Mrs. Brandie’s love for dance began while watching and dancing along with Ann Reinking and Aileen Quinn in their roles as Ms. Grace Farrell and Annie in the 1982 musical film Little Orphan Annie. She began her training at three, and over time, discovered her love for ballet. Brandie continued dancing at her local studio until she was invited to study at the official school of the Kansas City Ballet at the age of eleven. While at KCB, she received training from many professional dancers such as Flo Klenklen, Deena Budd, and Sean Duus. Additionally, through KCB, Brandie danced in a range of both student and company performances. As chance would have it, she would be given the opportunity to meet and learn from her inspiration Ann Reinking when Reinking originated Suite Kander on the artists of KCB with music from local musician John Kander in 1999. Brandie extended her training through summer intensives with the Nashville Ballet and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Brandie attended Missouri State University and earned her Bachelor’s of Education in Secondary English; she has more than 15 years experience in education and currently teaches for Natrona County High School.
Through the years, Brandie has remained connected with her ballet roots through teaching, taking classes, and attending performances. During her tenure with Melissa’s Studio of Performing Arts of Sikeston, Missouri, she worked alongside owner Melissa Seiler, establishing a strong ballet foundation for their students. Brandie believes that dance, especially ballet fosters attributes which benefit dancers well beyond the studio. Self-comportment, confidence, responsibility, communication, determination, and the solid work ethic that she gained from her dance training have helped her face many of life’s challenges, including her experience with hip dysplasia and working toward her master’s degree. It is Brandie’s desire to share her love of ballet with young dancers and help them build skills which will support their growth in all components of their life.