Together, our instructors have over 108 years of teaching experience.
MISS KRISTEN BACK – (Jazz, Lyrical, & Combo Classes)
Owner / Director of K & Co.
(Lyrical & Dance Team) Owner / Director of K & Co. Kristen has been sharing her passion for dance for over 17 years by teaching competitive and non-competitive students ages 2 to adult. Aside from teaching in the studio, she has also taught for area preschools, and choreographed musical theatre productions for area high schools, competitive dance teams, and solos for competition and pageants. Kristen studied and received her teaching certification with Dance Masters of America, through the University of Buffalo in New York. Kristen has been dancing for almost 29 years, and is trained in many areas of dance including ballet/pointe, tap, jazz and Lyrical. She has studied under many professional dancers, taken classes with Tulsa Ballet, and danced competitively on an award winning dance team. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Rogers State University. She also has over 15 years experience in dance studio management and show production. Kristen is married and has three beautiful little boys.
MISS REBEKAH (Ballet)
Rebekah Jochmans began her ballet training at the age of 3 and began formal training at the age of 14. Her pedagogy training began at the age of 16 at the Dance Arts Conservatory in Tulsa, OK under the direction of Leidi Yu (Ballet China, Bolshoi Ballet Theatre, NYC Ballet, Tulsa Ballet.) Rebekah attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute on a ballet scholarship studying under Galina Solevyeva (Bolshoi Ballet), was the was the director for several church ministry dance teams, toured with the Worship Arts company, Leap of Faith and trained under many renowned ballet instructors in the Tulsa area. She began teaching her own ballet classes at the age of 16 and is currently in her 18th year of teaching. After high school, Rebekah performed with 2 ballet companies in the Nashville, TN area achieving soloist status, continued teaching for several studios in that area and worked with a non-profit organization to bring the fine arts to underprivileged communities. After moving back to Oklahoma in 2004, she began teaching ballet in the Claremore / Owasso area. Rebekah is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness Management at RSU, has been married 16 years and has two daughters ages 9 and 13 who both love to dance as well.
MISS BETHANY (Combo Classes & Tap)
Bethany started dancing at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped. She started her teaching career in high school and is going on her 15th year of being a dance instructor. Bethany has taught a variety of classes, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has taught students age 2 years to adult, and her favorite classes to teach are always the younger students. Bethany has been on numerous competitive dance teams. She has achieved many goals, including winning several national championship titles. . Bethany has an Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Rogers State University. She works for Claremore Public Schools as a Special Education Paraprofessional. This is her 3rd year working as a paraprofessional and she really enjoys it. It can be a difficult, yet very rewarding experience. When Bethany is not working she is spending time with her daughter Mia. Mia also shares a love for dance, which could not make her mom any more proud. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and watching her ride her horse, show her chickens, turkeys and bunny in the local fairs. While Bethany is extremely busy, dance is a huge part of her life. She cannot imagine what else she could love as much as she loves dance. Bethany hopes to inspire her students to love and enjoy dance as much as she does!
MISS ASHLYN (Combo Classes)
Ashlyn began taking dance classes at the age of three, and she has loved it ever since. When she was eight, she started dancing on a competitive dance team, and she continued to compete through the end of high school. Starting at age 10, she was an assistant in several dance classes for 6 years before becoming a teacher herself at 16. She has attended the Dance Revolution dance convention for the last 12 years and the DanceMakers convention and competition for the last 6 years, both as a student and a teacher. Ashlyn graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rogers State University. She loves to share her passion for dance with her students, and she hopes to be able to inspire her students and instill in them a love of dance as her teachers did for her.
MISS MARANDA (Modern)
Maranda began dancing at age 5 & spent the next 13 years attending various studios in the Tulsa area. While her main focus was on ballet, in which she trained mostly in the Russian & the Royal Academy of Dance/English styles, she also had many years of training in jazz. In 1998, Maranda moved to Jackson, MS to study dance at a liberal arts college called Belhaven University. While there, she intensely studied ballet, pointe work & modern dance. She had the privilege of studying under Lauri Worill-Biggs (formerly of Atlanta Ballet & instructor for Ballet Magnificat), Amy Roark-McIntosh (MFA & current Director of Dance at Oral Roberts University) & Marc Arentsen (MFA & former Chair of Dance at Belhaven University). While at Belhaven, Maranda also performed with the Belhaven Dance Ensemble & choreographed works for concerts in 2001 & 2002. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2002 & returned to Tulsa in 2003. Upon her return she became a founding member & choreographer for Tulsa Contemporary Dance Company. From 2008 to present, Maranda has had the privilege of dancing & performing with Amy Roark-McIntosh’s modern/contemporary dance company, Living Water Dance Company, as well as collaborating with local dance artist Rachel Bruce-Johnson’s company, The Bell House.In teaching ballet, Maranda incorporates a great deal from the Vagonava Method. And in teaching Modern, she draws inspiration from the Limon & Horton techniques, but mostly from a pure joy found in moving through time & space in this most expressive & unrestrained form of dance.
Emma started dancing when she was 8 years old at Reality Dance Studio. She has studied many different forms of dance including ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, and tap. She currently takes classes at K&Co. as well as being a high school student. Emma was an assistant in multiple classes for several years before beginning to teach her own. The goal in all of Emma’s classes is to give her students a strong foundation in technique while allowing them to find the joy that comes through dance. She strives to help her students grow both as dancers and individuals. When she isn’t dancing, Emma loves spending time with her family as well as training and running half marathons. Dance takes up the majority of her time, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Emma is excited for all that the future has in store for her and her students!
Miss Amanda did ballet, tap, jazz, and cheer for 12 years in California where she grew up. She taught ballet and tap for three years and loved every minute of it. After moving back to Oklahoma she rediscovered her love of teaching dance at this studio. In the last two years, she has taught Spirit Kids and Intro to Tap. She looks forward to many more classes and years spreading the love of dance at K&Co!
Carrie has been dancing since 3 years old and teaching since 18. She is quite adept at many styles- hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, tap, contemporary and musical theater- but hip-hop has always been her primary passion and focus. While in high school she was one of two dancers accepted onto the Varsity dance team while still freshmen and was also accepted into the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute for two consecutive summers for Acting. She started training under Michael Lopez in 2004 and was soon subbing for him and teaching her own hip-hop classes in 2005. By 2008 she moved to New Jersey and had access to learn from some of the best hip-hop talent in the US. She regularly took master classes at events such as Monsters of Hip-Hop and PULSE from big names like Wade Robson and Dave Scott, and attended Broadway Dance Center when in NYC. She is part of a local Tulsa hip-hop crew that performs and competes nationally. Carrie loves teaching her students not only the art and technique of hip-hop but also its history. Her passion lies in empowering students to find and express their own unique voice through dance.
Holly began dancing at the age of 5 at a Tulsa dance studio and continued dancing for the next 13 years at various studios in Oklahoma, Texas, and abroad as she moved with her family. Holly was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical, and danced competitively on award winning dance teams. While in High School, Holly was a member of her schools’PomSquad and served as captain of the Varsity team leading her squad to place 3rd in the state competition. Holly completed her dance career here at K & Company in 2011. Holly began assisting in classes at an early age and started her teaching career while still in high school. Instructing in many different styles for students ages 3 to adult, she began teaching at Reality Dance Studio in 2009 and continued instructing at K&CO during the studio’s inaugural year. Holly also volunteered as a dance instructor at John 3:16 Mission in Tulsa and at Loveworks, a local Norman nonprofit. Holly attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated in May 2015 with BBA in Energy Management. Throughout her time at the University of Oklahoma, Holly participated in University Sing and Sooner Scandals, Broadway-style production competitions held on campus. During her sophomore year at OU, she choreographed and directed a production which placed in the qualifying round of the University Sing competition. For the last two years Holly has been living and working in Houston as a landman for an Oil and Gas company. While in Houston, Holly maintained her training by taking ballet and tap at a local studio. Deciding it was time for a change, Holly moved back to Oklahoma in May. In addition to teaching dance, Holly continues to work as a landman and is a co-founder of a swimwear line. Well experienced in show production, Holly is looking forward to teaching ballet and creating the 2018 ballet production.