Our Team

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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.

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Molly Galbrecht

Instructor / Company &
Trainees 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.

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Brooke Allen

Instructor

Brooke Allen was born and raised in Olathe, KS. Brooke started her dancing career at the age of two at Starbright dance studio. Brooke also was a member of the Olathe Northwest Ravens Dance Team during high school. She has had the opportunity to learn from various artists throughout her dance career. Outside of dancing in high school Brooke was also on the competition team at Starstruck Performing Arts Center.After graduating high school in 2017, Brooke attended Kansas State University majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and a minor in early childhood education. Brooke also was a member of the classy cats dance team at K-State.

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Samantha Bennett Miller

Instructor / Juniors Director

Born and raised in Olathe, KS, Samantha Bennett Miller 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.

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Desire’ Brown

Instructor

Desire’ was born in Manhattan, KS and raised in the Johnson County area. She quickly realized her love for dance through ballroom dancing classes she took in elementary school, leading her to dance on her Middle and High School Dance teams. With a scholarship in town, she danced as a Golden Girl on Johnson County Community College’s dance team for two years with the title of dance captain her second year. Since then, she has worked, performed, and trained with various artists in Kansas City as well as become a partial member of Tigerstyle Crew! A dance crew/professional performance company based out of Kansas City. With them, she has received extensive training in hip hop foundations, street styles, technique, contemporary, lyrical, modern, commercial choreography, improvisation, story telling, artistry and has performed in their annual show DiversCity! Desire’ believes dance should be guided by a feeling that has the ability to connect us to one another and transcend. She hopes to show her students this while increasing hip hop dance’s longevity!

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Lucas Feliciano

Instructor

Lucas was born and raised in Williamstown, New Jersey. He started his dance journey at the age of 17 as a Zumba Instructor and Varsity dancer for his high school’s dance team. Lucas was then accepted into University of The Arts in Philadelphia accepting a Major in Dance. While attending University of The Arts Lucas trained in many styles such as Ballet, Modern, Post Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Student Comp, Contemporary, Graham and more. He also had the Guidance from many extraordinary professors such as Anne White, Suzanne Slenn, Denis Gronostayskiy, Wayne St. David, Tommie Waheed (Evans), Dinita Clark, Jesse Zaritt, Kim Bears-Bailey, and Olivier Tarpaga. Lucas then received many great opportunities to dance and perform in shows and parades for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Universal Studios Orlando, and Seaworld Orlando. Lucas also danced for Drapinski Dance Company where he performed for three seasons. After dancing in Orlando FL for five years Lucas then moved to Kansas City, MO to be with his partner. Lucas is still training in styles of Lyrical, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Tap, Modern, and Musical Theater at Dance Fit Flow in downtown KC. While also working as an instructor and choreographer. Lucas’ biggest joy is being able to work with students and help them grow towards their future goals!

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Tony Iiams

Instructor

Tony was born and raised in Kansas City, MO where he started dancing at the age of 9. Throughout the years he has had the privilege of working with several different instructors, training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz funk, hip hop, pom, and ballet. Tony attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a year where he was a member of the collegiate UMKC dance team. He was offered the yearlong dance scholarship for the 2017-2018 season at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tony lived in Orlando, FL for 3 years, in that time he was able to perform with professional dance companies, teach at local studios, and also perform at SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World. He now currently resides in Kansas City where he is on his 6th year as a UDA (Universal Dance Association) instructor, and teaches at local dance studios.

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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.