Charissa is an artist who lives in rural New Haven. She works mainly in pencil, pen, oils, and watercolors. She creates and sells many oil paintings, custom portraits, does custom decorative painting and murals among other things. She has illustrated the children's "D. Mouse" book series, and has created her own line of flower fairy drawings which have been made into cards and used as illustrations and logos. Her work is on display locally at the Riverfront Cultural Society Lounge, and Art Works on Main in Owensville. She has studied privately under several artists and art instructors, including working for two years under Julie Wiegand at Lyon School Studio. She has sold and displayed work in shows, fairs and galleries both locally and across the nation. She began teaching art in her early twenties, offering workshops and classes to home school groups, ladies groups, and teaching privately from her home studio. She has taught for three years at Kay's Studio in Sullivan, four years at Gateway Center for the Arts in Washington, and offers both private lessons and group lessons out of her own studio. Her students have won awards both in local shows and fairs, and national competitions.
~Dance / pilates~
Adrienne has been an educator in the field of dance for 20 years in Union and Washington Missouri. She specializes in teaching dance technique to children of all different ages and levels. Her innovative choreography, love of dance, and children enhance her teaching capabilities. Adrienne has choreographed several theatre productions for East Central College and off Broadway theatre. Some shows to mention: Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, Once Upon this Island, Broadway and Beyond, Route 66, The Drowsy Chaperone and several more. Adrienne teaches competitive dance, and coached cheer groups and private lessons to students who want to learn certain techniques. Adrienne was granted a dance scholarship from Lindenwood University and continued her education of dance at various workshops and schools in neighboring areas including COCA in St. Louis, MO. Adrienne has certifications including: CMA, CPR, First Aid, Pilates, kickboxing and step aerobics. She has taught various classes at Four Rivers Career Center, Tri-Fitness Center, Riverfront Cultural Society, Washington YMCA, and Hermann Area Fitness Center.
Mrs. Schaefer has been kicking since she was 17. She is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor with the ATA. Her classes center around Confidence, Self-discipline, Physical Fitness, and Self-defense. Students ages 3-adult come to her for training. A Missouri State Champ and Top Ten Competitor, Schaefer travels throughout the country training and competing. Her favorite experiences include Legacy Academy and Elite Camp because they created lasting memories and inspiration that she brings into her own classes.
Angie has been dancing for twenty-seven years studying tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, poms, modern, and lyrical dance. In high school, she was part of a competition team that earned top honors. She has participated in private workshops taught by professional dancers such as Densil Adams, Steven Boyd, and Darren Thompson. She received a dance scholarship to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. There she participated as a concert dancer and was a member of the Mid-American Dance Company. She has attended Dance Olympus (a national dance convention) numerous times as continuing dance education. Her groups of dancers have traveled to NYC for the Dance America competition as well as participated in Six Flags Annual Dance Fest. Angie was a featured dancer in ECC’s production of Broadway and Beyond in 2005 and was also an assistant coach for the ECC Dance Team from 2005-2008. Angie owned Just For Kixs Dance Center from 1999-2014. She has been teaching at WCAS for three years.
Gretchen (kubiak) long
Gretchen (Kubiak) Long grew up dancing since she was 3 in her mother’s studio in downtown Washington known as "Ursula's School of Dance". Gretchen has been an educator in the field of dance for 20 years in Washington, Missouri. She specializes in teaching dance technique to children and adults of all ages and levels. Dance is her creative outlet that she passionately passes on to her students and her own children. She has taught dance for over 15 years and has her national teacher certification through Dance Educators of America. She has attended dance conventions to expose herself and her students to national choreographers, diverse teaching styles and to continue her dance education. She has studied tap, ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tumbling and hip hop. She is excited to continue to pass her knowledge on to the next generation of passionate dancers.