Hip Hop Instructor
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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.
Rebecca started dancing at the age of five. Her primary training was through the Louisville Ballet School, where she studied under the instruction of Elena Filmore-Diehl, Harold Uwe Kern, and Helen Starr. During this time, Rebecca served as a teacher’s assistant, created her first choreography, participated in the annual Regional Dance America Festivals, and performed with their youth ensemble, in many cases alongside of the Louisville Ballet. Her performance excerpts included Don Quioté, La Sylphide, Napoli, Coppélia, and Swan Lake. Throughout high school and college, she attended many intensives and workshops, including those offered by Ballet Magnificat!, Ft. Wayne Ballet, and Ad Deum Dance Company. She also taught creative movement and ballet classes for summer arts programs. Rebecca studied ballet, modern dance, choreography, and pedagogy at Belhaven University. Throughout her time there, she performed in both faculty and student works ranging from classical and contemporary ballet to modern. In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude from Belhaven with a B.F.A. in Dance as an honors fellow. Rebecca spent the 2012-2013 season performing with Petra Ballet Company in Springfield, Missouri, before returning to Jackson with her husband. Currently, Rebecca is a company member, collaborator, and chorographer with Intersect Dance Collective, a modern dance company in Jackson. She is thrilled to continue teaching ballet and sharing the joy of movement with her students.
Jazz and Tap Instructor
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.