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.

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.

Mallory Vallier holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, with a major in Vocal Music Education. She loves music, theatre, and dance, and especially loves sharing these arts with students.  Mallory teaches private voice lessons and serves as a substitute teacher for various Omaha area school districts. She teaches theatre through the Omaha Community Playhouse, SNJ Studios, and WhyArts. She is an avid performer, having graced the stage at the Bluebarn Theater, Omaha Community Playhouse, Rose Theater, and SNAP/Shelterbelt. Mallory began working as a Teaching Artist for Arts in Motion in 2018, and she’s honored to be a part of this wonderful team. In her spare time, Mallory loves spending time with her family and supporting local theatre.

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.

Patricia Stastny earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and her Master’s in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology and Animal Behavior from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After graduating, she worked for a few years with a company developing and implementing lesson plans and activities for adults with mental and physical disabilities. After having two children, she spent the next several years as a stay-at-home-mother. During this time, she co-organized a large and active playgroup that brought moms and their children together for playdates and activities. In 2011, Patricia discovered her love and passion for Latin social dancing. Initially learning Rueda, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia, her love for dancing has since expanded into afro-latin dances, such as Kizomba and UrbanKiz. During this time, she also danced with Marty Hebert and the UNO dance team for two years. Patricia has been teaching Kizomba/UrbanKiz locally since 2016. This year she took on a new project as a member of Kiz Cute Omaha, a nine-ladies UrbanKiz dance group. Patricia volunteers at her children’s schools and was the Team manager for McMillan’s 6th-grade Destination Imagination Team. Besides dancing, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, which includes several four-legged members. This will be Patricia’s first year with Dancing Classrooms and she is very excited to be a part of it.

Susannah Odom is married with three children, ages 11, 8 and 3; and two St Bernards, Whiskey and Hazel.  She grew up in a military family and continued to travel until she came to Omaha in 2009.  Biking, gardening, and volleyball are among her passions.  She loves social dancing in general and swing and Latin dances in particular, taking classes whenever she can fit them into her schedule. She studied at The Ohio State University, at Hawaii Pacific University, and at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.  Since moving to Omaha, she and her kids have been exploring the city’s parks, playgrounds, bike trails, museums, and cultural activities. In January of 2018, she joined an all ladies Urban Kiz dance team which recently debuted choreography by Marta Mignone.  Dancing Classrooms has been the opportunity she never anticipated and Susannah is thrilled to be part of this amazing social and emotional development program.

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.

 

Alexandra Deetz is Omaha born and raised. She has studied dance for over 20 years, beginning at the age of 3 at Patti Herzog’s Dance Studio.
She has taught Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical for 6 years at Patti Herzog’s Dance Studio and having taught toddlers through high school students, Alexandra enjoys working with dancers at every level. She began learning ballroom as a college student at UNO under Marty Hebert. Alexandra earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2012 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies and Foreign Language and Literature (Spanish) along with a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies. She has worked at the Learning Community Center of South Omaha post-graduation as an Educational Navigator working with families navigate public schools systems, learn English, and develop strong parenting skills. Other work experience includes working  as the Fundraising and Events Specialist for OneWorld Community Health Centers and President/Founder or OneWorld’s Young Professionals, OneWorld Emerging Leaders, and now has returned to UNO to pursue a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies at UNO and with the goal to work as a researcher in conjunction with local non-profits to improve outcomes and program efficacies. Alexandra’s Fun Fact: I met my husband while swing dancing over 10 years ago and we continue to enjoy dancing together today. We live in Papillion with our Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix, Banksy.

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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!

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.