Miss Christine has been dancing since age 5. Growing up, she studied under several notable dance teachers in Topeka, KS. Most of her dancing years were spent learning under Miss Jenny Brees, a professional ballroom instructor, who also had a background in tap, jazz, and ballet. As Christine moved up through the studio she was responsible for more and more of her own classes. During college, she continued teaching dance classes for Jenny and made time to cheer at Washburn University. In 1991, she graduated from Washburn with an Elementary Education degree and later received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Pitt State University.
Miss Christine has worked with several high schools choreographing their musical productions.
She has danced in numerous performances and venues. Christine spent several years dancing in a production of The Nutcracker, danced in numerous public performances, performed in pre-shows in Branson at the Lawrence Welk Theatre, and at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. She made a special guest appearance in the Broadway Cast of Throughly Modern Millie when the tour was housed at the Music Hall in Kansas City. She is a season veteran performing in numerous national dance competitions.
But as much as she loves to compete and perform, Christine still finds teaching children the most rewarding part of her job. When asked about her job she said: "Owning Paola School of Dance is absolutely, hands down, the BEST job I've ever had. I love teaching, this is what I was meant to do."
Since 1982, she has spent 3 days during the summer attending Dance Olympus. This 3 day, nationally acclaimed dance training keeps her up on the newest styles, and allows the PSOD staff to train under many esteemed professional dancers and dance instructors from around the United States.
Paola School of Dance continues to win many awards. Under Christine's ownership, the studio was voted the Top Dance Studio in Miami County (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), and the studio received the highest score across the nation for Nexstar National Talent Competition, P3 Talent Competition, and 8 National Talent Competition!
Christine believes that giving back to the community is very important. Every year, she invites her students and their families to Life Care Center for a holiday celebration with the patients and staff. After performing a holiday recital, the students give gifts to all the residents at the facility. It's a favorite experience for the dancers year after year.
What makes Paola School of Dance so successful is their staying power. They have been teaching children in Miami County since the 1972--almost 20 years longer than any other studio in the area. What is their Secret? The faculty and staff think of every person who comes through their door as "family". The staff is trained in proper teaching techniques for youth and the teachers treat all dancers and their families with respect and love. Dancing should make your child happy and should be fun!! The PSOD staff works very hard to achieve this for each and every student.
You can find Miss Alex teaching our Jumping Beans and preschool tumbling classes but also assisting with the competition program!
Miss Alex is a sophomore at Baker University and may be a familiar face (Miss Christine is her mama!) Since she could walk, Alex has been dancing and training at PSOD. She was an integral member of the PSOD Company and competed in all genres for nine years. She was also the senior captain for the Osawatomie Dazzlers on both the cheer and dance floor. She is currently a member of the national award winning Baker University Dance Team.
Miss Alex is a power tumbler and dual trained with PSOD and KGDC. Alex began teaching Jumping Beans 3 years ago and sold out all sessions. She is extremely excited to expand her teaching expertise!
Idalis Bird is no stranger when it comes to Paola School of Dance. An alumni of the program, Idalis danced on the competitive dance team and as a PHS Panther Dancer. After high school, Idalis danced for the Pitt State Dance team where she served as an integral member and as captain for 2 years. She received her BSA in Exercise Science from Pitt.
We are so excited to have Miss Idalis back in the PSOD family. Idalis is excited to introduce some new hip hop style to the Middle and High School Hip Hop classes!
Miss Codi teaches upper-level tumbling and cheerleading. She is a proud PSOD alum! She began dancing at the age of 3 under the direction of Nancy Oliver. Codi loved cheering for both the middle and high school Panther cheer teams. In her spare time, she enjoyed tumbling and helping Miss Nancy teach gymnastics.
Miss Codi has studied tumbling and cheerleading through various. well-known gyms. In college, she loved choreographing routines for Delta Gamma while focusing on nursing school at Washburn University.
She started teaching at PSOD upon graduation from college in 2002 (she even taught Miss Hannah!). This is her 13th season coaching the Star Cheerleaders for the KCFC program.
She recently completed her MS in Nursing (MSN). During the day, she can be found working as a nurse at Children's Mercy. She has been in her role as the Nursing Department Director for 5 Henson-Hall since 2008.
The PSOD Staff is thankful for Codi's expertise and love having her on staff!