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Kelly is an award winning dancer and choreographer born and raised in the Kansas City area and currently living in Leawood.  She has been teaching competitive dance for over 15 years and during this time she discovered her passion lies with teaching and choreographing for the mini age level.  Her routines have won numerous awards both regionally and nationally.  She specializes in such styles as jazz and musical theater.  Kelly believes dance is so much more than just steps and aims to inspire her students to give it their all in every movement.  She received her bachelors degree in business from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  Kelly is beyond excited and honored to be a part of Perception Dance.


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Carley has had the honor of choreographing hundreds of routines that have performed on stages around the nation. She has choreographed for local high schools and studios and competition teams at studios across the country.  Her passion is choreography and creating unique pieces with captivating stories ranging from contemporary to musical theatre. Carley is a Kansas native who began her dance training at age three. She has competed at regional and national competitions and performed in showcase events, such as, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball.  During her dance education, Carley has been fortunate to train and take classes from teachers and choreographers such Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Pierotti, Destany Rodgers, Bruce Campbell, Missy Ridgeway, etc. Carley is the Director of Perception Dance where she teaches and choreographs. Carley’s choreography has also graced the NDA nationals stage, as well as, regional dance team competitions.


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Shannon has been dancing since the age of 5. Born and raised in the Kansas City area, she has danced at several local studios for a total of 14 years of training and competing for 13 of those years. She brings a strong work ethic and years of training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to take classes and be in pieces choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, Tokyo, Emily Shock, Ricci Milan, Meghan Sanett, Zandra Thomas, Gil Mata, Matthew Tseng and Missy Ridgeway. She has performed in the Carnival Choreographers Ball in Chicago, under the direction of choreographer Gil Mata in 2014 and 2015. Shannon was a member of Defy Dance Project under the direction of dancer and choreographer, Haley Kostas in 2015. Defy is a pre-professional dance company that performs in local events around Kansas City. Shannon’s newest endeavor is being a part of the 2018-2019 Avila University Glitter Girl’s Dance Team. She is very excited to be on staff at Perception. She wants to share her knowledge and experiences with us as she continues her dance journey.

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Courtney Foulk is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia.  While at MU, she was a Golden Girl, taught dance, and earned her degree in Elementary Education.  She achieved her Masters in Education, while also teaching in the classroom for 10 years.  She has been teaching dance in the Kansas City area for 15 years and is looking forward to continuing her dance instruction at Perception. 

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Erica grew up in Lenexa, Kansas and has been dancing since the age of 2! Erica danced at Perception from 2015-2019 and found her home at the the studio. She was one of the first freshman at her high school to make the varsity dance team in which she danced on for two years before deciding to focus on a Medical Science program during the day and dancing at Perception in the evenings and weekends. She graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 2019 and attended Kansas State University for two years before transferring to The University of Kansas. 

She now lives in Lawrence, Kansas and travels to the studio to teach throughout the week and weekends! Erica’s love for dance was solidified during her time at Perception and she just couldn’t stay away from the staff, studio, and dancers! Erica is studying Human Biology with an emphasis in Anthropology, as well as finishing her minor in Spanish. With Erica’s recent background in being a dancer herself, she teaches a wide range of ages, levels, and genres of classes. Erica teaches technique, conditioning, and rehearsals, as well as ballet, modern, contemporary and everything in between! Erica’s love for dancing herself carries gracefully into her teaching as she hopes to inspire her dancer’s to love the art as well. 








Brittany Moss is a former professional ballerina and studio owner. She grew up in Orem, Utah, and
trained at the prestigious Jaqueline’s School of Ballet. In the summer of 2001, she received a full tuition to American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Program in New York City. She joined Utah Metropolitan Ballet in her senior year of high school and rose to the rank of Principal Artist. Some of her favorite roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Other highlights include Balanchine’s Serenade and Don Quixote’s Grand Pas De Duet. She received a full tuition scholarship to Utah Valley University and received her associate degree in 2004. In 2006, she retired from dancing and moved with her husband to Houston, TX. There she started teaching and eventually became co-owner and Artistic Director of AMS Dance Studio in Sugar Land, TX. She has choreographed many different genres, including ballet, musical theater, jazz and  contemporary. One of the highlights of her career was directing and choreographing a short story ballet based on Hansel and Gretel.
In 2020, her family moved to Lenexa, KS and resides there with her husband and two children. She is currently collaborating with a composer to create an original work that will be performed at the
University of Kansas. In May, she will be graduating with her BFA in dance. She has been accepted into Montclair State University’s Low-Residency MFA in Choreography Program and will start this June. She is also a Teaching Artist for Kansas City Ballet’s R.O.A.D. Residency Program. This is Brittany’s second season with Perception Dance Company and has recently created their custom and comprehensive ballet syllabus. She enjoys collaborating with their talented teachers and staff. She loves getting to know each dancer on a personal level to help them discover and achieve their goals.


Ms. Amanda is a former professional ballerina, has a background in professional musical theater, and has been a teacher/choreographer in the competitive dance world for the last 10 years.

Amanda has trained in all styles of dance and attended summer programs with Kansas City Ballet, Walnut Hill, Joffrey, and Ballet West. She holds a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. After graduation, she danced professionally with Missouri Ballet Theatre in ballets such as Cinderella, Dracula, The Little Mermaid, and The Nutcracker.

In the competitive world Amanda’s choreography has both been recognized Regionally and Nationally as well several groups, solos, and duet/trios holding National Titles. Amanda is very excited to be a part of the PDC family!


Karrington has spent over 20 plus years in the dance industry.  She began her dance career in Topeka, KS where she studied multiple disciplines of dance and traveled as a member of the Tremaine dance company for 3 years.  She is a graduate of Kansas State University where she was a member of the K-State Classy Cats for 4 years and a captain for one.  Karrington worked for 10 years for the National Dance Alliance as Head Instructor for collegiate and high school camps.  She spent many years traveling to teach and choreograph for NDA.  This opened numerous doors to judge NDA college and high school nationals and local regional competitions.  Karrington has a true passion for helping young girls get to the collegiate level and happy to be at Perception Dance Company to share her knowledge.


Rylee Kyle has danced in the Kansas City area for her entire life. Six of those years were spent as a company member at Perception Dance Company. Throughout her time at Perception she assisted classes weekly and taught weekend rehearsals during her senior year!  The thing she loves most about Perception is how inspired she is daily by the faculty and students. This quality is what made her so excited to join staff!!

She is currently a freshman at The University Of Missouri Kansas-City where she is working to earn her BFA in Ballet and Modern with an emphasis on Performance and Choreography. At which she trains under, DeeAnna Hiett, Caroline Dahm, Michael Blake, Karen Brown, Garry Abbot, Tempe Ostergren, Christina Burton, and Ronald Tice.

She is so excited to continue her Perception Dance journey and be with the people she loves the most!!


Hi! I’m Taylor Howard, I’m excited to be back home at Perception!

I bring 14 years of competitive studio training and I enjoyed spending my high school years at Perception. I was honored to tour with Tremaine Dance Company for 3 years as an apprentice, where I learned from professional choreographers, traveled the US, and assisted during convention classes. I was captain of the blue valley north dance team where I led the team to their first ever national championship competition. I continued my training at The University of Kansas as a Rock Chalk Dancer for 4 years. The highlight of that 4 years was being on the court as they won the 2022 basketball national championships. I also got the opportunity to represent the university at a nfl/nba national convention in Vegas called Proaction. I am currently the high school dance team coach for Lawrence Free State and also choreograph for college level dance teams! 

It feels like home being back at Perception and I  am so excited to get back into the studio and share my love for dance with you all! 


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