The instruction staff at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts consists of some of the finest dancers and talented teachers in the Kansas City.
Liz Dimmel- Founder, Artistic Director, and Dance Department Head
Liz Dimmel was the principle dancer and choreographer of “David” for Bethlehem 2000 and Jerusalem 3000 in Israel, and danced with the 1994 and 1995 “Young Messiah Tour.”
Liz began her ballet education under Tatiana Dokodovska at UMKC, and completed her studies with Jean and Ekhardt Heidrick, principal dancers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
She began her professional career performing two years with the Kansas City Ballet, and later became a principal dancer with the Center City Ballet.
Since devoting her gifts to the Lord, Liz has created a number of original Christian ballets: The Mystery of Christmas, The Power and the Glory, A Call to Repentance, The Book of Ruth, Dethroning the Prince, and Thy Kingdom Come (performed live with recording artist Steve Fry).
Liz created the ballet curriculum for Mimeistry International College in Pasadena, California, and has worked to create a version of the Russian Vagonova syllabus for DT School of the Arts that is compatible with the American lifestyle.
She has also traveled extensively as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and clinician covering much of the United States, Japan and Israel. She also spent two years dancing with the national “Young Messiah Tour” and appears in Ron Kenoley’s worship video “Sing Out.”
Liz, known for her “passionate pointe work”, compelling choreography, and encouraging teaching style of more than 20 years, is considered a national leader in Christian dance ministry bringing a message of hope and redemption to the nations through Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre and teaching at conferences worldwide.
Doug Dimmel- Co-founder
Doug Dimmel started his music career at age 10, establishing “The Classmen”. This group toured to the Far East, Germany, Canada and the U.S. Doug earned a degree in Music at the UMKC Conservatory, where he was elected President of the Percussion Ensemble.
In Nashville, as Barbara Mandrell’s drummer he appeared on the Arsenio Hall & Pat Sajack Shows, Hee Haw, the Literacy Awards from the White House, and the Disney July 4th Special, to name a few.
Doug was a clinician while endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drums, Gibraltar Hardware, and taught for the Kansas City School District. Doug produced “Inside Story” for TV 50, Promise Keepers ’95 special, the 32nd Dove Awards live Webcast, multiple CD projects and was nominated for a Media Mix Award in ’94.
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Monica began dancing at the age of three, attending local ballet classes near her home in Seattle, Washington. Growing up, she studied Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet at the Red Shoes Dancing Academy and Island Youth Ballet, as well as competitive Irish Dancing at the Scoil Rince Slieveloughane Irish Dance School. At the age of fourteen Monica moved from Seattle to London, England with her family, continuing her dance studies at the Finchley Ballet School and the Kelley O’Boyle School of Irish Dance. Monica’s love for ballet inspired her to pursue dance as a career, and in 2011 she began a BA (Hons) degree in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters in London. It was there that she was introduced to contemporary dance and choreography, as well as continuing to study the technique, performance, and teaching of ballet. At the RAD, Monica also had the privilege of studying the Russian Karsavina syllabus under the instruction of Jo O’Hara. Monica graduated in the summer of 2013 with First Class Honours and her RAD Registered Teacher Status, as well as her RAD Advanced 2 and the ARAD qualification. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Monica took Levels 4 and 5 of Licentiate of the Royal Academy Dance. From 2013-2014, she danced with elevate dance company – a year-long apprenticeship course with Springs Dance Company, the foremost professional Christian Dance Company in Europe. As an apprentice with Springs, Monica was introduced to the professional Christian dance field, touring across the United Kingdom from April to July performing and leading workshops. It was during her time with Springs that Monica discovered the incredible effectiveness and power of dance as both a tool for evangelization and as worship, and her passion of dedicating her life to serving the Lord through this medium. Monica joined Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2014, and is now in her first year as a Company member. She is eager to worship and witness to the Lord and share His beauty, love, and light with others through dance.
Leah grew up in Spring ,TX, where she studied ballet in the Checceti technique. At 14, her family moved to a smaller town where there was not much dance… but excellent theatre! From 2000-2006, she studied theatre and musical theatre, performing in musicals and competing in the annual One Act Play competition, often going as far as Regionals and winning state in 2005. After graduating in 2006, Leah’s love for dance brought her to Cleveland, OH, where she studied as a trainee under Bill Wayde at Inlet Dance Theatre, focusing on Hawkins release based modern technique, and non-traditional partnering. During this time, she was also an assistant teacher in an after school dance program for inner city schools. In September of 2007, she moved to Jackson, MS to major in dance at Belhaven University, training in Vaganova, and a variety of modern techniques.
In 2009, Leah traveled to Europe to perform in Paris, France with YWAM, and assist in teaching a master class in Rome, Italy. Over the next five years, the Lord set HIMSELF firmly in the center of her heart, and put dance in its right order in her life. In 2013, she began dancing again, performing at Project dance KC, and Project Dance Israel in 2014. Leah has joined the teaching staff of Dramatic Truth School of the Arts – teaching non-traditional partnering and Ballet 1. She also auditioned and will be performing with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre in their 2015 production of Dethroning the Prince.
Hannah received her early ballet training at the Heart of America Dance Center homeschool program. She also spent 6 years with Christian Youth Theatre, singing and dancing her way through over 20 shows. At 16, Hannah began training at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts, spending three years under the careful guidance of Liz Dimmel, Sarah Roberts, Tobin James, Peggy Ply, Lydia Sacket and Hannah Anderson. In 2010, she attended the Kansas City Ballet summer dance intensive.At the other end of the spectrum, Hannah choreographed KC Renaissance Festival dancers for the past two seasons. Now a Dramatic Truth graduate, Hannah has danced with the Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater and enjoyed performing in “Masquerade”. Her passion is choreography and she is very excited to share her love for Jesus and love of dance with the world. “Let light shine out of darkness,” 2 Corinthians 4:6
Caitlin is excited to be entering her fifth year as a company member and teacher at Dramatic Truth. As a company member of Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, Caitlin has performed in three major full length ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Dethroning the Prince, and The Mystery of Christmas, as well as other Season performances. In April of 2011, she graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in dance. While there, one of her favorite experiences was performing and ministering in the Belhaven Dance Ministry Ensemble. Caitlin is looking forward to teaching pilates, wee-ballet, pre-ballet, ballet 2b and ballet 3b again this year. Caitlin is excited to continue sharing her love of worshiping the Lord through dance both as a performer onstage and as a teacher in the classroom.
Tobin (Associate Artistic Director, Störling Dance Theater): Tobin graduated from the Philadelphia University of the Arts with a BFA in Modern dance. While in Philadelphia, she was also a member of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO). After college she attended the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance where she received a full scholarship and completed their training program. She danced with The Martha Graham Ensemble before launching a freelance career in the Christian music industry as a dancer and choreographer.
As a solo dance artist she accompanied musical artists such as Steve Green, and Bill and Gloria Gaither. She performed and choreographed on video projects for Ron Kenoly, and Cece Winans. She toured for five seasons with “The Young Messiah Tour” featuring Sandi Patti, Larnell Harris, and Carman, to name a few, and staged the dance for the Emmanuel tour. For four years Tobin was the Dance Coordinator for the Christian Artists’ Music Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado.
Tobin was a full scholarship recipient for the NARB Craft of Choreography conference. She has choreographed for Philadanco, Ballet Magnificat, Sight and Sound Theatres, The Continental Singers, Störling Dance Theater, Dramatic Truth School of the Arts, and The Culture House Academy of the Performing Arts.
This wife and mother of four, in her spare time, teaches Graham based modern dance for Dramatic Truth School of the Arts and The Culture House Artists Development program. She has also taught for The University of Missouri-Kansas City and The Kansas City Ballet School.
Marissa is from Kansas City, Missouri and began dancing at the age of two. At the age of nine she focused her training to classical ballet and studied with the Kansas City Ballet School and was a member of the Kansas City Youth Ballet for seven years. She has spent her summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Chautauqua as a Festival dancer, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow and Charlotte Ballet. Marissa was the student apprentice with the Kansas City Ballet, under the directorship of Mr. William Whitener for their 2011-2012 season as well as their 2012-2013 season. As a student apprentice with The Kansas City Ballet, she danced in Serenade, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marissa moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and joined the Charlotte Ballet as an apprentice for two seasons. At Charlotte Ballet, she danced in their productions of George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and The Four Temperaments. She also performed in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker and Peter Pan. This is Marissa’s first season with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater. She is very excited to use her gift of dance to share God’s love.
For twenty-five years, Marc has made his living as a professional entertainer. As dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, director, educator, and speaker, this seasoned professional has traveled coast to coast performing for audiences of over 71,000 people.
Marc began his training with Jeri Pinnell in a small one-room studio in Gahanna, Ohio. His first ballet teacher was Gail Levan. He received his collegiate education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he majored in dance. He then continued his career and studies in Chicago where he studied at various studios including Gus Giordano Dance Center, Conservatory Of American Dance, and Joel Hall Dance Center. His experience is extensive, and includes screen, television, and stage in multiple venues – and five US tours. Read more about Marc’s various roles and successes here. Marc’s company work includes Chicago Moving Company, Chicago Dance Medium, and Chi-Town Dance (w/ Meribeth Kisner), Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre (founding member), Storling Dance Theatre, and guest appearances with Ballet Magnificat!
Marc’s joy is working with young people of all ages, affirming their purpose and transforming that confidence into their performance of art and life. His infectious zest for life and performance has taken him as choreographer, director, speaker, educator, and judge to countless studios, churches, camps, workshops, master classes, and competitions across the United States and Internationally. Marc returns to Dramatic Truth School of the Arts this year to teach Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary, as well as a new Choreography Composition class.
Audra began dancing at age 13 with Dramatic Truth School of the Arts where she trained in ballet, pointe, Graham based modern, and contemporary. She was a member of the the school’s Trainee Company for three yearsgiving opportunity the her to perform locally as well as in Houston and New York City. As performed Audra student Truth Dramatic a Firstborn as shows such in from the Dead, The Mystery of Christmas, and Dethroning the Prince. In 2014, Audra spent time overseas usingher dance on the mission fieldin both England and Italy where she not only performed, but also taught workshops and had the chance tocollaborate with other artists from around the world.In 2016, Audra graduated from Dramatic Truth’s TraditionalTrac , k is currently teaching the Graham technique at the sc , hool and is headed into her first year asa company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre
Victor Wynn, Jr.
Victor Wynn, Jr. is a proud, life-long resident of Kansas City, Missouri with extensive training in martial arts and behavioral health specialties. He has experience as an activities director and promotes family health through fitness, recreational activities, martial arts/self-defense and nutritional counseling. Victor has a passion for assisting abused women and children by providing a before/after care program of counseling, mentoring youths and providing family life skills classes. His goal is to instill confidence, self-respect, discipline and a healthy and active life-style in everyone he encounters.
Victor is a Taekwondo National Champion (2011 & 2013), former Taekwondo instructor at Elements Martial Arts for Women and Children. He is a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and has been involved in martial arts over 18 years.
Victor also has experience as a correctional officer, drug and alcohol tester, equipment operator and has worked at the Spofford Home. He volunteers his time and services to local agencies focusing on youth development as well as faith and community based organizations.
Kimberly started her dance training at the age of 6 at the Hong Kong Ballet. She then moved to NYC and studied with the Morgan Scott Ballet for 2 years and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance for a semester at the age of 12. From there Kimberly moved to Beijing, China and studied at the Beijing Dance Academy for 2 years, one of those years with a private teacher. She then moved to El Salvador and studied with the Karol Ballet and Vivra Jazz for one year at each school. Kimberly also studied in Ottawa, Canada for a year at the Christian Dance Studio during her senior year of high school. From there she moved again to study at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts in Kansas City. During her training at Dramatic Truth, Kimberly has taken ballet, pre-pointe and pointe, modern and classical pas de duex, Graham based modern, the Lester Horton technique, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and improvisation. Kimberly performed with the Dramatic Truth Trainee Company and is currently apprenticing with the Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre. In Spring 2013, Kimberly graduated from the Dramatic Truth School of the Arts Modern Track Program.