Kathryn (Katie) Anderson, Owner
is a Wichita native who has committed herself to the Fine Arts and the positive effects it provides in the community. A graduate from Wichita State University with a BFA in Dance, she has been able to travel the world performing while learning from many extraordinary and talented artists; such as Regina Klenjoski, Nicholas C Johnson, Sabrina Vazquez, Cheyla Clawson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and many more. Kathryn has danced in multiple states such as Kansas, New York, North Carolina and Missouri. She is a current member of the Wheat State Dance Collective, has performed as a Company Member in the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, performed in the New York Jazz Choreography Project, toured throughout Italy for the US Troops and also danced for Twyla Tharp, in one of her World Premieres. Kathryn is dedicated to sharing her passion and knowledge with the next generation while also providing an environment where young dancers can thrive and grow.
Shaelynn French, Company Coordinator
Raised in Derby, KS, Shaelynn French is no stranger to the Wichita competitive dance world and has traveled across Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina teaching and performing. With a background in tap, jazz, contemporary, pom, hip hop, ballet, tumbling, and musical theater; she has not only performed professionally at places such as Music Theater of Wichita, The Crown Uptown, and The Forum Theater here in Wichita, but has also traveled and performed in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and even Dollywood in Tennessee. She continues her training by traveling and attending conventions, working part time for Talent on Parade National Dance competition, and taking workshops across the nation. Shaelynn has recently trained with the dance department at Wichita State University under Nicholas C Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, Cheyla Clawson, Denise Celestin, and was also a former Wichita State University Dance Team Member. She has also taken classes under the direction of choreographers such as Mia Micheals, Mandy Moore, Shane Sparks, Tyce Diorio, and Brian Friedman, as well as Diablo Dance Company's Shauna Martinez, and Alex Michael Stoll. Shaelynn has won multiple choreography awards and is excited to be at Andover Dance Academy as the Competition Coordinator and Tap Teacher.
Brennon Madrid, originally from Colorado Springs, CO, began his career at a young age in acrobatics, eventually adding in other forms of movement training including: tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. He moved to Lawrence, Kansas to continue his training in dance at the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. He has had the privilege of working with Thodos Dance Chicago, Lindsay Hawkins from MADCO in St. Louis, LaneCoArts, Justin Giles from Soulescape and many more. He is now a full-time dancer and performer with the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company. On the side he is a dragon tamer (but keep it on the low).
Katherine (Kat) Wurzer
is the youngest teacher we have on staff. But young doesn’t mean unqualified! Last year Miss Kat went to Houston and was certified as an Acro Arts Instructor. This is from a prestigious Acrobatics School that focuses on safe and effective progressions and proven results in the five areas of Acro-Dance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering, and Tumbling. Kat was a competitive gymnast for many years and uses that knowledge and skills she learned in her training to provide the best training for our young dancers. Katherine was also a cheerleader in high school, nominated All American, and brings that background along with her dance training to teaching our classes. Kat had the honor of choreographing a music video and teaching classes to the children of Wesley's children's Hospital. While she danced in Competitions all four years of high school, she also recently was selected as a National Talent Winner at a competition in Florida for a National Pageant. She is hoping to be Miss Kansas in the next few years, so you will also find her keeping up her dance skills to compete in Talent, volunteering her time for students, and helping kids in need. She is about to take her exams to be certified in personal and group training so she will be an asset as our in-house Personal Trainer! She is attending Wichita State University this year and plans to major in Accounting and Dance. Kat will be teaching our “Top Stars” Dance Program classes, Jazz and Fit Kids.
is ecstatic to join ADA as a teacher and choreographer for the 2018-2019 season! She is currently a senior Dance Performance major (B.F.A) at Wichita State University on scholarship where she recently joined Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre on tour in Veracruz, Mexico. Also at WSU, she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Darrell Grand Moultrie, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and recently Jammie Walker of Jessica Lang Dance. In the past, she has trained with American Ballet Theatre, OKC Ballet, Houston METDance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, NobleMotion Dance, and Big Muddy Dance Company. She has had the joy of performing with Ballet Wichita as a soloist and principal from 2008-2016, and Alithea Mime Theatre in 2017. She also teaches and choreographs for the North Y Dance Company. Let’s dance!
has worked with Alithea Mime Theatre, Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, Chandler Dances, Wichita Grand Opera, and is also a current company member with the Wheat State Dance Collective and a second season member of the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company. He has performed professional works of Charles Anderson, Nathan Trice, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Darrell Grand Moultrie (featured dancer). In 2016 he was featured at the Kennedy Center through ACDA in Cheyla Clawson Chandler’s “NosychSymboises”. In 2017 Max partook in the American Dance Festival, performed at the LA Dance Exchange with RKDC, and performed at the Exchange Choreography Festival with Rkdc and Chandler Dance. Max received a BFA in dance performance and choreography with an emphasis in modern at Wichita State University under C. Nicolas Johnson.
is currently pursuing a Dance Performance Degree (BFA) at Wichita State University. Through Wichita State University, she has had many opportunities to work with choreographers Cheyla Chandler, Denise Celestin, Nicholas Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, and Regina Klenjoski, and guest artists including Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Jammie Walker and performed a featured role in a piece choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie. Along with working with guest artists, Randi has also had the opportunity to travel and perform with Wichita Contemporary Dance Company and Wichita State to Veracruz, Mexico, and American College Dance Association in Springfield, Missouri. Randi has also performed with Ballet Wichita as a member and soloist from 2010-2016. Outside of her dancing throughout Wichita, she has also traveled to train under companies such as Visceral Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Brian Brooks, Salt Contemporary Dance, and various companies in Salt Lake City.