Meet The Instructors
The teachers at Dance Inspiration provide professional dance instruction in a warm and supportive environment. Our staff sparks every dancer’s potential; whether they are dancing for fun and exercise, or are considering a career in the dance industry. Each instructor brings with them a passion to teach, the ability to help every student progress in their technique, and an abundance of positive energy!
Allison Rae Ellis
OWNER | INSTRUCTOR
Allison Rae Ellis attended Oklahoma City University where she studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Theatre dance, and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Dance Management. While attending OCU, she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and danced in major productions such as 'Yuletide Magic' put on in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performed across the United States in a USO tour, and abroad in the 'International Broadway Review Show,' which took her to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore. Other credits include dancing at the prestigious Flo-Bert Tap Awards in New York City with legends such as Savion Glover, Buster Brown, and Jimmy Slyde.
Her dance companies have received national recognition winning high point, overall, and choreography awards in both the clogging world and the dance world. Her students have gone on to dance professionally in stage shows, ballet companies, as well as college dance teams and careers as instructors. Allison keeps up to date on her education through online teacher-training courses, attending local and national workshops, and taking classes at venues such as New York's Broadway Dance Center & Steps on Broadway.
Allison is married and a proud mom of 3 boys. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, and opened Dance Inspiration with a mission to provide students with high-quality dance training in a positive, joyful, and fun environment. She believes dance lessons = life lessons, and strives to help her students grow both physically and emotionally. Through the art of dance, she hopes to inspire her students to embrace their unique inner voice, and feel purpose and pride as they express their personal gifts through movement.
Lauren started dancing at the age of 3. She studied various styles including ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, clogging, and musical theater. She danced with Dance Inspiration for 7 years and was a member of the the Dance Co. and Nebraska Pride Clogging teams, winning several local and national team awards. She also participated in the teacher's assistant prgram, where she developed a love for teaching other's how to dance. She went on to study dance pedagogy at the prestigious school of the arts at Oklahoma City University. Her education included ballet, tap, jazz, stagecraft, dance history, and dance nutrition. While attending OCU, she had the opportunity to perform in their annual showcase, and studied under Debbie Allen, Jo Rowan, and Mary Price Boday.
Lauren has been a business owner and mom for the past 10 years and is excited to get back to her roots and share her love of dance with her students. She is passionate about helping others learn and grow, not only in the area of dance at the studio, but also in life! "Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham
Audra Horne has been a part of Dance Inspiration since its opening season when she enrolled as a 3-year-old, and has been a part of the studio ever since! Audra is a well-rounded dancer with training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Clogging, and her specialty, Hip Hop. She competed as a member of the DI Dance Co. and Nebraska Pride Cloggers for 11 years, receiving numerous awards and recognition, including the title of "Miss StarQuest." Audra was a member of the dance team at Mercy High School, and currently performs as a Prime Dancer for the Omaha Beef. She has traveled to workshops and dance venues across the country to take master classes from the best of the best- including Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Audra was an assistant teacher at Dance Inspiration for 6 years before becoming an instructor in 2015. She loves sharing her knowledge, passion, and ‘swag’ with her students, and excited to help shape the next generation of DI dancers.
Stacy Jackson has been dancing since the age of 3. She was a member of both the Nebraska Pride Cloggers and the DI Dance Co, earning numerous regional and national awards. She was a dancer on the Millard South High School Dance Team, and was also involved in the Theater Department as a performer and choreographer.
Stacy loves working with children and has an undergraduate degree in Family Science from UNO, and a masters degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches 1st grade for Millard Public Schools, and her love of dance inspired her to start the school's first ever Dance Club! She has been an instructor with the studio for 11 years. Stacy's sense of humor, ability to relate to children, and love of dance are some of the many qualities she brings into her classroom. She is looking forward to helping her students grow, both as individuals and as dancers.
Sarah Lubaroff has been a dancer since she was 10 years old and fell in love immediately. She grew up in Warrensburg, MO training in all styles of dance, and realized her love of teaching while participating in the teacher's assistant program at her studio. After graduating high school, Sarah attended Oklahoma City University where she got her Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy. While she was at OCU, Sarah performed with the American Spirit Dance company in their Broadway Revue and Home for the Holidays performances. She also had the opportunity to be the student director and choreographer for the school's Spirit of Grace Liturgical group. Sarah is so excited to join the faculty at Dance Inspiration and continue to foster a love of dance in her students just like her teachers did for her. Her teaching philosophy is all about working hard while having fun and making sure that everyone walks out of dance class feeling confident and accomplished.