Innovative Choreography founders, Lauren Wilson and Anne Kastelic, will be joined by this amazing group of instructors:
Leah has been dancing since age 4 and danced competitively since age 7 at Miss Maria's. In addition, she has also been a premier team choreographer and coach at Miss Maria’s for 2 years. Leah has taken classes for 5 years at Kansas City Ballet and participated in the Nutcracker for 4 years with KCB. Leah’s favorite dance style is contemporary and has been in numerous groups, duets, and solos in the contemporary style for over 6 years. Leah has been on Shawnee Mission West Viking Dance team for 3 years and served as a senior captain. Leah decided to graduate a year early to start dancing more professionally and gain more dance opportunities. She will be a dance and business major at the University of Missouri Kansas City and is also a Kansas City Roos dance team recruit. She is super excited to be a 1st year staffer and loves the new opportunities Innovative has brought her!!
Bella began dancing at the age of 3. She grew up dancing competitively for 12 years and spent most of her time dancing at The Pulse Performing Art Center. Bella was a part of the Blue Valley West dance team for 4 years and was a captain her senior year. She has been a part of the Innovative family since her junior year and started choreographing upon graduation. Some of her favorite styles are contemporary, lyrical, and jazz but Bella has been trained in many different styles. Bella found her passion for pom while on her high school dance team. Currently, Bella is attending the University of Kansas and studying Strategic Communication. While in college her passion for dance continues.
Libby has been dancing since she was six years old. She started her first year with tap and hip hop and advanced to learning ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and lyrical. She has been dancing at Le Dance Studio for 11 years. Libby was a member of the Blue Valley West Crimson Cats dance team for three years where she first discovered pom! Libby is attending the University of Kansas and is studying social work.
Hanna La Londe
Hanna La Londe is from Lenexa, KS. For 12 years, Hanna was a competitive dancer at Starstruck Performing Arts Center in Lenexa, KS. As a high school senior she was a co-captain for her dance team, giving her many opportunities to choreograph and critique dances. During her senior year, she won the National PTA’s Award of Excellence for dance choreography and performed her winning choreography at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. Hanna graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering and a minor in Spanish from Kansas State University in 2019. During her freshman and sophomore year, Hanna performed across the country at football games, basketball games, pep rallies, and other events as a member of the Classy Cats dance team.
Hanna has choreographed for area high schools and dance studios. Outside of her 9-5, she is a part-time dance teacher at Beller Dance and Gymnastics and JJD Dance Company in Overland Park, KS. Hanna’s favorite styles to teach are lyrical, contemporary, and technique.
Elizabeth began dancing in fourth grade. Her strength is ballet, but she is also trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, and modern as well. Elizabeth’s training consists of technique based dancing, which she now likes to share with others through teaching. Growing up, she was a competitive dancer at Power House Dance. In January 2015 Elizabeth auditioned in Atlanta, GA to be accepted into the Rockette Summer Intensive in NYC. She was accepted into the program and trained under the Radio City Rockettes in July of 2015 and 2017. Elizabeth graduated with her BSN from Avila University and is working as a registered nurse. While attending Avila she was apart of the Glitter Girls Dance Team. She was a captain her senior year. Elizabeth is in her third season as a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Kati Oddo began her dancing career at age three and has had a passion for dance ever since. She danced competitively with Dance Xcel where she earned several national titles, trained with instructors from across the country, and began her career as a teacher and choreographer. In addition to training at Xcel, Kati was also a member of her high school dance team. Upon graduating high school, Kati went on to dance at Kansas State University as a member of the Classy Cats dance team. An assistant section leader her junior year and captain her senior year, Kati performed at basketball games, football games, volleyball games, parades, pep rallies, NCAA tournaments, bowl games, and numerous other university activities. Additionally, Kati received three “All American” awards at National Dance Alliance camps and placed in the top ten at the collegiate national competition. During her years at K-State, Kati took four years of ballet, yoga, and body conditioning for dancers through the university’s dance program. After graduating college, Kati continued her dancing career as a Galaxy Girl for the Missouri Comets soccer team. She currently choreographs and teaches throughout the Kansas City area. Kati is honored to be a part of the Innovative Choreography team and looks forward to using her experience to guide young dancers to perform to the best of their abilities.
Macy has been dancing since the age of 2. She was a competitive dancer for 13 years at Le Dance Studio. She was also on her high school dance team for 4 years and was captain for 2. She has been trained in all styles of dance from jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, modern, to tap. Macy started out as an assistant for Innovative Choreography and now is starting her second year as a staff member. She is currently attending the University of Kansas and is studying elementary education while still pursuing her love of dance by taking dance classes at the University.
Brianna Thomas is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in Dance Pedagogy, where she graduated summa cum laude and cum honore. Brianna loves being a part of the Innovative Choreography family, getting to teach, coach, and adjudicate dancers. She teaches at Jody Phillips Dance Company, working with all ages in a variety of genres, spreading the love and joy of dance. In addition, she is the dance and color guard coach at Shawnee Mission West. Brianna has multiple years of experience in color guard, musical theatre, instrumental and vocal technique, and dance technique training. She has formerly danced with the American Spirit Dance Company and the Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dance Company at OCU.
Kia started dancing when she was 3 years old and has continued ever since. She danced competitively for 13 years at Le Dance Studio and continued her dance career at Blue Valley West High School as a captain for two years. Once she graduated in 2018, she traveled further into dance by joining the K-State Classy Cats and has been a member for 3 years. This year she serves as a section leader of the team as well. At Kansas State she is studying elementary education with a focus on special education and hopes to start teaching soon. She has teaching experience with dance from being a staff member on NDA , to teaching at her studio as well as personal connections. She loves working with dancers of all ages and abilities. Through all of this dance training, Kia is well versed in all styles including but not limited to jazz, ballet, pom, hip hop, tap, and lyrical. Kia is thrilled to further her dance career with Innovative Choreography!