An avid lover of dance and performance from an early age, Ms. Darci began dancing at Parish School of the Performing Arts located in Jerseyville, IL at the age of three. Studying ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, and tumbling until the age of 18 under the direction of Linda Parish, Ms. Darci received several overall regional and overall national awards through varies talent competitions.
Ms. Darci attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Dance, studying under the direction of the artist, Patricia Downey. While a full-time student, Ms. Darci cheered on the coed competitive cheer squad and began her love of teaching at the Marshall Dance Academy under the direction of Russian ballerina, Tatiana Toliver. Ms. Darci became the coach of the Missouri Valley College Dance team during her final two years at Missouri Valley College.
After graduation, Ms. Darci received her MBA at Lindenwood University while working for Anheuser Busch and teaching at Bridget James “The Studio Art of Dance” in Florissant. She served as a Director/Teacher for the Company students before purchasing the studio and changing the name to DK Dance Productions in 2006.
Under her direction, DK Dance Productions has won numerous sportsmanship, choreography, technique, and community excellence awards. DK Dance Productions has produced students that are successful in college dance programs, college dance teams, professional dance companies, dance teachers, dance administrators, and tons of other occupations that are not dance related. DK Dance Productions lives by the quote, “We don’t teach kids to make great dancers, we teach dance to make great kids!”.
Ms. Darci sits as an Executive Member and a Certified Coach for More Than Just Great Dancing based in La Crosse, WI. More Than Just Great Dancing is an elite network of studios worldwide who have the very best curriculum and business practices for their students and clients.
Ms. Darci has recently become a national speaker in the dance industry. She has had the opportunity to share her past corporate experience to help small business entrepreneurs in their daily struggle of efficiently growing their businesses.
Currently residing in her hometown of Jerseyville, IL, Darci loves spending time with her family and traveling to warm destinations.
BORN AND RAISED IN ALTON, ILLINOIS WITH 28 YEARS OF DANCE EXPERIENCE AND OVER 15 YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE, TABI STILL FINDS JOY IN TEACHING THE ART OF DANCE TO THE NEXT GENERATION. TABI IS AN ACCOMPLISHED CHOREOGRAPHER IN THE STYLES OF LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, ACRO AND CHEER DANCE. CURRENT AND ALUMNI STUDENTS HAVE DANCED WITH THE AMERICAN DANCE COMPANY, DANCING / CHEERING FOR COLLEGIATE & PROFESSIONAL TEAMS, SCOUTED BY AGENCIES IN BOTH NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES AS WELL AS MANY STUDENTS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND COACH.
GROWING UP AS A COMPETITIVE DANCER, TABI HAS ATTENED MANY CONVENTIONS TROUGHOUT HER TIME AS A DANCER. STILL, TO THIS DAY, TABI ATTENDS AT LEAST 5 CONVENTIONS A YEAR TO CONTINUE HER EDUCATION AS WELL AS ATTENDING THE DANCE TEACHER SUMMIT EVERY SUMMER. TABI TAKES CLASSES FROM ESTABLISED CHOREOGRAPHERS SUCH AS MARK MEISMER, TRAVIS WALL, STACEY TOOKEY, MANDY MOORE, MIA MICHAELS, MELISSA JACKSON, RAY LEEPER, WILL LOFTIS, AL BLACKSTONE, AND MANY MORE, TO CONTINUE TO INSPIRE AND TRAIN HER STUDENTS.
TABI IS ALSO AN AVID LOVER OF CHEERLEADING AND COACHED VARSITY CHEER FOR 6 YEARS AT A COMPETITIVE LEVEL. SHE HAS CHOREOGRAPHED 16 STATE QUALIFYING ROUTINES. TABI PERFORMED AT BOTH THE CITRUS BOWL & ORANGE BOWL AS WELL AS WORKED AS A UCA CHEERLEADER, WHERE SHE TRAVELED AND TAUGHT CHEER CAMPS TO BOTH HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE TEAMS.
TABI IS CURRENTLY AT DK DANCE PRODUCTIONS WHERE SHE HAS BEEN SINCE 2007, AS THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS. TABI IS THE COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER, TECHNIQUE & MOVEMENT TEACHER, AND BEHIND THE SCENCES RUNNING ALL OPERTAIONS.
Mrs. Mary began dancing at the age of three. She has studied in the disciplines of jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and poms. Throughout her years of dancing, Mrs. Mary has attended many dance conventions and competitions to further progress her skills and drive for dance. In high school at Incarnate Word Academy, she was on the competitive dance team for four years, co-captain of the Varsity team her senior year, attended UDA summer camps, and competed at the local and national levels. She also served as the Junior Varsity dance coach at Incarnate Word Academy for two years after graduating.
Mrs. Mary graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science degree from Saint Louis University in May 2013 and her Master of Occupational Therapy in May 2014. She is currently working as an Occupational Therapist for Stars School Services in the Wentzville School District. In April 2015, Mrs. Mary became certified as an Autism Movement Therapy Instructor. During breaks in the school year, she teaches dance classes for Lifebridge Camps for children with special needs.
Mrs. Mary enjoys furthering her dance education and teaching style through workshops and conventions, such as Dance Teacher Summit.
Mrs. Mary is excited to start her 15th season on staff at DK Dance Productions!
Miss Joria started dance at the age of 8 at DK Dance Productions studying many different styles that include jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and tumbling. She has attended a variety of dance conventions such as Adrenaline, Velocity, and Jump. Miss Joria has also been a competitive dancer at DK since the age of 9 and has competed at Starpower, Talent on Parade, Stage One, Kids Artistic Revue, Rainbow Connection, and Starquest dance competitions. Miss Joria is currently in the Rockstar Performing Company and was the recipient of the Teacher's Apprentice Program for the 2015-2016 year.
Miss Lizzie began dancing at the age of two in Florissant, MO at Dance Plus. At the age of five, she moved to Steppin’ Up Dance Productions in O’Fallon, Missouri. At age four Lizzie began tumbling and competitive dance until she graduated from high school at Whitfield. She played numerous sports throughout middle school and high school while also keeping with weekly dance training in classical ballet, lyrical, jazz, musical theater, hip hop, and tap. In her later high school years, she took on assisting tumbling classes and teaching dance. While getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Smith College, Lizzie was a part of various works put on by peers, colleagues, professors, and professional choreographers such as Camille A. Brown. Here she fell in love with contemporary and improvisational dance.
By her junior year of college Lizzie, as assistant artistic director, was on track to run the Celebrations Dance Company her senior year. As artistic director Lizzie set up rehearsals, production meetings, choreographed and organized dance concerts to present the works in the company. Miss Lizzie spent the summer of 2019 working at an all-girls camp in Poland, Maine, Camp Fernwood. She was in charge of the dance program and taught all the courses for the camp that summer. She put on an entire recital for her dancers to show what they had learned and gave them a chance to perform. Lizzie wants to share her passion for dance with anyone who is interested. It's a way of expression as well as a way of life. Everyone can find something in dance.
Miss Jamie has been teaching at DK Dance productions for about 5 years now, but is now very excited to be a teacher at our new Alton location for the 2017-2018 dance season!She began dancing at the age of 3 at Bridget James Dance Studio. Here she studied the dance genres of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling. She then continued her dancing at DK Dance Productions in 2006, where she became a competitive dancer and expanded her dance knowledge by taking lyrical, contemporary, pointe, musical theater, and poms. Since she was on the competitive team, she traveled to many regional and national dance competitions. She has competed at Masquerade, Stage One, Starpower, Rainbow Connection, Kids Artistic Revue, Starquest, and Talent on Parade. While competing, she also went to dance conventions and earned scholarships from JUMP, Adrenaline, Velocity, and Hollywood Vibe. Currently, she is a student at Florissant Valley Community College and will be graduating with her Associate's Degree in Accounting in May of 2018. She then plans to attend University of Missouri-St. Louis in the fall of 2018, where she will begin earning her Bachelor's Degree and minor in Business Administration.
Miss Bri is originally from Alton, Illinois where she began her dance career at Showtime Productions at seven years old. She has been in the Florissant area for about three years now. Currently, she is a student at STLCC where she studies elementary education. Her dance background consist of all genres of dance competitive and recreational. Some achievements and accomplishments that she has achieved are auditioning and winning a scholarship through Tremaine Dance Conventions to travel to LA and take classes at a very popular studio. Her favorite aspect of dance is being able to take what she has learned throughout the years and teaching the youth of today.
Alyssa is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she studied theater and dance as well as communications. Alyssa was a competitive dancer throughout her childhood, her favorite styles being jazz and musical theater. She is now happy to express her love for dance by instructing beginner level classes at DK Dance Productions. Her biggest role model throughout her journey as a young woman is her mother, as she taught her that she should always love the work that she is doing — and work hard at it. Alyssa plans to continue to work with children through dance instruction and social work in the future.
Sarah Goins is a native of Alton, Illiniois. She began dancing at the age of 8 starting with ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz and hip hop. Sarah continued her dance studies into college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Dance Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During her time there, Sarah participated in several dance concerts, stage plays, musicals and studied experimental theatre, moderne, contemporary, Latin and African dance. Sarah also had the opportunity of traveling to Suriname, South America where she studied various types of cultural and historical dance forms. Sarah is very honored and excited to teach with DK Dance Studio.
Mindy (Ward) Tonsor is a Jerseyville native with a passion for youth education. Ms. Mindy got her start early with Mid Illinois Jets Gymnastics and was a member of the competitive cheer team for four years (State ranked) at JCHS. Mindy currently works at AgriSolutions as a Client Solutions & Technical Support Specialist and has since 2007. Aside from the day to day, Mindy is the director of the Children’s Program at AgriSolutions where she plans activities and oversees all the fun for farmer’s children all over the United States each year. Mindy resides in Jerseyville with her husband, Josh, and their daughter Ava. Mindy enjoys camping most weekends and spending quality time with family and friends.
Hi, I’m Hannah! I’ve danced since the age of 3 and have continued my dance journey up into college studying dance as well as psychology. I auditioned and performed with the SIUE University Dance Company. I’ve taught dance since I was in high school and continued with choreography for show choirs, competitive solos, small, and large groups. My special interests have been in technique, modern, ballet, jazz and performance. The last few years my focus has shifted onto my family. I’ve welcomed two sweet children into the world, Theodore (2.5 years old) and Millie (4 months old) and married my husband, Zach. I’m looking forward to continuing my education at SIUE in the next couple of years to finish my degree in Dance and pursue graduate school for School Psychology. --
Alle Head began dancing as a child at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio where she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She then went on to train in classical tap with Swing St. Louis, while also performing in their musical productions. After high school, Alle attended Missouri Baptist University where she furthered her studies in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Dance. Currently, Alle is Program Coordinator for Vitality in Motion, which is a company that teaches artistic, dance-based, chair exercise classes at various senior living communities around St. Louis and Kansas City. Since 2019, Alle has also been an instructor with Vitality in Motion and teaches such classes as, Chair Ballet and Dancing Through the Decades. Additionally, Alle currently teaches Tap dance and Performing Arts classes to a variety of age levels at DaySpring Arts and Education. She is very excited to join the DK Dance Production community!
Stephanie has been part of the DK family since 2009, when her daughter Brooke started dancing.
She became more involved with the studio when her daughter joined the Competitive team in 2011. Fast forward two years and in 2013 joined the staff as a Customer Care Specialist.
Stephanie also works at ELANTAS PDG, Inc. as a Production Scheduler/Inventory Control. She has been employed with the company since 2005.
She is currently taking classes for her CPIM (Certification in Inventory & Production Management).
In her free time, Stephanie loves to spend time with Family and Friends. Some of her favorite things to do is camping and fishing and hanging out with her daughter Brooke and their dog Gizmo.
Her favorite thing about working at DK Dance Productions is being able to interact each of the families that come through the doors. Nothing really compares to the feeling you get
When a little one runs up to give you a hug and tells you about the fun things they did that day at school or with family before coming to class, where they are going on their upcoming vacation, or just to say “HI” because they just missed talking to you. J
I am proud dance mom! I originally became a member of the DK Dance Productions family in 2009 when my oldest wanted to dance. Since then, she has become a part of the Competitive team. My youngest has also taken dance at the studio. My entire family loves DK Dance Productions because we are a family here.
I started working as a Customer Care Specialist at the studio in 2015 when we transitioned to the new building. I work in the store and front desk. You can mainly find me in the store working though. I love coming to work and having the conversations with the dancers and their parents. There is nothing more special than when a little dancer tries on their first pair of dance shoes and seeing their face light up!
I have been in the customer service field for 25+ years. I also work as a Supervisor in a call center for healthcare. I have 14+ years Supervisor experience. I have studied psychology and web design at Florissant Valley Community College. I would like to return to school someday in the future. So, when I am not working, I am with my family making memories.
Alike is a very proud dance mom at DK since 2012 to current. Her daughter, Valeesa, started her dance journey at the age of 4 years old at DK, training in dance in our children and academy programs her first 3 years then moving to competing on the DKDPC Elite Competitive Team. Alike has her own personal experience and love of dance from her youth and always super excited watching her daughter and other dancers develop/grow in dance.
Since joining DKDPC Elite Competitive team, these are some of the ways Alike has played an active role at DK: being a positive “go to mom” to provide information and guidance to other moms, participating in fundraising opportunities for competition fees, dancing on the mom squad team, being selected as an Ambassador for the Florissant location in 2019-2020 season and joining the DK staff in the fall of 2020 in Alton. In her role as a Customer Care Specialist, Alike has enjoyed meeting more dance families while helping to provide the dancers with a safe, healthy, and happy dance environment.
One of Alike’s earlier accomplishment was graduating Summa Cum Laude at SLU with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies/Business & minor in Communications while juggling marriage, a full-time job at Regions Bank, and being a mother of 4. Since 2006, Alike is employed at Edward Jones and is a license Financial Advisor (disclaimer...do not work as a FA), working in their Home Operations Division.
Outside of DK & work, Alike loves spending time in prayer, reading, watching Netflix & all Asian series dramas, staying up on current events, participating in all-family & friends activities, singing off key & (last but not least) dancing.
I started working at DK in August 2021 and I've enjoyed getting to know the kids. I grew up dancing so it's fun to see the kids having the same fun experiences that I had. I have many fond memories of dance class, recitals and competitions and made lifelong friends through dance so I'm excited that these kids will get to experience that as well.
I work full-time at the Jersey Community Hospital Wellness Center as a fitness coordinator where I teach group fitness classes, personal train and implement community wellness programs. I have a passion for motivating people of all ages to be active and take care of their health through movement and nutrition. I really enjoy working with kids, so being at the studio has been fun and I love seeing kids being active. We're lucky to have such awesome instructors at DK to be role models for these kids and keep them moving!