Meet two more of our fabulous Summer Series Contributors!

Meet Michelle!

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Michelle Knell

Director of Dance/ Teacher & Choreographer

Sonshine Academy

Conway, Arkansas

23 Years in Business

425 Dance Students, but the following programs are also offered: cheerleading, PS gym, competitive gymnastics, all-star cheerleading,  swimming, after school care, and many other things

70 Employees

Styles of Dance Offered: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary-lyrical, pointe, modern, musical theater, turns/leaps/progressions, stretch/strengthen/tone, zumba, krazy-kardio, adult dance

Competition Team? Yes.

Greatest Success/Challenge of the Year: Our greatest success and greatest challenge was handling the volume of students the challenge that presented regarding recital. We normally present 3 shows, however rapid growth means that even 3 shows are becoming tremendously long and difficult to manage. This year we got creative and separated our 3 shows into 6 mini shows separated by longer intermissions allowing the younger students to leave at intermission by providing the parents with security wristbands and placing security personnel at the stage door. This was a great idea and provided for a much more manageable back stage area, and a happier parent who did not have to sit through a 3 1/2 hour recital. What a great idea!

Meet Kat!

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Kat Wildish

Master Ballet Coach

Ailey Extension/Independent Dance Professional

40 Years Experience in Teaching, Training, and Coaching

Styles of Dance Offered: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Adjudication, and Private Coaching

Kat Produces Performing in NY Showcases & Spotlight Performances Several Times Per Year.

Highlight of the Year: the sold out success of the Performing in NY Showcase shows

Challenge of the Year: finding quality, affordable space to produce new dance showcase events