Anjuli Kroon began dancing as a child at Twin Cities School of Dance in Bloomington, IL. There she studied ballet, tap, and jazz with Janet Heyslip-Streenz. During her teen years, she danced and choreographed with Orchesis Intercity Dance Company, studying ballet, jazz, modern, improvisation, and Graham technique with Laurie Merriman and Kim Neal Nofsinger. After high school Anjuli traveled and studied dance all over the country, in cities including Raleigh, Anchorage, Seattle, and Phoenix. She has studied dance at Meredith College, Anchorage Classical Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, Ballet Etudes, and Arizona State University. Some of the teachers and choreographers she worked with along her journey include Carol Finely, Peter DiMuro, Mary Lou Edwards, Michelangelo Canale, Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, Carly Conder, Gregory Nuber, Elizabeth Johnson, Cynthia Roses-Thema, and others. Anjuli graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University. After college, she danced with H.Lab performance company, under the direction of Harper Piver, creating and performing collaborative modern dance works with integrated technology. Anjuli co-founded C3 Dance, a Phoenix based group providing dance education and experiences for youth, and partnering with Dance and the Child International. After moving to St. Louis, Anjuli danced and choreographed with Leverage Dance Theater, and has taught dance classes throughout the region. She is excited to join the Dayspring community!
Ballet, Young Dancers, Conditioning, Pointe
Amber has been teaching dance for over 18 years in the greater St. Louis area as well as in Norman, Oklahoma and Atlanta, Georgia. Her early training in ballet, jazz, tap, vocal performance, and theater began in St. Louis at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts School (with Vivian Watts, Diane McCullough, and Thomasina Clarke) and continued at DaySpring Arts and Education (with Robyn Hartley, Ginger Hedrick, Ali Grimshaw, and Nancy Schaaf), where she also began teacher training. She continued her dance training at St. Louis Ballet School (with Ellen Costanza and Gen Horiuchi) before attending the University of Oklahoma and earning a B.F.A. in Dance in 2010. As a ballet pedagogy major at OU, she danced with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet company for two seasons and studied ballet theory with special focus on the psychology of learning and motivation among dance students. Amber is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Alle Head began dancing as a child at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio. There she studied tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She then went on to train in classical tap with touring sister act, Gracie & Lacy. After high school, Alle attended Missouri Baptist University where she furthered her studies in musical theatre, tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Dance. Alle has taught competitive rhythm tap at DK Dance Productions as well as adaptive chair dance at senior living facilities around St. Louis through Vitality in Motion.
Ballet, Contemporary, Young Dancers, Jazz
Liliana's background with Dayspring is quite extensive! She was an academy student from 5th grade through high school and has taken classes in every department Dayspring has to offer. This is also her 7th year teaching dance at Dayspring! Her education started at Dayspring where she trained in various styles of dance, theatre, drama, and voice. She is a 2022 graduate from Lindenwood University where she received her degree in Dance with an emphasis in Pedagogy and Choreography. She is currently a dance artist with Karlovsky and Company Dance.
Michael Burke is originally from Mexico, Missouri and trained at the Mareck Center for Dance, Nashville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Beijing Dance Academy. After graduating with a BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Michael has danced with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Deos Contemporary Ballet, and Birmingham Ballet. He is now in his seventh season as a company member with Saint Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi.
Highlights from his performance career include the principal pas de deux in Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Rubies, and Serenade, the Mad Hatter in Brian Enos’s Alice in Wonderland, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, and the Jester in Cinderella. He has also performed works by Amy Seiwert, Kevin Jenkins, Emery LeCrone, and Princess Grace Award winner Kameron N. Saunders. As an instructor, Michael has taught ballet, men’s technique, pas de deux, pointe, variations, contemporary, and conditioning to students of all ages, including for the Professional Training Program at Saint Louis Ballet. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher and is also a certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Ms. Amanda began teaching various genres of dance and movement in 1994 with an emphasis on precision tap and rhythm tap as well as contemporary and exploratory movement. Teaching environments have included multiple recreational and competitive dance studios in Missouri and Illinois as well as serving as the head dance team coach for seven seasons at a Missouri located university. She has also been a guest teacher and choreographer for countless studios, schools, workshops, intensives and churches for ages 2-85. While Amanda has been very blessed to perform professionally for multiple professional sports teams in Missouri as well as being a contracted performer with a St. Louis located entertainment agency, her passion for teaching, sharing the art of dance and cathartic movement has always held her heart. Amanda is a certified Focalizing practitioner helping clients obtain body awareness and connection to self through movement, acceptance and breathwork. Amanda is also an RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation facilitator, specializing in a trauma informed practice as well as social emotional learning (SEL). Amanda is a nationally award winning tap choreographer and is absolutely thrilled to continue sharing this and other beautiful movement arts with students of every age and experience level at Dayspring!
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Christine Settembrino is an alumna of Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Additionally, she trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ellison Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet during their summer programs. During Ms. Settembrino’s ten-year performance career, she danced with Dayton Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Birmingham Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet (now Mareck Dance), and Deos Contemporary Ballet. Her classical repertoire has included Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Fouetté Girl in Graduation Ball, Kitri in Don Quixote (excerpts), and Pas de Trois and Four Little Swans in Swan Lake. Highlights from Ms. Settembrino’s contemporary performances have included Afternoon of a Faun by Salvatore Aiello (staged by Mel Tomlinson and Heather Maloy), Spun to the Sky by Dwight Rhoden, S.O.S. by Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship recipient Thang Dao, Similar by Anthony Krutzkamp, Responding to You by Ben Needham-Wood, and Andante by Steve Rooks. Ms. Settembrino is the Assistant Rehearsal Director for St. Louis Ballet and Rehearsal Director for Deos Contemporary Ballet’s summer seasons. She is also currently on faculty with DaySpring Arts & Education in St. Louis, where she has directed and choreographed a one-act production of The Dream and full-length Cinderella. Over the years, her students have received Top 24 placement at the Youth America Grand Prix and have gone on to careers with classical and contemporary ballet companies. Ms. Settembrino is an ABT® Certified Teacher and is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Young Dancers, Adult Ballet
Kim grew up here in St. Louis, Missouri. She began taking classes at DaySpring when she was six years old and continued to grow in her performing arts education there for twelve years. In those years, she gained experience and training in ballet, jazz and modern dance as well as being involved in the Musical Theater, Voice and Drama departments. For two summers she also attended Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive for additional dance training. She graduated from Parkway North High School in 2006. When she was 18, she was the Assistant to the Director of the ballet “La Sylphide”, and of the Musical “Tom Sawyer”. After taking classes at Lindenwood University for a semester, she moved to Madrid, Spain and began helping in the process of establishing a school of music and dance in the heart of the capitol city. After six months, she returned to the States and was the Teacher’s Assistant in Creative Movement classes at DaySpring. Upon her return to Spain, she became involved in Youth With A Mission’s Discipleship Training School and helped to choreograph evangelical dance pieces to be performed in the streets of Spain. Soon after, she returned to the dance school in Madrid and taught Creative Movement, Intermediate Ballet and Hip Hop classes for a semester. After two and a half years in Spain, she returned home to St. Louis. Since then, she has gotten married and now has four children.
A St. Louis native, Ellen Vierse graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a BFA in Modern Dance, after which she moved back to St. Louis and danced with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, and various independent artists. In 2016, Ellen moved to Chicago, where she continued to teach and perform professionally, dancing with Project606, Hot Crowd Dance Company, and Thodos' New Dances, among others. She has been featured in works by Jennifer Medina, Uri Sands (TU Dance), Jennifer Huffman Olivas (Diavolo), and Hanna Brictson (River North, Visceral) and has performed in two original dances for camera choreographed by Ela Olarte. Additionally, Ellen has studied contemporary modern dance intensively with established artists such as Doug Varone, Michael Foley, and Jon Lehrer and has served as a recurring guest choreographer for Columbus Modern Dance Company in Ohio. A dance educator with 8 years of experience teaching children ages 2-18, she has always been passionate about the far-reaching benefits of dance and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue sharing her love of the art form with the students of DaySpring!
Ballet and Contemporary Modern
Sam Fink is a dance performing artist, instructor, and choreographer based in St. Louis. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Southeast Missouri State University. Professionally, Sam has danced with Hot Crowd Dance Company, Simantikos Dance Chicago, Ashleyliane Dance Company, and various dance projects throughout Chicago and St. Louis. With these companies, Sam has had the privilege to travel across the U.S. and parts of the world. During her time in Chicago, Sam most notably taught with Chicago Dance Institute, working with live musicians and using intentional pedagogy to bring the joy of dance to elementary school students to promote social-emotional development. Since moving back to St. Louis, Sam has started a dance photography business, Lumosco Photo, where she captures dancers authentically on their dance journey.