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DANCE

INSTRUCTORS

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DEPARTMENT HEAD

ANJULI KROON

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!

DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Amber Studebaker

Ballet, Young Dancers, Conditioning, Pointe

Amber is excited to return to her hometown of St. Louis after four years of living and teaching in the greater Atlanta area! Her early training began at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts School where she cultivated her interest in ballet, jazz, tap, vocal performance, and theater with Vivian Watts, Diane McCullough, and Thomasina Clarke. She continued her studies in ballet, tap, jazz, and musical right here at DaySpring under Robyn Hartley, Ginger Hedrick, Ali Grimshaw, and Nancy Schaaf. It was here that she discovered her love for teaching and performing ballet and was mentored as an assistant teacher until graduating from high school in 2003. She continued her own dance training at St. Louis Ballet School with Ellen Costanza and Gen Horiuchi until attending the University of Oklahoma as a ballet pedagogy major where she had the opportunity to study ballet theory with special focus on the psychology of learning and motivation among dance students. While an undergraduate student at OU she danced with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet for two seasons and received a B.F.A. in Dance in 2010. She returned to St. Louis to continue her teaching career at DaySpring School of the Arts as well as staging and directing performances for her students such as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (2011), selections from La Bayadere (2011), and Are You My Mother? (an original ballet production, 2012). During her time in Atlanta she taught ballet and pointe at all levels for several traditional and competition dance studios around the city. This will be Amber’s fourteenth season teaching dance.

Alle Head

Tap

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 Swing St. Louis, while also performing in their summer productions. After high school, Alle attended Missouri Baptist University where she furthered her studies in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Dance. Currently, Alle teaches competitive tap at DK Dance Productions. She is also the Program Coordinator and a dance instructor with Vitality in Motion.

Liliana Merifield

Ballet, Contemporary, Young Dancers, Jazz

Michael Burke

Ballet

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.

Bailey Bremer

Tap and Jazz

Bailey Bremer is originally from Branson, Missouri where she began her training and performed as a dancer and aerialist for many years. Her training included many styles and genres of dance as well as aerial arts. Most recently, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, and a minor in business law from Southeast Missouri State University, where she was able to continue training and performing as well as setting her own choreography on fellow dancers. Bailey is a current second company dancer with Modern American Dance Company. She is looking forward to teaching and is excited for this year!

Christine Settembrino

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.

Kim Hungerford

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.

Ellen Vierse

Modern Dance

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!

Sam Fink

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.