LEADERSHIP

KARISSA TRAVIS-HEERDT

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / TEACHER

Karissa Travis-Heerdt, 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, Flashback, Daniel Undefiled, Dragonslayer, and Elisha: Pursuit of the Holy One.


KAREN TRAVIS

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.


ELISE JOHNSON

TEACHER – Intermediate / Advanced Levels

Elise Johnson teaches intermediate and advanced 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.

 


CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON

INTERN TEACHER – Beginner / Teen Guy Levels

Christopher Johnson teaches a beginner and  teen guys classes at Reign Dance Theater.

 

 

 


JADA DUNKER

INTERN TEACHER – Intermediate Level

Jada Dunker co-teaches intermediate classes at Reign Dance Theater. 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!

 


ANNA RASMUSSEN

INTERN TEACHER – Intermediate Level

Anna Rasmussen co-teaches intermediate classes at Reign Dance Theater.

 

 

 


NAOMI DAVIDSON

INTERN TEACHER – Beginner Level

Naomi Davidson teaches a beginner class at Reign Dance Theater.

 

 

 


ALEJANDRO ORTEGA

TEACHER – Teen Guys’ Bible Study

Alejandro Ortega teaches a Teen Guys’ Bible Study at Reign Dance Theater.

 

 

 


JO CORNELIUS

TEACHER – Substitute

Joanne Cornelius substitute teacher 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!”