Faculty

  • Rebecca Jones, Studio Owner and Ensemble Director
  • Emily Dyson
  • Sue Van Voorhis, Preschool Director
  • Tim June
  • Marie Kuhns
  • Sue Liechty
  • Lauren Ulm
  • Manuel Valdes
  • Emily Crowder
  • Rebecca Jones, Studio Owner and Ensemble Director

    Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Modern Repertoire

    Rebecca Jones received her BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. She enjoyed her first career performing with Dance Kaleidoscope, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Ballet Company, and Princeton Ballet. Rebecca began her second career teaching professional workshops and classes in various forms of dance. She has taught Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Liturgical. Rebecca is also is the director of the ADA Ensemble. She is proud to be raising three wonderful children with her husband Shawn. Rebecca understands it is a privilege to have been teaching at ADA for so long and finds it a joy to train the dancers of the next generation.

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  • Emily Dyson

    Ballet, Pointe, Littlest Angel Young Dancers

    Emily Dyson received her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. She began ballet training in Houston, TX with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum and was later inspired by Austin Hartel to study modern. She trained with Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffery, Washington School of Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Emily enjoys teaching around the city and passing forward her love of dance to younger students and she thanks her family and friends for their endless love and encouragement.

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  • Sue Van Voorhis, Preschool Director

    Pre-Ballet I&II, Pointe, Beginning Ballet, Elementary I&II Ballet, Adult ballet

    Sue's journey in dance began at age 5 when her mother, who was enamored with Shirley Temple, took her to her first tap class. A bout with polio at age 7 caused muscular problems in her right leg, and ballet was introduced as therapy. Ballet quickly became her first love.

    She studied with Jorg Fasting, a Ballet Russe member who settled in Columbus, Ohio and started his own school and company, The Capital City Ballet. She danced leading roles in Swan Lake and Cinderella. Sue graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in education. There, she became a member of the Ohio State dance Troup under Helen Alkire. She spent the summers in New York City studying ballet with Vlademir Dokovsky and Nina Strogonova. She studied jazz with Lenny Dale at the June Taylor School.

    When Sue moved to Indianapolis in 1962, she studied with Jack Copeland and Karl Kaufman. She became a member of their dance companies. She then studied with Lynnette Schisla and danced in many Footlight productions and also the Sheraton dinner theatre. She appeared in the musicals, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Most Happy Fella, and Kismet. She also danced with the Indianapolis Opera Company in Carmen. Since then, she has shared her passion for dance through her teaching.

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  • Tim June

    Ballet, Lyrical

    Timothy June is originally from Enfield, CT. His dance training began at New England Dance Conservatory. Timothy continued studies at Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Martha Graham School and at Butler University where he received his BFA in Dance Performance. He has danced for Ballet Arkansas, Indianapolis Opera, and American Cabaret Theatre, and Dance Kaleidoscope as well as other guest artist appearances. He has also had the privilege of performing works by choreographers such as Thaddues Davis, James Kudelka, Susan McGuire and George Balanchine to which he received coaching from Violette Verdy, as well as the role of Husbandman in Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring. After retiring from dancing professionally, he is returning to school now and pursuing his BSN at Indiana University to become an RN.

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  • Marie Kuhns

    Jazz

    Marie Kuhns received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in modern dance performance under the direction and guidance of Austin Hartel, while performing with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. She grew up in Silver City, New Mexico, and trained at the Conservatory of Dance along with New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. She has had the opportunity of working with world-renowned choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Carla Maxwell, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Raimondo Rebeck. She is currently in her 5th season with Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis as a company dancer. She enjoys teaching dance and spreading the love of performing arts to different communities. She is forever grateful for the constant loving support of her friends and family.

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  • Sue Liechty

    Tap, Adult jazz

    Sue began dancing and age 5, and her love of dance has continued for 40+ years. She has been an instructor for ADA since 1999, and loves sharing her passion with others. Sue has performed in many productions at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre. Her favorites roles include, Carmen; Sweet Charity, Minnie Faye; Hello Dolly, and Phyllis; 42nd Street. This year she was thrilled to make her debut at the American Cabaret Theatre in Victor/Victoria. Sue has also performed in many opening ceremonies, including the Pan Am Games, the World Gymnastics Championships, and Indiana Special Olympics. As a member of the All-Star Professional dance team, The Indy Blues, she had the honor of performing her own choreography in the 2004 Indiana "Circle of Lights Ceremonies." Sue and her husband, Lyle, live in Carmel with their 3 children; Christopher, Caroline and Claire.

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  • Lauren Ulm

    Lauren Ulm started ballet at a small studio in Westfield, IN and furthered her training at En Pointe Indiana Ballet under the artistic direction of Robert Moore and Pollyana Ribeiro. She has performed several roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri’s friends in Don Quixote, and Arabian Coffee and in the Nutcracker. She attended Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet’s intensives on scholarship, and has taken classes with Edward Ellison, Patrick Armand, Suki Schorer, and Franco de Vita. Lauren went on to dance as a Trainee at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, before returning home to focus on her education and to pursue a career in Sonography and Teaching. She is excited to teach a ADA and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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  • Manuel Valdes

    Ballet, Hip-hop, Jazz

    Manuel Valdes began gymnastics training at the age of five in Dallas, TX and continued as a competitive gymnast for 12 years. He began dancing at Dallas Black Dance Theater and went on to receive his BFA of Modern Dance Performance from the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst. While performing with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma he not only had the pleasure of performing works by his professors, but also Ilya Kozadayev, Sonia Dawkins, Raimondo Rebeck, Jose Limón, and Alvin Ailey. Manuel has attended intensives with Paul Taylor American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BODYTRAFFIC and SALT.

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  • Emily Crowder

    Emily Crowder is currently a senior in high school. She started dancing at Academy of Dance Arts when she was three years old. She is approaching her fifteenth year with the studio. Emily has participated in The Littlest Angel for the past eleven years and was honored to land the lead role as the Littlest Angel in 2017. She also starred as the Fleet Messenger in 2022 and is very excited to start her journey as the Understanding Angel this coming year. Emily began her path in teaching as an assistant teacher in the Preschool Creative class and has since transitioned to teaching her own classes. Emily is excited to continue to grow as a teacher this year and is looking forward to sharing her passion with the younger dancers.

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