Our Teachers and Assistants

Ms. Terri

Ms. Terri Kirksey is the owner and head choreographer at Center Stage Dance Academy and she teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hula, Poms, Kickline, Cheer, Tumbling, Acro, Hip hop, Contemporary and Ballroom. Ms. Terri has danced professionally for more than 30 years. She studied dance with Peggy Lanik Dance Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 13 years. Through this studio, Terri competed at the high levels of competition with Dance Masters of America, studied with various well known choreographers, such as Gregory Hines, and traveled across the country performing and competing. Terri is a 3rd generation dancer and also danced professionally for Action Enterprises, a business that her mother owned, beginning at the age of five. Terri has also danced professionally in Branson, Missouri at the Legends Theater and Ray Stevens Theater. She has performed various floor shows well known in the Tulsa area, such as the Las Vegas Revue, through Action Enterprises and the Red Glove Revue. Terri has studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hula, Hip Hop, Poms, Musical Theatre, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz Funk and Tumbling. She was also a high school cheerleading captain, UCA cheerleader and competed for four years at the State Cheerleading Competition always bringing home the top scores. Dance is her passion and it is in her blood. Terri taught and choreographed at Chelle’s Dance Studio for 8 years before buying the studio from Chelle and changing the name. Terri has owned Center Stage Dance Academy, LLC since 2005 and enjoys watching her young dancers grow. Her favorite style of dance is a toss up between Tap and Hip Hop. “Dance is an expression, a type of communication, which by its very nature needs no translation, ” said Terri. “There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to dance. It should come from your heart, mind and body. I have been around dance even before I was born. Through all of life’s changes, dance has always in some way been a part of my life. I truly hope that you can see my love and passion for dance through each of my students. My precious gift to each of my dancers is to teach them what I know about dance and watch them blossom into their own individual dancer. DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING, and Embrace Your Crazy….


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