faculty


Kerry Dove
  • Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical 100%
  • Choreography 100%

Kerry Dove

Artistic Director

Ms Dove brings to the dance project over 29 years of teaching experience. Having grown up as the daughter of a prominent dance studio owner in Toronto, Ontario, Canada she has studied tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, acrobatics, Scottish and Irish dance since the age of 2. She has continued to train both locally and in New York. After receiving certification through the R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance), the B.A.T.D (British Association of Teachers of Dance) and the C.D.M.A. (Canadian Dance Masters of America), Ms. Dove became the owner and director of her mother’s studio at the age of 16, when she traded in her competitive shoes for the rewarding role of teacher and mentor. Throughout her teaching career her students have achieved over 800 placements in regional, national and international competitions and many have gone on to performance careers in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, including a teaching position at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her choreography experience includes everything from solos to large groups to full scale musical productions, television shows, pageants and show choirs. While in Toronto, Ms.Dove created and implemented a national dance competition for the Kiwanis Club and the city of Toronto, where she worked as the director of a Performing Arts Program for inner city at-risk youth.
Ms Dove has choreographed several full scale musical theatre productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver and Godspell, for which she and the creative team won the esteemed Betty Lynn Buckley award for Best High School Musical in 2011, as well as other theatre projects for Faith Christian School in Grapevine. She  taught and choreographed for DSM for 8 years, staging several musical theatre pieces encompassing selections from Newsies, Aladdin, High School Musical, Polar Express, The Wiz, Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Oliver, Grease, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, Hairspray and many others. She continues to expand her body of theatre work through freelance work in and around the Dallas area.

Vincent Hardy
  • Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz 100%
  • Choreography 100%
  • Technical Development 100%

Vincent Hardy

Technical Director - Contemporary/Jazz

Vincent’s abilities earned him a scholarship to the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance, and was hired into Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2011, directed by former Alvin Ailey members Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.

After touring with Complexions throughout the US, Italy and Israel, Vincent returned to California to pursue a career in commercial dance, performing and teaching choreography. His teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Maple Conservatory (Irvine, California), Earl Mosley’s institute of the Arts (Kent, CT), The Academy of performing Arts (San Diego, CA), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). While holding these various positions, his responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, and choreographing.

Vincent recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studying choreography and sacred dance. Vincent Hardy was also formerly the Director of Stage Production at Belhaven University (BU).

Emily Dixon
  • Ballet 100%
  • Choreography 100%
  • Technical Development 100%

Emily Dixon

Technical Director - Ballet

Emily was born in Lubbock, Texas, and she was raised in Colleyville, Texas. She received her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle, Thomas Nicholson, and Jenny Johnston. Upon graduating high school, Emily joined Tulsa Ballet II where she danced for two seasons. In 2009, Emily accepted a corps de ballet contract with The Sarasota Ballet. During her five seasons in Sarasota, Emily had the opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire including works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Sir Peter Wright, Will Tuckett, Matthew Bourne, Dominic Walsh, Peter Darrell, Agnes De Mille, Johan Kobborg, among others. Some highlights in her career include performing in Ashton’s Monotones II; 5 girls in Balanchine’s Who Cares?; Surabaya Johnny in Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved; Emilia in Peter Darrell’s Othello; The Violetta Elvin Solo in Ashton’s Birthday Offering; and the pas de deux in Will Tuckett’s Speilende Kinder. Other favorite ballets in Emily’s repertoire include Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, The Four Temperaments, Diamonds, Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15, and Serenade; Ashton’s Les Patineurs, La Fille Mal Gardee, Les Rendezvous, and The Two Pigeons. Emily also had the opportunity to perform both Diamonds and Les Patineurs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the Sarasota Ballet. In the fall of 2014, Emily joined the Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado, where she recently finished her first season. During her season in Colorado, Emily performed works such as Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. In addition to dancing with the Colorado Ballet, Emily also performs with the Dallas based company, Avant Chamber Ballet under the direction of Katie Puder.

 

Ilan Nunez
  • Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Technique 100%
  • Choreography 100%

Ilan Nunez

Competitive Company Director

Ilan nunez was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Ambergis Caye, Belize. Growing up in a third world country, however, did not stop Ilan from dreaming big. From a young age, he knew that dance would be a huge part of his life. Known as “the bailarín,” he took every opportunity available to dance. In middle school, Ilan got his first chances to work as a choreographer and director by organizing fundraisers and school talent shows. Once in San Antonio, Ilan started dancing competitively and performing in local theaters. He attended North East School of Arts (NESA) and graduated from St. Anthony High School, where he received the athletic scholarship for dance. During his Junior year in high school, Ilan approached The San Pedro Dance Company in Belize and started a summer program where he volunteered his time training dancers ages 5-18. The program was a huge success and it attracted over 50 boys and girls. As a Senior, Ilan earned his first professional role as a dancer in “Fiesta Noche Del Rio”, and he was praised and recognized in the local news paper for his talent and passion. After graduating from high school, he attended the nation’s top school, Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, PA as a dance major with a focus in Jazz. While there, he joined the Pittsburgh Play House Dance Company and was featured in roles choreographed by Ron Tassone and Doug Bentz. After graduation, Ilan returned to San Antonio where he quickly became involved in the dance community as an instructor and performer. He worked with Patsy Torres on her “Positive Force Tour” as choreographer and dance captain, and he became a member of the San Antonio Jazz Ensemble. In addition, he danced with several major companies in the city, such as the San Antonio Ballet. With experience in film, stage, and television, he enjoys instructing young dancers to be “smart dancers” and “working dancers.” He has trained young dancers who have been successful in Broadway shows and who have been accepted into prestigious schools. An industrial for the Mary Kay Makeup Company brought Ilan to Dallas. Within a short time, he became highly involved in the competitive world of dance as a choreographer, private instructor, and judge. Ilan also works as a concert and commercial dancer. He recently danced back-up for singers from the hit TV show “The Voice” and as a guest dancer at MountView College, Ilan is also head choreographer for NYA ENT.. He continues to train at National Conventions and studios such as The Edge in LA and Steps On Broadway in New York. He hopes to continue performing, choreographing, and instructing all over the U.S. and abroad.

Kaisa-Mikale Thompson
  • Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Tap, Ballet, Technique, Heels 100%
  • Choreography 100%
  • Professional Development 100%

Kaisa-Mikale Thompson

Company Director

Meet Kaisa-Mikäle Thompson! She began her training at the age of 7 in Los Angeles County at Long Beach Ballet Company. She also began to explore gymnastics, ice skating, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She trained under Alfred Desio inventor of Tap-Tronics at USC School of Performing Arts. Soon after, she began dancing competitively with Studio “C” School of Performing Arts under the instruction of Dennis, Katrina “Tina”, and Dee Caspary; Director Brenda Caspary. Became a member of the “Power of Dance” Company at the age of 16. In high school explored her new passion of Show Choir, Cheerleading and Pageants, and won the title of Miss Pico Rivera, Sister City. In college, she became familiar with modern, Hip Hop and contemporary genres of dance. She took her training to the next level by enrolling at top notch studios in the North Hollywood district, dancing alongside members, and training under instructors and choreographers from shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Step It Up& Dance”.

Her dance credits include Long Beach Ballet Company Production of “The Nutcracker”, starring as Queen Nefertiti in “Queens of the Nile, Now!”, Lead role as “Duffy” in Greater Los Angeles Children’s Theater”s production of “Annie”, The Power of Dance Company, the Mt. SAC Repertory Company, Teaching and choreography credits include, Southern California Dance Theater, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Founder/Artistic&­;Rehearsal Director/Choreograph­er for Kinetic Dance Co. Kaisa now teaches dance, choreographs for several award winning, nationally ranked high school dance teams, cheer-pom teams, &dance studios in the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County Area, as well as Plano and Dallas, Texas.  Her choreography has won several awards & certificates at various competitions. She choreographs for several up and coming artists and has been involved in projects around the Los Angeles, and Dallas Communities, working various workshops and events, and has now began her journey in sharing her style and personality to the world of dance!

TRAINING

Cerritos College, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Debbie Reynold”s Dance Center, Downey Family YMCA, Gymnastics and Dance Center, EDGE PAC, Long Beach Ballet, Millenium Dance Complex (MoroLandis)
Mount San Antonio College, Studio “C” School of Performing Arts, USC School of Performing Arts, Westside Ballet, Alfred Desio, Amy Nakamura, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, David Wilcox, Dee Caspary, Dennis Caspary, Erica Sobol, Erin Landry, Georgia Wells, Gina Starbuck, Laurie Ann Gibson, Lee Martino, Mark Meismer, Mia Michaels, Mike Esperanza, “NappyTabs”, Paula Vreulink, Ray Leeper, Ryan Cyphert, Tim Hill, Tina Caspary, Tokyo Inouye, Wade Robson

Christy Martin
  • Ballet, Pointe, Variations 100%
  • Choreography 100%

Christy Martin

Ballet Director - Dallas

Originally from West Virginia, Christy began her ballet training at Kat and Company Dance Studio under Katreena Snyder and Wendy Virtue and then went on to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. She has spent summers studying with the School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Festival, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre receiving their National Training Scholarship. Christy continued her training with Texas Ballet Theater under full scholarship and performed professional roles with the company in Ben Stevenson’s Giselle and The Nutcracker. In 2012, she joined Tulsa Ballet II and her repertory with the company includes Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Cinderella, Marcello Angelini’s The Nutcracker, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Match Point by Ma Cong. In 2014 she joined Avant Chamber Ballet and has enjoyed dancing the principal role in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, and Katie Puder’s Endless Arc, Carnival of the Animals, and Ravel.

Kaylee White
  • Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Technique, Ballet, Tap 100%
  • Choreography 100%

Kaylee White

Jazz/Hip Hop Faculty

Kaylee White began dance training at the age of 3 and has studied several art genres, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, and voice. She was a performing member of the Footlights Performing Company for 8 years and attended the DFW Performing Arts Conservatory her junior and senior year of high school. Kaylee has showcased her talents in a variety of events and venues, including several Ballets with the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra. She has won numerous dance awards, including a national 1st overall title in her performance as the Wicked Witch in the dance production of “The Wizard of Oz”, and scholarships at numerous dance conventions, including “Pulse”, “Monsters of Hip Hop”, and “Jump”. She was also given the “Creativity Award” and the “Stunning Choreo Award” for her self choreography at 2 different dance competitions in 2011. Kaylee had the privilege of choreographing for and performing in dance numbers at Disney World, and did lead choreography for the youth program for Dallas Summer Musicals. She has choreographed multiple solos and group numbers for local Drill Teams, all in which placed overalls at dance competitions. Kaylee is also a crew member of award winning hip hop team “The Neighborhood”. She has been a teacher at various dance studios in the DFW area and has a huge passion for dance, and seeing students grow in the art. 

Emily Gnatt
  • Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern 100%
  • Choreography 100%

Emily Gnatt

Ballet Faculty

Emily Gnatt trained for ten years at Studio Maestro (now Manhattan Youth Ballet) in New York City, studying with Francois Perron, Deborah Wingert, Marina Stavitskaya and Fabrice Herrault, among others. She attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts for three years, where she trained in ballet and Graham modern technique. She attended three summer intensives at Miami City Ballet, and spent her senior year of high school in the year-round pre-professional program at Miami City Ballet. Emily was awarded a Dance scholarship each year she attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, where she earned her BA, double majoring in Physics and Psychology. At Goucher, Emily trained with Elizabeth Ahearn, Karissa Horowicz, and Tim Fox, among others, and performed each semester with the Goucher Reporatory Dance Ensemble. She had the honor of dancing Second Violin in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. She performed in works restaged by choreographers Jessica Lang, Pascal Rioult, and Christopher Fleming. She also danced in new works by Gina Patterson, Emory LeCrone, Amy Seiwert, Brian Reeder, and Zippora Karz. Emily moved to the Dallas area in 2013. She completed yoga teacher training through Uptown Yoga in Plano. In addition to teaching dance and yoga, Emily is a performing member of Mejia Ballet International, Contemporary Ballet of Dallas, and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.

Natalie Anton
  • Ballet, Pointe, Variations 100%
  • Choreography 100%

Natalie Anton

Ballet Faculty

Natalie Anton started dancing at the age of 10 under the direction of Kaye Lewis. She attended summer programs at BYU and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Natalie has guest performed with the Midwest Regional Ballet in Joplin, MO, The Oaks Ballet in Lake Dallas, and Collin County Ballet Theater. She danced at the University of North Texas, where she studied ballet and modern. After UNT, Natalie became a member of Metropolitan Classical Ballet. There she performed in Paganini, Walpurgis Night, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Marketenka, as well as Balanchine ballets including Four Temperaments, Square Dance, Who Cares?, and Firebird. Natalie is a mother of two – Luke and Cadence. She is a founding member of Avant Chamber Ballet.