Ms. Katy - Katherine Overby Howland studied ballet with Halcyone Perlman and Michael Simms in Columbia, Mo. Early training included study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She received her B.F.A in Dance from Stephens College. She studied ballet, modern, jazz, character and tap in London, England and New York City. In London she completed professional level Cecchetti ballet exams. In New York she studied ballet with David Howard, Finis Jhung, and Gabrielle Darvash, and modern at the Hawkins school. Katy taught, performed and choreographed while at Stephens, for the Perlman school and Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre, and was ballet mistress at DanceArts of Columbia. Ms. Katy has choreographed for numerus local musicals, operas, show choirs, and has directed ten full length productions of The Nutcracker. Nineteen years at Dancers’ Alley have been the very best!
Ms. Clara - Clara Howland Bigelow is a 2008 graduate of Stephens College with a degree in Human Development/Child Studies and dance. She studied ballet with Halcyone Perlman, ballet and modern with Katy Howland, and tap with LuAnn Madsen. At Stephens she studied Modern, Ballet, Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Irish Step Dancing, and Russian Character and took many master classes. Clara has performed with the Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre, DanceArts, Dance Concepts, and Dancers Alley. She loves teaching all of her students and managing the front desk.
Ms. Kristina - Kristina Schaefer-Mills began dancing at Ibsen Dance Theatre in Kansas City, training in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and was an assistant teacher. She participated in community musicals and was a member of her high school’s nationally ranked dance team. Kristina received her BA in Textile and Apparel Design from UMC and served as dance director for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She studied at DanceArts in Columbia and was on staff starting in 2002. Kristina was head coach of the Hickman High School Dance Team from 2007 to 2018. She joined the Dancers' Alley Staff in 2005 and is Jazz Director and Competition Team Co-Director. She has choreographed several award winning competition pieces. Kristina is lead instructor at FIT CENTRAL in Columbia certified in Les Mills Body Pump, Body Step and CXWORX. Kristina is honored to be an instructor at Dancers’ Alley and has enjoyed teaching so many wonderful and talented students throughout the years
Ms. Jordan - Jordan Burkhardt is a Jeff City native. She studied ballet, tap, modern, and jazz at Dancers’ Alley, took part in numerous dance recitals, special dance performances and productions of The Nutcracker, and was a student teacher/assistant for many years. Jordan graduated from UMC with a Master’s degree in Education she is currently a 1st grade teacher at Parkade Elementary in Columbia.
Ms. Liz - Liz Hansen Vanderfeltz is a Jefferson City native. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern and hip hop at Dancers' Alley. She performed with the Helias Dance Team, in numerous recitals and productions of "The Nutcracker", and attended competitions and conventions. She choreographs for Helias spring musicals and has coached their dance team, is involved with TLTJC and Capital City Players, and enjoys attending the St. Louis Tap Festival. She is a 2009 Louisiana State University History and Political Science graduate and in 2013 completed her M.A. in Teaching from Columbia College. Liz is a middle school Social Studies teacher at St. Peter Interparish School.
Ms. Emma - Emma Montgomery is from Columbia, MO, where she studied at DanceArts of Columbia, was a part of the competition team, and a member of the Hickman High school Dance Team. She graduated from Stephens College in 2012 with a BFA in dance. Emma has coached for the Hickman Dance Team and taught at DanceArts in Columbia. She is a Grants and Contracts Specialist for the University of Missouri Pharmacology and Physiology Department.
Ms. Aubrey - Aubrey Phillips started dancing at the age of four and has had the privilege of training in many diverse styles throughout the United States. She studied with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Tulsa Ballet. Aubrey graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B. F. A. in Dance Performance. She has since danced with such companies as Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, the American Spirit Dance Company, the Nashville Chinese Arts Alliance, and Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Dreams, where she served as Dance Captain in his production Coobrila. Aubrey is very happy to be joining the Dancers' Alley faculty and family, and she is excited to share her love of dance and teaching with the studio's many talented students.
Ms. Elise - Elise Mosbacher began her training with The Greater Lansing Ballet Company and annually participated in the Regional Dance America Festival. She was coached by Madame Gribinova from the Vaganova School of Ballet, and Judy Rice associate professor of dance at the University of Michigan. Elise attended her freshman year of high school at Walnut Hill Performing Arts School. She graduated from Grand Valley State University as a dance major on scholarship. She danced many principal roles in ballets including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Nutcracker and performed Balanchine works. Summer programs include Ballet Moscow, Ballet Magnificat, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, The Joffrey Ballet and The Colorado Ballet. Elise has performed as a guest artist with Dance Gross Ile and Springfield Ballet. This is Elise’s ninth season with Missouri Contemporary Ballet.
Ms. Kalley - Kalley Schollmeyer is a Jefferson City native who grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop at Dancers’ Alley, and was a long time competition team member. She was an assistant teacher during High School and helped with many classes. She is a sophomore at Columbia College pursuing an education degree. Kalley participated in numerous dance recitals, community performances, and The Nutcracker.