The art of dance extends beyond mere movement. There are direct correlations that link arts training to superior academic skills in math and reading as well as enhanced socialization skills such as communication and creative problem solving. It fuses all of the arts - combining music, dance, design, and drama. The child who is fortunate enough to study dance will find their life enriched by this experience.
An education and appreciation of th Performing Arts is a vital part of Society. Emotional Creativity leads to Empathy and Compassion. We want to instill a life long passion for the Arts in our students giving them the foundation to make a positive impact in their community.
Meet Our Faculty
Our staff encourages each student to reach their highest potential, resulting in a sense of pride and accomplishment. We want to instill strong work ethics, respect for others, and self discipline - all within a loving environment:
Brittany has been part of the studio family since the day she was born, the daughter of Mrs. Debbie, it was in her blood. She danced for 20 years and was a Debbie Bourg Dancer for 15 of those years. She was also a part of our first team to ever bring home a National Championship Title!! After teaching dance for over 6 years, she later graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing before coming back to join the business side of the studio. She is a Member at Large of the Cancer Foundation League of Northeast Louisiana, serving as Co-Chair of Fashion Fusion, as well as a part of the CC Kids serve team at Christ Church in West Monroe. She brings her love of people and creativity to the dance family. You can now find her with her hands in a little bit of everything around the studio, as she is the brains behind most operations on a daily basis. If you ever need an answer to anything, our ongoing phrase is..."Ask Brittany"!
Mackenzie was a ULM scholarship recipient with the Dance Repertory Program where her choreography was featured in two Spring Performances by the Repertory Dancers. She has been with DBK for over 20 years and was a member of The Debbie Bourg Dancers for 15 years. The winner of numerous Regional and National Titles, she is now producing award-winning choreographing for the group. These include national choreography awards at SHOWBIZ National Talent and Streetz. She is a very sought after choreopgrapher and master teacher for many studios, High Schools, and Universities in the ArkLaMiss.
Mackenzie was a certified instructor, judge, and camp director with Universal Dance Association. She traveled with UDA for 7 years, training and coaching high school and college dancers nationwide. While traveling she worked closely with team USA in Hip Hop, Jazz, and Pom.
She choreographs for Louisiana Tech's Regal Blues and University of Lousiana at Monroe's Hawkline. She is the current coach of the West Monroe High School's Rebel Raiders.
Melissa has been passionate about dance and dance instruction for nearly 3 decades. She trained at Nancy's School of Dance in D'Iberville, MS for 15 years and was a member of the Nancy Ward Dancers, a regional and national award-winning competition team, which won the National Tap Dance Festival in New York City in 1998. She earned a degree from University of Southern Mississippi in Speech Communication in 2003. During her time at the university, Melissa served as captain of the Dixie Darlings football dance team, and as co-captain of the Southern Misses basketball dance team. She also studied in the dance department and was a featured performer in the Hattiesburg Symphony Orchestra's performance of Fosse, the Musical.
Sarah recently graduated with the National Dance Education Organization honors from Belhaven University, where she received a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Sports Medicine: Exercise Science. Naturally, she is passionate about in the intersections of dance, science, and technology. Growing up in the NELA area Sarah trained with Louisiana Delta Ballet, Missy Crain Performing Arts, and the Debbie Bourg Dancers. She attended Belhaven University on academic and artistic scholarship where she performed with the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and Feet Speak Dance. During this time, Sarah worked alongside the department’s athletic trainer. For her capstone project she co-authored research studying the relationship between sleep and quality of life in the department’s colligate dancers. This research was presented during the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 32nd annual conference in Ireland. Sarah is passionate about applying her knowledge of dance science in the studio so that her students can maximize performance while minimizing injury. When she is not in the studio, Sarah is behind the camera. She has spent almost a decade as a freelance photographer who specializes in working with dancers. Sarah has collaborated with Belhaven University, Fox News, the John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, the USA International Ballet Competition, Ballet Arkansas, and Shutter Storm Media. Her work with Ballet Arkansas was recently featured in Pointe Magazine. She currently owns the media business known as SML Pics.
Hannah’s love for dance started at the age of 3 when she was enrolled in class at Dance Center Deer Park in Houston, Texas. At age 5, she began dancing competitively. Hannah was a member of the competitive teams at Dance Center Deer Park, Ballet New Braunfels, Illusion Dance Center and eventually was cast as Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet.
She attended Canyon High school where she was a member of the Varsity Aristocats dance team. While there, she served as Social Officer, Chaplain, 1st Lieutenant and eventually Captain. During her four years, she helped lead her team to achieve a 13th, 14th, and 15th national title. After graduation, Hannah was accepted into Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. During college, she assisted with technique classes, solos and helped judge team tryouts. In 2020, Hannah graduated with her undergrad in Business Management and the following year with her Masters in Marketing. During the day, Hannah works in administration for St. Francis Medical Group as a Practice Manager for 12 Primary Care Clinics. Hannah is so excited to start her second year with DBK and looks forward to watching her students grow!