KMDP is proud to announce this will be its 42nd season!
That wouldn’t be possible without our fearless leader and Director, Kim Massay! Kim has just returned from New York City where she was one of only 20 Ambassadors for Break The Floor’s Dance Teacher Summit. As an ambassador, Kim inspires and teaches dance instructors from across the country, training and helping them with their businesses. Kim's continued enthusiasm for dance education and performance has ranked Kim Massay Dance Productions a leader in the performing arts and a business phenomenon. Kim is driven by her passion to continue to have the best, most professional and progressive studio around. KMDP is considered one of the top 50 studios by Dance Spirit Magazine. She is proud to say the legacy is continuing through her own daughters, Star, Skye and Stori, who all teach at KMDP and share her passion for dance.
Kim began dance training at the age of three, taking classes from her mother, Dee Massay. Kim earned a B.A. degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma Ballet School and received her master’s in dance education. Kim’s choreography and performance credits while at OU include Lyric Theatre, troupe member of the Carl Cappock Dancers, a member of the inaugural University of Oklahoma Pom Squad, a member of the OU Ballet Company and director/choreographer of Sooner Scandals. Her career experience has been enhanced with modeling and commercials. Annual trips to New York and Los Angeles for workshops in dance have enriched her training via study with outstanding artists such as Luigi, Ron Forrella, Don Emmons, Phil Black, Steps 56th Street Studio and the choreographer for the Tap Dance Kid, Danny Daniels, Joe Tremaine, and Jackie Sleight.
Kim is currently honored to be one of only 25 Ambassadors for the Break The Floor’s Dance Teacher Summit. The Summit is held each year in both New York and California and is known throughout the country as an advocate and supporter of the dance industry with more than 1400 dance teachers attending each city. As an Ambassador, Kim inspires and teaches dance instructors from across the country, training and helping them with their businesses and is thankful for Gil Stroming for this wonderful opportunity.
In 1995 Kim was selected as Central U.S. contact for dance casting for Star Search and in 1996 choreographed for the Oklahoma University Pom Squad. Kim has been named to the National Small Business Conference for the Republican Party and the National Leadership Award. As owner of the studio in Edmond, Kim’s continued enthusiasm for dance education and performance has ranked Kim Massay Dance Productions as a leader in the performing arts and a business phenomenon.
“I can’t describe what a joy it is to be a dance teacher and teach your children, and now I’m teaching the children of the children I had in dance. I’m proud to say I am not only a grand teacher but a grandmother! “Tutu” to Star’s daughter Indie-Belle and Stori’s children Wrigley and Ivy. And it is such an honor to have my own daughters Star, Skye and Stori keeping the family tradition alive."
"I would like to thank my mom, Dee Massay and my dad, John Massay for helping me get to where I am today. And a special brother that I have, Greg Massay, and his wife Rockie, for just being there all the time. For all these and more, you have blessed my life and I thank God for you each and every day."
Skye Massay is the artistic director for Kim Massay dance productions. She loves working out, coloring, traveling around the world, romantic walks on the beach, and tennis shoes. Christmas is her favorite time of the year. She can hold her breath underwater for 8 seconds and walk across the street without looking both ways. Growing up she wanted to be a Blue Bell Ice Cream truck driver or zookeeper but her goals and ambitions suddenly changed when dance became her passion. She has studied all styles of dance including flamingo or is it Flamenco? She loves her students and hopes to instill her passion for dance in them so they can continue to pass it on from generation to generation. With her dog Bluebell they plan to make the dance community the happiest place on earth other than Disney World.
Maci is a dancer and choreographer that has been living in Los Angeles, California. After three years, Maci has decided to relocate to Oklahoma City. Maci, originally from Oklahoma, has been dancing since the age of three and is now a professional working dancer and choreographer. She has competed all over the nation and continues to travel worldwide teaching and choreographing. Maci has taught weekly classes at Millennium Dance Complex Orange County and loves sharing her work. She has most recently shown her work at Club Jete, a dance show that gives choreographers and dancers the opportunity to perform in front of agencies and elite men and women in the dance community. Maci is also part of Catastrophe, a contemporary dance company, directed by Cat Cogliandro. She travels with Hall of Fame Dance Challenge as well as Stage One dance competition as a judge and loves helping kids grow not only as dancers, but as the next growing generation of humans. Maci has recently joined the faculty at Kim Massay Dance Productions as a full time instructor. She is excited to share all she has learned in the big city of LA and continue her journey in the Industry.
Emily Robinson is a former Kim Massay dancer. She started with Kim at the age of four. She traveled all over the country with the competition groups winning numerous outstanding awards and high points throughout her dance career. After graduating high school, Emily was selected to be a member of the NBA Professional Dance Team, Oklahoma City Thunder Girls for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. Now she works with our young recital dancers as well as the company dancers: Tiny Stars, Mini Stars, Rockstars and Strut. Emily's passion is to help our younger dancers build a strong foundation of technical skills and performance values that will carry throughout their dance careers.
Joseph Hetzer trained at South Bay Ballet in Torrance, California for three years before attending the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance as a member of its inaugural class. From there, he continued his training on scholarship with summer programs at Jacob’s Pillow, The Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet West before joining Oklahoma City Ballet. Joseph teaches ballet & jazz at Oklahoma City Ballet and has previously taught ballet & contemporary at South Bay Ballet.
Paige Russell began her training in her hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland at the Maryland Youth Ballet. Over the course of her years there, she performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, and La Bayadere. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted into the Houston Ballet Academy, where she furthered her training for two more years. While in Houston, Paige performed in Stanton Welch’s Brigade, The Long and Winding Road, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, and The Nutcracker.
In 2017, Paige joined Ballet Austin II, where she performed in Stephen Mills’ Romeo & Juliet, and The Nutcracker, in addition to George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan, and Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint. In 2018, Paige attended Oklahoma City Ballet’s Summer Intensive and was offered a position with the Studio Company. During her two seasons in the Studio Company, she had the opportunity to perform in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and The Firebird. She has also performed in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland), and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.
Kate Luber is a native of Oklahoma City who began dancing at the age of 5 under the instruction of Kay Sandel & Lisa Webb at Classical Ballet School. She continued her training through high school with Stacey Spitler & at Ballet Oklahoma. Upon graduation, she completed her undergraduate work at Oklahoma State University and taught ballet as well as tap & jazz at the award winning Encore! Dance Studios in Stillwater, Oklahoma and later completed work towards her MFA in Dance at Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of Dance and Arts Management under the direction of Jo Rowan. During her time at OKCU, Kate took the reins of Classical Ballet School, acting as artistic director and eventually studio director; during her tenure as director, she staged various full length ballets including The Wizard of Oz, Beauty & the Beast, & The Sleeping Beauty. She attained her Leap ‘N Learn dance pedagogy certification which focuses on developmentally appropriate training for young dancers. Kate prides herself on her dedication to building a strong foundation of proper technique and terminology and is excited to be joining Kim Massay Dance Productions. Her students have gone on to perform with Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Koresh Dance Company, Oklahoma State University Pom, University of Oklahoma Pom, as well as numerous NFL & NBA Cheer Teams; other students have pursued degrees in dance at the University of Arizona, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, and more. Kate is also a photographer for Oklahoma City Ballet & Tulsa Ballet.
Sami Kropp Ready
Sami is thrilled to be a part of the Kim Massay teaching staff and to work with such a wonderful group of talented, happy, & energetic little dancers. Sami fell in love with dance at age 8 with her first tap class. She quickly added jazz and ballet to her schedule not knowing that dance would not only become her passion but her career as well. Sami spent middle school doing competitive dance in all disciplines but by high school decided to focus her efforts on ballet. She attended a variety of high level summer programs throughout the years and by graduation was certain she would pursue a professional career in ballet. For the next four years, she danced with both Tulsa Ballet II (1 season) and Oklahoma City Ballet (3 seasons). Once she stopped dancing professionally, she began teaching dance, Pilates, and Barre. Sami loves working with kids of all ages. Her dream now is to share the many gifts dance (discipline, athleticism, confidence, musicality, respect, and friendship) with all of your precious children.
I am the CEP "Chief Executive Pup" of Kim Massay Dance Productions. I love to dance, bark, eat Milk Bones, Chick-fil-a, and anything else I can get out of your dance bag or hands. My favorite quote is "you snooze you lose." I like walks, lots of love, and watching cartoons. I specialize in everything...just ask.