Assistant Teacher Form



 Marla is thrilled to be sharing her passion and love for the art of dance at the studio that she calls home.  In 1985 she began her training with Ms. Lynn at The Dance Arts Center. Winning the title of Miss Dance Heart of America in 1990 gave her the opportunity to move to Chicago and study at The Giordano Dance Center. She and Ms. Lynn also traveled to New York where she competed in the National Miss Dance Competition. Marla performed several times for Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, The Chicago Opera Theater, The Evanston Dance Ensemble, The Dance Foundation, Dance Explosion, Dancewerks, and Indola Int’l Hair Show.

 She has taught Master Classes for Dance Masters Wisconsin and several workshops in Chicago. Marla is currently the Vice-President for Dance Masters of America Chapter 28.  She has been a member of the Chicago National association of Dance Masters since 1995.  She also holds a teaching certificate with the Cecchetti Council of America. She has choreographed pieces for T.J. & Company Dance Theater, Terpsichore Dance Company, Euphony Tap Ensemble and many others. In 1996 she trained to become a Massage Therapist and is Nationally Certified. She is the founder of A Chance To Dance, an annual benefit dance concert for the prevention of child abuse. She enjoys working with many local dancers at the studio, through our local high schools and in our wonderful commuity theater.  It is great to be home.



Angie began dancing at The Dance Arts Center when she was three years old and she has never stopped. She has been a part of The Dance Arts Center for approximately seventeen years. Angie began teaching for Ms. Lynn Fankhauser when she was sixteen. She has danced in New York and has been to several conventions as a part of Dance Midwest. In addition to teaching, Angie works with many local teens through the Missouri State Juvenile Office.





Heather started dancing at age 4 and she’s been teaching dance since age 16. Heather has been at the Dance Arts Center for 20 years. In that time she has studied in Chicago under Gus Giordano, danced in Europe, and performed at various locations throughout the United States with Dance Midwest. Heather and her husband Bryan have 4 children, Isabel, Noah, Adan and Mia.





Megan started dancing at The Dance Arts Center at the age of 4 under Lynn Fankhauser. Since then she has never stopped. While still in high school she attended several summer dance intensives with: The Virginia School of the Arts, Ballet Austin, State Street Ballet and also traveled to Chicago for intensives. After graduating high school in 2009 she attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO and majored in dance. Upon graduating college she returned home and started teaching at The Dance Arts Center. She has choreographed for RRT musicals including The Little Mermaid and White Christmas. She recently moved to Kansas City where she performed a season with Storling Dance Theater and is now back to teaching dance full time. 





Lisa began dancing at the age of 6 as a student of Lynn Fankhauser, and continued through high school. Competing in many Dance Masters competitions as well as participating in Dance Masters conventions. She received her Medical Assisting certificate from Wichita Area Technical College in 1995. Lisa Taught for Ms. Lynn in the 1999 – 2000 then took time off to be a mom. Though taking a break from a regular dance schedule Lisa continued to help out with classes and costumes. Lisa was excited to return as a teacher this past year giving her the opportunity to share her love of dance with the next generation of Dance Arts students.



Sara lives in her hometown, St. Joseph, MO, with her husband, Corey, and their 3 children. She began dancing at the age of 3 and began her teaching career at the age of 16. During the 22 years she’s been with The Dance Arts Center, she has successfully competed in Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America competitions. While competing at Dance Masters of America Scholarship Competition, Sara received a scholarship to the Jeoffry Ballet in New York City. She has also performed in productions with the Tulsa Ballet Company and Des Moines Ballet Company. Sara has studied at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, Westport Ballet in Kansas City and under numerous other instructors from around the United States. In 2006, Sara tested, received her teaching certification and is now a member of Dance Masters of America. She continues her education bi-annually with Dance Masters as well as Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Sara takes great pride in passing along her love for dance and is very proud to be a member of The Dance Arts Center staff!



 Susan began dancing at the age of 4 and danced at The Dance Arts Center with Ms Lynn from 1993-1999.  During this time she performed with Dance Midwest in England, France, Florida and New York.  After graduating high school, Susan continued dancing in college at Missouri State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance.  She also danced and taught at Springfield Ballet for 8 years.  Choreography credits include Little Red Riding Hood (a full length children's ballet) for Springfield Ballet, Impulse:  2002 Fall Dance Concert at Missouri State University, Carnival of the Animals for Springfield Symphony, and The Magic Flute and The Sleeping Beauty "Rose Adage" for Springfield Regional Opera.  Susan was accepted into the Kansas City Ballet summer intensive in 2003.  Additionally, Susan has a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Psychologist.  In the summer of 2011 Susan got married and returned to St. Joseph.  She is proud to be back teaching at The Dance Arts Center.



Terzah attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While attending Stephens, Terzah had the opportunity to work with many wonderful guest artists and year around faculty. She was also exposed to many other forms of dance including Flamenco, Irish Step, Russian Character, East Indian and African. Terzah is a member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America Chapter 28.






Ariel fell in love with ballet at the age of 4, at a performance of The Nutcracker.  After two years of her announcing “I’m going to be a ballerina,” her parents enrolled her in ballet classes.  She was a student at the Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre under Mme. Halcyone Perlman.  She has been an assistant teacher at the Dance Arts Center for two years.  This is her first year as a master instructor.  Ariel feels honored to have the opportunity to share her love and knowledge of dance with the students at the Dance Arts Center, and she is excited and eager to improve her understanding, skill, and teaching ability in the years to come.