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).
Geena Pilcher is a native of Des Moines, IA. Geena first found her love for dance at the age of three. Alongside her dance training, Geena also trained as an artistic gymnast. She was coached by the renowned Olympic Training Coach, Liang Chow, since the age of six. Geena was a part of an elite Olympic training team at Chow’s gymnastics alongside gymnast, Shawn Johnson. Geena’s extensive knowledge in gymnastics and acrobatics are highly sought out by many studios across the nation and keep her busy traveling most of the season. While extensively training in ballet and acrobatics,
Geena is also trained in lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz, pointe and musical theatre. Geena has performed in many lead roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and Cinderella to name a few. In addition to performing in ballets, she achieved numerous titles regionally and nationally.
Geena has also performed in commercials, promotional videos, and modeled for numerous projects. She currently directs and choreographs a variety of shows for Iowa Dance Theatre. In her free time, Geena enjoys traveling to host master classes and contract work for choreography - earning her multiple achievements throughout the years.
Taylor Jaggers holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and a minor in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She was born and raised in Rison, Arkansas where she grew up dancing competitively at several studios. Taylor can be seen featured on the UA Little Rock advertisements to promote their dance program.
She has performed in UA Little Rock’s Dance Harvests and Bodyworks 2015-2019, and adjudication and informal pieces at the American College Dance Association South Region 2016-2019. Taylor presented her original choreography entitled “Recollection” for adjudication at the 2019 American College Dance Association South Region. She has choreographed studio dance routines, college concert dance pieces, cheer team dances, and Beta skits. She is well versed in many styles of dance. Taylor has trained at various places across the United States including Ballet Austin and the Gus Giordano 2018 summer intensive in Chicago. She competed in Miss Arkansas 2017 as Miss Grand Prairie. Their, she was awarded the fine arts interview award and was announced as a Children’s Miracle Maker top five finalist.
Presently, Taylor is in her fourth year of being a dance instructor at MK. She is looking forward to a long and fulfilling career in dance and choreography and excited to be working full time with both the Recreational & Company Dancers this season!
We are so lucky and excited to have her on our Team for another amazing year!
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.
Anna Reynolds is a native of White Hall, AR where she first discovered her passion for gymnastics at the young age of 4. Though she was a dancer for many years, tumbling and acrobatics took up the majority of her extra curricular hours growing up. She was heavily involved as a competitive cheerleader for the WHSD both in her Junior High and Senior High years. After graduating from White Hall High School, she has worked as a gymnastics coach at various locations throughout the Southeast Arkansas area.
With over 10 years of experience in both coaching and teaching, Anna has great enthusiasm for children. She is a former competitive gymnast with USA Gymnastics, where she attended various meets and competitions earning her high honors and many championships.
Anna is married to Keaton Reynolds of White Hall, Arkansas. Together, they have two children, River and Ruby – ages 3 and 5. Ruby enjoys dancing as a student with MK. 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 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 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!