Kim Willett: Even as a child, Ms. Kim was always teaching friends, siblings and assisting classes. Kim studied education classes at the University Of Texas while doing social work with underprivileged families through Child, Inc. She is a 25 year member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dance and in 1995 tested to be an examiner for the organization. Kim studied under many of the top instructors and choreographers in the country and continues to further her education and training each year attending conventions and summer training in L.A. and New York. Kim founded the nationally recognized “Body Talk Dance Co.” in 1985 and worked to offer opportunities through the dance company for all dancers interested in a professional career. Her commitment to Body Talk and its dancers has not gone unrecognized. Ms. Kim was featured in the 1989 newscast of Jim Swift’s On the Porch segment, and in the American Statesman in 2005 for her work. Although invited to run a children’s program in Los Angeles and sought after to teach master classes and judge dance competitions, Ms Kim chooses to work with “her kids.” Besides her own children Rachael, Jeremy, and Cheyenne, her proudest accomplishments are the professional dancers she has trained particularly those who studied while on scholarship.
Kristy Litteral: Ms. Kristy has been dancing and singing since she could walk and talk. Her stage debut was at the Ms. Lexington pageant in Kentucky. At age 2 she grabbed the microphone and began singing. Her training has continued both in classes and at conventions. With fifteen years experience as an instructor, she is qualified to teach all levels and dance forms. Her studies include work with such artists as Savion Glover, Keith Clifton, Rhonda Miller, Jackie Sleight and Greg Russell. Kristy has performed the leading roles in musicals such as “Grease”, “Send Us Some Parents”, “West Side Story” and “The Fantastics.” She is sought after in the community for her choreography and her special magic of turning “regular people” into “seasoned performers”. Kristy is a regular choreographer for Body Talk Dance Company and a member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dance. She is the proud mother of Derek, Dillon, Payton and Jaycie.
Rachael Petrich: Ms. Rachael is the granddaughter of Joyce Willett and daughter of Kim Willett. She began assisting dance teachers at the tender age of nine. She was a member of Body Talk Dance Company for twelve years. Ms. Rachael is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, hip-hop, and several ethnic dance forms. Rachael loves working with children. We at JWSD are thrilled to have her as part of our staff.
Mara Demel: Ms. Mara trained with Body Talk Dance Company right here at JWSD. She attended numerous workshops in L.A at “The Edge”, and “STEPS” dance studio in New York. Ms. Mara is well rounded and can teach all styles of dance. She loves children and her love and patience shine through in her classes and interaction with the children. Ms Mara is a welcome addition to the staff at JWSD