Enroll now! Fall classes begin September 6th
Enroll now! Fall classes begin September 6th
Dee Massay and her sister Ann began training at the age of three in a small home-based studio in Seminole, OK. From those humble beginnings has spawned not just an amazing teacher, but a dance dynasty spanning three generations to Reagan Massay (Rockie’s daughter). Dee trained under Martha Mitchell and Betty Harris. She has been a part of conventions since the very beginnings—Dance Caravan, Dance Olympus, Tremaine, Dance Masters of America, and LA Underground. Her passion for teaching lead her to open more than nine dance studios throughout Oklahoma including the nationally recognized Kim Massay Dance Productions in Edmond, OK, which she co-owned with her daughter Kim. On faculty at East Central University, she taught ballroom, tap, ballet, and jazz classes. Eighteen years ago, she moved from Edmond to Norman opening Massay’s DanceStar Productions with her partner, Rockie Dunn Massay. Many of Dee’s students followed in her footsteps, and have achieved successful careers as dance educators across the nation. Dee, her son Greg, and husband John also own Stage One Productions National Dance Competitions. She currently lives in Grove, OK with her husband, John. Although retired from teaching, Dee still does much “behind-the-scenes” work at the studio, and her influence and legacy continue to thrive through the current faculty.
Originally a student of Dee’s at Dee Ann Studio of Dance, Rockie Dunn Massay's teaching career has spanned some 40 years. After moving to Edmond, she became a favorite teacher at Kim Massay Dance Productions. During the 13 years she was on faculty with Kim Massay, she choreographed and taught many local and nationally award-winning numbers. She worked several years for Starlight National Dance Competitions as both a judge and awards coordinator. In 1992, she and Dee opened Massay’s DanceStar Productions in Norman. Since then, her students have consistently taken top honors at pom and dance competitions, won convention scholarships to study in L.A. and New York, and continued in post-high school dance careers at major universities, as well as NFL and NBA dance team members. To keep up with current trends, Rockie travels to New York and Los Angeles where she studies with the most renowned choreographers in the industry, including Mia Michaels, Chris Judd and Wade Robson. Locally, she has judged OU’s “Sooner Scandals” and “University Sing,” and is the Creative Consultant to Stage One Productions National Dance Competitions. She currently teaches and lives in Norman with her husband, Greg, and their two children John Wyatt and Reagan.
Jenna Reimann-Philipp has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, Jenna was a member of an award-winning competition team and a civic ballet company. She attended Oklahoma City University and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science in dance management. During her time at OCU, Jenna not only performed in many shows, but also worked as a choreographer and director’s assistant. After graduating, Jenna became a member of Ballet Frontier of Texas. As a company member, she performed roles such as “The Doll” and the “Chinese Pas de Trois” in The Nutcracker, as well as original works. Jenna has been teaching at Massay’s for eleven years now, and is excited to see what the next eleven bring.
Kristen Carter began dancing at the age of 3. Originally from Houston, Texas, she danced competitively through high school. Kristen attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a dance major, with a focus in Ballet and Modern dance. While in high school, Kristen also performed at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, in musicals including “A Chorus Line” and “Brigadoon”. After graduation, Kristen attended Oklahoma City University, graduating in 2010 with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time at OCU, Kristen performed in numerous shows with the American Spirit Dance Company. After graduation, Kristen toured internationally as a magician’s assistant for Rob Lake Magic Productions. Kristen is completing her 10thseason with Massays, and is so excited to see what next season will bring. Kristen and Aaron were thrilled to welcome their precious daughter Everly Rae last year, and can’t wait until she is old enough to perform in her first Massay’s recital.
Emily has been dancing for 20 years, with first grade through twelfth grade being at Massay’s. Emily began competing with the studio in third grade, and continued until she graduated high school. Massay’s was a second home to Emily where she competed in many large groups, small groups, duets, and solos. Emily attended Norman High where she was a member of the pom squad all four years. As a member of NHS pom, she served as Freshman captain for JV, competed with Varisty every year, earned four All-American titles, and was an All-State West Conference finalist her senior year. After graduating from Norman High in 2015, Emily went on to study advertising at the University of Oklahoma through Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Emily was able to be a part of many things, including U-Sing and Sooner Scandals. Emily graduated from OU with a bachelor’s of art in journalism, and a minor in general business. Emily plans to begin her studies for a Master’s Degree in strategic communication through Gaylord College, and aspires to one day work in creative and social media at an advertising agency. Emily is finishing up her eighth year as a teacher at Massay’s, and has thoroughly enjoyed her time as a member of the Massay’s Dancestar family. She is thankful to have been able to grow, not only as a student and young woman, but also as a teacher and a role model. She cannot wait to see what next year brings.
Allison has been dancing for twenty years. Growing up in Kansas City, she received her early training from Jody Phillip’s Dance Company and Dancerz Unlimited. She has a Bachelor of Arts in dance from the University of Kansas, where she was a part of the University Dance Company and Point B Dance Company. She has performed and competed all over the Midwest. After graduating from KU, she started working at Byrd’s Dance and Gymnastics where she was the competition manager for the dance team for five years. While being there she won many choreography, special judges, and costume awards. She moved to Norman after getting married to her husband Luke. Along with teaching the Dance Stars, she also travels with Stage One National Dance Competition. She is very excited and thankful to be a part of the Massay and Stage One Family.
As an eleven-year-old, Jenny Zuker Cochell was a charter member of the DanceStars in 1992, remaining there ever since. As a student, Jenny competed with many group, duet and solo numbers—her solos received Overall Awards. As a member of the pom squads for West Mid High, Norman North, and then the University of Oklahoma, Jenny’s dedication and drive have never faltered. She has been teaching and assisting at Massay’s since 1999, and is consistently recognized in competitions for her outstanding choreography. Many of her numbers have received Overall awards at both conventions and competitions. Jenny has coached the Norman North JV pom squad to several state championships and many camp honors. Her Massay’s pom squads were unfailingly the best in the state. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma. She resides in Norman, with her husband Chad and two sons, Keaton and Nolan. She plans to teach with Massay’s DanceStar Productions for many years.
Jade Maghoney officially started her dance career in 7th grade when she took a hip hop recreational dance class in Glendale, Arizona. She officially started her technique training when she attended Raymond S. Kellis High School for 2 years and was a part of the hip hop competition team. She continued her dance career in Clarksville, Tennessee at Austin Peay State University and studied ballet, modern, jazz, somatics, improv, and hip hop. She represented her college at the American College Dance Festival and performed a self-choreographed solo routine. Jade graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Dance and Corporate Communication that combined her artsy and business skills. From there, she became an Assistant Director for My Gym Children’s Fitness Center and taught and choreographed for various dance studios and high schools in Tennessee. She also performed in Nashville under the Jason Lopez Agency and overseas in Germany. She now lives in Norman, OK working as a Senior Logistics Director for Stage One Dance Competition and a Dance Instructor/Competition Coordinator for Massay’s DanceStar Productions. Jade has a passion for teaching kids dance to not only challenge them in the art but bringing joy to their personal lives. She hopes to continue to share her love of dance forever.
Ella Gardiner began dancing at the age of 5 at Massay’s Dancestar Productions and it's been her second home ever since. As a student she competed with many group, duet and solo numbers- her solos received numerous overall awards and national recognitions. While in high school she traveled across the country attending various conventions such as Soul de Soul, Nuvo, Intrigue, and Dancemaker’s Inc. While attending she was awarded with scholarships, performance, and assisting opportunities. Last season Ella was blessed with the opportunity to travel with Soul de Soul not only as a member of SoulElite but also as Co-Founder, Hilary McAlister’s assistant. The last several seasons, Ella has been a member of Meraki Dance Company, performing in their debut show, Storytellers. Ella attended Westmoore High School where she was a part of the Drama Department, performing in their production of The Little Mermaid, serving as Dance Captain and Co-Choreographer. Ella is now pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from UCO and performing with Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Ella will be entering her 3rd year as an assistant and her 1st official year of being a Massay's teacher. She is so excited to be returning to Massay’s for another year.
Sophie Penland is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has been dancing for 18 years and this is her second year at Massay’s. She is from Kansas City, Missouri and grew up dancing at Heart of America Dance Centre. She has trained with the Joffrey Ballet and the American Ballet Theater and was a member of her high school’s varsity dance team for 4 years and was captain for 2. On top of school and teaching she is also the president of her sorority, Delta Gamma. She has lover her time at Massay’s and is so thankful for everyone who has made her feel so loved when she is so far away from home.
Gracyn Ross is finishing her first year teaching at Massay’s, and she has enjoyed every minute of it! Gracyn is a junior of OU, originally from Wichita, KS, and danced since she was two years old. She is now in the process of applying to law school, but besides activism dance has always been her passion. Gracyn loves connecting with the students and can’t wait to make more memories with the Massay’s family!
Savana McCabe began dancing when she was two years old at Patti Parrish School of Dance where she trained and competed in a vast array of styles. Throughout high school, Savana received many recognitions and awards for solo and group performances. Savana is currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma seeking a BFA in Dance Performance. At UCO, Savana is a 3rd year member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company and the Rehearsal Director for the company’s upcoming season. UCO has provided opportunities to train under individuals such as Mike Esperanza, Hui Cha Poos, Michelle Moeller, and Sheri Hayden. Savana is thrilled to be a part of the Massay's family!