Kathy is the Owner and Artistic Director of Bunker Dance Center founding the Center 23 years ago at the prompting of friends and family. The studio started off as Bunker Boogie in homage to her mother whose nickname is Boogie and who instilled the love of dance and teaching dance in Kathy as she worked and taught side by side with her mother and sister in her mother’s studio. Kathy holds a Master’s Degree in the Arts from American University in Washington, D.C., performed worldwide with the International Folk Dance Company from Brigham Young University and studied and performed Flamenco with the world renown Luisa Triana. She loves mentoring and leading her amazing staff as well as choreographing and coaching. Kathy married her best friend, Chris Bunker, 34 years ago and together they have four children and one perfect granddaughter making her life complete.
Aaron recently gained fame as the 1st runner up on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Season 10. Aaron began his dance career at Bunker Dance Center at the age of 7 and was an NYDC pop dancer. Aaron has been a guest star and collaborated with his showbiz performer dad, Earl Turner, both on cruise ships and here locally. He starred in “Stomp Out Loud” at Planet Hollywood. Aaron graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor’s degree AND teaching Hip-Hop, Tap, and Jazz at Bunker Dance Center! We are thrilled to have Aaron on staff as he pursues his other dreams in music and dance.
Alexis Pearson has trained at The Dance Club since the age of 3 in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She has taught for over six years at the Vibe Performing Arts. She has trained and performed with the professional company Origins for 6 years. She has been on television shows such as “Live to Dance”, “Dancing with the Stars”, and “So You Think You Can Dance.” She has been featured in music videos and other various commercials. She has also traveled to Hong Kong to dance in the Chinese New Year parade performances. Encouraging kids to seek their full potential and lifting their self-esteem is her specialty. Alexis was the former Assistant Director for Bunker in the past three years. She is now the Technical Assistant for all teams and Summer Camp Specialist.
Ashley has grown up dancing at Bunker Dance Center and was a part of its very first Performing Arts Company. She danced with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University for four years where she toured all over the United States, Quebec, and Europe. She was also a dancer and assistant president of the modern company DancEnsemble at BYU for two years. One of her greatest achievements in college was being presented the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” by the Contemporary Dance Division for her senior project. Ashley received her BA in Dance and has been spending the last six years performing and choreographing community theater musicals. Her current projects are Signature Productions’ “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, “Fiddler On the Roof”, and Broadway Bounds “All Shook Up.”
Ashley began professional ballet career at the age of 17 dancing for Ballet West. She has BFA in Ballet and her BS in Anthropology graduating with honors. Ashley holds national certifications from the American Council on Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In addition, Ashley is certified in aquatic fitness, Pilates, pre/postnatal exercise and Mommy-and-Baby fitness. Ashley was named one of the top personal trainers nationally by Town Sports International. Ashley is currently teaching at Las Vegas Athletic Clubs. She has completed her MS in exercise science and health promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania and has been involved in numerous health and fitness programs including Body and Soul and Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting.
As Kathy’s oldest child, Blake quite literally grew up in and around the studio. He even competed in hip hop with BDC’s original company team, and had the pleasure of training with Napolean and Tabitha Dumo! After working for years as a licensed mental health therapist in Southern Nevada, Blake has changed career paths, and returned to the family business. He joined the studio in January 2017 as Director of Studio Relations, which includes overseeing front desk operations, fielding all customer concerns, and completing whatever other tasks his mother, and boss, happens to give him. Blake’s hobbies include reading and writing fantasy fiction, watching hockey, and trying his best to control his spirited 16 month old daughter, Aurora.
Diane comes to Las Vegas from Spokane, WA, where she taught tap for twenty years. This will be her fifteenth year at Bunker Dance. She has a total of over forty years of teaching experience. She danced in the “Golden Horseshoe” and the “Electric Parade” at Disneyland, as well as many convention shows. Her students have won many top awards at competitions, and she is most proud of her most accomplished student, her daughter Stephanie. Diane is also an integral member of the costume team at Bunker Dance Center.
Gabriella Giocomo grew up in a family of musical theatre professionals and inherited their love for the arts. By day, Gaby can be found behind the front desk here at Bunker, where she loves to see our young dancers learning and growing. By night, Gaby is a playwright whose work has been seen in her home state of Illinois and here in Nevada. Because her parents have always taught her to “wear many hats,” Gaby also has extensive and growing credits as a singer, actress, and director/assistant director. Previously, she also worked for the sales and member services departments of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.
Heather Kennedy Allen a native of Las Vegas, grew up dancing at different studios and was a Rebel Girl at UNLV during her freshman year. During that time she started teaching and working front desk at Bunker Dance Center. She graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in Dance Education, and her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies. While teaching at Bunker, she started teaching for the Clark County school district, and is on her sixteenth year with CCSD teaching U.S.History at Spring Valley High School. Over the course of her teaching career she worked with cheer leading teams and dance teams. Over 5 years ago, after being with Bunker for 12 years, Heather left Bunker to have her 2 beautiful children. She is now excited to rejoin the the Bunker faculty. Welcome back Heather!
Jasmine is a native of Las Vegas beginning her training Nevada Ballet Theatre. She has been a scholarship recipient for several prestigious ballet summer programs including ABT, Alvin Ailey, Bolshoi Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Pennsylvania Rock School. She continued her training under the famous David Howard in New York City where she received her BFA in Dance from the Joffrey Ballet. Jasmine has been a teacher for ages 2-Adult/Professional all over California, Arizona, and Nevada for over 8 years and 3 years with Bunker Dance Center. She is also a teaching assistant for Allan McCormick when in Las Vegas. Jasmine was also an Artist in Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” at the Aria resort and casino and continues to perform throughout the Las Vegas area. She is very excited and blessed to be back teaching at Bunker!
Jessica started her ballet training at the American Dance Conservatory in Kentucky. In 2007, she was a finalist in the international ballet competition, Youth America Grand Prix. Jessica continued her training at the Louisville Ballet School. She performed with Louisville Ballet for four seasons dancing in classics such as “Swan Lake,” “Gisselle,” and “Romeo and Juliet” as well as contemporary works and world wide premieres. While there, Jessica had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Val Canipaoli, of San Francisco Ballet, and Daniel Riley, of Bangarra Dance Theatre. She is herself an accomplished choreographer, with her contemporary work, “Sleepyhead,” premiering at the Louisville Ballet’s Gala. Jessica has danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre. She is very excited to be teaching her second year at Bunker Dance Center to share her love and enthusiasm for dance!
Kenady is so happy to be back home at Bunker Dance Center! She began her dance career training at Bunker Dance Center under the artistic direction of her mother, Kathy Bunker. Kenady holds a BA in Elementary Education as well as a Modern Dance minor from Brigham Young University. While at BYU she performed with the Tap Dance Company and taught tap several semesters. After college, Kenady took her teaching talents to India where she taught leprosy-affected children through the humanitarian organization “Rising Star Outreach.” Kenady has worked as a teacher and choreographer at several of the top studios in the west including The Dance Club (Utah) and Dance Connection (Scottsdale). She has trained and teaches all styles of dance and believes the well-rounded dancer is the best dancer! Although she loves all styles of dance her specialty is tap.
Megan McBride Moore has a unique blend of styles that makes her a standout in the tap community. She has had the opportunity to take the stage with some of the world’s most renowned tap dancers. Currently she is a member of Gregg Russell’s Tap Sounds Underground Company, performs with Sarah Reichs “Tap Music Project,” and was the Co-Director of the 1st annual San Diego Tap. Her choreography has won many prestigious competitive awards and her dancers have gone on to pursue professional careers. Megan has also choreographed numerous youth musicals. Megan’s objective as an instructor is to dynamically train her students in the art of tap dancing to enhance their current endeavors while preparing them for the future. From 2008 until 2015, she was the director of the tap program at Danceology Performing Arts Campus in San Diego. Megan is excited to travel and spread the love of tap dance to the younger generation here at Bunker Dance Center.
Nadine recently relocated to Las Vegas from Germany to teach children and teens the roots of Hip Hop. She is educated in “Old School” Hip Hop, Popping & Locking, House, Dancehall, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. She loves to show people that Hip Hop is not only what you see on TV, but that it is much deeper and has a lot more to offer. Nadine studied with with Mr.Wiggles, Showtime, Sugar Rae and Flockey, which gave her a diversity of opportunities to experience dance with other people and to develop her own style. She also took part in Battles: Funkin Stylez, Battle of the year, and Juste de Bout, to name a few. Nadine studied ballet, jazz and music for over 10 years, toured with dance and musical companies and was a Judge for talent shows in Germany.
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Naomi Stikeman earned international acclaim while performing with The National Ballet of Canada, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, La La La Human Steps, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Copenhagen International Ballet, and Celine Dion’s “A New Day.” She won the Gemini award for the best performance. Naomi created her production company One Yellow Fish Inc. in 2007. Her film “Coldspot” was honored at the Choreography Media Honors in Los Angeles and her film “Pink Navigator” is now a permanent installation at the new St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica CA. Naomi’s stage production “Çaturn”, choreographed by Peter Chu and Crystal Pite, was recently presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Noami is the founder the Las Vegas Performing Arts Intensive. This is Noami’s fourth year at Bunker!
Starting dance at the age of 12 he was trained in ballet, jazz, tap & acrobatics by Georgia Lynn Bowden and Jenny Lynn Hashim. He then went on to win such titles as Mr. Teen Dance Educators of America, Mr. Dance Olympus & Mr. Dance Educators runner-up. His professional highlights include: Jean Ann Ryan dancer, Siegfried & Roy, Tokyo Disneyland where he was Aladdin, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines & EFX starring Rick Springfield. He was a back up dancer for Martha Walsh, Mandalay Bay & opening gala for the Wynn Resort. Robert has worked with such choreographers as Jerry Mitchell, Michael Chambers, Missy Cochran & Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega. He has worked for UNLV Rebel Girls & Treasure Island Resort as co-choreographer of the New Years Celebration show. His work has won national awards such as New York City Dance Alliance’s Senior Critics Choice Award 2013, 2014 Teen Best Performance at The Dance Awards. His dancers have performed in shows such as Sonya Tayeh Dance Company, Stacey Tookey’s “Moments Defined”, & Travis Wall’s “Shaping Sound” . Robert has taught for such conventions as JUMP, Shake & Break NYC, Dance Educators of America and Dance Olympus. Robert’s teaching method derives from Pilates, Franklin Method, Gyro-tonics & Feldenkrias “Awareness Through Movement.” We welcome him as the new Director of teams here at Bunker!
Jorene Leonard, born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, is a third generation dancer. Jorene was classically trained, though she chose to pursue her career in Los Angeles. For 9 years Jorene performed for the jazz company, Instincts Live Media Dance Company directed by Liz Imperio. She has worked with artists such as Janet Jackson, Usher, and Wayne Brady as well as performing live with the Radio City Rockettes. Jorene has appeared on television shows such as the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, the “MTV Movie Awards”, and worked with Sarah Jessica Parker as her body double for GAP ad campaigns. Jorene appeared in motion pictures such as “The Comebacks” and “Bring It On Again”. Since relocating to Las Vegas, Jorene has performed with the “Sirens Of T.I.” at Treasure Island, the show inside 40 Deuce in the Mandalay Bay Hotel entitled “Royal Jelly”, and the Wayne Brady production “Making S#!t Up” at the Venetian. Jorene joined Bunker Dance Center’s staff in early 2017 as a versatile and beloved teacher of all age groups and disciplines!
Stacy has lived in Nevada for over 25 years, and worked as a school teacher for CCSD for 27 years. Her love of kids and dance inspired her to join the Bunker front desk staff in summer 2017!
Tristen Sosa, from Utah, is a four time national Latin ballroom champion with training from all around the country. He has trainined with some of the top names in the industry; Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Ricardo Cocchi, and Sasha Altukhov and more. Tristen has appeared on “Dancing with the Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “America’s Got Talent”, and “Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance”. He also starred as the Principal Dancer in the documentary “Life of a Dancer” and the television series, “Dear Dumb Diary”. Tristen performed for the NBA Utah Jazz team and the “Ribbon of Life Show” at The Tropicana in Las Vegas, and was an Actor and Model for The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. You can currently find Tristen dancing in the “Donny and Marie Show” at the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip. We are excited to have Tristen here at Bunker!