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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
Ashley grew up in Northern California near Lake Tahoe. After living in Wisconsin for four years she moved to Vegas. She has four children, one whom has been dancing with at BDC for three years now! Ashley was a gymnast for over 18 years and trained with some of the best coaches in the world. She was a competitive gymnast for 12 years, was a level 10 gymnast for 5 of those years and traveled all over the country for competitions before she graduated and received a full ride scholarship to BYU. Ashley was part of the level 10 Region 1 team her senior year in high school which won Nationals! She graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education. She has coached gymnastics at a couple gyms but took a little time off to have and raise her kids. She has recently decided she was ready to start coaching again and is excited to share her tumbling expertise with the dancers at Bunker!
Katie started singing professionally when she was 9 years old in the Country Tonite Show at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. She then went on to record her own album with which she toured as an opening act for the Dixie Chicks, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Martina McBride and many more. Katie toured Hong Kong, and South Korea with the BYU Young Ambassadors and continued to travel the world as the lead singer and guest entertainer for Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines for a decade. She came back to Las Vegas and now focuses on the next generation of singers and performers in her own vocal studio, works as a Teaching Artist for Disney Musicals in Schools for the Smith Center, in addition to teaching theatre at Foothills Montessori and at Bunker. In her spare time, Katie can be found in Nashville in the recording studio or performing with Zion’s Youth Chorus and Symphony at the Smith Center.
Francoise began her dance studies in Bordeaux, France at 6 years old under Mr. Ary Arelly, premier dancer in the company of Marquis de Cuevas. Francoise also studied in Cannes, France under Rosella Hightower, Andrew Glegosky, Solange Golovine, and Olga Steins in character. Francoise started her career at The Opera of Bordeaux, Grand Theatre France under Maitre Skoutraloff. She danced in Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Sleeping Beauty. Francoise interpreted her last role of the Queen in Sleeping Beauty in Palos Verde, CA. She began her teaching career in France and continued in the US at the Ballet Conservatory of Palos Verde, CA for four years. The staff included Fay Gilette Director, and Meredith Baylis, former head of Joffrey School in New York. Francoise continued to spread her knowledge in Phoenix as a Ballet/Pointe instructor, and finally moved to Las Vegas, where she joined Bunker Dance Center in August of 2017. We are very proud to have Francoise on staff, and her decades of classic French ballet experience!
Jason Kalish has been teaching the art of American Tap Dance for over 25 years. His performance credits include: Rock N Rio Las Vegas, Rose Rabbit Lie, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Jaimie Fox, Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander, Harry Connick Jr., LeAnn Rimes, The Eagles, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Huey Lewis and the News, Jack Black, Stacy Keach, Theodore Bikel, Saundra Santiago, Gregory Hines, Tony Coppola Rhythm Ensemble, Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Evita, The King and I, Camelot, The Fiddler On the Roof, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Giselle. Jason has been an adjunct Professor of tap dance at Kennesaw State University. He would like to thank the following hoofers who without their contribution his own career wouldn’t be possible: close friend and mentor Jeremy Kiesman, Bryan Berry, Donna Kalish, Susan Hebach, Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, Buster Brown, Henry LeTang, Gregory Hines, Van Porter, Brenda Buffalino, Prince Spencer and the late great Bunny Briggs who will forever be an incredible influence and inspirer! Jason joined Bunker Dance Center as an Accelerated Tap teacher in 2018. We are lucky to have him!
Jacque Sorenson is a native of Las Vegas, and grew up competing in gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance. She cheered and danced at Palo Verde, and danced at Bunker Dance Center in high school as well. She attended SDSU for one year and cheered for the Aztecs, then transferred to UNLV where she cheered for three years and graduated with a B.S in Criminal Justice. She is married with three children, and has been the head coach of all three teams at Palo Verde High School for 9 years, helping to shape a highly competitive program! Jacque is excited to join the Bunker family as an instructor and share her love and passion for cheerleading!
Shea started dancing when she was 5 years old in a tap/ballet combo class at Cleo Parker Robinson’s studio in Denver, CO. From there, her love of dance grew, as did her classes. Shea has studied everything from tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, gymnastics, to flamenco and Mexican folk dancing. Shea has performed professionally since the age of 15, dancing for governors and senators and 105,000 fans at the American Bowl in Mexico City. Shea began teaching for Shelly True Dance Academy while in college where she was also a part of the Denver Nuggets Dance Team. After college, Shea moved to Los Angeles and then Ohio, where she continued dancing and teaching. She moved back to Denver in 1996 and returned to teaching with Shelly True while also becoming a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. After cheering for 3 seasons, being named rookie of the year, most dedicated (’96 and ’98), team captain, and going to two Super Bowls, Shea settled in Las Vegas, where she got married and started teaching at Bunker Dance Center. Shea took a brief hiatus from teaching to raise her three boys, and is excited to return to teaching cheer at BDC!
Florence Gaillard, born in Switzerland, has quite literally danced all over the world! Her professional career began in 1985, dancing under Alfonso Cata in Switzerland’s Ballet du Nord. She went on to join the Bejart Ballet Lausanne under renowned ballet masters Jorge Donn, Michel Gasgard, Jean-Marie Limon, and Gilles Roman. Miss Florence danced with Bejart from 1987 to 1998, after which she a briefly joined the Peter Schauss Balletten in Denmark from 1999-2001. It was then Miss Florence came to the United States of America where she joined the amazing performers of Cirque du Soleil. Miss Florence performed as a principal soloist dancer in Cirque’s Mystere right here in Las Vegas, NV in the role of the Black Widow from 2003 – 2014. Miss Florence has toured as a professional ballerina in dozens of countries throughout her amazing career, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, England, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Holland, France, Brittany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canary Islands, Poland, and Hungary. In addition to dance, she has also worked as an expert pilates instructor and model. We are so thrilled to have Miss Florence at Bunker Dance Center!
Colby Leigh Massanari is a professional ballroom dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is technically trained in over eighteen different styles: Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and many more. She was born and raised in Las Vegas and competed for many years with Bunker Dance Center where she won many scholarships. She moved to New York City when she was eighteen to pursue a career as a Professional Ballroom dancer where she was mentored by, and danced with, Mayo Alanen who appeared on the first season of Dancing With the Stars. In 2014, Colby was awarded the prestigious World Championship in Theater Arts where she choreographed a ballroom mashup between waltz and contemporary. Colby recently founded a local non profit musical theater program. Bunker Dance Center is thrilled to welcome back Colby as a teacher!
Marcquet began ballroom dancing at the age of 12. After training at a local school, he went to a private studio and quickly fell in love with all styles of the art. From humble beginnings he has been able to work with artists such as Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, Masego, and Mike Studd. He also appeared on So You Think You Can Dance (Top 16 Finalist) and Dancing with the Stars. We are very excited for Marcquet to bring his experience to Bunker Dance Center!