Dance Unlimited / Spotlight Acting Faculty
(Owner/Artistic Director/Dance Instructor) Opened Dance Unlimited in August 1999.
Amy is a professional teacher/dancer with 30+ years’ experience as an instructor/dancer of jazz, classical ballet, tap, modern and pointe. Originally from Yukon, OK, and a graduate of the UCO Dance Program.
Amy was a member of the UCO Dance Faculty for 6 years where she instructed Jazz, Tap and Modern dance technique classes plus Dance Pedagogy. Then switched gears to join the University of Oklahoma, Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. She served on the Dean’s Committee and Recruitment Committee at OU for 12 years. Most recently she just finished up the past 4 years at UCO as a Professor in the Music Theatre department.
Amy is an accomplished choreographer. Amy’s choreography can be seen not only in the year-end productions, but also on the VIBE Dance Company, collegiately, and regionally.
Choreography credits include Newsies! (Lyric Theatre OKC), Rock of Ages (Lyric Theatre at the Plaza), Freaky Friday (Lyric Theatre of OKC), Philharmonic Christmas Show, Billy Elliot, West Side Story, Hairspray, Call Me Madam (Lyric Theatre) The Wedding Singer (Sooner Theatre), Peter and the Star Catcher, Little Me (City Rep Theatre), South Pacific (Jewel Box Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (City Rep Theatre), The Fantasticks (OCU), The Will Rogers Follies (Lyric Theatre/Grandbury Opera House), Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret (Lyric Theatre of OKC) and The Pirates of Penzance (OCU), Man of LaMancha (UCO), Once Upon A Mattress, The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Chorus Line (OU), Most Happy Fellow (UCO)
Amy co-produced/directed the OKC Dance Project ”, a local jazz/contemporary dance company, performances of “Common Thread” and “Woven.
Favorite Performance Credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La Cage Aux Folles, Hair, Chicago, Grease, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Can-Can, West Side Story, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Amy also worked in Boca Raton at the Royal Palm Dinner Theater and abroad on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas.
Amy’s many years of acquired knowledge and experience have given her the tools to teach with a great appreciation for each student’s individual needs and awareness of how to best help them realize their ultimate goals. This enthusiasm has led many of her students over the years to personal growth and competitive success.
Amy is also a very proud mom of her 13-year-old twins Krayson and Ember!
Jonathan Beck Reed: is an Oklahoma City Native, and award winning, internationally recognized Actor, Director, Designer and Instructor with over 35 years of experience working in professional theater, film and television. He began his Theatrical Career at the age of eight, studying at the prestigious Mummers Theater, and proudly attended Oklahoma City University from 1979-83 before embarking on a Professional Career encompassing nearly every area of the Performing Arts. While at OCU, he was one of only a handful of Actors who performed often in both Musical and Non-Musical Productions; a rare occurrence even today. During that time, he was also a four year Member of The Surrey Singers under the Direction of Vicki Kelly, sharing the Stage with other OCU Alumni’s who have since found their way onto the Broadway Stage enough times to now be called “Veterans”. Among them, Stacy Logan, Susan Powell, and, Teri Bibb.
During his OCU years, he developed a deep and lasting friendship with fellow student and Honoree, Donald Jordan, and the two would often dream of a day when they might join forces to found a Professional Theater Company in Oklahoma City. Their “Fantasy Theater” would offer the local Theatrical Community something not available at that time; current, and cutting-edge Drama’s, Comedies and Musicals, an opportunity to work with Professional Actors, Directors, Designers and Choreographers, as well as affording anyone interested in joining the Actors Union, the ability to earn their Equity Cards. At the time, such a notion was considered not only “radical”, but, impossible. Flash forward ten years, and, in 1989, the Theater “Fates” reunited the pair in the Broadway Third National/Israeli Tour of 42ND STREET (Reed as Julian Marsh, and Jordan as Abner Dillon). At this point, both had enjoyed much success in Theater and could proudly boast that neither had ever had to take on a “real job”, most assuredly a credit to the exceptional training received from their OCU Instructors. Again, for a year and then some, the notion of creating a place for Actors to receive Professional opportunities locally, Equity Cards, as well as a Stage on which those who had left Oklahoma and found success, could return to share that success and experience with the next Generation of Theater Patrons, and Performers, became an almost daily topic of conversation. Now, less of a fantasy and more of an obsession. The Tour ended, but, the talk continued. It was now not a matter of “if”, but “when”. Flash forward another ten years, and, in 1999, the two were seated at a table alongside a select group of former OCU students composing the Mission Statement and By-Laws for what would come to be recognized as one of the finest Small Professional Theaters in the Country; Oklahoma City Repertory Theater, or CityRep, now celebrating its eleventh year. In the first ten years of Operation, CityRep has been cited by Actors Equity Association as one of the Finest Member Theaters in the Country, was recently accepted as a Member of the very prestigious Theater Communications Group (one of only 500 so honored in the Country), and that Best Friend and fellow Founder, Donald Anthony Jordan, was recently awarded the highly prestigious Governors Arts Award. These honors are only a few that CityRep has garnered since opening its doors, but, the greatest honor comes from realizing the “radical”, “impossible” Fantasy Theater dreamt up in the halls of the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Auditorium by two Theater Geeks too dumb or too passionate to realize how improbable it was, has become one of the most highly regarded Small Professional Theater Companies in the Country.
Prior to and in the midst of all of the above, in 1983, upon completing his education at OCU, Jonathan headed to New York, and, within a year of arriving, had landed the Title Role of Cyrano DE Bergerac in the National Tour of the much-praised John Foley adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Classic. No sooner had one Tour ended, another had begun, and from 1983-93, Mr. Reed played nearly every important Theater in the Country, traversing the US, and abroad in such disparate Roles as Professor Harold Hill in the First National Touring Revival of THE MUSIC MAN, Julian Marsh in the Third National/ International Broadway Tour of 42NDSTREET, Professor Henry Higgins in the International Broadway Touring Revival of MY FAIR LADY, Bill Snibson in multiple Productions of ME AND MY GIRL, Captain Hook in the 1993 International Touring Production of PETER PAN, Starbuck in a National tour of 110 IN THE SHADE (alongside future multiple Tony award Winner Norbert Leo Butz), Mr.Applegate-The Devil in DAMN YANKEES (opposite Tony Nominee Charlotte d’Amboise), Garson Hobart in a National Tour of NORMAN…IS THAT YOU? (Opposite 5 time Emmy Award Winner and Television and Film Icon; Don Knotts), and, as Hysterium in the critically acclaimed Broadway Revival of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM opposite legendary Funnyman Rip Taylor’s Psuedelous.
In 1993, Jonathan starred in the highly anticipated, and “infamous” second New York revival of LITTLE ME in the eight roles Originated by Sid Caesar (Noble, et al), working closely with the Shows Composer, the late, great Legend Cy Coleman, who became a friend and advocate for the young Actor. This successful and fortuitous event led to a long time association with the Show, and numerous subsequent productions throughout the Country. Most notably, starring opposite Tony winning Playwright, famed Drag Artist, and Pop Culture Icon, Charles Busch, and fellow OCU Alum, Emmy and Tony Award Winner, Kristin Chenoweth, at the historic Birmingham Theater (winning the 1994 Detroit Free Press Critics Award as Best Actor in a Musical). He was also recognized in LITTLE ME by the Southwest Florida Theater Community and Critics with a coveted Carbonnel in 1997. In 2001, Jonathan Originated the Starring Role of Texas in the Off-Broadway Premiere of the Jones-Schmidt Musical ROADSIDE (CD Jay Records). He Co-Starred with fellow Honoree, Donald Jordan in CityRep’s highly successful three year sell out Run of A TUNA CHRISTMAS playing ten different denizens of the Town of Tuna, Texas. Other CityRep successes include THE 39 STEPS (Richard Hannay), MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIA’S (Victor Fleming), MY FAIR LADY (Henry Higgins), LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Ira), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Steve), THE BIG BANG, and, as a Director/Designer, “YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN”, and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.
As a Visiting Professor, for the past eight years, Jonathan has taught in OCU’s Musical Theater Department and has directed standout Productions of THE FANTASTICKS, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and ASSASSINS. For the OCU Drama Department, his Production of LEND ME A TENOR advanced to Regionals, and was awarded the First Alternate position to perform at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Performing Arts Center in the American College Theater Festival.
Recently, Jonathan starred, for the second year in a row as Ebenezer Scrooge in Lyric Theater’s acclaimed Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL earning unanimous critical praise in the form of such adjectives as “Powerful! Commanding! And Definitive!” In May, he will join Mr. Jordan once again for a six week Run of GREATER TUNA to close out CityReps eleventh Season. Earlier this year, he was seen on the CityRep Stage as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART, following a stint in GREATER TUNA at Ft.Worths Casa Manana Theater alongside David Coffee, and, Directed by TUNA Originator and Star, Jaston Williams. Last summer, he had the great good fortune to essay the Role of Fagin in Lyric Stages (Dallas, TX.) spectacular Production of OLIVER! for which he was honored with a Column Award as Best Actor in a Musical. Between and betwixt all of these various Productions, Mr. Reed co-starred as Ned Ryerson opposite SNL Great, Chris Kattan in the Family Comedy Feature Film, JUST CRAZY ENOUGH, and, has appeared in numerous commercials, most notably for Fowler Toyota, Cox Communications and U.S.Fleet.
Throughout his career, he has been blessed to have learned from the best, and, along with those previously mentioned has “trod the boards” with the likes of Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Megan Mullaley, Arte Johnson, Louis Nye, Kaye Ballard, Ron Raines, Lara Teeter, James Naughten, Annie Golden, Laura Kenyon, Pam Klinger, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant, among others. In 2009, he reprised the Role of Professor Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN for Lyric Theater (opposite Teri Bibb), and on July 9th (his Birthday) achieved the distinction of having performed the Role (on that night) a total of 500 performances. This landmark, along with other recognition, prompted Governor Brad Henry to declare July 9th, 2009 as “Jonathan Beck Reed Day” in the State of Oklahoma. In 2011, the award winning PBS Program, GALLERY featured a segment titled “The Thespian” honoring the Life and Career of Mr. Reed in Arts and Education, and, last year SLICE Magazine recognized Jonathan as a “Visionary” in the Performing Arts. Along with those already mentioned, among his extensive list of credits, Mr. Reed counts among his favorite Roles played, Tevye in FIDDLER, Frank N. Furter in ROCKY HORROR, The Chairman in DROOD, Zsa Zsa-Alban in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Will in THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, Joe/Josephine in SUGAR (also with Chenoweth and Teeter), and George Bailey in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Along with his lovely and talented wife; Amy Reynolds-Reed, Jonathan is the proud Father of Twins Krayson Rayce and Emmalynn Ember, and co-owner of DANCE UNLIMITED Performing Arts Studio, and SPOTLIGHT Acting Academy in Edmond Oklahoma. As an Educator, Mr. Reed can boast with equal pride, that numerous former Students have found their way onto a Broadway stage and/or successful careers in the Theater. To the extent that his influence may have impacted these students course, he regards to be his greatest accomplishment.
“In my humble opinion, there is no greater reward in life than being able to give something of yourself to others and having that shared experience make a long and lasting difference in their lives. As an Actor, Director, Designer, Instructor, and Human Being, I have been blessed with countless opportunities each day to embrace that “gift”, and be embraced BY it!”
A lifelong dancer and lover of the arts, Courtney has been training in a multitude of dance styles since the age of seven. Her dance education began in her hometown of Vineland, New Jersey, where she spent years studying ballet with Maxine’s Dance Studio and the Vineland Regional Dance Company. Her experiences with this company allowed her to perform in a number of contemporary ballet festivals, including Regional Dance America Festivals and the annual Delaware Dance Festival. Courtney has also spent summers studying at Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in Vermont and the Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive in New York City.
Courtney is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Management. Her studies included advanced training in ballet, tap, and jazz dance as they are used in musical theater, as well as courses in arts administration, technical theater, and business management. She has participated in OCU’s annual Student Choreography Showcase and the American Spirit Dance Company’s performances of “Home for the Holidays” and “Broadway Revue” as both a performer and a technician. Through her experiences at the Ann Lacy School, she trained under numerous reputable dance professors and choreographers, including Jo Rowan, Vincent Sandoval, Tiffany van der Merwe, Tiffany Warford, Cassandra Van Houten, Tye Love, Jessica Fay, and Kay Sandel.
Beyond dance, she loves serving at her church as a member of the production team. She is also passionate about getting to know people of all backgrounds and hearing their stories. Courtney is so excited to be a part of the team at Dance Unlimited and watch the students grow this year as both performers and individuals!
Cerena Chaney is a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Dance has been her passion for as long as she can remember. Cerena began dancing at the age of three and continued to dance under the direction of Fran Norris at Miss Fran’s Dance and Tumbling Studio until graduating high school. Her love for this art form quickly grew into a permanent part of her life.
After graduating high school, Cerena wanted to take her passion to the next level, and she attended Oklahoma City University as a dance major. While at Oklahoma City University, she continued her love of dance technique and performance, but also fostered a passion for teaching dance to others. Cerena graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Pedagogy.
Since graduating, Cerena has continued to teach, learn, and grow in her love of dance. She is starting her fourth year working for American Dance Drill Team, teaching dance team camps during the summer months to high school dance teams across the Midwest. Cerena is also starting her second year as the Pom Coach at Oakdale Middle School! She is excited to start her first year as a dance teacher as Classen SAS Middle School. Cerena is so excited to be starting her third year at Dance Unlimited, and she can’t wait to continue teaching, growing, and building relationships with students and families!
Dance Instructor/Vibe Co. Director
Emily was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. She grew up dancing at Dance Unlimited Performing Arts Center. She then pursued a dance degree at The University of Oklahoma, graduating in May of 2015 with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. Emily was a member of the Contemporary Dance Oklahoma Company where she was able to work with and perform work by choreographers such as Carla Maxwell/Jose Limon, Alvin Ailey, Jessica Lang, and Austin Hartel. She was able to perform with Hartel Dance Group for a season, traveling to the International Fringe Festival, as well as the fall concert Retrospective. She was also a member of the Oklahoma City Dance Project 2012 and 2014. She spent a season working with the talented artists in Hannah Kahn Dance Company in Denver, CO under the artistic direction of Hannah Kahn. Most recently, she has been pursuing her passion for teaching dance and has had the fulfilling experience of directing The Vibe Dance Company.
Dance Instructor/Vibe Admin Director
Keyna grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, dancing for 15 years under the direction of Bee Pinotti at Camria Ballet Academy. She continued studying dance at Oklahoma City University (OCU), where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance in 2016. While at OCU, Keyna performed with the OCU Pep Dancers, as well as in several productions, including Time of Our Lives, Applause, One Night Only; and the American Spirit Dance Company’s Home for the Holidays, On Broadway, and Hot Shoe Shuffle. Since graduating, Keyna has been working professionally both teaching and performing. In addition to teaching at Dance Unlimited, she spent two years teaching ballet and tap full time at Classen School of Advanced Studies Middle School. She has performed with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma in their productions of West Side Story (Graziella), Mamma Mia!, and Singin' in the Rain; with Music Theatre Wichita in their productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Martha); with Larrwell Productions in Dallas, TX; and for the OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show. Keyna absolutely loves being a part of the DU family, and is looking forward to her 6th year of teaching here at Dance Unlimited!
Lesa began dancing at the age of three at Applause Studios in Oklahoma City under the direction of Patricia Oplontnik. She became a member of the competition company at the age of eight and continued competing through high school. Competing at various conventions and competitions throughout the region, Lesa, had the opportunity to study with various professional artists such as Keith Clifton, Rhonda Miller, Greg Russel, and Jeff Amsden. In 1997, Lesa competed in the Miss Dance of Oklahoma competition taking 5th place and going on to compete at the Dance Masters of America National Convention in Orlando, FL taking 2nd runner up in her age division. After graduating high school in 1998, she went to the University of Central Oklahoma where she was a member of the Kaleidoscope Dancers Company for four years. During her college career, Lesa toured to various middle schools and high schools performing for children of all ages. She also performed in Opening Night in Bricktown and at the American College Dance Festival Gala. Lesa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in 2003 and has taught here at Dance Unlimited PAC for the past 21 years. Looking forward to another great year with the best dance family!
Makenzie Boatright is from Edmond, Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Makenzie has had 13 years of vocal training and 9 years of dance. Along with years of performance experience, Makenzie also has experience in choreographing, music directing, and teaching private lessons. She has also been the Director and Assistant Director of many shows here at Spotlight! Makenzie is active in performing in the community, and leading worship at her church. During the day, Makenzie spends her time serving as the Fine Arts Assistant at Crossings Christian School. In July 2020, Makenzie married her husband Dustin, and they live in Edmond with their dog Piper! Makenzie is so glad that Dance Unlimited and Spotlight have given her the opportunity to teach and share her passion with others!
Voice, Piano/Acting Instructor
Maya Cook is from Edmond, Oklahoma. She is a graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. She loves working with kids and has worked at her church’s children’s ministry and Project Princess. She has been working as a Musical Theatre teacher, Voice teacher, and Piano teacher at Dance Unlimited for two years now. She has experience in directing, music directing, and choreographing. Maya has participated in several UCO productions, and has been performing for about 15 years. She is so ecstatic to teach at Dance Unlimited for another year!
Michelle Rambo has been teaching dance for 11 years, which includes styles of hip hop, jazz/funk, contemporary, jazz and tap. She has bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and Kinesiology from East Central University (ECU).
She became the first recipient of the ECU Dance Scholarship, where, for two years, she was captain for the Collage Dance Ensemble. She became the Artistic Director for ECU dance minor program. Michelle has been fortunate to choreograph for the well-known professional Race Dance Company located in Oklahoma City, OK. She has choreographed national hip hop pom routines for McLennan Community College and University of Oklahoma (OU). She recently taught at the Soul De Soul dance convention as a guest artist in Oklahoma City, OK. She has taught at the American College Dance Association at Southeast Missouri State University and Anderson Indiana University. She also travels with numerous organizations teaching and judging all across the states. Michelle's talents have been showcased during the pre-game performance for the Oklahoma City Thunder and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Michelle is excited to be apart of the University of Oklahoma Musical Theatre department this year and Dance Unlimited.
Maddi Hill is from Mansfield, Texas. She is currently a rising senior at the University of Central Oklahoma pursing a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. She loves working with kids, seeing the joy and passion in their eyes as they find their passions and talents. After completing her degree, she hopes to inspire children to always chase their dreams by working as a performer for the Walt Disney World Company, Cruise lines, and more. She is so excited to continue to be a part of the Dance Unlimited family.
Chelsea Jones is a graduate from Oklahoma University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While performing was fun for Chelsea, she felt more fulfilled teaching. She has been teaching consistently with Dance Unlimited for almost 8 years now and enjoys all disciplines! Chelsea is the head of the dance department at Heritage Hall, and works consistently with the DU Starlette program. Teaching is Chelsea’s passion but when she’s not teaching, she is being a mom to Jentry (5) and Janson (2) and eating as many sour patch kids as she can!
Voice, Piano Instructor
Jane Warner Neil is an OU Musical Theater graduate. In addition to raising her three beautiful children with her husband, she has a great passion for teaching and performing. She has been a part of many musicals, but her favorite roles were “Laurie” in the musical Oklahoma and “Gabriella, in the musical high school musical. Jane specializes in the Alexander technique and can teach vocal styles ranging from pop to opera. She teaches beginner piano, beginner-advanced voice, and beginner-advanced acting, and beginner-advanced songwriting. Jane believes strongly in unleashing the artist that lives in you and having a blast on the journey.
Mel Blake is a dancer/choreographer from Edmond, Oklahoma. She has been teaching for 10 years, styles include Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Technique. Melissa graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from UCO in 2014. There, Melissa had the pleasure of training under an amazing faculty, along with some guest artists such as: Andrew Palermo, KiKi Lucas, Will Johnston, and many more.
Since then, she has choreographed and taught master classes for many studios. She has also had her presented in 2 RAW Artist shows, Celebrity CREATE and Kidz Carnival in LA. Melissa is so excited to continue to be a part of the DU family!
Alyssa Hedding is from Flower Mound, Texas, and is currently a rising Sophomore Musical Theatre Major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Alyssa has been dancing all disciplines for 16 years. Some of Alyssa’s favorite shows to perform in were, Smitty in How to Succeed, Rosie in Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages (Ensemble/Dance Captain) , Oklahoma, and Bye Bye Birdie.
After graduating college, she hopes to perform, teach dance, and choreograph at studios and theatres! Alyssa loves sharing her love of dance with kids and is excited to be a part of the DU faculty!
Lillian Ball is from Lincoln Nebraska, is a Rising Senior at OCU, currently earning a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management. Lillian began dancing at the age of two and studies all genres of dance. Lillian’s proudest moments included receiving First Over-All National Championship for her tapping, alongside her brother in 2018, named National Senior Dance Down Winner for three consecutive years, and being crowned the National Title of “Miss Spotlight 2018” at Spotlight Dance Cup National Finals. Lillian was honored with the “Blue Cobalt Award” for the Most Promising Sophomore Dance Universal student at OCU in 2020. Lillian has held many leadership roles at OCU such as: Director’s Assistant to Jo Rowan, Choreographer’s Assistant to Vincent Sandoval and Alana Martin, Head Deck Crew, and Film & Editing Assistant. She has performed in American Spirit Dance Company shows at OCU, as well as danced the lead role in the Student Choreography show in the fall of 2019. Lillian performed in the Spring into Spring show as the Line Captain for Jeremy Duvall’s dance, “Big Noise”. Lillian took home a choreography award with a tap solo choreographed for her brother, Beaudree Ball, “False Confidence”. Later, she received another choreography award for a tap solo, “Too Cool” danced by Madison Mattson. Lillian most recently was the Tap Master Instructor for Alpha Omega The Intensive during the summer of 2021. Lillian pours her heart into each student she gets the chance to teach. Lillian strives to be a role model and hopes to share her love for dance with many people and bring out the best in each of her students.