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….

 

 

IMG_2286 Miss Megan Laughlin teaches Beginner Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, Ballet Pointe, Competition Dancer’s Keep In Shape and Clogging. Miss Megan grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where she danced competitively for 10 years at White Oak Dance Academy. Megan studied all styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip-hop, clogging, lyrical and musical theatre. Megan competed and continued her dance education through affiliations with Dance Masters of America, Dance America/Olympus and International Dance Challenge. At a young age, she became an assistant and immediately fell in love with teaching and choreography. In college, Megan was a choreographer and board member for the Dance Company all four years she attended Northwest. Megan was a permanent teacher at Bearcat Boogie Dance Studio as well as a guest choreographer for competition teams throughout college. When Megan moved back to Kansas City, she began teaching again at her original studio she grew up at, choreographing top-performing, over-all winning competition routines, and choreographing for the local high school dance team. She has continued to take class herself, learn and perform around Kansas City including training at Kansas City Ballet. Megan loves teaching all levels, ages and styles of dance as she hopes to inspire and instill a passion for dance that never leaves you. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Never miss a chance to dance!

 

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Miss Nikki Miles is an assistant teacher at Center Stage. She grew up in Bolivar and graduated 
from Bolivar High School. She has been dancing for 14 years and has been at 
Center Stage since its opening in 2005. She has danced competitively for 10 
years. Nikki has taken many different styles of dance,including jazz, tap, 
lyrical, hula, modern, ballet(pointe), Pom and kick line, and contemporary, but 
her favorite is ballet. She has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 
and the Indianapolis 500 parade with Center Stage and is planning on performing in Hawaii with Center Stage in December 2017.
Nikki is a junior at SBU, and is in the Bachelors of Social Work program. She hopes to become a counselor for military 
families and use dance as a form of therapy.

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