Anna Meissbach – Jazz, Contemporary, Turns and Leaps, Troupe Coordinator
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 – Studio Office 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, Ballet, Leaps & Turns, Lyrical, 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
Victoria Kaufman – Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Turns and Leaps, Troupe Teacher/Choreographer
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, Turns and Leaps, Troupe Teacher/Choreographer
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
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 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 and Beg Combo
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.