Billings' Finest Dance Studio for the Arts

Montana Dance Center- About Us and Our Instructors

Who We Are

At Montana Dance Center, we are focused on providing a high-quality dance studio where seasoned dancers and new dancers alike come together under one roof.  To make this happen, we've assembled an amazing team of instructors who work with dancers of all ages and levels, making dance a truly fun and challenging activity for everyone.


With a wide selection of classes in multiple levels and genres, we’re sure you’ll find a class or two that fits your needs!  We specialize in Ballet, Ballet Pointe, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theater.


We are a community of dance instructors, "class takers", and people who live to dance.


Please give us a call to help you pick the best class for you or your family!



Our Instructors:

Montana Dance Center - Julia Marble

Julia Marble - Director


Julia Marble's dance education began with June Austin, Betty Loos, Jana Stockton, and the Arthur Murray School of Dance in Billings. She then attended and graduated high school from the National Academy of the Arts, in Champaign-Urbana, IL. While there, she was fortunate to train with Lupe Serrano, Christine Hennesy, Corey Winthrop, Michael Maule, Anthony Valdor, and Gwynn Ashton. 


After graduation, Julia attended Cornish Institute of the Allied Arts in Seattle, WA, studying with Pat Hon, Noelle Mason, and others. She later moved to New York City to further her training under many great teachers.


Ballet from Marjorie Mussman, Finis Jhung; Modern with Mary Hinkson (Graham), Milton Myers (Horton), and at the Cunningham and Limon Studios; Jazz from various studios including the American Dance Machine Intensives with Buzz Miller, Lee Theodore, and Gemsi DeLappe.


She danced professionally as a member of the Matthews-Masters Dance Company (Directors: Gary Masters and Fred Mathews), Sue Bernhardt and Dancers, and with many other modern dance groups in NYC. 


Julia has been teaching Ballet, Modern and Creative Movement for more than 20 years and is certified to teach the Zena-Rommett Floor-barre Method. She sought out special training with studies in Pilates at the Carole Treir Studio, and in early-childhood development to enhance her teaching skills with younger children.  She received instruction from Seattle's Anne Green Gilbert, and through youth program "Tempo, Level, Energy, and Shape".   


Before returning to Billings, Julia served as Co- Director, Administrator and Instructor with Dance Arts Los Alamos, in Los Alamos, NM a non-profit organization.  While there, she instituted an annual production of The Nutcracker inviting lead guest dancers from ABT, Ballet West, and elsewhere to provide a special cultural experience for that Community.  She began Intensive Summer Programs with renowned guest teachers to further broaden the students'  and staff’s education and exposure to many different dance professionals.


Currently, Julia serves as Co-Director of School of Classical Ballet (SCB) and as an Instructor at the school.  She co-founded a children's community dance company, Motion Arts Dance Company (MADCO) in the fall of 2012, and serves as Co-Directors and choreographer. 

 


Betty Loos


Betty Loos directed her own school for six years before co-founding the School of Classical Ballet with former business partner Jana Stockton. 


Betty received her early training from June Austin and Hungarian teachers Ildiko Perjessy and Angela Mc Alpin in Billings.  She continued her training at the University of Utah under the direction of William Christiansen, and at the Teachers' Training Program through the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.


She has furthered her training through numerous intensive workshops with teachers such as David Howard, Fredbjorn Bjornson, and Conrad Ludlow.  She was awarded a teacher's fellowship to attend the National Ballet of Canada. Former students have danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Smuin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, David Taylor, and apprenticed with the National Ballet of Canada.

Betty has also trained in modern dance with Ririe Woodbury, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, and Sandra Neels.


Additionally, Betty is a co-founder, co-director, and choreographer with the Billings children's community dance company Motion Arts Dance Company (MADCO) since fall of 2012.

 

Leeza Freeman

Leeza was born in Billings, Montana. She began her dance training at four years of age at Tracy's School of Dance. By age eight, she had moved to Ironwood, Michigan where she continued to train for the next ten years at Ironwood Dance Company. There she studied: Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Funk, and Hip Hop. It was here that she began assisting dance classes and found her passion for teaching dance to all ages. While at Ironwood she taught many of the various genres of dance. She regularly participated in competitions, workshops and conventions while pursuing her love for performing dance, choreographing and teaching this art form to others.

Her love of Billings brought her back in 2009, where she became a Nanny to four small children. Currently she manages a very busy optometrist office. She loves kids, making jewelry, eating good food, and traveling to new places. Leeza is very excited to be at Montana Dance Center pursuing her passion.

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Olivia Kusek


Olivia Kusek is currently a junior at Billings West High School and the Billings Career Center and has been dancing at the School of Classical Ballet for 14 years. She started with ballet, but has also taken many years of modern, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She had been very involved in local theatre, being in shows at Billings Studio Theatre and choreographing for nova. She will be teaching creative movement, pre-ballet, and musical theatre 1! Olivia is also a senior member of Motion Arts Dance Company (MADCo).

 
Carly Mann

Carly was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from San Jose State University as a Dean’s Scholar, Outstanding Graduating Senior, and Magna Cum Laude.  At SJSU, she extended her training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz and performed as a member of the University Dance Theater (UDT) for two years. Her Early Childhood Development education from SJSU has helped her teach youth at public schools and dance studios in the Bay Area of California and here in Billings.  Carly is excited to perform with Terpsichore Dance Company and looks forward to bringing more dance to the Billings community.
 
Kristie Martin


Kristie Martin, born and raised in Billings, MT, is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful kids. She holds a masters degree in literacy education and is currently a literacy and curriculum specialist for School District #2 here in Billings. Kristie is committed to continual learning, taking informed risks and learning from the results in all aspects of her life. Aside from school, her passion has always remained in the arts. Kristie grew up dancing here in Billings and studied dance at the University of Montana in Missoula. She also spent many years perfecting technique through various workshops around the country and summer studies in Los Angeles, CA. Kristie loves being a part of the arts community in Billings and has worked with Nova (Venture) Theater, The Montana Music Institute, the Skyview High Skylights Show Choir and she currently teaches jazz at The School of Classical Ballet and CDS The Edge Performing Arts Center. She also currently dances with Terpsichore Dance Company. She can’t wait to pass on the love and joy of dance to her children as she watches them grow to love music and art.

~”There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

~Edith Wharton



Amanda Morales


Amanda Morales trained in ballet, jazz, and tap at Backstage Dance Academy in Turlock, CA, and later studied hip hop in Modesto, CA.  She came to Billings in 2004 after retiring from three years dancing in the NFL as a professional cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers.  Amanda earned her BA in secondary education and her MA Ed. in school counseling from MSU Billings. She has been head coach of Skyview High School's Falcon FusionDance team since founding it in 2014.  Her husband Kevin also teaches at Skyview and coaches varsity boys basketball. They have four children, Amaya, Melia, Kai, and Kelis.

 
Montana Dance Center - maribel

Maribel Parman


Maribel discovered her true passion for dance while completing her Bachelor of Business Administration and marketing.  Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop/ Break dance, and Latin Dance are just some of the many styles of dance in which she teaches and performs.


Her first formal dance training was with the Danza Jazz Stage company in Chihuahua, Mexico, where she was nominated for the Best Beginning Dancer of the Year award.  Maribel advanced her education by achieving a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction,  and becoming certified in Latin Dance.  She has also furthered her training in all styles of dance through a variety of extensive and intense classes with professional choreographers such as Misha Gabriel, Mia Michaels, Marty  Dew, Doug Caldwell, Joelle Martinec, Jeff “PHI” Nguyen, Napoleon and Tabatha of NappyTabs, Wes Veldik, Julie Bour, Jeff Amsden, Michele Assaf, Tyce Diorio, and many more.  Maribel has pursued intensive training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City, and The Edge in LA, as well as many other nationwide and local workshops.


Maribel received the AMTC International Talent and Model scholarship and was selected to compete in Orlando, FL. As result of this competition, Maribel received second  a place dance award and call backs from the Kristene Wallis Agency in Los Angeles and Arrow Records in Atlanta. In 2010, Maribel competed in the Spotlight and Thunderstruck dance competitions in Billings, MT obtaining several awards including Best Choreography and Category Winner.


Maribel had the opportunity to experience So You Think You Can Dance auditions in Seattle and Denver, performances as an Assistant Director/ choreographer/ dancer for 2010 Billings Outlaws (Voted “2010′s best dance team of the IFL”) , and video-logy hip hop artist and dancer under the direction of Underground Studios. Maribel is currently enjoy dancing with an amazing group of talented women from Terpsichore Dance Company.

 

Aryn Reid


Reid comes to Billings, Montana from the Bitterroot Valley. While there she taught at   Groovz Studio of Dance for of five years. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. 

As a student, she won overall trophies in Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. In 2013 her tap group won 4th place at the National Spotlight Dance Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has performed at the following competitions: Spotlight Dance Cup, Kids Artistic Review, and Team Dance. Her skill extends beyond creating dances for competitions and recitals; some of her favorite work came while choreographing for local productions such as: Annie, Much Ado About Nothing, Thoroughly Modern Milly, and Frozen. 


Reid loves to see the spark in a students' eye when they learn something new or overcome a challenge. She is in the process of becoming PBT certified and furthering her education in early childhood development. She is excited to teach and continue learning at MDC. 

 

Christina Taylor

Christina lives to perform. Whether it be in music or dance, she loves the performing arts. She grew up studying Ballet and quickly added Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap to her dance pallet. As a dance major at Weber State University in Utah she added modern dance to the mix (and YES, she did learn to "be a tree!") Christina taught as a guest instructor and choreographer at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and performed as a member of Movement Coalition and Junction Dance, two local, no-profit dance companies in Utah. She comes to Billings by way of Las Vegas and Phoenix and has enjoyed becoming a part of the dance scene in Billings as a member of Terpsichore and a teacher at SCB. She loves traveling with her husband, Rocky, and having dance parties in the kitchen with her four kids!

 
Tiffany Wardell

Tiffany established her ballet training in Utah at Rocky Mountain Ballet under the direction of former Ballet West soloist, Connie Burton. Additional instruction was received at the Jillana School where she studied the Balanchine Technique. While in high school, Tiffany performed with the Ballet Showcase Company at Brigham Young University and was given the Sterling Scholar Award in the category of dance. She has enjoyed dancing principal roles in ballets such as
La Fille Mal Gardée, Swan Lake, Paquita, and The Nutcracker in addition to a variety of original works by Connie Burton, Suzi Wood, and Shani Robison. Other dance teachers that have influenced Tiffany’s ballet and modern training are Kathleen Sheffield, Marilyn Berrett, Jan Dijkwel, Sandra Allen, Jenny Creer-King, Janalyn Memmot, and Mark Lanham. Tiffany graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Biology Composite Teaching, and a minor in Dance. Tiffany has been teaching and choreographing ballet for over ten years at a variety of studios and covering all age groups. For three years, Tiffany taught levels five through seven here in Billings at the School of Classical Ballet. Tiffany is excited to be returning after living and teaching in Houston, Texas for four years to teach at SCB again.
 

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