Diane Galbrecht Partee
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.
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.
Samantha Bennett Miller
Instructor / Junior Company 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.
Megan Jensen Burdette
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.
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!
Persi Mey is originally from Michigan and began dancing at the age of two. She trained in various style including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and musical theater. In high school she attended the Brockus Conservatory in California where she began learning modern and contemporary dance. Persi then attended Indiana University where she received a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. At IU she further expanded her dance vocabulary with styles such as breaking, aerial silks and contact improvisation. During undergrad she also spent a year abroad in Israel studying Gaga technique at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Now in Kansas, Persi is a freelance performance artist creating her own independent works and sharing her love of dance through teaching.