Staff

& Teachers

 

Staci Hall

Staci Clay Hall began dancing at the age of three. She began competitive dance at the age of ten and was crowned Dance Masters of America Teen Miss Dance of Texas Ch. 35 when she was sixteen. Staci went on to compete in New York, NY on a national stage. Due to her dedication and desire to be challenged, Mrs. Hall traveled seven hours, round trip, twice a week her Junior and Senior years of high school in order to take part in a highly competitive team that won the 1st place Starlight National Title in 2003.  Through these years, Staci developed a sincere love for competitive dancing, which has helped The Edge to become Amarillo's PREMIERE competitive studio. While attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, she taught dance for four years at Karen's Kids Studio of Performing Arts in Midwest City. Throughout her years at UCO, she performed in the Kaleidoscope Dance Company.  Read More »

Mark Lanham

Mark Lanham began formal ballet training at the remarkably late age of nineteen years in his native home, Amarillo, Texas, with Neil and Camille Hess. Under their watchful eyes he progressed quickly enough to receive two scholarships to the San Francisco Ballet School, the first after only two months of training. Under the direction of Harold Christensen and Anatol Vilzak, his vision of style continued to unfold; a style rich with virtuosity and romance, yet tempered with restraint. He returned to Texas to perform with Ballet El Paso, under the direction of Ingeborg Heuser, where he also continued university studies at UTEP and taught ballet classes as well.

In the summer of 1975 Mark received a scholarship to Ballet West's school in Aspen, Colorado, and was taken into the company as a regular member in the fall of that year. Read More »

Stephanie Parker

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Parker began serious ballet training at the age of 8 years with the Pennsylvania Ballet School, now called The Rock School, under the direction of Lupe Serrano. At the age of 10 her first appearance on stage was in The Nutcracker as Dr. Drosselmeyer’s Helper. While continuing her professional training Ms. Parker attended The Performing Arts High School of the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, now called The University of the Arts, where she studied not only ballet, but also Graham Technique, Drama, and Music, and appeared in Don Giovanni with the school’s opera company. During these years she also appeared with the Philadelphia Opera Company in The Damnation of Faust, which was broadcast nationally on PBS. In 1983/1984, Ms. Parker had the unique opportunity to perform with Ballet D’Juene, a pre professional youth company co-founded and sponsored by Princess Grace of Monaco. Read More »

Abbey Fitzjerrell

Bio coming soon!

Kathy Cowan

Kathy Cowan has taught dance in the Amarillo area since 1997. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz and music and movement classes. Kathy started dancing at the age of 4. She studied dance at West Texas A&M University for four years. 

Kathy choreographed two Amarillo College musicals, "Xanadu" and "Sweet Charity." She also has choreographed and teaches children and adult musicals annually for St. Stephen United Methodist Church since 2009. Kathy performed with the "TEXAS" dancers for the Texas state capital rededication ceremony in 1995 in Austin. She also has danced in several church services. Kathy studied with Mia Michaels, Twitch, Mandy Moore and Tony Dovoloni at the Dance Teacher Summit. Kathy married her husband, Jeff, in 1997. They have three children, Kaitlyn, Emma and Connor.  She loves teaching students and sharing her love of dance with others!

Lauren Abercrombie

Bio coming soon!

Kaylyn Brown

Kaylyn Brown, born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, started dancing at 3 years old. She moved to Texas in 2009 to study at West Texas A&M University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there she studied under Leslie Meek, Crystal Bertrand, and Edward Truitt, along with many other guest artists. She danced in TEXAS! the outdoor musical drama for 5 years and was line captain her final year. Kaylyn is excited about teaching at The Edge and looks forward to meeting/seeing everyone!

 

Merrisa Lopez

Merrisa Lopez is currently a senior at Amarillo High school and has been dancing at The Edge for 4 years. She has trained in Modern, African, and Musical Theatre, and Ballet, but her strongest genre has always been Hip Hop. This past year, Merrisa choreographed and competed her first solo which placed in the top five of her division. She also choreographed and competed her first duet which did extremely well. Merrisa has been helping assist with classes in hopes that one day she will have a class of her own to teach. "My main goal for my future is to share my passion with others who admire dance just as much as I do".

Katie Rowan

Katie Rowan, and Amarillo native, has gained extensive experience in Musical Theatre and Jazz dance as well as classical ballet training from a young age. Her rigorous training includes attending institutions such as Oklahoma City University as well as WTAMU for dance as well as Steps On Broadway's Pre-professional program for jazz/musical theatre in New York City. She also continues to train in ballet technique with Mark and Stephanie Lanham. Local credits include a number of musicals with Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Summer Youth Musical, as well as Texas Musical Drama.

 

Kensington Olesen

Kensington Olesen is currently a senior at Tascosa High School. She began her dance training at The Edge in 2012 when she was 11 years old. Throughout the years she has progressed from taking a mere 2 hours of class a week to 15+ hours a week. She has trained in styles such as ballet, modern, contemporary, acro, jazz, musical theater, African, heels, tap, and hip hop. Kensington has achieved many 1st places in numerous regional competitions and has recently gained a 1st place national title. While competing and attending conventions, she has been awarded multiple scholarships to performing arts schools such as AMDA in NYC, upcoming conventions, and other various dance opportunities. Through teaching, she hopes to not only inspire her students with her passion for dance, but to also teach them various skills and show them the value of working as a team. 

Emily Moore

Emily Moore has been in competitive dance for six years and is a senior in high school. Her spark for dancing began at age 12 at The Edge Amarillo. She has been trained under esteemed teachers and choreographers, including Staci Hall, Michelle Elkin, and Destini Rogers to name a few. Emily has been competing solos in Oklahoma, New Mexico, south Texas, Orlando, and Las Vegas. She has received  many platinums and placed first at numerous competitions. Emily has assisted  Staci Hall in many classes and worked her way up to a teaching position. Her main goals for dance are to move to Malibu and eventually be the student manager of the Dance in Flight program and Pepperdine University. Emily is excited to introduce young artists to the power and magic of dance the way so  many others  did for her.

Leanne Penny

Leanne began her dance training in Dallas, Texas at the age of 3. Over the course of 15 years she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, clogging, and contemporary styles. Through technique classes and convention settings she was able to train with professionals such as Mia Michaels, Beth Plilar (choreographer for Ricky Martin and Jessica Simpson's world tour), and principal ballet dancers from Joffery, and American Ballet Theatre. Ballet eventually won her heart and she pursued training at the Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell. While under the supervision of Lisa Slagle and Thomas Nicholson she performed with a pre professional ballet company and was accepted into summer training intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Joffery New York, Berklyn Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Leanne now has a passion to pass her love for dance to her students.

Mckenna Gutierrez

Graduating senior Kenna jade is a driven passionate street dancer that joined The Edge. Kenna has been trained in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, some tap, break dancing, and recently samba/ reggaeton. In hopes she will be getting Zumba certified soon. This will be her 3rd year competitively dancing and like any competitive sport it requires maintaining top fitness so she cross trains in studio and gym. She’s thankful to get training with Edge staff along with so many other great teachers in the 806 you could think of. Truly she’s a soul that’s lead by faith training hours at studio and out of studio determined to be better not only for herself but for those she teaches. She wants students to walk out class filled with more than dance but also values. Her goal is to reach out to communities with dancers who don’t have as much opportunity.

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