Jules Appleby


                                             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.

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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.

Ozark Dance Academy is always looking for people dedicated to instructing and inspiring our youth through music and  dance.  Contact us for more information.

Holly Lewis


                                              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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Alisha Anderson


                                           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 


                                            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.​



Kaylee Mathiason

Nadia Stine


                                                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. 

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