About our amazing Dance Coaches

Bethany Tuckett Hansen - Ballet

Branson ballet dance teacher/coach. Bethany Hansen - Branson entertainer

 Bethany grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she began dancing at the age of 8.  She began her training in the Vaganova method at The Ballet Center where she grew to become Prima Ballerina at the age of 15.  She went on to perform with Utah's premier ballet company Ballet West in their Nutcracker productions.  She is trained and versatile in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theater.  She danced on the Theater Ballet Company at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Dance Theater.  She also sang and danced her way through Japan, Russia, and Canada with BYU's The Young Ambassadors.  She began teaching ballet when she was 15 and continued on to teaching her peers as a student teacher at Brigham Young University. She was the Assistant Choreographer to the production The Light of the World, a production in Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  She took a break from teaching at 20 when she began performing professionally in leading roles including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Footloose, and The Scarlet Pimpernel.  After moving to Branson with her husband Cameron, she graced the stages of the Stuck on the 70's show, SDC's A Dicken's Christmas Carol, Red, Hot, and Blue, The Magnificent 7, and The Showboat Branson Belle for 14 years.  She can now be seen choreographing for multiple shows around Branson, sharing her love of ballet, jazz, and musical theater with the children of the Branson/Hollister areas, performing at SDC, and endlessly chasing after her two children: Kashton and Syrena.  She is excited to join the AIM family and share her deep passion of ballet with these great kids. 

Jacqui Lemmens - Open Ballet 2,3

Branson entertainer and Ballet and contemporary dance coach/instructor.

 

Jacqui was born in Scotland where she started her dance training at a very early age with The Scottish Ballet Company's junior school then onto full time training with The Dance School of Scotland and finally moved to London to train at The Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.

Since graduating Jacqui has been working for 24 years internationally as a dancer,teacher and choreographer from London's West End to the Las Vegas Strip.

It was with Dublin Wordwide Productions that brought her to Branson and to The King's Castle Theatre where she continues to perform and choreograph their hugely successful production shows. She cannot wait to work with all the students at AIM and share her excitement of ballet and contemporary dance!

Dana Lynch - Clogging

Dana Lynch Branson's best clogging coach. Grand Champion clogger.

Dana Lynch is known as the fastest feet in the midwest!   

Dana Lynch grew up in Louisville, Ky. She started clogging at the tender age of 6, and from the very start she fell in love with it. Through the years, clogging took Dana many places while winning numerous first over all grand champion trophies. 

At the age of 15, Dana and her duet partner represented the U.S.A. while competing against other countries on the Sabato Gigante T.V. show and won the title of World Champion. When she was 16, Dana and her clogging team had the privilege of performing in 3 different cities in Japan at the World Children's Festival and in 1996 she had the honor of performing, with her team, in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta.  

Prior to receiving her high school diploma, Dana began her professional career as a specialty clogger and dancer at The Country Tonite theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tn. It was an honor for her to be apart of the original cast and continued to perform there for 7 years. She went on to perform for Princess Cruise Lines for 2 yrs, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Comedy Barn Theater, and The Miracle Theatre, where she met her husband of 10 yrs. In 2008, they made the move from the Smoky Mountains to the Ozark Mountains joining the cast and ministry of Sight and Sound Theaters.

Dana and her husband started their family in 2012 and now have 4 amazing little girls who also love to dance. Clogging has always been a part of her life. Her most recent employment was teaching clogging at MWDR for the last 5 yrs. Dana is so excited for this new adventure to continue teaching and sharing her love and passion for clogging here at Artist In Motion (AIM).

Carmen Parks - Tap 1

Carmen Parks loves musical theatre. Branson entertainer with a ton of experience !

Carmen begin her career in professional theater as a teenager and went on to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA.

From there she performed in several Equity houses throughout the Los Angeles area in musicals such as “Anything Goes”, “She Loves Me”, “Babes In Arms”, and “Sweet Charity” alongside performers such as Jodi Benson, Fred Willard, and Sally Struthers to name a few.

She is blessed to have moved to Branson to perform at Sight and Sound theatre with her hubby and now has 2 spunky and beautiful daughters! She is excited to be a part of the AIM family!

Kristen Dasto - Tap 3 & Musical Theatre 2

Kristen Dasto AIM Dance coach for musical theatre and tap. Worldwide performer now in Branson.

 

A six year Rockette Summer Intensive alumni, originally from Southaven, Mississippi, Kristen began dancing at the young age of two years old and hasn't stopped! She moved to New York in October of 2015 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) where she trained with industry professionals in dance, voice, and acting. After her first year, Kristen transferred to begin her training at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) in their Training Program where she graduated with a Certificate of Completion in April, 2017.

Shortly after graduating from BDC, Kristen received her a certification in Classical Pilates through PowerPilates.

When she is not performing, she continues her own training in dance, voice, and acting as she knows always more to learn and room to grow in the arts industry. Kristen loves helping others learn the essentials that she has learned and watching them grow to become the best they can possibly be.

Branson's newest dance studio for all levels and ages!

Skyler Whitworth - Hip Hop 1,2

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 Skyler has been involved with dance and entertainment around Branson since she was little. Starring in many singing and dancing groups around the area including but not limited to American Kids, Sugar n Spice and Raising America. She has also been featured in numerous musicals in town such as Hello Dolly, Yes, Virginia, and Branson High School’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has trained strictly in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Contemporary and many more styles for over 8 years. She is excited to embark on her journey of choreography and expressing her love for dance to the younger generation at AIM.  

Chadd Ruden - Hip Hop 3

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Chadd teaches advanced hip hop. When Chadd’s not teaching class he works as a professional singer and dancer. He has performed all over the world in many productions. Some of his favorites includes: Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway National Tour), Forever Young (National Tour and Branson), Bob Cratchit in Dickens Christmas Carol (Silver Dollar City), Holland America Cruise Lines, and Legends In Concert. Chadd has also appeared in many television shows and films, including: The West Wing, ER, Little Miss Sunshine, Monk, and CSI.

Chadd is one of the most exciting personalities you will ever meet! His hip hop abilities are second to none and the kids love his classes!


Maggie Campbell - Jazz 1 & Combo 1,2

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Maggie Campbell has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has been trained in many styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and more. Dance is her passion and she loves being able to share it with others! She has been working with and teaching kids since I was 12 and she's always had a special connection with them. I’m thrilled to share my knowledge and love of dance with everyone at AIM this year!  

Lara Menard - Yoga (Stretch and Strengthen)

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 Lara hails from Illinois and grew up singing and dancing on her parents farm with the cows as her audience.  She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.   She has traveled all over the country performing at various venues such as: Walt Disney World Resort, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, The Royal George Theatre, and most recently, Tent Theatre in Springfield Missouri.  Lara also had the pleasure of  touring with the world renowned Radio City Rockettes for 8 consecutive seasons.  She can currently be seen performing at Silver Dollar City in the Echo Hollow Amphitheatre and will also play Mrs. Fezziwig in the upcoming holiday classic, "A Dicken's Christmas Carol".   She is a certified yoga instructor and has taught many classes to all ages and abilities.  In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her family, working out, and reading.   

Master Classes

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Throughout the year we will offer special Master Classes available for our students. These classes will help students excel in their dance technique and abilities. It is a great way to venture into new avenues of dance that are not part of your normal dance curriculum.

Sign up quickly for these (additional fee) as they are limited to the number of students allowed! Master Class dates coming soon!