Laura Morris was the founder and proprietor of Starlighter’s Performing Arts Center in Nixa Missouri 2001-2017. She has studied ballet since the age of five as well as tap, jazz, clogging, musical theater, and ballroom. She has worked professionally in commercial as well as on stage in Branson. Laura is excited to be an instructor for Ozark Dance Academy.
Kaci is originally from Forsyth, Missouri. She began dancing at the age of six at Ozark Dance Academy under the training of Julia Bubalo. She continued her training at Credo Dance Academy under the leadership of Kate Reigler from 2012-2016. When Petra School of the Arts opened their door to older students in 2016, Kaci began training with the director of Petra Ballet Company, Kim Raymond.
Although ballet remains her passion, she has also received training in Contemporary, Jazz, Irish, and Modern. During her years at Petra School of the Arts, Kaci completed multiple levels of Cechetti graded examinations, receiving excellent scores with each exam. In 2018, Kaci performed the Arabian Variation with the Moscow Ballet's Great Russion Nutcracker.
In the fall of 2019, Kaci joined the professional Petra Ballet Company as a student apprentice. She is excited to begin her second year with the company and teaching at Ozark Dance Academy!
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 Alderman 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 was an adjunct staff instructor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Missouri State University between 2003-2017. She is currently teaching company class for PETRA Ballet Company. In May 2019, she married Jeffery Alderman.
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 Cox Health Fitness. Jules is devoted to her husband, two sons, and to continue teaching dance and aquatics.
Addy has been dancing for nearly nine years; with nearly 6 years spent on competition teams. She has experience in Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, and Ballroom. She has traveled throughout America competing at events such as Dance Makers, Hollywood Dance Jamz and Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition where she has won several awards for her solos and group dances. Outside of the competition world, Addy has danced in two productions with The Springfield Ballet, a Cathy Roe production in Ohio, and a local music video. She has been instructing dance classes since the age of 16 where she found her passion in teaching.
Laura is a 2017 graduate of Ozark High School, where she performed with the Dance Team for two years and won the Dance Talent Contest her junior and senior years. She was formally trained at Ozark Dance Academy and found her passion to be Hip-Hop. In regional competitions, she choreographed and performed winning Hip-Hop solos.
She joins Ozark Dance Academy for a second season teaching Hip-Hop - one of her favorite things to do!
Laura is a member of Springfield Dance Alliance and teaches at Divinity Dance.
Hayley has been dancing since the age of 6. Her first stage role was as Fritz in Springfield Ballet’s Nutcracker production. She has competed in Tap and Hip-hop at Showbiz; in Clogging Nationals at Nashville; and Jazz partnering at Johnny Tremaine; and has completed level IV Cecchetti. She has also participated in workshops with Steve Rooks, ACDA (American College Dance Association), IDA studio in Las Angeles, and AMTC (Actors, Models, Talent for Christ) showcases. Hayley is currently majoring in Dance at Missouri
State University and is involved with Urban dance at Motion Playlist. She has been teaching dance classes locally for six years. When not dancing, Hayley enjoys teaching piano and composing music.