Jennifer Williams (Owner/Dance Director, Instructor and Choreographer of Recreational Classes and Competition Team Choreographer)
Beginning at the age of 4, Jenn studied dance for 13 years at Patty's (Thaggard) School of Dance in Newark, Ohio. Jenn's las 6 years of dance classes were spent in competitive dance training and performing. She performed at and won awards many times at Showstoppers regional and national competitions. Jenn also competed at Dance Masters competitions. Jenn was also a member of the Varsity Cheerleading squad for 3 years at Lakewood High School in Hebron, OH where her squad competed and won awards yearly. She was the advisor for the Lakewood Junior Varsity squad her first year out of high school. She has a life-long love of dance and has taken classes with Dance Masters of America. She has great ability in combining choreography with music to create excellent dance routines for all of her classes. Jenn has won numerous awards for her choreography and her dance formations and her groups have placed as high as Platinum. Jenn will oversee all aspects of classroom instruction and will be our Director of Dance. Jenn welcomes all students to come and dance at the studio as she begins her 11th year of sharing her passion for dance with all studio students.
Judy Holton(Studio Manager/Owner)
Judy has a bachelor's degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State University and spent 5 years teaching in the Ohio public school system. She also spent 2 years supervising the Preschool Class at the Newark Branch of Ohio State University's daycare program. Judy assists with setting obtainable goals and works to incorporate age appropriate skills into our dance program at each level. She supervises the front office during most open hours and will be available to answer your questions and concerns. Judy is excited and feels priviledged to play a part in the way this dance studio has been changing the lives of the kids in western Shawnee through dance and tumbling instruction and the caring atmosphere the studio provides. She looks forward to this 11th year-meeting and working with all of the parents and the students who enroll at our studio.
Crystalyn received her early dance training at Paula's School of Dance, where she competed and won in numerous competitions. She then was a student at Barbara's Conservatory of Dance, where she gained classical training. While at Barbara's, she formed the company now known as God's Glory Dancers. She cultivated and directed the group for 2 years, until leaving for Ballet Magnificat! The group continues to grow and serve the Topeka community. She was later the Assistant Director of Topeka Ballet.
Crystalyn danced as a corps member and principle dancer with Ballet Midwest from 1996 until graduating in 2002, when she was co-captain of her dance team. She has had instruction from the directors of Word in Motion, Ad Deum, Hosanna Sacred Arts, and Inlet Dance Theater. As well as from instructors in the Martha Graham, Marcel Marceau, Royal Ballet in London, ABT, Alvin Ailey, and New York City Ballet companies.
She trained and performed with the prestigious Ballet Magnificat! of Jackson, MS, for 2 1/2 years. She then came to the Kansas City area to train and dance with the ever inventive Storling Dance Theater for 3 years. She became a founding member of the popular local company, Kansas City Movement, with whom she spent one season. She is currently a member of the dance company Exall. Crystalyn has been a guest artist and featured principle for numerous productions, services, celebrations, and conferences. She has helped to start many liturgical dance companies and programs throughout the south and midwest.
Her award-winning choreography continues to be sought by both civic and professional companies. Crystalyn is a Director on the Board of Project Dance KC. She is entering her eighteenth year of instructing dance, and very excited to continue teaching for her second year at The Dance Factory.
Bios for other new staff members-Angel Villarreal, Kaley Williams, Rachel Robertson, RaLonda Ruttman and Paul Anderson will be posted soon.
The Dance Factory 6442 Vista Drive Shawnee, KS 66218
Our students are works in progress striving for excellence.