Molly Koon Quist - Having grown up as a soloist for the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Ms. Quist is now in her 16th season as ORCBA's Artistic Director. She studied under many talented teachers and directors, including Anna Marie Holmes, David Holmes, Suzanne Skeel, Steve McBride, Leslie Swazee, Christian Adams, Jill Hollingsworth, Bruce Alan Ewing, Bill Martin-Viscount, and Southwest Ballet Center. Ms. Quist holds a B.A. from the University of South Alabama (where she attended on scholarship), and a M.S. from the University of Tennessee. She was a dancer on the University of South Alabama Dance Team. Ms. Quist is the owner and director of The Dance Centre of Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Her dancers have received many awards over the years in both regional and national competitions. Ms. Quist resides in Knoxville with her husband, Knoxville attorney Brian Quist, and their three children Katrina, Andy, and Alex.
Sharon Nicklow-Cousins - Ms. Cousins trained with Anna Marie and David Holmes, Bill Martin-Viscount, Southwest Ballet Center, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Tennessee, Eda Krasova, and in Italy. She danced professionally with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and performed as a soloist with ORCBA and the Tennessee Festival Ballet, dancing lead roles in La Fille Mal Gardée, Cinderella, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Fire Bird, Aurora's Wedding, and Giselle. Ms. Cousins is married to Hal Cousins and has two children, Andrew and Elizabeth. She has a BSN in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, and has previously worked in Neonatal Intensive Care at the UT Medical Center.
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Katrina Quist- Katrina was born and raised in her mother's dance studio in Knoxville, TN. As her love for dance started at the age of 3 years old, she has experienced much in her dance career. She is a long time member of the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Company, where she still dances as a soloist. She began teaching dance when she was in high school, at the same time she was a member of the Farragut Varsity Dance Team. Her 11th year in school, her team placed 6th in the nation in jazz at the UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, FL. She is now a Registered Nurse-BSN, working at a local area hospital in the operating room. She fortunately still has time to teach lyrical dance to the advanced and elite dance groups at the Dance Centre of Knoxville.
Sarah Jett- Sarah is currently a 2nd year graduate student at Northeastern University in the distance program focusing on nutrition and fitness. She is in the Senior Company at The Dance Centre where she has studied under the direction of Molly Quist for 19 years focusing on ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, and hip hop. She is beginning her 7th year as an instructor for The Dance Centre as well as her 4th year as the competition choreographer and coordinator. She also has participated in ORCBA productions for the past 12 years dancing a variety of roles such as 'Sugar Plum Fairy' in The Nutcracker, 'Aurora' in Sleeping Beauty, 'Firebird' in The Firebird, and 'Giselle' in Giselle. She also had the opportunity to direct and choreograph 'A Tribute To Frozen', "The Little Mermaid', and 'The Emperor's New Clothes' in The Tales of Hans Christian Anderson this past spring.
Jared Lovette has studied dance for over fifteen years under the direction of many talented teachers and directors. Most people identify Jared with the style of Hip Hop but he also entertains audiences through other styles of dance such as Tap, Modern, Ballet, and ballroom. These performances have included the opening act for Knoxville Fashion Week and the main entertainment for the grand opening of Big Lots in Pigeon Forge. Jared has brough many favorite characters to the ORCOBA stage such as the ‘Guv’ner’ and the ‘Mouse King’ in the Nutcracker, ‘Kristoff’ from A Tribute to Frozen, an ‘Officer of the Court’ in Emperor’s New Clothes, ‘the Beast’ in Beauty & the Beast, as well as many other roles. Over the last five years, Jared has been bitten by the acting bug and has landed roles in locally and nationally produced films and television shows for many cable networks such as the Investigation Discovery Channel and Oxygen. In 2012, Jared received an AAS from Pellissippi State Community College in Media Technologies with concentrations in Video and Audio Production.
Jamie Lindsley is a rising Junior at Oak Ridge High School. She has been dancing at the Dance Centre of Oak Ridge focusing on Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. She has been performing with ORCBA for years dancing various roles such as ‘a Snow Flake’ and ‘Petite Mirliton’ in the Nutcracker, ‘a Royal Ball Guest’ in Cinderella, ‘The Cat’ in The Ugly Duckling, and ‘Mrs. Potts’ in Beauty and the Beast.
Emily Stansfield has been dancing for fifteen years at the Dance Centre. She has danced many roles in ORCBA such as ‘Clara’ in the Nutcracker, ‘Anna’ in A Tribute to Frozen, and the 'Enchantress' in Beauty and the Beast.. She plans to pursue veterinary medicine at UT after she transfers from Pellissippi in a year, as well as continue her passion for dance.
Courtney Wills has been dancing for 18 years, beginning her studies at the Center for Dance Education in New Jersey under the tutelage of Evy Zavolas, Christina Manousos, Lisa Peluso, and Jennifer Innis. Moving to Knoxville she’s trained under Lisa Hall McKee, Laura Shields, Denise Njuguna, Keisha Lalama, Svetlana Novodran, Girard Holt, Peter LeBreton Merz, Cynthia Ridler, Christopher Mohnani, Greg & Laurie Merriman, among others, & attended various dance intensives, including TN Governor's School for the Arts. She began dancing with ORCBA in 2007 performing roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker (Clara) & Firebird (Princess Vasilia). As a member of GO! Contemporary Dance Works she‘s performed lead roles in The Barbarosa, Persephone, Alice, Unsung Heroes: The Women of World War II, Runaway, among others. She is a classically trained soprano & advocate for the arts in her community; and has performed with the Oak Ridge Playhouse in Hairspray, The Music Man, & 1776. After studying Classical Ballet at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts, she’s currently working towards her degree at Pellissippi State Community College and teaching at Dance Centre of Oak Ridge and Artists in Motion. Courtney has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, Horton, modern, tap, flamenco, swordfighting, African drumming, folk dance, etc.