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SPAC FACULTY

Erin Lustig

Erin began teaching at age 14 and opened her own studio at 18.  She then went on to start Midwest Dance Convention, a local convention, in 2000.

Erin graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.F.A. in Dance.  She studied with some of the top instructors in the nation from Alvin Ailey School to the Milwaukee Ballet.  She has performed in the Williams-Henry Dance Theatre, on Hooray for Kids television show and as the Scarecrow in the Wiz.  She is known throughout the country for her unique and heart-felt choreography (which has lead her to numerous awards and recognition nationally).

Erin founded Seamless Dance Theater in 2003, a 501(c)3 corporation, and began to explore the true purpose of her choreography.  She realized that the heart of all of it lies in the message to the audience.  She is dedicated to sharing a love of the arts with the disadvantaged women and children of Kansas City.  Erin donates her time as the choreographer and director of Seamless that works to bring the arts to women and children.  Erin continues to choreograph throughout the country as well as judges for national dance competitions.

Jessica Brown Morrow

Jessica is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in education and dance.  She was a member of the K State Classy Cats for four years and team captain for three years.  Jessica has a special gift for working with children.  

Jessica is well known in the area for her great choreography and teaching techniques.  She has also been an NDA instructor and is in demand as a competitive judge and choreographer.  She has choreographed for numerous schools throughout Kansas.  Starstruck has been Jessica’s home for the past nine years where she is the assistance director and a vital part of the teaching team!  Your child will love working with Jessica! 

Kristen Burton

Kristen’s interest in dance began at the age of four.  She competed with Starstruck from the ages of 12 to 19 and began teaching at Starstruck after graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.F.A. in dance.  She is in her seventh year of teaching at Starstruck.

Along with teaching kids at the competitive and recreational levels, Kristen has choreographed from numerous dance teams from local schools.  She is the assistance coach for the Olathe North Eaglettes dance team as well.

Kristen has trained with numerous instructors and choreographers around the country including those from River North Chicago Dance Company and Alvin Ailey.  She has performed works of Erin Lustig, Deanna Hiett, Sabrina Madison-Cannon and Rodni Williams.  Kristen is also in her sixth year of dancing with Kansas City’s Seamless Dance Theatre.  Through the mission of Seamless, Kristin teaches relaxation classes at the local women’s shelter.  She also teaches Seamless’ special Need dance class where she enjoys giving the kids a chance to love dance.  Kristen enjoys sharing what she has learned with her love of dance with the wonderful students she has been blessed to teach.

Christina Mowrey

Christina began dancing at age 3 in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was part of a competitive team for the majority of her childhood.  Christina attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she received her B.F.A. in dance.  She was a member of the Williams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company from her senior year in college until 2010.  She was also a member of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet in Columbia, Missouri for a year.  Christina is currently a permanent member of the Seamless Dance Theatre under the direction of Erin Lustig.

Throughout her dance career, she has had the privilege of performing works by very talented teachers and choreographers such as Donald Mckaye, Dwight Rhoden, Mia Michaels, Shapiro and Smith, Jennifer Mullen, Sean Curren, Milton Meyers, Jose Limon, and Kevin Iega Jeff.

Christina began teaching when she was in the 8th grade and fell in love with it!  There is no greater job than sharing your passion with others.  She is truly blessed to have found her home at Starstruck!

Topher Benjamin

Topher Benjamin, is originally from Hannibal, Missouri. His dance education began at Karen’s Dance Academy. He earned his B.F.A. in dance from Stephens College. While there he performed with Dimensions Repertory Dance Company. He has studied at the EDGE in L.A. and interned at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. During his internship at Broadway Dance Center, he was personal assistant to Brian Friedman, at The Pulse.  His company work includes Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Thrash, and Seamless Dance Theatre. He spent time in the Caribbean performing and teaching for Carnival Cruise Lines. Shortly after moving to New York City, he began assisting award winning choreographer Sheryl Murakami, at Broadway Damce Center. His work with Murakami, lead to him being signed and represented by Clear Talent Group. His artist credits include Joss Stone, Carishma, Mike Munich, Cherie Lily, Brenda Dharling, Yuhua Hamasaki, Kandi Lane, and Mila Jam. Commercial credits include Macy’s Fashion’s Night Out for Tommy Hilfiger, Snap On Feathers, Yotel NYC Grand Opening, The Tyra Banks Show, and AT&T Music for You: Jason Derulo. 

Amy Hofer

Amy began dancing at the age of two, and grew up dancing competitively, with training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and acro.  She attended Kansas State University, then the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor’s Of Science in Nursing, followed by many years of working as maternity nurse.

Amy has been teaching at Starstruck since 2008, and has years of experience working with children.  She currently teaches creative movement, mini company, tap/ballet, jazz, and leaps/turns for both recreational and competitive level dancers.  Amy loves teaching the youngest dancers and watching them grow into confident young adults while building their dance skills.  Amy also has two daughters that have been training at Starstruck since 2007.

McKenzi Wright

McKenzi grew up dancing competitively at Starstruck PAC. After graduating high school, she went on to get a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. During that time she was on a competitive cheer squad and also started a non-for profit organization providing dance class to children with special needs. 

She has been teaching dance in the Kansas City area for five years and is excited to be back at her home studio. Now, she spends most of her time raising her two children. Mckenzi has a passion for teaching young dancers and gets so much joy out of watching their love for dance grow.

Courtney Franke

Courtney has been a dancer and teacher for over 25 years in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap. She started competing at the age of five and has won numerous overall awards and titles with Headliners, KAR, Showstoppers, Starbound, and International Dance Challenge. Aside from competitive dance, Courtney has been trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet through the professional levels.

For four consecutive summers she studied on Scholarship as a trainee at the Joffery Ballet School in New York City. She later went on to study jazz at Steps on Broadway under Suzi Taylor and Patricia Wilcox. In her senior year Courtney was one of two students to receive a full scholarship to study dance at the University of Arizona. After spending one year in Arizona, Courtney landed a spot on the first Boston Celtics Dance Team. Before moving to Boston, she was featured in the TV series “The Making of the Boston Celtics Dancers” which airs on NBA TV. In her first season with the Celtics she danced for the first NBA All Star Dance Team where she joined 29 other dancers in Las Vegas to dance at the 2007 NBA All Star Game and Celebrity basketball competitions. In her second season with the Celtics she was apart of the 17th World Championship for the team, and even has a championship ring to show for it.

Over her professional career she has represented the work of Fame Chorographers Laurie Ann Gibson, Shane Sparks, Tabitha and Napoleon, Mandy Moore, and Mark Meismer. She has danced on NBC, ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV in Rome, London, China, New York, Las Vegas, Boston, and all over California. She loves helping kids explore their passion for dance and follow their dreams!

Bronwyn Troxel

Bronwyn began dancing at the age of 3 and danced on 2 local studios before finding her forever home at Starstruck. She was a member of the OE dance and cheer teams where she choreographed numerous solos, duets, and trios. Bronwyn has also performed in 5 shows at Theatre in The Park and was an instructor for UDA. Bronwyn recently graduated with a B.G.S. in Communications and a minor in Theatre Performance from the University of Kansas.

 

Bronwyn began substitute teaching at Starstruck in High School and continued through College while also teaching summer classes. She is currently teaching classes, helping with PR, and other various tasks around the studio. Bronwyn has always had a passion for teaching and dance. She

is excited to be back at her home studio helping kids find their passion for dance and finding their forever dance family at Starstruck.

Jordan Tincher

Jordan began dancing at the age of 9 and immediately fell in love with the world of dance. She danced competitively through KC area studios, but found her final home at Starstruck Performing Arts Center. In high school, Jordan was a member of the Award- Winning Olathe North Eaglettes Dance Team, holding the captain position for 2 of those years. After high school Jordan spent a year at the University of Kansas as a Rock Chalk Dancer, but continued her collegiate experience at Pittsburg State University where she studied business and was a Crimson & Gold Dancer! Shortly after her move to Pittsburg in 2011, she began teaching at the Y Academy of Dance. After a couple years of teaching and running programs through the Y, she was promoted to Director and continued this for 3 years. In her time as director, she grew the program to double it's size and earned two National Titles her final year.

 

In 2016, it was time to return home. She is currently the Head Coach of Olathe East Dance Team, and an instructor with us at Starstruck Performing Arts Center. She spends her spare time choreographing for area dance teams, and studios. Not only does she enjoy being back home and close to her family, she now is back in her forever dance home teaching numerous rec, competitive, and styled classes with coworkers who helped her fall in love with the sport years ago.