Meet our TALENTED team

Jana Owen, Owner & Director

Jana Owen has been teaching Ballet, Pointe and Lyrical for the last 15 years and is known for her dynamic teaching style, attention to detail, and innovative choreography. Jana began dancing at the age of nine and spent most of her childhood under the instruction of Stan and Sharon Rogers. She continued her ballet training after high school by majoring in Ballet at Friends University for four years. Jana has worked for and danced with The Louisville Ballet in Louisville, KY and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. She has also continued her training by taking from such classical ballet greats as David Howard, Helen Starr, & Bruce Marks. Her love of classical ballet is not to be outdone by her love of contemporary ballet and she has taken from some of the most innovative and cutting edge choreographers in the country including Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, & Sonya Tayeh. A passion for ballet and teaching keeps her excited about passing her knowledge on to the next generation of dancers.

Instructs: Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Creative Movement for Tiny Dancers

Amy Bertrand-Faimon

Amy has been teaching, choreographing and judging for more than 20 years and is known for her dynamic teaching style, her uncompromising attention to technical detail, & innovative and fun choreography.  Amy was blessed with some very profound and influential teachers while training and was lucky enough to be mentored by teachers such as Doug Caldwell & Jackie Sleight.

Over the years she has owned and operated several successful studios in south central Kansas.  She currently resides in Wichita, Kansas where she is the Artistic Director and Company Manager of Midwest Dance Mechanix, with a focus on Jazz and Lyrical.  Amy’s passion for teaching is endless and she strives to instill her love of dance into all her students through developing a respect for technique and a true internal connection to choreography.  She believes in building a strong and confident technical dancer.

Many of Faimon’s students have gone on to dance professionally in film and theatre and she currently has students studying at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theatre, Grand Rapids Ballet, The Tulsa Ballet, as well as former students who regularly appear on Broadway in NYC,  TV shows like GLEE and Bunheads and movies such as Fame.

Instructs: Jazz, Lyrical

Trudy Souba

Trudy (Cunningham) Souba began her dance training under Ruth Watson at Dance Arts Studio at the age of 6. When 11, she transferred to Rogers Ballet where she studied under Sharon Rogers for 13 years. As a sophomore in high school Trudy was invited to apprentice with the Friends University Ballet Department where she later attended college, graduating with a BFA in Ballet. During her college years Trudy attended two summer dance intensives, Ballet Austin and Joffrey Ballet. Following college she danced professionally with San Diego Ballet for two years. Trudy has taught ballet at The Turning Pointe in Wellington, KS and at Friends University in Wichita, KS. She often substitute taught at various studios in both Wichita and San Diego. She is proud to share her love of ballet with the students of Midwest Dance Mechanix.

Instructs: Advanced Ballet & Pointe

Stan Rogers

Stan K. Rogers recently retired after 30 years as the associate professor of dance and director of ballet with Friends University Ballet Department. He has a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City. He was assistant program director at Columbia University, teaching in the graduate division, as well as an assistant in choreography at Julliard. A prolific choreographer, he has taught and choreographed extensively throughout the U.S. and in Mexico, Holland and France. Rogers has performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Béjart Ballet of the Twentieth Century in New York, and as principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Kansas. His students include dancers with the New York City Ballet, Twyla Tharp, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and on Broadway. Rogers was awarded Arts Educator of the Year in 2008 by the Wichita City Council and Arts Council. We are honored and excited to have Stan join the Midwest Dance Mechanix staff to share his extensive knowledge and continue to culitvate promising pre-professional dancers right here in Wichita.

Instructs: Advanced Ballet & Pointe

Marcee Harris

Marcee Harris began her dance career at Kari’s Dance Academy in Emporia, Kansas when she was 12 years old.  She quickly became a member of the highly competitive Starfire Dance Company. She and the rest of the Starfire Dance Company danced in competitions from Kansas City to New York City, winning more often than not!  She found a love for teaching in 1998 and has been teaching both recreation and competitive level dancers ever since.  While she honed her teaching skills at the studio in the evenings, by day she pursued and earned her Bachelors in Business Administration, graduating in 2005.  She has also developed and administered dance and pom-pon clinics for area high schools and college pom and dance teams. She continues to explore other possibilities and opportunities to grow and learn as a dancer and as a teacher.

Instructs: Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

Payton McAtee

Payton began her dance training at Kansas Dance Academy, at the age of 3. At KDA she became part of the company allowing her to attend competitions and conventions where she received many awards and scholarships. At the age of 14 she auditioned for and was accepted into the Rockette Summer Intensive where she learned and trained with the prestigious Radio City Hall Rockettes. Payton has attended this program for several summers including being accepted into the top week, Invitational Week, which is only awarded to 40 girls. After graduation she continued her training and passion for dance by moving to Oklahoma City to pursue a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree at Oklahoma City University. 
During her time at OCU Payton performed with Silvertree Productions at Frontier City for their summer season and their annual Fright Fest Halloween shows. She loved performing in these high energy dance and singing shows as well as being featured as a magician’s assistant. She was also a member of the Spirit of Grace Liturgical Company, OCU Pep Dancers and American Spirit Dance Company. 
Payton’s love for teaching and choreographing began at an early age. She has had extensive experience with choreographing for High School/College level dance teams, solos and small group numbers at local studios in Kansas and Oklahoma, district wide musicals and for larger fundraising events, like her work with the Paul Mitchell Earth Day Fashion Show “Salvaged Attraction”, in which all proceeds benefited Children’s Miracle Network. Payton is excited to be on the staff at Midwest Dance Mechanix and hopes to inspire younger generations, in dance, and in life.

 

Instructs: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Music Theatre

Quins'e Jones

Quins’e Jones grew up in Wichita, Kansas and started dance training at the age of 8 years old. She began her training at MGM Studio of the Dance and finished her dance training at Midwest Dance Mechanix. She danced competitively and has a background in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. She has won many hip hop scholarships at dance conventions and is a former Dancer of the Year at MDM. Quins’e then attended Kansas State University where she continued dancing as a member of the Classy Cats. She danced on the dance team at KSU for 4 years and became assistant section leader in 2017. During her time there, she won All American twice at NDA summer camps and won Top Gun Hip Hop. She has also choreographed many halftime performances including the Willie hip hop routine that went viral. Quins’e has  judged high school dance team tryouts, choreographed the Hutchinson Community College team routine in 2018, and continues to expand her choreography in the Midwest area. Her high energy Hip Hop classes are some of the most coveted classes in the Wichita area!

 

Instructs: Hip Hop, Jazz

Heather Eilerts

Heather Eilerts gained the foundation of her dance training here in Wichita from Nancy Hervey and Jill Landrith. She performed with Ballet Wichita for 11 years, and was a principle with the company for 5 years. Heather earned her BFA in Dance from Wichita State University where she had the opportunity to dance for renowned choreographers such as Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Darrell Grand Moultrie. After graduating from Wichita State, Heather taught at studios around the Wichita area in ballet, pointe, conditioning, and modern. She expanded her diverse training by traveling to Germany for one month to audition and train with companies all around the country, and spent six months in San Francisco, California training and performing with choreographers unique to the Bay Area. Since graduating from Wichita State, Heather has choreographed several contemporary and contemporary ballet works and has directed and produced three evening length performances, adding to her versatility. Heather earned her MFA in Dance at University of California Irvine in June 2018 and is the founding artistic director of Wheat State Dance Collective, a company that premiered in Wichita in August 2017.

 

 

Instructs: Contemporary, Ballet

Emily Provencher

Emily began dancing at the age of four and trained both recreationally and later as a competitive dancer, all the way through high school.
In addition to dancing competitively, Emily also she assisted in many various dance classes and developed a love for teaching. Soon, she was teaching on her own and was promoted to the Director of the Young Dancer Division after high school. At the age of twenty she became Co - Dance Director and Co - Competition Director at MGM Studio of the Dance. In addition to her success as a teacher, her choreography has also won many awards at regional conventions and competitions.
Emily graduated Wichita State University in 2016 with a duel major in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education, and a minor in Dance. Emily loves all styles of dance and is very passionate about teaching good technique and sharing her love of dance with her students!

 

Instructs: Tap, Ballet, and Taps & Twirls

Arashae Harris

Arashae was born and raised in Emporia, KS and trained at Kari‘s Dance Academy where she competed with the StarFire Dance Company. Throughout high school she was a part of many sports including the dance, cheer, gymnastics, and swim team. After high school, she went on to study at Barton Community College where she was a part of their Dance Team. After graduating with an A.S. in Business from Barton, she is now majoring in Entrepreneurship and Dance with a minor in Exercise Science at WSU. She is proud to be a part of the Shocker Dance Team and National Dance Alliance Staff and is excited to bring her love of dance to the students of MDM!

Instructs: Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop

Nadia Khalidi

Nadia recently graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance magna cum laude at Wichita State University (on scholarship) where she has joined Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre on tour in Veracruz, Mexico, and has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Darrell Grand Moultrie, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and recently Jammie Walker of Jessica Lang Dance.  In the past, she has trained with ABT, OKC Ballet, Houston METDance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, NobleMotion Dance, and Big Muddy Dance Company. She has had the joy of performing with Ballet Wichita as a soloist and principal from 2008-2016, and Alithea Mime Theatre in 2017. Currently, she is a member of the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company and enjoys sharing her love of dance with her many students!. Many thanks to her entire family, Jill Landrith, and the faculty at WSU for helping her become the dancer and instructor she is today!

Instructs: Jazz, Ballet

Kelly Johnson

In her hometown of Wichita Kansas, Ms. Kelly Johnson began dancing at age four. At eight, she continued her training with Sharon Rogers of Rogers Ballet, studying ballet, tap and jazz. Kelly furthered her training at Friends University under the direction of Stan K. Rogers and graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Ballet and English minor. Pursuing her dream to dance professionally, Kelly has studied with well-versed choreographers such as Stan K. Rogers, Dominic Walsh, Melonie Buchanan Murray, Shawn Stevens, and Alonzo King. Following graduation, Kelly spent 6 weeks at the Oklahoma City Ballet Summer Intensive on scholarship and returned home to pick up modeling with Models and Images Agency, owned by Alleigh Allen. In 2017 she attended the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas, TX where she placed 2nd in the Dance/Talent division and met with model scouts at national and international levels. In the fall of that year, Kelly moved to Wilmington, North Carolina and spent 2 seasons dancing with U.S. International Ballet, directed by Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini. In these two years, she has taught and choreographed for studios in the Wilmington area and attained hands-on professional experience in a ballet company. Kelly has gained a strong love for teaching and helping students meet their personal goals and she could not be happier to be part of the MDM family once more.  

Instructs: Ballet, Pointe, Taps & Twirls

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