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.

 
Sara Minton ~ Instructor

Sara will be starting with us this Fall Session and will offer several different classes in a variety of dance styles. Sara graduated from the Theater Arts Preparatory School (TAPS) in Las Vegas, NV, where she studied all styles of dance as well as singing and acting. At TAPS, she got to train under well-known professionals throughout the performing arts business. Towards the end of her education she got a job dancing and singing in 3 different headline shows on the Las Vegas strip at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino as well as Treasure Island Las Vegas. Most recently, Sara got to perform in an event with Tim McGraw and Rachel Platten.

 

Click below to see Sara in action!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_UdHowWE6U

 

 
Chelo Curtis ~ Instructor

Chelo began dancing 8 years ago and 6 of those being a part of The Edge PAC’s Company Team. She has been assisting and instructing our combo classes for quite some time and works amazing with all of our little ones! Chelo has not only performed as Clara, the lead role in The Edge PAC’s annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet, but has also been cast in Big Fish, The Musical at Richardson Performing Arts Center. Chelo is attending Cowley County Community College this fall to obtain an Associate’s Degree while also being a member of the competitive Dance team.

Haleigh Kierl ~ Instructor

Haleigh began her dance training at five years old and has been hooked ever since! She grew up training at The Movement Authority where she enjoyed doing dance competitions and conventions, for which she received numerous awards and scholarships. Haleigh attended Wichita State University, where she received her BFA in Dance and performed in numerous dance productions as well as the musical theatre production Chicago. While there she trained in ballet, jazz, modern and musical theatre dance. After graduation Haleigh went on to dance for Norwegian Cruise Lines in Miami, FL and most recently performed with the Wichita arena football dance team Lady Force. Haleigh is currently working towards a Bachelors Degree in elementary education at WSU and is excited to get back to her roots and be teaching dance as well!

Jordan Pond ~ Instructor

Jordan works at Southwestern College with her husband, Kyle Pond. They live in Winfield with their two daughters, Kinley and Lyla. Jordan did gymnastics from the age of 5 until graduating high school. She competed in USAG (United States of America Gymnastics) for 6 years and for her high school varsity for all 4 years, ultimately making the Texas National team her senior year. Since then, Jordan’s coached gymnastics in Sterling, Kansas between focusing on her Bachelors of Business Administration, growing her family, and working as a residential hall director at Southwestern College.

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 19, 2019

 

 

Winter Hours:

Mon             3:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Tues             3:45 PM - 8:15 PM

Wed             3:45 PM - 9:15 PM

Thurs           4:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Friday          Closed

 

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