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Lillian began dance at Universal Dance Academy at the age of two and studies several different styles including; ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and hip hop. Growing up, Lillian spent her time playing many lead roles in the annual full-length ballet at her studio and competing at Regional Dance Competitions as well as National Finals. She spent her summers traveling, getting the opportunity to work with professional instructors and choreographers. Lillian received many awards over the years but her proudest achievement was being titled the National Spotlight Dance Cup Senior Dance Down Winner consecutively for three years as well as being titled “Miss Spotlight 2018” at the National Finals with her Tap solo. Currently, Lillian, a Junior at Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment is in the process of receiving a degree in Dance Management with a Bachelor of Science on scholarship. Lillian was more than honored this past Spring 2020 Semester to be honored with the “Blue Cobalt Award” for the Most Promising Sophomore Dance Universal student at Oklahoma City University. Lillian loves teaching children what dance is all about and most importantly being a role model. She spent all her childhood in the studio and wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way. She hopes to share her love for dance with as many people throughout her community and bring out the best in each of her students.
Jack has been dancing since the age of two. Growing up in a dancing family has instilled a love of dance in him. In addition to his incredible talents and gifts he can share with his students he is quite a personality in the classroom. Jack has a gift of inspiring and energizing his students. Through his time on the stage he received many top regional and national awards, Judge’s choice and dance scholarships for his amazing talents. He has also received numerous competition titles as a top soloist through his many years on the stage. His titles include Mr. Primetime, Mr. Thunderstruck, Mr. StarQuest, Mr. Junior, Mr. Teen then Mr. Senior Dance from Kids Artistic Review, Mr. Showbiz, Mr. Bravo, Mr. Showstopper, Mr. Starpower and Mr. National Spotlight. Jack always loved to be a part of something great with his friends at UDA for so many years. Jack was a part of many incredible teams that accomplished great achievements as a team at UDA. He was honored to be a part of several dances that were nominated for the Industry Dance Awards in both tap and hip hop. In 2017, his small group tap team made it all the way to the IDA finals in LA, California. Jack was a member of the Universal competitive company since the age of five. He has had the honor of working with many top teachers and choreographers from across the nation. Jack attended Southwest high school. He was an honor roll student and member of The National Honor Society and a member of the Southwest Varsity football team. Jack received the Young Artist Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for his excellence in dance. Jack loves to perform. Jack created magic on the Universal Dance Academy stage bringing to life “The Beast” in the 2018 production of “Belle’s Enchanted Castle” and also “Prince Eric” in the 2019 performance of “Ariel’s Adventure”. This past year Jack has loved working with his amazing students. His teaching and coaching have allowed his students to achieve top awards and honors at competitions. Jack is a sophomore Regents scholar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in computer science with a minor in math. He is looking forward to another great year at UDA sharing his love of dance with his students.
Macy began dancing at the age of three and has been a member of the Universal Dance Academy family for over a decade. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop and was also a member of the Universal Competitive Company and part of the repertory team for many years. Macy was a recipient of UDA’s annual scholarship based on her commitment to and love for dance. She is honored to have had a main character role in UDA’s ballets, Moana and Beauty and the Beast. Macy was a member of her high school dance team, the Lincoln High Pomalinks and was recognized as an All-American by the Universal Dance Association. She is currently a member of their staff, which hosts summer camps for high school and college dance teams across the nation. She has traveled to many places including Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and more to share her knowledge of and love for dance. She has worked with national champion dance teams and is excited to bring this passion for dance into the studio this year! She has also quality judged the Nebraska State Dance competition and the National Dance Team Championships in Disney World. She is currently studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a double major in Advertising/Public Relations and Graphic Design and minor in Textile/Merchandising/Fashion Design. She currently works as the design intern for University Communications. Macy is grateful for her many opportunities to share her love for and experience in dance and to be able to work among the amazing staff at UDA!
Kelsie has been dancing since the age of 2 at Universal Dance Academy; she has studied jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, pointe and ballet. Kelsie was a part of the Universal Competitive Company for nine years competing in regional and national competitions where she was awarded scholarships to AMDA, Millennium Dance Complex, and Theatre Arts Preparatory School winning many first overalls and judges choice awards. In high school, Kelsie was a part of the Apollinaire’s Dance Team at Lincoln East High School she also spent a summer in Florida studying at the Joffrey Ballet intensive. After High School Kelsie studied for six months in Las Vegas, NV at Theatre Arts Preparatory School where she learned many new styles including, ballroom, heels, musical theatre, aerial work, and took acting and singing lessons. While in Las Vegas Kelsie taught tap and jazz at The Rock Center for Dance. During the summer of 2018 Kelsie was honored to be selected for her first professional opportunity as a performer in Vertical Impact that took place at Cedar Point Theme Park in Sandusky, OH. As one of 8 dancers in the act she performed in four shows a day, six days a week. Kelsie loves working with her students at Universal Dance Academy and is excited to be a part of the teaching staff at UDA. Kelsie attends The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is a member of the Husker Scarlets Dance Team.
Paige has been dancing since the age of three and began receiving training from Universal Dance Academy when she was nine years old. She has studied a variety of styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater. Paige competed with Universal’s Competitive Company where she has scored numerous first place awards at both regional and national competitions with her solos, trios and group dances. She has had many main character roles throughout her time at Universal on both the Universal Repertory team and the annual ballet recitals. Some roles include Cogsworth in “Belle’s Enchanted Castle”, Scuttle in “Ariel’s Adventure”, Abu in “Aladdin”, and The Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”. Paige was also a recipient of UDA’s annual scholarship based on her commitment and love for dance. Some of her biggest accomplishments have been winning a $60,000 scholarship to AMDA, earning many title awards including Miss Star Power and Miss Dance, and being nominated as a finalist at the Industry Dance Awards with her jazz group. Currently Paige has the opportunity to travel with Revel Dance Competition as a faculty assistant. She is also majoring in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to go towards a nursing degree. Paige is grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge of dance as well as work with the amazing UDA staff. She is so excited to continue dancing while sharing her passion with so many young, aspiring dancers.
Halie began dancing at Universal Dance Academy at the age of four years old and studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Halie was a part of the Universal Competitive Team for nine years. She competed extensively at regional and national events over the years. During her time at Universal she was awarded many national titles and top overalls. She is honored to have had many main character opportunities in Universal Dance Academy’s ballet performances. She was honored to be Ariel in “Ariel’s Adventure” and Dorothy in “The Wizards of Oz”. Halie was awarded with a scholarship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This award is the “Young Artist” award and awarded to artists who specialize in dance, music and theatre. In high school, Halie was a part of the Lincoln North Star Dazzlers Dance Team and served as their captain her junior and senior year. Her dance team also competed in multiple state dance competitions. Halie is currently studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with aspirations of becoming an Athletic Trainer. Halie is very excited to continue her love for dance through teaching and helping her students grow. She is so grateful for all of the opportunities Universal has given her and is so ready to start a new chapter in her life!
Sharon is a Professor in Film Production at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She received a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to teaching, Sharon has won numerous awards for film, television & DVD production, including a regional Emmy for outstanding achievement in editing. Her films have been selected for distribution in North America, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Australia & New Zealand; and television broadcast by MTV networks (US) and Sky TV (Italy). Sharon’s career in filmmaking was fueled by her passion for dance; she felt she needed to study filmmaking in order to choreograph for film and television. She studied ballet in Singapore under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) system for 16 years. She also taught the RAD syllabus at various dance schools, public schools, and junior colleges in Singapore. She choreographed for arts festivals and television, including “Fairyland” (assistant choreographer and instructor) involving one thousand youth ballet dancers from five schools. Sharon has performed at numerous venues including the Singapore Arts Festival; Miss Singapore/Miss Universe pageant finals; and Asian Dance Festival. As a Graduate Assistant, she taught “Video Techniques in Dance’’ at Ohio University’s School of Dance. Since 2003, she has edited 27 choreographic DVD titles for Music Theatre International (MTI), New York and Disney Theatrical Productions. At Universal Dance Academy, she enjoys working with the many dedicated and talented dancers in technique classes as well as private coaching and working with members of the Universal Competitive Company. She is looking forward to her twenty-first year helping students achieve their dreams.
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