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Our Teachers & Staff
Darla Kice, BA Dance Major
Darla started her dance career at the age of 6 and continued throughout her college career, specializing and becoming a soloist in the ballet theatre. She performed in the movie "Footloose" with Kevin Bacon and oversaw an 80 piece dance team in Washington. She has taught dance at various venues and choreographed several high school musicals.
This is Darla's seventh year with us and we couldn't be happier with our student's progress under her direction!
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Originally from a small town near Cincinnati, Audrey began dancing at the age of 5 and has been dancing ever since. She studied pre-professional ballet at a small studio near Cincinnati until the age of 16, taking a summer to also study with the Louisville Ballet. After high school, she continued dancing with a club while in college. Audrey moved to Vandalia in 2015 and began taking adult ballet classes with us at AAD after graduating. She began instructing adult ballet in the end of the 2015-2016 season and is excited to continue her third year teaching with us!
JD "Dance Fever" is a native Daytonian. He is a co-founder of the popular dance group, DYT's Finest. During his first year at the University of Dayton he became head choreographer and dance teacher for a growing hip hop class offered there. He helps mentor and train students and former dance crew members.
In his junior year, he established 2 more classes and he teamed up with SMAG Dance Collective, which is a part of Dayton Contemporary Dance Corporation (DCDC), as their hip hop specialist. JD is presently training under Flex from Zulu Kings & Stanky D to take his skills to the next level. Currently a member of a Dayton group, TWS Crew where he serves as president and head choreographer and performs throughout Ohio. JD's classes will be taught in choreographed routines which focus on poppin', breakin', lockin' and krump. Classes will be taught each move and then put in a routine in which students will be able to express themselves with dance and gain knowledge about the hip hop culture.
Student Faculty Assistants
We find the student teaching is an excellent way for our older students to share the joy of dance with our little dancers. If you are interested, use this link to apply for these limited positions.
In order to be considered as a Faculty Assistant during our 2017 - 2018 dance season, you:
Must be at least 10 years old to be a Jr. Faculty Assistant. Must be at least 12 years old to be a Faculty Assistant. Must be willing and able to assist in the class in which you are assigned. Must abide by all rules set forth in the student handbook. Must follow direction of faculty and staff. Must be enrolled as a student for the current dance season. Must be able to arriving at least 10 minutes before your assigned time. Must be able to attend Faculty Assistant meetings. Must not miss more than three classes you are assigned to assist. Must wear official, unaltered Faculty Assistant shirts, dance attire and assigned dance shoes during all classes you assist. Participate in the Faculty Assistant opening routine during our annual dance show* (Jr. Assistants not eligible). Must pay, or sell, a minimum of $100 of ads for our program booklet to cover the cost of both your Performance Fee and Faculty Assistant routine choreography.
Faculty Assistant benefits include:
Tuition discount of $10 per month per class in which you are assigned. One free Faculty Assistant shirt (additional shirts available for sale at an additional cost). One free bottled water per class in which you are assigned (cannot give away, share or resell). Participate in the Faculty Assistant routine during our annual dance show (Jr. Assistants not eligible). Participate in the Faculty Assistant photos taken and displayed in our dance show program booklet. Gaining the respect of students, parents, faculty and staff - assuming, of course, it is earned. Gaining valuable knowledge and experience that will look great in the eyes of parents, family, friends and future employers.
*In order to participate in the Faculty Assistant opening routine during our annual dance show, you:
Must have been a Faculty Assistant for two consecutive years. Must take Ballet and/or Jazz as a student. Must be a Faculty Assistant for more than one class. In order to become a Faculty Assistant, you must complete this application in its entirety. By applying to be a Faculty Assistant, I acknowledged that I have read and agree with all of the terms, conditions, policies, procedures, permissions, releases, dress codes, payments and fees contained within this application form, registration form, release and waiver of liability and 2017 - 2018 Student Handbook(s). I also give permission for myself and/or my child, participant or student listed above to have photographs, audio and/or video taken in any medium (including but not limited to print, web, audio, video, radio and/or television) for advertising, marketing and/or the promotion of all about DANCE & so much more Dance Studio, its instructors and staff.
Kim Ticknor, BA Dev. Psychology
Kim, a Vandalia native, graduated from Otterbein College with a BA in Developmental Psychology with a heavy concentration in dance.
Employed by the Dublin Dance Center in Columbus in all phases of the organization – With over 1200 students, DDCC provides multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, and proudly sends many dancers on to study at the college level as well as professionally. She had the pleasure of working with such noted professionals as Billy Bruce, Bruce Terry, Kristina Isabel (of HiJinx dance) and Christina Taylor.
Additionally, Kim has served on the staff at Overfield Early Childhood Program in Troy as their Creative Movement Instructor, embodying the Reggio Emilia philosophy of Early Childhood Education into the realm of dance.
Kim’s Special Focus – to blend Creative Dance with sound early educational philosophies, along with the principles of educational kinesiology in order to bring the best possible preschool dance experience to Vandalia and the North End. Teaching the whole child, the whole dancer…….for a better tomorrow…..
This is Kim's eigth season with us. We are so pleased with our ever-growing preschool program. She is an inspiration to all who meet her and does a remarkable job with our babies!
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Also on staff:
April Bailey, AADC Team Coach
Michala Calicoat, Tumble Instructor
Angela Irvin, Event Planner
Nancy Hern, Clogging
Peyton LaVielle, Tumble Instructor
Susan Trissell, Piano, Vocal & Winds Instructor
Tim Hebb, Guitar Instructor
Bill Johnston, Drum Instructor