Kristen Hollimon

Owner

TRAINING

Best Foot Forward – San Diego, CA
Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop
Competition Team Member

Danceology – San Diego, CA
Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop

Saddleback Dance Center – Mission Viejo, CA
Trained in Ballet and Pointe
Performer in the Nutcracker

San Pasqual High School – Escondido, CA
Cheerleading Team Member and Dance Team Member- Captain Senior Year

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
University of Tennessee Dance Team Member
Trained in Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop

Harden Valley Academy High School – Knoxville, TN
Dance Team Technique Coach

Revolution Dance – Knoxville, TN
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro, Turns and Leaps
Instructor, Choreographer, Competition Team Instructor

Acrobatique Arts Certified
“More Than Just Great Dancing” Licensed Studio

 

Alexis Booth

Instructor

Top Star Studio – Odessa, TX
Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-Hop

Dance Elite Studio – Odessa, TX
Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop

Dance Connection Studio – Midland, TX
Taught Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop

Amanda Pulliam

Office Manager

Andrea Daley

Instructor

Training
Dee-Ann Studio of Dance -Midland, TX (15 years)
Trained in Ballet, tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pointe, and Broadway
Absolute Dance -Midland, TX (1 Year)
Trained in Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop
Center Stage Dance Studio – Odessa TX (1 Year)
Trained in Pointe, Lyrical, and Ballet
Midland High STARZ Dance Team – Midland TX (2 Years)
Team Member and Captain
Odessa College Blues Dance Team – Odessa TX (2 years)
Team member and Captain

Teaching:
Art & Soul Dance Studio – Midland TX (2015-2016)
Dance Instructor and Lead Dance Instructor
Taught Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz
Absolute Dance- Midland TX (2018- Present)
Dance Instructor
Teaches Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Musical Theater

Bonnie Luna

Instructor

TRAINING

Lee High School Dance Team- Midland, TX
Team Member and Officer

Absolute Dance – Midland, TX
Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Stage, Hip-Hop and Assistant Teaching

“Acrobatic Arts” Certified Teacher

Chelsey Epperson

Instructor & Artistic Director

TRAINING

Dance Academy – Miami, OK
Trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pointe
Competition Team
Instructor/Choreographer
Competition & Nutcracker Choreographer

Dance Olympus
Trained in all styles from Award Winning Instructors/ Choreographers
Traveled & Performed with Convention as a VIP

Pittsburg State University – Pittsburg, KS
Crimson & Gold Dancers
Trained in Jazz and Hip-Hop

Art & Soul – Midland, TX
Instructor/Choreographer

Emily Cooke

Instructor

TRAINING

Absolute Dance  – Midland, TX
Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Stage, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Assistant Teacher

Hollie Allred

Instructor

TRAINING

The Dance Gallery, Big Spring, TX
 Trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Jazz
Sands High School Cheer Team Member
 Howard College Cheer Team Member
Studio of the Arts, San Angelo, TX
 Trained in Ballet and Pointe
Teaching:
The Dance Gallery, Big Spring, TX
 Dance Instructor
Supersquad of San Angelo, TX
 Cheer Coach and Choregrapher
Howard College, Big Spring, TX
 Cheer Coach and Choreographer
Various cheer and dance choreography for high school and junior high cheer teams in the area

Jade Click

Instructor

TRAINING

Coming Soon…

Jessica Rios

Instructor

TRAINING

Dance Ministry Director – Odessa, TX
Hip Hop, Gospel Mime, Lyrical, African Cultural, Bollywood, Folklorico Instructor

Odessa College Blue Dance Team- Odessa, TX
Team Member, studied Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, and Hip-Hop

Dance Connections- Odessa, TX
Hip- Hop Instructor

University of Texas of the Permian Basin Folklorico Dance – Odessa, TX
Team Member

Leah Buck

Instructor

TRAINING

La Petite Dance Company – Midland, TX
Trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap

Lee High School – Midland, TX
Dixie Doll Team Member

Absolute Dance – Midland, TX
Trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Stage, Hip-Hop and Ballet
Assistant Teaching

“Acrobatic Arts” Certified Teacher

Meredith DuBose

Instructor

TRAINING

Dorothy Soto School of Dance- Pine Bluff, AR
Trained in Tap, Jazz, & Ballet

BSD, A Dancer’s Studio- Pine Bluff, AR
Trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, & Lyrical

Henderson State University- Arkadelphia, AR
Trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, & Ballet

Arkadelphia School of Dance- Arkadelphia, AR
Dance Teacher/ Choreographer

North Shore High School- Houston, TX
Dance Teacher/ Choreographer

Michelle Crites

Office Assistant

 

Samantha Hughes

Instructor

TRAINING

Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center – Walled Lake, MI 1992-2005
Trained in ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, lyrical, voice, contemporary, choreography, pedagogy & student teaching. Performed & competed with Dynamic Dancers Performing Company 2000-2005.

Oakland University – Rochester, MI 2005-2010
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Minored in Spanish Language & Literature. Graduated cum laude with departmental honors & on a 4 year dance scholarship.

University of Michigan-Flint – Flint, MI 2010-2013
Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration. Commissioned to choreograph UM Flint’s fall 2013 musical “Little Shop of Horrors”.

Teaching, Choreographing & Directing:

Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center – Walled Lake, MI
Dance Apprentice 2003-2006, Dance Instructor 2006-2010

Eisenhower Dance Center – Rochester & Birmingham, MI
Dance Instructor 2008-2014, Student Company Director 2012-2013

Oxford High School – Oxford, MI
Dance Instructor, Student Company Director, Curriculum & Program Collaborator 2013-2014 Choreographed Oxford High School’s winter 2014 production of Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast”

Planet Dance – Canton, MI
Dance Instructor 2013-2015

Fitness Motivators – Highland & Novi, MI
Aerobics & T-Box Instructor 2013-2015

Art & Soul Dance Studio – Midland, TX
Dance Instructor 2015-2016

Absolute Dance – Midland, TX
Dance Instructor 2017-current, Curriculum & Program Director 2019-current

Samantha currently enjoys teaching at Absolute Dance in Midland, TX. She loves sharing her passion for dance with all ages and levels.

 

Sara Mott

Training TBA…

 

Shellie Hurd

Forever Dance– Richmond, TX. 
Trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, kick, pom, and lyrical
Competition team
 
Foster Flairs Drill Team– Richmond Texas
Trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, kick, pom, and lyrical
Lieutenant- Junior Year
Lt. Colonel Senior year
Choreography coach and freshman coach
Fade to Black– Texas A&M College Station
Trained in Hip-hop, lyrical, jazz

 

Guest Faculty

MaKenzie Dustman

Makenzie Dustman is a dancer/actress from Southern California. She appeared on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 as a top ten contestant & returned as a Season 11 SYTYCD All-Star. MAkenzie is a company member of Stacy Tookey’s Still Motion Contemporary Dance Company and tours as a demonstrator for Nuvo Dance Convention. She has danced professionally in Europe with Jessie J, The JAckson, Nelly Furtado, and James Morrison as a stage dancer as well as commercial dance with Neil Patrick-Harris and Hugh Jackman. Makenzie appeared as an actress in MTV’s Awkward, Season 5.

 

Krista Barker

Krista has been dancing since the age of 4. Her performances have taken her all over the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has had the opportunity to showcase her passion for dance through television, videos, concert tours, and live stage performances. In addition to Krista’s own talents as a performer, her award winning choreography has been featured on SYTYCD, America’s Best Dance Crew, Hip Hop International, and at schools, night clubs, live shows and national competitions. She specializes in stylized jazz, technique, lyrical and fitness. Krista is an original member and Director of Automatic Response, and has been a proud member since 2005. They have been featured on season 1‘s America’s Best Dance Crew, Apollo presents American Icons and numerous stage production shows. “To inspire, and be inspired” is what Krista lives by. Credits Include: Aaron Carter Jukebox Tour, Aaron Carter Japan Tour, Britney Spears Onyx Tour, Star Search, FAMEUS, West Coast Dance Explosion, Conversations of Lust, American Icons Live as Janet Jackson, America’s Best Dance Crew, The Goddess Concept.

 

Ricky Maalouf

Ricky Maalouf started dancing at age 19 for ASU Hip Hop Coalition and has since gone from member to choreographer. He spent two years on the WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad as well as other performance groups around the valley. He currently dances with national recording artist Jasmine Hormez, recently opening for Omarion, and danced for the professional dance company Automatic Response who were featured on Americas Best Dance Crew, opening for Fergie and My Chemical Romance, and worked with Dillards, LRG, Kiss FM amongst others. Ricky has won numerous scholarships including Monsters of Hip Hop, Millennium, IDA, Hollywood Vibe, Muse, Scene Interactive and was a Monsters of Hip Hop and Hollywood Vibe finalist. Choreography has been showcased and seen at LA Choreographers Carnival, for hip hop artist Swag, President Obama’s Arizona State Commencement, MTV Sweet Sixteen, in numerous independent music videos, Jr Miss Arizona pageant, UDA, Phoenix Suns and Mercury, high schools and has won many competition awards at a national level. He has a true passion for teaching and believes in a high energy class, making his students work hard while completely enjoying the class experience

 

Kim McSwain

Kim began training at 3 years old. From the very start, she loved every second of dance. By age 8 she was training in ballet 30 hours a week, and at 12 years old she received 3rd at the National Tap Event sponsored by Gregory Hines. In fact, Mr. Hines was so impressed with Kim that he traveled to her studio in Dallas to give her private lessons. At 24 years old, Kim moved to L.A. where she quickly achieved success as a sought-after dancer, booking jobs with Britney Spears, N’Sync, Michael Jackson, amoung many others. Despite her success, Kim felt drawn to teaching and soon decided to focus her career strictly on training dancers. As she often says, “It only takes a second to make a child feel special and maybe change their life… and from there that child could someday change the world.”She first joined Adrenaline on the convention circuit before being picked up by the largest dance convention in the world, JUMP. For six years, Kim taught everything from ballet and jazz to hip hop to thousands of students a week. After that experience, Kim joined NUVO as the Children’s Director. Focusing on technical development, she gained a reputation for inspiring young dancers to be more than excellent performers, but also to be excellent people.The longer she taught, the more other instructors wanted to learn from her. In city after city, Kim’s teacher seminars drew huge crowds as she motivated countless instructors to be the best educator and role model they could be for their students. Additionally, many of her own students have gone on to achieve incredible success, working with some of the most talented artists in the dance and film industry.These experiences led Kim to retire from the convention circuit to focus on the success of Changing Lives. Kim now travels across the country working directly with studios to educate their faculty and implement her teaching philosophy, along with speaking engagements, parent seminars, and business consulting.Through it all, Kim’s number one priority has and still remains being a good mom to her two wonderful girls—and instilling in them the same vibrant faith in God that fuels her love for others and joy in dance.

Jose Soto

Jose started dancing later in life, which drove his eagerness and discipline to excel quickly. His studio training began in ballet, but Jose soon wanted to venture into jazz and jazz funk forms of dance. Determined to further develop his passion, Jose pursued performance opportunities. Jose’s ambition landed him the opportunity to dance professionally with Center Dance Ensemble, EPIK Dance Company, WNBA Mercury Hip Hop Squad, Phoenix Contemporary Dance Company, Scorpius Dance Theatre and Automatic Response. Jose was thrilled to find out he had earned the opportunity to work with Cirque du Soleil. Jose has also been teaching master classes and providing award-winning choreography throughout the country for years. He finds great joy in traveling and meeting new communities of dancers which inspire him throughout his journey. Jose created DYBOS, Dance Your Butt Off Sundays, an open class for the dance community, that has grown to become one of the most sought after open classes by both amateurs and professionals alike. DYBOS’s success is due to its encouragement of community and constant focus on uplifting and uniting dancers.