Ann holds a BFA in Dance and a BS and MSE in Education. She has produced numerous junior and senior age regional and national champions and professional performers. With almost 30 years of professional teaching experience, she is well-known as a clinician and adjudicator for her technical expertise. She has professional experience as a ballet company member of Ballet Arkansas, musical touring companies, theme parks and was a state talent winner with the Miss America program. "Miss Ann" teaches a variety of dance techniques including Vaganova (Russian) ballet technique. Her dances have received overall choreography honors at regional and national competitions. She has also been honored by Co Dance as Teacher of the Year three years running and was 2004 National Lyrical Teacher of the Year. Dance Teacher magazine featured her studio as one of the top 50 "Studios On The Move" in the nation for 2006-2007. Miss Ann is a member of the professional organization Dance Educators of America, and also is a active member of the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions. Miss Ann was selected in 417 Magazine's "Most Beautiful t0p 15" in 2013. Miss Ann also has served on various charitable organization committees including the Doula Foundation. Springfield Newsleader named Ann's Performing Arts Centre "Best of 2016".
Miss Ann has served as an adjudicator for numerous Competition Companies including Starpower National Talent, Revolution National Talent, Spotlight National Talent, Rainbow National Talent and Talent on Parade. Miss Ann has coached various High School Pom teams including Kickapoo High School Golden Girls. She has sent 39 previous students, to date, to college dance programs and has previous students performing in LA, New York, Branson, the Cruise Line Industry, and in the Professional Cheerleading fields.
Miss Ann's passion is teaching and her philosophy is to help raise strong humans in mind, body and spirit. Her 28 years in the teaching profession has shown that she is driven, focused and dedicated to her art.
Tori graduated cum laude from Missouri State with a BS in Early Childhood Education. During her four years at MSU she was a Sugar Bear and captain her senior year. Throughout college she choreographed for her team and coached at a local high school. As a Sugar Bear she networked through many facets of our community, served as an ambassador for the school, and organized team workouts and events. She grew up in Springfield and trained with APAC. Her passion is fostering student growth. Her education in the development of young children along with her many years of dance experience support her role at our studio.
Heather has been the voice and face of Ann's Performing Arts Centre for the last 10 years. Heather serves as the office manager at APAC. She is able to provide our clients with immediate answers to questions, takes care of billing and organizes the staff. Heather also served as spa manager at Grove Spa for the last 4 years. Heather's charm and calm organizational skills have kept APAC running at a brisk pace all these years. Heather is also a dance mom. Heather's daughter Madison is a member of Ann's "company". Miss Heather keeps APAC organized, streamlined and running daily. For any dance questions please see Heather.
Caitlin is originally from Houston, Texas and has been dancing since age 5. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Secondary Education and Texas Teacher Certification. Caitlin has since been a Dance Teacher and Coach for high school programs and studios in Texas, Iowa and Kansas. She also in an instructor and adjudicator for Marching Auxiliaries Dance Company. Caitlin is very excited to be a part of the APAC family and spread her passion for dance with all students!
Jordan is a former member of Ann's company. Throughout her time dancing at Ann's she assisted Ann as part of the apprentice program. She currently attends Missouri State University where she studies Pre-Pharmacy. In addition she is also a member of the Sugar Bears dance team. Through the Sugar Bears she is involved with many events throughout the community and represents the university. In addition to teaching at APAC, she is an instructor for Universal Dance Association and is a coach of her old dance team at Republic High School. Jordan is very excited to be a part of the Ann's family once again!
Susie grew up dancing since age 3 and is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, and pointe from Mary Alice’s Dance Studio in Orchard Park, NY. She was a member of their award-winning competition team, attending numerous regional and national conventions and competitions. Susie was a class assistant from 6th grade through her senior year of high school, then taught jazz, jazz technique, and ballet, prior to moving to Missouri. Her professional experience includes several seasons as a performer in various shows at Six Flags Darien Lake theme park in NY, as well as the assistant dance captain in Le Grand Cirque with Spirit Productions. Susie is a dean’s distinguished scholar and summa cum laude graduate from Missouri State University with a BS in accounting and minor in finance. She is so excited to share her love of dance with the APAC family.