Holly Columbus – DirectorHolly Cozort began her dance training at the age of three, training in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical at Broken Arrow Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts and continued her dance training there until the age of 18. She enjoyed being a part of their Company Dance Team and attended summer intensive training courses during this time. In 2000, she continued her dance training under the instruction of Director Mary Magaret Holt at the University of Oklahoma where she later received her Bachelor of Arts degree.
She has traveled and received professional training from Moscelyne Larkin of Tulsa Ballet, Roman Jasinski Jr., Kirstin Jollisant, and Ronnie Underwood from The Ballet West Company & tv show “Breaking Pointe”, to name a few. Holly has performed in such greats as Shostakovich Suite, Coppelia, Giselle, Fette France, and many more. She has choreographed dances that have won State and Regional Awards and have competed at the National Level. Holly is truly excited to be able to offer Oklahoma Dance Academy to the community. She believes that dancing can enhance your academics, grace, style and your love for life! Her passion for dance and teaching is great and to be able to pass it on to future generations is a blessing! She knows some of her students may not go on to dance in college or professionally but during the time she is blessed to be their dance teacher she hopes to instill dance knowledge and terminology, a love for the performing arts, and most important, a desire to dance with joy!
Holly’s passion is in Ballet and her discipline is in the Ballet Russe technique. She is a member of the National Dance Association and Oklahoma State Dance Team’s Directors Association. She continues her dance education by attending teacher seminars and dance conferences all over the U.S. She loves to bring energy and enthusiasm to each class while striving to be a positive role model to her students. Along with studio dance, Miss Holly has led a successful career in real estate since 2004.
Daynelis MunozDaynelis Munoz began her formal ballet training in Cuba, where she is from. She studied Classical Ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School. After graduating in 2005, she was hired on as a Professional Classical Ballet Dancer and Ballet Instructor. Daynelis has been a company member and professional dancer for the Cuban National Ballet, Mexico Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet.She has danced on stages in Spain, France, Colombia, and Mexico to name a few. Has been highlighted most of her career as a Principal Dancer. Daynelis has danced the main roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Infra, Serenade, and Bayadera. She has danced pieces of internationally renowned choreographers in the world of art such as John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Marcello Angelini, George Balanchine, Wayne McGregor, Ma Cong, and Alicia Alonso. She has participated in different International Ballet Competitions in Cuba, Mexico, winning Gold Medal and in Youth America, winning Grand Prix. She has also been a judge in Competitions of Dance, International Dance Meeting, and Congresses of Spectacles. The main objective of Miss Daynelis’s classes is to convey passion, technique, inspiration, love for the art of dance to transcend students and through them reach the community, and thus enhance the development of their potential and promote dance creativity! She identifies herself a lot with this phrase: “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them”.https://www.youtube.com/
Katie has been active in the dance community for many years. She began her formal dance training in Colorado Springs where she began her studies in ballet. Her passion for dance grew and she began studying hip hop, followed by jazz, lyrical, pointe, and tap. After moving to Oklahoma and joining the ODA Studio, she continued to develop her skills in all areas of dance. She has won many titles at nationally ranked dance competitions. She is honored to be on faculty at ODA, sharing her love of dance, and watching the students grow into the amazing dancers they are today. Along with teaching a handful of classes, Miss Katie now plays the crucial role of front office manager and direct assistant to Ms. Holly.
Elisabeth Romeo-ColemanElisabeth Coleman began her dance training at the age of 2 in Houston, Texas. She studied under the discipline of the prestigious Houston Ballet Academy, MargoMarshall’s School of Dance, and spent many summers at the Joffrey Ballet in San Antonio. At the age of 11, she performed the role of Mother Ginger’s Clown in the professional Houston Ballet’s, “The Nutcracker”. As a teenager, she was a member of the City Ballet of Houston, and after graduating high school, attended the Univeristy of Oklahoma as a Ballet Performance Major. While at OU, Elisabeth studied under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt, Steve Brule, Jeremy Lindberg, Donn Edwards, Rebecca Herrin, and Clara Cravey. She had many opportunities performing in many wonderful ballets such as, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Les Biches, and Afternoon of a Fawn. Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma and receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance, Elisabeth moved to Tulsa with her husband. She then obtained her Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. Elisabeth is currently a Physical Therapist Assitant and ODA’s Ballet Instructor. She excited to be teaching all our wonderful, dedicated, and hardworking dancers!
Shauna Peterson, a Tulsa Native, began her dance training at the Nancy Clarke School of Dance and continued her dance education there for more than 15 years. Her dance emphasis is in ballet, jazz, and tap. She was also part of her school’s dance team and head of her church dance squad.Dance has always been a passion of hers as well as fitness. Shauna is also one of the very few Zumba certified Instructors in Zumba Kids! When she finished her first Zumba class she was hooked. “I didn’t know how or when but I knew Zumba would be a part of my life from that moment on,” Shauna recalls “Funny when you really trust God and let Him guide your life He blesses you with the desires of your Heart.” She continues her extensive dance training through seminars and classes across the country; recently attending the very prestigious, Dance Teachers Summit, in California.She loves participating in anything that has dancing for inspiration and hopes to pass on this contagious inspiration to her students! Shauna loves to bring energy and enthusiasm to each class while striving to be a positive role model to her students. Shauna is married with two little girls. She loves seeing their confidence, self-worth and creativity grow through dance and is so excited to be a part of ODA and help young girls do the same.
Born and raised in the city of San Antonio, Texas. Since the moment she could walk, dancing was in the picture. Even as a little girl, every time she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer was always a dancer. Cynthia began her dance career at the age of 5. Along with being a member of a competition company team and assistant teacher at her studio, she proceeded to further her career by attending the North East School of Arts as a dance major for her high school years.
Cynthia graduated from the prestigious Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment where she received her Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and minor in Spanish. During her time at OCU, she had the pleasure of studying under many reputable professors and performing as a company member for the American Spirit Dance Company. She has danced professionally for two years with Disney Cruise Line and has been able to travel all over the world while doing what she loves. The joy on Cynthia’s students’ faces says it all…Ms. Cynthia has a true gift when it comes to teaching our future generation of dancers.
Payton began her dance training at the age of 6 under the direction of Holly Columbus of Oklahoma Dance Academy. With the instruction of Holly, Paula Reickman and Elisabeth Coleman, Payton became well versed in dance techniques such as tap, lyrical, jazz, and pointe. She was also a multi award winner of Oklahoma Dance Academy’s competitive dance team.
Payton then spent 4 years furthering her training at Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education (TCBCDE) by studying in the pre professional division. There she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary from former principal and professional dancers; Stephanie Murrish, Daniil Gaifullin, Pia Russo, Yi Wang, Beatrice Sebelin, Carla Lopez, Cynthia Drayer, Andre Reyes, DeLynn Fairless, and Alexandra Bergman. Payton also spent four summers attending Tulsa Ballet’s Pointe to the Future summer intensive where she continued her studies in ballet, pointe, contemporary, and character; taught by TCBCDE faculty as well as guest instructors Natrea Blake and Galina Shapovalova. She also had the opportunity to take a master class from choreographer Young Soon Hue.
Payton has had the amazing opportunity to share the stage with Tulsa Ballets Company in Romeo and Juliet (Urchin) and Don Quixote (Gypsy). Some of her most memorable experiences will always be the years spent dancing in Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker as a soldier and a party girl. She now assists with the training of mice and soldiers. Payton has also performed excerpts and variations from Le Corsaire, Le Bayadere, Don Quixote, Strictly Gershwin, Swan Lake, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, and works by Val Caniparoli, Nacho Duato, Yi Wang, and Ma Cong.
Payton is excited to join ODA and be able to share her knowledge and love of dance with others. She credits dancing with instilling discipline, self-motivation, and passion that can be carried into all aspects of life. She is thrilled to return to Oklahoma Dance Academy where she developed the foundation for her dance career!
Kailin GreggKailin Gregg began dancing when she was three years old. Later on training in every style of dance through the age of 18. This included ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and pointe. She performed with the OU School of Dance in the ‘Nutcracker’ ballet multiple times as well as trained in youth classes the University of Oklahoma offered. Kailin began competing at 8 years old and continued for ten years. She has competed and received many titles at both regional and national levels including a grand national champion title with different hip hop, tap, and lyrical routines. She was also a member of her high school pom squad where she was elected to be on the NDA All American Team.
Faith Balderrama first began dancing at age 3 in ballet, tap, and hip-hop. Her dance training became serious at age 14 and joined the Bethel Christian High School Dance Team in Riverside, California. She then was accepted into the prestigious Kane Dance Academy Scholarship program where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, improvisation, tumbling, and acting.
During her years in this elite program she trained with LA’s legendary choreographer Jason Myer and attended numerous master classes with Tina Landon, Ami Mattison, Nick Lanzisera, Michael Peña, Julian Turner, John Havic, Skylar Sharp, Josh Henry, and Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Faith was also a member of both the Kane Dance Academy and Bethel Christian High School competition teams where she received numerous highest point awards at both the state and national level competitions. Faith has also danced professionally as a background dancer for Aubree Archibeck and performed a hip-hop routine to her cover of “Better When I’m Dancing.” She has much experience and training in musical theatre and acting, and has performed many leading roles in multiple plays.
Faith began her teaching career in Riverside, California. Along with teaching, she has choreographed many routines and performances for schools and large companies. Faith is currently a Dance Performance major at Oral Roberts University where she trains extensively in ballet, modern, and various other styles. She loves to inspire her students to embody a piece of music and find freedom in dance. Her desire to see dance used as an outpouring of emotions, ideas, and experiences compels her to teach others how to use their bodies to most effectively communicate a message through technique and performance. Faith uses dance as a form of worship and finds her joy in movement unto God.
Camille Bennett loves encouraging and exploring the amazing creative intelligence of our youth today! She has an Master of Arts in Education from Oral Roberts University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the College of Santa Fe.
She has been blessed to be able to teach Theatre Arts at many schools including Union and Broken Arrow School Districts! She has performed as a professional for several years with companies such as, Carnival Cruise Lines, a German theme park, and Barney Tours. Camille is excited to share her enthusiasm and energy with the musical theatre and dance students of ODA!
Rachel Young began her training at a young age in dance, tumbling, and cheerleading. She was involved at a competitive level in all three areas since she was 2 years old, Rachel has acquired countless awards, scholarships, and titles. She joined the ODA team as a student in 2011 and competed for 2 years with ODA’s competitive company. In 2013 she auditioned and was accepted onto a Pre-Professional dance company that toured Nationally year long. Rachel has traveled all over the country competing and studying dance with her pre-professional company including Los Angeles, California. Rachel returned to ODA in 2016 as a teacher and choreographer. She is excited to share her knowledge and experience in the dance with the students of Oklahoma Dance Academy. She has a growing passion for children and has been working with them since 2011 in genres of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical.