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 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.

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 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.

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.

Tara Glaus   Tara Glaus trained with such phenomenal teachers such as Susan Quinn Williams and Mary Beth Cabana during her early years of training and attended Idyllwild Arts Academy where she majored in musical theater during her 1999-2000 high school year, as well as attending multiple summer programs in dance. She went on to receive her BA in dance performance, with a concentration in ballet, as well as double majoring in psychology at East Carolina University. Her senior choreography piece was chosen for ACDFA 2011 and again accepted into ‘A Modern Night at The Folly 2011’ choreography showcase in Kansas City. Her works were also recognized in The Lawrence Arts Festival 2012 and Troost Festival 2012 in Kansas City. She danced professionally with The Smith Project Modern Dance Company in Kansas City for two years, while also teaching, and went on to perform for 2 more years with Center Dance Ensemble in Phoenix, AZ, before deciding to retire from dancing professionally and focus on her career in mental healthcare. She has also studied massage therapy and became a certified yoga instructor at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Tara has worked as a mental health social worker for the past 3 years, while continuing to be passionate about dance. Her training and understanding of the mind and body have aided in making her the well-rounded dancer, performer, teacher, massage therapist and social worker that she is today. She is thrilled to be back in the Kansas City area, and to join Danceworks as an instructor for the 2019-2020 year.

Tara Glaus

Tara Glaus trained with such phenomenal teachers such as Susan Quinn Williams and Mary Beth Cabana during her early years of training and attended Idyllwild Arts Academy where she majored in musical theater during her 1999-2000 high school year, as well as attending multiple summer programs in dance. She went on to receive her BA in dance performance, with a concentration in ballet, as well as double majoring in psychology at East Carolina University. Her senior choreography piece was chosen for ACDFA 2011 and again accepted into ‘A Modern Night at The Folly 2011’ choreography showcase in Kansas City. Her works were also recognized in The Lawrence Arts Festival 2012 and Troost Festival 2012 in Kansas City. She danced professionally with The Smith Project Modern Dance Company in Kansas City for two years, while also teaching, and went on to perform for 2 more years with Center Dance Ensemble in Phoenix, AZ, before deciding to retire from dancing professionally and focus on her career in mental healthcare. She has also studied massage therapy and became a certified yoga instructor at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Tara has worked as a mental health social worker for the past 3 years, while continuing to be passionate about dance. Her training and understanding of the mind and body have aided in making her the well-rounded dancer, performer, teacher, massage therapist and social worker that she is today. She is thrilled to be back in the Kansas City area, and to join Danceworks as an instructor for the 2019-2020 year.

Andrea Jeselnik   Andrea has received certifications as a life coach and yoga instructor. She has been a mindfulness and meditation coach for over a decade. She implements techniques for healing from trauma and suppressed emotions with the goals of active healing, increased joy and peace, self love, and self awareness. Along with her faith and being a mom, her passion includes helping people create a life by design rather than default. She considers it a blessing to be able to share what she has lived and learned with you. Andrea also leads Christian yoga classes and workshops.

Andrea Jeselnik

Andrea has received certifications as a life coach and yoga instructor. She has been a mindfulness and meditation coach for over a decade. She implements techniques for healing from trauma and suppressed emotions with the goals of active healing, increased joy and peace, self love, and self awareness. Along with her faith and being a mom, her passion includes helping people create a life by design rather than default. She considers it a blessing to be able to share what she has lived and learned with you. Andrea also leads Christian yoga classes and workshops.

Madeline Brown   Madeline has been dancing since the age of three. She was trained in classical ballet with the Kansas City Ballet School for 15 years, where she also received training in modern, contemporary, and jazz. In high school, Madeline danced with the Kansas City Youth Ballet for three years. She also had the opportunity to perform alongside the company in The Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet for seven years. In The Nutcracker, she danced the roles of a polichinelle, a soldier, the party scene, Clara, lead ginger, and a marzipan. She spent one year at the Kansas School of Classical Ballet under Juan Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf, where she performed in the corps and a pas de trois in the ballet La Bayadere.  Madeline attended two summer intensives, one at Ballet Chicago in 2012 and the other at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida, in 2014.  After graduating high school, Madeline attended Benedictine College for two years on scholarship with the Benedictine College Dance Team. During this time, she gained experience in contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. She was also apart of the completion team, where they placed top 5 in the region.  Madeline is excited to be teaching and share her love of dance with children, and is looking forward to what the year has to bring!

Madeline Brown

Madeline has been dancing since the age of three. She was trained in classical ballet with the Kansas City Ballet School for 15 years, where she also received training in modern, contemporary, and jazz. In high school, Madeline danced with the Kansas City Youth Ballet for three years. She also had the opportunity to perform alongside the company in The Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet for seven years. In The Nutcracker, she danced the roles of a polichinelle, a soldier, the party scene, Clara, lead ginger, and a marzipan. She spent one year at the Kansas School of Classical Ballet under Juan Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf, where she performed in the corps and a pas de trois in the ballet La Bayadere.

Madeline attended two summer intensives, one at Ballet Chicago in 2012 and the other at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida, in 2014.

After graduating high school, Madeline attended Benedictine College for two years on scholarship with the Benedictine College Dance Team. During this time, she gained experience in contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. She was also apart of the completion team, where they placed top 5 in the region.

Madeline is excited to be teaching and share her love of dance with children, and is looking forward to what the year has to bring!

Tessa Jansen   Tessa started dancing when she was 5 years old at Greenleaf music and arts. She kept on dancing through her young years moving from there to The Culture House where she took up modern dance as a new passion! She participated in many shows and performances. At about the age of 14 she began to pursue dance more seriously and trained at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts in their professional track, majoring in ballet and modern. She danced with their junior company for a few years, traveling to Houston a few times to participate in project dance. And as she approached the opportunity to join the senior company decided that teaching was something she loved more! She went back to her roots and taught at Greenleaf. There she taught ballet, modern and also founded their junior company. She then was able to take them to Houston to preform at project dance as their instructor and choreographer. took a break due to becoming a Mommy and is now back to teaching.

Tessa Jansen

Tessa started dancing when she was 5 years old at Greenleaf music and arts. She kept on dancing through her young years moving from there to The Culture House where she took up modern dance as a new passion! She participated in many shows and performances. At about the age of 14 she began to pursue dance more seriously and trained at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts in their professional track, majoring in ballet and modern. She danced with their junior company for a few years, traveling to Houston a few times to participate in project dance. And as she approached the opportunity to join the senior company decided that teaching was something she loved more! She went back to her roots and taught at Greenleaf. There she taught ballet, modern and also founded their junior company. She then was able to take them to Houston to preform at project dance as their instructor and choreographer. took a break due to becoming a Mommy and is now back to teaching.