Kurt Koenig is from Terry, Mississippi. He started coaching
at the age of 16 and has been coaching over 20 years. He won two national titles while cheering at Mississippi College. He has worked for the National Cheerleaders Association and has coached at several surrounding gyms. He was the former owner of Mississippi Elite in Ridgeland.
Jazz and Tap Instructor
Dancing since the age of six, Adrienne Joransen received her dance training in Atlanta, GA; Greenville, SC; and Jackson, MS; and performed in ballets that include Swan Lake, TheNutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Petrouchka, and Coppelia. During high school, Adrienne was the primary ballet instructor at the Master's Academy of Athens, GA, and assisted classes at Broadway Arts Center near her home in Jefferson, GA. As a dance major at Belhaven University, Adrienne has danced with Belhaven University Dance Ensemble in Tunes, Tutus, and Turning Wheels and in the Belhaven University Music's production of the children's opera, The Pied Piper. She also appeared in Belhaven's production of Quest of the Designer, and most recently, she has toured with Belhaven University Dance Ministry Ensemble performing in works choreographed by Helen Tamiris and Valerie Henry. One of Adrienne's own choreographed pieces also toured with Belhaven University Dance Ministry Ensemble. She is currently choreographing a dance piece in collaboration with her ten year old sister to perform this fall in addition to choreographing a work in progress on the topic of prayer. This summer Adrienne will travel to Iceland with International Children's Outreach where she will teach at a children’s ministry camp at Astjorn. Adrienne is convinced of the endless capacity for self-expression that dance contains and loves to encourage it in her dance students.
Lauren Ashlee Small is originally from
Springfield, IL. She has lived and danced in Arizona, Mississippi, and New York
City. Her training began at Springfield Dance and the Springfield Ballet
Company, and continued through college where she completed a Bachelor of Fine
Arts in Dance at Belhaven University. Lauren went on to study in The Ailey
School’s professional division as a recipient of The Oprah Winfrey Foundation
Scholarship and to perform with Amalgamate Dance Company and Dance Into
Deliverance. Her choreography has been featured at the Ailey School, Undertoe
Dance Festival at the 92nd Street Y, the New York Jazz Choreography
Project, and in Amalgamate’s 7th Annual Artist Series. When she is
not dancing, Lauren loves to read, write, dream, and enjoy nature.