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Rhonda Sylvester
Owner

Rhonda is a long time dance mom whose daughter, Raygan, began dancing at MKDS at the age of 5. She is thrilled to be the owner and business manager of Ms. Karen's Dance Studio and to continue the tradition of exceptional dance instruction in North Little Rock.

 

Tara Beebe
Operations Manager & Instructor

Tara is a proud MKDS Alumni and attended the University of Arkansas where she was a competitive coach for 6 years and discovered her love for teaching dance. Tara is trained in several genres including jazz, clogging, tap, ballet, hip hop and pom. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified.

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Aly Smith
Instructor

Aly Smith began dancing at MKDS at the tiny age of one and continued dancing for the next 17 years. She was a member of the competitive team for 10 years. Aly earned a degree from OBU in Mass Communication and Graphic Design. She loves to share her passion for dance with children of all ages.

 

Alexandria Williams
Instructor

Alexandria has been a member of the MKDS family since she was 7 years old. She did company dance  leading up to her senior year at North Little Rock High school, and then moved on to college at Arkansas State University. She then cheered on the co-ed cheerleading team her freshman year of college, and finished out her college career dancing for Red Wolves Dance team her sophomore, junior, and senior year. During those years she had the opportunity to compete at the UCA & NDA nationals. She now has a career as an Exercise Physiologist for Cardiac Rehab, but stays very passionate about teaching dance!

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Katie Robinson
Instructor

Katie began dancing at MKDS at the age of 5 and is proud to have been a member of the very first competition team. She attended Ole Miss where she was a Rebelette and received a degree in Education. Katie has a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and is the Director of Academic Technology at Episcopal Collegiate School. Her two daughters Abby Grace and Payton are members of the competition team. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified.

 

Lauren Throneberry, M.S.E.
Instructor

Beginning before age 2, Lauren grew up training in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, pointe, pom, and hip hop.  She attended the University of Central AR where she was a member of the National-Finalist UCA Dance Team. In the summers, Lauren worked for the Universal Dance Association and continues to choreograph for HS and JH teams around the state of Arkansas.  Lauren taught dance and coached all-star cheerleading, tumbling, and gymnastics at Sonshine Academy in Conway. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors in Education and her Masters soon after. She currently works as an administrator for Arkansas Virtual Academy.  Lauren is thrilled to share her love for dance with the students of MKDS, including her daughter Kinley, MKDS Company Member

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Matt Boyce
Instructor

Matt has been tap dancing professionally since the age of 12. He spent 4 years with the New Jersey Tap Ensemble and 6 years performing with Mike Minery's 'Tapaholics.” Matt is the founder and artistic director of Untapped, Arkansas' first and only professional Tap Dance Company. He is co-founder of the Little Rock Tap Festival with his wife, Savannah.

 

Tawny Carter
Instructor

Tawny began dancing at the age of 2 and has trained extensively in jazz, musical theater, lyrical, tap, pointe and her favorite Hip Hop! She won many regional and national awards for her dance before graduating high school. She was the captain of the University of Central Arkansas Dance Team and choreographed their performances for 2 years. She earned her degree in Family and Consumer Science from UCA.

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Toby Lewellen
Instructor

Toby is from Peoria Illinois where he began his serious dance training at Peoria Ballet. He is beginning his 9th season with Ballet Arkansas where he has performed lead roles in many of their productions and shows. He has been cast as the Nutcracker Prince and the Snow King in Ballet Arkansas' 'The Nutcracker'. He spends his summers on staff at The Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia as well as teaching Ballet Arkansas' summer intensives.