Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer Smith.

Miss Jennifer is native of Grand Rapids and began dancing at the age of four. She continued dancing and later began co-teaching throughout High School at Jon T Dance Arts Center. After graduating from City High School in 2001 she attended Grand Rapids Community College for two years. In 2004, Jennifer purchased Jon T Dance Arts Center in order to continue to pursue her passion and love for dance as a career and inspire and teach students to dance. Miss Jennifer has continued to develop her teaching techniques and dance skills through professional trainings with Dance Masters Of America and by attending classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Briana Dean

Miss Bree began her dance training at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company when she was nine years old. She trained there through high school and had the opportunity to take class and perform alongside the professional company. There she received the Award of Excellence Scholarship and also competed in Youth America Grand Prix, placing Top 12 for the Senior Ballet division.

 

Miss Bree furthered her dance training at Grand Valley State University where she majored in both Dance and Clinical Exercise Science. She performed in faculty and guest artists works throughout the four years and was also a member, and later President of the student-run dance organization, Momentum. She was awarded the Rebecca Vogelsang Memorial Scholarship in 2011 and the Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship in 2014. Miss Bree is extremely excited to be teaching at Over the Top and hopes to advance her students technique and inspire passion and artistry through her classes.

Britanee Kane

Britanee Emma Kane was born January 5th, 1991 just one half hour before her twin brother Sam. She had an early start in the performance area; during her terrible 2’s Britanee could be caught dancing on table tops while singing hit songs by Salt N Pepa and Celine Dion. In lieu of this budding talent young Miss Kane was immediately enrolled to in Over the Top Dance Academy (formerly known as Jon T.) for formal dance training. Britanee fell in love with this art and continued to train diligently. Thus when she was old enough she was invited to dance with Jon T.’s company “River City Moving Co.” during which she traveled to Scotland to perform. As well as travel with Jon T.’s company she began assistant teaching at age 13. In order to gain a broader dance experience Britanee paused her training at OTT and branched out to a hip hop based studio in town (T-3’s Dance Elite). There she acquired the urban technical skill she grants her students today. After high school Kane attended Western Michigan University and remained consistent in her hip hop training with “Hip Hop Connxion” a professional hip hop company based in Chicago. After transferring from WMU to Grand Valley Britanee became a tap and hip hop choreographer for the Competitive Rhythm Unit at Over the Top. In addition to receiving her B.A. in Criminal Justice from GVSU, over the past four years Kane’s choreography has been awarded top honors at many competitions throughout the region. Currently Britanee is working toward her master’s at the aforementioned institution. She also works at a local law office gaining valuable experience in her field of study. In all, “Coach B.” manages to gracefully juggle her studies and employment while leading Over the Top’s CRU to victory in throughout the competitive season. Britanee Kane; scholar, choreographer, dancer, leader!

 

 

April Andrews

Miss April began her passion for dance at Jon T Dance Art Center (now Over the Top) at the age of three. She has been dancing for seventeen years. She graduated from Caledonia High school in 2012, where she was a member of the dance team and track and field. Throughout her high school career, April was an active volunteer and member of both the student council and student government. During her senior year she competed in several competitions including Celebration Dance's Nationals Competition. April's group tap and hip hop dances won first and second place overall. She became a co-teacher at Over the Top in 2013 and loves to inspire young dancers in classes of her own. April is now pursuing her degree in social work. April aspires to teach for years to come in order to increase the love for dance in the younger generations.

Olivia Kornoelje

Miss Olivia has been dancing for fifteen years, four years in CRU (Over the Top's competitive dance team). She has won a National Dance Competition in her junior year in high school with three other CRU team mates in tap. She has co-taught for two years at Over the Top. Now, Miss Olivia has over ten classes of her own! She has taken LOCALZ dance classes and gone to many workshops to further her training in her passion for dance. She recently got on Pointe to further her ballet technique and is in class three times a week. Miss Olivia is currently enrolled at GRCC to study for her Bachelor's degree in business. Her furture goals are to attend The American Academy of Performing Arts and move to New York City to perform as a professional dancer.

Kathryn McAllister

Kathryn is originally from Lansing, MI where she began her dance career from the age of 3 at Studio de Danse with a focus on Cecchetti ballet and Jazz technique. She has completed Cecchetti student examinations for levels 1-6, as well as the first 2 levels of her Cecchetti teacher certification. She has also assisted her father, John McAllister, in ballroom dance instruction throughout her dance career. Miss Kathryn graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2016 with a BA in dance and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Illustration. As a member of the Grand Valley Dance Company, she further developed her passion and understanding of ballet and fell in love with Modern dance and choreography. Kathryn performed in faculty and guest choreographed pieces and was a member, officer, and choreographer of the student-run dance organization, Momentum. Miss Kathryn actively takes master classes whenever she can to further her development as a dancer and teacher. She hopes to inspire her students to find new perspectives and to appreciate all that dance has to offer. She aims to help her students strengthen their technique and foundation while widening their understanding and love of dance.

Deavondre Jones

Deavondre Jones, Founder of DanceSpire, has developed a unique and rewarding dance career despite a humble upbringing. Since the inception of DanceSpire in 2013, he has touched thousands of lives as a speaker, performer and instructor throughout the Midwest. In Michigan, he is best known for his commitment and consistency behind the weekly drop-in class: #DropInWednesdays. To stay updated with the work he's doing you can follow his weekly "Consistency Builds Momentum" Vlog on Youtube.  

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