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1060 Pedigo Way

Bowling Green, Ky 42103

(270)-842-6811

 Faculty and Staff

 

Martha

   Martha Madison
Owner and Artistic Director
A graduate of Dance Educators of America Teacher Training School, studio owner and dance educator, Ms. Madison has been teaching since 1966. She has studied dance at Western Kentucky University and the University of South Florida. She has been a guest teacher and artist in residence for the Warren County, Barren County, and Bowling Green City Schools in Kentucky. In 1993, she was recognized by the Warren County Board of Education for her contribution to arts education. In 1996, she developed a dance education program for the Housing Authority of Bowling Green.

 

Char

  Char Allen
Baby Ballet, Just Movin, We're Dancin, Tap (Division I, II)
Mrs. Char taught dance in Pendelton, Indiana for 25 years before moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky. In Pendelton, Ms. Allen was an active member of the community, teaching, conducting workshops and developing choreography for local schools and civic groups. She has attended training sessions with Lugi, Tremaine, and Dance Caravan. She has been a certified gymnastics judge and aerobics instructor. This is Char's 12th season with Dance Arts.

 

Roshunda

 Roshunda Brown
Jazz, Modern, Ballet (Division I,II,III)
Roshunda Brown is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Dance. She was a member of the WKU Dance Company for three years. Through the company, she had many performance opportunities including Tennessee Dance Association Gala, Jazz Dance World Congress, and the “Overseas” Dance tour through Italy. Roshunda has worked with many well-known choreographers and teachers in the Los Angeles area. Prior to her time at WKU, Roshunda taught at Georgetown High School, in Georgetown, Texas where she worked with dance classes as well as the dance team. She has also been a guest teacher in numerous studios in Texas, Tennessee, and Indiana. Roshunda looks forward to growing as both a teacher and choreographer. She plans to pursue a Masters’ Degree to further her growth in dance.

 

Kelsey

 Kelsey Hatcher
Baby Ballet, Jazz, Ballet (Division I,II,III)
Kelsey Hatcher is a graduate of Dance Arts. She has been a member of our faculty for 4 seasons. She was a member of the Performance Troupe. Kelsey has been involved in dance and theater since age 5. Kelsey has choreographed and served as an acting coach for the Capitol Arts Youth Theater. Artistry and expression have always been immense passion of hers and through her artistic abilities she has expanded her career field working full time as a hair stylist. We greatly appreciate her continuing to share her talents with Dance Arts.

 

Deanna

 Deanna M. Jenkins
Dance Company Director, Lyrical, Tap, (Division III)
Deanna graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Art History.  She has been dancing since age 6 and is a 2005 Dance Arts Graduate. Deanna started teaching ballet and jazz at Dance Arts in 2004. She has also taught at the Children’s Dance and Theatre Summer Camps and Nutcracker Tea Parties. Deanna has served as a judge for local dance and dance team competitions.  She has been recognized for her choreography for groups and solo pieces for the Dance Company at several regional dance conventions and competitions.  In addition to her role as the Dance Company Director, Deanna organizes and directs the Dance Company’s annual showcase Own the Stage. Deanna currently teaches lyrical and tap.  She also assists with the Performance Troupe.

 

Ashleigh Ashleigh Davis Keefer
 Pre-Professional Director, Performance Troupe Director, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Ensemble (Division III) (PP)
Ashleigh graduated in May 2008 from Western Kentucky University with a minor in Dance and major in Psychology where she was a member of the WKU Dance Company. She then completed her B.A. in Dance from WKU in 2010. Through the University, she was a performer in the ACDFA program in 2007 and 2008. She also performed in the Chicago World Jazz Dance Congress 2007 and participated in the "Overseas" Dance tour through Italy in the summers of 2008 and 2010. Ashleigh has been taught by many prestigious instructors ranging from dancers from Alvin Ailey and ABT to well-known teachers from Los Angeles, France, Italy, NYC, and Chicago.  Ashleigh is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization as well as a Tennessee Dance Association Member. She is now an ABT® Certified Teacher who has completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has won many awards for her choreography, her pieces have been selected to perform in the Tennessee Dance Association Gala as well as chosen as a finalist in the Inaside Choreographer Showcase in Chicago, Illinois. She has choreographed for several schools across the United States, as well as been a judge for several dance competitions.  She has taught for Ms. Adrienne's Dance Studio in Glasgow, Kentucky and served as the Competitive Dance Team and Gymnastics Floor Coach at Tumble Town Gymnastics Center in Bowling Green. Since Ashleigh has been at Dance Arts, she has assumed roles as the Performance Troupe Director and Pre-Professional Program Director. She has become well-known for her choreography and teaching styles.  Ashleigh began dancing with Dance Arts of Bowling Green at the age of 3.  We are delighted that Ashleigh is back with us at Dance Arts to share her talents with the Dance Arts students.

 

 

 

 Kyre Phillips 
8-Count Director, Hip-Hop, Step,  (Division I, II, III)
Kyre is a self-taught dancer that learned by watching videos of 3 people he idolized as a child, Michael Jackson, Omarion, and Usher. It was these three people that gave him a love for the art - dance. He began teaching in the eighth grade at 13 years old with a real good friend of mine. They started with 4 kids and by the time he was a sophomore in high school he had 16 kids, two separate classes, and they continued to grow. Working with kids is his passion next to dance. The feeling of making an impact on a young ones life is worth more to him than the 3-4 min. the kids are on stage. Each time he comes into contact with a child he only hopes to motivate  them to be better than the day before.  "LIDF- Live Inspired, Die Fulfilled".

 

Taylor

 Taylor Williams
Baby Ballet, Jazz, Ballet (Division II)
Taylor started dance at Dance Arts of Bowling Green when she was 3 years old. She was privileged to study under several teachers which broadened her background.  She was a member of both the Dance Arts Company and Performance Troupe until graduating in 2008. In November of 2004, she traveled to New York City where she studied at Broadway Dance Center taking classes in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical under renowned instructors and highly experienced professional performers. While in high school, she worked at the studio and was an assistant teacher to both Ms. Martha Madison and Mrs. Char Allen.  For several years she also worked at the studio’s summer camps. In 2008, she auditioned and was accepted to attend Deeply Rooted Dance Company’s Summer Intensive. Also in 2008, she auditioned and was admitted into the University of Alabama’s Dance Department where she studied for four years and graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Dance and a minor in Nutrition. As a student at the University of Alabama, she studied jazz under professor of the Year, Cornelius Carter who also teaches and choreographs for the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program.  She studied ballet, modern, and anatomy under Rita Snyder.  In the summer of 2009, she attended Dance Educators of America where she achieved Level 1 Teaching Certification.  She is beginning her second year teaching at Dance Arts and looking forward to her upcoming classes.  Taylor has a deep passion for the art of dance and for children and it gives her great joy to be able to express her love through dance education.

 

Master Instructors

 

Clifton

Clifton Keefer Brown

Associate Professor and Dance Program Director | Western Kentucky University, Ballet, Pointe (PP) 
Clifton Keefer Brown was born and raised in Chicago, where he began his dance studies at Ellis-Du Boulay ballet school. He received his BFA in dance from the University of Iowa under the guidance of Francois Martinique and his MFA from the University of Arizona under the guidance of James Clouser and Melissa Lowe. Mr. Brown professional career has been Ballet Arizona, Grand Rapids Ballet. While in Grand Rapids, Clifton presented various classical and neoclassical works while teaching for the company school, local studios, and with "Steps in a New Direction," a dance outreach program designed to engage at-risk children. He has performed with The Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, and pursued a European career performing with DjazzX Modern Dance Company in Den Hagg, Holland and Friedrichstad Palast in Berlin, Germany. In 1997, as a principal dancer he joined L'Ensemble Da Micha Van Hoecke in Rosignano, Italy. The ensemble tours Italy, Russia and Spain and performs annually at the Ravenna Fesitval and Theatre Massimo in Palermo, Italy. Mr. Brown annually produces full length concerts of his choreography in Italy. In 2008, he was invited by the American Studies Association of Turkey as a guest artist to perform and present a lecture on the African American Influence on Classical Ballet. He will conduct a master class series in ballet dance at the Dance Arts Studio for approximately 6 weeks in the Fall and 6 weeks in the Spring. We sincerely appreciate Mr. Brown sharing his vast knowledge with our Dance Arts students. It is most important that our studio begin to network more closely with the University. As of the Fall Semester of 2007, Western Kentucky University is the only university in the state of Kentucky with a Dance Major.

 

Angelica

Angelica Burgos
Associate Professor| Western Kentucky University, Ballet (Division III)
ANGELICA BURGOS is of Dominican - Armenian heritage. She has danced with Joffrey II, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Sacramento Ballet for five seasons, and Thomas/Ortiz. Burgos was a principal in Ron Cunningham’s Carmina Burana, Carmen and The Rite of Spring. Angelica danced Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Concerto Borocco, Allegro Brillante, Scotch Symphony, Theme and Variation, and Western Symphony. She has worked with artists such as Pedro Ruiz, Margo Sapinton, Ramón Oller, John Clifford, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, Dwight Rhoden, Graciela Daniele, and Sergio Trujillo. Miss Burgos is in her seventh season with the company. She dedicates this season to new beginnings, new ways, and to Alivia.

 

Amanda

Amanda Clark
Associate Professor| Western Kentucky University, Choreographer, Tap, Dance School (Division I)
Amanda Clark, a native of Indiana, graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a B.P.A. in Dance Performance and received her M.F.A. in Dance from The University of Oklahoma where she was a Graduate Fellow.  She is also certified in Mat Pilates.  Amanda performed extensively with the American Spirit Dance Company and Oklahoma Ballet Festival throughout her undergraduate and graduate tenure and has performed in the Leo’s Competitive Event of the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, New York and Monterrey, Mexico.  Amanda's choreography encompasses a range of dance styles and genres and has appeared internationally in Civitiveccia, Italy and Monterrey, Mexico.  Her work has also been performed in the Leo’s Competitive Event, at St. Gregory’s University, at regional American College Dance Festivals, and in Cultivate: A Choreographer’s Showcase in Indianapolis, IN. Amanda regularly choreographs for WKU mainstage dance concerts and musicals as well as for private dance studios.  She has taught ballet, jazz and tap at The University of Oklahoma and within the private sector in Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

 

Carlos

Carlos dos Santos Jr.
Choreographer
Carlos dos Santos, Jr. is a recognized dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed as a principal dancer with major Brazilian and U.S. dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Complexions, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (US); Grupo Salto, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Bale Teatro Castro Alves, and DanceBrazil (Brazil), where he also served as a rehearsal director.
Mr. Dos Santos' choreographic credits include works for Colorado Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and DanceBrazil, as well as his own solo performances around the world.
Mr. Dos Santos has been featured in numerous TV programs as an actor, dancer and model. His TV credits include appearances on PBS (US) and SBT TV (major Brazilian TV network), as well as coverage as a performer and choreographer in news programs around the world. His acting career included Medea Materialis for the New York Fringe Festival, Dream on Monkey Mountain with the Denter Center Theater Company, Chaplin with the Edison Souto Theatre Group, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands with the Fernando Guerreiro Theatre Group, and Yalorixa, a popular Brazilian soap-opera.
Mr. Dos Santos has taught at dance festivals, schools and universities around the world, including the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School and International Summer Institute, DanceBrazil, Academy of Colorado Ballet, Youth America Grand Prix Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition for Students, as well as master classes in the U.S., Italy, Switzerland, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Chekh Republic, Argentina, and Brazil.

 

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Eric Rivera
Associate Professor| Western Kentucky University, Modern (PP)
Eric Rivera  a native of Humacao, Puerto Rico, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College. Over the 16 years of his performing career he dance with Ballet Hispanico of NY (13 season) where he help to create over  20 original work. Prior to working with Ballet Hispanico he has performed with Minnesota Ballet (principal dancer) , Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania, European tour of West Side Story and Ballet Municipal de San Juan. He has appeared as guest artist with Connecticut Ballet, Thomas Ortiz, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Wechester Ballet and Brooklyn Ballet among other. Mr. Rivera has had the honor of performing the works of  Mark Morris,  José Limon, Kenneth McMillan,  Margot Sapinton, Graciela Daniel, Kevin Wynn, Vicente Nebrada, Talley Beatty and George Balanchine.  Mr. Rivera has thought  master classes in numerous universities across the country and for five year was an artist/teacher in residence at the Summerfame Intensive at LeMoyne College.His television credits include PBS’ Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s ‘20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, Hispanic Day Parade with Brenda Blackmon and Puerto Rican Day Parade with Ernie Anastos among others.