As the 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.
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 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.
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 a guest teacher at Dance Hues Studio.
Candace Miller received her Bachelors at the University of Kansas in Journalism and has 20+ years of dance training. As a student in the Department of Dance, she 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 completed a minor in dance at The University of Kansas. 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 Hoyt is going to be a senior at The University of Kansas starting August 2018,
and she is double majoring in Dance and Strategic Communications. She has been dancing
since the age of three in a suburb outside of Saint Louis, Collinsville, IL. Currently, Amanda lives
in Lawrence, Kansas and visits her family in Central West End, Saint Louis. She began her
training at the Turning Pointe Academy of Dance. She has trained for 15 years in Ballet
(Cecchetti method), 15 years in Jazz styles, 12 years in Modern (Horton and Graham methods),
10 years in Tap, 7 years in Hip Hop and 4 years in Sport Acro. She was in a non- competitive
concert based dance company for 8 years called Tour Dance Company. She has worked with
the Big Muddy Dance Company, Nashville Ballet, John Lehrer and River North Dance Company.
Amanda has been a member of the University Dance Company since her freshman year at KU.
She has also directed/ choreographed a musical for her sorority called Rock Chalk Revue. She is
so excited to welcome current and new students to her classes and share her love of dance with others.
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!
Ana Glocker has been dancing since the age of three and has advanced training and competition experience in over ten dance genres. Her favorite styles include Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Acro Tumbling. Ana grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, training under Zorene Cruise at Dance Unlimited. She has danced for Cody Green, Ricky Palomino, Mark Goodman, Ade Obayomi, and Melissa Sandvig over the years. Ana recently graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Dance and Business Management. While at KU, Ana served as University Dance Company president for two years and performed with UDC each semester. She was also casted in three guest artist pieces with Jennifer Weber of Decadancetheatre, Lindsay Hawkins of MADCO, and KT Nelson of Oberlin Dance Collective. Ana’s passion for teaching started at her home studio where she assisted in beginning level classes from the age of 12. When not dancing, Ana is spending time with her fiance, Taylor, their new baby, Petrea, and their two dogs, Indy and Oliver.
Demetra is a recent graduate Free State High School and a former member of our Sunflower Company, the highest level within our STAMPP Performance and Competition Company. She currently teaches four classes at DHS. She began her training with Dance Hues Studio in June of 2009 at the age of nine. She has trained extensively for almost ten years in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, tumbling and acrobatics and some modern. She has been involved in competitive dance for more than 6 years.
At the age of 14, she began assisting and teaching in youth classes. Demetra has a love for choreography that she wants to share with as many dancers as possible. She has dreams and plans of receiving a bachelors of fine arts in dance and then becoming a professional dancer/ choreographer in the next 6 years.
She is very involved in choreographing and co-teaching with the younger levels of our competition team, as well as teaching hip hop for our recreational program.
Malyiah is also a recent Free State High School graduate and former member of our Sunflower Company. She teaches four classes this year and is the front desk assistant. 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.
Micha Anne, a 22 year old Black Transgender woman is an Artist, Activist, and Advocate currently located in Lawrence, KS. Growing up she moved all over the US, until 2008 when she landed in Kansas. She’s a performer who exudes passion, power, and pain through her unapologetically authentic sound and endearing brand of songwriting. With aspirations to relocate to NYC, she is working consistently to hone her craft and establish her brand.
Micha Anne draws musical influences from a variety of music styles, genres, and artists, which is reflected in her unique sound. Without inhibition she uses her music and writing to share her experiences as a Black Transgender woman.
Outside of her music, Micha is a seasoned speaker/performing with experience presenting and facilitating in a variety of settings. Micha can speak to a broad range of topics related to gender & sexuality, social norms & assumptions, feminism, queer & transgender issues, and activism.
Micha Anne is teaching Vogue 101: Adult Hip Hop for DHS fall 2018-spring 2019.