Cathy has studied dance since she was 6 years old. Her dance lessons began in DeQuincy at Sondra Stark Studio. In college she became a top rated gymnast, danced with the danceline at USL, twirled with the MSU Cowboy Band, and helped to found and serve as the first captain of the MSU Cowgirl Kickers. Cathy is certified to teach dance through Dance Masters of America as well as Dance Educators of America. She also has a BA in liberal arts and a certification in secondary education. Cathy has studied dance in Los Angels and New York and taught dance for Sondra Stark before opening her own dance studio in Moss Bluff in 1987.
Mrs. Cathy has provided choreography for many of Artists Civic Theater and Studio (ACTS) in Lake Charles as well as starred in many of their shows. Mrs. Cathy provided choreography for KPLC's "Shelter in Place" public service announcement in 2003. Mrs. Cathy acted as co-sponsor for the SHHS Broncettes from 2001-2011 and also from 2015-2016.
in 2015 Mrs. Cathy received the Marjorie Perry Spirit Award. This award is bestowed on the teacher who "demonstrates the same love and devotion to teaching dance that Marjorie Perry displayed". The studio was also honored with the Shaffer Award in April 2017 at the Dance Makers Convention in Baton Rouge. The Shaffer Award is presented to the "studio that shows support, encouragement, professionalism and shares their love for dance with others through out the event. This award is in honor of Mr. Doug Shaffer who has shared his love of dance with others".
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it.
Traci Frederick is the daughter of Cathy Kurth and has been dancing since she could walk. Traci was an MBMS cheerleader, a SHHS Broncette, and an MSU Cowgirl Kicker. Traci has attended four dance teacher summits through Break The Floor that took place in Los Angeles and New York. Aside from teaching dancing, Traci is a certified centergy instructor through MOSSA and teaches at Dynamic Dimensions. Traci teaches ballet, jazz, technique, acrobats and is a major part of our competition dance team. To reach out to Traci, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy began dancing at 8 years old with a focus on ballet and pointe beginning at the young age of 11. She trained all the way through school and after graduating danced with the Lake Charles Civic Ballet. That is also when she discovered her love of teaching. She began assisting in 2000 at 17 and lead teaching at 19. She has traveled all over the country to many different teacher workshops and conventions and this year she became a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. She specializes in teaching ballet and jazz technique and loves to push kids to discover the best version of themselves.
Darian Jones danced at CKDA for 13 years, and competed with CKDA for 9 years. Darian was a SHHS Broncette, a Streetz Dance Convention company assistant, and a Lux Dance Convention assistant. She has trained with Tokyo the Company in Baton Rouge, was a backup dancer in a Lesley Leshea music video, has directed two of her own dance videos and worked with videographer Sofia Vaughn. Darian also traveled to La and auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance in 2018. Darian teaches multiple styles and levels at CKDA and works closely with our competition teams as well as doing choreography for our teams.
Traci Kegley started dancing with CKDA at 4 years old and was on our competition team for 9 years. Traci started teaching at the studio in 2013 and has been teaching ever since. Traci works with our lower levels and also works closely with our pre-team! Traci recently graduated from McNeese State University with a bachelors in education.
Keri Thibodeaux began dancing at Olivia Dodd’s Studio of Dance at the young age of 8 where she trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and acrobats. After competing nationally and attending many conventions with Dance Masters of America (DMA), Keri became certified to teach all the above subjects through DMA. With over ten years of teaching experience, Keri began her journey with CKDA in 2017. Keri is our lead acro and tap teacher and also teaches some of our PreK and kinder classes. Keri is married with two boys, Landon and Ollie.
Hannah started dancing with CKDA at 5 years old and was on the competition team for 6 years. Hannah currently attends McNeese State University and is majoring in early childhood education. Hannah teaches pre-k, kinder, and contemporary and also works closely with our competition teams as well as assists multiple classes during the week. “I’ve always dreamed of being a dance teacher and strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all of my students to come dance and feel loved!”
Ginger has over 39 years dance experience and over 28 years of teaching experience in many genres including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, dance team, and musical theatre. In 1997 she became the owner of Company One Dance Studio in Baton Rouge, LA. In 1998 Ginger became the coach and choreographer for the Louisiana State Tiger Girls, where, in her first year, they won the Universal Dance Association National Championship.
Ginger then moved to Los Angeles where she taught and choreographed for 17 years. She has toured extensively throughout the country as a master class teacher and adjudicator and her choreography has been used all over the world. Ginger has choreographed for many live performances as well as music videos and for many artists and influencers including Kenzie Ziegler and Annie Leblanc, Trisha Paytas, Eugene Lee Yang, Marie Digby, Laci Kay Somers, and Sean Van Der Wilt.
Kristy Conrad started dancing at CKDA at the age of 3 and never stopped! She began the competition team at 10 years old and remained on the team until she graduated high school. Kristy was a student assistant at the age of 13 and began teaching when she turned 18. Kristy moved to Texas in 2010 where she taught dance for 5 years. Once moving back to Louisiana, Kristy picked back up teaching at CKDA. Kristy works with our Pre-k , kinder, and level 1 dancers. Kristy is happily married with 5 amazing children and 1 amazing granddaughter!
Jaime was the local, State, regional and national twirling Champion for 20 years. She was a feature twirler for 3 years. Jaime has taught dance, cheer, Baton and Acro for 25 years.
She is married to Derrick Busby and has 3 daughters and 3 grand daughters.
Coming from a cheer background, we’re thrilled to welcome Kourtney to our CKDA staff! She is currently a teacher at SHHS as well as the SHHS cheer coach/sponsor. She cheered for SHHS all 4 years of high school and for McNeese State University for 2 years. She will be teaching our Power Tumbling class!
Brooklyn will be teaching our power tumbling class! She was an SHHS cheerleader, has taught Acro for CKDA, and is currently teaching school at Moss Bluff Elementary!
Emma Picard graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2019 and has been assisting at CKDA since 2018. Emma danced at CKDA for 15 years and was on the competition team for 5 years. Emma currently attends McNeese State University where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Alexis "Lexi" started dancing at CKDA when she was 4 years old and was on our competition dance team for 8 years. She was a member of the SHHS Broncettes, South Beau Knightline, and the MSU Cowgirl Kickers. Lexi will be assisting multiple classes at CKDA and is attending McNeese State University to major in early childhood education.