Teachers

The staff at Dance Connection focuses on embracing every child for who they are and providing them an open arms environment where they can explore their creativity and grow into healthy, positive and strong individuals.  Every student is expected to do their best… our teachers instill that in them very early in their study.  We believe that teaching is a life-long commitment full of love for dance.  When we combine this with an understanding that all children deserve the same opportunities to learn, it is amazing what children can accomplish!  Not only will Dance Connection provide your child with the best in his or her dance education, we will work to develop your whole child, complimenting his or her growth both in and out of the classroom.

Melissa Schott

DIRECTOR

  • Original Company of Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel
  • National Company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas
  • Broadway Underground

Catherine Poturalski

TEACHER & ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Minor in Dance from Purdue University
  • Former Dance Connection Student of 15 Years

Michelle Martin

TEACHER

  • Regional Musical Theatre Production Choreographer
  • Performances in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Orlando, Florida

EveMarie Bessenbach

TEACHER

  • Lexington Ballet, Frankfort Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Tennessee
  • Four seasons as a demi-soloist with Missouri Ballet Theatre
  • ABT® Certified Teacher

Kelsey Burks

TEACHER

  • National titlist: 2013 Showstoppers, 2014 Showstopers, and 2015 Tremaine
  • Studied with Meghan Sanett, Joe Tremaine, Tony Bellissimo, and Tiffany Maher

Traci Cosby

TEACHER

  • Masters' Degree in Dance from American University in Washington, DC
  • Choreographer for New York's Off-Broadway Musical, "The Club Harlem Revue"

Allie Hadley

TEACHER

  • Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Modern Dance studies from Ball State University
  • Production Coordinator for Ball State Dance Theatre

Madison Wilson

TEACHER

  • Studied with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Pointe Park University, Cincinnati Ballet, and Dayton Ballet
  • Attends University of Indianapolis

Sawyer Harvey

TEACHER

  • Training in classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop
  • Senior at Ball State University studying Dance Performance

Nicholle Sanders

TEACHER

  • Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre g2 Pre-Professional Dancer
  • Trained with Jordan Dance Academy

Melissa Brown

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

  • Completed 200-hr Yoga certification at Invoke Studio
  • Registered Instructor with Yoga Alliance
  • Associate's Degree in Youth Work

Haley Hampton

STUDENT TEACHER

Ashley Hyatt

STUDENT TEACHER

Savannah Martin

STUDENT TEACHER