Arts in Motion Teaching Artists

Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists are professionals who join with the classroom teacher to teach respect, elegance and teamwork.

Golden Ballroom Teaching Artists are experts in an exercise program for the elderly who reside in long-term care facilities, incorporating intentional movement using classic ballroom dances with specific era/genre music and rhythms.

Mari Anne Hartmann earned her BSBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a major in Marketing.  Upon graduation she worked in medical publishing and enjoyed a successful sales career earning many awards including the top Sales Representative of the Year.  After seven years in sales, Mari Anne put her experience to work for several top college publishers in a freelance marketing and editorial capacity to spend more time with her family.  In 2007 Mari Anne started teaching Dancing Classrooms and has never looked back.  She loves lesson one, lesson twenty and everything in between.   Mari Anne  was promoted to Classroom Liaison in 2010, Associate Director of Dancing Classrooms Omaha in 2011 and she has trained in NYC with Dancing Classrooms creator, Pierre Dulaine.  Mari Anne  has worked as a classroom liaison or teaching artist in forty schools within the Omaha metro area and taught Dancing Classrooms to over five hundred students.  In her spare time Mari Anne loves to spend time with her husband and three children and can be seen waltzing around her neighborhood with her boxer Izzy.

LaTryce Anderson has experience in hip hop, modern, praise, and contemporary dance. She started dancing at age 5 and started choreographing at age 13. All through elementary to high school LaTryce competed in to contest and talent shows. In her senior year in Manassas, VA she became co-captain of her dance team choreographing routines for up to 20 girls. She graduated lettering in dance and returned the following year to assist the head coach. LaTryce moved to Omaha and began volunteering at St. Richard’s Catholic School, helping with assemblies and concerts. She is currently offering her services to Bethesda Temple Church where she became head of dance ministry, choreographing for and teaching ladies ages 4 to 67. In 2009 she auditioned for the award winning nonprofit organization African Culture Connection. She is currently heading dance under Executive Director Charles Ahovissi. She also is a teaching artist with African Culture Connection, teaching at several schools in the Nebraska/Iowa area.  In 2012-2013 she ran dance fitness classes for north Omaha’s “Biggest Loser” sponsored by Bethesda Temple Church. She is a regular guest artist at Mercy High School and periodically holds a dance fitness class at the Salvation Army. LaTryce also teaches one on one and small group yoga classes in the community.  She became a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms in 2011.

Carole has been a teaching artist for Arts in Motion since December 2006.  She started dancing at age seven and has performed with the Raleigh (NC) Civic Ballet, the Peninsula Ballet Theatre (VA), the Fairfax (VA) Ballet and the Omaha Dance Project.  She first moved to Omaha in 1989, and taught ballet at Ballet Omaha and the Jewish Community Center.   Carole and her husband, Ron, have been studying ballroom dance at Just Dance in Omaha since 2004. They have performed together in several showcases and competitions. They have two sons.  Carole has a degree in Public Health Education from the University of North Carolina.

Educational Liaison, Teaching Artist, Business Manager and Grant Writer

A St. Louis native, Mary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Nebraska (Art Major, Minor in Art History and Spanish) and a certificate from the College of Continuing Studies in Adult Training.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Youth Development.  Mary has been a Dancing Classrooms teacher for Arts in Motion since it began in 2006 and is also the Business/Grant Manager. She was instrumental in starting both the Dancing Classrooms Clothing Closet and also the annual poster contest. Mary has been married for over 30 years and has two children.

Marty brings over thirty years of ballroom dance teaching experience to Arts in Motion . She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) and has trained with world renowned ballroom dancers at summer intensives at Brigham Young University nearly every summer since 1992. Marty has toured the country as a professional dancer competing in swing and country dancing.  She has taught Ballroom credit classes at UNO since 2005 and been a dance instructor for their Campus Recreation program since 1988.  Marty has been coordinating the Saturday Scholarship and Youth Ballroom program since its inception.

Marty is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Kimberly began working as a teaching artist for Arts in Motion in 2014.  She is also a teaching/performing artist and Office Manager for African Culture Connection (ACC; 2011). Kimberly received her degrees in K-12 Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance from Hastings College in 2005. She taught vocal/general music in Grand Island Public Schools from 2005-2008 and in Omaha Public Schools from 2009-2013. Kimberly does a variety of performing in the community focusing on her main passion, musical theatre—with recent performances at Blue Barn (The Christians, 2016), the Omaha Community Playhouse (Caroline, or Change, 2016; Young Frankenstein, 2014), Skullduggery Theatre, and local short and feature films.  Outside of work and theatre, Kimberly enjoys board games, cooking and baking, arts and crafts, ethnic foods, and spending time with her family.
Kimberley is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Lynne earned her B.A. degree in Art and Art History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, both of London. She was a scholarship student at Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada, and continued her dance training in New York and Los Angeles, at Butler University and with many master teachers. Lynne has danced with the Omaha Ballet, A Company of Dancers from Creighton University, Dalienne Majors and Dancers (Omaha), the Omaha Modern Dance Collective, and with DanceScape, which was supported by the Nebraska Arts Council. Lynne has performed with nationally known choreographers including Laura Glenn, Liz Lerman, Elizabeth Keene and Valerie Roche. Lynne has taught dance at Creighton University, Emmy Gifford Children’s Theatre, DancerSchool in Lincoln and has been on the faculty of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet and the Nebraska Dance Camp. She currently teaches at the the Omaha Academy of Ballet, Jewish Community Center and is a choreographer and ballet mistress for the Omaha Dance Project. Lynne has taught at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln since 1991. She has been a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist since 2006.

Hailing from Omaha, Christy Palmer has been teaching Swing Dance for more than 15 years. Co-founder of the Nebraska nonprofit Omaha Jitterbugs, she plays an integral role in the local dance community. Spending much of her early twenties traveling to study, teach and compete on the national Lindy Hop circuit, she is an expert in many Vintage American Swing era dances including; Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and (of course) Jitterbug. She’s thrilled to be a part of Art in Motion’s Dancing Classrooms crew!

Christy is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Since 2005 Timothy has been a resident artist at Hot Shops Art Center, where he teaches workshops, makes zines, hand stitches journals, rehearses plays, writes screenplays and play-scripts, draws and photographs his friends, makes these  weird things out of wood and nails he calls “chaos icons”,  sends mail art all over the globe and makes tons of mail art buddies, hangs out with his sister and studio partner, Kelly Siragusa Adams. Timothy is a graduate of Creighton University with a degree in English Education. He joined Arts in Motion as a Teaching Artist in 2014. Recent work includes performing in Wood Music  with the St. Fortune Collective at the Florence Mill; and  serving as playwright of The Ancient River That Calls To Us All  for the Douglas County Historical Society. A short story, Complacency Kills, will be featured in a  flipbook from bar-code artist Scott Blake. Complacency Kills will also be included in Kevin Lawler’s collection of stories about Omaha called  36 Views of O, forthcoming in the Spring of 2015.  His one act A Short Course on the Creation of Live Art Actions was nominated for a TAG Award in 2014. Current work includes hand-binding a limited  edition of prints from world-renowned photographer Vera Mercer. Timothy also contributed an essay, The Boilerroom As Theater,  to Vera’s book about The Boilerroom.

Lindsay has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from UNO and has worked for the past 8 years with children and families at Boys Town and throughout Nebraska as a Certified Family Teacher and as an In-Home Family Support Specialist. The joy of dance has always been part of Lindsay’s life; she tap danced as a child and through high school, and in college when she met her husband, Billy, she quickly fell in love with dance all over again. Together, they have studied the various vintage social swing dances of the jazz age. For the past 13 years, she has taught dance both through Metro Community College and Omaha Jitterbugs, a swing dance nonprofit she helped form in the early 2000s. Lindsay is a founder and co-lead of the Omahoppers, a lindy hop performance team. She currently sits on the board of both Omaha Jitterbugs and the Nebraska Vegetarian Association, and is the proud mother of four itty-bitty jitterbugs.

An Omaha native, Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from University Nebraska/Lincoln, and a Masters in Special Education from UNO.  She recently retired after 36 years as a classroom teacher, the past 24 years she was with Westside Community Schools teaching first grade at Prairie Lane. Lisa is a self-taught artist, creating with cut paper. She owns a business designing and selling her greeting cards across the country and is currently doing a variety of large scale commissioned pieces. She has always loved to dance and gives credit to her father who taught her how to “partner dance” and who often reminded her…”Lisa, stop trying to lead.”  Lisa has one son who she looks forward to visiting in San Francisco.

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Trudy Yeatts has a diverse background in musical theatre, performing in such shows as “A Chorus Line”, “A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine”, and “Shenandoah” on Broadway.  She has appeared extensively in Regional theatre as well as in night clubs in New York City and Japan.  Trudy is a singer/songwriter, and has written hundreds of pop Christian songs produced by an International Ministry.  Currently, Trudy teaches dance and private voice lessons for The Rose Theatre.

Trudy is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Kim Clark-Kaczmarek possesses a B.A. in Theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Kim is very involved, both on and off stage, in the Omaha Theatre community including working with the Living Picture Project, Nebraska Shakespeare, The Rose, Omaha Community Playhouse, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Papillion Community Theatre, Bellevue Theatre and Westside High School.  In addition to her being a teaching artist with Arts in Motion,  she teaches for SNJ Studios,  Why ARTS and is on the artist roster for the Nebraska Arts Council Artists in Schools program.  She and her husband, Anthony, are proud parents of little Stella.
Kim is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Pamela Dutton is the Creator/Owner of Golden Ballroom Dancing by Pamela. The company is now a partnering division of the non-profit organization, Arts in Motion. Golden Ballroom was established in August, 2015 and Pamela has taught the program in numerous retirement communities in the Omaha and surrounding cities. She created the program after losing two family members to Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Knowing the benefits to both the mind and body of ballroom and chair dancing, she wondered if there was a program created specifically for retirement communities in the Omaha area and in her research, she found there weren’t any. She created a 12 week energetic and fun ballroom dancing program taught in independent and assisted living retirement communities, but quickly realized there was a need for chair dancing lessons as well. The main focus of the Ballroom program is to improve balance, memory skills, vascular function, and an overall feeling of well being. Residents learn basic ballroom steps in 8 different dances. The chair dancing program begins with music relatable to the era of the residents and ends with soft rock of the 70s. Pamela created movements for all participants, including the muscles in the arms, back, shoulders, obliques, stomach and finally leg and ankle muscles. The chair dancing lessons are great fun and are taught in a separate class than the Ballroom lessons. All classes are taught with music set at a speed conducive to the residents’ abilities.

Keefer Peterson has been teaching with Dancing Classrooms for nearly a decade. He is inspired by the energy, curiosity, and development of the youth in schools as they grow into polite, respectful, and elegant dancers. He enjoys the journey of the in-school residency and the developmental process of integrating the Dulaine Method into his teaching.

Keefer has served as a Teaching Artist, Liaison, and Saturday Scholarship instructor. He trained for a weeklong session in NYC in 2014 and hopes to go back again to become a Senior Teaching Artist.

Besides teaching dance, Keefer is a professional pianist, yoga instructor, and loves camping & kayaking when he can get out into the great outdoors!

Shelley Fritz, the owner of The DelRay Ballroom, has taught dance and competed professionally since 1984. She opened her first studio, Brackhan Dance Directive, in 1994, and expanded seven years later when she opened The DelRay Ballroom in a renovated warehouse in the Historic Haymarket.

She has received numerous teaching and performing awards, including Top Teacher in both the Midwest and Northwest Regions, 1st Place in the Fred Astaire Midwest Regional Championships, and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with an emphasis in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

With her wide range of dance knowledge, she has been fortunate to perform and compete nationally. She has also taught the joy and love of dance to children and teens in both her ballroom and the public schools. She is most happy, however, having a ballroom where she can encourage dance to flourish in the Lincoln community.

 

Roxanne is the Senior Teaching Artist of Dancing Classrooms, Omaha. Roxanne’s performing and choreography and teaching credits are numerous and include theatres, dance companies, industrials, films, music videos and schools. Roxanne served as the Resident Choreographer and Director of Education and Outreach for the Omaha Community Playhouse, was the Executive Director of The ARTery (now Arts in Motion) and now is Assistant to the President at Vic Gutman and Associates. She completed Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist Training with founder Pierre Dulaine in 2010 and went on to complete Senior Teaching Artist Training in 2012.