She performed with the Laura Dean Dancers and
In 1987, Kathy performed in the AIDS benefit at the Lincoln Center with Master of Ceremonies, Mikhail Baryshnikov. This benefit was organized by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. For three summers, she performed at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in North Carolina. Kathy performed throughout the United States in many theaters, including City Center, The Joyce Theatre, and The Lincoln Center. She also performed throughout Europe with a total of three extensive tours.
Kathy teaches ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz at the Dance Center of Kirkwood, and her dancers have won many awards in local competitions. She has also won Best Choreographer Awards. Her students were chosen to perform in Dance St. Louis Spring Festival at the Edison Theatre for three years. She has taken choreographic composition classes at Webster University. Kathy was also a docent for the Educational Impact program for Dance St. Louis.
I-Chiao has been a member of the Dance Center of Kirkwood ballet ensemble for the past fourteen years and has participated in numerous local and national competitions. She has taken master classes from notable instructors at Webster and Washington Universities, including ballet masters from the Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and the Houston Ballet. She is a former member of the Slaughter Project, a modern dance company founded by Cecil Slaughter.
I-Chiao has also studied and performed with Pilobolus Too and was one of the few chosen to perform in their Cirque du Ballet Gala. Her most notable role includes the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Dance Center of Kirkwood’s annual production of the Nutcracker. I-Chiao also teaches ballet, tap, and tumbling at the Faith Academy of MontessorI.
Erin Warner Prange
Born and raised in St. Louis, Erin Warner Prange holds her B.A. in Dance and Spanish from Colorado State University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.
In 2006, Erin taught dance for the Boston public school district through the Topf Center for Dance
After moving back to St. Louis, she worked as aTrek Dance Collective’s Education Program
Erin founded the modern and contemporary programs at the Dance Center of
Meredith began dancing at the age of four and soon joined the Dance Center of Kirkwood. As a young teen, she participated in the NSAL ballet competition and performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
Meredith attended college at the University of Oklahoma and received her B.F.A. in Ballet Performance and her B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations. She performed with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Carmina Burana, and Young Choreographers Showcase, among others.
Meredith has also performed The Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet in the Snow and Flower Corps. She also worked for the Kansas City Ballet doing public relations and marketing. Meredith has been a principal dancer with the Dance Center of Kirkwood in The Nutcracker. She also taught ballet, tap, and jazz for the Dixie Bell Dance Center in Shawnee, Kansas as well as taught ballet at the Kansas City Ballet School.
Wendy holds a BFA in Dance from Webster University, an MA in American Culture Studies (with a focus on American dance and performance) from Washington University, and is a licensed massage therapist.
She has performed and taught dance for over two decades around the greater St. Louis area and Austin, Texas, and currently teaches tap courses at Washington University and the YMCA. Wendy approaches classes with a mixture of strict technical focus and encouragement of individual expression.
Her future plans include pursuing her
Jessie began dancing at the age of three in Wheaton Park District’s “Creative Movement” class, and from that day on, she was hooked. Her formal training began with Salt Creek Ballet, where she studied ballet, jazz, character, modern and more under Zhanna Dobrovskaya, Sergey Kozadayev, Angie Keneipp, Van Collins, and others.
After high school, Jessie continued her dance training at Butler University
After graduation from Butler University in May of 2017, Jessie joined the Big Muddy Dance Company where she is thrilled to be dancing as a member of their Convergence Trainee Program.
Kimberly Stevens of Bradenton, Florida received her early training at Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet. She then trained year round in the
Corinne Weber is originally from Crescent Springs, Kentucky, and recently graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Wright State University. There she performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Crystal Michelle-Perkins, and Gina Walther. While in school Corinne also danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II. She was also a part of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Pre-Professional Program in the Fall of 2017. There she worked with Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, and Ido Tadmor, performing their pieces at the Joyce Theater. Corinne is currently a trainee at the Big Muddy Dance Company for their 2018-2019 season.