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VidaDancers

Joe Flickner

2nd Year Company Member

Joseph is a Kansas City native. He graduated Cum Laude from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Joseph has performed professionally with Ballet Quad Cities for two seasons, as well as with VidaDance. Locally, Joseph has had the honor of dancing twice with Störling Dance Theater in their annual production Underground. He has also been pleased to have been the Nutcracker Prince in four annual productions of American Dance Center of Overland Park’s The Nutcracker. Joseph has danced at A Modern Night at the Folly and in multiple productions at The Theater in the Park. He began his training at the Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice at the age of 15, where he was a member of the MM Youth Ballet and the MM Entertainers. In addition to performing, Joseph has taught men’s dance technique and partnering at local dance studios.

Sophie Carpenter

3rd Year Company Member

Sophie graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City with an emphasis in ballet and modern. She was raised in Independence, Missouri and began dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Christine Palmer at the Craig Dance Studio of Independence. Sophie also danced with several other studios in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and co-founded the dance ministry at her home church. Sophie has loved to dance since she was a child, and particularly enjoys choreography and teaching. She danced competitively as a teenager, and began teaching and choreographing for other dancers at a young age as well, and was thrilled to have coached several worship dance troupes and solos that participated in National Fine Arts with the Assemblies of God. Sophie was the first person to receive the Award of Merit in worship dance at the 2009 Southern Missouri District Fine Arts competition. As a young adult, she had the opportunity to attend intensives at the Kansas City Ballet, Dramatic Truth School of the Arts and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago. She has performed in Deanna Hiett’s  Ecifircas and Gary Abbott’s Breaking the Damn 2014, and was honored to have been chosen as part of a small group of UMKC students that were asked to perform in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria in the fall of 2014. Sophie has perfomed professionally with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre for one season.

Kirstie McDermott

Associate Artistic Director, 
5th Year Company Member & Choreographer 

Kirstie began her dance training at Blue Springs Ballet at a young age. After graduating high school, she received both dance and academic scholarships to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Dance. During her time at Stephens, Kirstie studied both ballet and modern techniques under the direction of Elizabeth Hartwell, Jan Miller, and Deborah Carr. She danced four seasons with Störling Dance Theater and three seasons with City in Motion. Kirstie has also enjoyed performing East Indian dance with Gurukul Dance Troupe, as well as teaching dance classes for local studios. 

Krystal Bryan

5th Year Company Member & Choreographer

Krystal began her dance training at Jo Noth’s White Oak Dance Academy in Blue Springs, Missouri. After graduating high school, she received both dance and academic scholarships to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Dance. While she was at Stephens, she had the opportunity to choreograph many of her own pieces, one of which was chosen to be taken to the American College Dance Festival. Krystal has performed with professional modern dance company City in Motion for six seasons and has also enjoyed being a part of Gurukul, a professional East Indian dance company. She has choreographed pieces for City in Motion as well as VidaDance, and last year at the KC Fringe Festival, premiered her first full-length production, The Yellow Wallpaper. In 2018, Krystal co-choreographed and co-directed VidaDance's RISE. 

Amanda Moder

2nd Year Company Member

Amanda fell in love with ballet during childhood. She trained with Allegro School of Dance and Music in Rochester, MN, where she performed many roles including Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In college, Amanda danced on the Creighton University Dance Team for two years, including traveling and performing with them in the NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 games. Amanda earned a minor in Dance and a minor in Biology along with her Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Medical Dietetics (nutrition), and went on to become a registered dietitian. Amanda has danced as a company apprentice with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, performing at Project Dance in Paris 2016 and in New York City 2017. She has experience teaching ballet and training with various studios including Misty's Dance Unlimited in La Crosse, WI. Amanda currently works as a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee, and promotes nutrition in the community through TV and public speaking. She loves empowering dancers to fuel for success in a healthy and body-positive way that allows them to be their best self. Amanda is also a published author at Brio Magazine, where she writes faith-focused nutrition articles for teen girls. Amanda is passionate about the importance of the art of dance and its power to share joy, tell stories, and inspire. She is extremely honored to be dancing with VidaDance and thankful for the wonderful and positive community it fosters. 

Breanna Carter

4th Year Company Member & Choreographer

Breanna began dancing at Heart of America Dance Centre at a young age where she studied all different kinds of dance. She started off with the Homeschool Program which led to HADC'S Youth Ballet and Competition Dance Team, where she was cast in many lead roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She began teaching dance to special needs students while in high school, and then started teaching at two other studios. She then decided to go straight from high school into a professional dance career, and performed with various companies including Victory in Motion and as a soloist with Störling Dance Theater. She is thankful to be a part of VidaDance because she loves what it stands for: that everyone can dance and have a great time in doing so. 

Joseph Pilgram

4th Year Company Member & Choreographer

Joe started his dance training with Paul Chambers at the age of 19. He earned a BFA in dance from UMKC under the direction of Mary Pat Henry, Catharine Plavcan, Paula Weber and DeeAnna Hiett. Joe has performed with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company for several years and with Störling Dance Theater in its production of Underground. He has performed the choreography of Bill T. Jones, David Parsons, Donald McKayle, Sean Curran, Milton Myers and Shapiro & Smith and many more. Currently Joseph is a Network Engineer and is the owner/instructor of Joe's Ballroom Dancing in St. Joseph, Missouri, but sends his thanks to VidaDance for the opportunity to work with them and wants to express a special thank you to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Joseph’s wife and five kids, and his friends and family for their love and support! 

Erin Steeley

5th Year Company Member & Choreographer

Erin started dancing at an early age at Maxine’s Studio of Dance in Southern New Jersey. In 2003 Erin was accepted into the Vineland Regional Dance Company where she received the opportunity of training under Kimberly Chapman, Daniel Marshall, Jeffrey Gribler, and many other great teachers. With the Vineland Regional Dance Company she had the privilege to travel all over the United States to perform and train. She attended summer dance programs such as Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Company, Craft of Choreography, and the Rock School of Dance Education. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she received the opportunity to perform in works such as Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, George Balanchine’s Serenade and works by Paula Weber, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Mary Pat Henry, and many more talented choreographers. Erin graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in business during the summer of 2014. Also in 2014, Erin joined Störling Dance Theater, where she is still performing. Erin is the Johnson County Campus Administrator for the Kansas City Ballet School, as well as on faculty for the school. In 2015 Erin joined local Kansas City company, VidaDance, where she performs and is a company choreographer. 

Mallory Gittemeier

1st Year Company Member

Mallory, a Saint Louis native, began dancing at the age of three and has been a dancer/aerialist/choreographer in the Kansas City area since 2010. Mallory received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with an emphasis in Ballet, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics from Webster University. While in St. Louis, she started her professional career with MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) as a guest dancer and aerialist and as a dancer with Dances of India in Bharata Natyam technique. Since moving to Kansas City, Mallory has become a dancer with City in Motion Dance Theater, Kacico, Gurukul Indian Dance Company, and as an aerialist with Voler Aerial Academy. As both a Dancer and Aerialist, Mallory has been selected to perform at many festivals, theaters, and colleges across the United States including the Heartland Men's Chorus' Abbacadabra, 38th Annual Bachathon, Sling Dance Project in Austin, TX, JCCC Performing Arts Series, The Kansas City Fringe Festival, The Pitch's Artopia, The Kansas City Zoo fundraiser events Jazoo and Earthly Evening, and Pythian Castle. Mallory has had the opportunity to choreograph for the Kansas City Women's Chorus and presented choreography at Project Dance in Times Square, New York City. She also works as a Data Specialist, math tutor, and loves spending time with her fiancé and their six fur-baby pets. 

John Weaver 

3rd Year Company Member

John's journey in dance starts in the world of music. He has always loved music, and the world was rarely silent around him. The music in his head always found its way out, whether it was a hum, a whistle, or a beat of the foot or fingers. At the age of five, he began piano lessons, and he continued these through high school. During high school, he began to realize music was not just something he loved and enjoyed as a hobby, but it was an essential form of expression for him. John always enjoyed anything involving music, musicals, dance, figure skating, etc., and always assumed it was primarily because of music. Eventually, he realized that he enjoyed them just as much for the beauty of expression in movement as the beauty of expression in music.
So, for a variety of reasons, including exploring something new, learning expression in movement and fitness, John began taking ballet and modern classes at The Culture House in 2014. Since then, he has participated in Störling Dance Theater's production of Underground and The Culture House's production of The Snow Queen. This is John's third season with VidaDance.

Jami Robben

4th Year Company Member & Choreographer

Jami started gymnastics at age nine and moved on to dance a few years later with Eagles Gymnastics’ dance fusion, training mostly in lyrical and jazz. She is a student at VidaDance Studio, has danced with her high school dance team for two years, and competed regularly in regional competitions. She has placed in the top five overall in every competition she has ever entered, including winning first overall at Talent on Parade. She has also received a Perfect Showmanship Award and has been invited to compete in TOP Starz Performance Group with Talent on Parade Nationals for three years in a row. She is a budding choreographer, who has set two pieces on VidaDance company members for National Dance Week Kansas City as part of its Catalyst program in 2017 & 2018, and has had two of her pieces performed in VidaDance shows at the KC Fringe Festival in 2016 & 2017. She is attending the University of Missouri and plans to obtain her degree in journalism, and maybe eventually open up her own studio. Jami began her student apprenticeship with VidaDance in December 2015, and in May 2018, was promoted to a full company member upon graduation from high school. 

Ayana Roberson

1st Year Company Memeber

Ayana, born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dancing since the age of three. She started learning at Expressions in Dance before moving over to Heart of America Dance Centre. She took part in HADC's competitive team as well as their Youth Ballet company where she danced lead roles such as Waltz Queen in The Nutcracker. Ayana went on to continue her training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she graduated with her BFA in performance and choreography with an emphasis in modern. She has had the pleasure of being in works choreographed by Gary Abbott, DeeAnna Hiett, and Sabrina Madison-Cannon, as well as others. She's also performed alongside Störling Dance Theater's company members in their production of Underground for two seasons.