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JESSICA KEHN -OWNER

Jessica began dancing at the age of 3, following in the footsteps of her two older sisters. She spent most of her formative years as a competitive dancer, competing both regionally and nationally along the East coast. She later attended The Ohio State University and studied both Dance and English. She has had the pleasure of taking classes at Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Harbour Dance Centre, and Christina's Adult Ballet in Detroit, MI.  In addition to the studio, Jessica is the artistic director of Artisan Ballet Company and Director of Artisan’s Junior & Senior Competition Team.  She is also an auxiliary board member for Ballet in the City, and was the 2014 recipient of The Clintonville Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Person of the Year” award.

MIGUEL ANAYA Originally from from Havana, Cuba, Miguel Anaya trained at the Alfonso Perez Isaac School and the Cuban National Ballet School, where he graduated in 2012. He has trained with Ramona de Saa, Marta Iris, Nor Maria, Ana Julia Bermudez, Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Alberto Mendez. He danced with the Washington Ballet Company during the 2014-15 season, performing various Septime Webre ballets including Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Anaya also danced the role of Siegfried in Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake while with the Washington Ballet. Mr. Anaya was invited to the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2011. In 2012, he won the Grand Prix National Competition in Cuba, and performed as a soloist dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, he performed as Basilio in Don Quixote.  Miguel is currently a company member at BalletMet

MIGUEL ANAYA

Originally from from Havana, Cuba, Miguel Anaya trained at the Alfonso Perez Isaac School and the Cuban National Ballet School, where he graduated in 2012. He has trained with Ramona de Saa, Marta Iris, Nor Maria, Ana Julia Bermudez, Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Alberto Mendez. He danced with the Washington Ballet Company during the 2014-15 season, performing various Septime Webre ballets including Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Anaya also danced the role of Siegfried in Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake while with the Washington Ballet. Mr. Anaya was invited to the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2011. In 2012, he won the Grand Prix National Competition in Cuba, and performed as a soloist dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, he performed as Basilio in Don Quixote.  Miguel is currently a company member at BalletMet

LEIGH LIJOI BACK Leigh is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her early training from Claudia Rudolf Barrett and numerous professional artists including Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev. She also studied with the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, and during her last two years of high school was privileged to perform both locally and on tour as a trainee with Cincinnati Ballet for The Nutcracker season. In 2005, Leigh joined Cincinnati Ballet as a full time company member while continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has been a professional artist with the Cincinnati Opera, Ballet Memphis, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and since 2012, the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry where she had the opportunity to perform on a number of national and international stages. While continuing to danceprofessionally in New York City, Leigh made the decision to also return to her academic studies with the intention of completing the undergraduate degree she began at the start of her professional dancing career. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Business Administration. Leigh is currently on faculty at BalletMet and also acting as the Education Assistant for the BalletMet Education Department.

LEIGH LIJOI BACK

Leigh is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her early training from Claudia Rudolf Barrett and numerous professional artists including Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev. She also studied with the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, and during her last two years of high school was privileged to perform both locally and on tour as a trainee with Cincinnati Ballet for The Nutcracker season. In 2005, Leigh joined Cincinnati Ballet as a full time company member while continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has been a professional artist with the Cincinnati Opera, Ballet Memphis, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and since 2012, the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry where she had the opportunity to perform on a number of national and international stages. While continuing to danceprofessionally in New York City, Leigh made the decision to also return to her academic studies with the intention of completing the undergraduate degree she began at the start of her professional dancing career. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Business Administration. Leigh is currently on faculty at BalletMet and also acting as the Education Assistant for the BalletMet Education Department.

KARA BRAUNREITER Kara began dancing at the age of 4 with ballet and tap. She has danced at the Schaumburg School of Dance in Illinois and the Eau Claire School of Dance in Wisconsin where she did competitive dance in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She competed with her high school dance team which placed several times at state and national competitions. She began teaching classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop during college. She joined Artisan Dance Studio’s adult classes three years ago where she enjoys taking ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. She also performs with the Artisan Ballet Company. Kara is currently working on her Ph.D. in Genetics at OSU where she enjoys working in a research lab and as a teaching associate in undergraduate classes. She loves her dog, Belle, who is named after her favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.

KARA BRAUNREITER

Kara began dancing at the age of 4 with ballet and tap. She has danced at the Schaumburg School of Dance in Illinois and the Eau Claire School of Dance in Wisconsin where she did competitive dance in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She competed with her high school dance team which placed several times at state and national competitions. She began teaching classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop during college. She joined Artisan Dance Studio’s adult classes three years ago where she enjoys taking ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. She also performs with the Artisan Ballet Company.

Kara is currently working on her Ph.D. in Genetics at OSU where she enjoys working in a research lab and as a teaching associate in undergraduate classes. She loves her dog, Belle, who is named after her favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.

EMILY GOTSCHALL Emily Gotschall received her training at the BalletMet Dance Academy and was a member of the Professional Training Program. Prior to joining BalletMet, Ms. Gotschall danced with Dayton Ballet and was also a guest performer with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance in Asheville, North Carolina. She finds both classical and contemporary repertoire challenging and fulfilling. Among her favorite roles she lists Juliet in David Nixon’s Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, the final pas de deux in Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland and Julie Jordan in Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel.

EMILY GOTSCHALL

Emily Gotschall received her training at the BalletMet Dance Academy and was a member of the Professional Training Program. Prior to joining BalletMet, Ms. Gotschall danced with Dayton Ballet and was also a guest performer with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance in Asheville, North Carolina. She finds both classical and contemporary repertoire challenging and fulfilling. Among her favorite roles she lists Juliet in David Nixon’s Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, the final pas de deux in Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland and Julie Jordan in Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel.


KELLY HURLBURT Kelly is a mover and maker in the Columbus Area. She received a B.F.A in Dance at Ohio State University with a minor in Alternative therapies. She continues into her 3rd year collaborating and dancing with Columbus Moving Company (CMCo). Kelly can be found teaching and facilitating improvisation, modern and composition around the Columbus area. Her interests in holistic health influence her dancing and teaching, allowing her to focus on creating mindful and wholesome experiences for experienced and non experienced movers. 

KELLY HURLBURT

Kelly is a mover and maker in the Columbus Area. She received a B.F.A in Dance at Ohio State University with a minor in Alternative therapies. She continues into her 3rd year collaborating and dancing with Columbus Moving Company (CMCo). Kelly can be found teaching and facilitating improvisation, modern and composition around the Columbus area. Her interests in holistic health influence her dancing and teaching, allowing her to focus on creating mindful and wholesome experiences for experienced and non experienced movers. 

COURTNEY KELLEY Courtney Kelley grew up in Westerville, Ohio and has been dancing for the past thirty years. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical growing up and was a part of her studios successful competition team. She has danced professionally for Six Flags theme parks, in New York City and was a founding member of the Columbus branch of New Vision Dance Company. In NYC she studied with such masters as Frank Hatchett, Jackie Patterson, and Ann Reinking. Courtney has been teaching in the Central Ohio area for the past nineteen years, choreographing multiple competition groups and serving as director of a pre-dance (ages 3-6 years) program for 4 years. She is an active member of Dance Master of America, Ohio Dance Masters Chapter 16 certified in Cecchetti ballet and jazz. Teaching is her biggest passion and she loves watching students grow, learn and become more confident through dance. Courtney has a B.A. in Italian from The Ohio State University and just recently choreographed a show with university Jazz Ensemble. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her partner, Sean, who works in Formula 1 racing, and cuddling on the couch with their kitties. Courtney is beyond thrilled to join the amazing faculty at Artisan Dance Studio!

COURTNEY KELLEY

Courtney Kelley grew up in Westerville, Ohio and has been dancing for the past thirty years. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical growing up and was a part of her studios successful competition team. She has danced professionally for Six Flags theme parks, in New York City and was a founding member of the Columbus branch of New Vision Dance Company. In NYC she studied with such masters as Frank Hatchett, Jackie Patterson, and Ann Reinking. Courtney has been teaching in the Central Ohio area for the past nineteen years, choreographing multiple competition groups and serving as director of a pre-dance (ages 3-6 years) program for 4 years. She is an active member of Dance Master of America, Ohio Dance Masters Chapter 16 certified in Cecchetti ballet and jazz. Teaching is her biggest passion and she loves watching students grow, learn and become more confident through dance. Courtney has a B.A. in Italian from The Ohio State University and just recently choreographed a show with university Jazz Ensemble. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her partner, Sean, who works in Formula 1 racing, and cuddling on the couch with their kitties. Courtney is beyond thrilled to join the amazing faculty at Artisan Dance Studio!

KELLY NAGLE Kelly started dancing at the young age of 3 and was traveling across the country competitively dancing by the age of 9.  Her senior year, her team held the title of National Champions for their Jazz routine at Dance Xplosion competition.  Kelly is trained in Ballet/Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop.  In college, Kelly went on to teach dance for four years at Dance Evolution in Stow, Ohio.  She taught all age ranges from minis to adults, as well as the competition team.  Kelly majored in Fashion Merchandising at Kent State University and moved down to Columbus right after college.  She had tried to find a studio for years that taught adult classes to continue her passion and love for dance.  Almost 2 years ago, Kelly found Artisan’s website online with all positive reviews and a multitude of offerings in adult classes!  She took Jessica’s contemporary class and fell in LOVE with her and the studio and has continued taking class here ever since.  Now she is ecstatic to be able to show her passion and love for dance by teaching hip hop classes at the studio. Kelly also has pursued her other passion of fashion and works full time at Lane Bryant’s corporate office as the dress buyer!   She resides in the historic neighborhood of German village and loves to cook, go to concerts, and cuddle with her cat Khloe in her spare time.

KELLY NAGLE

Kelly started dancing at the young age of 3 and was traveling across the country competitively dancing by the age of 9.  Her senior year, her team held the title of National Champions for their Jazz routine at Dance Xplosion competition.  Kelly is trained in Ballet/Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop.  In college, Kelly went on to teach dance for four years at Dance Evolution in Stow, Ohio.  She taught all age ranges from minis to adults, as well as the competition team.  Kelly majored in Fashion Merchandising at Kent State University and moved down to Columbus right after college.  She had tried to find a studio for years that taught adult classes to continue her passion and love for dance.  Almost 2 years ago, Kelly found Artisan’s website online with all positive reviews and a multitude of offerings in adult classes!  She took Jessica’s contemporary class and fell in LOVE with her and the studio and has continued taking class here ever since.  Now she is ecstatic to be able to show her passion and love for dance by teaching hip hop classes at the studio. Kelly also has pursued her other passion of fashion and works full time at Lane Bryant’s corporate office as the dress buyer!   She resides in the historic neighborhood of German village and loves to cook, go to concerts, and cuddle with her cat Khloe in her spare time.

JAZ ROBINSON Jaz Robinson fell in love with dancing at the age of 8. Her first class was hip hop, where she was the youngest dancer in the room. She danced jazz, tap, and modern competitively throughout her high school years, winning a trip to nationals with a modern duet in her senior year. She went on to study at The Ohio State University, where she minored in Dance and majored in Comparative Culture Studies. Dance has always been her underlying passion, and she is excited to roll around the Artisan Dance Studio as much as she can and share her passion with others. She lives in downtown Columbus, where she likes to spend her free time with her partner and their furry family (3 cats and 1 dog), finding the best vegan food, and going on adventures. 

JAZ ROBINSON

Jaz Robinson fell in love with dancing at the age of 8. Her first class was hip hop, where she was the youngest dancer in the room. She danced jazz, tap, and modern competitively throughout her high school years, winning a trip to nationals with a modern duet in her senior year. She went on to study at The Ohio State University, where she minored in Dance and majored in Comparative Culture Studies. Dance has always been her underlying passion, and she is excited to roll around the Artisan Dance Studio as much as she can and share her passion with others. She lives in downtown Columbus, where she likes to spend her free time with her partner and their furry family (3 cats and 1 dog), finding the best vegan food, and going on adventures. 


ERICA PATTIE Erica Pattie, originally from Lebanon, Ohio, has been dancing since she was 6.  She is trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz, and danced competitively for 7 years.  Her studio training wrapped up with a summer intensive at the Cincinnati Ballet in 2009, just before joining the Eastern Kentucky University Dance Team.  She moved to Columbus in 2014, and was thrilled to find that Artisan offered so many adult classes, and even performance opportunities!  Prior to joining the Artisan staff in 2015, Erica had 5 years of teaching experience at studios in Ohio and Kentucky.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Wesley, their dogs, Bailey and Martin, and their bunnies, Chistery and Blue.

ERICA PATTIE

Erica Pattie, originally from Lebanon, Ohio, has been dancing since she was 6.  She is trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz, and danced competitively for 7 years.  Her studio training wrapped up with a summer intensive at the Cincinnati Ballet in 2009, just before joining the Eastern Kentucky University Dance Team.  She moved to Columbus in 2014, and was thrilled to find that Artisan offered so many adult classes, and even performance opportunities!  Prior to joining the Artisan staff in 2015, Erica had 5 years of teaching experience at studios in Ohio and Kentucky.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Wesley, their dogs, Bailey and Martin, and their bunnies, Chistery and Blue.

SAMARA SAULS Originally from California, Samara started dancing at the age of five after falling in love with ballet while watching a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. She attended Humboldt State University in Northern California, training in ballet, jazz and modern among other styles, and was graduated with an interdisciplinary B.A. in Dance Performance as Arts Integration. Simultaneously, she danced with a jazz company, bellydance troupe, and trained and performed for 5 years with North Coast Dance’s ballet company, where she had the opportunity to teach as well as dance in several original ballets and their annual The Nutcracker. Her favorite role was Snow Queen. Samara moved to Columbus in 2008, and danced for a year with Columbus Dance Theater while teaching at a local studio. After the birth of her first child, she returned to teach and choreograph for a studio ballet program in Westerville. Recently she joined Artisan Dance Studio, and is elated to teach again, as well as dance and perform in the ballet company! She lives in Worthington with her husband, two kids, and dog.

SAMARA SAULS

Originally from California, Samara started dancing at the age of five after falling in love with ballet while watching a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. She attended Humboldt State University in Northern California, training in ballet, jazz and modern among other styles, and was graduated with an interdisciplinary B.A. in Dance Performance as Arts Integration. Simultaneously, she danced with a jazz company, bellydance troupe, and trained and performed for 5 years with North Coast Dance’s ballet company, where she had the opportunity to teach as well as dance in several original ballets and their annual The Nutcracker. Her favorite role was Snow Queen.

Samara moved to Columbus in 2008, and danced for a year with Columbus Dance Theater while teaching at a local studio. After the birth of her first child, she returned to teach and choreograph for a studio ballet program in Westerville. Recently she joined Artisan Dance Studio, and is elated to teach again, as well as dance and perform in the ballet company! She lives in Worthington with her husband, two kids, and dog.

JENNIFER SPARKS Jen Sparks began dancing in preschooltrying everything from acro to tap to jazzand was even on a kick-line team. She continued dancing until she went to college at The Ohio State University and during that time coached dance, cheerleading and gymnastics. Now, she works for the American Heart Association on their Go Red For Women team.  She enjoys running, reading, napping and hanging out with her family.  She lives in Clintonville with her husband Travis, daughters Cameron and Gracen and their little dog Teddy!

JENNIFER SPARKS

Jen Sparks began dancing in preschooltrying everything from acro to tap to jazzand was even on a kick-line team. She continued dancing until she went to college at The Ohio State University and during that time coached dance, cheerleading and gymnastics. Now, she works for the American Heart Association on their Go Red For Women team.  She enjoys running, reading, napping and hanging out with her family.  She lives in Clintonville with her husband Travis, daughters Cameron and Gracen and their little dog Teddy!

SHELLEE YOUNKIN Shellee began dancing at the age of three and enjoyed taking all styles of dance including, tap, jazz, musical theatre and ballet.  She also spent four years in competitive gymnastics. In high school, Shellee studied at a variety of dance studios in Boise, ID and was a member in competition teams from Pat Harris School of Dance and Studio C Dance Studio.  Shellee also has a deep love for musical theatre and enjoys singing and acting as well. She studied theatre, music and dance at Boise State University and then moved to Seattle where she deepened her studied of Jazz, Lyrical and musical theatre dance at Westlake Dance Studio. She is currently working on finishing her Bachelors degree at The Ohio State University majoring in Theatre with minors in dance and music.  She loves dancing whenever she can and in whatever style.  She has a love for using dance, yoga, theatre and the body as a healing source.  She has studied Bartenieff, Laban movement analysis, and yoga therapy, which she incorporates into her teaching. She taught yoga for 8 year and is working to finish her advance 500 hour RYT training.  She is excited to share her love of dance and teaching at Artisan. Shellee loves spending time with her husband Chris and two kids, singing, playing piano, riding her bike and taking naps. 

SHELLEE YOUNKIN

Shellee began dancing at the age of three and enjoyed taking all styles of dance including, tap, jazz, musical theatre and ballet.  She also spent four years in competitive gymnastics. In high school, Shellee studied at a variety of dance studios in Boise, ID and was a member in competition teams from Pat Harris School of Dance and Studio C Dance Studio.  Shellee also has a deep love for musical theatre and enjoys singing and acting as well. She studied theatre, music and dance at Boise State University and then moved to Seattle where she deepened her studied of Jazz, Lyrical and musical theatre dance at Westlake Dance Studio. She is currently working on finishing her Bachelors degree at The Ohio State University majoring in Theatre with minors in dance and music.  She loves dancing whenever she can and in whatever style.  She has a love for using dance, yoga, theatre and the body as a healing source.  She has studied Bartenieff, Laban movement analysis, and yoga therapy, which she incorporates into her teaching.

She taught yoga for 8 year and is working to finish her advance 500 hour RYT training.  She is excited to share her love of dance and teaching at Artisan. Shellee loves spending time with her husband Chris and two kids, singing, playing piano, riding her bike and taking naps.