To instill in students a desire to have positive influence within their community through the arts, leading to life-long service for the arts
To challenge our students to meet rigorous training standards, while inspiring them to be confident and creative performing artists.
To have a faculty of degreed and/or former professional dancers dedicated to instilling a solid foundation in dance as an art form.
To be rich in performance and collaborative opportunities within the Leawood/Overland Park, Johnson County and Greater Kansas City area, thus encouraging our students to serve as advocates for the arts in society.
To have a state of the art facility with a website that supports easy, reliable registration and flow of information for our students and parents.
Our new 7,000 square-foot facility features three spacious studios with state-of-the-art dance floors and high ceilings. We also feature a sleek, comfortable lobby with walls filled with art, and an ample study area for dancers. Our two largest studios transform to one spacious 3,500-square-foot performance venue.
|Michele Hamlett-Weith |
Michele brings a strong foundation and a deep love of dance to Crescendo Conservatory. She trained with the Paris Opera Ballet and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, under the direction of Tatiana Dokoudovska.
As a professional, Michele performed as principal dancer with the Kansas City Ballet and as a guest artist with many mid-state regional companies. Michele developed solid dance course offerings in ballet, modern, and jazz at Johnson County Community College and Baker University.
After receiving her degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, Christina danced with the Denton Civic Ballet and the Festival Ballet of North Texas. She established her first dance studio in Dallas, Texas in 1996 and was an Adjunct Dance Faculty at Collin County Community College for seven years where she was the artistic director for the Repertory Company.
Christina Valdez has been a dance educator for the past 27 years.
Jazz Department Head / Licenced BeMoved® Instructor - Mr. Williams has performed in the Tony Award winning Broadway show “contact”, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and the Ailey School where he trained on Fellowship for 4 years. While at the Ailey School, he was also the recipient of a 2002 ARTS Award Fellowship. He spent 3 years as a director and creator of multi million dollar production shows for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
With over 10 years of experience as a dance educator, Mr. Williams has developed a curriculum that emphasizes a combination of technique, personal artistry, and explosive dynamics to create a well rounded performer. His teaching and choreography credits include, International Dance Festival (New York City, NY), University of Buffalo, Giordano Dance Center, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet (Ketchikan, AK), Dance Educator’s of America (East Coast Nationals), Grier School Gala (Pennsylvania), In Motion School of Dance (Bermuda), and now here at Crescendo Conservatory where he is the head of the jazz department.
Molly Vaeth is excited to be back in her hometown of Kansas City after spending six years in Chicago teaching and performing. She has performed with the Civic Ballet of Chicago, Deeply Rooted II, Tyego Dance Project, and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. Molly received her BFA in dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and additional training at Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet, and ABT in Detroit.
Molly has studied with influential artists including Birute Barodicaite, Dolores Long, Michael Simms, Sabrina Madison-Cannon and many others. She is passionate about finding ways to make dance more accessible to the community, and a catalyst for positive change.
|Vicki Allen-Reid |
Ms. Reid began classical ballet training at the UMKC Conservatory of Music under the strict direction of Miss Tatiana Dokoudovska. Her professional career began at Kansas City's Starlight Theater as a regular member of the Corps de Ballet and assistant to the choreographer in the 1960's. Dancing for the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera and St. Paul Civic Opera during the '60's led to a move to New York City to continue her classical training with the American Ballet Theater and Robert Joffrey schools. Ms. Reid has worked with Ann Margaret and Bob Hope in Los Angeles television specials and toured Canada with Tony Bennett. She returned to New York to appear on Broadway in "COCO" with Katherine Hepburn. Returning home to raise a family, Vicki worked in many area commercials and dinner theaters during the 1970s.
Ballet Mistress, choreographer and co-director of the Kansas City Ballet as well as an Associate Professorship at the Ballet Center Division of UMKC's Conservatory continued until the early 1980's. Ms. Reid has since taught classical ballet at the Westport Ballet School, American Dance Center, Legacy School of the Arts and is currently thrilled to be an instructor at the Crescendo Conservatory.
|Molly Wagner |
Molly Wagner, originally from Denver, Colorado, began her training with Christina Noel-Adcock, spending summers with Jillana, Joffrey Ballet South, Kansas City Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She graduated cum laude from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2006, she was awarded First Place Regional winner by the National Society for Arts and Letters. Ms. Wagner went on to dance professionally with Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Theatre before joining Kansas City Ballet in 2012.
Throughout her career, Molly has enjoyed dancing lead roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Who Cares? and Allegro Brillante. Some of her favorite notable roles include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Pigtail Girl/Naughty Girl in Graduation Ball, and most recently with Kansas City Ballet, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Cinderella in Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella, and Giselle in Devon Carney's interpretation of Giselle. Ms. Wagner began teaching at the age of 16 and has been teaching ever since from Montgomery Ballet and Charleston Ballet Theatre to Kansas City Ballet, Between The Line Progressive, and Studio J. She is sought after for privates all across Kansas City.
|Katie Shea |
A native to Kansas City, Katie started training at DanceWorks Conservatory at the age of six. While there, she studied ballet for 12 years under Diann Ranum, Juan Pablo Trujillo, Breanne Starke and Nadia Iozzo. In high school, she trained at American Dance Center under the direction of Kristopher Estes-Brown and Jennifer Tierney. While there, she performed with the American Youth Ballet. She went on to study ballet, modern and choreography at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. While there, she studied modern under Sabrina Madison-Cannon, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott. She studied ballet under and performed choreography by Paula Weber, Mary Pat Henry and Ronald Tice.
Katie graduated from the Conservatory in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in ballet. She is thrilled to be teaching at Crescendo Conservatory!
Bryana Glasco began her dance training at the age of three in Stafford, Virginia. She trained at ten different dance studios during her family's military moves. This was a dream for Bryana as she was able to study many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, folk, and tap. As well, she was able to embrace and appreciate different teaching methods from all the dance studios.
Bryana recently graduated from William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics. While attending college, Bryana continued taking dance classes at the Kansas City Ballet and also taught tap classes in Liberty. She is glad to be back in Overland Park teaching tap at Crescendo Conservatory.
James is a dancer/ choreographer / artist/ instructor whose focus is Hip Hop dance, culture and history. Originally from Texas, he has made Kansas City my home for nearly 15 years. His passion for dance began at the tender age of four. He has had the opportunity to learn from great original, Hip Hop pioneers such as Emilio “Budda Stretch” Austin Jr., one of the Electric Boogaloo’s members, Steven “SugaPop” Daniells-Silva and amongst others. It has been his privilege to share the stage and perform with multiple artists such as, Pomeroy, Ne-Yo, Blink 182, Dave Matthews, LL Cool J and work with Red Bull, MTV and ESPN3. The love for dance has led Sugeasy to teach both children and adults of all ages and capabilities. This has taken his drive far beyond the dance room floors and into our communities.