Miranda McHan

Owner/Instructor

Miranda has been dancing since the age of 7. When she performed her first routine to Madonna's "Vogue", she knew she was meant to dance. As a young performer and competitor, she danced both regionally and nationally competing in places like Panama City, Florida, Hot Springs, AR, Biloxi, MS, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Disney World.

 

She has a strong background in jazz and tap, but she has a true passion for the lyrical, modern, and contemporary styles of dance. Competitively speaking, she has won numerous regional and national competitions with Kid's Artistic Revue, Showbiz, and Talent On Parade.  She has choreographed multiple award winning dance routines, high school flag lines, & pageants routines, earning her countless choreography awards and titles.

 

Miranda began to choreograph independently in 2012 until opening MK along side her lifelong dance partner and cousin, Kyle. She is thrilled to finally teach students how to express themselves in the art she loves, and looks forward to leading MK Studios to attain many successful years.

 

Kyle Plunkett

Owner/Instructor

 

 

Kyle has been dancing since the age of 4 and competing since the age of 7. From the moment he stepped onto the dance floor, he knew this was what he was meant to do. His love of tap dancing defeated any of the other activities he was involved in as child. His tap dancing eventually grew into a love for jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop.

 

In addition to dancing locally for various events and shows, he has competed nationally in places such as Las Vegas, NV, Panama City, FL, Biloxi, MS, and Myrtle Beach, SC, and has achieved additional titles such as Mr. Showbiz and Mr. Teen Dance America as a student. Currently, he enjoys judging regionally and nationally for various dance competitions as a featured judge for Starpower, Talent On Parade, & Dance Machine – Americas National Dance Championships.

 

Kyle is a graduate from Arkansas State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  His desire is to help lead MK Studios to earn a reputation of excellence and success in the world of dance and dance competition.  

 

Since opening MK Studios, Kyle has danced in television commercial work and his choreography has been featured across the southern United States. Kyle enjoys traveling to host Master Classes and contract work for choreography – partnering with local schools, competitive gym teams, and local arts programs.

  

Kyle is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) as well as an affiliate member of the Association Of Dance Conventions and Competitions (ADCC).

 

 

 

Alicia Stewart

Company - Ballet Instructor

An accredited and award winning instructor and choreographer, Alicia has been in the industry of dance since she was old enough to take her first steps. She began her dance education with Jeanie Simmons of Belmont School Of Dance.

 

Training extensively with courses at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as well as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she also studied under Lea Darwin, Gus Giadano, and Joel Ruminer where she developed her passion for the art of dance and its many disciplines.

 

Additional dance training credits include ballet training with Kathleen Majewska and Michael Tidwell. In 1983 she opened the Watson Chapel Branch of Belmont School of Dance, which later became known as BSD A Dancers Studio in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. BSD developed into an award-winning studio, earning Alicia titles such as "Top Teacher" and "Teacher of the Year" at accredited companies and competitions.

 

In 2006, BSD closed and Alicia discovered a new passion for real estate but continued to pursue and practice her love for dance by joining MK Studios in 2014 as the Company Ballet Instructor.  Alicia is excited to be working with such a wonderfully talented group of students and enjoys watching them grow from year to year. 

Taylor Jaggers

Instructor

 

Taylor Jaggers is a native of Rison, Arkansas.  She is currently attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock pursuing a BFA degree in dance performance. At UALR, Taylor has been training in various dance styles such as ballet, modern, and tap to name a few, as well as Graham technique.

 

Taylor has worked with many dancers and choreographers such as SYTYCD season 10 winner Fik-shun, Rockette Keltie Colleen, Broadway star Mary Ann Lamb, commercial dancer KC Monnie, Rhythm McCarthy, Stephen Stone, Stephanie Thibeault, Matt Boyce, and many others.  Competitively, Taylor has won multiple regional and national titles and awards from across the US. 

 

In her free time, Taylor enjoys volunteering in her community and competing in local Pageants. Previously, she has held the title of Miss. Grand Prairie and competed for the Miss. Arkansas in June of 2017. 

 

As a senior in high school, she called MK Studios her dance home. She was the first recipient to receive the prestigious Technique Award. After Taylor earns her BFA degree in dance performance, she hopes to dance professionally then one day, open a dance studio of her own.

Michelle Hargrove

Acro/Tumbling Instructor

 

Michelle Hargrove is a native of Batesville, AR where she first discovered her passion for gymnastics. Growing up, she attended various gymnastic meets and competitions where she earned high honors for her floor routines and tumbling. She is a graduate of Little Rock Christian High School where she was Captain of the high school cheerleading team.

 

Michelle has taught gymnastics and acrobatics for many different companies. Currently, she is on staff at First Presbyterian Day School where she has worked since 2009 caring for preschool aged students. With over 17 years of experience in both coaching and teaching, she has great enthusiasm for children as well as a love for gymnastics.

 

Michelle is married to Terry Hargrove of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Together, they have one daughter, Rebecca who also dances with MK. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her Toy Austrailain Shepherd - Charlie, decorating and watching Rebecca do what she is most passionate about - dance! She is excited to be on staff as the Acrobatics/Tumbling Instructor and to share her passion for both teaching and gymnastics with all of her students at MK.

 

Amber Riley

Tiny's & Toddler's Instructor

Amber began her dance journey as the young age of 3. Her training and education eventually extended to the competitive stage when she was just 12.  Amber has performed in many places across the Midwest and competed with various competitions and conventions such as Company Dance and Tremaine, to name a few.  She received the Overall Championship Title at Dance Caravan Competition & Convention in Nashville, TN at the age of 18 and was invited to travel and teach with the convention across the United States. 

 

Ambers gift with the preschool and toddler aged students is truly remarkable. She has been working with young children in dance since 2007 in the genres of ballet, tap, & jazz.  She has been married to Kenny Riley of White Hall, AR for 15 years and is the mother of two - Kolton and Bailey.  She is excited to be teaching with MK, as teaching dance is something she has always loved to do!

 

Stacy Dennis

Acrobatics/Tiny's & Toddler's Instructor

Stacy Dennis is the former owner of Stacy's Tappers & Tumblers in Rison, AR from 2002-2006.  She began dancing at the age of 4 under the direction of Jeanie Simmons from Belmont School of Dance where she continued her dance training until the time she graduated.  Growing up, her passion for dance and gymnastics consumed all her free time outside of school.  

 

Stacy has been a nurse for over 21 years.  She is a graduate from the Jefferson School of Nursing. Her passion for working with children shows throughout her nursing career.  She has worked at the Childrens Clinic PA for over 18.5 years and loves every second of it.  

 

In her spare time, Stacy enjoys spending it with her family.  She is the mother of two - Garrett & Megan. Megan is a competitive dancer with MK.  She is excited to be teaching again at MK and working with children again in the art of dance and acrobatics!

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