Our goal is to give those who dance with us,
skills that will enrich their life, and the tools to enhance any future endeavors.

 


The standards of our studio are the highest. Our qualified professional teachers have studied with the finest artists in the world. The Conservatory’s environment is disciplined, orderly, dedicated, energetic and caring. It is our objective to develop grace and self-esteem in children and to inspire enthusiasm and a sense of well-being for all – no matter what their aspirations – through a healthy and challenging art form.

DanceWorks Conservatory, a dance studio in Kansas City, has offered classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop and more for over 25 years. All classes are taught by highly-qualified professionals with the experience and dedication to guide, inspire and nurture all students in their dance training.

 

 

Our Teachers

DanceWorks Conservatory’s teaching staff is comprised of some of the most well-known artists. Be it dance, music, or voice, DanceWorks Conservatory takes young and adult minds alike and refines their skills in the arts the student loves. DanceWorks Conservatory is committed to continually offering the finest training in the Kansas City area, and is hailed throughout as having some of the finest technique
training in the nation.

Nicole Merrill At an early age, Nicole fell in love with dance. Developing a strong passion and growing desire to learn, she studied from and taught for the best teachers Nebraska had to offer. It soon became clear she needed to perform and teach professionally, so she left Omaha in pursuit of a dance career. She began her training at Oklahoma City University, which offers a highly sought after, nationally recognized Dance Performance Program. Here she received the bulk of her core training, and the vigorous program prepared her for what the real world had to offer. Upon leaving Oklahoma City, Nicole moved to Las Vegas to begin her career teaching and performing. Dance took her across the county and various jobs and teaching opportunities had her spending a lot of time in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Soon her love for theatre caused her to move to New York City where she was surprised to learn a whole different way of life and dance. She is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and take from some of the top choreographers in both New York and LA. She has taken all that she has learned from these amazing dancers and fused it into a dance and teaching style all of her own. She is excited to bring her knowledge of the industry back to the mid-west, and can’t wait to share it with her students at DanceWorks. Dance has enriched, inspired, and transformed her life, and she feels so blessed to have had so many amazing experiences. She looks forward to creating special moments with her students, and empowering them to believe in their dreams. Some of her credits include a national tour of the Broadway show of Saturday Night Fever, sit down spots at some of the oldest theatres in Vegas, numerous trade shows, hair shows, and fashion shows including Vegas biggest fashion show, Magic. She has done numerous character-work of beloved cartoon characters. She has had TV spots, work-shopped musicals, and taught amazing students at wonderful studios across the country. Nicole is also a Pilates Reformer instructor. She practices a more contemporary take on traditional Pilates, and takes the principles she’s learned to the dance classes she instructs. Pilates has allowed her the ability to learn and better understand the way the body works naturally, and this knowledge plays a huge role in helping her students work more efficiently and effectively to avoid injury. Nicole is co-owner of DanceWorks Conservatory and DanceWear Express.

Nicole Merrill

At an early age, Nicole fell in love with dance. Developing a strong passion and growing desire to learn, she studied from and taught for the best teachers Nebraska had to offer. It soon became clear she needed to perform and teach professionally, so she left Omaha in pursuit of a dance career. She began her training at Oklahoma City University, which offers a highly sought after, nationally recognized Dance Performance Program. Here she received the bulk of her core training, and the vigorous program prepared her for what the real world had to offer.

Upon leaving Oklahoma City, Nicole moved to Las Vegas to begin her career teaching and performing. Dance took her across the county and various jobs and teaching opportunities had her spending a lot of time in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Soon her love for theatre caused her to move to New York City where she was surprised to learn a whole different way of life and dance. She is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and take from some of the top choreographers in both New York and LA. She has taken all that she has learned from these amazing dancers and fused it into a dance and teaching style all of her own. She is excited to bring her knowledge of the industry back to the mid-west, and can’t wait to share it with her students at DanceWorks. Dance has enriched, inspired, and transformed her life, and she feels so blessed to have had so many amazing experiences. She looks forward to creating special moments with her students, and empowering them to believe in their dreams.

Some of her credits include a national tour of the Broadway show of Saturday Night Fever, sit down spots at some of the oldest theatres in Vegas, numerous trade shows, hair shows, and fashion shows including Vegas biggest fashion show, Magic. She has done numerous character-work of beloved cartoon characters. She has had TV spots, work-shopped musicals, and taught amazing students at wonderful studios across the country.

Nicole is also a Pilates Reformer instructor. She practices a more contemporary take on traditional Pilates, and takes the principles she’s learned to the dance classes she instructs. Pilates has allowed her the ability to learn and better understand the way the body works naturally, and this knowledge plays a huge role in helping her students work more efficiently and effectively to avoid injury.

Nicole is co-owner of DanceWorks Conservatory and DanceWear Express.

Joe Hamrick Beginning at a young age, Joe Hamrick has worked as a professional in the entertainment industry. Growing up in St. Louis, Joe was fortunate to study with some of the most acclaimed teachers and choreographers in the Midwest as well as those touring from the east and west coast. In addition to live stage, Joe has appeared in print campaigns for Ralston Purina, R.C.Cola, Trend Masters and Dillards and commercially for Busch Stadium, Tjelmeland Tires and Ralston Purina. Joe began his higher education as a dancer at Lindenwoood University in St. Charles, Missouri. During this period of time he had the privilege of being a member of the Mid America Dance Company (MADCO), a well-known Midwest modern company. Other opportunities soon led him to Oklahoma City to complete his studies at Oklahoma City University where he received his Bachelor of Performing Arts. Upon graduation he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dancing and acting. After arriving there he continued his training with many prominent Hollywood choreographers. His west coast career soon began as he toured with R&B artist Jahzmyne, and pop vocal star Alexandra Bachelier. His television credits include Scrubs, Thirty Days Until I’m Famous and various appearances on Disney, VH1 and NBC. He can also be seen in Herbie: Fully Loaded, Downtown the movie, Elizabethtown, The Perfect Lie and Zombie Prom featuring RuPaul. After three years in L.A. Joe decided to moved to NYC to be able to study with the teachers there and pursue the arts on the east coast. He has been a member Dance 2XS NYC and The Movement in which he had the privilege of dancing at The Apollo Theatre. Joe has been teaching dance since the age of twelve, and has had classes in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and NYC. He has also been teaching in-studio workshops for the last 8 years traveling to cities all over the United States. He looks forward to the future and is ready to Pay it Forward by teaching young dancers and becoming an asset to the arts community in the Kansas City area. Joe is co-owner of DanceWorks Conservatory and DanceWear Express.

Joe Hamrick

Beginning at a young age, Joe Hamrick has worked as a professional in the entertainment industry. Growing up in St. Louis, Joe was fortunate to study with some of the most acclaimed teachers and choreographers in the Midwest as well as those touring from the east and west coast. In addition to live stage, Joe has appeared in print campaigns for Ralston Purina, R.C.Cola, Trend Masters and Dillards and commercially for Busch Stadium, Tjelmeland Tires and Ralston Purina.

Joe began his higher education as a dancer at Lindenwoood University in St. Charles, Missouri. During this period of time he had the privilege of being a member of the Mid America Dance Company (MADCO), a well-known Midwest modern company. Other opportunities soon led him to Oklahoma City to complete his studies at Oklahoma City University where he received his Bachelor of Performing Arts.

Upon graduation he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dancing and acting. After arriving there he continued his training with many prominent Hollywood choreographers. His west coast career soon began as he toured with R&B artist Jahzmyne, and pop vocal star Alexandra Bachelier. His television credits include Scrubs, Thirty Days Until I’m Famous and various appearances on Disney, VH1 and NBC. He can also be seen in Herbie: Fully Loaded, Downtown the movie, Elizabethtown, The Perfect Lie and Zombie Prom featuring RuPaul.

After three years in L.A. Joe decided to moved to NYC to be able to study with the teachers there and pursue the arts on the east coast. He has been a member Dance 2XS NYC and The Movement in which he had the privilege of dancing at The Apollo Theatre.

Joe has been teaching dance since the age of twelve, and has had classes in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and NYC. He has also been teaching in-studio workshops for the last 8 years traveling to cities all over the United States. He looks forward to the future and is ready to Pay it Forward by teaching young dancers and becoming an asset to the arts community in the Kansas City area.

Joe is co-owner of DanceWorks Conservatory and DanceWear Express.

Heide Williams Heide began her dance training in Kansas City with Kathy & Dennis Landsman at American Dance Center, where she was a company member of the original American Youth Ballet. From there she went on to train and perform with: San Francisco Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. In addition to the Landsmans, Heide was fortunate enough to train with: Todd Bolender, Wilhelm Burmann, Tamara Carson, Evelyn Cisneros, Dane Holman, Daniel Job, Una Kai, Vicki Reid, Desmond Richardson, Francia Russell, Abbie Siegel, Paula Weber and many others that inspired and shaped her love of dance.  Favorite ballets performed: George Balanchine’s Serenade, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake and George Verdak’s Sleeping Beauty. After leaving the ballet world, Heide got involved with two local theatre organizations that brought her back to both performing and choreographing.  For over 15 years, Heide choreographed for Music Theatre of Kansas City (formerly known as Music Theatre for Young People) and got to work with some of the most amazing and talented youth in Kansas City on musicals that in most cases were KC premieres of that musical. Additionally, Heide also choreographed, assisted other amazing choreographers and performed in musicals all over Kansas City. Favorites include: Honk!, Once on this Island  and West Side Story at the White Theatre; Guys & Dolls, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Peter Pan at Theatre in the Park; My One & Only, Once on this Island, On Your Toes, Suessical and White Christmas with MTKC. During that time, Heide also branched out in other avenues of dance and performing. She was a member and choreographer for the KC Comets Galaxy Girls dance team, as well as the KC Knights dance team and was a part of the performance teams that did half-time shows at Arena Football games that came to Kemper Arena. She also went back to her high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas, and was a dance team coach for several years before heading back to the studio to teach and choreograph. Heide’s competition choreography has been awarded top honors both regionally and nationally. Heide has also been a proud member of the American Dance & Drill Team staff as a regional competition judge for over 15 years. Heide is thrilled to be working with Joe & Nicole and thanks them for allowing her to “live her dream” of teaching and choreographing for their studio.

Heide Williams

Heide began her dance training in Kansas City with Kathy & Dennis Landsman at American Dance Center, where she was a company member of the original American Youth Ballet. From there she went on to train and perform with: San Francisco Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. In addition to the Landsmans, Heide was fortunate enough to train with: Todd Bolender, Wilhelm Burmann, Tamara Carson, Evelyn Cisneros, Dane Holman, Daniel Job, Una Kai, Vicki Reid, Desmond Richardson, Francia Russell, Abbie Siegel, Paula Weber and many others that inspired and shaped her love of dance.  Favorite ballets performed: George Balanchine’s Serenade, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake and George Verdak’s Sleeping Beauty.

After leaving the ballet world, Heide got involved with two local theatre organizations that brought her back to both performing and choreographing.  For over 15 years, Heide choreographed for Music Theatre of Kansas City (formerly known as Music Theatre for Young People) and got to work with some of the most amazing and talented youth in Kansas City on musicals that in most cases were KC premieres of that musical. Additionally, Heide also choreographed, assisted other amazing choreographers and performed in musicals all over Kansas City. Favorites include: Honk!, Once on this Island  and West Side Story at the White Theatre; Guys & Dolls, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Peter Pan at Theatre in the Park; My One & Only, Once on this Island, On Your Toes, Suessical and White Christmas with MTKC.

During that time, Heide also branched out in other avenues of dance and performing. She was a member and choreographer for the KC Comets Galaxy Girls dance team, as well as the KC Knights dance team and was a part of the performance teams that did half-time shows at Arena Football games that came to Kemper Arena. She also went back to her high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas, and was a dance team coach for several years before heading back to the studio to teach and choreograph. Heide’s competition choreography has been awarded top honors both regionally and nationally. Heide has also been a proud member of the American Dance & Drill Team staff as a regional competition judge for over 15 years.

Heide is thrilled to be working with Joe & Nicole and thanks them for allowing her to “live her dream” of teaching and choreographing for their studio.

Jenni Waters Jenni Waters graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. She was an intern at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and has also taught in various studios and workshops throughout Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Florida. Jenni is also the Head Coach of the Blue Valley Northwest Dazzler Dance Team.

Jenni Waters

Jenni Waters graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. She was an intern at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and has also taught in various studios and workshops throughout Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Florida. Jenni is also the Head Coach of the Blue Valley Northwest Dazzler Dance Team.

Rosemary Virgoni Rosemary started her dance career taking classes at Plumb Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 3. At the age of 10 she moved to Kansas City and trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Modern and Lyrical all over the Johnson Country area. She danced 20-25 hours a week starting at the age of 15 and was apart of a local prestigious performing arts center competition team until she was 18. After high school graduation, she continued dancing at Avila University where she was apart of the dance team for 3 years and was the team captain her junior year. During her senior year of college she started teaching here at DanceWorks, and fell in love with the studio and her students. Rosemary loves to share her passion of dance with all her students and she believes that with a mixture of hard work, dedication, and fun; dance can bring fulfillment and joy to all dancers.  When Rosemary is not teaching dance at DanceWorks, she is teaching and practicing yoga and most importantly giving God all the glory! Rosemary focuses on alignment first, and then leads her class through a vinyasa flow where students can use their creativity to move from asana to asana. She likes to call it a “little dance” where breath and movement come together as one.  Whether you’re putting on your dancing shoes, or rolling out your mat you can sweat a little, smile a lot, and join Rose in class! Rosemary also offers private yoga sessions to individuals and small groups." Other B.S. in Kinesiology with a double minor in dance and theatre 2014 RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher 2015  

Rosemary Virgoni

Rosemary started her dance career taking classes at Plumb Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 3. At the age of 10 she moved to Kansas City and trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Modern and Lyrical all over the Johnson Country area. She danced 20-25 hours a week starting at the age of 15 and was apart of a local prestigious performing arts center competition team until she was 18. After high school graduation, she continued dancing at Avila University where she was apart of the dance team for 3 years and was the team captain her junior year. During her senior year of college she started teaching here at DanceWorks, and fell in love with the studio and her students. Rosemary loves to share her passion of dance with all her students and she believes that with a mixture of hard work, dedication, and fun; dance can bring fulfillment and joy to all dancers.

 When Rosemary is not teaching dance at DanceWorks, she is teaching and practicing yoga and most importantly giving God all the glory! Rosemary focuses on alignment first, and then leads her class through a vinyasa flow where students can use their creativity to move from asana to asana. She likes to call it a “little dance” where breath and movement come together as one.  Whether you’re putting on your dancing shoes, or rolling out your mat you can sweat a little, smile a lot, and join Rose in class! Rosemary also offers private yoga sessions to individuals and small groups."

Other

B.S. in Kinesiology with a double minor in dance and theatre 2014

RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher 2015

 

Krissy Adams Krissy Eastwood began her training at age four in ballet, jazz, and modern. She was a member of Lake Cities Ballet Theatre, where she had the opportunity to perform in many different productions including Le Ballet de Dracula, The Nutcracker, Giselle staged by Julie Kent, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Krissy performed in many contemporary works including Brandenburgs which was performed at Youth America Grand Prix. She furthered her training by spending a summer at American Ballet Theatre’s Austin summer intensive.  Krissy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas under the direction of Stan K. Rogers and Sharon Rogers earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. During her time at Friends University, she had the opportunity to perform in many works, including Les Sylphide, The Nutcracker, The Great Plains, Firebird, Theme and Variations, and Serenade for Strings. Krissy worked with notable choreographers including Dominic Walsh, Melanie Buchanan-Murray, James Wallace , Misty Rascon-Smith, and Nick Blaylock. She was selected to perform a piece by Stan Rogers at the 5th Annual International Dance Festival in Cancun, Mexico. She furthered her training by attending Rogers Ballet Inc. in Wichita, Kansas and Contemporary Ballet Dallas in Dallas, Texas.

Krissy Adams

Krissy Eastwood began her training at age four in ballet, jazz, and modern. She was a member of Lake Cities Ballet Theatre, where she had the opportunity to perform in many different productions including Le Ballet de Dracula, The Nutcracker, Giselle staged by Julie Kent, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Krissy performed in many contemporary works including Brandenburgs which was performed at Youth America Grand Prix. She furthered her training by spending a summer at American Ballet Theatre’s Austin summer intensive. 

Krissy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas under the direction of Stan K. Rogers and Sharon Rogers earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. During her time at Friends University, she had the opportunity to perform in many works, including Les Sylphide, The Nutcracker, The Great Plains, Firebird, Theme and Variations, and Serenade for Strings. Krissy worked with notable choreographers including Dominic Walsh, Melanie Buchanan-Murray, James Wallace , Misty Rascon-Smith, and Nick Blaylock. She was selected to perform a piece by Stan Rogers at the 5th Annual International Dance Festival in Cancun, Mexico. She furthered her training by attending Rogers Ballet Inc. in Wichita, Kansas and Contemporary Ballet Dallas in Dallas, Texas.