Anna began her dance training at the age of 3 right here in Lawrence, Kansas at Dance Gallery. Under the direction of Karen Fender, Anna was trained in all styles including tap, lyrical, jazz, musical theater, acrobatics, and contemporary. Throughout her time as a competitive dancer Anna received numerous overall awards and judges choice awards recognizing her movement and performance qualities. Anna also received two duet/trio National Championships alongside DG Staff member Katie Lomshek. Anna was an NDA All-American for all three years of her time on the Lawrence High Pom Squad. Upon graduating from high school, Anna attended K-State where she started her career in dance education teaching at multiple studios in Manhattan, choreographing and dancing with the K-State Singers, as well as choreographing for homecoming every year. Anna graduated from K-State in 2014 with Bachelors in History and French and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching for middle and high school students. She continues to train today attending conventions and teacher intensives across the country!
Anna Meissbach – Acrobatics, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Turns & Leaps, Troupe Coordinator, Administrative Director
Alyssa Schneider – Ballet, Troupe Coordinator
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.
Katie Butler – Accounts Manager
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.
Ally Brittian-Waller – Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Lyrical, Contemporary, Troupe Teacher/Choreographer
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
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.
Kristl Taylor – Twinkle Stars
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!
Jordan Mayfield – Twinkle Stars, Beg Combo, Prep-Troupe Teacher and Choreographer
Jordan began her dance training at the age of three in Stillwater, Oklahoma at Encore! Dance Studios. Jordan studied ballet, tap, and contemporary with special emphasis in jazz and hip-hop. She also was a member of her high school pom squad and competitive studio company. Jordan has been teaching and choreographing dance for almost two decades, ranging in ages from two through adult. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in Social Welfare. She currently holds both a clinical social work license and clinical addiction counselor’s license in the state of Kansas. During the day she works as a therapist in the Lawrence community providing services to children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Katie Lomshek – Jazz, Turns & Leaps, Hip Hop, Troupe Teacher & Choreographer
Sarah Matthews – Tap, Turns & Leaps
Rosie Arbogast – Twinkle Stars
Dani Grossman – Twinkle Stars
Kristi Haas – Twinkle Stars, Musical Theater
Sydney Rebeck – Troupe Teacher & Choreographer
Loralea Hubert – Troupe Teacher & Choreographer
Kiley Lefler – Troupe Teacher & Choreographer