NEW INSTRUCTORS JOINING OUR CURRENT STAFF FOR THE 2022-2023 SEASON AT EDC WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
WE ARE EXCITED TO ADD MORE TALENTED AND QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO OUR STAFF!
Rachel Keenan -
Rachel is from Great Bend, KS. She is a big Marvel and Star Wars fan! She just graduated from KU, studying International Politics. At KU, she was on the UNITY Hip Hop Dance Crew and took many choreography courses. Rachel started dancing when she was three years old and started dancing competitively at age 11. She was a member of the Senior Argonne All-Stars Dance Team. Rachel is trained in musical theatre, hip-hop, jazz, and ballet.
Tasha Jones -
Tasha has been training since I was 5 years old, however did not dance competitively until high school. She was also on the Velocity Dance team all four years at Russell High School. She thrived on stage and decided to attend Barton Community College where she continued dancing competitively. She was captain her Sophomore year and also coached Argonne. She decided to take her training to the next level and major in Dance at Wichita State University. She took a couple years off school but finally graduated in 2017. Upon graduating, her senior solo was asked to perform at a festival and she was also awarded 2017 Choreographer of the Year by the WSU Dance Professors. While in Wichita she got the pleasure of working at the YMCA. She was able to directly impact lives due to the nonprofit status and share her knowledge with passionate dancers. She was awarded Most Valuable Teammate by her co-workers her first year. Quickly, she worked her way up and became the Coordinator over Dance, Gymnastics and Tumbling. She eventually became the Director over the same programs and rebranded the team. Her first year as Director she was nominated and awarded the 2018-2019 Leadership Award by the CEO of the Greater Wichita YMCA. Tasha loves teaching, but impacting lives and being able to see it first hand and how it can transform a person is her passion. Every child is important and it is always her goal to make each and everyone of them feel seen.
Kelci Popp -
Kelci was born and raised in Great Bend, KS. She recently graduated from Great Bend High School and is currently attending Barton Community College to major in her Associates in Science. After BCC, she plans to attend WSU to become an Elementary teacher. She began her dance career 12 years ago at Barb's School of Dance and continued once it transitioned to EDC. She spent 4 years on the EDC Company team and is also a 4 year GBHS Danceline Alumni. In her freetime, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and being at the studio with all the kids.
Lindsay Homeier (Owner/Instructor) -
Lindsay started dancing at the age of 3 and began competing at the age of 15. Lindsay has choreographed for Russell High School musicals, dance team, and cheer squad. She participated on the RHS dance team, Velocity, all four years of high school where she was invited to be a UDA traveling instructor. Lindsay has been an instructor for Russell Recreation dance camps and taught dance at Barb's School of Dance for 7 years before taking over the Great Bend studio in June of 2012. Lindsay has received many awards at multiple regional and national competitions for group, trio, and solo performances including 5th overall advanced senior solo at the national level. While in college at KU, Lindsay studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, flamenco, hip hop, and Bharata Natyam. She had the honor of being a student of Michelle Heffner-Hayes, Muriel Cohan, Jerel Hilding, Willie Lenoir, Patrick Suzeau, and the late Janet Hamburg. She also took master classes with Soledad Barrio of Noche Flamenca and Bill Evans of The Bill Evans Dance Company. She has also studied dance history, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, anatomy/kinesis, and choreography. Lindsay received a Bachelor in Political science and a minor in dance from KU in 2010 and is in her tenth year of owning and operating Euphoria Dance Centre. Lindsay also took on being the sponsor for Great Bend High School Panther Dance Line with goals to rebuild the program. She continues her dance training by attending teacher workshops such as Talent on Parade's "Elevation." She is also a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique and Acrobatic Arts. Lindsay is just as passionate now, if not more so, about teaching her love of dance to the kids in Great Bend and surrounding areas.
Izzy Willms -
Izzy is a freshman at Barton. She is a nursing major with hopes of being a NICU nurse one day. She is also a member of the Barton cheer and dance teams. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and before coming to Kansas she was a competitive gymnast for 16 years and retired as a level 9/10. She was also a gymnastics coach for 5 years. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading, baking, traveling and watching her nieces and nephews play baseball and compete in gymnastics! She is also a huge chiefs and royals fan!
Left to Right: Kenzie Khounsky, Kelci Popp, Rachel Keenan, Lindsay Homeier, Ellie Peters, Rylee Ayon and Aby Arnold
Not Pictured: Tasha Jones, Izzy Willms, Lauren Penka, Dru Penka, Raven Ellis, and Alyssa Habash
Kenzie Khounsky -
Mackenzie comes to us from El Paso Texas, where she competed as a competitive figure skater for 6 years. She began dancing for her high school's dance team during her junior year and quickly fell in love with the sport. Mackenzie is now attending Barton Community College pursuing a degree in exercise science. She is an active member of Barton's cheer and dance team and you can spot her on the sidelines of Barton's basketball games! She is trained in Latin Ballroom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Pom.
Euphoria Dance Centre
Lauren Penka -
Lauren was born and raised in Great Bend where she started dancing at age 3 continuing on through high school. She competed starting at a young age in studio dance and then Argonne in high school. She was also on her high school dance team all four years, but decided to take a break in college. She has made several big moves around Kansas in the last few years with her final one coming back home to Great Bend with my fiancé, Patrick. She is currently working at the hospital in Great Bend as an Ultrasound Tech. She is so excited to get back into the dance life through starting at the studio as an instructor this year. She remembers all of her coaches and the impact they had on her growing up, with current EDC owner Lindsay and instructor Tasha being two of her favorites. She can’t wait to have that same impact on other dancers!