Sarah Shepard

                                               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 Reeder

                                               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 Stine

                                                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

                                           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 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.


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.

Kaylee Mathiason

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 Nowakowski

                                               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.