JK Dance

Dance is an expression of the soul!

(432) 262-0675
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dance studios in Texas

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Kelsey Tanner
KELSEY TANNER
Paul Barris
PAUL BARRIS
Ashley Shaw
ASHLEY SHAW
 

 

Kiley Smart
KILEY SMART
Makayla Sherman
MAKAYLA SHERMAN
 
 

 

Kelsey Tanner
 

KELSEY TANNER
Owner & Director

A native of Louisiana, Kelsey started dancing at the age of 2 at her Mother's studio. "I literally grew up in a studio. I remember watching my mom for hours every day. I dreamed one day that I could be just like her!"

Kelsey is a former scholarship recipient from New York City Dance Alliance, Pulse, Nuvo, West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine, and Showbiz National Talent, Kelsey worked in the Summer Counselor Program at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, assisting for numerous professional teachers and choreographers including Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman. She has received Choreography Awards at West Coast Dance Explosion, Onstage New York, Showbiz National Talent, Dance Educators of America, and Primetime Talent.

Kelsey Tanner began her professional career at the age of 17. She was chosen, out of over 1000 dancers and choreographers, for Royal Caribbean's luxury fleets as Head Dance Captain and Choreographer.

After completing two contracts with Royal Caribbean, Kelsey moved to Los Angeles, California to further her career as a dancer, singer, and actress. It was there that Kelsey was chosen to be a part of Team Bruno on the hit ABC show, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann. Team Bruno was announced the winning team after eight amazing episodes, rewarding them a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

From there Kelsey's career began to take off which landed her dancing for major artists which include Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Jessie J, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Chenoweth, Adam Shankman, Jamie Lee-Curtis and many more. She has worked on two major films, which include: Entourage, Shrek the 4th and Family Wedding with Academy Award winner, Forrest Whitaker.

Kelsey was chosen personally by Mattel to perform as "Barbie" in Washington D.C., which premiered the 50th Anniversary Doll and Dress to the President of the United States. While in Los Angeles she made many appearances on Dancing With The Stars and toured for 3 seasons with the show. Her professional expertise gives the students at JK Dance Center the opportunity to obtain dance knowledge unlike any other in our community.

"I am passionate about my work and my students! I love to see them grow into these amazing dancers. Let them praise his name with DANCING!!"

 

Paul Barris
 

PAUL BARRIS
Instructor & Choreographer

A native of Los Angeles, Paul started dancing at the age of 9 in a manners and etiquette class called Cotillion. He quickly found his passion and talent and continued training throughout his childhood when he was offered a ballroom dancing scholarship from Brigham Young University. While attending school he achieved numerous awards including winning the United States Ballroom Ten Dance Championships and winning the British Open Latin Formation Championships. From there he moved to New York City to train at the prestigious Kaiser Dance Academy where he adapted his new style and technique from the rigorous Russian training.

Upon returning to Los Angeles he quickly entered into the entertainment business. With his imaginative and expressive technique, Paul became a world renown Latin dancer and choreographer and won numerous competitions including the World Latin and Salsa Dance Championships. He has now captivated audiences with his unique style into many commercials, films, and television shows. Some of his credits include Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Bailando Por Un Sueño, and ¡Mira Quien Baila!

Commercial campaigns include : AT&T, McDonald’s, Heineken, Wendy’s, Old Navy, and Audi to name a few.

Paul has also had the privilege to work and dance with other great musical artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, The Pussycat Dolls, Prince Royce, and most recently Andrea Bocelli.

One of his most recent accomplishments was artistically directing and choreographing for Televisa’s Bailando Por Un Sueño in Mexico City.

Instagram: paulbarris

 

Ashley Shaw
 

ASHLEY SHAW
Instructor & Choreographer

Ashley is currently the Vice Principal at Primrose School of Midland. She graduated with her Masters in childhood education and development. Ashley is a registered national and international competitor in the National Dance Council of America, as well as a registered instructor in fine arts. She started training in ballet, tap and jazz in her childhood and used her training to translate into American Standard and International Standard ballroom dancing.

Ashley's training experience includes children's classes as well as private adult classes and lessons for over six years.

 

Kelsey Tanner
 

KILEY SMART
Owner & Director

Kiley was born in Andrews Tx and lived there most of her life before moving to Midland in 2015. She taught self defense classes and Kung Fu to ages 12 and under. At the same studio, she was also a Cardio Kickboxing Instructor. Her next job led her to her new passion, dance.

Kiley has been dancing for 4 years now. Her training is mostly in Standard Ballroom. Her experience in ballroom led her to be an instructor at three studios, including JK Dance Center.

She has worked with many creative facilities and earned her letterman in Theatre Arts. In highschool she was a main base in cheerleading and stunted for varsity.

Kiley graduated with all honors a year ahead of her class. She is currently working towards her Personal Training Certification along with her Nutritionist Certification and looks forward to continuing her journey with health and wellness.

 

Kelsey Tanner
 

MAKAYLA SHERMAN
Owner & Director

Makayla was born in Sarasota, FL. She recently moved to Midland from The Woodlands, TX. She attended Sam Houston University for Psychology with an emphasis on Childhood Development but switched over to a Business Degree with an emphasis on Human Resources and Corporate Law.

She danced competitively for 12 years in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Cheer in all the major cities in Texas . Makayla made the varsity Drill Team her freshman year in high school and was a ranked officer on the team for the remaining 3 years. She has always had a passion for dance and enjoys seeing others find that same passion, as well as the dance family she found years ago. Makayla is such an asset to the JK team. We feel so blessed to have someone with her knowledge and wisdom of dance here with us. ""It has been wonderful to see the loyalty and support Midland has given me. I feel like at JK Dance Center I am really a part of their family.""

 

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