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Lillian Ball is a Senior at OCU, currently earning a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management. Lillian began dancing at the age of two and studies all genres of dance. Lillian’s proudest moments included; receiving First Over-All National Championship for her tapping, alongside her brother in 2018, named National Senior Dance Down Winner for three consecutive years, and being crowned the National Title of “Miss Spotlight 2018” at Spotlight Dance Cup National Finals. Lillian was honored with the “Blue Cobalt Award” for the Most Promising Sophomore Dance Universal student at OCU in 2020. Lillian has held many leadership roles at OCU such as: Director’s Assistant to Jo Rowan, Choreographer’s Assistant to Vincent Sandoval and Alana Martin, Head Deck Crew, and Film & Editing Assistant. She has performed in American Spirit Dance Company shows at OCU, as well as danced the lead role in the Student Choreography show in the fall of 2019. Lillian performed in the Spring into Spring show as the Line Captain for Jeremy Duvall’s dance, “Big Noise”. Lillian took home a choreography award with a tap solo choreographed for her brother, Beaudree Ball, “False Confidence”. Later, she received another choreography award for a tap solo, “Too Cool” danced by Madison Mattson. Lillian most recently was the Tap Master Instructor for Alpha Omega The Intensive during the summer of 2021 as well as choreographed for Pius X Dance Team. Lillian pours her heart into each student she gets the chance to teach. Lillian strives to be a role model and hopes to share her love for dance with many people 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”. The past two years Jack has loved working with his amazing students. His teaching, choreographing and coaching have allowed his students to achieve top awards and honors at competitions. Most recently, His tap soloists “Sir Duke” and “Troublemaker” won several high scores as well as the titles of “Premier Mr. Nexstar, “Miss Junior Elite Primetime” and “Miss Junior Extreme Primetime”, throughout the 2021 season. Jack choreographed and worked with Asher Gooding who performed, “Stayin’ Alive”. Jack’s tap choreography led Asher to receive extreme over-all high scores at both regional and national competitions across the nation. This soloist received many regional titles for this dance such as, “Junior Mr. Spotlight”, “Junior Mr. Primetime”, “Mr. StarQuest”, “Junior Dancer of the Year Finalist”, and “Mr. Junior Dance”. This dance also received the National Entertainment Award in Branson, Mo. for his Diamond, 6th Over-all Scoring Routine. Jack traveled to the National Dance Honors in Orlando, FL. this past summer with his soloist, Asher. At this event, his student Asher had the honor of re-competing as a Male Mini Top 4 Finalist from elite dancers around the world. Jack is a Junior 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. From 2017 to 2020 she was 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 recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a double major in Advertising/Public Relations and Graphic Design and minor in Textile/Merchandising/Fashion Design. 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 was a previous 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. Currently Paige is majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Humanitarian Affairs. Paige is grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge of dance as well as work with the amazing UDA staff.
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 played Ariel in “Ariel’s Adventure”, Dorothy in “The Wizards of Oz”, and Gaston in “Belle’s Enchanted Castle.” In high school, Halie was a part of the Lincoln North Star Dazzlers Dance Team and served as their captain her junior and senior years. Her dance team also competed in multiple state dance competitions. Some of Halie’s greatest accomplishments were receiving the “Young Artist” award at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This award is awarded to individuals who specialize in dance, music, or theatre. Halie is currently a member of the Husker Scarlets Dance Team and is studying Elementary Education at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. 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 will always give one-hundred percent of herself to her students.
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 has 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 developed and taught “Video Techniques in Dance’’ at Ohio University’s School of Dance. She has also edited 27 choreographic DVD titles for Music Theatre International (MTI), New York and Disney Theatrical Productions. At Universal Dance Academy, she is excited to work with the many dedicated and talented dancers in technique classes, private coaching, as well as helping to instruct Universal Competitive Company dancers who have received numerous top awards, accolades and scholarships. She is looking forward to her 22nd year helping students achieve their dreams at UDA!
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