Kinner & Co. Dance Studio, Inc

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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 36 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 a Past President 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 Disney World and performed in their electric parade this past summer.

Kate VonDeBur – “Miss Kate” – ( Teacher) Kate started dancing at Kinner & Co. in 1996 after her mom bought a pair of used tap shoes for $2.00 at a garage sale. In 2000, Kate joined the Shooting Stars Dance Team, and performed and competed with the team until she graduated high school in 2010.

At Illinois College, Kate majored in English and minored in Theater. She was also a member of the Baby Blues Dance Team, of which she was captain her junior and senior years. Kate recently graduated from Valparaiso University Law School and sat for the Illinois Bar Exam, and currently practices law in the Springfield area.

Kate has been involved in productions at the Springfield Muni Opera and the Hoogland Center for the Arts, as well as Illinois College’s TheatreWorks program.

Kate is certified through SADM to teach tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics and is currently serving as Treasurer. 

Tara Sholtis - "Miss Tara" - (Teacher, Dance Team Captain, Intern) Tara is 19 years old and is a recent graduate from Athens High School. She has been dancing with Kinner and Co. since the age of 3, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She continues to take classes and compete with the Shooting Stars Dance Team and loves attending competitions and conventions.

Tara took the membership exams summer 2017 at the Southern Association of Dance Masters Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, and is now a certified teacher in tap, ballet, jazz, and tumbling.  Tara is the 2017 recipient of the SADM Memorial Scholarship. 

When not at the studio, Tara enjoys babysitting, spending time with her friends and family, and playing with her dog, Lily. Tara resides in Springfield with her amazing parents, Kelly and Joe, triplet brothers, Colby and Kyle, and her perfect dog, Lily. 

Katrina Johnson - "Miss Kat" - ( Teacher, Intern) Kat is 17 years old and will be a Senior at Williamsville High School. Kat has been dancing at Kinner & Co. since the age of 3. 

Kat is a member of the  Dance Team where she has been part of numerous award winning dances. During her time on the Dance Team, she has competed around the country.

In 2018, Kat passed her tap, ballet and jazz exams to become a certified teacher through SADM. 

Teachers-in-Training :

These dancers took their SADM teaching exams in November 2020 and are now Certified Student Teachers! Congrats girls!

Ava Martin

Carissa Carter

Rylee Dodd

Morgan Chastain

Abby Donaldson - “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 was a member of the Shooting Stars Competition Team from 1996-2010 and served as team captain from 2004-2009. Her choreography has won numerous top scoring awards, special awards and choreography awards throughout the past several years.

Abby has attended the four Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) Ballet Forum and Teacher Training School, danced on the cruise ships Explorer of the Seas and Inspiration, performed at Disney World and Six Flags, and studied at  the Rhee Gold Dance Life Teacher Convention and the 3-Day Dance Teacher Summit. 

In 2004, Abby tested and was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters (SADM). She has served as a board member, Secretary and in 2020 was elected as President. She is certified to teach tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling through both SADM and CNADM.

Abby is a proud certified teacher for Progressing Ballet Technique, Acrobatic Arts, Pirouette Surgery, Leap Surgery and Alixa Flexibility. 

In addition to teaching at Kinner & Co. Dance Studio, Abby works for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. 

Jessica Wilson - “Miss Jessica” - (Teacher) Jessica  has been dancing at Kinner & Co. Dance Studio since 2004. She started with tap classes and fell in love with the rest. Jessica enjoyed competing for 12 years as a member of the Shooting Stars Dance Team. Jessica served as an assistant for many years and has been teaching since 2009. Jessica currently resides in Springfield with her husband Aaron, their beautiful daughter Evelina, and a zoo of animals. 

During her time with Kinner and Co., Jessica has won numerous top awards, scholarships and a choreography awards. Jessica has been a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters for seven 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 week-long CNADM Ballet Form and the 3-day Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA. Teaching dance is Jessica's passion. 

She loves watching all her students grow into beautiful humans and dancers! She is so proud of all their hard work. 

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. 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 14 years. 

Jennifer specializes in teaching our Creative Movement program.

Carmen Carter - "Miss Carmen" - (Teacher, Intern) Carmen is 19 years old and a graduate of Williamsville High School. She has been dancing with Kinner & Co. since 2006. She was a member of the Dance Team for numerous years and served as Team Captain during the 2018-2019 season. 

Carmen's choreography has received numerous choreography awards and top overall placements. 

Carmen is the 2018 recipient of the SADM Memorial Scholarship and the 2019 recipient of the Dotti Patterson Tap Award. 

Carmen is certified to teach tap, ballet and jazz through SADM. 

Additional Studio Staff

Abella Mann - Assistant 
Ryann Camile - Assistant
Laila Mann - Demonstrator
Addyson Eucker - Demonstrator
Addison Matthews - Demonstrator
Dave Kinner - Finance and Maintenance