Mrs. Kathleen Kinner - “Miss. Kathy” - (Owner, Director, Teacher) Kathy has been teaching dance to students from the Springfield, Riverton, Sherman, Williamsville and surrounding communities for the past 35 years and is certified through Dance Educators of America. She is a tested and accepted member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and has served on the board of the Southern Association of Dance Masters. Kathy is currently serving as the Treasurer of this honorable Association. She began dancing at the age of eight at the Jo & Joey Mack School of Dance and taught at their school for four years. She also performed in the area for several years with Mack’s Dancing Dolls.
Kathy is dedicated to bringing quality dance to her local community. She formed the Shooting Stars Dance Team in 1996, and they have competed at numerous workshops, conventions and competitions, earning many 1st, Gold, Grand and Top Awards. Besides taking students to New York, Bermuda and the Caribbean to perform and take classes, she has also taken large groups to perform at Six Flags and Disneyworld. This summer The Shooting Stars Dance Team traveled to Memphis to attend the Southern Association of Dance Masters Convention and Competition where they scored many Top Awards. A group of 16 Dance Team members danced at Disneyworld and performed in their electric parade this past summer.
Abby Damm - “Miss. Abby” - (Assistant Director, Teacher) Abby has been with Kinner and Co. Dance Studio since 1991. She served as an assistant for several years and is in her 14th season as a teacher. Abby competed on the Shooting Stars Competition Team from 1996 - 2010 and served as team captain from 2004 -2009. While on Team, she was part of numerous top scoring routines. Dances she choreographed have won numerous top scoring awards, special awards and choreography awards throughout the past several years.
Abby has attended the four-day Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) Ballet Forum in Chicago, danced on the cruise ships Explorer of the Seas and Inspiration, performed at Disney World and Six Flags, attended Dance Caravan Convention in Las Vegas, the Rhee Gold Dance Life Teacher Convention in Orlando, the weeklong CNADM Teacher Training School and the 3-Day Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA. In July of 2016, Abby traveled to Disney World to help facilitate members of the dance team who will be performing and taking classes.
In 2004, Abby tested and was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters (SADM), where she has served two terms as an elected board member. She is currently serving as an appointed board member, website manager, registrar and co-chair of the Certified Student Member Program with fellow Kinner & Co. teachers Anna and Jessica. She is certified to teach tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling through both SADM and CNADM.
Abby is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois – Springfield, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice. She has been involved with many civic organizations, including the Festival of Trees, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Springfield Jaycees and the 9/11 Heroes Run. In addition to teaching at Kinner & Co. Dance Studio, Abby works for the Illinois Terrorism Task Force through Western Illinois University as a Community Resilience and Strategic Planner. She currently resides in Springfield with her husband, Brandon, amazing step-son, Braydan and rescue dogs, Tris and Buddy.
Anna Washko – “Miss. Anna” - (Teacher) Anna is 23 years old and recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Her future plans include earning her Master’s Degree in Accounting and sitting for the CPA exam.
Anna danced with Kinner & Co. from the age of three until eighteen. She attended Southeast Missouri State University for her first two years of college and returned to Springfield in the fall of 2013 to finish her degree and rejoin Kinner & Co. as a teacher and dancer.
While being a part of the studio, she competed with the dance team for a total of eight years and won numerous awards in groups and as a soloist in many competitions. She has tested and been accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters (SADM) and is a certified instructor for tap, ballet, jazz, and tumbling. Anna has been an instructor and choreographer for Kinner & Co. for a total of five years now, and was honored to be a recipient (along with her co-choreographers) of the Choreography Award at SADM’s 2015 summer competition for the production number, “Stars Align”.
As a member of SADM, she is currently serving as Co-chairperson of the Certified Student Members program. In summer 2015, Anna attended the 3-day Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA.
Aside from working for Kinner & Co. Dance Studio, Anna is also employed by Troy A. Washko, CPA and Sacred Heart – Griffin High School as the Golden Angel Poms Head Coach. She volunteers as a member of both the Miss Sangamon County Fair Queen Pageant Crew and the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant Crew.
Jessica Bulinski - “Miss. Jessica” - (Teacher) Jessica is 21 years old and has been dancing at Kinner and Co. Dance Studio since 2004. She started with tap classes and fell in love with the rest. Jessica has enjoyed competing for 11 years as a member of the Shooting Stars Dance Team and absolutely loves attending dance conventions. Jessica served as an assistant for many years and is finishing her 6th season as a teacher.
During her time with Kinner and Co., Jessica has won numerous top awards, scholarships and a choreography award. Jessica has been a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters for 3 years, and a Certified Teacher since she was sixteen years old. Through SADM she serves as Co-Chair for the Certified Student Member Program as well as a member of the Media Committee.
Jessica has attended the weeklong CNADM Ballet Form and the 3-day Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA. This year she is teaching Pointe, level three & four Lyrical, level four Jazz, level four & five Contemporary, Company, a Combination class, and assists with the dance team!
Jessica’s favorite part of dance teaching is choreographing dances and watching her students grow into beautiful hard working dancers.
When not at the Studio, Jessica works for a local flower shop, enjoys photography, and is animal mom to 10 different pets.
Jennifer Harness – “Miss Jen” - (Teacher) Jennifer has been dancing with Kinner & Co. since the age of five and has enjoyed growing up at the studio.
She competed on the Kinner & Co. Dance Team for numerous years. She has attended Dupree, Star Systems, Company Dance, SADM, and many other conventions and competition. She has been part of award winning numbers.
Jennifer has also performed through Dancing at Sea on the Cruise Ship Inspiration, at Disney World, Six Flags, Festival of Trees and many area nursing homes and civic organizations.
Jennifer has won many individual awards. She also has award winning hip hop choreography in the Junior Solo Division.
She is a Certified Teacher through Southern Association of Dance Masters, and has been teaching at Kinner & Co. for over 11 years.
Jennifer works at a local daycare where she enjoys getting to interact with young children.
She enjoys teaching the pre-school, hip hop, and level 1 & 2 students.
Teachers with Assistants:
Kathy Kinner, Abby Damm, Anna Washko, Jennifer Harness and Jessica Bulinski
o Studio Assistants: Abbi Suprenant, Tara Sholtis, Audrey Fuiten, Katrina Johnson, Carissa Carter, Ava Martin, Rachel White, Morgan Chastain and Remi Mendenhall
o Studio Demonstrators: Madeline Giberson, Kayleen Power, Clair Carter, Mia Capranica, Audrey Bowden, Rylee Dodd and Maddy Gebhardt