Sammy Baker is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School and is graduating in June with a degree in child development from Central Methodist University. She has been dancing for over nineteen years. She has danced and competed in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, and LA while winning many awards. Sammy has a true passion for dance and the students. She taught at the Academy of Fine Arts for seven years. She also has been a youth ministry leader at The Crossing Church for the past 5 years. Sammy is teaching the Tap, Pixie, and Strength & Conditioning classes at TDA this summer.
Suzanne Menser grew up in Columbia, MO. She was the UMC feature twirler and a former Mizzou Golden Girl. She was the assistant director of The Academy of Fine Arts and has been teaching there for the past 15 years. With 30 years of dancing under her belt, Suzanne has a true passion for dance and loves working with the students. She has received numerous choreography awards throughout the years. Suzanne is teaching the Jazz classes this summer at TDA! We are so excited to have her as part of our family!
Junior Soares (Jose) began his training at eleven years old in Brazil. He trained at Bolshoi School, where he was in numerous dances. After graduating he danced with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago & danced in numerous ballets. From there he was accepted into Milwaukee Ballet's company, where he had the opportunity to perform several lead roles. Jose served over 60,000 children in 250 outreach performances while with the Milwaukee Ballet. This was Jose's first year with Missouri Contemporary Ballet. We are so excited to have Jose teaching all of our Ballet and Lyrical classes at TDA this summer. He is the perfect addition to our family!
Cayla Troyer-Timberlake has danced at The Academy of Fine Arts for over 15 years. She was a member of the 2007 national champion Bruin Girls Dance Team. Cayla was a Golden Girl and a feature twirler during her four years at Mizzou. She has adored her studio family and loves seeing the positive impact that dance has on each student. Cayla is teaching the Jazz classes at TDA this summer! We are so thankful to have her as part of the TDA family!
Bailey Bauchem has danced competitively in St. Louis since she was four years old. She danced on a UDA Nationally Ranked dance team in high school. Bailey also founded FZW STARS Dance Team in 2012, which is an all inclusive dance team for individuals with physically and intellectual disabilities. She has worked for UDA for one year as a camp instructor and UDA NDTC staffer in Orlando, Florida. Bailey then received an AFFA certification and taught Hip Hop and fitness classes at the Mizzou Rec Complex. She has also choreographed regional and national competitive dance team routines for several teams in the St. Louis area. Bailey is currently in Master's school for occupational therapy. She is teaching all of the Hip Hop classes at TDA this summer!
Caitlynn Noltie has danced since she was two years old. She has danced competitively for many years. She was also placed on Missouri Contemporary Ballet's preprofessional company. Caitlynn was a Rock Bridge Bruin Girl for two years. She has taught at Jabberwocky Studies in Columbia for the past year along with teaching DanceAbility classes at Missouri Contemporary Ballet. After graduation she attended The University of Missouri-Kansas City where she double majored in Business and Dance. She was part of the dance conservatory at UMKC. Caitlyn also was on the dance team at UMKC where they won a NDA National championship title in 2017. This year she will be transferring to Kansas State University where she will be dancing for the KSU Classy Cats. Caitlynn is teaching the Leaps & Turns classes at TDA this summer! We are very excited to have Caitlyn as part of our family at TDA!