Alisha Anderson has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance since her childhood. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in French. She has attended an intensive training session with the New York Baroque Dance Company Historical Dance Workshop, where she studied pre-classic dance forms and styles, as well as master classes with Momix, Parsons Dance Company, Alvin Ailey II, Steve Rooks and Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company. She has been a part of the Ozark Dance Academy family for years, as a student, part of the spring performance backstage team, and now as a faculty member specializing in creative movement, ballet, jazz and tap for the younger dancers.
Julia Bubalo began her dance training at the age of seven in Westerville, Ohio. By the age of ten, she was dancing as a scholarship student through the Ford Foundation, a national program to assist gifted young dancers. This gave her an opportunity to train with Tatjana Akinfieva-Smith and to dance with Ballet Met, a professional company in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, she studied with the Dayton Ballet, in Dayton, Ohio and at the School of American Ballet in New York. In 1987, she moved to Las Vegas where she trained with the Nevada Dance Theatre and traveled with them to Moscow, Russia. After moving to Memphis, TN, she performed with the Mid-South Dance Theatre. In 1991, she moved to Springfield, MO and began teaching ballet for Springfield Ballet while she completed a degree in Business Administration from Drury University. In 1994, she founded the Ozark Dance Academy where she continues to teach, choreograph and direct. Ms. Bubalo has also been an adjunct staff instructor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Missouri State University since 2003.
Julianna "Jules" Appleby began her dance training in St. Louis, where she studied a variety of styles and was heavily involved in dance competitions on the regional and national level. She attended Webster University in Webster Groves, MO and graduated with her B.F.A. in dance. She stayed on in St. Louis to teach at a number of studios and then went to Branson to begin her performing career. During the next five years, she performed at Shoji Tabuchi, Legends In Concert, Dino's Christmas Extravaganza, and with the Bobby Vinton Show, which also toured to Las Vegas. During that time, she began teaching water aerobics as well. She has pursued continuing education in the area of aquatic exercise on a variety of levels, from pre-school age children to seniors, and was the Aquatics Coordinator for CoxHealth Fitness. Jules is devoted to her husband, two sons, and to continue teaching dance and aquatics.
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Holly Rae Lewis began dancing at age five in Nixa, Missouri and spent her later years training at Ozark Dance Academy. She graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City- Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2016 where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her time in college, Holly trained with an emphasis in Ballet, and in addition studied and developed a love for Modern dance. Today she is a member of Petra Ballet Company in Springfield and enjoys teaching Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary styles.
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Though her interests are diverse, Kaylee has always been drawn to dance for self-expression. She began her training in ballet, tap, and jazz 20 years ago in Blue Springs, MO. As she grew older, she became heavily involved with theatre and participated in over 30 productions. During her collegiate career, Kaylee was involved with the Drury Dance Team, choreographed for musicals, and traveled as an adjunct choreographer for Kansas City studios. This is her third year as part of the ODA family and she hopes to continue her involvement following graduation with her B.S. in behavioral neuroscience with minors in chemistry and psychology.
Nadia is a student at Missouri State University where she is working on her BFA Dance degree. Nadia started dancing at Ozark Dance Academy at age 10, where she quickly discovered her love for ballet. Since then, she has danced in the Nutcracker, along with various recitals, community performances, and several national conventions. Nadia recently attended the Rockette Summer Intensive Program in New York City. Nadia has taught dance locally and globally on trips to Sierra Leone, Africa and India. She is a member of Inertia Dance Company, whose goal is to bring dance to the community. Through the company, she has performed and taught in many schools in the Springfield Public School system. Nadia has performed in many MSU productions, as well as the American Collegiate Dance Association. Nadia's desire is to promote dancer wellness and performance quality among young dancers.