|Kim Kelley - Tap Instructor and Progressions Elite Director||
Kim Kelley is a native Houstonian who has trained with teachers throughout our great city. She danced with the prestigious Steven Boyd Dance Company where she resided as Dance Director for three years. Additionally, she has trained extensively with great educators such as Frank Hatchett and Doug Caldwell, and is privileged to have studied personally with Savion Glover and performed with him at Jones Hall in the show “Outrageous Rhythms.” Mrs. Kim has also shared her innovative teaching style in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Lyrical throughout the South and Midwest as a faculty member of DTI Dance Conventions, and has taught numerous master classes throughout the country.
Her choreography has been set on the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and she has been training dancers in Houston and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. Mrs. Kim brings something special to all her students as she shares her incredible passion in class and through her inspired choreography. Her love of teaching children the art of dance is both dynamic and very motivating. Her tireless dedication to her students was recently recognized when she was named the recipient of the LADM Jackie Sleight Dance Educator of the Year award in 2019.
Currently Mrs. Kim resides as the Director of the award-winning Progressions Elite Dance Company here at Progressions Performing Arts, where she is proud to have trained dancers who have gone on to dance and musical theatre programs in many prestigious colleges, as well as successful careers with Disney, The Rockettes, Houston Texans cheerleaders, and many company, industrial and film rolls.
|Adrian Ciobanu - Ballet Instructor
||Mr. Ciobanu was born in Cluj, Romania where he graduated from the Liceul de Choregrafie, Octavian Stroia with honors, under the direction of his father, Florin Ciobanu. He then went on to work with the Romanian Opera Ballet for one year before moving to the Hungarian Opera Ballet. During his five years there, Mr. Ciobanu was promoted to Principal dancer. He toured extensively throughout Europe including France, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, and the Czech Republic. Read more|
|Ruben Trevino - Ballet Instructor||
Ruben graduated magna cum laude from Sam Houston State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While at Sam Houston University, Ruben trained under the direction of Jennifer Pontius, Jonathan Charles, Andy Noble, Dana Nicolay, and Dionne Noble. While in college, Ruben was chosen to perform at the American College Dance Festival Association Gala Selection Concert twice with his university. Ruben was on scholarship and danced in numerous faculty concert graduate concert and student concerts. Ruben was also selected and given the opportunity to perform a guest residency piece that was choreographed by Jane Weiner from Hope Stone Dance Company.
Since relocating to Houston in 2012, Ruben has been contracted and performed with Karen Stokes Dance, ChinaCat dance, Bayou City Productions, Jonathan Charles, Ashley Horn, FreneticCore, Kingwood Dance Theatre, American Academy of Dance, Sandra Organ Dance Company, Noblemotion Dance, and the Pilot Dance Project.
Ruben spent the last five years of his professional career dancing with Uptown Dance Company where he trained under Adrian Ciobanu and Alex Pandiscio. He has had the opportunity to learn choreography and take master classes from highly qualified teachers including Krissy Richmond, Tina Bohnatedt, Karina Gonzalez, Rupert Edwards, Chet Walker, Andre Silva, Barry Kerollis, and Priscilla Nathan Murphy to name a few.
|Priscilla Nathan-Murphy - Ballet Instructor||Originally from Singapore, Priscilla Nathan-Murphy received her classical ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabi and has also been trained in oriental dance mudras, modern dance and jazz. Ms. Nathan-Murphy has a certification from the British Royal Academy of Dance in teaching and has acquired a Teaching License Diploma from the British Association of Teachers of Dance. Read More|
|Lisa Wolff - Jazz Instructor||Lisa is a technical and inspiring teacher. She shares her knowledge and love of the industry through the eyes of a professional dancer.|
|MaryPat Drago - Children's Instructor||MaryPat Drago grew up dancing in Nederland, TX. She got her BA in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the University of North Texas. She loves children and loves dance. Her love for the two helped her combine the two passions making her classes a learning yet very fun and exciting time for her dance students.|
|Paris Gensheimer - Owner/Substitute Instructor||Born and raised in the Houston area, Paris received her training from PPA as well as many other studio's in the area. She has performed in off Broadway productions, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Disney's Christmas Spectacular here in Houston as well as in Kenneth Epting's Exclamation Dance Company. Paris later graduated from TCU with her BFA in Modern dance and has since gone on to own Progressions Performing Arts and manage the behind the scene's work of the studio.|
|Laurel Collins Wright - Ballet Instructor||Laurel Collins Wright is a graduate of Belhaven University where she received her BFA in Dance. She has also received training from Bolshoi Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet West, Rioulet, Ririe Woodberry, and Ballet Magnificat! In addition to being an instructor, she is the Academy Programs Coordinator for the Houston Ballet Foundation.|
|Otis Berry - Contemporary Instructor||Otis Berry began dancing at the age of 10 and technical training under the tutelage of Valerie Beall at Eisenhower High school. He was encouraged to develop his passion and technique at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a Met Too dancer! After graduating high school, Otis began studying dance at Sam Houston State University where he had the privilege to train with Andy and Dionne Noble, Jennifer Pontius, Johnathan Charles Smith, Erin Reck and Dana and Betty Nicolay. He has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip hop, Pom, Kick, and Contemporary. After leaving SHSU, Otis began working with Urban Souls Dance Company, and has done guest work with Noble Motion Dance. Looking forward, Otis hopes to help shape the next generation of young artists through teaching and choreography.|
|Alexys (Lexy) Herrera - Strength/Stretch, Jazz and Tumbling Instructor
Lexy is originally from Kansas. She moved to Spring in 2011 and is a Klein Oak High School graduate and a Progressions Elite Dance Company alumnae. Through her Progressions Elite training, she has worked with choreographers like Matt Dormae, Shauna Zambelli-Oliverio, Christian Vincent, and Lenorris Arnold.
She loves combining her degree in Exercise Science Kinesiology and her NASM education to create the strength and conditioning program here at PPA.
Before she started dancing at 15, she was a gold medalist and nationally ranked gymnast before an injury ended her career. She used that as her base and has added the ADTA training and syllabus to create the dance-based tumbling program here at PPA.
Her favorite genres of dance to choreograph are lyrical, musical theatre jazz and acro/open. Choreography can be seen on the competition, convention, and drill team circuits.
|Taylor Summers - Ballet, Tap, and Princess Fairytale||Taylor Summers is grateful to be back teaching at the studio where she grew up! After years of rigorous dance training throughout her childhood, Taylor ventured out in high school to explore other facets of entertainment at the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. With a deep love for the performing arts, she went on to pursue her dreams at America’s Premier Musical Theatre Dance program, the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University. Taylor recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. Being that her degree had a strong emphasis in dance pedagogy, Taylor is looking forward to teaching and guiding the upcoming generations of dancers.|
|Claire White - Ballet/Pointe||Claire began her early training under the instruction of Victoria Vittum and Barbara LeGault with the Houston Repertoire Ballet from childhood through high school. She performed in several ballets including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Cinderella in the full-length ballet. After graduating in 2013, Claire trained with the Professional Training Division of Nashville Ballet, where she performed in Paul Vasterling’s Nutcracker, and All the Seasons along with a soloist role in Paquita. She then joined the Professional Division of Texas Ballet Theater from 2014-2016 where she had the opportunity to perform in Ben Stevenson’s the Nutcracker, Classical Theme B, Jubilee, and soloist role in Stevenson’s Pas De Fiancé. Claire was given the honor of working with Ben Stevenson to create a new version of Sylvia Pas De Deux choreographed for her and a partner. She then joined the Alabama Ballet as an apprentice in 2016. There she performed in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, and a soloist role in The Purple Ones. She then returned to Houston where she danced as an Artist in Residence with Houston Repertoire Ballet while continuing her education. Claire is looking forward to joining Uptown Dance Company for the upcoming season while finishing her degree in ancient history through the University of Houston.|
|Dene Kiblinger - HipHop Instructor||Dene’ Kiblinger is a Houston native who started dancing at the age of 13. He first began dancing through online dancing tutorials, breaking and popping and then later was accepted into his high school hip hop crew. He furthered his dance education with the Klein Oak Dance Company where he began training on a broad range of other dance styles. After high school, Dene pursued a BFA in dance at Sam Houston State University. While there he trained with many talented professors, staff and guest teachers including attending the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. After leaving college, Dene has focused on his love for Hip Hop. He brings his unique skillset and knowledge from his time as a competitive freestyle street dancer, his classical training and modern hip hop training to help his students also develop the love of Hip Hop dance.|
|Savannah Wright - Front Desk||Savannah Wright is the smiling face behind the front desk. She is a graduate of LSU with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing (Geaux Tigers!) and enjoys dancing recreational ballet in her spare time.|
|Mark and Melody Gensheimer - Owner/Office Manager||Mark Gensheimer opened Progressions in 1998 when his children were small and learning to dance. He enjoys watching the students grow and progress through the levels. He is especially proud of the many former PPA students that have learned from PPA and then have moved on to dance professionally in various companies and on Broadway.
Melody Gensheimer married into the Dance Family when she married the owner, Mark Gensheimer, in 2018. She worked for BP (British Petroleum) for 32 years managing their Division Order Department and retired in 2016. Now she is back out of retirement and learning a whole new world of business – the dance world!