Owner/Director ~ Teachers
Carrie Lowrey / Owner Director- Dance Extensions, KYPP, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap
Carrie started dancing with Kohl Academy of Performing Arts at the age of 3. During her 14 years she was a member of the Dance Extensions Dance Company where she competed in various competitions. She attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in Human Environmental Sciences. She received her Dance Masters Teacher Certification in July of 2013.
Shara Benefield/Owner/Studio Manager
Shara started with Kohl Academy as a parent in 2003. In 2007 she became The Dancewear Shop Manager. In 2018 she became Office Manager. She is looking forward to this new adventure as Owner/Office Manager.
MaKennah Morring - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop
MaKennah began dancing at the age of 3 in Jacksonville, FL. At the age of 12 she moved to Athens, AL and continued her training at the Dance Factory and Huntsville Ballet Company. At 13 she landed her first professional job as a dancer in the musical production of The Middle of Nowhere. She has had the privilege of continuing to train with top choreographers across the United States. She has trained at New York City Dance Alliance, Oklahoma City University, Colorado University, Lexington Ballet, and World Class Gymnastics.
Her most recent roles in theatre and stage include Dirty Dancing, Cinderella, and 42nd Street as pre-show entertainment for the Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville, AL. She has appeared in several country music videos. MaKennah was cast as the Lead Russian in the professional production of the Ballet Nutcracker.
She is also a USA Dance National Champion of 2014 in bronze/silver International Latin and Standard ballroom dance. MaKennah continues to train and compete as well as instruct International Latin and Standard ballroom. She is certified to teach numerous genres of dance.
Personal Quote, “Dance should never be taken for granted. I have had dance taken away from me. I was told at sixteen years old, I would never dance again. I purposed in my heart then that from that day on dance is a privilege and a gift and if I ever got the chance to dance again, I would do it with all my heart and Give God the Glory. I was healed from severe nerve damage and today I dance with a joy of knowing I have been given a second chance at the thing my heart desires, and that is to dance.”
Rebecca Martin - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical
Originally from Tucson, AZ she moved to Huntsville at the age of 9.
She started dancing at the age of 2 and trained at a ballet school. Her goal was to be a professional ballerina. At the age of 13 she decided to dance with a contemporary company instead of ballet. She switched from a ballet school to a competition studio and started competing. After graduating from high school she moved to NYC and trained at Broadway Dance Center with their professional semester for 6 months and now she is teaching and auditioning for professional contemporary dance companies.
She has been dancing for 17 years and been teaching for a while. She started assisting class when she was 10 and started teaching on her own when she was 14.
Her accomplishments include Pinocchio (lead role), Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Paquita, and Snow White. All with Alabama Youth Ballet.
Her training: Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester, Element, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and Pennsylvania Ballet/Rock School of Dance summer intensive.
Lauren Benefield - Substitute Teacher - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe
Lauren began dance at the age of 4 and has continued dancing for the next 14 years. She was a member of our Dance Extensions Dance Company for 7 years. During the years she was on the Dance Company she attended Master Classes taught by well known choreographers and instructors. She started student demonstrating for Ms. Jane and Ms. Melissa at the age of 9. And in 2011 she started the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Program through Kohl Academy and has been continually assisting in classes of all age groups. She also studies acting, guitar, and voice. She has been very active in KAPA's Theatre program as well as productions at The Whole Backstage.