Studio J Instructors
, owner and director of Studio J School of Dance, has been sharing her gift of dance with the Edmond community since 2002. Prior to that, she has taught dance at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK, and Pam’s Academy of Dance in McAlester, OK. In addition, Meredith has taught master’s classes for various studios and has coached both junior varsity and varsity high school pom squads.
Meredith began her dance career in McAlester, OK in 1982 under the tutelage of Pam Davy of Pam’s Academy of Dance and Tony Deel. She continued her dance training at St. Gregory’s University under the instruction of Meghan Prior, Noel Parenti, and Erin Robbins Farmer. Meredith graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and with an area of specialization in dance. She continues her education today by attending workshops and classes offered by dance professionals from New York, Los Angeles and Oklahoma.
Notably, Meredith has been a featured dancer in the Gotta Dance Ensemble, The Spirit and Sole Dance Ensemble as well as Tearstained Dance Company. She is currently the artistic director of David’s Dancers, a company of gifted young dancers whose purpose is to promote creative expression through the art of liturgical and expressive dance and to provide an alternative language for the worship of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
1Peter 4:10 (NIV) states, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” Meredith is humbled by God’s call on her life to share His love through dance, all for His glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom. She gratefully acknowledges her wonderful family for their love and support.
Hilary Rose McAlister was born and raised in Oklahoma City where she fell in love with dance and knew from an early age she was created to move. She began teaching and choreographing at the young age of 14 under the guidance of Cece Farha who was able to pinpoint Hilary's gifting early on. She attended the University of central Oklahoma as a dance major on scholarship and continued her training at a summer intensive at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
Hilary is the COO and Co-founder of Soul de Soul Dance Convention where she also teaches on faculty. She currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma and teaches full time at Studio J School of Dance. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing for over 15 years. Hilary's ability to create a safe and honest learning environment along with her to tell a clear story through movement has her master classes and choreography highly sought after throughout the Midwest, NYC and Boston. Hilary's unique choreography has been recognized countless times both regionally and nationally. You can sse some of Hilary's work featured on the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge website.
Hilary has been featured in Pure Magazine and Mommy's New Stage about her influence in the dance community. As well as back up dancing for Churchboy, a featured dancer in numerous musical theater productions in the Oklahoma area, and assisting for OKLA Dance Convention. Tearstained Dance Company which Hilary created and directed was the featured guest performer for Pure Magazine's Launch Party.
Hilary knows that dance is the rhythm every person is born with; therefore, people dance alone, dance with, and or dance for something. The experience, feel, and emotion of dance, is what drives Hilary to express her heart through dance. With this understanding, Hilary hopes to touch, inspire, move, and encourage not only the dancers but the audience as well. She believes dance is the language of the soul, which can move us to feel and experience something greater than ourselves and she feels blessed to be able to contribute to or world with something as beautiful as dance.
Ariel Elaine Braswell
has been dancing for 16 years, most of which were spent at Studio J School of Dance studying under Lisa Woods, Meredith Powell, and Hilary McAlister. She had the opportunity to be in Studio J's competitive company for 10 of those years which allowed her to take class from many esteemed choreographers from around the country. She was a part of Tearstained Dance Company which danced at many local events including the PURE Magazine launch party. Ariel has had the privilege to assist at workshops such as OKLA and Soul de Soul and attend workshops with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Gregg Russell, and many more.
This is Ariel's 7th year teaching at Studio J and she feels so grateful to teach so many wonderful and beautiful children. This is the third year Ariel has been chosen to choreograph for Studio J's competitive company.
Mackenzie Martin Crosley is an Oklahoma native currently living in Los Angeles pursuing a dance career in video, film and stage work. She was a dance major at the University of Central Oklahoma, and is currently a working dancer and continuing her training with internationally acclaimed studios and teachers in Los Angeles and New York City. She was a member of the Tearstained Dance Company and recently completed a scholarship with Monsters of Contemporary.
Mackenzie has been dancing since she was three and has been teaching for over seven years in the OKC and Edmond area. She has had the honor of choreographing for both the Encore Dance Centre and Studio J Company. Her choreography has received many honors, including a 2010 Hall of Fame Choreography Award. Her choreography has also been featured on MyIndieLifeTV.
Mackenzie is a Co-Owner, Artistic Director and Teacher for Soul de Soul, an Oklahoma based Dance Workshop that is currently in it's 5th season. Her stage work includes, a solo backup dancer for Hybrid Digital at the Roosevelt Hotel New Years Eve Show, and recently performed with the Flirt Dancers at Ladies in Lace. She has also been featured in Justine Menter's concept video for Marry the Night.
She views dance as a lifestyle and language in which she connects with people and the world in a present state and is thrilled to be able to share her heart, voice, love of movement and quirkiness through her classes and choreography.
Alex Mae LaGuardia began studying dance at 171 Cedars Arts in Corning, NY, at three years old. She joined Studio J School of Dance in 2002 and was a member of the Studio J Company from 2004 to 2015. Her training has also provided the opportunity to attend dance intensives at Millennium Dance Complex, LA, University of Central Oklahoma, and The Edge Performing Arts Center, LA, as well as numerous master classes throughout the region.
Under the instruction of Meredith Powell and Hilary McAlister, she has performed award-winning numbers at numerous competitions, festivals, and conventions and has earned scholarships from Tremaine Dance Convention, Soul de Soul Dance Convention, Hall of Fame, Co. Dance, and The Pulse. She has had the privilege of taking classes with such professionals as Stacey Tookey, Marty Kudelka, Laurieann Gibson, Dave Scott, Derrick Schrader, Tiffany Maher, and Hamilton Evans.
Her performance experience includes dancing in two NBA pregame shows, various charitable events and fundraisers, as well as several holiday shows. She has also performed as a back up dancer for local musicians and was a dancer in the concept video “Silhouettes” choreographed by Mackenzie Crosley.
Alex Mae has been on staff at Studio J since 2006 and began teaching and choreographing in 2012. She has assisted at Soul de Soul Dance Convention, pom clinics, dance projects, and has provided private lessons to young dancers.
Psalm 139:14 “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know this full well.”
Tiffany Lemmings danced at the Seminole Dance Company for 14 years, where she took classes in jazz, ballet, character, lyrical, hip hop, and clogging under the instruction of Darana Davis. She has taken from many prestigious choreographers including, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Laurieann Gibson, Billy Bell, and Tyce Diorio.
In high school, she was a member of the Seminole High School Pom squad and a member of the All-State Pom Squad her senior year. She graduated December 2012 with a BFA in Dance Education and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Tiffany has been privileged to dance in many showcases and benefit concerts such as, the Debbie Collins benefit concert and the Changed Forever Memorial show, under the University of Central Oklahoma and has also danced with Tearstained Dance Company, Visions Dance Company, and RACE Dance Company.
Tiffany now teaches dance at John Marshall Mid-High School and Studio J. She has also taught many classes at the Seminole Dance Company, Artic Edge, and many routines for the Universal Dance Association. Tiffany has had the opportunity to choreograph numerous routines for the Seminole Pom Squad and John Marshall Pom Squad.
Tiffany is so blessed to have the opportunity to teach at Studio J, work with many young dancers, and loves being a part of the Studio J family.
Nicole Stricklin started studying dance at the age of 3 at Pam’s Academy of Dance in McAlester, OK under the instruction of Pam Davy. At that studio she had the opportunity to be in the competition company which allowed her to compete and study under numerous professional dancers around the country. She also coached a mini Pom Squad and assisted and taught numerous classes.
In high school she was a member of the McAlester High School Pom Squad. As a member of the squad she won 3 state championships and several national titles. She was also a member of the All-State Pom Squad her senior year. She continued her dance training at St. Gregory’s University under the instruction of Erin Robbins Farmer, Liz Reiter and Kim Oplotnick. While at St. Gregory’s she was also a member of the Spirit and Sole Dance Ensemble.
Nicole graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. Since graduating college she has taken and taught many different styles of dance at several studio’s across the state and she continues to develop her skills by attending conventions and workshops.
This is Nicole’s 4th year teaching at Studio J. She feels blessed for the opportunity to share her love of dance as it has always been her passion. She is grateful for all the love and support from her amazing husband and her two adorable children to allow her to do what truly makes her happy.
Mandy Groeshel began studying dance at the age of 3 at Studio J School of Dance and continued dancing there for 10 years and was also a member of the Studio J Company for 5 years. In high school she trained at A.R.T.S. Revealing The Son. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theater, hip hop, lyrical and modern.
Mandy has a passion for using dance as a form of worship and to train young people to pursue the Lord in dancing as well as in their lives . She danced with the A.R.T.S. Dance Ensemble and Radiant Dance Company which gave her the opportunity to perform and minister at numerous churches, conferences, nursing homes, and more.
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalms 29:2
Harper Harris fell in love with dance at the age of three while taking her first classes at Range of Motion under CeCe Farha. She continued her dance education at Movement Innovations where she danced competitively for six years. She was named Miss Encore Oklahoma, performed on the Encore Elite Dance Team, and was a National Dance Association All American in 2013 and 2014. Dance has also provided her the opportunity to travel to many locations including Dallas, Las Vegas, and LA and has allowed her the privilege of taking from artists such as Desmond Richardson, Mia Michaels, Misha Gabriel, Mandy Moore, and Jackie Sleight.
Harper joined the Studio J School of Dance family in 2014. She continues to train and perform competitively under Meredith Powell and Hilary McAlister, earning scholarships and recognition awards for her work. She attended the Joffrey Southwest Summer Intensive in 2015 and looks forward to other opportunities to grow as a dancer and share her gift and love of dance with future performers.
Malia Klebanov fell in love with dance as a tiny girl. She received extensive dance and gymnastics training. She had the opportunity to dance on tour with Behind the Veil, choreographing her first full production at age 15. She also went on to receive a full scholarship from the University of Oklahoma, where she competed as an award- winning gymnast. After graduating from OU in 2001, she started Beautiful Feet, a dance ministry introducing youth to the worshipping and performing arts. She discovered her passion for using dance to reach kids, making a difference in their lives. She went back to school getting her Master’s degree in Fine Arts Education, from the University of Arkansas.
She started the first public school dance program in Arkansas in 2005. She taught dance 7th through 12th grade, as well as coached the dance team, and choreographed and directed for the theatre program. Her team won consecutive state titles, and finished in the top 20 at nationals. Her theatre troupe also finished as national finalist for their group musical, multiple years. While she ran a successful dance program for nine years, she feels her greatest accomplishment is knowing she made a positive impact on the students she was privileged to teach.
She was excited to move back to Oklahoma in 2014. She has continued choreographing for schools, and is thrilled to join the Studio J family! The famous dancer Martha Graham said, “Dance is the language of the soul.” Malia feels that dance is the language God gave her to show His love, and help kids grow in the full potential of who they were created to be!
Chloe Jenson was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. She began her dance training in 2000 at the age of 3 at Studio J School of Dance. She joined the Studio J Company in 2005 and was a member through the 2015 season, after which she graduated from Oklahoma Christian School as a member of the National Honor Society. Chloe has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, pointe, tap, and musical theater. In 2007, Chloe began teaching summer camps at Studio J, and later became a staff member as a teacher and choreographer.
Under the instruction of Meredith Powell and Hilary McAlister, Chloe has been a part of many award winning numbers, regionally and nationally, performing and competing at numerous competitions, showcases, benefit shows, and festivals. She received scholarships from Hall of Fame, OKLA, Encore, Soul De Soul, and The Pulse. Additionally, Chloe has had the opportunity to attend intensives such as Tremaine’s Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape Intensive in Dallas, as well as numerous conventions and master classes.
A believer in collaboration and in supporting other young artists, Chloe has performed as a backup dancer for two local vocal artists at the Oklahoma State Fair, and appeared as a featured dancer in a music video for another local artist. Recently she appeared in the concept video “Silhouettes” choreographed by Mackenzie Crosley with Greenlight Dance Project in Dallas, TX.
Chloe was pleased to have been convention assistant to Soul de Soul Dance Convention co-founder and CEO Mackenzie Crosley in Oklahoma City, New York City and Los Angeles and to assist her in many master classes as well.
In February of 2015, Chloe was accepted into Joffrey Ballet School in New York City to study as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee and will begin instruction there in September 2015.
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Amy Potter was born in Roanoke, Virginia and is joining the company having spent the past three years dancing with Ballet West in Salt Lake City. She received the majority of her training from Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, Boston Ballet School and the Houston Ballet Academy. Her repertoire spans the classical and contemporary with works from Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson and August Bournonville, in addition to Stanton Welch, Helen Pickett and Jodie Gates.
Megan Trower ...