Choreographers

Choreographers

Storling Dance Theater, Mona Enna
Storling Dance Theater, Mona Enna

Mona Störling Enna

Founder & Artistic Director

“No one should ever be told you’re never going to be anything,” says Mona Störling Enna. And it’s with that heart that she serves at The Culture House, as co-founder and artistic director. “Every child and every person is unique and should be encouraged to be as good as they can be.”

Mona spends her time at The Culture House playing many roles. She directs Störling Dance Company alongside Tobin James and teaches company classes. Mona also choreographs with the company and directs rehearsals, as well as the end-of-year recitals and events. In the evenings, Mona teaches upper level ballet classes and conducts rehearsals with younger students. “You get to see the kids thrive,” Mona says. “It’s a whole family approach, and we’re all involved here.”

Mona had always loved dance, and studied classical ballet to become a professional dancer. She began her classical dance training at the Ostrobotningen Dance Academy in Kokkola, Finland, and went on to train under Jill Miller at Dansivintti in Helsinki. She supplemented her training under the Paris Opera and Finnish National Ballet as she formed her first dance company in Helsinki, called Kadosh, together with Titta Tunkkari.

Mona received the Finnish Young Choreographers award in Helsinki for her work, “In The Storm.” She toured with Kadosh throughout Europe and then joined Eternia Dance Theater in 1992 as a soloist. She became ballet mistress and costume designer for Eternia’s production, “Sacrifice.” Her choreography for “A Prayer For Bosnia” was requested for the vigil concert in the Blue Hall in Stockholm, home of the Nobel Peace Prize, to perform with top conductors and orchestra musicians.

Mona met her husband, Jeremiah Enna, while in Israel at a dance conference, laying the foundation for The Culture House. “Jeremiah and I travelled for work all over Europe and Asia, and we experienced all these cultures and met interesting people,” Mona says. “So we wanted to start a similar place, where people can come from all walks of life and connect to their creative gifting.”

In 1996, Mona and Jeremiah moved to Kansas City to establish The Culture House. As co-founder of The Culture House and Artistic Director for Störling Dance Theater, Mona has choreographed many productions, including “Between Earth & Sky,” “Sower,” “Parables & Prayers” and “The Prodigal Daughter.” “Underground,” a powerful telling of the history and heroics of the Underground Railroad was Mona’s first major collaboration with choreographer Tobin James and was touted by critic Paul Horsley as one of the Top 10 Performances of the Decade (2000-2009). Mona has been featured in Dance Studio Life’s magazine as one of America’s up-and-coming new choreographers, as well as a guest teacher and choreographer for national dance conferences. Today, she and Jeremiah live in Merriam, Kansas, with their four children.

Storling Dance Theater, Tobin James
Storling Dance Theater, Tobin James

Tobin James

Associate Artistic Director/Associate Producer

At The Culture House, Tobin James serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Störling Dance Theater. Tobin is passionate about working with dancers of all ages, offering them new experiences through the arts. “I find it enriching to be part of helping young people develop into artists,” Tobin says.

As Associate Artistic Director, Tobin directs the Störling Dance Theater, including choreography and rehearsals. She also serves as a liaison among dancers and Störling’s Artistic Director. Tobin’s role includes recruiting guest artists for productions too. She teaches several dance classes throughout the week, including modern and pre-modern, fitness and company classes.

Tobin earned her bachelor’s of fine arts degree in dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She then went on to dance professionally at Philadenco in Philadelphia, and trained at the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. Tobin continued her career as a performer in the Störling Dance Theater, and soon became Associate Artistic Director, partnering with Mona Störling Enna.

Storling Dance Theater, Alexandra Wilson
Storling Dance Theater, Alexandra Wilson

Alexandra Wilson

Dancer

Alexandra's formal training began in Leawood, Kansas at DanceWorks Conservatory, under the direction of Sharon Romine, Nicole Romine, and Loren Whittaker. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and Modern from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she was a scholarship student all four years.

Prior to becoming a company member for Störling Dance Theater, Alexandra was a Guest Artist for Second Wind Dance Company in Virginia. She has performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Paula Weber, DeeAnna Hiett, Jennifer Medina, Rodni Williams, and Loren Whittaker. She has toured Europe twice with Young Tanzsommer, and has had her choreography performed there as well.

Alexandra has been a company member of Störling Dance Theater since 2006. Some memorable roles with Störling include Hannah in Underground, Roxy in Prodigal Daughter, First Wife in Suspended Grace, and Kamikaze Mama.

Alexandra is a proud wife to Jereme Wilson, and mother to her beautiful daughters, Alaina and Victoria, and son, Julian. Many thanks to her family for their love and support. She is extremely thankful to God for the opportunity to share her passion for dance with others on a daily basis.

Storling Dance Theater, Jillian Sivewright
Storling Dance Theater, Jillian Sivewright

Jillian Sivewright

Dancer

Jillian began her classical ballet and modern training with Andrea Bedford at Northeast Missouri Bible College. Upon graduation she helped develop the Worship Arts Dance program at Heartland Christian College. She relocated to Kansas City to be a part of Störling Dance Theater’s Artist Development Program. Jillian performed the lead role in Imago Dei’s Wellspring of Life, choreographed by Mona Störling-Enna, and was a member of Marc Wayne’s Maxxas Dance Theater. With Störling, she has traveled to New York City, Chicago, and Orcas Island, and has performed in Suspended Grace and Underground as well as danced the title characters in Störling’s The Little Match Girl and The Prodigal Daughter. She is married to her husband Jason, and they have one little boy, Isaiah. This is Jillian's seventh season with Störling.

Storling Dance Theater, Caitlyn Pettijohn
Storling Dance Theater, Caitlyn Pettijohn

Caitlin Pettijohn

Dancer

Caitlin received much of her early training at the Washington School of Ballet where she had the thrilling and terrifying honor of meeting and being co-taught by Miss Mary Day. In 1999, she and her family moved to Idaho. There, despite the lack of population density, she was blessed with many wonderful and encouraging teachers at Festival Dance Academy. She continued her addiction to dance in college. At UMKC she received a wealth of performance opportunities and was able to perform in such works as Balanchine's Serenade, Valse Fantasie, and Phillip Jerry's Our Town as Rebecca Gibbs. After graduating with her BFA in Dance, she was accepted into Störling Dance Theater and has lived happily ever after. Caitlin is married to her husband Jason, and this is her fifth season with the company.

Storling Dance Theater, Rhiannon Grime
Storling Dance Theater, Rhiannon Grimes

Rhiannon Grimes

Dancer

Rhiannon took her first step toward a professional dance career in 2007 when she attended Ballet Magnificat’s summer dance intensive. While there she had the opportunity to work with founder and director Kathy Thibodeaux and choreographer Juri Sebastian Voborsky. Following that experience she continued her education in 2009 when she began attending Belhaven University. While there, she worked with many wonderful choreographers including Nicole Marquez, Cynthia Newland, Caleb Mitchell, Brittany Nunez, Erin Rockwell and Laura Morton-Zebert. She also performed in Donald McKale’s “Songs of the Disinherited” under the instruction of Stephanie Powell. Rhiannon participated in Project Dance Atlanta in 2010. In 2011, she received the Bezelel Award for Most Improved in Performance. Rhiannon has also performed Randal Flinn’s “Amazing Grace” from the Ad Deum Dance Company repertory. She attended the Ad Deum Spring Intensive in 2012 where she worked with artists Ryan Corriston and Dawn Dippel. She graduated from Belhaven with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance in 2013. Rhiannon is married to her husband David, and will be dancing her second season with Störling.

Storling Dance Theater, Emily Berger
Storling Dance Theater, Emily Berger

Emily Berger

Dancer

Emily began training in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts and studied ballet and modern under the direction of Liz Dimmel, Peggy Ply, and Tobin James. She graduated from the Dramatic Truth trainee program in 2010 and went on to perform with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater as an apprentice for several seasons, as well as with Marc Wayne’s Maxxas Dance Theater for a season. After graduating high school, Emily continued dancing in college and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UMKC, studying under artists such as Paula Weber, DeeAnna Hiett, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Jamal Story, Mary-Pat Henry, and Ronn Tice. The dance program provided many incredible performance opportunities, including DeeAnna Hiett’s Without a Word at the National ACDFA conference at the Kennedy Center, George Balanchine's Serenade at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and Sabrina Madison-Cannon’s Revisit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This is Emily’s first season with Störling Dance Theater.

Erin Steeley, Storling Dance Theater
Erin Steeley, Storling Dance Theater

Erin Steeley

Dancer

Erin started dancing at an early age at Maxine's Studio of Dance in southern New Jersey. In 2003, Erin was accepted into the Vineland Regional Dance Company where she trained under Maxine Chapman, Kimberly Chapman, Daniel Marshall, and Jeffrey Gribler, among other great teachers. She had the opportunity to travel all over the United States to perform and to train. She attended The University of Missouri – Kansas City where she performed in works such as Anthony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, George Balanchine's Serenade, as well as pieces by Paula Weber, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Mary Pat Henry, and many more talented choreographers. Erin graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in business. This is Erin's first season at Störling Dance Theater.

Storling Dance Theater, Tiffany Best
Storling Dance Theater, Tiffany Best

Tiffany Best

Dancer

At The Culture House, Tobin James serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Störling Dance Theater. Tobin is passionate about working with dancers of all ages, offering them new experiences through the arts. “I find it enriching to be part of helping young people develop into artists,” Tobin says.

As Associate Artistic Director, Tobin directs the Störling Dance Theater, including choreography and rehearsals. She also serves as a liaison among dancers and Störling’s Artistic Director. Tobin’s role includes recruiting guest artists for productions too. She teaches several dance classes throughout the week, including modern and pre-modern, fitness and company classes.

Tobin earned her bachelor’s of fine arts degree in dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She then went on to dance professionally at Philadenco in Philadelphia, and trained at the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. Tobin continued her career as a performer in the Störling Dance Theater, and soon became Associate Artistic Director, partnering with Mona Störling Enna.

Storling Dance Theater, Courtney Garrett
Storling Dance Theater, Courtney Garrett

Courtney Garrett

Dancer

Courtney Garrett (Denver, Colorado) began training at a young age with Colorado Ballet. She continued her training at Denver School of the Arts and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater throughout her middle and high school years. In efforts to receive her B.F.A. she attended UADance at the University of Arizona. After completing two years at U of A, she transferred to The University of Missouri-Kansas City to finish her B.F.A. degree. Throughout the years she has had the opportunity to dance in Gary Abbott’s Sweet Ree, Alvin Ailey’s Memoria, and Urban Bush Women’s Given Your Hand To Struggle. She is now a first year position dancer with Störling Dance Theater.

Storling Dance Theater, Sandra Carstensen
Storling Dance Theater, Sandra Carstensen

Sandra Carstensen

Dancer

“No one should ever be told you’re never going to be anything,” says Mona Störling Enna. And it’s with that heart that she serves at The Culture House, as co-founder and artistic director. “Every child and every person is unique and should be encouraged to be as good as they can be.”

Mona spends her time at The Culture House playing many roles. She directs Störling Dance Company alongside Tobin James and teaches company classes. Mona also choreographs with the company and directs rehearsals, as well as the end-of-year recitals and events. In the evenings, Mona teaches upper level ballet classes and conducts rehearsals with younger students. “You get to see the kids thrive,” Mona says. “It’s a whole family approach, and we’re all involved here.”

Mona had always loved dance, and studied classical ballet to become a professional dancer. She began her classical dance training at the Ostrobotningen Dance Academy in Kokkola, Finland, and went on to train under Jill Miller at Dansivintti in Helsinki. She supplemented her training under the Paris Opera and Finnish National Ballet as she formed her first dance company in Helsinki, called Kadosh, together with Titta Tunkkari.

Mona received the Finnish Young Choreographers award in Helsinki for her work, “In The Storm.” She toured with Kadosh throughout Europe and then joined Eternia Dance Theater in 1992 as a soloist. She became ballet mistress and costume designer for Eternia’s production, “Sacrifice.” Her choreography for “A Prayer For Bosnia” was requested for the vigil concert in the Blue Hall in Stockholm, home of the Nobel Peace Prize, to perform with top conductors and orchestra musicians.

Mona met her husband, Jeremiah Enna, while in Israel at a dance conference, laying the foundation for The Culture House. “Jeremiah and I travelled for work all over Europe and Asia, and we experienced all these cultures and met interesting people,” Mona says. “So we wanted to start a similar place, where people can come from all walks of life and connect to their creative gifting.”

In 1996, Mona and Jeremiah moved to Kansas City to establish The Culture House. As co-founder of The Culture House and Artistic Director for Störling Dance Theater, Mona has choreographed many productions, including “Between Earth & Sky,” “Sower,” “Parables & Prayers” and “The Prodigal Daughter.” “Underground,” a powerful telling of the history and heroics of the Underground Railroad was Mona’s first major collaboration with choreographer Tobin James and was touted by critic Paul Horsley as one of the Top 10 Performances of the Decade (2000-2009). Mona has been featured in Dance Studio Life’s magazine as one of America’s up-and-coming new choreographers, as well as a guest teacher and choreographer for national dance conferences. Today, she and Jeremiah live in Merriam, Kansas, with their four children.

Storling Dance Theater, Ivy Ericson
Storling Dance Theater, Ivy Ericson

Ivy Ericson

Dancer

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Storling Dance Theater, Bree Lane
Storling Dance Theater, Bree Lane

Bree Lane

Dancer

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Phone
913-393-3141

E-mail
jeremiah@culturehouse.com

ADDRESS
14808 West 117th St.
Olathe, Kansas 66062

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