Bessie Waddill (Owner & Artistic Director), founder of Studio B, has always been enthusiastic about the performing arts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, with majors in Child Development and Human and Organizational Development. With over 15 years of dance training and 11 years of vocal instruction, she has been recognized many times over for her talent.
She also is known for giving back to the community – most notably here in Lakewood through Woodrow Wilson’s performing arts program. She is currently the choreographer for Woodrow’s award winning show choir, The Variations.
She grew up in Lakewood and is pursuing her dream through mentoring and nurturing young students in dance and musical arts.
Fun Facts: Her favorite color is pink. Her Mom says “it’s pink with sparkles.”
Kim Bryant (Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre & Company Director) owned Plano Dance Expressions for 15 years, was the Company Director at Coppell Dance Centre for 7 years and has more recently worked with the competition teams at Prestige Dance and Performing Arts Center. Last year her Mini Small & Large Groups and Junior Large Group & Line placed 1st or 2nd at Showstoppers Regionals and Nationals. Notable was a 1st overall at Dance Showcase and Showbiz Nationals, 1st overall at VIP and Showstoppers and Choreography awards for Solo/Duo. Throughout her career, she has taught and trained many of the top dancers in the greater Dallas area, competing at Starpower, Showbiz, PrimeTime, VIP, Showstoppers, Move and Dance Showcase USA. We are THRILLED to have someone of her caliber so anxious to join our team.
Malia Foley (Jazz & Tap) was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She began her dance career at four years old with Ms. Denise Moore at the Pink House and later continued her training at Cherrilane School of Dance, Contemporary Ballet Dallas and finished her high school training at Dallas Ballet Center. She was a member of the Dallas Ballet Company and the DBC Tap Connection. While attending Dallas Ballet Center she had many wonderful performance opportunities such as several roles in The Nutcracker, Taste of Addison, Regional Dance America Southwest, La Fille Mal Gardee, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty and was given the opportunity to perform in Austra for Young! Tanzsommer. After graduating high school she moved onto Kilgore Junior College where she was a member of the 71st line of the renowned college precision dance and drill team known as the Rangerettes. At her time in Kilgore she was able to participate in many performing opportunities including the pre-game and half-time show of the Dallas Cowboy’s Halloween game with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Chicago’s McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the pre-game and half-time entertainment for the Cotton Bowl, the 70th commemoration of Peal Harbor and the Rangerettes popular spring show known as Revels. Malia’s passion for teaching began her freshman year of high school and has continued on for almost nine years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, drill and hula. Malia resides in the Lakewood area with her husband Cole and their daughter, Cosette.
Taylor Henscheid (Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap & Musical Theatre) has been dancing since she was 18-months-old. She is trained in ballet, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, jazz and tap with specialties in Jazz and Lyrical/contemporary. She has won numerous awards, scholarships and titles, including Miss Showbiz and Miss Starpower throughout her dance career. Her teaching career began at Coppell Dance Centre and continued for four years. This past year she taught at Prestige Dance and Performing Arts Center. She has won many choreography awards including two at Starpower Dance Competition and two at VIP Dance Competition this past year. All of Miss Taylor’s dances ranked in the top 10 for all of last year’s competitions. One of her teen dancers received the Art of Dance award at Starpower.
Ashley Misner (Combo Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre) is a trained studio dancer, who focused on classical ballet technique under the guidance of Dmitri Malikov, a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. With the Chesapeake Ballet Company – a youth company in Maryland, Ashley danced title roles in Cinderella, Snow White, as well as Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop and Spanish in annual performances of The Nutcracker. She furthered her training with summer intensive programs and was a member of The University of Maryland Dance Team during college. Before moving to Texas, Ashley had taught dance for ten years at The Dance Academy, the same studio where she trained as a young dancer. Ashley led their Junior Performance group and created the Mini Star Troupe in 2013 to provide the same performance opportunities to even younger dancers. Ashley can’t wait to share her love of dance with each student at Studio B!
Channing Olson (Hip Hop) is apart of IMMABEAST dance company under Wildabeast Adams. She is also apart of ASDS with Kevin Harris. She has been dancing for 16 years, trained in ballet, tap, jazz, jazz funk, modern, hip hop, Krump, popping, tumbling, acting, contemporary, lyrical and modern. She has been teaching for 4 years at multiple studios here in Dallas, across the Texas map, and even other states. She was apart of competitive dance teams for 10 years and now travels back and forth to LA for training. She is in multiple music videos, and has performed at NFL & NBA stadiums. She has a dream of helping kids become anything and everything they want to be by bringing dance into their life. She wasnts to make a difference and really see them succeed. Dance isn’t her hobby, it’s her passion.
Tory Redington-Chauza (Company Manager & Combo Dance) holds a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Bachelor’s degree in Language Communication Disorders and a minor in Dance. She is a Registered Speech and Language Pathologist in the State of Texas and has a pediatric private practice in Dallas. Her dance education began at Dallas Ballet Center where she studied ballet and tap for 6 years. During her middle and high school years, she trained at Cherrilane School of Dance, where she took tap, jazz, ballet and pointe. She worked as an apprentice to Cherrilane and later became a part time dance instructor. She then went on to join the ballet company at Texas Tech University. Tory and her husband live in Lakewood and have three daughters in studio B’s competition dance program. Over the past 8 years Tory has been an instrumental part of the development of studio B and is excited to come on board this year as the Company Manager and a pre-k combo dance instructor.
Emilie Skinner (Ballet) began her classical training at the age of six with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum, performing with their company Houston Repertoire Ballet until graduating High School. She has studied at summer intensives including the Joffrey Ballet, Austin Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In the summer of 2011, she also attended the SIBA international training program in Salzburg, Austria. While the primary focus of her training is classical ballet, she also has experience in modern, jazz and contemporary dance. In 2007, Emilie received her B.A. in French Studies with a minor in Art History from the University of North Texas, while performing with Lake Cities Ballet Theatre. After graduating, she performed with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and DGDG (Danielle Georgios Dance Group), as well as with other local ballet companies. In 2011, Emilie founded the nonprofit, professional ballet company, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet (DNCB), and currently serves as its Founding Artistic Director. DNCB is about to begin its sixth season and has performed at institutions such as the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas City Performance Hall and the Dallas Museum of Art. Born in Houston, Texas, Emilie has been teaching, choreographing and performing in the DFW area for over thirteen years and currently resides in Oak Cliff with her husband Danny and their two dogs.
Kaitlyn Van Wagoner (Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz & Lyrical) recently graduated from SMU with a degree in Dance Performance and Biomedical Anthropology. While at SMU she performed multiple times at Sharp Shows, the Brown-Bag Series, and the Fall and Spring Hope Shows.
Kaitlyn has danced since the age of three, receiving her pre-professional training at Wasatch Dance Center in Heber City, Utah. While in Utah, she was a guest performer with Odyssey Dance Theater, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and in the Youth Cast ofThe Nutcracker with Ballet West for four years. In her pre-professional years she participated in many dance conventions and competitions across the nation: NYCDA, Adrenaline, NUVO, JUMP, Youth America Grand Prix, NYCDA Summer Intensives, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive. She made her film debut as an extra in High School Musical 3 as well as a promotional video for GoBig Films titled Mountain Dance – Canon. She received many dance awards including NYCDA Regional Outstanding Dancer, Top Ten Contemporary Duo and Soloist Awards at Youth America Grand Prix, and High Point Soloist at the many competitions and conventions she participated in. Kaitlyn is happy to join the faculty at Studio B to share her talents with other aspiring dancers.
Kandyce Waddill, lovingly known as “Ms. Kandyce” is Bessie’s mom (along with her 4 other siblings). Kandyce runs the front desk and greets the students during the drop-off carpool. She is highly organized and keeps the studio running like a well-oiled machine.
Fun Facts: She makes the best guacamole in all of East Dallas. Her favorite aspect of being part of studio B is reliving old memories through daily-life at the studio.
Amy Zurlis (Tap & Jazz) has been dancing since the age of 3. After receiving her bachelor degree in Psychology from UTD with a minor in dance Amy decided that dance was her true passion and set out to become one of the top choreographers in the DFW area. She has been teaching dance in the DFW area for the past 25 years and has trained with some of the most well renowned choreographers in the country. While Amy is extensively trained in all areas of dance she specializes in tap and Jazz. Amy’s students have received both regional and national titles including Starpower national champions, Showbiz national champions and Showcase National champions. Amy has received numerous choreography awards over the years most recently being the top tap choreographer award at Dance Showcase. Amy is proud to say that Many of her students have received full dance scholarships to universities around the country. Amy teaches a fast paced technical class that can be geared toward both the beginner dancer as well as the most advanced.