OUR TEAM

Over 100 years of combined experience in the performing arts.

we are leaders training leaders!

Shelby Huckleberry

Owner & Artistic Director

Elizabeth Agre

In-House Licensed Physical Therapist

Dr. Elizabeth Agre is a Licensed Physical Therapist and performer who is passionate about seeing artists walk in wholeness.
She holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, is certified nationally as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has a post-graduate Master’s Certification in Performing Arts Medicine.
She currently works Arrows International to support the well-being of their dancers, having served with them since their founding in 2008.

She graduated with her Doctorate Degree from Shenandoah University, after achieving a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Oklahoma City University. She continually seeks new professional development opportunities to better partner with artists through continuing education opportunities and is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science, currently working as their Newsletter Editor.

She has been dancing her whole life, and has graduated from the Eagles International Training Institute, Leadership Institute, and School of Worship, the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Company, and the Jubilee Worship Institute. She has had the privilege to teach dance and worship around the world, including here at ARTS. She has also served as a teacher with The Eagles Network since 2014 and is a licensed minister under Set Free Ministries.
She co-lead and choreographed for Egeiro Dance Ministry at Immanuel’s Church, co-directed the dance ministry at Ridgeland Family Church, and served in the Dance Expressive Worship Team at Church on the Rock. She gives her beloved Jesus all the glory.

Learn more at

www.elizabethagrept.com

Beth Bennett

Ballet Instructor

Beth Bennett has a BA from the University of North Texas and has been teaching ballet for over 20 years with many different facilities including Trinity Valley School of Ballet, Clayton Youth Enrichment Services, Denton Parks and Recreation, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Tyler Junior College, The Yvonne Chouteau School at Oklahoma City Ballet and numerous outreaches and youth events. At TJC she was Adjunct Professor of Dance, Assistant Director, and Choreographer for the annual Nutcracker Ballet, Faculty Showcase and Spring Performance for 6 years before relocating to Edmond, OK with her husband Kyle and three kids Alex, Avery, and Audrey. In addition to semi-professional career dancing for small civic companies in Texas, Beth has years of experience performing professionally in theater, film and commercials. This will be Beth's 7th year as a part of Reclaiming Arts staff.

Joshua Brooksher

AIM Ballet Co-Director,

Oklahoma Youth Ballet Co-Director

Mr. Brooksher grew up in Mesa, Arizona where he received his early training at Ballet Etudes and Jeanne’s School of Dance. At the age of 13 he left Mesa for Washington D.C. to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB), one of the premier ballet training schools in the world, on full scholarship for their accelerated professional training program. His studies included ballet technique, repertoire, technical theory, pas de deux, historical court dance, character dance, contemporary movement, pedagogy, music theory, nutrition, kinesiology, painting, sculpture, injury prevention, Pilates and Gyrotonics. Mr. Brooksher graduated from KAB with High Honors, and from Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School with a Certificate of Merit, in 1993. During his years at KAB, he learned the craft of classical dance from some of the world’s true masters, the most influential in the shaping of Joshua’s training and career was, and still is, Rudolf Kharatian, a graduate of the famed professor Alexander Pushkin at the Vaganova Choreographic Institute. Throughout his career Mr. Brooksher performed all the great classical ballets and worked with the most influential choreographers of the time. He is known as one of the greatest partners of his generation. Among all the leading male roles he performed he is most fond of the role of Albrecht in Giselle. After dancing professionally in The Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Internationale, Boston Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater, Mr. Brooksher returned home for a single season with Ballet Arizona before embarking on his teaching career. He has always been a teacher; even at a young age, his attention to detail distinguished him to his peers and teachers. Throughout his career Mr. Brooksher regularly took the time to return to his home in Mesa to serve as temporary faculty for Ballet Etudes and Phoenix School of Ballet. Under his tutelage his students have gone on to become professional performing artists in theaters all over the world. Mr. Brooksher founded and directed Brooksher Ballet and the National Academy of Classical Ballet in Mesa, Arizona to provide professional training opportunities in his hometown while simultaneously continuing to work as a director and faulty member with other dance organizations around the country. As such, he was involved in all aspects of running a successful professional level training program. His responsibilities have included teaching & coaching all levels of classes in the 6-year accelerated Vaganova-based program, creating choreographic works, curriculum, and syllabus structure development, as well as the administrative duties associated with such a position. His students have been recognized at national and international levels of competition, gone on to attend conservatories and universities, as well as securing work as professional dance artists. Mr. Brooksher currently serves in several national and international organizations as well as being the Artistic Director for the Oklahoma Youth Ballet. He is a member of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – International Dance Council and serves as a Pedagogy Specialist for the Classical Dance Alliance, an organization created to promote the highest standards for classical ballet in the United States through teacher training programs and educational awareness of the importance of pedagogical training. Mr. Brooksher also served as Associate Artistic Director for his alma mater, The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and was involved in all aspects of running an international boarding school and elite level dance education organization.

Ella Coleman

Tiny Tot Dance

Hi! My name is Ella Coleman. I teach Tiny Tot Tap. This is my first year teaching at Reclaiming Arts but 13th year as a student. My favorite styles of dance are contemporary and tap. I love spending my time with friends and family, cuddling with my dog, choreographing, and doing embroidery. I am so excited to see all that the Lord will do this year!

Emily Fabrega

Theatre Director

Emily Fabrega is a senior musical theatre major at UCO. Some of her favorite past roles have included Jo March in “Little Women” at UCO, Viola in “Twelfth Night” and Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins”. Emily has spent the last three summers directing, choreographing and assistant directing at Genesis Children’s Theatre in Plano Texas. This summer she Directed/Choreographed a production of Annie Kids, Assistant Directed/Choreographed a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Directed a production of Beauty and the Beast Junior. Emily is so excited to be joining the Reclaiming Arts team this year and can't wait for what will be an amazing year!

Emily Forster

Guitar and Dance Instructor

Emily Forster is delighted to share excellence and love with her students at Reclaiming Arts again this year. She received a BA in Dance and Theater from Muhlenberg College and studied Physical Theater at the Accademia dell’Arte in Italy. Now, she is a company member with Arrows International, a dance ministry in Edmond with a heart for missions, discipleship and evangelism. She cannot wait to continue sharing God’s joy with her treasured students and people around the world!

Anna Geis

Tiny Tot Dance Instructor

Anna Geis is 19 years old and a recent graduate. She is looking forward to beginning her teaching journey and thankful for the opportunity to teach and love on the students at Reclaiming Arts. Teaching has been a dream of Anna's for as long as she can remember! She has been dancing since she was three and became a student at Reclaiming Arts when she was 12 years old. Her passion is worshipping the Lord through dance and getting to perform dances that impact others.

Heidi Geis

Front Desk

Heidi Geis is a proud mom and wife, among many other roles! Her family is heavily involved at Quail Springs Baptist where she enjoys working with youth to love on and disciple. The Geis family came to Reclaiming Arts 8 years ago and have been blessed to be under such Godly leadership and teaching. She really enjoys working with the Creative Leaders Academy and helping the studio with special events and recital. Heidi loves to travel, grab a coffee at any time, lay by the pool, and read a book if she can stay awake!

Abigail Ginsterblum

Voice Instructor

Abigail is local worship leader, musician and songwriter. She is an Oklahoma Christian University alumni, where she was a member of the Chamber Choir for all four years. Her greatest joy is using her voice to glorify the Lord and teaching the next generation to do the same!

Olivia Goad

Tiny Tot Dance Instructor

Olivia Goad was born and raise in Edmond, Oklahoma. She's been dancing since she was 4 and plans on continuing her dance career by someday joining a professional company. Olivia was given the opportunity to teach at Reclaiming ARTS 3 years ago and has loved it ever since. She's been a student at Reclaim for 4 years and has been blessed with many opportunities during her training. Throughout her teaching experience, she's been able to work with amazing kids and help them find a love for dance. Two of her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and ballet which she's been blessed to pour into other students. She is looking forward teaching her students this year and excited to see all that God has in store.

Savannah Lee

AIM Ballet Co-Director,

Oklahoma Youth Ballet Co-Director, Dance Instructor

Savannah Lee is a recent immigrant to Oklahoma having grown up Arizona. She received her formal education from the National Academy of Classical Ballet in Phoenix, Arizona. She spent the last few years of her training participating in national and international ballet competition. She is the recipient of multiple Gold Medals at both the American Ballet Competition and the Youth America Grand Prix, along with many other accolades from every competition she has attended. She has also been awarded scholarships to The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. Throughout her young professional career, she has been offered several professional positions at prestigious companies including Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, and The Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the middle of the global pandemic, she moved to Oklahoma to take a Studio Company position in Oklahoma City Ballet and has absolutely fallen in love with the community here. She shares her excitement and joy for our next generation of dancers through her teaching and mentorship of the students under her tutelage.

Adella Monasterial

Creative Leaders Academy Co-Director, Dance Instructor

Kaitlyn Murphy

Creative Leaders Academy Co-Director, Aerial and Dance Instructor

Kaitlyn Murphy is originally from Chandler, Arizona. Growing up, she trained at Steps a Dance Studio in Texas and The Dance Loft in Arizona. She has experience in ballet, jazz, contemperary, modern, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, and aerial dance. She currently attends the University of Central Oklahoma and is a senior working towards earning her B.F.A. in dance performance. While at UCO, she has been a regular choreographer and performer, as well as a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company. During her 2.5 years in Kaleidoscope, she had opportunities to perform and work with guest artists including Mike Esperanza, Tiffanie Carson, Michelle Rambo, Jessie Zarrit, Larry Kewigwin, and Alexander Olivieri. Outside of school, Kaitlyn performed with both Perspectives and Reclaim Dance Company. She is currently a teacher at Reclaiming Arts and Race Dance Collective, where she teaches jazz, contemperary, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop, and aerial dance. She is on staff with Gravit8 dance competition and The Dance Effect convention and competition, and loves traveling around the states to work, dance, and teach! She loves being a part of the Arts family and is excited for this season!

Kate Peterson

Front Desk

Kate has been a Reclaiming Arts Mom of 7 years. Her and her husband, Jay, have five kids ranging in age between 6 to 13. They are a homeschool family and currently members of the First United Methodist church of Edmond. Her three girls take dance and aerial classes. She is excited for her first year as a Front Desk staff member!

Lyanna Saito

Creative Leaders Academy Co-Director, Dance Instructor, Admin Assistant

Lyanna Saito grew up in Alabama, and started dancing at the age of seven. She graduated in 2013 from Samford University, with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Dance. In 2015, she moved to Oklahoma to dance professionally with Arrows International. After dancing around the globe with them for two seasons, she joined the Reclaiming Arts family as both a teacher and Reclaim Dance Company member in 2017. Lyanna has loved teaching at Arts the last six years, and loves getting to watch as her students continuously grow in their love of dance and their passion for the Lord. She is so excited for what’s in store for year seven!

Taysha Spicer

Front Desk

Julianna Straughn

Content Creator

Jules Straughn is a senior Dance Performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma. She previously received her associate degree in Music Theatre from Rose State College. She has served on the Leaders of Tomorrow Council at UCO and as a member of the President’s Leadership Class at Rose State. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, teaching dance since 2010, choreographing since 2012, and running her photography business since 2015. She is deeply passionate about the arts—particularly musical theatre/theatre, dance, choreography, dance film, and photography.

Lourdes Tovar

Voice Instructor

My name is Lourdes, but all my students call me Miss Lulu. I have been singing for 12 years and began my professional career 6 years ago. I started at Life.Church where I sang for 4 years and grew a love for worship and the meanings behind why we worship. Learning how to use our voice in healthy ways to grow one's confidence is a passion of mine. My musical specialties are Classical, musical theater, Pop, Contemporary Christian, and gospel Christian.

Sarah Tracy

Creative Leaders Academy Co-Director, Aerial Director

Katie Van Slooten

Front Desk

Melody Warren

Piano Instructor

Hi! My name is Melody and I love all things music. I have been teaching piano for over 25 years. Connecting with each student and watching lightbulb moments occur brings me such joy. I have 4 amazing kiddos and 1 extra-special granddaughter. Some of my favorite things are playing games, going to the theatre, spending time with family, throwing parties, and playing the piano. "Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." ~Marilyn Monroe

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