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Sara Burke: Director/Owner of The City Studio Dance Center.  Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Arts Consultant and photographer. Recipient of Grand Center's 2012 Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Professional. Board member of the Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP), Board member of Dance St. Louis, Board member of DanceBrazil, New York and International Board of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company.  Commissioner on The Regional Arts Commission (RAC).

Extensive Background in Ethnic, Jazz and Dunham Technique.  Studied with Miss Katherine Dunham in East St. Louis with the Dunham Company.  Teaches Jazz Fusion class with latin, (Samba) and Dunham Technique emphasis.  Includes choreography with live percussion (conga drummers).


Leslie Arbogast: Dancer/Teacher. B.A. in Public and Community Relations from Ohio Dominican College. Extensive training in Dunham Technique from Theo Jamieson , Keith Tyronne Williams and April Barry. Candidate for Certification in Katherine Dunham Technique. Has studied West African Dance in Ghana and Guinea.


Jane Fitzgerald: Yoga Teacher. Jane has been teaching Yoga since 1998, and traveled to India in 2000 and 2007 to study the Iyengar method of instruction. The Iyengar methodology emphasizes correct alignment and the use of props to modify the postures so that even the most rigid body can benefit from yoga.

Offers day and evening Iyengar-style Yoga classes.


Kari James: Kari James is a lifetime dancer and perfomer, has a long established career in St. Louis which includes owner of Steps Unlimited Dance Studio, Instructor at Webster University, Instructor/Choreographer at COCA and Director of Kari James Dance Network which concentrates on jazz and tap for the adult student and performer. She also adjudicates for International Dance Challenge in many cities throughout the U.S.

Theodore H. Jamison (Theo): Dancer/Performer/Teacher/Choreographer.  Program Director for SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts.  Theo received a B.S. in Theater and Fine Arts/Dance from SIU Edwardsville. 

Theo is certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the Dunham Technique.   On Sabbatical for Spring Session.


Keith Tyrone Williams:
Director/Choreographer/Dancer. MFA Degree from Lindenwood Univ.  Keith has performed, directed, and choreographed thoughout the United States and extensively in Europe.  His work has been seen locally at Powell Symphony Hall, and in more than 15 productions at the Muny Opera and St. Louis Black Rep.

Choreography for:  "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and "Raisin"  which  received the Woodie King award for "Best Productions."  Keith has appeared both On and Off Broadway. Last seen in "The Full Monty" at Stages St. Louis.  Keith is very proud to be among the few people certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the world renowned Dunham Technique and he is the proud recipient of the Katherine Dunham Dance Award. 



Monduel Banessia: Master Drummer - African, Jazz, Latin Percussionist. Teacher and Performer. Accompanist for Jazz and Dunham Technique Classes and teaches percussion.




Ashley Tate: Ashley L. Tate is the founder, artistic director, and head choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC).  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science from Texas Christian University, where she served two years as captain of the dance team. She was also an instructor for NDA and a dance captain for the Saint Louis Rams Cheerleaders.  Ms. Tate is a technical administrator/editorial assistant, applied music coordinator and an adjunct instructor of dance at Washington University in St. Louis.  She is a choreographer/instructor for The City Studio Dance Center, Rena’s Dance Unlimited, Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio, Dance Elite, Dance Creations, among others.  Ms. Tate is the cheer/dance coach at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She was selected as a dancer for Cirque Du Soleil and was the recipient of Grand Center’s 2008 Emerging Artist Visionary Award.


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