JK Dance

Dance is an expression of the soul!

(432) 262-0675
jkdancetexas@yahoo.com

dance studios in Texas

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Kelsey Tanner
KELSEY TANNER
Chandee Overton
PAUL BARRIS
Ashley Shaw
ASHLEY SHAW
Chandee OVerton
CHANDEE OVERTON

 

 

 

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, West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine, and Showbiz National Talent, and has also 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 Bourg Tanner began her professional career at the age of 18. 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, Taylor Swift, 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. 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 Pitbull.

One of his most recent accomplishments was artistically directing and choreographing for Televisa’s Bailando Por Un Sueño in Mexico City. He again, was responsible for the winning couple who was competing to obtain their dreams granted and a million pesos.

Instagram: paulbarris

 

Ashley Shaw
 

ASHLEY SHAW
Instructor & Choreographer

Ashley Shaw 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 translate into American Standard and International Standard ballroom dancing.

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

 

Chandee Overton
 

CHANDEE OVERTON
Office Administrator & Community Events Director

Chandee is the Office Administrator at JK Dance Center, where she directs all marketing campaigns including communications, public relations and social media activities, and oversees smooth daily operations and clerical duties for the studio to present one voice and image to the public. She also plays the role of Community Events Director where she is responsible for coordinating fundraising strategies and ensuring well planned, quality events are held. A native Midlander, she has an understanding for the flow of the community and is able to connect with and anticipate the needs of fellow residents well.

Chandee studied at Midland College for Business Management and Life Sciences, and is currently pursuing a degree in Linguistics and Language.

With coffee in hand, Chandee enjoys writing, photography, painting, decorating, and dance (of course!) in her spare time. She is compassionate about the arts and supports any opportunity that encourages them in the Permian Basin.

It is her goal to promote and make accessible this ability to express ones self. "The ability to express yourself is a blessing, and I believe it is essential for self-growth and a deeper appreciation for life. It's a pleasure to be able to be a part of something that allows people to do just that."

 

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