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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. His door is always open!
Cynthia Crewes – Ballet II, III & IV
Cynthia was a principal dancer with the Tulsa Ballet, and has performed both in numerous musicals (“Paint Your Wagon”, “On a Clear Day”, “The King and I”, “Oklahoma”, “I Do, I Do”, “My Fair Lady”, “Caberet”,”A Chorus Line”-to name a few) and many ballets (Nutcracker, Coppelia, Firebird, Giselle, Swan Lake Tribute, Square Dance and many others!). She has performed with the Tampa Ballet, Spanish Lyric Theater, the Tulsa Opera, Festival Ballet USA in Houston, and the Oklahoma City Lyric Theater. She has taught ballet, dance and stage movement for over 25 years and is an accomplished choreographer. Cynthia graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She has studied with the Tulsa Civic Ballet, American Ballet Center (Joffrey Ballet), Harkness Ballet and has attended several intensive teachers seminars covering the Russian Ballet Syllabus. Cindy has taught for 10 years now at the Dance Gallery both ballet and lyrical.
Krystyna Jurkowski Hilding – Ballet V, Pointe
Krystyna was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 12 years, dancing featured roles in Gerald Arpino’s “Trinity” and “Kettentanz”, Ruthanna Boris’ “Cakewalk”, and Sir Frederic Ashton’s “The Dream. She performed as a guest artist with Edward Villella’s touring company and as a leading dancer with the New Jersey Ballet. Before moving to Lawrence, she was on the faculty of the New Jersey School of Ballet and coached privately. As a performer, she toured internationally and throughout the United States, appeared in the acclaimed PBS series Dance in America, and in a television special featuring Diana Ross. She also danced at the Kennedy Center Performance of American Arts for President Jimmy Carter and Vice-Premier of China, Deng Xiapong. Ms. Hilding is on the dance faculty at the University of Kansas teaches master classes, is a choreographer and coaches privately. Krystyna has been teaching ballet at the Dance Gallery for over ten years.
Jerel Hilding – Ballet V
Jerel was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years, touring internationally and performing in works by many of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, including George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederic Ashton, John Cranko, Kurt Jooss, Leonide Massine, and Twyla Tharp. He teaches ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and music for dancers. In addition to choreographing and directing the University Dance Company, Hilding has collaborated with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, the KU Opera and the Department of Theatre & Film on musicals, opera, and dance concerts. He directed the New Jersey Ballet’s Artist-in-Education program and worked as an instructor for New York’s City Center Theatre Outreach Program. He has been a guest artist in New York, New Jersey, Texas, New Orleans, and throughout the Midwest. During his performing career Mr. Hilding was featured in the acclaimed PBS series Dance in America, Live from Wolftrap and Artpark, the Diana Ross television special I’m Coming Out, and TV commercials. He has been a guest artist with Ballet Concierto in Puerto Rico, the New Jersey Ballet, and the Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans. Articles about Mr. Hilding have appeared in Dance Magazine, L. A. Magazine, and he is listed in Who’s Who in the Arts. He earned his B.A. in Music History from the University of New Orleans.
Beth Bond – Twinkle Stars Preschool Program
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, serving as Captain during her Senior year. Ally is currently a sophomore 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. Most recently, Ally spent the summer training in Miami, Florida with the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive. Ally started teaching at Dance Gallery the summer after her sophomore year in high school, and has been on staff, off and on, for the past 3 years.
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.
Justin Harbaugh – Ballet, Contemporary
Amanda Herrmann – Beginner’s Combo
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 was also a competitive gymnast, and uses these experiences in movement to this day.
She went on to get her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Kansas (class of 2008), where she was trained in the areas of Ballet, modern, and jazz, and performed as a member of the University Dance Company. She performed works by choreographers such as Patrick Suzeau, Wally Cardona, and Bill Evans, and Joan Stone. After graduating, Monika explored modern dance performance and choreography in St. Louis with Atrek Modern Dance Collective. She also taught at several St. Louis area dance schools including C.O.C.A. Center of Creative Arts and Wildwood Dance and Arts, before settling back down in Lawrence. This year, she has recently been back up performing in a few local roles in the Lawrence area.
Monika has been teaching dance classes in Topeka and Lawrence since 2009. She is experienced in teaching dance to students of all ages from preschool through adult, and is looking forward to inspiring her students to be both creative and disciplined through dance. She is thrilled to be a part of Dance Gallery, and to get the opportunity to work with so many wonderful students!
Haley Jennison – Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Troupe
Haley is a senior at the University of Kansas and is working to obtain a degree in communications, with business and dance minors. She trained in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and contemporary at Starstruck Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Erin Lustig. While training, Haley received top awards and scholarships from Nuvo, Jump and NYCDA Dance Conventions. She also holds various regional and national titles from dance competitions around the country. Haley has been teaching dance for the past four years, but this is her first year teaching at Dance Gallery.
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. She is also one of the choreographers for our Elite 5 team this year. Victoria is currently a sophomore at The University of Kansas.
Brennon Madrid -Tap, Contemporary, Troupe
Alison Prather – Tap, Troupe
Alison has been a student at Dance Gallery since she was 3 years old. She has been a member of the Competition Team for many years, and has won 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 a sophomore at Baker University and 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 through 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 Schneider 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, Ms. Schneider performed for the opening Gala at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts as well as Carmina Burana and Dark Elegies by Antony Tudor. Ms. Schneider holds a bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Schneider went on to dance professionally with Ballet Emmanuel and Thorn Productions before moving back to the Kansas City area.
Daniel Xaysongkham – Hip Hop
Daniel Xaysongkham was born and raised in Stockton, California. He began dancing at age 5 and his specialty is Contemporary Hip Hop and Break Dancing. Daniel is currently a student at the University of Kansas, where he has performed with the University Dance Company for 3 years. Additionally, he has performed with Push 4 Art, and has been featured in pieces by guest artists Carly Mason and David Justin. Daniel desires to use his talent as a segue into professional choreography. This is his first year at Dance Gallery.