Our Team

At Powerhouse Dance Center, we credit our success to our renowned faculty and staff. They pride themselves on their professionalism and work ethic and strive to give your student the very best of themselves.

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Marissa Johnson

Owner

Marissa graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.S. in Dance Pedagogy. Since then she has worked for The Disney Company both at Walt Disney World in Orlando and aboard the Disney Dream. She also starred on Broadway in “Legally Blonde” and as Amber Von Tussle in the U.S. tour of “Hairspray”. As Miss Missouri 2024, she is proud to be home teaching again.

Anna Caison Boyd

Instructor

Anna Caison holds a B.S. in Dance Pedagogy from OCU and an MFA in Dance from the University of Buffalo. For three years, Anna Caison toured with Rhapsody in Taps in Los Angeles and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl. After moving to Missouri, Anna Caison attained her yoga instructor certification.

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Dante Thomas

Instructor

A Dance Performance graduate of OCU and an Oklahoma native, Dante performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line before moving to Broadway, where he starred as Mr. Mistoffelees in “Cats”. He also played Fiyero in the national tour of “Wicked”, a role he reprised in the oscar-nominated movie of the same name. Dante is also a successful writer, having written the lyrics for the Tony-winning “Barrework: The Musical” and his memoir “Dante: The Musical: The Book” can be found wherever books are sold.

A.J. Surrell

Instructor

A.J. holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University. She has been “friends with” Alice and Wendy at Disney World. Upon returning home, she became an instructor for Stages St. Louis before being promoted to Company Manager.

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Jennifer Ferry

Instructor

Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, Jennifer is a Musical Theatre and Marketing graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer has worked as a voice actress in both New York and Los Angeles, but her proudest achievement is performing as a Radio City Rockette in four Christmas Spectaculars.

Jordyn Younger

Instructor

A Musical Theatre/Vocal Performance graduate of OCU, Jordyn also holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from Boston Conservatory. Jordyn played the iconic role of Christine Daae in Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” and voiced Aria from Disney’s animated musical “Bellissima”. Her self-titled album recently hit #2 on the Country charts. 

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Audrey Murphy

Office Manager

Audrey is a alum of Millikin University 

where she earned her BFA in Stage

Management. While in school, Audrey was

a theater technician for the Abraham

Lincoln Presidential Museum. Audrey

participated in the Disney College Program

following graduation, where she was 

offered a full time position as Managing 

Producer for Walt Disney World Live

Entertainment.

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Clare Marie Kuebler

Office Staff

Clare Marie is in pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at University of Missouri, where she is a member of the Golden Girls Dance Team. She was also crowned Miss Missouri 2025.

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