Director, Leap N Learn, Jazz, Tap
“I have really enjoyed growing into my role as a teacher and mentor over the past 15 years. I have the privilege of watching young dancers grow from chubby cheeked toddlers in pigtails to beautiful young dancers. I love sharing my dance and life experiences with them and being part of the village that helps to mold them into young adults ready to conquer the world.
I believe that children learn much more in dance class then dance steps; they learn critical thinking, problem solving, time management, the power of hard work, how to overcome challenges, and so much more!
I love teaching all dancers of all ages! I love seeing the excitement of the young dancers as they learn new terminology or explore movement during free dance just as much as I love seeing the advanced dancers master technique that they have been working on. I look forward to watching your dancer grow at VDC!”
Meghan was born and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Meghan began dancing at the age of three at the Dance Academy of Deerfield Beach and later Triple Threat Performing Arts Center. Meghan was a member of a regional championship company taking home multiple high score and first place awards. Meghan has danced for the South Florida Performing Arts Foundation gala, Super Bowl XXXIII with KISS and a Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Meghan attended Oklahoma City University’s prestigious dance program on scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management. At OCU Meghan performed with the American Spirit Dance Company. While attending OCU Meghan also found a love for working behind the scenes as a front of house manager, assistant lighting designer for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Yuletide Magic, and as an assistant stage manager. Meghan was one of only six students selected to travel abroad to England to learn more about the performance and technical arts in other countries. Meghan is extremely thankful for her training at OCU, as it has prepared her for all aspects of studio ownership.
Meghan continues her training by attending yearly studio owner and teacher seminars throughout the United States and Canada. Meghan is a licensed Leap N Learn Instructor. Meghan’s work has been published in Dance Studio Life magazine about business at Velocity Dance Center.
Meghan enjoys volunteering in her free time. She is a member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City. Through a partnership with Junior League and Big Brothers Big Sisters she mentors a 4th grade girl once a week at her school. Meghan also serves as an advisor to Programing and Education for the Delta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi. She enjoys being able to give back to the sorority and work with the next generation of young leaders!
Meghan is happy to be able to share her knowledge and love of learning with all of her students.
Meghan looks forward to having the opportunity to share her passion for dance and the arts for many more years at Velocity Dance Center!
Balllet, VDC Company
“I feel very fortunate to be able to share my love of dance with others through teaching. I believe dance can help instill confidence, maturity and a strong work ethic that will benefit children throughout their lives. I am so thankful to have a found a studio and dance family that shares the same commitment and love of the art form, and look forward to many more years at velocity.”
Cassandria is a graduate of Friends University with a BFA in Ballet Performance. While at friends she performed numerous roles in The Nutcracker as well as original pieces choreographed by Stan Rogers, and Dominic Walsh. She is one of the original company members of Mid-West Regional Ballet under the direction of Kaye Lewis. Her repertoire there includes Nutcracker Swing, Snow White, Dracula, Cinderella, Cats, Alice in Steampunk Wonderland, and The Nutcracker. Cassandria has performed in Swing! with Stage One Productions in Wichita, KS and spent several years touring the U.S., Mexico, and Canada as a performer with Sesame Street Live.
Cassandria loves the dance family she has found this last year at Velocity and is looking forward to the future with them.
Ashley Van Brunt
Ashley grew up dancing at Dance Innovations with Susan Webb. Ashley is happy to be working at Velocity Dance Center as the office assistant. She lives in Edmond with her husband Justin.
“I love having the opportunity to interact with all of the dancers and families at VDC. I enjoy getting to know all of them each year. I love that VDC offers small class sizes and age appropriate classes. I love that our staff continues to further their education by attending summer conferences. I am excited to learn more about how I can better serve the families at VDC and make their experience here excellent. I enjoy being part of a team where everyone is invested in the growth of the students and the overall experience at VDC. I like being involved in a tight knit team. I look forward to continue to help all the VDC families this year!”
Ballet, VDC Company
“Velocity Dance Center believes in not just teaching dance, it is the principles that are the foundation of studying dance that will stay with our students far beyond their time in the studio. I am an advocate for the arts, studying dance and receiving a fine arts education is an investment in the future. As an instructor and a parent, I strive to provide what research shows as a direct link to an arts education, and what I want for my own children, academic achievement, social and emotional development, and an appreciation for the opportunities around us.”
Yukino started her dance training in San Francisco, CA at the age of 5 years old. She started studying ballet at 13 years old with Debra Pearse Rogo in the Cecchetti and Vaganova method, and was a member of the Mid-Columbia Ballet Company in Richland, WA. Honors include performing throughout Europe in the American Dance Youth tour and the International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s top Olympic-style competitions for ballet. Yukino has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and OCU Pep Dancers. Repertoire includes the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Aladdin, Hansel and Gretel, Lamborena, and many more.
Yukino lives in Edmond with her husband Brian and daughters Camden, Finley, Tipton. Ten years at the studio have flown by, Yukino looks forward to many more with Velocity Dance Center.
VDC Company Director, Jazz, Hip Hop, Leap N Learn, Dance N Learn
Courtney is a 2012 graduate of UCO with a Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance. Courtney has performed throughout Oklahoma as a member of the Yard Dawgs Danz Team, Kaleidosocpe Dance Company, and with Rob Lake Magic. Courtney grew up in Oklahoma and trained at Karen’s Kid’s in Midwest City. Courtney was a member of their Performing Group and has been awarded numerous high score and overall awards including National Grand Champion and Miss Oklahoma Dance Masters.
Courtney has enjoyed teaching at Velocity Dance Center the past 5 years and looks forward to many more memories at VDC!
“Dance education is the open door I think our society needs in order for our youth to thrive in knowledge. This type of education can open minds and ignite critical thinking in students. Dancers are active instead of stagnant in their education and thinking more in depth than before. Dance teaches students to be more inventive when a problem needs solving and use complex thinking rather then waiting for someone to solve the problem for them. Students will be given the opportunity to be independent in their education and have the material fit them as individuals. As a tool in dance education anatomy and its terminology teaches young students body awareness, giving them reason behind how the body moves and works in different ways. Body awareness in turn gives students the confidence to reach higher goals and dance outside their comfort zone.”
Leap N Learn, Dance N Learn, Dance With Me, Hippity Hop
Marriah Darnell is an assistant at Velocity Dance Center. She was born and raised in the small town of Miami, Oklahoma and came to VDC when she left home to attend The University of Oklahoma. Marriah formerly danced at Midwest Regional Ballet Company and School in Joplin, Missouri under the direction of artistic director and instructor, Kaye Lewis. During her time at MRB she performed in shows such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Cats, and Dracula. Marriah has thoroughly enjoyed watching the students she sees weekly grow in their love, understanding, and appreciation for the art form she has practiced since the age of two. She is enthusiastic about her years to come with VDC.