Diane Galbrecht Partee – Owner
Diane Galbrecht Partee was born and raised right here in Olathe, KS. She started at the Studio School of Dance at the age of 3. She graduated in 1998 from Olathe South High School in which she was active in the Golden Girls dance team, too. After high school, Diane attended Benedictine College in Atchison for the next 4 years and obtained her BS in Biochemistry and a minor in dance. She was a member of the Raven dance team for 4 years and Captain for 2. In 2002, Diane was accepted to the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Diane graduated in 2006 with her Doctor of Optometry. After ICO, Dr. Diane specialized in Pediatrics during her residency at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. Since finishing her education, Dr. Diane has opened her own office to practice. When she’s not at work, Diane enjoys playing volleyball indoors and on the beach.
Samantha Bennett – Instructor
Born and raised in Olathe, KS, Samantha Bennett began her dance training at the age of seven at the Studio School of Dance. After graduating high school, she went on to train at Stephen’s College and to earn a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance. When there, she trained under Elizabeth Hartwell, Deborah Carr, Carol Estey, Karen Grundy, Diane Coburn Bruning and performed scenes from Fokine’s Firebird and Petipa’s Swan Lake among other pieces choreographed by the Stephen’s College professors and guest instructors. In the summer of 2013, her own choreography was chosen for the Summer Dance Concert at Stephen’s College. After graduating from Stephen’s she continued her training with Störling Dance Theatre, and now continues to dance as a freelance artist. Samantha appreciates the way in which dance breaks down barriers and creates wonderful bonds of friendship with amazing people.
Megan Jensen Burdette – Instructor
Megan began dancing at The Studio at the age of four and continued until she graduated from Olathe South High School, where she was Captain of the Olathe South Golden Girls. She continued to study dance at the University of Kansas and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in dance. While at KU she worked with a variety of choreographers including Mikhail Baryshnikov and Bill Evans. Megan has performed with the University of Kansas Dance Company, Prairie Wind Dancers and Band of Dancers. Megan also studied dance at the Ailey School in New York City and the Rhee Gold Project in Boston, MA. Working primarily with Pre-K students, Megan has become a certified Master Leap n’ Learn Instructor.
Lindsay Creed – Instructor & Junior Company Director
Lindsay was born in Houston, Texas, and it was there her passion of choreography began. For six years she trained at Bay Area Dance Moves, was a member of the competition team, and was a substitute teacher and teaching assistant for all ages and levels. At the University of Kansas, she studied ballet and modern under Patrick Suzeau, and Krystyna and Jerel Hilding. As a member of the University Dance Company (2008-2010) she performed pieces by Patrick Suzeau, Michelle Hayes, and Hayley Mac Cooper. Afterwards, she returned to Texas and continued her dance studies under Karen Stokes and Teresa Lynn Chapman at the University of Houston. In December 2014, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design and a Minor in Dance. She loves to create and inspire others through movement.
Molly Galbrecht – Instructor / Company & Pre-Junior Company Director
Molly Galbrecht was born and raised in Olathe, KS and is the youngest of five children. At the age of three, Molly started her dance career at The Studio School of Dance. Molly continued performing as a member of the Olathe South High School Golden Girls. While at Benedictine College she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology while continuing to dance in classes and on the dance team. Molly was a four year member of the Raven Dance Team and served as captain for two of those years. From 2011-2015 Molly was a director and instructor for The Raven School of Dance, a community dance school set up on the Benedictine College campus in Atchison, KS. Molly looks forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with young students.
Kara McGraw – Instructor
Kara was born in New Jersey and moved to Leawood, KS in 2nd grade. She began her dance training at the age of three in New Jersey at The Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. After moving to Kansas City, she danced at Danceworks Conservatory and The Culture House. Kara was a part of many youth companies and performed with Maxxas Dance Theater. Before college, Kara studied at Summer Dance Intensives at the Academy of American Ballet in New York and Word in Motion Hip Hop in Los Angeles. In 2011 Kara graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in social media, and a Minor in Dance. While at KU she performed in the KU University Dance Company with several artists including Sarah Stackhouse, Bill Evans and Hayley Mac. Kara was a part of The Chiefs Cheerleader Training team in 2014-2015.
Kristin Stallbaumer – Instructor
Kristin began her dance training at the age of three with The Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. She later studied and performed with the youth company of The Mill Ballet School under the direction of Mark and Melissa Roxey, and it was there Kristin danced with special needs populations through the Wheels and Bodies in Motion program. Upon moving to Kansas City, Kristin danced with local youth companies before attending the University of Kansas where she graduated with degrees in Dance and Psychology. While at KU, Kristin performed with The University Dance Company and The Bowery Dancers. She has performed pieces by local artists at the Salina River Festival and Lawrence Arts Center Choreographer’s Showcase. Kristin has completed a MA degree in School Counseling and Ed. S. degree in Mental Health Counseling, both at UMKC. She has counseling experience in elementary, middle, high and alternative school settings and currently works as a high school counselor in the Blue Valley School District.