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).
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
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
day and evening Iyengar-style Yoga classes.
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
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.
Drummer - African, Jazz, Latin Percussionist. Teacher and Performer.
Accompanist for Jazz and Dunham Technique Classes and teaches
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