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About Us

Ovation Studios opened in Carthage in 2007. We started as a very small studio but have grown to become the largest studio in the area. We do not believe we are the best because we’re the biggest. Instead, we believe we’re the biggest because families think we are the best.

Here are some of things that set Ovation Studios apart...

VARIETY

Ovation Studios is the only studio in the area to offer dance, tumbling, and baton twirling. We also offer classes in 7 different dance styles and each style is taught in a different class. Every style of dance is different and unique. We believe that to fully embrace each style it must be studied separately.

INSTRUCTORS

Our studio offers the most diverse teaching staff in the area; we have a variety of qualified instructors. Our students reap the duel benefits of working with multiple instructors and being taught from a unified syllabus. Many of our instructors have university degrees in dance and professional performance experience. Instructors teach styles and classes that they trained and qualified to teach.

STYLE

We strive to offer our students a current and relevant dance education. Our instructors strive to stay up-to-date and contemporary with our teaching methods and styles. Our ballet curriculum is based on the Vaganova ballet technique, the most current and refined school of ballet.

AGE APPROPRIATE

Class content, costumes, and music at Ovation Studios is always age appropriate. We support family values and make sure students are only exposed to positive things that are suitable for their age.

FACILITIES

Our studio is in a convenient location with ample parking. The studio has 3 separate dance studio rooms, a large tumbling/baton twirling gym, large family friendly lobby, and accessible restrooms. We have closed circuit cameras located in each classroom with monitors in the lobby.  This makes it possible for the student to have their full concentration on the teacher and the material being taught while allowing the parent to get a “sneak peek” at their child’s improvement and learning.

OFFICE STAFF

We have front desk staff avalible during all teaching hours, every day. These staff members are avaliable to answer any questions you have in person or over the phone.

Melanie Friesen

Melanie Friesen

Director & Instructor

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Carah McCullough

Carah McCullough

Dance Instructor

Carah's love for her students and passion for dance are easy to see in her beautiful choreography and creative classes she teaches. Dancing since childhood, Carah's performance experience has lead her to become a standout choreographer that has been recognized with numerous competition choreography awards. This summer Carah completed Progressing
Victoria Bass

Victoria Bass

Baton Twirling Instructor

Victoria's years of experience and love for the a sport of baton twirling lead easily into a passion for teaching and working with youth. She was a member of the Ovation Baton Twirling Team and performed and competed with the group from childhood into college. She was a competitive solo
Katie Dunlavy

Katie Dunlavy

Dance Instructor & Assistant

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Laurel Hallett

Laurel Hallett

Dance Instructor

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Caitlin Overfelt

Caitlin Overfelt

Dance Instructor

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Chelsea McKinney

Chelsea McKinney

Office Manager

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Andrew Pennington

Andrew Pennington

tumbling instructor

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Tria Zeiter

Tria Zeiter

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Patrice Sacry

Patrice Sacry

Dance Instructor

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Liz Enslow

Liz Enslow

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Jesenia Velazco-Hernandez

Jesenia Velazco-Hernandez

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