Tim Flattery, Studio Director
Tim Flattery grew up in Onaga, KS, and graduated from Onaga High School. He attended Studio 1 Dance Center in Holton, KS, where he trained for 10 years. Upon graduation from high school, Tim attended the University of Kansas, where he majored in Dance and was a member of the Rock Chalk Dancers from 2006 to 2007. He graduated from KU in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
His many dance experiences include an internship at Broadway Dance Center in New York City in 2008, and an 8-month engagement as a Holland America Cruise Line cast member and dancer.
Upon returning from his stint on the cruise line, Tim began teaching at Dance Gallery in August 2011 and was hired as the Studio Director in 2014. An accomplished choreographer, Tim has choreographed for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, the Baker University Dance Team, the University of Kansas Rock Chalk Dancers, Le Dance Studio, Studio 1, and Shawnee Mission Southwest High School. Additionally, Tim serves as an Assistant Coach for the Rock Chalk Dancers, Coach for Free State High School Dance Team and also judges for Stage One Dance Competition.
Tim is looking forward to continuing the success of Dance Gallery. If you have any questions for Tim, please contact him at email@example.com. His door is always open!
Beth Bond – Twinkle Stars Program
Beth joined the Dance Gallery team in 2015. Beth began dancing at age 4 and continued dancing into young adulthood. Beth danced on the Olathe South High School team, and then cheered for two years at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Beth has never lost her love for dance, even with being a mom of 6 kids, Beth has been teaching dance to young children for 13 years.
Ally Brittian-Waller – Jazz, Ballet, Leaps & Turns, Lyrical, Troupe
Ally started dancing at the age of 2, and began competitive dance at the age of 5. She competed for Dance Gallery for 7 years and has won numerous awards and recognitions, including Miss Dance America, Miss Leap, and Top Entertainer. In addition to competing with Dance Gallery, Ally was also a member of the Free State High School Dance Team for 4 years. Ally is currently a studying at the University of Kansas, double majoring in Dance and Elementary Education. She is also a member of the University Dance Company, and has been invited to perform in various showcases.
Katie Butler – Twinkle Stars PreSchool Program
Katie started dancing at the age of 3 and continued through high school and on at Baker University, where she danced for 2 years with the Lady Wildcats dance team. Highlights of her career include dancing at an NBA game in high school, and dancing at Nationals in Florida while at Baker. Katie brought to the Twinkle Stars Program to Dance Gallery in 2014 for ages 2-6 years old, which she continues to head up today. She loves being able to combine her passion for dance with her love of teaching kids. Katie has 2 daughters, Addison and Jacie, on competition troupe at Dance Gallery.
Amanda Herrmann – Beginner’s Combo, Ballet 1, Tap 1
Amanda grew up dancing and has received training from Paula’s School of Dance, Footloose Dance Academy, and Washington Dance Studio. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Amanda earned her degree in Dance from the University of Kansas in 2007. She then started and operated Amanda’s Dance Academy in Eudora, KS until 2014. Amanda has been teaching at Dance Gallery since 2015. She has over 15 years of teaching experience.
Monika Ivy – Acro, Twinkle Stars
Monika Ivy grew up in the Kansas City area, and has been involved in dance since her childhood. She first studied Ballet, jazz and modern dance at KC’s Midtown School of Dance and City in Motion. She went on to get her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Kansas, where she was trained in the areas of Ballet, modern, and jazz, and performed as a member of the University Dance Company. After graduating, Monika explored modern dance performance and choreography in St. Louis with Atrek Modern Dance Collective and taught at several St. Louis area dance schools before settling back down in Lawrence. Since 2009 Monika has been teaching dance to students of all ages from preschool through adult, inspiring her students to be both creative and disciplined. She is thrilled to be a part of Dance Gallery, and to get the opportunity to work with so many wonderful students!
Victoria Kaufman – Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Troupe
Victoria is a former DG competitive dancer and member of the 1st Runner Up winning team at Stage One Nationals in 2014. Victoria helps to train our beginning level dancers and helps them to improve their technique, as well as choreographing and working with our competitive troupe team. Victoria loves that she can still stay in touch with dance while she is pursuing a degree at The University of Kansas.
Alison Prather – Tap, Troupe
Alison was a former student at Dance Gallery. She began dancing at the age of three and is thankful to be still dancing today. She was a member of Dance Gallery’s Competition Team for many years, winning multiple awards, both in groups and solos. Alison won a National Championship for her tap solo in 2011 and was also part of the 1st Runner-Up winning team at Stage One Nationals in 2014. Alison is currently studying at Baker University where she is a member of the Baker University Dance Team.
Cassie Schuh – Twinkle Stars
Cassie Schuh grew up in Lawrence, KS. She started her dance career at Dance Gallery at the age of 2 and continued through high school. Cassie was one of the original 5 dancers of the inaugural Mini Troupe at Dance Gallery. She danced on the Lawrence High School Pom Squad from 2000-2003. After high school, Cassie went on to dance for the Emporia State University Stingers Dance team from 2003-2007. She graduated from Emporia State University with a B.S. in Health Promotion and minor in Recreation. In addition to teaching our youngest dancers in the Twinkle Stars program, Cassie is also currently the Program Manager for a Corporate Fitness Center in Overland Park, KS for EXOS.
Alyssa Schneider – Ballet
Alyssa Bevitt began her dance training at age 3 in Winona, Minnesota at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. As a dancer Ms.Schneider spent her summers training with the American Ballet Theater, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet and The Milwaukee Ballet. At the age of 16 Alyssa transferred to Perpich Center for the performing Arts and later to St. Mary’s University to finish out her high school career. Alyssa went on to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance where she studied dual emphasis in both ballet and modern techniques. In her time at UMKC, she performed for the opening Gala at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts as well as Carmina Burana and Dark Elegies by Antony Tudor. Alyssa received a bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and went on to dance professionally with Ballet Emmanuel and Thorn Productions before moving back to the Lawrence area.
Chelsey Rader – Ballet
Chelsey attended the School of American Ballet on full scholarship from age fifteen to eighteen and was accepted into NYCB as a trainee. She also danced for the Milwaukee Ballet as a Corps de Ballet dancer for a year. After moving back to Kansas she danced with the Kansas City Ballet. Chelsey acts and sings regularly with The Baldwin City Theater, she takes classes and subs at the Kansas City Ballet and takes regular trips to Chicago, LA, LV and NY to continue her studies. She has 2 years experience in aerials where she studied the hoop and silks with Quixotic in KC and still travels to Las Vegas to study with Cirque de Soliel artists and coaches. She has 4 years experience in flamenco dance training with her coach, Vida Perel in Spain.
Sonia Engman – Hip Hop
Sonia Engman is a recognized professional choreographer, performer, and educator. She is committed to exploring the fusion of different dance styles, choreographic innovation, and spreading the knowledge of dance. Sonia believes in the importance of art as a means of social change for people of all social and cultural backgrounds. At four years old Sonia began studying dance, first at Hayden Ballet School then transitioned to Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Later she went on to study modern dance at the University of New Mexico where she discovered and fell in love with the hip hop culture. Sonia has trained in hip hop and many street styles including Breaking and House She has had the privilege to work with many talented choreographers and travel to different parts of the world including Europe and many parts of the United States to perform and learn.
Kristl grew up in Topeka and Lawrence, and has been involved with dance all of her life. She started studying tap, jazz, and ballet at the Dance Factory in Topeka when she was young and continued through high school. Kristl danced on the Free State Pom Squad from 1999-2001. In college, she was a member of the Dancing Blues at Washburn University. She received a degree in Elementary Education with a minor History in 2006. Kristl was involved in many competitions and attended several conventions in her dance career. She was also the head dance coach for the De Soto High School Dance Team from 2008-2010. In addition to teaching dance, Kristl also teaches eighth grade social studies at Southwest Middle School. She is very excited to be part of the Dance Gallery family!