As the owner and director of Dance Hues Studio, the founder of our non profit organization: The DAISY Studios Inc., and one of our most qualified teachers and choreographers, Miss Bri takes utmost pride in her work with our studio.
At the young age of 19, Bri took ownership of Dance Hues Studio in January of 2014 when the program needed to regroup and relocate financially and physically. Before making this decision, she was developing her technical, choreographic, and pedagogical skills as a student in the dance department at KU, as well as being an active teacher, choreographer and a program director at varying area local studios and dance programs.
During her time at the University of Kansas, she studied techniques including ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop. She also excelled in many courses that were focused in pedagogy and choreography. She also performed in modern, contemporary and hip hop faculty-choreographed works with The University Dance Company, a pre-professional company for dance-department-enrolled students. In addition, Bri also performed in the campus hip hop crew, Unity. For the last three of her four and a half years at KU, she was also running and operating her sole proprietorship, Dance Hues, without pay to ensure the doors would stay open.
In July of 2016, Bri decided to make her organization a true non profit by legal guidelines. She created a 501c3 organization and made her sister, Amber, her official business partner. Bri firmly believes every individual should have equal access to dance and arts education. As a young girl, she was fortunate to have someone offer very inexpensive dance lessons to her and her friends. Her life mission is to give back to her community and do the same for our youth. She believes the youth are our future and art plays a huge part in their development as they become respectful and hardworking citizens.
Bri received her Bachelor's of Arts in Dance from the University of Kansas in December of 2016.
Although newly promoted to co-owner, Amber has been operating as the Assistant Director at Dance Hues Studio since before graduating High School.
At the age of 16, she was offered a job to teach technique to the competitive gymnasts at LGA in addition to her role as a dance student and position as a substitute dance teacher. In the Spring of 2013, she advanced from a substitute teacher to having her own classes. January 2014, Dance Hues Studio relocated and Amber loyally followed to pursue her dream of owning and operating a dance studio with her sister, Bri, in her new business.
Amber dedicated her time to the studio, as a volunteer, per-say. As she received her high school diploma, she began to prep for a dance major and business minor at The University of Kansas. Amber is currently still enrolled in both programs at the University of Kansas. She has studied in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, pedagogy, arts administration, accounting, economics, choreographic development, and information systems. Amber has an expected graduation date of December 2018.
Amber absolutely loves teaching, she finds joy from the pure happiness and excitement of her youngest students. She focuses on form and technique while teaching, as well as maintaining a positive attitude and high energy.
"I'm so blessed to be able to do what I love everyday. Sometimes I'm exhausted, but all of these kids push me through. The joy I see in the eyes of my little ones when they see me and know it's time for dance class. When pretending to be bunnies is the best part of their day. Watching my dancers try try and try, then finally get the trick they've been working at for months. The moment dancers start performing instead of just moving. Those are the moments I live for."
Deanne teaches ballet, tap and musical theatre at DHS. She is respectable, fun, exciting, and beyond knowledgeable.
She has trained with The Academy of Ballet and Modern Dance, Westport Ballet School, the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Coach- Dan Yancy, Wilbert Bradley of 1st Street Theatre in Chicago, Dick Pond of Avila College, The Alvin Ailey School in New York. She is also a former member of the Granada Dance Company in Kansas City.
She has taught ballet, tap, modern, acrobatics and tumbling in recreational, concert, and competitive scenes for dance studios, high school dance teams, and university productions. In addition to her expertise in training, teaching, and coaching, she also has experience serving as an adjudicator for dance and tumbling.
Candace is teaching musical theatre & tap combo along with some ballet and lyrical and contemporary classes this summer.
Candace Miller received her Bachelors at the University of Kansas in Journalism and is in her 20th year of dance. As a student in the Department of Dance, she has performed various styles with KU, including contemporary, tap, modern, and flamenco. Before attending KU, Candace danced competitively for 11 years, training under the likes of Patricia Oplotnik, Mia Michaels, and Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo. Candace has trained in all styles of dance throughout her dance career, including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, and modern.
She previously taught for 4 years at her former studio, Poetry in Motion, in Hutchinson, Kansas. She is excited to help grow her students as dancers and is honored to be part of their journey with this amazing art. Candace believes talent is God-given and she is delighted to be able to give back to the art form that has given her so much. She has taken a position with Cerner, and will be taking a break from teaching in the fall, but plans to reconnect with our studio in the spring, with hopes to expand her involvement in our STAMPP Company.
Kelsie started with tumbling and gymnastics training at Dance City in Lawrence, Kansas and the Parks and Rec program with the city. She then trained in jazz at the Lawrence Arts Center. She has also trained in lyra, silks, trapeze, and hand balancing, cordelisse (aerial rope,) contortion, and spanish web with both The Last Carnival in Lawrence, KS and Quixotic Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO.
Kelsie has also studied dance at the University of Kansas for the last three years. She is an intern with Quixotic Performing Arts and a troupe performer with The Last Carnival.
She has three years of experience teaching dance and tumbling in the Lawrence area. Additionally, she is also certified in yoga.
She teaches aerial silks, acrobatics & tumbling, flexibility training, and yoga, here at DHS.
Amanda Morrison began dancing at the age of 3 and competitively at the age of 7 at Brekke Dance Center in Des Moines, Iowa, where she also assisted and taught classes throughout her high school career. Amanda has trained in many styles throughout her 18 years of dancing from ballet, jazz, contemporary/Lyrical, tap, musical theatre, hip hop and acrobatics. At the age of 17 she won the title of Miss Dance of Dance Masters of Mid-America Chapter 34 and Outstanding
dancer in her class at State competition a few months later.
Currently, she is in her senior year at University of Kansas, majoring in dance. While at KU, she has performed in university’s company along with many student produce and choreographed shows. Amanda is pursuing what she loves and hopes to ignite that same passion in younger dancers.
Jordyn Manhart is a sophomore at the University of Kansas, and she is majoring in dance. She is so excited to represent Kansas Athletics as a Rock Chalk Dancer.
The dance studio has been and always will be her second home as she has been dancing since the age of 3 and competing since the age of 6 at Jackie Creamer's Vision Dance Company out of Hays, Kansas. She was able to teach both recreational and competitive dance classes at her studio all throughout high school. Jordyn also had the opportunity to perform twice in Branson, Missouri, in the GoPro workshop, which is put on by Talent On Parade. During these weeks she was able to take class from choreographers from L.A. and New York, such as Helene Phillips and Paul Kirkland, as well as Sharna Burgess from "Dancing with the Stars."
Jordyn is so excited to teach her favorite styles, lyrical and contemporary, and see the dancers connect this beautiful art to their own lives!
Christine is our Administrative Assistant at the studio, you will see her friendly face behind the reception desk!
Christine has been training in dance since she was three years old with focuses in jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from The University of Kansas in May of 2017. During her studies at KU, Christine trained in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, flamenco, world dance culture, pedagogy, and arts administration. She found her love for arts administration and technical production whilst producing her first student showcase entitled Coalescence which led her into an internship with James Moreno, Assistant Professor at KU, in Chicago. This internship entailed traveling an entire dance and theatrical arts show from KU to Chicago. Christine acted as Co-Producer and stage manager of this production. Upon graduating from The University of Kansas, Christine has been working as a Bridal Consultant in downtown Lawrence, assisting her parents with administration and renovation of their event venue space in Baldwin City, Kansas, as well as teaching jazz and hip hop here at Dance Hues Studio.