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Washington Dance Studio’s Dedicated and Experienced Staff

The WDS Staff considers teaching the youth of our community an honor. We value the opportunity to motivate, captivate, and inspire as we challenge and encourage our students. We all continue to further our own dance education through regional and national dance conventions and master classes. Our staff also enjoys learning from and inspiring one another!


Sharron Washington

Sharron Washington

  • Owner/ Instructor of Washington Dance Studio since 1970
  • Instructs Pre-Dance, Ballet, and Jazz
  • Director / Instructor of Summer Dance Camps
  • Choreographer for MHS musicals(1964–1978), Civic Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Arts In the Park, MCC Celebration Singers, Clay Center Tiger Chorale, Chapman Class Night, Pop’s Choir, Sugar & Spice Singers, 40 years with K-State Singers
  • Show Choir Clinician for Kansas State, Emporia State, KMEA conferences
  • 1997 recipient of the KSU Roni Mahler Award for teaching excellence in the community
  • Mom of Jennie and wife to Bill

Jennie Stout

Jennifer "Jennie" Stout (Washington)

  • Owner / Director / Instructor of Washington Dance Studio
  • 1997 graduate of Kansas State University in Dance and Business
  • Instructs Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary & Hip Hop
  • Director / Instructor of WDS Senior Company
  • 20+ years of teaching experience at all levels (beginning to advanced) and with all ages (preschool to adult) in studio, public school, university and master class settings
  • Performance experience with Kansas State University Dance Department Winter and Spring Dance Concerts (student choreographer, soloist and group participant) and K-State Singers
  • Wide range of choreography experience from competitive-level Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Lyrical pieces, to K-State Singers, high school show choirs, a variety of musicals, as well as community events
  • 2008 recipient of the KSU Roni Mahler Award for teaching excellence in the community
  • Kansas State University Ballet Instructor, Spring 2012
  • Kansas State University Spring Dance 2012, Contemporary Piece, "Hope," Choreographer
  • Mom of Ellie and Sophie and wife to Ben

Alison Gerth

Alison Gerth

  • Director / Instructor of the WDS Junior Company
  • 2006 graduate of Kansas State University in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Education and Youth Ministry
  • Instructs Creative Movement, Pre-Dance, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical
  • Designed and Directed Creative Movement Class and Summer Camp Curriculum
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
  • Former WDS student and Senior Company member (and captain)
  • Mom of Addison, Abbigail, Alexander & Annabelle and wife to Andrew

Jenna Gourlay

Jenna Gourlay

  • Director / Instructor of WDS Core Company
  • 2013 Graduate of Kansas State University in in Business Administration Management
  • Instructs Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
  • Senior and Junior Company Production Piece Choreographer
  • Former WDS student and co-captain of the WDS Senior Company
  • Studied Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern
  • Wife to Matthew

Laura Cash

Laura Cash

  • Instructor of WDS Core Company
  • 2011 graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education
  • Former Kindergarten Teacher at Northview Elementary
  • Instructs Ballet, Tap and Jazz
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
  • Former WDS student and co-captain of the WDS Senior Company
  • Studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap and Jazz
  • Mom of Benaiah and wife to Blaine

Kelly Law

Kelly Law

  • 2001 graduate of Kansas State University in Business Administration - Marketing and International Business 
  • Instructs Tap and Jazz
  • 20+ years of teaching experience in Tap and Jazz
  • Regional director for business development for Collegiate Insurance Resources
  • K-State Classy Cat from 1996-1998
  • Instructed and choreographed for American Dance and Drill Team from 1996–2004
  • Mom of Kherington and wife to Justin

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

  • Kansas State University graduate with B.S. degree in Art Education
  • Teaches art at Marlatt Elementary
  • Elementary Art Coordinator for USD 383
  • Current Kansas State University graduate student in Curriculum & Instruction
  • 20+ years of dancing experience in Kansas City
  • 10+ years of teaching dance in Kansas City
  • 4+ years of cheerleading experience
  • Instructs Hip Hop and Tap
  • Creative Assistant for WDS

Emily Katzenmeier

Emily Katzenmeier

  • Student at Kansas State University
  • WDS Junior Company assistant
  • Instructor and assistant of Hip Hop and Tap
  • Attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to study Ballet and Contemporary
  • Former WDS student and Junior and Senior Company co-captain
  • Studied Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary

Megan Herpich

Megan Herpich

  • Student at Kansas State University (Kinesiology)
  • Instructor and Assistant of Hip Hop and Ballet
  • Former WDS student and Junior and Senior Company co-captain
  • Studied Point, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary

Meredith Dodd

Meredith Dodd

  • 2014 Graduate from Kansas State University (Theater Performance with concentration in Dance)
  • Instructor of Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical
  • 10+ years of teaching experience from advanced to beginning in Manhattan and Kansas City
  • Former WDS student and member of Junior and Senior Company
  • Performer in multple KSU Winter Dance and Spring Dance concerts
  • Two-time American College Dance Festival performer
  • Dancer in KSU's The Music Man
  • Studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop
  • West Coast Dance Scholarship Finalist
  • Awarded KSU dance scholarships
  • Mom of two boys and wife to Caleb

Emily Andrews

Emily Andrews

  • Studied at Kansas State University (Apparel Design & Production)
  • Instructor and Assistant of Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical
  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • Former WDS student and member of Junior and Senior Company
  • Studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical

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