Meet Our Amazing Staff

Leslie Felts ~ Studio Owner/Director

Bio Coming Soon

Kaitlyn Felts ~ Instructor & Company Director

Kaitlyn began dancing when she was just 4 years old. She continued to study all styles of dance throughout her school years while also participating in theatre and vocal music. Kaitlyn began dancing competitively at the age of 9 and continued until she was 18. While still in high school, she had the unique honor of performing High School Musical with Music Theatre Wichita. Kaitlyn attended Oklahoma State University and pursued a degree in Music Theatre. Miss Kaitlyn began teaching dance 7 years ago; she teaches recreational and competitive classes to students ages 3 to adult.  She is the Company Director and Choreographer for The Edge Performing Arts Centre in her hometown of Winfield. Her Competitive Team consistently achieves platinum awards and choreography recognition. In addition to teaching dance to children and adults, Miss Kaitlyn has coached the Winfield High School Dance Team and choreographed large musical productions for the school. She trained in all forms of dance.  Her love and passion for the art is equal to the love she has for her students.

 

Donnette Dittmer ~ Artistic Director/Instructor

Donnette Dittmer began her ballet  training at a very young age with Marjorie Kelley and the Royal Academy of  Dance, based in London, England. After eight years with Ms. Kelly and the Royal  Academy, Donnette continued her dance training by traveling to New York and  training with the most prestigious teachers of the time. Before entering  college, Donnette enjoyed her summer performing at Disney World in Orlando,  Florida. Donnette received a full dance scholarship throughout college and  continued traveling and teaching across the country. After college, Donnette  began choreographing for numerous companies and teaching master classes all over  the country. Her dance and choreography credits include performances of, "The  Nutcracker", " Swan Lake ", "Firebird" and "Giselle". And recently adding the  Broadway hit Urintown to her list of musical theater choreography. In her 12  years of teaching, Donnette has seen and done it all. This begins from the early  days of her career as a magician assistant and runway work, to being awarded the  honor of Top Choreographer in Las Vegas. In this past year, Donnette's  choreography was featured on MTV, VHI, ESPN, and Bravo. Miss Dittmer is known  for her fun loving attitude and the ability to spread the love of ballet across  the country. Donnette is currently in her tenth year as Artistic Director for  the The Edge Performing Arts Center and is on high demand as a teacher, judge,  and choreographer.

 
Andrea Hinkle - Instructor

Andrea grew up dancing at Deb’s 3D Dance in Mulvane, Kansas from ages 4-8 and began competitively dancing at The Edge Performing Art’s Centre in Wellington and Winfield, Kansas from ages 8-17. Her experience includes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap. Some of Andrea’s favorite memories from growing up include traveling for dance competitions and performing in The Edge Performing Art Centre’s production of The Nutcracker every year.

 

During her time in high school, she was a member of the Udall High School Eaglette’s Dance team and was team captain. She graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and in 2018 with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.

 

Andrea currently resides in Winfield with her husband Wyatt and their daughter Alison. She is also employed at Four County Mental Health Center as a Master Level Clinical Psychologist. Andrea began substitute teaching at The Edge in 2018 while Miss Kaitlyn was on maternity leave and started teaching Ballet, Jazz and Tap 1 in the Fall of 2019.

 
Hannah Smith - Instructor
Most of you already know Hannah Smith; her contributions to the studio for our Spring Recital and for the Nutcracker were extremely valuable to us all! Hannah's number of classes is increasing at the studio and it's about time we officially introduce you to her!! Hannah is teaching Hip Hop 1 & 2, Combo 1, 2, & 3 and Pre-Pointe on Wednesdays! Please, if you haven't had a chance to meet her and introduce yourself, take the time to say hi!
Hannah began dancing at two years old, began dancing competitively at age 4, and continued until she graduated from high school. Her experience includes tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling, hip hop, and lyrical classes. Hannah began teaching dance in 2017 and was also a member of the cheer team at Oxford High School, where she graduated from in 2019. Hannah is currently a senior at Southwestern College and is a member of the Jinx Dance Team. She will graduate in May with a Bachelors of Health Science degree with a minor in both Leadership and Chemistry. After graduation, she plans to attend school to become a Physician Assistant, hoping to find a way to continue teaching.
 
Paige Coleman - Tumbling Instructor

Paige grew up dancing competitively at Deb’s 3D Dance in Mulvane from age 8 to 12 and Nancy’s School of Dance in Rose Hill from age 12 to 17. Her experience includes classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Pom/Tumbling.

During her time in high school, she was a member of the Belle Plaine High School cheer squad, and was selected as a UCA All-Star in 2005, and a Tournament of Champions All-Star in 2007. Paige also danced as a Cowley County Community College (CCCC) Tigerette in 2008-2009 and graduated from CCCC with an Associate of Arts Degree. In 2011 she graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Washburn University.

Paige currently resides in Winfield with her husband Tyler, and their children Bradley and Wren, a student at EPAC. She is also employed as a Policy Analyst for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

 
Zellissa Johnson ~ Dance Studio Assistant

Zellissa was born in Wellington, KS in September of 2000. She lives with her parents and 2 brothers. When she was 3 years old she started dancing competitively at The Turning Pointe School of Dance in Wellington and stayed until she was 13 years old. She then danced at the South YMCA for a year in Wichita, KS. When she got to high-school she danced for The Simply Elite School of Dance in Wellington. After graduating from Wellington High School, she got a scholarship to dance for Cowley College in Ark City. She graduated with an Associate of Fine Arts in May of 2021. This next year she is changing her focus and is working towards a certificate from Cowley to be a Paramedic.

Where to Find Us

The Edge Performing Arts Centre
Located At:

721 Main Street
Winfield, KS 67156

 

Mailing Address:

721 Main Street

Winfield, KS 67156
  
Phone:

(620) 229-9300

Email:

dance@theedge.kscoxmail.com

 

 

Studio Hours

Fall Schedule Starts

August 16, 2021

 

 

Fall Hours:

Mon            10:00 AM - 8:45 PM

Tues            10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Wed            10:00 AM - 8:45 PM

Thurs          10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday         10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

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