ABOVE THE BARRE
11308 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215
I began dancing at age 4 in Hays, Kansas at Jackie Creamer’s, The Dance Studio. I was a member of the Vision Dance Team through high school and competed locally, regionally and nationally. During high school, I also studied in New York at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and in LA, at The Edge & The Performing Arts Center during my summers, as well as, attending dance workshops and conventions many, many weekends. While in New York, choreographer, Michele Assaf took me under her wing and became my mentor and flew me to New York to be in her instructional dance videos. I graduated from the University of Missouri Conservatory of Dance & Music (UMKC) earning a Bachelors degree in Modern & Ballet. Two opportunities that stand out for me were being a principal in George Ballanchine’s Serenade Ballet and Joseph Mazilier’s, Peqida. While in college in Kansas City, I was afforded many, many opportunities to perform including with the Kansas City Ballet.
After college, I spent my first summer dancing with Choreographer Michele Assaf in Italy and served as her assistant at the World Dance Movement in Tropea, Italy. Upon returning from Italy, I moved to New York City and was represented by Clear Talent Agency. I have studied with: Desmond Richardson, Mandy Moore, David Howard, Finus Young, Mia Michaels, Ray Leaper, Adam Parson, Wes Veldink, Frank Hatchett, Rhonda Miller, Chris Jacobson, Sonya T, Mark Meismer, Dee Caspery, Tina Caspery, Suzi Taylor and many more. During college and currently I am a member of Seamless Dance Theater.
I have a passion for teaching and much to share with the dance world. So, in January 2012, Above the Barre Dance Academy opened its doors. I hope you will consider experiencing the difference and become a part of the ATB family.