1600 W Douglas Ave Wichita, KS 67203

(316) 687-5880

Instructors

Taylor Cunningham-Osterman

Taylor has been a dancer with Ballet Wichita for 5 years. He has guest choreographed and directed Ballet in the Park – The Little Mermaid at Ballet Wichita. While studying Cecchetti and Balanchine ballet methods he also learned various classical forms of dance, including tap and jazz at Friends University under the direction of Stan Rogers and Sharon Rogers.

Timothy Cao

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Tim T.V. Cao is a former Kansas City Ballet Second Company Dancer and has performed with the Kansas City Ballet in ballets such as The Wizard of Oz and Swan Lake. He has trained with the American Ballet Theatre School and the Kansas City Ballet Day Time Program for the past five years. He also has experience in musical theatre and is a former Broadway performer from Matilda the Musical. His technical dance education ranges from classical ballet forms, classical and contemporary partnering, modern, jazz, hip hop, to singing and acting.

Katie Andrusak

Katie was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She started dancing at the age of 3 for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet (CLMB). While there she received training in the Vaganova method, tap, jazz, lyrical and character. After high school, Katie went on to college at Butler University in Indianapolis and law school at the University of Kansas. Since returning to Wichita in 2016, Katie has danced with Ballet Wichita for the last five seasons. She has danced roles such as Snow Queen, Ariel, Cinderella, Spanish Soloist, Aurora and Bluebird. Katie also teaches advanced and intermediate ballet for the Ballet Wichita Institute. In addition to dancing, Katie has been Company Manager for Ballet Wichita for 3 years now and has designed numerous costumes for Nutcracker, Cinderella, Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty. In 2018, Katie, along with fellow dancer Taylor Cunningham-Osterman, choreographed, directed and produced The Little Mermaid. In 2020, Katie also created, directed, choreographed and produced Sleeping Beauty with Sarah Walden.

 

Hannah Chandler

Hannah Chandler is attending Wichita State University double majoring in Dance and Exercise Science to become a physical therapist in the future. She trained at Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center for fifteen years and has been a company member with Ballet Wichita for ten years dancing in The Nutcracker and Ballet in the Park. Her favorite roles have been the Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Ariel, and Aurora. In recent years she has studied at Ballet Magnificat, Kansas City Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet while in high school.

Liberty Warner

Liberty Joy is from Casper, Wyoming and is currently studying Dance and Music Theatre at Wichita State University. She started dance at age seven and started teaching her senior year of high school at a local studio in Wyoming. One of Liberty’s core values is to work hard and be passionate, and she finds passing that on to her students through teaching is just as important as teaching dance itself.

Yannic Dozier

Yannic Dozier brings over 20 years of dance teaching experience to Ballet Wichita. He taught Hip hop as an adjunct lecturer at Wichita State University for 8 semesters and was also the lead choreographer and coach for the Power 93.9 dance team.  He has several credits choreographing for Music Theatre for Young People and has been a consistent presence at the Jester awards for High school musical theatre.  Yannic has been nominated for a Jester with his work on Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Zombie Prom and Pippen.  He won the Jester for best choreography for Oklahoma!, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Julia Johnson

Julia is a Ballet Wichita alum, and danced with the company from 2009-2019, performing roles such as Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker and the title role in Cinderella. Julia has trained at the Jill Landrith School of Dance, as well as attended summer programs with the American Ballet Theater, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and Kansas City Ballet.  Currently, Julia attends Texas Christian University, pursuing a B.F.A. in Ballet on a Pre-Physical Therapy track.  She is excited to be teaching and taking on the position of Institute Coordinator at Ballet Wichita!

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