Assistant Teacher Form

 Dance Arts Center Staff 


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.





Crissy began dancing at The Dance Arts Center when she was three years old under the direction of Ms. Lynn Fankhauser.  She took lessons in all areas of dance but her love was tap!  Crissy then taught tap for the Dance Arts Center up until 2007, when her family moved to Colorado.  After eight years, Crissy is back to teaching tap with the Dance Arts Center and is glad to be part of this team!  She strives to make her students work hard and encourages them to do their very best as a performer!  



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.




Lexi began her dance career in her hometown Independence, MO as a student at Cathy’s Creative Dance School. She started dance at the age of 3 where she studied all forms of dance including: ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, contemporary, modern, lyrical, and tumbling. She was a member of Cathy’s Creative Dance School Show Troupe competition team for 13 years, Truman High School Varsity Starsteppers dance team for 4 years, and an apprentice member of the KACICO Modern Dance Company. She studied the Cecchetti ballet method at Cathy’s Creative Dance and passed levels 1-5 to be classified as professional. Lexi has competed and placed nationally at the high school and collegiate level. She has won numerous awards including NDA All-American Team member, Miss Headliners Regional Title Holder, Dance America dancer of the year finalist, Dancewerks scholarships, DMA scholarships, and scholarships to many dance intensives.

Currently, Lexi is a student at Northwest Missouri State University where she is double majoring in Business Management and Marketing. She is also a member of the collegiate Bearcat Steppers dance team.

Lexi is excited to be part of The Dance Arts Center sharing her passion for dance as an instructor, DACPAC coach, and Tumble Zoo coach. 



 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 B. 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.







Kealey began dancing for the Dance Arts Center in 1997 and
immediately fell in love with the art of dance at four years old. During
her years at the Dance Arts Center, she has competed in Dance Masters
of America Compe!!ons, a"ended numerous Dance Masters of
America conven!ons, traveled to Chicago for summer dance intensives,
and performed with the Moscow Ballet. In 2007, Kealey began assistant
teaching at the studio. Kealey has recently graduated from Missouri
Western State University with a bachelors in both Social Work and
Psychology. She is currently a preschool teacher at Cathedral School and
con!nues to master and assistant teach at The Dance Arts Center.


Courtney is from Smithville, Missouri. She took dance classes for 16 years, as well as danced on her high school dance team for 3 years before beginning her professional dance career with the Missouri Comet's Galaxy Girls. She danced with the Galaxy Girls for three seasons, and is now performing at Worlds of Fun as a singer/dancer. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Dance at Missouri Western State University.