Meet Our Lansing Dance Instructors
(Owner & Dance Instructor) – has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in dance. She also holds a Masters in the Art of teaching from the University of St. Mary. Miss Katie is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and has been a member since 1990. She is currently a First Grade teacher for the Easton School District. Along with her teaching job, Miss Katie maintains 2 studio locations. Miss Katie has choreographed many local productions and groups, such as Jr. Miss. She has been teaching area children for 30 years and looks forward to another great year!
(Tap & Tumble Team Dance Instructor) – she holds a BSB in Business Administration from the University of Kansas as well as a BSN from Missouri Western State College. Miss Kim has studied a variety of dance and acrobatics over the years. She has been teaching dance to area students for over 25 years. She has an excellent rapport with students of all ages!
(Dance Instructor/Acrobatics/Cheerleading) – Aimee has a BA in Art with an emphasis in both graphic design and illustration and also has a minor in business. Since she was little she has studied various styles of dance. She continued through college with tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, acrobatics and cheerleading. She also competed in dance and cheerleading competitions winning several awards. She has choreographed numerous routines for cheer and dance squads. She also coaches and prepares cheerleaders for all star and college cheerleading. She believes that dance plays an important part in helping a child build confidence and self esteem. Aimee enjoys being able to teach children and share her love of dance with them.
Denise has been the Advanced Ballet and Intermediate Ballet instructor for over 15 years. She earned an MPA from Park University and a Bachelors from UMKC. Her classical ballet training includes Laura Luzicka, Paula Weber, Mary Pat Henry, and a full scholarship recipient at the Joffrey Ballet School in NY, NY. She also had the privilege to be taught and perform Flamenco by Tamara Carson and taught by the late Leni Wylliams. Her professional ballet experience includes the Albany Berkshire Ballet in Albany, NY and Pittsburg Ballet in Pennsylvania. She enjoyed dancing in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Pas de Quatre, to name a few. Most recently, Denise performed in River City Community Players (RCCP) summer 2018 Oklahoma ‘Dream Ballet’ and summer 2019 Mama Mia. She is excited to share her experience and her passion for dance to aspiring young dancers and adults in the Leavenworth area.
Miss Christy is a 1999 graduate of Lansing High School, where she performed with both the Concert and Swing Choirs. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Music (with Piano Performance emphasis) from KCKCC in 2002 and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2005. Miss Christy has had instruction in tap, jazz, and ballet since the age of seven. She has taught at Katie’s Dance Studio since September of 1999, and has also provided choreography to schools and taught classes in the Kansas City area. Miss Christy has 15+ years of experience in teaching piano lessons. She began accompanying and performing at age 10, and still regularly plays at various social functions. She has been employed by KCKCC to tutor in all levels of Music Theory. Currently, Miss Christy teaches piano/clarinet/voice lessons at Katie’s Dance Studio, as well as Kindermusik® classes, and accompanies multiple church choirs.
Melissa (Porter) Bean
Melissa is returning to Katie’s Dance Studio after a brief break. She has been with Katie’s Dance Studio in many roles first as student, then assistant teacher, and as a teacher. Melissa earned her B.S. degree from K-State, in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Dance. While at K-State she danced and performed under the direction of the dance faculty as well as many guest artists, in many genres of dance including, ballet, modern, jazz, and African, and choreographed for numerous student productions/concerts. She enjoys choreographing and teaching for all ages in ballet, jazz, acrobatics as well as contemporary. She now has 16 years of experience teaching children in various capacities. Melissa graduated with a M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. She now works full-time as a speech language pathologist in the area. She is excited to return to teaching and choreographing especially with Katie’s Dance Studio!
Weston is coming to Katie’s Dance Studio from several years of experience in the gymnastics world. He started doing gymnastics and martial arts as a kid, then after high school and serving in the United States Marine Corps he returned to his roots and became a gymnastics coach part-time. He has 16 years experience teaching gymnastics and has been the competitive boys team head coach for the last 5 years for an Olathe, KS team. He has also taught older students who are new to gymnastics/tumbling and advanced tumble skills to girls and boys. Weston is excited to join the Katie’s Dance Studio family!
MaKayla is a senior at the University of Saint Mary. She is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science. She plans to continue her studies and earn a masters degree in Recreational Therapy. MaKayla started dancing at the age of two. She was a member of Studio Chanel Dance Company. She was a dancer on the Chieftains dance team throughout high school. MaKayla is a dancer on the USM Spirette dance team for the third year. She was awarded All American dancer and participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She has been teaching dance for four years.
Carissa is a cheerleader at the University of Saint Mary. She is a currently member of the UCA staff. She has been cheering for nine years. She participated in competitive gymnastics for years, winning numerous awards. She has also coached gynmasts from beginners through advanced levels. Carissa studied gymnastics at Westside Gymnastics Academy and coached at 360 Gymnastics. She is so excited to share her expertise and love of cheer and tumbling. Carissa was the 2013 Oregon Partner Stunt State champion and 2013 coed group stunt state champion! She is very excited to work with our students and help them succeed.
Miss Kylie has also grown up at Katie’s Dance Studio. She started dancing at a dance academy at a young age. She studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Clogging. Kylie was a member of our Dance Team and Company as well as a competitive clogger for many years. She is a graduate of Lansing High School and a certified beautician. We are pleased to have Miss Kylie on staff.
Mr. Nick grew up dancing and tumbling at Katie’s Dance Studio too. He was a member of the Tumble Team and competed with NAC for 9 years. While a student at Katie’s, Nick studied Acrobatics, power tumbling and hip hop. He has been an assistant teacher and now teacher at the studio. In high school, he was an accomplished athlete, earning state level recognition in football and track. Nick is currently a student at the University of Saint Mary studying exercise science and a member of the Spires football team. Nick is an award winning athlete. He was named First team All American nationally with NAIA, KCAC and AP. He was also named to the 2019 CFA (College Football America Yearbook NAIA Preseason Starting Lineup.
Miss Matilian danced at Katie’s Dance Studio for 15 years before becoming a teacher. She studied ballet, acrobatics, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary/modern dance and clogging from Katie’s and other studios. Matilian was a member of our dance team and competitive Clogging team while in high school. Besides teaching dance, Matilian works as a registered behavior technician for children with Autism. She is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) and will graduate in May 2020.
Miss Krista has grown up in the studio. She started out her dance career by taking Kinderdance with Miss Katie at the age of 5. Since then, she has studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and clogging. She was also a member of the Dance Team and Company for many years. In addition to teaching dance, Miss Krista is also the color guard instructor with the Leavenworth High School Pioneer Marching Band. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from the University of Kansas Medical Center and will graduate in May 2021.