Sarah is from Franklin, North Carolina. She started dancing at age three, and in June concluded her fifteenth year at Betsy's School of Dance. In those fifteen years, Sarah was instructed and trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and African Fusion. She also received instruction in ballet and pointe from Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy for two years.
Sarah performed in three productions of the Nutcracker and has also performed with United Praise Team. She participated in Overlook Theatre Company for ten years, where she acted, danced, and choreographed several pieces. She also attended Jump and Fusion dance convention and competition. Sarah participated in the spring intensive at Ad Deum in Houston, Texas, as well as summer intensives at the Orlando Ballet and Nashville Ballet. Sarah feels strongly called to dance ministry.
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 five years. When not dancing, Hayley enjoys teaching piano and composing music.
Nadia recently graduated cum laude from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Nadia started dancing at Ozark Dance Academy at age 10, where she discovered her her 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.
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 Ballet
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 between 2003-2017. Currently she is teaching weekly company class for PETRA Ballet Company.
Ozark Dance Academy is always looking for people dedicated to instructing and inspiring our youth through music and dance. Contact us for more information.
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 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, she went on tour to Las Vegas. Jules went back to teaching dance throughout Springfield, Nixa, and Ozark with love and support with her husband and two sons.
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.
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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 this season teaching Hip-Hop - one of her favorite
things to do!
Laura is a member of Springfield Dance Alliance and teaches at Divinity Dance.