Classes will be taught by a combination of directors and staff members. We take great care in selecting our teachers to make sure they are professionally trained and highly qualified, thus ensuring your child gets the best instructors available to help them grow and develop as performing artists.
Artistic Director - Dance Studies, Co-director - Music and Theatre Studies
Megan Birdsall began her career dancing at the age of three, first in competition dance, then moving on to fine arts education before she was a teenager.
At 13, Megan began working professionally as a film and commercial actress and voice over artist, most notably with a featured role in the Emmy winning “My Antonia.” While a teen, she won first place in the National Shakespeare competition, won the Shooting Stars Scholarship and was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for vocal music.
She attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music studying theatre, dance and music and while there, studied with Ann Reinking and Gregory Hines.
As an educator, Megan taught for the John Robert Powers Agency (NY) creating their musical theatre curriculum. She has taught for the Shawnee Mission School district, choreographing and directing such shows as Aida, Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Sweeny Todd.
Also a professional jazz vocalist, Megan has recorded two full length jazz albums. Her second, "Little Jazz Bird" peaked at number 5 on the CMJ Jazz charts, and she has performed in Nashville, Paris, New York, Seattle, Chicago, and more. She remains a highly in demand vocalist, recently winning her second "Best of" award from Kansas City's Pitch Magazine, and has a resume that includes performances with luminaries such as Chakka Kahn, Bobby Watson, Marilyn Maye, Deborah Brown and Mike Melvoin.
Artistic Director - Theatre Studies, Co-director Music Studies
Michael has been a theatre professional and educator for more than twenty-five years in the Kansas City area, having studied and worked around the US and internationally. Michael began his training at the age of 11 at the "Creative Drama" school of University of Missouri, Kansas City, under the direction of its founder, Susan Dinges. Michael attended both Avila University and UMKC, studying theatre and education.
As a performer, Michael has worked with renowned talents such as Harry Connick Jr. (on the premiere of Mr. Connick's play The Happy Elf). As an educator, Michael has taught for The Coterie (one of Time Magazine's "Best Theatres for Young People") where he for many years directed their Young Playwright’s Roundtable, The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Shawnee Mission Schools, Stephen's College, and Arts Live (AK). In addition, Michael is an administrator and director of The Coterie's Dramatic Health Education Project, the largest HIV/STD awareness program in the Midwest, and recipient of the 1998 Ribbon of Hope Award for service to the community.
Competition Team Coordinator
Chloe began her life of dance at the age of three, first studying acrobatics and gymnastics at Dave's Gymnastics Factory, then graduating to competition dance at the top rated Dynamic Dance. While there, Chloe's competition teams were consistently ranked "Platinum" (highest possible) and twice ranked 1st over-all in National Competition.
Her teaching career began at Dynamic when she was 15 years old, teaching beginning ballet, jazz and lyrical, and advanced acrobatics and gymnastics. Next, she joined Inspire Dance Studio as their primary Acro teacher. While there she also taught Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet ,Hip Hop and Tap. Chloe then became a key teacher for their competition team and began choreographing competition pieces for ensemble and solo.
A life-long Blue Springs resident, Chloe attended Blue Springs South High School, where she was a district champion volleyball player and attended Drury University on an athletic Scholarship. Chloe is also a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and recieved her training through an accredited Acro program.
Competition Director Executive Director: Business Manager
Jennifer studied at Metropolitan Community College and Central Missouri State University. There she pursued a degree in fine arts with her major in Photography and a minor in Graphic Design. Since college Jennifer has had experience in the Retail Sales and Management field where she learned great customer service relations and business management skills. She started and has ran her own photography company successfully since 2002. This has given her a great deal of insight into managing and running a business.
Jazz, Tap, Broadway, Lyrical
Stefanie works in the Kansas City Area as a dancer and actress. She received her BA in theatre, first studying at Fort Hays State University, then at Hunter College in New York City.
While living in New York, she also attended class at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps. She currently studies with the Kansas City Ballet.
Some of her favorite roles include Judy in “A Chorus Line,” at TTIP, Minnie is “West Side Story” with Spinning Tree Theatre, and Caroline in “Help Yourself” for David Wayne Reed Productions. Stefanie has choreographed for several musicals in the area, including “Godspell” at Missouri Western State, and for numerous award winning dance teams as well.
Pointe, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary
Breanna began dancing at Heart of America Dance Center (HADC) at a young age where she studied all different styles of dance. She started off with the Homeschool Program, which led to HADC's Youth Ballet and Competition Dance Team. While there she was cast in many lead roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Mrs. Which in the famous story A Wrinkle In Time.
She first began teaching dance to students with special needs while in high school. Breanna then Started teaching at Valley View Dance Studio, Studio H and performing with various companies such as VidaDance, Victory in Motion Contemporary Dance Company, Quixotic and as a soloist with Störling Dance Theater.
She is still currently performing with two professional dance companies.
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical
Ayana Roberson, born and raised in Kansas city, Missouri, has been dancing since the age of 3.
She started learning at Expressions in Dance before moving over to Heart of America Dance Centre. She took part in HADC's competitive team as well as their Youth Ballet company where she danced lead roles such as Waltz Queen in The Nutcracker. Ayana went on to continue her training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she graduated with her BFA in performance and choreography with an emphasis in modern.
She has had the pleasure of being in works choreographed by Gary Abbott, DeeAnna Hiett, and Sabrina Madison-Cannon, as well as others. She's also performed alongside Störling Dance Theater's company members in their production of Underground for two seasons.
Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Tap
Paco attended the Conservatory of Dance and Music at the University of Missouri, pursuing his degree in Dance Performance (Classical Ballet & Modern) and Choreography.
Paco has worked as a professional dancer and choreographer in such places as Branson MO on the shows “The Country Tonite Show”, “The Osmond’s Brothers Show” and “Anthony and Veronica’s Magic Show." In Las Vegas, he danced professionally at The Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, The Aladdin Hotel & Casino and The MGM Theater. In California he appeared in commercials and print work as well as a featured dancer at The Magic Castle. He also worked as a dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line on the ship “Majesty”.
In Kansas City he’s choreographed for many events including The Filipino Community, The Medical Ball, and The September Affair. He’s been a featured dancer with the Allen Meyers Jazz Orchestra and was honored to perform in “The West Side Story” for the Grand opening of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. He was the coach and choreographer for the Bishop Miege High School Dance Team from 2009-2012. In June 2012 the team was invited to the NDA Nationals in Orlando FL for the first time in the school’s history!
Currently he performs with Storling Dance Company and Victory In Motion Contemporary Dance Company.
Hip Hop, Contemporary
Kevin Medlin is a professional hip-hop dancer and choreographer from Kansas City. Kevin has been pursuing his craft and honing his skills since the age of twelve. He is also a member of TigerStyle! Crew, a Midwest based nationally touring dance company.
Kevin has worked commercially both in Kansas City and Las Vegas. He has appeared in multiple commercials and music videos in both markets. His knowledge of the industry allows him to help equip students with powerful tools needed for a professional career.
Kevin is versed in every street style of Hip Hop. He has also been trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern and has been trained all the way through the bronze category of ballroom dancing.
Kevin’s main goal is to instill the core values of what the Hip-Hop culture is and what it truly means to a new generation of students. He believes the goal of dancing is not just to grow yourself as a dancer but to grow yourself as a person first and foremost.