The Pulse faculty

We don’t just teach it, we live it!  Our owners and faculty have each grown up in the arts; training and performing in professional venues around the world.  All of our educators have professional training, degrees in both Education and Dance, and certifications in child development, Pilates, Yoga, CPR, and First Aid – all important factors that make a big difference in the level of instruction and guidance your child receives at The Pulse.  Our faculty is a close-knit family of caring professionals who understand their role as educators and role models. View staff performance gallery.


Curtis Smith
Owner & Artistic Director, CPC Director
Curtis grew up in Kansas City and has always loved the performing arts.  He began dancing at a young age and soon found himself devoting all his free time to Read More
Victoria Lagorio
Victoria is thrilled to be a core teacher with the Pulse!  Victoria first started training in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she studied with Oklahoma Performing Arts for sixteen years (ballet, tap, Read More
Kelsey Ottley, MFA
Dance Instructor
Kelsey grew up in San Diego, CA where she studied classical ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and modern dance.  At age 17, Kelsey joined Houston Ballet II where she performed Read More
Lauren Winstead
Dance Instructor
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Lauren Winstead has been dancing since the age of 4. At the age of 7 she began competing numerous dance styles and she Read More
Tyler Banks
Dance Instructor
In 2003, Tyler was the winning dancer on MTV’s ‘Wade Robson Project’.  Tyler relocated to Los Angeles, and he collaborated on many dance projects with Travis Payne, Brooke Lipton, Wade Read More
Brooke McPheeters
Dance Instructor
Brooke McPheeters is from Liberty, Missouri and has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. She was accepted into the prestigious UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. She Read More
Jessica Parra
Dance Instructor
Jessica has been dancing since the age of 5. After high school, she attended college at Southeast Missouri State University where she received her BFA in Dance. While attending college, Read More
Talaessa Bice
Dance Instructor
Talaessa began her classical dance training at the age of 15 at The Culture House Academy of the Performing Arts. Her studies included: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Corporal Mime, Physical Theatre, Read More
Kim Alvarez
Guest Choreographer
Kim’s years as a top competitive dancer culminated with 10 national/international titles and 22 regional titles.  Top 30 in Season 5 finals of So You Think You Can Dance.  Certified Read More