Miss RaeLynn Hanna fell in love with the art of dance at the age of three years old. RaeLynn has been with Inspirations for seven years. She graduated from Savannah High School in 2017 and was a member of the dance team all four years, along with a member of the All-American Dancer from UDA. She is currently a junior at Missouri Western and a third year member of the Mystics dance team. RaeLynn plans on earning her degree in Elementary Education upon her graduation.
She says her favorite style of dance is tap. You will find RaeLynn teaching in little dancers, superheroes and ballet and tap combo this year!
Miss Mary Ingersoll, Owner, loves to share her love for dancing and the arts. Never a Girl Scout or sports player, Miss Mary was always in dance class, wherever her Army family moved. She has danced for as long as she can remember. Growing up, her family performed together in community theatre, sang together in church and community choirs, and often attended live performances of music, dance and theatre.
She performed with Ozark High School Pom Squad and CompetiDance AllStars during her high school years. While earning a degree in Public Relations from Missouri State University she enjoyed teaching, coaching and choreographing for several Springfield and area High School Dance Teams.
Until 2009, Mary worked as Managing Director of Performing Arts Association of St. Joseph, bringing professional performers, including dance companies, to the historic Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph. Miss Mary serves on the Events & Fundraising Committee for St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity. She and her husband, Ross, have co- chaired the Novelty Committee for Moila Shrine Circus for many years.
Miss Mary and Mr. Ross live in Savannah. In 2014 the Ingersolls welcomed their first child, Baby Eddie and Lizzie in 2018!
Miss Jessica Hoffman started dance at the age of four years old. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tumbling and hip hop. She had danced with Inspirations for five years, and also worked as an assist during her time as a student. This will be her fifth year as an instructor. Her favorite styles of dance are pointe and lyrical. Jessica was a member of the Savannah High School dance team for four years. She also performed en pointe in a production of The Nutcracker at the Missouri Theater in 2012. Jessica is teaches an array of styles of dance at the studio this year such as: ballet, pointe, jazz, and hip hop, along with our competition Troupe team. Jessica has received an award in choreography during the Troupe 2018-19 season.
Jessica grew up and currently lives in Savannah with her two fur babies, Buster and Nala. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University in 2018 and currently works as a Marketing Specialist for the university. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with her family and friends.
Miss Taylor Nigh began dance at the age of three and has been dancing ever since! Taylor was a member of the Savannah High School dance team for four years and graduated in 2018. While on dance team, she was awarded with All-American Dancer from UDA. She is currently a second year member of the Missouri Western Mystics dance team. Taylor began at Inspirations as a student for six years and worked as an assistant teacher for five. This year will be Taylor's second year of being an instructor at Inspirations. She is thankful to be able to continue her dance career in both the studio and Mystics. Her favorite style of dance will always be pointe and ballet but she loves jazz, as well.
Taylor loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She has a strong faith and a passion for working with children. Taylor plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Special Education and would like to receive her master's degree in school counseling.
Miss Sarah Robinson is an award-winning choreographer and co-creator of the TumbleZoo Competitions. With vast experience, Miss Sarah could teach any class at Inspirations but her favorite dance style is tap! A native of St. Joseph, Sarah was a member of the dance team at Central High School and principal dancer in the modern dance company at MWSU, under Paul Chambers.
While at Missouri Western, Sarah taught modern and ballroom dancing. Then she worked as the dance manager for a large Kansas City studio for 5 years, where she directed the competitive program. Most recently, she owned Dancing in Grace Center for Performing Arts. In her first year at Inspirations Miss Sarah’s competition tap number won major awards including Top Overall and Top Technique Award at The Edge Talent Competition in Liberty, Mo.
Miss Sarah and her family reside in St. Joseph. Her daughter, Abigail, is enrolled in every Inspirations class that her mom will let her take. Andrew, her son, was a Superhero last year and can’t wait to get his new tap shoes! Mr. Dustin, her husband, is a seasoned dance husband & proud dance dad who you’ll often catch working behind the scenes.
Miss Sammy Howard is one of the friendly faces you will meet as you come into the studio. Sammy has been with Inspirations for three and half years as the office manager. She grew up in Rosendale, went to school at North Andrew High School and is a current student at Northwest Missouri State University studying Business Management. One her favorite memories of working at Inspirations is going to Disney World in 2017 with the studio.
Sammy loves the Royals, Chiefs and anything purple! When she is not at the studio you can find her working at the Andrew County Courthouse as Deputy Recorder of Deeds or hanging out with friends and family.
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