As the co-executive 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. In the summer of 2019, she received her certification in Acrobatic Arts, an acro curriculum that focuses on safety, injury prevention and progressions.
In addition to co-directing the non profit organization and studio, she specializes in teaching acro, jazz, and lyrical.
Amber has been involved in directing the programs at Dance Hues Studio since she was in 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 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. She has studied in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, pedagogy, arts administration, accounting, economics, choreographic development, and information systems. Amber graduated in December 2018 with her major and minor. In 2020, she received a certificate in Progressive Ballet Technique, a program and curriculum dedicated to train dancers and educators how to strengthen their ballet technique with specific conditioning and exercises.
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. Amber specializes in teaching ballet, contemporary, and jazz.
"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."
Malyiah received her high school diploma from Free State High School in 2018 and is a longtime former member of our Sunflower Company. Malyiah was promoted to our Assistant Director, August 2020 after being our desk admin, our team assistant and Bri & Amber's right hand woman for two years. Malyiah is the organization behind all of the little details of DHS, she helps with everything from shoe fittings to fun projects and attendance reports. Malyiah has also become very involved with our STAMPP team inlcuding choreographing, coaching, administrative work and more.
She first took hip hop with Dance Hues Studio at the age of eight. After her first class, she fell in love with dance and continued her training in ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and some modern.
Malyiah has a love for performance and the self-gain and escape from reality that dance provides. She is a perfectionist and a hard worker. She challenges her students to push themselves and work for refinement.
She understands the hard work and commitment that is required to invest oneself into the art of dance.
She is currently attending KU, with plans to major in Education and minor in Dance in order to continue to share a lifetime of her passion in dance with others. She received her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique with Miss Amber in 2020. Malyiah specializes in teaching contemporary, tap, and lyrical.
Miss Kelsie is starting her sixth season with Dance Hues Studio. We are so grateful for her loyalty and long time dedication to our program!
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, aerial rope, and contortion with Quixotic Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO.
Kelsie has completed a minor in dance at The University of Kansas in addition to her English degree and graduate certificate in publishing from The University of Denver. She has performed with companies such as Moon Drop Circus and Quixotic in Kansas City, and she is currently working full time at a law firm in downtown Lawrence.
She has over eight years of experience teaching dance and tumbling in the Lawrence area. Additionally, she is also certified in yoga.
This season Kelsie will be teaching our aerial classes and yoga, as well as choreographing for our STAMPP Company. Kelsie specializes in teaching aerial arts, acrobatics, and contemporary.
Miss Annalee has been dancing nearly her entire life, training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop. Growing up she took class at her studio in Bellevue Nebraska and started competing at age 10. At age 14 she was asked to join American
Midwest Ballet’s second company where she took class and performed along side professional ballet dancers until graduating high school. She has always had a love of musical theatre which has led her to acting in musicals and plays throughout high school and college as well as choreographing musicals for her high school and children’s theatre. She furthers her training by
spending summers and winters at dance intensives through ballet companies and festivals around the country. She has found herself in Lawrence as she is studying to get her BFA in dance at KU while also on the pre-physical therapy track as she as hopes of attending physical therapy school
in the future. At KU she has performed with the University Dance company, University Theatre, and in pieces through student showcases. She has a passion for the arts and the positive impact that they can make in the world and in individuals which is what has made teaching such a joy for her.
Tori is a born and raised Oklahoman. She grew up dancing and studying under the guidance of popular choreographer Emily Shock. Tori danced for Emily on both Westmoore Pom, where she earned five national titles through UDA’s NDTC, and Applause Studios. Tori has studied choreography since she was 13, choreographing and performing solos, duets, and groups. After high school, Tori studied Dance and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. There, Tori constantly performed in and choreographed for student run productions and was a member of the University Dance Company.
Tori has been a member of Varsity Spirit’s UDA (Universal Dance Association) dance instructors since the summer of 2016. Working for UDA, Tori has taught dance all around the United States, teaching all sorts of styles and levels of dance. Tori is also a core member of Varsity Spirit All Stars, sending her around the country to run and work many dance and cheer competitions as a stage manager, judge, and many other roles. Tori also does choreography for both high school and college dance teams, some of which are used as state and national competition routines.
Tori has recently coached at Ottawa University as the head dance coach and has also taught as an adjunct professor at the university teaching dance history and introduction. Tori now coaches the dance and drill team at Shawnee Mission North. Tori hopes to drive the team toward a more competitive and more technical state.
Tori loves hip hop, acro, and contemporary jazz. She also loves Taco Bell, animals, and dancing with her friends!
Demetra Beers graduated High in 2018 from Free State High School. She is a former Dance Hues dance and competition team member. Demetra has been dancing with Dance Hues since the age of 9, and continued to dance with Bri when Dance Hues reopened. Demetra is back with us this year to assist with our STAMPP team choreography.
Azia Gambrell is from Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri Kansas-City where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography in May 2020. Since February 2014, Azia has been a part of the National Dance Alliance as a Professional Dance Instructor and enjoys dance movement due to its ability to inspire positive change in dancers spirit. Azia currently focuses on choreography and instructs regularly at multiple dance studios in the states of Missouri and Kansas. Azia is also a freelance dance artist participating in dance performances and projects in the KC Metro area. Gambrell specializes in solo/group choreography, private lessons,strength and conditioning, and stretching. Azia enjoys teaching dance because she believes it promotes self confidence and she loves to inspire the youth through the art of dance.
Wrenn is a freshman at Baker University, where she is also a member of the dance team in which she received a scholarship! She is a former DHS student and competition team member. She did dance on and off from ages 3-8 and then got involved with a local pom team for youth and started attending competitions. That's when she met Bri and Emi
Wrenn is a freshman at Baker University, where she is also a member of the dance team in which she received a scholarship! She is a former DHS student and competition team member. She did dance on and off from ages 3-8 and then got involved with a local pom team for youth and started attending competitions. That's when she met Bri and Emily and found a safe space with DHS. Wrenn has always had a very natural talent for dance but that did not stop her from taking every class under the sun when DHS reopened under Bri in 2014. Wrenn was the first twelve year old to be included in the teen/ senior team in the early years of DHS competition team!
She is such a hard-worker and a modest but very talented dancer! Wrenn collaborated on choreography in our petite large group, and our petite/ junior small group for the 2021-2022 season!
Lexi is entering her second season with DHS! Lexi is a Preprofessional company member and takes five advanced classes a week plus a minimum of five hours of rehearsals! Lexi spent four years with Dazzlers as well as a year of ballet at the Lawrence Arts Center! Additionally, she just completed her third full season with the Lawrence High
Lexi is entering her second season with DHS! Lexi is a Preprofessional company member and takes five advanced classes a week plus a minimum of five hours of rehearsals! Lexi spent four years with Dazzlers as well as a year of ballet at the Lawrence Arts Center! Additionally, she just completed her third full season with the Lawrence High School Poms Poms team as well. Lexi is a senior at LHS in where she is a captain of the Pom Team! Lexi has a heart of gold and has incredible passion and discipline for dance!