Is proud to Co -Owner of The Premiere Dance & PA along side Mrs. Tiffany. Keiana started dancing and tumbling at 6 years old. She was a competitive dancer/tumbler growing up, and is so thankful her mom pushed her into trying a class all those years ago that sparked her passion for dance and tumbling. Over The years she competed all over the country and received various awards, scholarships and recognition. After graduating high school Keiana received a dance scholarship to Avila University, and was a member of the nationally ranked Avila University Glitter Girls Dance Team. During her time on the team the Glitter Girls received 2 top ten finishes, 5 top five finishes at UDA College Nationals, and won the Heart of America Spirit Squad Championships her senior year while she served as a captain of the team. During her four years at Avila University Keiana was also an UDA instructor, and traveled the United States teaching dance camps to high school aged dancers. In 2014 she graduated from Avila with a Bachelors in Social Work and a Minor in Dance. She then went on to assistant coach the team for three years. Coaching at Avila university really sparked her love of coaching, and she took on a head coaching position at Shawnee Mission West High School. While coaching The Viking Dance Team she led the team to two national top 5 rankings. She decided to take a step back from her coaching career when her family started to grow and focus more time on the studio. Keiana loves to teach all styles of dance, but her favorite styles are jazz, musical theater and contemporary. Since opening the studio Keiana has received various entertainment and specialty awards for her numbers as well as 8 choreography awards. Her hope is to instill the importance of hard work and dedication to all the dancers that walk through The Premiere doors. Being a good dancer is important, but being a well rounded, dedicated, and hard working person is even more important. She loves all of her students and takes so much pride in the amazing family The Premiere has created over the years. When you join The Premiere you aren’t just joining a studio, but you are a member of our family.
Mrs. Tiffany is Co-Owner of The Premiere Dance & Performing Arts. She has been sharing her love of dance through teaching for over 20 years. Her teaching is versatile and has taught many different styles from ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and tumbling. She has an appreciation for each style of dance and has won many titles and awards for her choreography. Teaching is her passion and watching her student’s become amazing adults and chase their dreams is the best part. When Mrs. Tiffany is not at the studio, she is spending time with her family Brandon, Blake, Reece, Julian, Malik, and Bitsy.
Things that Mrs. Tiffany hopes her students will take with them…
Stand Up For What You Believe In ~ Stand Up For Yourself ~ Your Voice Matters ~ BE RESPECTFUL ~ If you want something you have to work for it ~ DO THE WORK!! ~ Be Kind ~ Don’t Give Up ~ Find a Way ~ ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Kansas City native Jeremy Finney has been dancing and spreading the culture of hiphop for over 15 years across the country. Being the founder/director of TigerStyle! Crew & member of Buggin Out Crew, he’s not only battled and made his ways in the ranks of street styles; he’s brought authentic hip hop to the professional and commercial level. Finney’s classes are based through knowledge, culture, and the exploration of individual movement.
Marissa started dance at the age of four in Independence, MO at Cathy’s Creative Dance. Dancing throughout her childhood and high school years led to her college dance career at Northwest Missouri State University as a member of the Bearcat Steppers. As a student, Marissa took 14 years of acrobat classes, where she also competed in M.A.T.S. for seven years. She “specializes” in hip hop and strength tricks, while also finding new ways to incorporate acrobatics into the “dance world.” Marissa has an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation and also a Master’s in School Counseling. She just recently moved to Kansas City and is so excited to join our dance family! While Marissa loves acro, she also has a passion for dance and performance as well. Her favorite dance style is jazz and she’s a huge fan of the Kansas City Chiefs!
Aleesa Cole is a Kansas City, KS native who started her dance and gymnastics career at the age 4. She was a competitive gymnast for 8 years and a competitive dancer for 4 years. After high school, Aleesa went on to cheer at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, where she received a cheer scholarship. She was a member of the cheerleading team for 4 years, and served as head captain for 3. While serving as captain, she had the opportunity to cheer on the UCM Jennies basketball team to a national title in Sioux Falls, SD. Aleesa recently graduated with a bachelors degree in early childhood education and a minor in child and family development. She is currently a kindergarten teacher in the Kansas City area.
Courtney grew up in Kansas City training at Someset Ballet under the direction of Jane Pierce. Her teachers included Peggy Ply, Kimberly Cowen, Maura Landers and Debbie Jacobs. She spent her summers studying at Ballet Met, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The HaridConservatory, Ballet Austin and Charleston Ballet Theater. She attended the year round program at The Harid Concervatory during her Junior year of high school and studied under Olivier Pardina, Svetlana Osiyeva and Victoria Schneider. Her senior year she stayed in Kansas City and studied at the Kansas City ballet and was a student apprentice with the company and got to perform Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Carmina Burana with the company. After graduating high school she studied as a trainee at Ballet Austin and got to train with Truman Finney, Lynne Short, Stephen Mills and Michelle Martin. She spent the next two years dancing with Charleston Ballet Theater under the direction of Jill Bahr and Patrica Cantwell. She got to perform The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Copelia, The Nutcracker, Serenade, A Street Car named Desire, and a soloist in a piece Off the Cuff choreographed by Jonathan Tabbert. She is thrilled to be back in Kansas City and teaching at The Premiere Dance and Performing Arts.
Elizabeth Brown started dancing at 3 years old and started cheering at 12 years old. She was a competitive dancer for 11 years and a competitive cheerleader for 4 years. During her time as a competitive dancer, she competed for the title of “Dancer of the Year” and was awarded 1strunner up. She also received many showmanship awards. She danced and competed on her high school dance team for 4 years, serving 2 years as captain. During this time she was named a member of the winners circle at the Kansas Spectacular and her team received first place finishes in both hip hop and jazz at “Rally in the Valley” in Wichita, KS. She was also awarded NDA All American at dance camp. During her time as a competitive cheerleader she was awarded UCA All American and “jump master.” Her team won numerous national championships during her time on the team. After high school, Elizabeth went on to dance at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO where she received a dance scholarship. She was a member of the Bearcat Steppers dance team for three years, serving as captain for two of those years where she co-choreographed with other members of the team. The Bearcat Steppers competed at UDA camp where they had 1 top five finish and 2 first place wins and UDA College Nationals where they had 1 top five finish and 6 top ten finishes during her time on the team. The Bearcat Steppers performed at Sporting KC Park during the 2015 and 2016 Division II Football National Championship and the Sioux Falls Arena for the 2016 Division II Basketball National Championship where the Bearcats won three titles. Her senior year she performed as a part of Northwest Dance Company in various different styles such as tap, contemporary, and jazz. During Elizabeth’s time in college, she also choreographed for her high school’s dance team. In 2018, she finished her degree in Medicinal Chemistry. She will continue her education at St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences to receive her BSN. Elizabeth has always had a passion for dance ever since she was little. Her passion for teaching and choreographing started in high school and has continued to grow through her college years. She wants to provide a safe environment for kids of all ages to express themselves through dance. Elizabeth has looked up to both Keiana and Tiffany during her years of dance and is excited to be working alongside them. Elizabeth wants to show these dancers that you can do anything with a little bit of kindness and a whole lot of heart.
Ashley started dance and gymnastics when she was 4 years old. She did competitive gymnastics for 3 years and danced competitively for 10 years. Before graduating from Shawnee Mission West high school she was on dance team for 4 years and captain for 1 year. In 2020-2021 alongside the other captain they received a choreography award at Innovative for their jazz dance. In 2020, Ashley won Premier Miss Nexstar. She assisted classes at Premiere for 3 years and has continued to teach since graduating in 2021. Currently she is a student at Avila University studying Kinesiology and is a 4x national champion at DTU for Jazz and Hip hop.