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 the 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 Disneyworld and performed in their electric parade this past summer.


Anna Washko - “Miss Anna” - (Teacher) Anna is 24 years old and danced with Kinner & Co. from the age of three until 18. She attended Southeast  Missouri State University for her first two years of  college and returned to Springfield in 2013 to finish her degree and rejoin Kinner & Co. as a teacher.  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.  Over the pas few years, her choreography has earned top honors at numerous competitions.


She has tested and been accepted as a member of the SADM and is a certified instructor for tap, ballet, jazz, and tumbling.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. In August 2018, Anna became certified to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique in Chicago.  


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 Pageant Crew Member for both the Miss Sangamon County Fair Queen and the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageants. Anna graduated from the University of Illinois - Springfield with her Bachelor’s in Accounting. She will be returning to UIS this fall to begin her Master’s Degree in Accounting. She currently resides in Chatham with her three cats, Bella, Hayes and Charlie.



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 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), where she has been elected as Secretary. She is certified to teach tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling through both SADM and CNADM.


Abby is a proud certified member of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) and Progressing Ballet Technique. 


In addition to teaching at Kinner & Co. Dance Studio, Abby works for the  Illinois Emergency Management through Western Illinois University as a Strategic Planner. She currently resides in Springfield with her husband, Brandon, amazing step-son, Braydan and rescue dogs, Tris and Buddy.

Jessica Bulinski - “Miss Jessica” - (Teacher) Jessica is 22 years old and 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 is beginning her 8th 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 four 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.


When not at the Studio, Jessica works for a local flower shop, enjoys photography, and is animal mom to 10  different pets. She currently resides in Springfield with her husband,  Aaron.

Ashley Lemmon – “Miss Ashley” – (Teacher) Ashley is 32 years old and danced with Kinner & Co. Dance Studio from 1989 to 2007. She served as an assistant for several years and taught from 2003 to 2010. Ashley competed with the Shooting Stars Competition Team from 1996 to 2007, where she was a member of numerous award-winning dances.


Throughout her years at Kinner & Co., Ashley attended SADM conventions, the four-day CNADM Ballet Forum, danced on the cruise ship Inspiration, performed at Disney Word and Six Flags. She has also performed for many civic organizations and attended several other dance conventions.


In 2004, Ashley became certified through SADM to teach tap, ballet and jazz. In August 2018, Ashley became certified to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique in Chicago. 


Ashley received her Cosmetology License in 2008 from The University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts in Springfield and still does hair for close family and friends when she has time. She is currently working for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Springfield and has been with the company for 8 years. She currently resides in Mechanicsburg with her husband Bobby, two sons Ty & Gage and a Silver Labrador, Midas. 


Tara Sholtis - "Miss Tara" - (Teacher, Dance Team Captain, Intern) Tara is 17 years old and is currently a junior at Springfield 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. 


Audrey Fuiten - "Miss Audrey" - ( Teacher, Dance Team Captain, Intern) Audrey is 16 years old and a junior at Williamsville High School. Audrey has been dancing at Kinner & Co. since the age of 3. 


Audrey is currently serving as Co-Captain of the  Dance Team where she has been part of numerous award winning dances. During her time on the Dance Team, Audrey has competed around the country and danced at Walt Disney World. 


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



2018 - 2019 Assistants & Demonstrators: 


Carmen Carter, Katie Collins, Audrey Fuiten, Morgan Chastain, Katrina Johnson, Mia Bryant, Carissa Carter, Mia Capranica, Brianne Beckley, Abella Mann, Ryann Camille, 

and Cassidy Jennings

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 12 years. 


Jennifer specializes in teaching our Creative Movement program.

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 hopes to practice 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 acro. 

Carmen Carter - "Miss Carmen" - (Teacher, Dance Team Captain, Intern) Carmen is 17 years old and a senior at Williamsville High School. She has been dancing with Kinner & Co. since 2006. She is a member of the Dance Team and currently serving as Team Captain. 


Carmen is the 2018 recipient of the SADM Memorial Scholarship. 


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