty at Drury University and Springfield Ballet.</i>

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Kerry Allan

Kerry Allan

Founding member

Credo Dance Academy

Organization/Studio

Credo Dance Academy, a subsidiary of Messiah Project, has a program structured by age and skill in order to provide individualized dance instruction emphasizing technique, artistic expression, and the personal character of each student.  As they pursue Christ, it is their goal to uphold a standard of excellence in the training they offer and in their conduct as an academy.

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931 S. Kickapoo Avenue

Springfield, MO 65804

(417) 496-9527

Kate Riegler, Director, kate@credodance.com

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Credo Dance Academy

Credo Dance Academy

Organization/Studio

Ovation Studios

Organization/Studio

Ovation Studios opened in Carthage, MO in 2007. It is the only studio in the Carthage area to offer dance, tumbling and baton twirling all in one location. We offer classes in seven different dance styles, each being taught in separate classes. This encourages students to fully embrace different styles of dance. We strive to offer our students a current and relevant dance education. Our instructors stay up-to-date and contemporary with our teaching methods and styles. Our ballet curriculum is based on the Vaganova ballet technique, the most current and refined school of ballet.

2111 S. River St

Carthage, MO 64836

800-792-3891

Melanie Friesen, Director

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Ovation Studios

Ovation Studios

Organization/Studio

Phenomenon Studios

Organization/Studio

Phenomenon Studio is a boutique dance and fitness studio in the budding creative district of downtown Springfield. We offer classes in bellydance technique (beginning through professional level), Hot Pot Improvisational Tribal Style, Yoga and Aerial Arts.  Our goal at Phenomenon is to offer quality, educational dance classes to members of the community regardless of age, size, walk of life, or level of dance experience.  Phenomenon is also home to performance group Phenomenon Dance Company.

Contact Information

Phenomenon Studio

215 W. Olive St. Springfield,MO, 65807

<a href="tel:417-988-9311" target="_blank">417-988-9311</a>

<a href="mailto:Phenomenonstudio@gmail.com" target="_blank">Phenomenonstudio@gmail.com</a>

<a href="http://www.phenomenonstudio.com/" target="_blank">www.phenomenonstudio.com</a>

Brittney Banaei, Artistic Director

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Phenomenon Studios

Phenomenon Studios

Organization/Studio

Point Performing Arts

Organization/Studio

POINT Performing Arts is a premiere dance studio offering a variety of styles for all ages and all levels. We are pushing the limit, growing, and dancing outside of the box to help you realize your potential, refine your gifts and talents, and support you on your journey to the peak, the pinnacle, the POINT.

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3657 South Avenue

Springfield, MO 65807

(417) 885-8010

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Point Performing Arts

Point Performing Arts

Organization/Studio

Springfield Ballet

Organization/Studio

Springfield Ballet, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of ballet through premiere education, performance, outreach and collaboration.  Founded in 1976, Springfield Ballet offers superior dance training, rooted in classical ballet, for ages 3 - adult.  All classes are held at The Creamery Arts Center.  Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, creative movement, modern, jazz, tap, Pilates mat, and stretch &amp;amp; strengthening, as well as Mommy &amp;amp; Me for 2-3 year olds.  Additionally, Springfield Ballet brings two pre-professional ballet productions, including our annual production of The Nutcracker, to the Ozarks each year, enhanced by professional guest artists.  Springfield Ballet is committed to making dance accessible to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the ballet.  Through outreach programs such as Dance Chance, C.U.S.P. and performances of The Nutcracker for all Springfield Public School second graders, Springfield Ballet is able to touch the lives of underserved children throughout Southwest Missouri.

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Evan Bennett, Executive Director, <a href="mailto:ebennett@springfieldballet.org" target="_blank">ebennett@springfieldballet.org</a>

Ashley Paige Romines, Artistic &amp; School Director, <a href="mailto:apromines@springfieldballet.org" target="_blank">apromines@springfieldballet.org</a>

Fran Elkins, Associate Director, <a href="mailto:felkins@springfieldballet.org" target="_blank">felkins@springfieldballet.org</a>

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Springfield Ballet

Springfield Ballet

Organization/Studio

Take the Lead

Organization/Studio

Take The Lead is a goal-oriented dance studio using a musical/movement approach, focused on teaching life skills in the areas of relationships, physical fitness, stress relief, confidence, and fun. Our goal is to see each student acquire skills which will extend far beyond the dance floor, improving their very quality of life. Take The Lead offers classes to individuals, couples, and groups, including Social Dance and Wedding Dance Classes, as well as a Youth Program and Adult “Build Your Own Dance Program” in techniques like ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, and belly dance.

4235 S Charleston Ave,

Springfield, MO 65804

(417) 881-4805

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Take the Lead

Take the Lead

Organization/Studio

Trai Allgeier

Performer

Trai Allgeier is originally from Houston, TX where she started acting and dancing at age two. In Houston she performed in Sabrina Fair, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the original Galveston! The Musical. Trai assisted the legendary Frank Hatchett in his classes at Broadway Dance Center while living in New York and performed in the off Broadway original, Thin Line. In Los Angeles she performed at the Kodak Theatre with Latin singer Noelia and danced for Universal Studios Theme Park. She was also in the musicals Aida, Music Man, A Chorus Line, “R” Street Musical,Beauty and the Beast. She was last seen as a featured dancer in the pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire. Trai is continuing her education in dance at Missouri State University and now owns POINT Performing Arts in Springfield, MO.

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Trai Allgeier

Trai Allgeier

Performer

Marty Almaraz

Performer

Marty has danced with Oui Geometer Dance Co., Lori DuPeron and the IT Squad, and Sarah Elgart and Company. Other dance credits also include Stage, T.V., Film, Industrial Work and a National Tour. Marty has choreographed for Springfield Little Theater, Vandivort Center Theater, Springfield Contemporary Theater, Drury University, Springfield Catholic Schools, is the Resident Choreographer for Springfield Regional Opera, and is a BFA Graduate of Missouri State University. Marty is currently the Executive Chef at Tea Bar and Bites.

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Marty Almaraz

Marty Almaraz

Performer

Brandi Anderson

Performer/Choreographer

Brandi started dance classes with her twin sister at a young age at the recommendation of a doctor to combat motor skill delays from a premature birth.  By sixth grade it had lead her to music, at which time she decided she never wanted to stop learning about music and dance.   Brandi completed course work for a Bachelor of Arts in Music and dance minor at Missouri State University.  During her time at MSU Brandi had many performance opportunities, thanks to the MSU Pride Bands. While in Pride Band she was a member of the Pride Marching Bands Color Guard, the Pride Bands Pridette Dance line, and the Pride Bands Winter Guards.  Brandi also performed in various MSU concert band ensembles.  Post college, Brandi has enjoyed still being creative by playing in the MSU Community Band, and this fall she started working with a local color guard as their instructor.  As Brandi looks to the future, she hopes to continue to find new ways to grow and learn in both music and dance.  She is been a choreographer and performer with Springfield Dance Alliance since the spring of 2014.

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Brandi Anderson

Brandi Anderson

Performer/Choreographer

Brittney Laleh Banaei

Performer/Choreographer

Brittney Laleh Banaei is a performer, instructor and choreographer of Middle Eastern and Fusion dance styles. She is the owner and artistic director of Phenomenon Studio and Phenomenon Dance Company and a certified instructor of the Hot Pot Improvisational Tribal Style format. Her dancing is heavily influenced and guided by her love for bellydance, and she has many beloved teachers in the art form including Amy Sigil Suhaila Salimpour and Ruby Beh. Brittney also attends Missouri State University as a BFA Dance Major and in 2016 she was admitted into the year-long DanceJerusalem at the Rothberg International School in Jerusalem, Isreal.

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Brittney Laleh Banaei

Brittney Laleh Banaei

Performer/Choreographer

Ruth Barnes

Choreographer

<b>Ruth Barnes</b> is Professor and Dance Program Coordinator at Missouri State University. Her choreography focuses on movement invention and mixed media collaborations. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, Ruth had established a reputation as a performer, choreographer and master teacher of contemporary dance in New York City, where she taught at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She also has lived and worked in the UK, France and Switzerland and toured internationally. Ruth has created musical staging for <i>Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris</i>, <i>The Secret Garden,</i> <i>The Light in the Piazza </i>and<i>33 Variations</i>, all directed by Robert Bradley for Springfield Contemporary Theatre. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Missouri Arts Council grants and several MSU research grants and fellowships. In 2009, she directed Sheila Gordon’s Folding House, which Gordon performed in Austin, TX and on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most recently, Ruth collaborated with five dance artists and three musicians based in Scotland to create <i>Here, There and Everywhere</i>, an hour-long solo based on the concept of displacement/dislocation. Ruth choreographed <i>Leave the Thorn</i>, presented on SDA's 2016 gala, in 2006; and performed it in Springfield and in Aberdeen, Scotland, before setting it on Missouri State University dance majors.

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Ruth Barnes

Ruth Barnes

Choreographer

Victoria Billington

Performer/Choreographer

Victoria Billington received her BFA in Dance Performance from Missouri State University in 2014. She is trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Tap. While working on her degree, she danced with Inertia Dance Company (artistic director Darryl Clark). In the Spring of 2015, she debuted as a choreographer for Inertia. Victoria has been a part of the Springfield Dance Alliance from the beginning, being a dancer and choreographer both. She now works as Organization Manager for the Dance Alliance. Victoria is Assistant Director at Point Performing Arts, teaching and choreographing for all ages. While working at Point, Victoria has won awards for her choreography all over the mid-west. As well as having a passion for dance, Victoria has always had a passion for music. Winning state and national honors with her piano and voice performance, she now teaches piano and voice at Point. As well as teaching dance in a studio setting, Victoria also choreographs for live theater at Parkview High School.

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Victoria Billington

Victoria Billington

Performer/Choreographer

Kristina Carter

Performer/Choreographer

Kristina Carter began her dance training at the age of five. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2013. During her education at Missouri State University, she was a member of the school’s dance company, Inertia. She performed in many Spring and Fall Dance Concerts, working with Sara Brummel, Darryl Clark, Carla Williams, Darrel Hyche II, Victoria Billington and Abigail Lind as the choreographers. She also took technique classes from Ruth Barnes, Sara Brummel, Darryl Clark and Julie Bubalo. Kristina presented some of her own choreography in Metamorphosis: Fall Dance Concert 2012, and at the American College Dance Festival Association. She now is a member of the Springfield Dance Alliance as Operational Manager, Performer and Choreographer. Kristina continues to expand her dance experiences working with local musicians, artists and dancers with different backgrounds. She currently teaches at Springfield Ballet.

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Kristina Carter

Kristina Carter

Performer/Choreographer

Sara Brummel

Choreographer

Sara Brummel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis from the University of Arizona.

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Dance training includes the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and studies with Juan Antonio, Takako Asakawa, Peggy Baker, Jerry Bywaters Cochran, Robert Cohen, Blondell Cummings, Lynn Dalley, Margaret Jenkins, the Louis/Nikolais Dance Theatre Lab, Bill Evans, Gary Masters, David Moroni, Nadine Ravine, George Skibine, Marjorie Tallchief, and David Hatch Walker.

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Performing experience encompasses a number of ballet and modern dance companies, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, New England Dinosaur, Dance Company of Ontario, and Contemporary Dancers of Winnipeg.  As a professional dancer, Ms. Brummel appeared in works choreographed by Toby Armour, Malenko Banovitch, Anna Blewchamp, Rachel Browne, James Clouser, David Earle, Martha Armstrong Gray, Rodney Griffin, Ina Hahn, Janet Justice, Earl Kraul, Rozann Kraus, Judith Marcuse, Fred Mathews, Norman Morrice, Sophie Maslow, Linda Rabin, Cleo Parker Robinson, Lois Smith, Beth Soll, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Norbert Vesak, and James Waring.

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As a teacher, Ms. Brummel's credits include the Cambridge School of Ballet, Cambridge School of Weston, Colorado Ballet, Crested Butte Summer Dance Workshop, Dance Circle of Boston, Loretto Heights College, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Montezuma/Cortez High School, SEEK Summer Enrichment Program, American College Dance Festival, the Springfield Ballet, the University of Denver, workshops in São Paulo, Brazil, and presentations at the Congreso de Pedagogia de Danze in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Sara Brummel is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the American Ballet Theatre® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

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Ms. Brummel’s choreography has been presented in Bogotá, Seattle, Chicago, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Wichita, and Springfield.

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Ms. Brummel is currently an Associate Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

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Sara Brummel

Sara Brummel

Choreographer

Lauren Smith

Performer

Lauren Smith hails from dear old Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Dance Studies, where she studied under Ruth Barnes, Darryl Kent Clark, Sara Brummel and Julie Bubalo. Lauren has participated in many concerts at Missouri State and choreographed a piece in the 2012 Fall Dance Concert: Metamorphosis. &amp;lt;i&amp;gt;Bloom &amp;lt;/i&amp;gt;2013 was Lauren’s first concert with the Springfield Dance Alliance and she is severely honored to have worked with such talented choreographers and dancers.

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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Performer

Darryl Kent Clark

Performer/Choreographer

Darryl Kent Clark, a native of Michigan, began his career as a dancer in 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, where he danced the works of many nationally known choreographers. His interests as a performing artist expanded to include stints as a dancer with Princess Cruises, Vee Corporation; and work as an actor with First Folio Shakespeare Festival of Oakbrook, Illinois, Rochester, New York's Geva Theater, Chicago's Marriott Lincolnshire Theater and Pegasus Players, to name a few.

Mr. Clark is also an emerging choreographer, with favorable reviews of his works in Dance Magazine and the recipient of an Artist's Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. He has been on the faculty of many dance studios n the USA; and has been a a featured teacher of jazz, tap and modern dance at many studios and universities in the USA and the Netherlands.

After serving as Head of Dance at Western Carolina University, Mr. Clark is now Assistant Professor, Dance, in the Department of Theater and Dance at Missouri State University.

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Darryl Kent Clark

Darryl Kent Clark

Performer/Choreographer

Whitney Conrad

Performer/Choreographer

Whitney is an appreciator of dance and a believer in the creative process.  She grew up in the small town of Girdwood, Alaska where she started dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Nina VonImhof who taught her as much about the philosophy and expression of dance as she did the technique.  Whitney attended college at the University of Tulsa, where she earned her BS in Marketing.  Through college and after she taught ballet and transferred the lessons she learned about the discipline and freedom that dance involves.  Today Whitney still works in the creative field as one of the founding partners of Creativore, an advertising agency.

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Whitney Conrad

Whitney Conrad

Performer/Choreographer

Landyn Harris

Performer

Landyn has been dancing since the age of six. She grew up attending many competitions and conventions. She was a member of the Sugar Bear dance team at Missouri States for four years, performing at football and basketball games. As a Sugar Bear she traveled to Orlando, Florida for Nationals where the team received third place her senior year. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Missouri State in history and a minor in dance. She graduated with her masters in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas in 2014. While in Lawrence, Kansas she was a member of the AIM dance company. Dance has always been an outlet and passion for her, and she is excited to continue dancing with the Springfield Dance Alliance.

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Landyn Harris

Landyn Harris

Performer

Anne Mason

Performer

A native of Ava, Missouri, Anne Mason began her love of dance as a child at Walker School of Dance in Springfield, and continued to dance through high school under instructor Joyce (Walker) Roberts.   Obtaining a Minor in Dance at William Woods College in Fulton, MO, she studied jazz under Diane Larson, modern under Suzanne Grace and Carol Horwitz, and ballet and pointe under Pamela Joyce Washburn, Jan Hurst, and Diane Larson.  After college, Anne obtained a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has been practicing law in Springfield since 1989. At the time that she began her legal career, there was no good outlet for an adult, non-professional dancer in Springfield. She is thrilled to have found Springfield Dance Alliance so that she can begin dancing again after a very long hiatus.

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Anne Mason

Anne Mason

Performer

Natalie McNichols

Performer

Natalie began her career in dance when she was six years old at Central Arizona Dance Company. Upon moving to Springfield, Missouri, she studied ballet with Springfield Ballet, and most recently, has danced and toured with Petra Ballet Company for two seasons. Some of her favorite and most memorable roles include her portrayal of the "Rat Queen" and "Mirliton" from &lt;i&gt;The Nutcracker&lt;/i&gt;, and the "Dance of the Big Swans" duet from &lt;i&gt;Swan Lake&lt;/i&gt;. In her seventeen years of dance experience, she has had the opportunity to perform with Springfield Regional Opera in their production of &lt;i&gt;Sleeping Beauty&lt;/i&gt;, as well as with Springfield Little Theater in their productions of &lt;i&gt;The Chronicles of Narnia&lt;/i&gt;, and &lt;i&gt;The King and I&lt;/i&gt;, where she performed under the choreography of Darryl Clark. She graduated &lt;i&gt;summa cum laude&lt;/i&gt; from Missouri State University in 2013 with a Bachelors in Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. Natalie continues to call Springfield her home.

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Natalie McNichols

Natalie McNichols

Performer

Tori Morris

Performer/Choreographer

Tori Morris began dance at age 6 and gymnastics at age 7.  She competed as a USAG gymnast for 7 years, reaching the Level 8 YMCA Nationals in Georgia and the USAG Regional competition in Colorado and placing 7th place on Floor Exercise.  She also trained at the School of Ballet in Joplin, MO at the same time, performing in their productions such as "Sleeping Beauty", "An American in Paris" and performed both lead parts in "Swan Lake".  After high school she studied the Vaganova Ballet method at Garce Dance Studio in Joplin for 3 years, began teaching dance and tumbling classes there, and also started a praise dance team called For His Glory, performing at churches, nursing homes and festivals in the 4 State area.  She is currently teaching her 5th year at Ovation Studios in Carthage, MO, where she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatic and aerial acrobatic classes.  She has put her gymnastics background to good use by studying aerial silk dance for the past 2 years.  This will be her first year with the Springfield Dance Alliance.

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Tori Morris

Tori Morris

Performer/Choreographer

Kristen Parker

Performer/Choreographer

Kristen Parker has both a dance and an art education degree from Missouri State University.  She’s been educating in the arts for over ten years, both in the public school system and in dance studios.  She currently works for Dynamics Gymnastics as the Dance Director and head instructor, as well as choreographs for local, state, and national dance competitions.  She's thrilled to be a part of SDA both as a performer and a choreographer.

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Kristen Parker

Kristen Parker

Performer/Choreographer

Kate Riegler

Performer/Choreographer

Kate Riegler is currently the director of Credo Dance Academy in Springfield, MO. She trained with Peggie Wallis, registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She completed the Academy’s examination course with distinction allowing her to achieve status as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Kate continued her training at The Ailey School in New York, NY. She was a finalist in the 2004 Youth of America Grand Prix and went on to dance professionally with Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson. Later, she was administrator and instructor of Texas Ballet Theater School. In 2009, she was the children’s ballet mistress for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Nutcracker, held at Walton Art Center.  In 2010, Kate danced in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. In her free time, Kate volunteers with CASA of Southwest Missouri, enjoys college sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

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Kate Riegler

Kate Riegler

Performer/Choreographer

Ashley Paige Romines

Choreographer

Ashley Paige Romines began her dance training in Sevierville, Tennessee, and continued on to pre-professional ballet training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She then studied on scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, and in 2003, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in ballet pedagogy. In 2005, Ashley Paige received her Pilates Mat Certification through Power Pilates, and in 2009 and 2013, she attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher’s Workshop. Ashley Paige’s performance experience includes Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and Northern Ballet Theatre in New Hampshire where she danced professionally for three seasons. Her favorite roles include Dew Drop Fairy from <em>The Nutcracke</em>r, George Balanchine’s <em>Valse Fantaisie</em>, Cygnet from <em>Swan Lake</em>, and a witch in James Clouser’s <em>Carmina Burana</em> She was also excited for the opportunity to tour internationally with Oklahoma Festival Ballet to Cancun, Mexico in 2002. As of late, Ashley Paige has focused more on her teaching and ballet administration career which is where her true passion lies. Since joining Springfield Ballet as School Director in fall 2007, Ashley Paige has choreographed and staged <em>The Nutcracker</em>, <em>Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty (</em>Act III), <em>The Firebird, Pas de Quatre, Peter and the Wolf</em>, and several original contemporary ballets. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her passion for the performance art through her work as a teacher, choreographer and administrator.

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Ashley Paige Romines

Ashley Paige Romines

Choreographer

Cris Swaters

Performer

Cris Swaters started dancing at age three in Lee's Summit, Mo., at Steppin' Out - The Studio and has loved it ever since. After graduating high school in 2006, she went on to attend Missouri State University. Cris graduated with her B.S. in public relations in 2010 and went on to get her M.A. in communication the following year. Currently, she works in public relations and marketing in Branson, and is an adjunct professor at Southwest Baptist University. When she's not working, you can find Cris at lifting cars and elephants at CrossFit Springfield, playing ultimate frisbee, cooking awesome things, and watching a shameful amount of television. And now, after having been away from dance since graduating from high school, Cris is rekindling her love for dance by joining Springfield Dance Alliance.

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Cris Swaters

Cris Swaters

Performer

Alison Vernon

Performer

Though now a first grade teacher, Alison Vernon's first love has always been dance. At the age of 3 she began dance lessons at That's Entertainment in Lee's Summit, MO. She spent the majority of her school years dancing under the direction of Jennifer McCluhan at Dancing Plus in Lee's Summit, MO. With Dancing Plus, she traveled and performed in many cities and venues, including Disney World, Disney Land and the Navy Pier. Her love of teaching dance throughout high school is what motivated her to attend Missouri State University and earn her degree in Elementary Education. During college, she was a member of the Inertia Dance Company and was honored to perform in several fall and spring dance concerts, as well as at the American College Dance Festival. She was also able to complete a dance course through the Study Away Program in London, England. Outside of the dance program, Alison was the Dance Captain for the Springfield Cardinal's Team Louie for two summers. Since graduating from MSU in 2011, she has also received her Masters in Educational Leadership in December 2012. She is thankful for the continuing dance opportunities provided through the Springfield Dance Alliance.

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Alison Vernon

Alison Vernon

Performer

Brooke Wheeler

Performer

Originally from St. Patrick, MO, Brooke graduated from Missouri State University in 2014 with degrees in Dance Performance and Psychology. She attended the American Dance Festival (ADF) in Durham, NC in summer 2014 and trained with Beth Gill, Stuart Singer, Brenda Daniels, Mark Haim, and Amanda Miller-Fasshauer. Brooke has had an incredible experience living and dancing in New York for the past 15 months, most notably with Emily Johnson/Catalyst in SHORE: Lenapehoking (NYC) and SHORE: Yelamu (San Francisco). She’s thrilled to be back in Springfield and can’t wait to see what life offers next.

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Brooke Wheeler

Brooke Wheeler

Performer

Jamie Williams

Performer/Choreographer

When Jamie Williams was a little girl, she wanted to be one of two things when she grew up: a zookeeper or a dancer... She ended up doing both! Jamie grew up in Springfield, IL and was a member of the Springfield Ballet Company where she danced roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and others. With a love of animals and dance, she graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in biology, and a minor in dance. After graduating, Jamie hung up her ballet shoes in lieu of work boots to become a full time zookeeper at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO. After a few years away from the dance studio, Jamie decided that she just missed dancing too much... plus the animals were never very impressed with her pirouettes. She is thrilled to have been given this opportunity to dance again, and is so honored to be a part of the Springfield Dance Alliance since 2012. She also performs and teaches with Springfield Ballet.

When Jamie is not dancing or taking care of animals she enjoys volunteering at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, and spending time with her wonderful husband, family, friends and pets. You can also check out her antique booth at STD Flea Market East on East Trafficway!

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Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams

Performer/Choreographer

Katelyn Brooks

Student Performer

Katelyn Brooks is a junior at Missouri State University. She started ballet classes at five years old at the Belleville School of Ballet in Illinois, where she was cast as a Cherub in <em>The Nutcracker</em>. She trained with the North Caroline State Ballet Company for 3 years, and other later dancing roles include a Mouse, Soldier, Party girl, Clara, Chinese, Arabian, Snow, and Flowers in <em>The Nutcracker</em>. Katelyn was on her high school competitive dance team for four years, winning 6 state titles in lyrical and jazz. She has been involved in two Greek Jam dance performances through her sorority and one spring dance concert with MSU, where she continues to take classes in dance. This will be her first performance with Springfield Dance Alliance and is very excited!

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Katelyn Brooks

Katelyn Brooks

Student Performer

Molly Haslag

Student Performer

Molly Haslag was born in Jefferson City, Missouri and has been dancing for 17 years. She has received training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, hiphop, jazz, and several modern techniques. She is currently a double major in dance and social work at Missouri State University and teaches ballet at Starlight's School of Dance in Nixa.

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Molly Haslag

Molly Haslag

Student Performer

 


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