Together, our instructors have over 108 years of teaching experience.
MISS KRISTEN BACK – (Lyrical, Dance Team)
Owner / Director of K & Co.
Kristen has been sharing her passion for dance for 20 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 ASHLYN (Combo Classes, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Dance Team)
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 15 years and the DanceMakers convention and competition for the last 9 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 BETHANY (Combo Classes)
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. Bethany hopes to inspire her students to love and enjoy dance as much as she does!
MISS MARANDA (Ballet, 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 and unrestrained form of dance.
MISS KARI (Jazz, Tap)
Kari began dance training in Wichita Kansas at the Dance Workshop, and she continued dancing after family moved to Claremore area with Miss Diana. Throughout her dance career, Kari competed in numerous competitions and attended many conventions and dance seminars. She began teaching at 18, and continued to teach while earning her business degree, joining the teaching staff at K & Co. 7 years ago. Kari loves to challenge and push her students while building lasting relationships. When not teaching, Miss Kari stays busy being a dance mom to her daughter Marley, a band and soccer mom to her son Zane, and wife to her husband Vince.
MISS AMANDA (Combo Classes, Cheer Jazz)
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.!