Meet Our Staff
"Emily started dancing at Dove Dance in 1996 as a little girl. She trained under Daphne Tardibono in Russian ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, and acrobatics. As she grew in her training, confidence, and grace, she started dancing competitively. With hard work, dedication, and support, Emily was crowned Teen Miss Dance of Oklahoma 2008 and Miss Dance of Oklahoma 2013. Emily loves to choreograph and has since she was young. Her choreography has won state awards and has been taken to national competitions.
Dance has taken Emily across the world through ministry opportunities in places like Mexico, China, and Switzerland. Emily has also performed at numerous local ministry events as well. Dance is a creative outlet which sparks poise, confidence, and strength. Her heart is to train professionally equipped dancers that not only shine onstage, but off stage for Jesus."
Anna joined Dove Dance during it's first summer in 1994. During this time, she has enjoyed performing, competing, and instructing. Anna holds her BA in Human Services Counseling, a Minor in Sociology, and her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Anna was a member of her pom squad in junior high, high school, and college. In addition, she is certified by Dance Masters of America in Jazz. Anna has been married to her wonderful husband, Jerimy, since 1992 who is a Real Estate Broker. They enjoy their fantastic son, Benjamin.
Along with furthering technique and performance ability, Anna's goals for each of her classes include each student developing a deeper understanding of the love of Christ, a respect for their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit, and a heart for ministry to the Glory of God.
Her favorite scriptures are:
Isaiah 40:30-31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Ephesians 3:16-21, "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
Dee Ann began teaching at Dove in 2002 and oversees our 3 through 6 year old classes. She has training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and acrobatics. She was also involved in twirling, cheerleading and was flag corps captain and chaplain for Enid High School Band. As an adult, Dee Ann has performed, choreographed and taught for many churches. She was the dance leader under well-known worship leader and song writer, Dennis Jernigan, at Western Hills Church in Oklahoma City. For seven years, she was the flag corps instructor for Comanche High School Band. Dee Ann has been married to her husband, Billy, for 26 years. Dee Ann is the mother of 3 children and is a part of the children’s leadership at Heritage Baptist Church.
“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” Psalms 37:4
“I feel so blessed to teach at a studio where using dance to worship the Lord and to share God’s love with others is a priority!”
Savannah has danced for 19 years at Dove Dance in classical Russian ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, and acrobatics. She is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America, and her heart is to spread the love of Christ, teaching girls on a weekly basis, performance, and various dance outreaches & ministries. She has been involved in dance performances with the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem since 2002, and has appeared on international television while performing at "A Night to Honor Israel". She has traveled on dance related trips to Colombia, China, The Philippines, and Mexico. One highlight was being invited by the Chinese Embassy to dance in the festivals leading up to the Beijing Olympics and dancing in Tiananmen Square.
Savannah has been graced with numerous regional & national awards in groups & solo competitions. She was Dance Masters of America's Teen Miss Dance of Oklahoma 2007 and Miss Dance of Oklahoma 2009. She placed 3rd overall in the tap audition at Teen Miss Dance of America in NYC. She served two consecutive terms as the DMA Jr. Member president, and was also a member of the pre-professional tap team, The St. Louis Hoofers Club under the direction of the world renowned Robert Reed II. Her choreography has won numerous choreography awards, and her students have won DMA, ADA, and Encore state championships, as well as National Miss Encore 2012, and spots on pom squads, including OU Pom. She is an active member of her home church, and enjoys ministering with dance at church conferences and services. She is an alumni of Southwestern Christian University with her Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science and Creative Arts and a minor in Bible.
Colossians 3:23 is her favorite verse: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Michael Tardibono began dancing at the age of four and has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip-Hop, and Lyrical for over a decade. Michael was cast in a professional Christmas show in Branson, MO, at the age of nine and has been personally invited to audition for two Broadway musicals. Competing with Dance Masters of America, Michael achieved several titles such as Petite Master Dance, Jr. Mister Dance, Teen Mister Dance, and Mister Dance of Oklahoma, Chapter #27. At a national level, Michael has won 2nd Runner-Up Jr. Mister Dance of America, 4th Runner-Up Mister Dance of America, and 1st Runner-Up Mister Dance of America. Michael has been teaching at Dove Dance for over five years and is a certified teacher with Dance Masters of America. His choreography has placed in national overall standings and has won special judges awards.
Dance has given Michael multiple ministry opportunities throughout his training. In 2013 Michael traveled to Colombia with Dove Dance and People to People Ministries for a missions trip where local schools were able to take dance classes and workshops. He has been privileged enough to dance in the Feast of Tabernacles for many years and also local churches in Oklahoma City. He enjoys pouring into the next generation of dancers and strives to encourage them to grow in their dancing and glorify The Lord.
Michelle has trained at Dove Dance School for 14 years in classical Russian ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and acrobatics. She is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and is an active member of Chapter #27. She has trained at conventions and intensives such as NYC Tap Festival, Student Honors Intensive Program, Ballet Magnificat! and has been involved in many state wide and national outreach performances, as well as competed regionally and nationally. She was a performer in DINO’s Christmas Spectacular in Branson, Missouri and toured nationally with the cast for two seasons.
Michelle has been awarded many state awards and national awards, including 1st Runner Up Miss Dance of Oklahoma. Her performances include: BCS National Halftime Show Dancer, Oklahoma Children’s Miracle Network Gala, Youth America Summer Camps, the Children’s Center, “KIDS Can Dance Too!”, FOX TV Pilot, multiple church conferences, and more. She has traveled to South America for a dance mission’s tour with People to People Ministries, helping organize a dance workshop for a local church.
Michelle serves on the worship team, in the nursery, and leads the 6th grade small group at her home church. She is also head of the Kids Ministry Worship department; grades K-5th. Her passion is to bring joy to students through the art of dance, while giving God the glory He deserves in the process. Michelle is attending Southwestern Christian University to obtain her degree in Worship Arts with a minor in Business Management. Her favorite Bible passage comes from Psalm 119:105, it states “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Kaci has been dancing since the age of 5. Over the years, she has trained in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, pom, and acrobatics. When she began training at Dove Dance in 2002, she developed a love for dance ministry. Being a part of a Christian dance studio gave Kaci several opportunities to use her talents in worship and service to The Lord. Her favorite ministry event was going on a mission trip to Columbia, South America with members of Dove Dance. Kaci also enjoyed performing and competing with Dove until she graduated high school from Putnam City North in 2013. Kaci served as the captain of the PCN Pom Squad, where she won three team state championships and one individual state championship in 2011. In 2012, Kaci went to Las Vegas with Dove Dance for a national competition where she was crowned National Miss Encore. After graduating high school, Kaci went to the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of the OU Pom squad from 2013 to 2015. She is currently the head coach of the PCN Pom Squad and is continuing her education at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she plans to graduate in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. Kaci is engaged and will be getting married to Garrett Kilborn in the spring of 2017.
“But those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Julianne Thomison is a senior at Oklahoma City University pursing a degree in Mass Communications – Broadcasting with a minor in Theatre and Chinese. She has been dancing for over a decade training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and Pom. She danced competitively in solos, duos, trios, and group performances winning various state and national competitions. In high school, she served as Pom Captain and led the team to two State Championships.
While using her passion for dance, Julianne has chosen to utilize her skills in the Miss America Organization. At the age of 14, she won the title of Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2012 and represented the state at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen placing in the Top 8. Over the last three years, she has competed in the Miss Oklahoma Organization, and won the Rookie Talent plus two overall Talent Awards and placed in the Top 5 each year.
Julianne thanks the Lord for her many successes. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” She hopes to serve as a role model for her students, not only improving their dance technique, but empowering dancers to chase after their dreams.
Elizabeth Prince, Acrobatic Instructor (bio posted soon)
Makenzie Mason, Teaching Apprentice
Makenzie, a college freshman, has a love for dance and theatre. She has trained at Dove Dance School, since the age of three, in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical and acrobatics. At 11 years old, she competed in her first dance competition, placed top ten, and was invited to perform with the Elite Dance Team at Encore Nationals in Las Vegas. She has since been awarded Dance Master’s of America’s first runner-up, Teen Miss Dance 2016 and Miss Dance of Oklahoma 2017. At a national level, she was awarded the overall tap audition scholarship with Dance Master’s of America. She has received several convention scholarships, placed at many competitions, won several special judges awards, and was honored to receive the Esther award through Dove Dance for godly character.
Community performances she has been a part of include: Shawnee Trail Days, the State Fair, Drama Club Connections, and back up dancer for American Idol Finalist, Phil Stacy. She has danced in multiple ministry events, such as performing at The Children’s Center in Bethany, Community Christmas performance at North Church, “One Big Party” Student Ministry Outreach Event, and many church conferences.
She is an active member in her home church, working in the church nursery, children’s church, Vacation Bible School and leading a middle school girl’s small group within the student ministry.
Makenzie has enjoyed assisting and teaching dance over the last three years. She is attending Oklahoma Baptist University to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Special Education, to fulfill her love for teaching children.
"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Ashlyn started dancing when she was 6 years old. She trained at various dance schools for 11 years, studying classical ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and modern. She was crowned Miss Dance of Chapter 27 of 2018, after all the hours of hard work and dedication. Ashlyn has a love for teaching young children to dance and has choreographed multiple dances for her church. She aspires to help those who can't afford the opportunity to dance at a studio and use her dance to minister to people.
Psalms 143:10 "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground."