Kathy is the Owner and Artistic Director of Bunker Dance Center founding the Center 20 years ago at the prompting of friends and family. The studio started off as Bunker Boogie in homage to her mother whose nickname is Boogie and who instilled the love of dance and teaching dance in Kathy as she worked and taught side by side with her mother and sister in her mother's studio. Kathy holds a Master's Degree in the Arts from American University in Washington, D.C., performed worldwide with the International Folk Dance Company from Brigham Young University, studied and performed Flamenco with the world renown Luisa Triana, is the current director of the nationally recognized Performing Arts Companies at Bunker Dance Center, and loves to choreograph, coach, and teach. Kathy married her best friend, Chris Bunker, 30 years ago and together they have 4 children making her life complete.
Aaron recently gained fame as the 1st runner up on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 10. Aaron began his dance career at Bunker Dance Center at 7 years of age and continued to dance throughout his elementary, junior high, and high school years becoming a top dancer on the Bunker Dance Center Senior Performing Arts Company. After high school graduation Aaron has gone on to guest star and collaborate with his showbiz performer dad, Earl Turner, both on cruise ships and here locally at The Suncoast Hotel and Casino as well as starred in "Stomp Out Loud" at Planet Hollywood. Aaron managed to perform while attending and graduating from UNLV with a Bachelor's degree AND teaching Hip-Hop, Tap, and Jazz at Bunker Dance Center! We are thrilled to have Aaron back on staff as he pursues his other dreams in music and dance.
Alexis Pearson has trained at The Dance Club since the age of 3 in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She has taught for over six years at the Vibe Performing Arts. She has trained and performed with the professional company Origins for 6 years. She has been on television shows such as Live to Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and So You Think You Can Dance. She has been featured in music videos and other various commercials. She has also traveled to Hong Kong to dance in the Chinese New Year parade performances. Encouraging kids to seek their full potential and lifting their self-esteem is her specialty. Alexis plays an intricate role at the studio as the Assistant Director of all performance teams at Bunker Dance Center. Welcome Alexis!!!
Alyssa Brizzi was born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada. She started dancing at the age of 3 and at the age of 12 left home to train with The National Ballet School of Canada and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. At 16, she became a finalist on the reality television show Triple Sensation before moving to NYC to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her next stop was Tokyo, Japan where she was the lead aerialist for Mystic Rhythms in Tokyo Disney. A year later she joined the touring company of Disney's Beauty and the Beast as the dance captain and swing for two years. Throughout her career she performed in multiple musicals and ballets such as Gypsy, Big the Musical, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, The Nutcracker and Coppelia. Alyssa is very excited to join the wonderful team of Bunker!
Anthony, a Vegas native, grew up with salsa socials held at his house with family dancing and playing instruments. Seeing this greatly influenced him as dance and rhythm was embedded into him at an early age. He later took to street dancing only learning from music videos and others within the community as this was the pre you-tube era. At the age of 16 he began his choreography training when he auditioned for Future Shock. He advanced into Culture Shock and later went on artistically to co-direct and train Future Shock. Following his passion he was discovered and recruited as a young choreographer for iLLOGIC Production, MGM Grand Productions, and Studio 54 until venturing out of Vegas to study dance and Hip Hop Culture in LA and New York. He went on to teach at several studios in LA, Hawaii, Poland and China while working as a dancer performing around the world in tours, award shows and videos with artists such as Kanye West, Sean Paul, Rob Base, The Temptations and Polish pop star Natalia Lesz to name a few. He has worked with choreographers such as Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Hi-Hat, Patrick Chen, Scotty Nguyen, Barry Morgan and other locals here in Vegas. Anthony's recent accomplishments include representing the USA in the World Expo held in Shang Hai in his stage show "Heart of the Streets," creating an Urban movement history dance class in a few Hawaii schools and continuing on his volunteer work with at risk youth. He will never forget his humble beginnings where he is reminded under the stage lights it was once street lights. He carries the teachings of his mentors passing it on to younger generations in an attempt to instill the same values of following your heart and living a life of purpose. Working with Bunker is a sweet story of things going in full circle as his mentors growing up have been a part of the Bunker family. Welcome Anthony!
Ashley has grown up dancing at Bunker Dance Center and was a part of its very first Performing Arts Company. She danced with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University for four years where she toured all over the United States, Quebec, and Europe. She was also a dancer and assistant president of the modern company DancEnsemble at BYU for two years. One of her greatest achievements in college was being presented the "Outstanding Choreographer Award" by the Contemporary Dance Division for her senior project. Ashley received her BA in Dance and has been spending the last three years performing and choreographing community theater musicals. She is excited to be a part of the Bunker family once again!
Ashley Onstott was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the age of 17 she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she began her career as a professional ballet dancer. While dancing with Ballet West from 1996 to 2001 Ashley also completed her BFA in Ballet and her BS in Anthropology graduating with honors. Ashley holds national certifications from the American Council on Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In addition, Ashley is certified in aquatic fitness, Pilates, pre/postnatal exercise and Mommy-and-Baby fitness. While training in New York, Ashley was named one of the top personal trainers nationally by Town Sports International in 2003 and 2004. Ashley relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2005, and continues teaching and training in a variety of settings including Las Vegas Athletic Clubs. While in Las Vegas Ashley completed her MS in exercise science and health promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania and has been involved in numerous health and fitness programs including Body and Soul and Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting. Welcome Ashley!
Astrid Bean has been teaching dance for the past 20 plus years. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance Education with an emphasis in Modern Dance from Brigham Young University, and toured with BYU’s “The Dancer’s Company” throughout the Western States and South Africa. She is a mother of three wonderful girls and a darling little boy. Astrid loves teaching master workshops, intensives, and regular weekly classes: Focusing on body placement, proper alignment, corrective movement, injury prevention, rhythmic analysis, nutritional counseling and dance history. She also teaches Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates for dancers. She has had extensive experience and education in the works of Alexander, Feldenkrais, Alwin Nicholai, Graham and Horton techniques as well as specializing in body somatotypes and kinesiology for dancers, with particular attention to proper body development for youth. Welcome Astrid!
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Carissa started studying dance at the age of three. She became a professional at the age of fourteen when she was invited to be a goodwill ambassador for the United States under the sister city program with Germany. She toured throughout Germany with the Fandango Dance Company as a principal flamenco dancer. She toured with the Boston Flamenco Ballet performing in 30 states and 53 cities throughout the United States as well as a tour of Mexico. She has performed for the president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari as well as Queen Elizabeth of England. Carissa has lent her talents to many companies including, Panasonic, IBM, Doritos's, Manfrotto, The Mirage Hotel and Casino and The Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Carissa recently performed with the Los Angeles Opera in the production of "Carmen" conducted by Placido Domingo. She is a regular in the Forever Flamenco series at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Welcome Carissa!
Charmaine began her training at the Hartford Ballet School and after years of intense training moved to New York to study at the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she was a principle dancer. Charmaine relocated to Las Vegas to work with Cirque du Soleil. While here, she founded the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater. We are very excited to have Charmaine teaching Ballet and working with the Performing Arts Companies again this year. Charmaine is also one of the directors of Ovation, the newly formed Musical Theater Company here at Bunker Dance Center.
Cheri began performing as a National Artistic Roller Skating Champion. Her interest then turned toward dance where she was a member and soloist with Performing Arts Dance Theatre in Michigan. She passed advanced Cecchetti ballet exams, and studied jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, ballet, and pom-pon. She has 14 years of experience teaching recreational and competitive dancers, eight of which were for her own dance studio Cheri's Dance Academy in Michigan. Cheri has set choreography for numerous competition teams, organized and taught workshops and dance camps, and has been an active volunteer with National Dance Week Celebrations. This is Cheri's fifth year at Bunker Dance Center working as the Office Manager.
David Roberts is a Las Vegas native, who has developed an extensive knowledge over 14 years of experience teaching gymnastics and acrobatics. After 8 years of directing and teaching gymnastics and tumbling at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center in Summerlin and other various City of Las Vegas facilities, David turned his studies and passion to the world of acrobatics beginning in 2007. For the past years David has studied technique development for performing arts under various artists, teachers, and creators including Jesus Villa and Uldi Hajdu. Davids teaching style creates an enjoyable, engaging, and enthusiastic environment of maximum learning for his students to reach their full potential. Welcome David!
Deanna has studied music at the University of Florida and under the direction of the composition master, John Williams, at Florida State University; voice with Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Chip Dorton and Cabaret Artist, Martha Montgomery in NYC; dance with John Parks of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Musical Theatre Performance at the Broadway Theatre Project under the direction of Ann Reiking at the University of South Florida. During Deanna’s 25 years of professional stage performance in NYC, and in National and International Touring Companies she has enjoyed the pleasure of being produced by Jerry Zaks, being under the direction of Louis St. Louis and singing with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, and Gladys Knight. Some of her favorite roles include Rafiki/Storyteller in “The Lion King”, Brenda in “Smokey Joe’s Café and Armelia/Charlaine in “Ain’t Misbehavin’. As an instructor in vocal and musical theatre performance, Deanna brings a lot to the plate as one of the directors for Bunker Dance Center's newly formed Ovation Musical Theater Company.
Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Dempsey began her classical training at Legacy School of the Arts before continuing on to gain her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. While attending UMKC, Dempsey had the privilege of performing DeeAnna Hiett’s “Without a Word” at the Kennedy Center for the American College Dance Festival Nationals. She also performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Grand Opening Gala, as well as Kansas City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Dempsey attended programs at The Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship, The Ailey School, Deeply Rooted, Ballet Austin and The Jillana School. Dempsey continues to perform as a current member of the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater under the direction of Bernard H. Gaddis. Welcome Dempsey!
Diane comes to Las Vegas from Spokane, WA, where she taught tap for twenty years. This will be her thirteenth year at Bunker Dance. She has a total of over forty years of teaching experience. She danced in the Golden Horseshoe and the Electric Parade at Disneyland, as well as many convention shows. Her students have won many top awards at competitions, and she is most proud of her most accomplished student, her daughter Stephanie. Diane is also an integral member of the costume team at Bunker Dance Center.
Emily is a current member of the Senior Performing Arts Company. She has danced at Bunker Dance Center for fourteen years as a student, assistant, and teacher. While at Bunker, she has been trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, flamenco, bollywood, musical theatre, hip-hop, and many more. She currently choreographs and dances in events such as Barmitzvahs and birthdays. She also studies dance at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and will be a senior this year. After high school Emily hopes to pursue a life in dance as well as pre-law. We welcome Emily as one of our newest faculty members!
Erina moved to Las Vegas to take on the soloist ballet role in Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular. She now teaches ballet full-time. She's a former company member of Cincinnati Ballet where she danced many leading roles as well as performed with many ballet companies in the US and Europe. She was a faculty member of Academy of Cincinnati Ballet for six years, and has taught master classes for ballet all over US, Tokyo and Zurich, and guest taught master classes at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. This begins Erina's fifth year on staff with Bunker Dance!
Jasmine is a native of Las Vegas beginning her training at Nevada Dance Theatre (now Nevada Ballet Theatre). She has been a scholarship recipient for several prestigious ballet summer programs including ABT, Alvin Ailey, Bolshoi Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Pennsylvania Rock School. She continued her training under the famous David Howard in New York City where she received her BFA in Dance from the Joffrey Ballet under the New School University. Jasmine has been a teacher for ages 2-Adult/Professional all over California, Arizona, and Nevada for over 7 years and two years with Bunker Dance Center. She is also a teaching assistant for Allan McCormick (original Devil in Le Reve) when in Las Vegas. Jasmine was also an Artist in Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis at the Aria resort and casino and continues to perform throughout the Las Vegas area. She is very excited and blessed to be back teaching at Bunker!
Jennifer is happy to return to Bunker Dance Center. She previously taught several of our baby ballet classes, musical theatre, and ballroom classes. Jennifer also enjoys performing, competing and teaching with Arthur Murray Dance Studio. She majored in dance at UNLV, and competed with the UNLV'S Ballroom Dance Formation Team. She was the director of the North Las Vegas Region Talent Team, a non-profit, nationwide group that teaches the fundamentals of dance, music, and drama to kids. She wrangles three adorable boys who also love to sing and dance and a talented husband who you may have seen behind the camera at the dance shows, fixing computer related problems, or adjusting sound systems in the studio. Welcome Jennifer!
MJ holds a BFA in dance with a concentration in choreography and performance from the university of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also graduated from the Edge scholarship program. She danced with Beyonce in 'Run the World(girls)' music video and billboard awards. She was a part of Sonya Tayeh's Tayeh Dance company. She danced with Hinton Battle 3x tony award winning choreographer in the soon to be released bolden film. She danced and assisted the brilliant Peter Chu. She has danced in Panasonic industrials and with music artists such as Blood arm. Her choreography has been seen in Dancing Under the Stars festival, Tessandra Chavez unity shows, Edge Performing Arts center annual show, LA's carnival, NYC through modern contemporary festivals, and is currently setting choreography on the Los Angeles Contemporary company. MJ is beyond thrilled to be working with Kathy, the kids who are such shining, eager artist, and such a talented faculty. Welcome MJ!
A graduate of Canada's National Ballet School, Naomi Stikeman earned international acclaim while performing with The National Ballet of Canada, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, La La La Human Steps, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Copenhagen International Ballet, and Celine Dion's A New Day. In 2002 her talent was acknowledged by the Canadian Academy of Film and Television with a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program, and a Gemini Nomination for that same category in 2004. Naomi created her production company One Yellow Fish Inc. in 2007. Her film Coldspot was honored at the Choreography Media Honors in Los Angeles and her film Pink Navigator is now a permanent installation at the new St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica CA. Naomi's stage production Çaturn, choreographed by Peter Chu and Crystal Pite, was recently presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Upon her return to Las Vegas in 2010, Naomi founded The Las Vegas Performing Arts Intensive; an annual summer program that connects the youth of Las Vegas with celebrated performers, choreographers and directors working today. Naomi is honored to work with the incredible faculty and talented students at Bunker Dance Center! We welcome her back for a third year!
Patti moved to Las Vegas from San Diego in 1996. She has been involved with the studio one way or another since that time. Her daughter, Emily McTernan, started dancing with Bunker when she was five years old. Emily is now dancing in the Cirque Du Soliel Beatles "Love" show. Patti worked for fifteen years as a certified court reporter in the San Diego and Los Angeles area. When she moved to Las Vegas, she was very happy to be a stay-at-home/dance mom working part-time in their family business. Now that her kids are grown, she has taken on the role as Costume Coordinator for the studio.
Paul is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He choreographs and teaches for numerous organizations in Japan, and the U.S. such as: DEA, Dance Olympus, Boston’s Teachers’ Club, and UNLV. Paul also currently works for Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana as a craft technician. His performing background includes musical theater, cruise ships, theme parks, national commercials, and major Las Vegas shows. Paul teaches jazz to our top performing companies and there is a saying at Bunker: “Once a dancer passes through Paul’s hands they are on to the next level!”
Samantha was born in Utah and danced for several years with the company Turning Point Dance. Prior to moving to Las Vegas Samantha worked for her aunt and uncle handling customer service at the Two Jacks Pizza restaurant in Provo, Utah. Her positive, friendly and genuine interaction with customers was greatly appreciated by both her employers as well as by the customers. Her demonstrated competence was a great boon for the business. Many of the regular patrons were very saddened when Samantha decided to move to Las Vegas. Samantha really enjoys having the opportunity to carry over her former experience to her current position as a receptionist at Bunker Dance Center where she enjoys helping the dancers and their families. She loves living in Las Vegas and spending time with her two nieces who dance at Bunker Dance Center. Welcome Samantha!
Shauna was educated at Brigham Young University in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy. She taught piano lessons for 26 years and semi-retired from teaching in 2000. In 1988 she auditioned for a role with Signature Productions, was cast in a fun character role and was hooked again by the acting bug. Shauna then joined the Board of Signature Productions in 1989. She has been a Director/Musical director at Signature Productions as well as taking several roles on stage. Shauna taught Musical Theatre at Bunker a few years ago and is excited to be back again teaching with her sweet daughter, Ashley. Welcome back, Shauna!
Shelley received a bachelor's of Science in Physical Education, Dance Education specialty, from Brigham Young University. While a student there she performed with the ballet company, Theatre Ballet, toured with the Modern Dance performing company, The Dancer's Company, and performed with the precision dance team, The Cougarettes. She has owned her own studio and taught dance for over 25 years. Shelley's love for the language of dance and the joys from seeing success in the faces of those who love to learn keeps her coming back!
Sruti received training in Bharatnattyam for 20 years from Kalamandalam, Calcutta, India. She learned Kathakali from Guru Govindan Kutti. She received national scholarship for modern dance in India. She worked with Dr. Manjusree Chaki Sirkar & Ranjabati Sirkar, the legendary figure of Nava-Ntritya movement. Sruti represented India as a modern dancer in various international festivals. In 1998 she went to Europe to perform in World Expo (International Festival). After coming back to India, she was selected by internationally famous dancer and choreographer Chandralekha of Chennai and started working under her. In 2000, she went to Singapore to represent India in Singapore Art Festival. In 2010 Sruti went to China to choreograph a dance piece under direction of Guy Caron, director of creation, KA by Cirque Du Soleil. Sruti was Chairperson, Art Director and choreographer for NABC 2012 Closing Ceremony ’East meets West’.
Stephanie is the main tap teacher for the Performing Companies. This will be her fifteenth year at Bunker Dance. She graduated with a B.A. in Dance from UNLV with a choreography and teaching emphasis. Stephanie trained with Dr. Henry LeTang for four years, choreographer of the Tony Award Winning Show Black and Blue and teacher of Gregory Hines and Savion Glover and many other tap legends. She has also taught for DEA and UNLV. Coming from a family of teachers, she has had the opportunity to see the incredible impact a teacher can have on their students and can think of nothing she would rather be doing than building those relationships. Stephanie is a jewel at Bunker Dance Center with her incredible talents as a superior teacher and choreographer in the dance world.
Stephanie Thompson is a native of Virginia. She has resided in Las Vegas for ten years. She received an Associates of Science with high honors in 2011. She currently attends University of Nevada Las Vegas full time to obtain her Bachelors in Biochemistry. Stephanie plans to one day be a Pediatric Oncologist, as she loves to work with children! Prior to working for Bunker Dance Center she worked front desk for some years at a dentist office. Stephanie has been with Bunker Dance Center for two seasons now!
Tyrell is currently with Cirque Du Soleil Beatles Love show. He has recently taught at the Dallas Black Dance Academy, Debbie Reyonlds, and IDA Hollywood. He has received many scholarships from The Ailey School, Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Chicago and The Florida Dance Festival. Tyrell is formerly of Disney The Lion King Vegas Broadway and Night Thrist Musical choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and has danced with Ailey 2, Deeply Rooted Chicago, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Philadanco Dance Company, Blue13 Bollywood dance company, Dance NOW Ensemble, Ailey On Ailey and has done guest work with Verb Ballet, Dallas Black and Brazz Dance Theater. Over the last 8 years he has done choreography for a number of companies nationally and internationally. He has produced three of his own shows in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and New York City. Tyrell recently choreographed for the Soul Train awards with Frank Gatson and for Chrisette Michele’s new tour. Welcome Tyrell!