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 Norman
Director of Education
Victoria grew up in Oklahoma where she trained with Oklahoma Performing Arts in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, singing, and acting for sixteen years. After graduating high school with honors she 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
RaLonda Ruttman
Dance Instructor
Originally from Woodward, Oklahoma, RaLonda, “Ms. Ro” began her training at the young age of four, under the instruction of Brenda Alexander and Shay Ramirez at the Woodward Studio of Read More
Kelsey Bellew
Dance Instructor
Kelsey grew up dancing in Kansas City, Missouri since the age of 3 and spent 3 years with The Pulse Performing Arts Center’s Competition Team (training under the FABULOUS MR. Read More
Amber Wening
Dance Instructor
Amber Wening grew up dancing at United Dance with her mother Miss Vickie as her instructor. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science Read More
Kim Gibson
Dance Instructor
Kim Gibson is excited to become part of the Pulse staff! After an untraditional late start into the dance world at age 23, she has cultivated a strong hip-hop dance 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
Holly Hagman
Dance Instructor
Holly is excited to be a part of The Pulse family and faculty! Holly Hagman has over 20 years of experience in dance.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree Read More