Faculty

Stacie Souza

Owner / Director

Stacie Souza got her start at Kings Dance Center when she was eight years old and became a dance teacher/choreographer for Dancers Unlimited at the age of 16. She has performed at Nickelodeon Studios in Hollywood, CA as well as Pepperdine University for several dance showcases for Encore Performing Arts. Stacie has trained under choreographers such as Rhonda Miller, Keith Clifton, Tina D'Amato, Adam Parson, Jeff Amsden and Michael Rooney. She has been the recipient of numerous dance scholarships from Hollywood Connection, LA Dance Magic and LA Underground, as well as choreography awards from Starbound, Encore and Starpower. She became Miss Kings County in 2006, ran for Miss California, and is currently the Vice President of the Miss Kings County & Outstanding Teen Program. Stacie received her Bachelors in Interior Design in 2007 and moved with her husband Chad to Champaign, IL. There she worked as a dance teacher for Christine Rich Studio and Art In Motion Dance Studio. While there, she was given the opportunity to choreograph principal dancers from the Joffrey Ballet company. Since moving back to Kings County in 2009, Stacie obtained her real estate license and has assisted with running the Dancers Unlimited competitive dance team for KDC. Stacie enjoys focusing on performance, flexibility, technique and building confidence in her dancers. In 2014, Stacie and her husband welcomed their baby girl.

Teaches: Jazz, Hip Hop and Progressions

Alisa Ramirez

Lisa has been the Office Manager for Kings Dance Center for 20 years.

Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson has been enjoying her love of dance for over 20 years. She has had extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, and cheer. With experience both on and off the stage, Amanda has achieved many accomplishments; Some including, the "LA Laker Girl" award, "Makeover" award, "Little Miss Lemoore," and featured roles in the Nutcracker and Fiddler on the Roof. She was a part of the Dancers Unlimited competition team, at KDC, and had the opportunity to travel and train under several well know choreographers, which allowed her grow as a dancer and expand her abilities. Amanda began teaching at Kings Dance Center at the age of 16, and has enjoyed watching her dancers grow as artists and performers. With an emphasis on technique, flexibility, and showmanship, Amanda has taught dancers of all ages, from toddlers to teens. She also spread her love of dance throughout the community by teaching dance for the "Ready Program," "First Five," and "Relay For Life."

Teaches: Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet & Creative Dance

Briana McNamara

Briana McNamara has 20 years of comprehensive dance training and on-stage experience. Working under numerous valley and world renowned teachers, she has studied ballet, pointe, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop and jazz. She was a member of KDC’s Dancers Unlimited at which time she received the “Most Graceful” ballet award. She has performed as a soloist at several KDC year-end productions, community events and national dance competitions. In addition to recently receiving several Hollywood connection scholarships, Briana is a 2008 High Point Soloist, winning 1st place awards from Hollywood Connection and Starbound National Talent Competition. She participates in continued education several times a year and maintains her dance technique and performance skills by mentoring under several valley master teachers on a weekly basis. Briana is currently a member of “Altered Modalities” contemporary dance company. She has been teaching at KDC since 2004 and is currently a choreographer/coach for KDC competition teams. Briana is committed to excellence and teaches the importance of stage presence, body awareness, and self-confidence to her students. In addition to Dancing/Teaching, Briana is also a cosmotologist/color specialist at Panache Salon downtown Hanford.

Teaches: Ballet, Jazz & Lyrical

Cassandra Mangum

Cassandra has been dancing at Kings Dance Center and has been a member of its competition dance team, Dancers Unlimited, since the age of four. She has trained extensively in several forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and tap, and has taken part in a number of duos, trios, solos, and master classes. She has also received multiple scholarships in the course of the competition team’s travels throughout the state, including auditioning for opportunities such as Hollywood Icon, the Laker Girls, and Stiletto Entertainment; winning several Celebrity and VIP awards at Hollywood Connection; and training at a dance intensive in L.A. with nationally-known teachers. Some of Cassandra’s additional dance experiences include performing at Disneyland, at numerous local events, and participating in KDC’s beautiful rendition of “The Nutcracker” for three years. She has danced at KDC for 15 years, was a cheerleader in high school, has been assisting and teaching at KDC for the past five years, and is currently a member of the dance company “Altered Modalities.” She enjoys sharing her love of dance and performance to the students of KDC.

Teaches: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap & Tiny Tots

Christine Dilsaver

Christine Dilsaver solely trained in classical ballet at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California since the age of four. While at the studio, Christine participated in numerous classical ballet productions including, but not limited to, Coppelia, Graduation Ball, and Daphnis and Chloe. She had the honor of participating in The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual production of The Nutcracker for eleven years. Christine was part of The Bakersfield Regional Ballet Company where she was invited to attend numerous master classes. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture and a Dance Minor. As a student at Cal Poly, Christine trained extensively in classical ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, tap, and ballroom, focusing on dance composition and choreography. She studied cultural influences on dance in America as well as American musical theater. Christine spent a full year researching and experimenting with the relationship between dance and the landscape and was highly motivated by the works of Lawrence and Anna Halprin. In the midst of her studies, Christine attended and taught at The Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo. For three years she was part of the teaching faculty at The City Performing Arts Academy in Visalia, California. She was pleased to be a part of The City Company for two of those years producing choreography that received numerous recognitions. She spent one year working for Elite Dance Academy in Visalia, California where she also had the opportunity to produce choreography for their Elite Competition Team. Christine has been honored to also teach the advanced ballet program at The Dance Company in Kingsburg, California. Christine shows great dedication to helping her students learn and develop. She has a passion and a deep appreciation for dance as an art and desires to create a sense of movement, creativity, and individuality.

Teaches: Ballet

Hannah Hilyard

Hannah Hilyard has been dancing at Kings Dance Center since the age of 9. She enjoys studying every form of dance from Ballet to Hip Hop and everything in between. For the past five years, she worked as a Teacher's Assistant for Creative Dance and Tiny Tots. Hannah was a member of the Dancer's Unlimited Competition Team for 6 years, and continues to keep up with her own dance training. In the Fall, Hannah will be continuing her education at Fresno Pacific University where she will be working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in psychology. Her career goal is to be a Special Education teacher. Hannah emphasizes strong work ethic to all of her students, while also encouraging personal growth, creativity, and most of all, fun. She loves to see the growth of her students over the years, and enjoys seeing them reach their full potential. Hannah is very excited to continue teaching and hopes to pass on her love of dance to all of her students.

Teaches: Dancin Tots, Tiny Tots & Creative Dance

Italia Ferguson

Italia was a student at Mary Immaculate Queen School and has recently graduated magna cum laude from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno. She received the presidential award for her high test scores and for her ability to be a scholar athlete.  While attending San Joaquin Memorial, she was a member of the pep team in the SJM Pep and Cheer SuperSquad.  The team won first place in every competition they entered and was asked to perform at the Holiday Bowl (San Diego 2012) and the Orange Bowl (Florida 2014).
Italia has been a member of the award winning Kings Dance Center competition team for nearly 10 years.  She has competed at various regional and national dance competitions and individually, she's received The Fame Award and The Stardom Award at Hollywood Connection Dance Convention. 
Currently, Italia is enrolled as a student at West Hills College and College of the Sequoias.  She will be performing and competing as a featured member of Kings Dance Center Dancers Unlmited and as a semi -professional dancer with the contemporary dance company, Altered Modalities.

Teaches: Jazz, Ballet, and Tap

Martha Kelly-Fierro

Martha Kelly­-Fierro has traveled the country and abroad choreographing, instructing, and showcasing her contemporary dance company.  Her unique style of dance was nurtured by assisting and touring with such world renown choreographers as Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), Keith Clifton (The Edge Dance Studio, Hollywood), and Jeff Amsden (A Few Good Men Dancin' ­ Broadway, NYC).

Her contemporary company, Altered Modalities, has been in existence for over 14 years and has performed in New York, Houston, Washington, Arizona, and throughout California. She has won several awards, including the new choreographer award at the Dance Under the Stars and the prestigious Gold Leo award at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2000. Several of the dancers she has trained have gone on to dance, choreograph, or instruct professionally. She toured the United States as a faculty member with West Coast Dance Explosion and has been sought after as a master teacher because of her passion for movement and growth.

Currently, Martha teaches at College of the Sequoias in Visalia and at Kings Dance Center. Her husband and she reside with their six children in Visalia, CA.

Teaches: Contemporary, Tap & Progressions

Michelle Clevenger

Michelle Clevenger has been dancing for over 20 years and has studied all genres of dance. She has been teaching for 11 years and was part of the KDC Dancers Unlimited competition team for 6 years. She was part of the KDC Nutcracker and performed in the Waltz of the Flowers, Snow, Spanish Tea, Marzipan & Arabian Soloist. She also traveled to Oregon doing The Nutcracker for the Northwest Pacific Ballet performing in Waltz of the Flowers, Snow & Marzipan. Michelle and her family lived in Illinois for a while where she was teaching competitive dance teams.  She has studied musical theater and lighting production and was seen in the play "Carousel". Michelle has taken class from many award winning choreographers and has traveled to dance conventions all over California. She enjoys teaching various styles and age groups and currently resides in Lemoore, CA with her husband and 4 children.

Teaches: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical & Hip Hop

Sarah Verheul

Sarah Verheul has been dancing at Kings Dance Center since she was 4 years old. She has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. For the past 3 years she has been a teacher's assistant for the Creative Dance and Dancing Tots programs. She was also on the KDC competition team, Dancer's Unlimited for six years. In addition to being heavily involved in dance, she is also attending Fresno State for Civil Enginerring. She looks forward to continuing her teaching career and sharing her love of dance.

Teaches: Ballet, Jazz, Tiny Tots & Creative Dance