Instructors for the 2015 Summer Dance Intensive
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.
Caitlin is excited to be entering her fourth year as a company member and teacher at Dramatic Truth! While at DT, Caitlin had the opportunity to perform in three major full length ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Dethroning the Prince, and The Mystery of Christmas as well as touring with the company to churches in the state of Missouri. In April of 2011, she graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in dance with one of her favorite experiences at school being performing and ministering in the Belhaven Dance Ministry Ensemble. Caitlin is looking forward to teaching wee and pre-ballet, ballet 2b and 3b as well as beginning ballet for homschoolers this year in the school.
In addition to dancing and teaching, Caitlin also tutors human anatomy/physiology and chemistry at Metropolitan Community College and nannies with TLC Nannies and Sitters. Caitlin is excited to share her love of worshiping the Lord through dance both as a performer onstage and as a teacher in the classroom at DT this year!
Peggy was on the faculty of the Somerset Ballet and the Westport Ballet as well as being one of eight original dancers in the professional wing of the Kansas City Ballet,
founded by Tatiana Dodoudovska.
She was a dance major at Texas Christian University, and performed in several ballet companies touring throughout Texas and Mexico.
She received her ballet training from renowned teachers from Ballet Russe and the Russian Ballet.
Katy Sue Wheeler
Katy was born in El Paso, Texas, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Honors Fellow cum laude at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a graduate of the Nutmeg Conservatory Pre-professional program and was a member of New Jersey Ballet’s Junior Company for six years. While earning her degree at BU she has had the opportunity to perform works such as David Bintley’s Gallantries, Mikhail Folkine’s Les Sylphides, Martha Graham’s historic ballet, Panorama and the role of “Russian Girl” in George Balanchine’s Serenade. In the years previous to her college career, Ms. Wheeler received private coaching from Nina Sorokina, Elena Chegleva, Eleanor D’Antuono, Natasha Girshov, Kirk Peterson, and Edward Villella. At age 15, under the direction of Nina Sorokina at GITIS (Russian Academy Theatre Arts School), Ms. Wheeler performed the “Princess Florine” solo variation from Sleeping Beauty at a venue in Siergev Pasad, Russia for the Russian Minister of Culture alongside prima ballerinas from the Bolshoi and the Russian National Ballet. While at GITIS, Ms. Wheeler was also instructed by world-renowned Character Dance instructor Elena Chegleva. Ms. Wheeler has appeared on several Russian television spots, one being on the Kulture channel. As Ms. Wheeler begins work with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, she offers herself as a vessel to be both filled and poured out. As performer and instructor, Ms. Wheeler is honored and eager to serve her new community and student body with an open spirit passing on her love for art, for people, and for God