ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / TEACHER
Karissa Travis, co-founder and Artistic Director of Reign Dance Theater, shares over 20 years of training and experience in classical ballet and performance and over 15 years as a teacher.
She began training in New York at the age of 7 and performed there in five seasons of the Nutcracker and seven other productions including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Celebration of Miracles. She has now choreographed and directed over 15 original theatrical productions at Reign Dance Theater – including premiers of Esther: Courage to Rise, On the High Seas, Weekend at Wickershams, Flashback, Daniel Undefiled, and Dragonslayer.
PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karen Travis, co-founder and President/Executive Director of Reign Dance Theater, brings a background in Bible, Ministry, and Missions, and over 40 years of full-time ministry experience.
She has an intense love for the Word of God and the God of His Word, and a deep desire for others to know the reality of God in their lives. Her skills in script-writing, costume design, theater production, and ballet administration have blended to create over 15 original productions at Reign Dance Theater.
Katie Travis-Plaisted, Media Director of Reign Dance Theater, has a passion for professional visual storytelling through video production, graphic and web design. She graduated from film school in 2012 and currently owns her own film and video production company Katie Travis Films, LLC.
INTERN TEACHER – Beginner/Intermediate Level
Elise Johnson teaches beginner and intermediate classes as well as the worship/improv classes at Reign Dance Theater. She has had experience dancing with Reign Dance Theater for 10 years. For Elise, ballet is so much more than just dancing. It is a special way for her to connect with the Lord and praise Him. She has found great joy in dancing freely before God – for His glory, by His strength, and in His Spirit. She is passionate about her role as a teacher because she hopes to help students grow in intimacy with the Lord through worshiping Him with dance. She also really values the self discipline and perseverance that ballet has helped her to learn, and she desires to help others to grow in character through the pursuit of ballet.
INTERN TEACHER – Advanced Level
Elisa Schiller teaches advanced level classes at Reign Dance Theater.
INTERN TEACHER – Teen Guy Level
Christopher Johnson teaches the teen guys classes at Reign Dance Theater.
INTERN TEACHER – Preschool Level
Jada Dunker co-teaches the pre-school classes at Reign Dance Theater. Jada also is an assistant teacher to the beginner and intermediate classes. She has been involved in dance or gymnastics since she was seven years old, with four of those years at Reign Dance Theater. Jada’s desire is to instill a love of dance in others while she ultimately shares the love of Christ!
INTERN TEACHER – Preschool Level
Anna Rasmussen co-teaches the preschool classes at Reign Dance Theater.
TEACHER – Adult Level
Joanne Cornelius teaches the adult beginner classes at Reign Dance Theater. Jo started taking ballet classes around 20 years ago at the tender age of 37. She has been teaching for around 5 years for a group of adult community education students. She really loves teaching as well as learning, because “When you teach, you learn!”