About Us

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  On The Move is here to help students of all ages and skill levels experience the joy of dance. We want to become a studio where students have a great time becoming great dancers. You'll find us to be family friendly, positive and encouraging, technically sound, age appropriate, with qualified staff that care for their students    

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Kari May, Owner/Instructor

  Mrs. Kari has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been an instructor/choreographer since the age of 15.  She brings over 30 years of teaching experience as well as a well-rounded background teaching for 5 different studios in Oklahoma and Texas.  
 

 Kari graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!!)  in 1993 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Business Administration.  She owned her own studio for 4 years in Oklahoma before moving to Texas in 2000.  She has studied under several well-known choreographers and stays current by attending national dance competitions and workshops.  Before opening OTM, Kari served as the senior productions manager for Stage OneProductions, a National Dance Competition.  She traveled around the US with Stage One for 9 years and has judged for them as well.      Kari’s husband of 22 years, Jason, serves as the Pastor of Rock City Fellowship here in Midlothian.  They have lived in Midlothian for almost 14 years and have three sons, Nathan, Noah, and Nicholas.  Kari loves being a part of the community in Midlothian and has also enjoyed doing choreography in the schools for musicals and show choirs.  She also loves supporting the school dance programs and cheering on her dancers at football games, pep rallies, etc.   She feels blessed to be a part of this great community and privileged to teach such amazing students.   :)  

Our Instructors

Donna Newman, Instructor

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 Ms. Donna is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Dance. She traveled for 5 years with Hoctor's Dance Caravan and Professional Dance Teachers Association, judged and choreographed for American Dance/Drill Team, and danced at Six Flags as a clogger. She has taught dance for 26 years, having her own studio for 9 years. She is a proud alumnus of Midlothian High School and Pantherette Drill Team.  She is the director of the MHS Pantherette & JV Royal Drill Team. Donna is married and has 2 amazing sons. 

Mika Stansberry, Instructor

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 Mika grew up in western Oklahoma and has been a gymnast since age seven and was on a competition team for two years before taking up cheerleading. She cheered all through high school where she received the All-State Cheerleader honor and cheered at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for four years. While at Southwestern she served as a judge and camp instructor for several area junior highs and high schools. She graduated from SWOSU in 2000 with a degree in Health and Physical Education.Mika and her husband, Brian, moved to Texas in 2001. They have three daughters, Emma, Lillie, and Claire and are active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville. Mika also teaches preschool at Noah’s Ark Bible School. 

Savannah Richie, Instructor

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Savannah began dancing at the age of four and grew up dancing competitively. She has been with On The Move Dance since the doors opened, four years as a student and member of Senior Company, and she is entering her seventh year as a teacher. Savannah is currently pursuing a degree in business management.  She spent a year studying dance at The University of North Texas where she studied under many well-known choreographers and performed in several of their pieces. She travels with Stage One Dance Productions, a National Dance Competition, where she has worked as a backstage manager and staff member. She was on the Texas Rangers Six Shooters cheer leading team for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. She has also performed as a backup dancer for Christian singer, Jasmine Murray, an American Idol Top-12 Finalist and Miss Mississippi 2014. She hopes to continue pursuing her passion for dance and she is incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful staff at On The Move.    

Nikki Clayton, Instructor

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 Nikki has always been passionate about dance and children. In addition to dancing as a child, she was a three year member of the Duncanville High Hats where she served as Captain in 1993-94. At the University of Texas at Arlington she continued her training where she danced in the UTA Dance Ensemble and earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in Elementary Education and dance.  Nikki lives in Midlothian with her husband Randy, and three children: Tanner, Noah, and Gracie. She teaches in Midlothian ISD and adores this community. Nikki has been with On The Move Dance since the doors opened, and is thankful for a studio that shares her passion and values. 

Meagan Henriquez, Instructor

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Meagan has been dancing since the age of three, and found her passion for teaching at the age of fifteen.  She has been involved with many after school programs with teaching dance to students as well as dance studios she attended. She won Top Soloist at Star Systems with the solo she choreographed with her brother Jonathan Campbell.  Meagan was also a Pulse Protégé where she could travel to any Pulse Convention for a year. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2010.  She was a member of the Repertory I and II companies where she performed works by Robert Battle, Peter Chu, Bruce Wood, Larry Keigwin, and many more.  By attending Booker T. Washington she got the opportunity to audition for Point Park University.  Meagan received a scholarship to the University for a BFA for Modern dance.  While being there she got to perform for Sidra Bell and became Sidra’s apprentice for her professional company Sidra Bell Dance New York.  She has choreographed for local drill teams, such as, Midlothian High school and Red Oak Middle/High School. She is now studying for a BA in Business Management and Physical Therapy Assistant. Meagan and her husband, Bryan, now live in Mansfield and can’t wait to start a family together. Meagan is so blessed to have given this opportunity to teach at OTM and share her passion for dance with others. 

Tianta Harrison, Musical Theater Instructor

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   Tianta has been performing since the age of 3 and has not stopped. With over 20 years of experience in musical theatre performance, she enjoys working with young performers and preparing them for the stage. She is a vocal coach and helps out with Midlothian HS annual musical. You might see her displaying her love of performing throughout the DFW as both a choreographer and performer. She is a graduate from Cedar Valley College where she was awarded the Classical Music Student of the Year and the Alice Jones Berding Scholarship and is currently working on finishing her Bachelors. She is blessed to be apart of the OTM family and is looking forward to another successful year of dance!   

Lauren Shields, Instructor

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Kara Flores, Ballet Instructor

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 Kara has been dancing since the age of three, and been teaching for 18 years. She studied dance at Texas A&M, and was part of their elite EmSu Dance Company. She has studied under a variety of wonderful teachers at Manhattan Tap Company, Ballet Magnificat, and Dance Ad Deum, as well as training at a variety of dance conventions. Kara and her husband, Daniel, have three beautiful children: Lyla, Eden, and Luke. Shel loves being a part of the On The Move staff and pass on her love of ballet to the students! 

Millie Funk, Instructor

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Millie has been passionate about dance since a very young age.  She has been dancing competitively since she was 9 years old and was a student at On The Move Dance for six years.   Millie was a member of the Kilgore College Rangerettes 75th line from 2014-2016.  As a Rangerette, she had many performance opportunities including travelling for performances in Ireland and Scotland, performing  at the annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl,  Dallas Cowboys games, and Disney World in Florida.  Prior to being a Rangerette, Millie attended Midlothian High School and was an officer of the Pantherettes for 3 years including serving as a Captain her Junior and Senior years.  As a Pantherette, she received many awards including First Place at Showmakers Nationals in Hawaii in 2013 and a First Place for her trio at MA Regionals in 2014.  Additionally, in 2013 Millie was selected to participate in the Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive program in New York City.  Millie has been teaching summer dance camps with MA Dance since 2015.  Millie just completed her Associate of Arts in Dance Education at Kilgore College and is currently enrolled at Dallas Baptist University where she is pursuing her Masters of Education in Kinesiology and will be performing with the DBU Patriettes dance team.

Cathy Issacks, Instructor

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 Cathy Isaacks is a graduate of Texas Christian University with 23 years experience teaching dance. She owned her own dance studio for more than 15 years and taught dance for Red Oak ISD for 6 years.  She is now Assistant Principal there.  As a staff member of American Dance & Drill Team School, she has taught and judged dancers all over Texas.  She is proficient in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and drill. Cathy is very excited to be a part of the OTM staff and hopes to pass on her love of dance to your children. 

Nicki Curtis, Instructor

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Ms. Nicki grew up in Omaha, Texas where she started training in twirling at age two and was the first to represent Paul H. Pewitt High School at the UIL State Solo Competition. She has spent many years training in the art of twirling batons, knives, fire and much more. She was also a competitive gymnast and cheerleader winning numerous national titles. After suffering from a shoulder injury, she decided to dance at age sixteen. She studied ballet, tap and jazz at the Kim Ivy Dance Company in Omaha. After graduating with honors from high school she went onto the university of her choice on a twirling scholarship.

Nicki attended Stephen F. Austin State University as a member of the Twirl-O-Jack line and Repertory Dance Company. Where she studied under many master dance teachers, choreographers and anthropologists. She spent her college years not only studying Ballet, Jazz, Modern/Lyrical and Ballroom, but also how the body was made to move. During her time at SFASU, she studied the proper care and prevention of injuries specific to dancers and really enjoys the science behind the movement.  She participated in many projects to study choreography and movement earning her a spot on the Presidents List for several semesters. She graduated in December 2009 Summa Cum Lade with a Bachelors of Science in Dance.   

While at Stephen F. Austin State University Nicki developed and started a dance program for the youth of Nacogdoches at the local recreational center. She and her husband moved to Dallas in the spring of 2009 and has been teaching dance and directing competition companies for other dance studios. She brings many years of teaching and choreography experience to On the Move. She has choreographed for all levels of dance and that is where her passion lies. 

Office Staff

Katie Farr, Office Staff

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Katie has been with On The Move as bookkeeper and Office Manager since it's second year. She has lived in Midlothian with her family since 2005 and enjoys contributing to her community and putting her skills to work in an environment that is fun and reflects her values.  By keeping current on accounting procedures and technology she hopes to keep things running smoothly for parents and staff alike...she has two daughters, Sydney and Julia who dance at OTM.

Laura Short, Office Manager

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  Laura graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999 with a degree in Psychology. She taught 4th grade for 6 years and for the past 7 years Laura has worked at Noah’s Ark Bible School as a preschool teacher and now the Curriculum Coordinator. Laura and her husband Jason moved to Midlothian in 2002 from Desoto. They have 2 children, Sloan and Reed. They are members of Mt. Peak Community Baptist Church. Laura has had a dancer at On the Move since the doors opened and has enjoyed watching the studio grow and thrive under amazing leadership, staff, and instructors.   

Wendy Blankenship, Office Staff

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Policies

Classroom Attire


Please see our "Shoe Requirements" page for shoe and classroom attire requirements


Attendance/Studio Closings


Attendance is very important to ensure a quality dance education. Dance classes often build on skills that were learned the previous week. Please make every effort to be in class each week. If a student misses 3 weeks in a row without notifying the studio, they will automatically be dropped from the class and will be responsible for fees accrued during their absence. Please notify the studio if you wish to remove your child from classes to avoid accrued fees. If a student must miss class, they can do a makeup class if they want to in another class of their same age and level as long as it’s not full. Makeup classes are not required.

OTM Dance will observe MISD holidays, breaks, and school closings for weather.  The exceptions to this are teacher work days and various Monday holidays such as Columbus Day. We will still have classes on these days. Please check the website (otmdance.com), Facebook, or your email on bad weather days to see if classes have been cancelled. If MISD cancels after school activities because of weather conditions, we will not have class either. 


Parent Watch Day


There will be a parent watch day in November. A note will be sent home notifying parents as to when this day will be. Parents are encouraged to come to parent watch day as this is the only opportunity to watch their child’s class inside the classroom. Feel free to bring your cameras!


Recital


A spring recital will be held in May. As soon as the date is confirmed, you will be notified. If for some reason, your child is NOT going to be in the recital, please notify the studio. The recital is not required. There are no refunds on costumes.


Parent Communication


Please check your child’s dance bag each week for notes! Notes with important information will often be sent home with your child. We also make an effort to email the same information and we post it on our website. The studio phone number is 972-775-3646 or for a quicker response you may email me directly at onthemovedance@gmail.com.  For billing questions, you may email staff.otmdance@gmail.com 


Pick-up and Drop-off Policy


Your child’s safety is very important to us and while we always have plenty of supervision in your child’s class, we cannot guarantee adequate supervision in the lobby.  For children second grade and younger we ask that you please stay with your child until they have gone into class, and then you are free to leave if you wish, until your child’s class is over. For older children we ask that you not drop them off more than 10 minutes before class starts. And if you are going to be more than five minutes late for pick-up, please let us know. As always, we understand that special circumstances do arise. If that’s the case, please speak with us and special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Siblings should not be left alone in the lobby. 


Please feel free to talk with me or any of the other OTM teachers if you have a question or concerns about your student’s dance classes. We are more than happy to work with you! I’m looking forward to another great year! Thank you for allowing me to share my passion with your children.


Ms. Kari

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