The Dance Authority Staff

Meet The Dance Authority Staff.


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Mindy Murphy

Mindy Murphy began her dance training in Omaha over 20 years ago.  She has been extensively trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, modern, and cheer/pom.  She was a part of a National title winning cheerleading team in high school where she was a UCA All-Star and asked to be a part of the

Ali Larsen

Ali Larsen began dancing 20+ years ago in Edwardsville, IL and didn’t skip a beat after moving to Omaha where she danced at various local studios before finding a home at The Dance Authority. Ali was a 4-year member of the nationally ranked Millard West Dance Team and has had her fair

Jason Shimerdla

Jason Shimerdla has been on staff at The Dance Authority since 2001. Jason is one of the studio’s most highly requested teachers and works closely with many of our younger dancers. Jason began dancing at the age of 5 and has studied Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tumbling, Ballet and Tap. Prior to te
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Jessica Raber

Jessica has studied all forms of dance for over 30 years. As a member of “Judy Bourn School of Dance” in Hartville, Ohio, she won hundreds of high score awards and titles as a soloist and group performer. Later, she was a member of the Cuyahoga Youth Ballet and studied at Ohio State U

Deanna Lundin

Deanna Lundin has been with The Dance Authority since it’s opening in 2001. She grew up dancing in the Omaha area with a background in ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling. While in high school she competed in the Miss Dance competition for Dance Masters of America receiving a scholarship i
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Katherine Eppink

Katherine Eppink teaches ballet and helps with choreography at The Dance Authority. A member of Ballet Nebraska, Katherine brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and perspective to our ballet students. Katherine is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned a B.F.A. from

Trisha Griffith

Hello! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Trisha Griffith, I am 34 yrs. old and I am married with 3 children. I have a strong gymnastics and dance background. I was involved in dance from the age of 7 till I was 12 yrs. old. I also was a competitive gymnast for years until I

Jennifer Novacek

Jennifer Novacek attended UNL and began her career as an Assistant Manager for the National Bank of Commerce in Lincoln. However, Jennifer is most proud of the job she has had for the past 16 years as a dedicated stay at home mom! Jennifer and her husband, Ryan have 3 children; Alexis
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Whitney Walsh

Before joining Ballet Nebraska last year, Whitney Walsh trained at the California Dance Theatre and performed leading roles with Pacific Festival Ballet. As a trainee with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago from 2012-2014, she danced in Alexei Kremnev’s The Nutcracker Suite, Coppelia, The
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Laura Skold

Laura Skold was born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. She trained at School of Classical Ballet and Dance and performed with Ballet Des Moines before spending her final year of high school at the prestigious Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Laura earned her B.F.A. in Ballet at the
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Megan Jones

Megan Jones began dancing at the age of 3 and continued her dance education by moving to The Dance Authority for its opening year in 2001 at the age of 5. She joined TDA’s Competition Team at the age of 12 and continued dancing competitively until she graduated in 2014. Megan has been

Rebecca Odom

Becca Odom began dancing in Omaha at the age of three, moving into competitive dance at five through high school. She has spent a number of years teaching students in preschool through older competitive levels, specializing in tap choreography. Becca attended Concordia University wher
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Adam Hawhee

As a hyperactive child being a relentless solar beam of energy, it makes sense that dancing has made a great outlet for me. My passion really ignited at age 15 when I was inspired by dancers at my school. This encouraged me to meet up with hip-hop dancers in the Omaha area who are not

Kelsey Carl

Bio coming soon.