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Krista Bower- Owner & Director

Krista Bower has served as Owner and Director of the Yazoo City School of Dance since 2006. She enjoys teaching students of all ages to appreciate dance. Krista has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance from Belhaven University. She is the Chair of the Dance Department at Belhaven University and is a co-founder of Front Porch Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Jackson. In addition to her roles as an educator, choreographer, and performer, Krista served as the Dance School Administrator for the 2014 and 2010 USA International Ballet Competition Dance School and Teacher Training Program in Jackson, MS. Krista was awarded Performing Arts Fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2016 and 2011, and she was selected as one of "Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women" in 2013.

Laurita Koll- Instructor

Laurita Koll is a Mississippi-based dance educator who is committed to instilling a strong technical foundation while fostering creativity and personal expression. She has Master of Education degrees in both Dyslexia Therapy and Exercise Physiology. She has taught dance lessons at Ballet Magnificat School of the Arts in Jackson, MS and Danzcentro Studios in Brandon, MS. Additionally, she was the owner, founder, and artistic director for dance programs in Hattiesburg and Laurel, MS. Laurita recently worked at Global Vision Faith Center in Philadelphia, MS teaching creative movement to Choctaw children. She has also choreographed for City Dance, a ballet program in Jackson, MS sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition. Laurita has had the privilege of teaching dance and creative movement workshops for adults and children in churches and studios throughout Mississippi. She is excited to begin her first season as an instructor at the Yazoo City School of Dance.