Dancing together with CF: faculty

for the Kansas City Ballet. She worked with people living with Parkinson's Disease in A Tulip Unfolding, a two-year performance project which shared their stories and movement contributed by the storytellers. She is a member of the KC Contemporary Dance company in Kansas City, Missouri. She trained at the Kansas City Ballet, studying under Ballet Mistress Karen Brown, Kimberly Cowen, Lisa Thorn Vinzant, Tamara Sanders, and Master Hyuk-ku Kwon. Former Artistic Director, William Whittener cast Burkitt in Todd Bolender's Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet. She attended summer intensive programs at the Alvin Ailey school and the Kansas City Ballet. 

Nora Burkitt, dance, A Tulip Unfolding

Nora Burkitt, Faculty

Nora holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, training under Mary Pat Henry, Gary Abbott, DeeAnna Heitt and Tobin James. She teaches students of all abilities as the Adaptive Dance Coordinator and lower school 

Amanda Killen Dance CF

diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (read her story here). She is a professional choreographer and has been involved with dance in one way or another since she was three years old. Amanda has choreographed Mary PoppinsBeauty and the Beast, and Footloose for Robidoux Resident Theatre. She was honored with two Ruby Awards from RRT for Best Choreography. She also choreographs for Platte County Show Choir and Owasso High School Theater Department. Amanda has also worked with Cameron High School’s Show Choir, Theater Department, and Pom Squad. She was on the Mystics Dance Team at Missouri Western State University for four years, captain for three, and assistant coach for one year. She was on her high school dance team all four years, captain for two years, and choreographed all of her high school musicals. Amanda is eager to pass on her love for dance and theatre!

Amanda Estep Killen, Faculty

Amanda holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Missouri Western State University with minors in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance and Entrepreneurship.  She started dancing at the age of 3. The same year she started dancing, she was

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Tori Lucas

Instructor: Musical Theater Jazz

Tori is a Kansas City native, but currently a Florida resident performing at Walt Disney World. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Dance Management at Oklahoma City University and has been dancing for the mouse ever since. She loves all things purple, vintage, or broadway!

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Elizabeth Booth

Instructor: Kids

Elizabeth is an Oregon native who loves all things nature, chickens, and dance. She began her dance training at 5 years of age and has continued training under Störling Dance Theater and Ad Deum Dance Company, as well as attending intensives with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Zion Dance Project. One of her favorite performances to date involves dancing as a squirrel in Germany for a rambunctious audience of children.  

Shari Augustine, Guest Instructor

Zumba®, Yoga

Shari holds a MLA in Arts from Baker University, BA in Dance from the University of Kansas, and an AGS in Exercise Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College. A Certified Zumba® Instructor, she also teaches ballroom, country, swing, line dancing, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, yoga, and piano.  "I love to dance!"