inMotion Staff

K. Michelle Walker-O'Brien - inMotion Director & Owner

Youth & Teen Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Adult Jazz, Pre Tap/Jazz

 

A Newton native, Michelle spent 13 years in Chicago teaching, performing, and studying many forms of dance. She helped create and choreographed the Evanston Children's Theatre, choreographed The Bogg Children's Theater, choreographed for the Chicago Honey Bears, performed in a "just say no" group called "The Exposonic Rockers," created and choreographed a children-teen dance company called "Legs in Motion." In 1990 she received a BA in Dance from Columbia College of Chicago with an emphasis on performance, choreography, and teaching. Michelle has been dancing since the age of 5. Michelle loves her life with her husband Mike, her daughter Kleo, family and friends. She is looking forward to the 20th year of inMotion Center!

Tiffany Lehrman | Ballet, Pointe, Tap/Jazz,

PreTap/Ballet, Musical Theater

For the past 30 years she has been involved in dance and tumbling. Tiffany has studied tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, pointe, and tumbling. Tiffany has kept educated with her dance background by taking classes and attending conventions. Tiffany loves working with kids and enjoys watching them grow and develop in their dance and tumbling technique. When Tiffany is not dancing she works at UL-Newton

Engineering part-time and enjoys spending time with her husband Andy and son Carter. Tiffany is looking forward to a wonderful year!

Heather Ross | Tumbling, Jazz, Tiny Tot Tumbling,

Cheerleading

Heather has been involved in dance and tumbling since she was 3. She enjoys taking classes to keep involved in new dance techniques outside of inMotion. She has competed and attended many national competitions along with tumbling clinics. Heather works full time at the Jasper County Treasurers office, and is the head cheerleading coach for NHS. When Heather isn’t working or teaching she loves spending time with her family, friends, her daughters, Aliviah and Addison, and husband, Lance. Heather is looking forward to a great year!

 

Danilea McKee | inMotion Dance Company | Pre Tap/Ballet, Ballet, Contemporary

Danilea McKee started her dance training at "Dancin' School of Dance" in Bloomfield, IA. She has since danced with The Pointe Academy, Fairfield Art of Dance, Fort Wayne Ballet, Iowa Dance Theater, and Robert Thomas Dancecenter. She is now a student at Iowa State University where she is majoring in environmental science and minoring in dance. She is also the Vice President of Iowa State's modern dance company, Orchesis. She has been teaching dance for 6 years and is looking forward to teaching at inMotion.


Jasmine Conner | Instructor |

Hip Hop/Street Jazz | Technique

Jasmine Conner is a hip hop, street jazz, technique, and competition teacher. This is her 4th year teaching at inMotion. She lives in Des Moines with her boyfriend Cass, and her cat Simba. She loves teaching, and has a passion for watching dancers learn the art form. Along with teaching, she is a Central Reservations Agent for Stoney Creek Inn. She can't wait for what the 15th year at inMotion has to bring!

 

 

Jerrica (Umbarger) Mortenson | Competition Cheerleading Head Coach

Jerrica has been cheering for 10+ years! In high school she cheered for football, basketball, wrestling & was a member of the NHS Competition Squad. Jerrica helped her team place first 11 times and a 3rd place finish at UCA’s Midwest Regionals. Jerrica was also a member of the NHS 4 girl stunt team which placed first at every competition they attended! In 2002 Jerrica was chosen to be a part of the Iowa Select Cheer Squad and traveled to Australia to cheer for Iowa Select

basketballs teams as well as hold cheer clinics. In 2003 Jerrica was chosen to be a UCA All Star Cheerleader and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2004 Jerrica was named captain of the NHS team and traveled with other team captains from all over the US to perform at the Universal Studios Christmas Parade in California. Jerrica lives in Newton with her husband Tanner and daughters Briah and Brynnlee. Jerrica works at Brady Dental Care.

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