Lisa Motsenbocker- Owner and Director
Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, Lisa started dancing at the age of 5. She attended the prestigious Oklahoma City University majoring in Dance Management. She has over twenty years of teaching experience throughout the Midwest. Lisa is currently the President of Oklahoma Dance Masters Association, an organization that brings a love for dance across the great state of Oklahoma. Several of her students have gone on to pursue their dance career, through teaching and or performing. Her love for dance and children is evident in the classroom. She is honored to be a part of such an amazing dance family at Dance Phase.
Lisa Motsenbocker- Owner and Director
Since opening in 1997, over 2,000 students have taken dance classes in our state of the art facility. We are dedicated to providing convenient, top quality instruction to our students. We provide classes for those dancers that want to take a few classes, make new friends and get some exercise to those that want to dance on a competitive level or who are aspiring to dance professionally.
At Dance Phase we use a core curriculum that is used at universities across the country. This curriculum is integrated into our tap, jazz, and ballet programs.
Dance Phase houses approximately 6,000 square feet of the newest state of the art equipment available. There are four dance studios with over 1,100 square feet of dancing space each. With safety in mind we chose the “Stagestep” flooring system. The sub floor is layered to create a “true” floating dance floor. This flooring system serves as the shock absorber not the body.
Erin is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelors of Science in American Dance Pedagogy. She appeared in numerous productions while at OCU as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and as a part of the OCU Pep Dancers. Erin is from Kissimmee, Florida, where she began dancing at the age of three at James’ Dance Center. She has studied many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. Erin is very excited to be a part of the Dance Phase staff this year!
Hayley graduated in 2015 from Edmond Santa Fe and is now attending the University of Central Oklahoma where she majors in Dance Education. Hayley has been dancing for 16 years and 5 of those were with Dance Phase. After demonstrating for numerous years, Hayley has become an assistant teacher in many classes here at Dance Phase. Her long term goals are to own her own studio and spread her passion and love for dance among students of her own
Miranda Lorraine Ingram received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma in May 2016. She has been dancing since 2009 when she started her training at Dance Phase under Lisa. Miranda has experience in theatre, gymnastics, cheerleading, and choir. Miranda was a part of the UCO Kaleidoscope Company, where she played the lead role Maria in a dance rendition of "West Side Story". Miranda's college choreography this year landed her the title of being one of the two top undergraduate choreographers in the central region of the United States. Upon graduating, Miranda was given the "Choreographer of the Year" award. This is Miranda's fifth year working at Dance Phase.
Lauren Frye Merritt
Lauren graduated from St. Gregory's Univ. with a dance degree in 2012. She performed with Spirit and Sole dance ensemble, Litugical Dance and Basketball Dancers at SGU and in the Contemporary Dance Festival by Perpetual Motion summers of 2011 and 2012 under Hui Cha Poos and Portico Dans Theatre. In the Fall of 2011 she performed as a principle dancer/ensemble in Rose State College's The Music Man and ensemble in Shawnee Little Theatre's Hairspray in Spring of 2012.
Growing up with a dance teacher as a mom Jazmine started dancing the moment she could walk, and 20 years later she is still in love with dance. She is currently a Dance Performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma. She one day hopes to own her own company or move to New Zealand to join the Royal Family Dance Crew. This is Ms. Jazmine’s third year teaching at Dance phase and is excited for the many years of teaching ahead.
Carrie Ruth Trumbo
Born in Orlando, FL, Carrie began formal training at the Orlando Ballet School under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In 2008 she was offered a traineeship with North Carolina Dance Theatre where she studied with Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond. The following year she joined Tulsa Ballet’s second company where she spent two seasons before being promoted to the main company in 2011. In 2014, Carrie Ruth began dancing with the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has performed in several music videos and has been featured in DSM Magazine, Iowa Magazine, and The LA Times. After her participation in Oklahoma City Ballet’s 2016 Summer Intensive program, Carrie Ruth was offered and Apprenticeship with Oklahoma City Ballet’s 2016-2017 Season.
Ryan Van Hoosier
Ryan has most notably appeared as the Magician, Magician Assistant, Dancer, and Children's Show Host at Frontier City. He has also been an apprentice to M.A.D.D. Rhythms under Bril Barrett, a lost boy (Slightly Soiled) in Peter Pan, and Ren McCormick in Footloose. He is a dance performance major at Oklahoma City University and has been seen often on the Kirkpatrick Auditorium stage as a company member and directors assistant for the American Spirit Dance Company.
Alexis graduated from Carl Albert High School in 2013. Alexis was involved in pom while in high school and has danced under Lisa since she was four years old. Alexis attends th University of Central Oklahoma where she majors in Mass Communications and is on the UCO Pom Squad. This is her third year working for Dance Phase.
Jessica grew up in Woodward, Oklahoma taking dance at the age of 3. She attended Kilgore College and was a member of the 74th online of the Rangerettes. As a Rangerette, Jessica held the position of swingster as well as an officer her sophomore year. After transferring back to Oklahoma Christian, Jessica recieved the "General Business Outstanding Student of the Year" award. in August of 2016, she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a bachelor's degree in General Business. She loves sharing her passion of dance through teaching and feels very honored to be a part of the Dance Phase staff.
Ms. Vendt, originally from Dallas, Texas, began her pre-professional ballet training at Lisa Slagle’s Ballet Academy of Texas. She joined Cincinnati Ballet as a Trainee in 2012 where she performed roles with the company in Septime Webre’s Alice (in Wonderland) and Victoria Morgan’s Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Vendt was a part of Ballet Austin II from 2013-2015 where she danced in George Balanchine’s Agon and Nick Kepley’s Season of Innocence. Joining Oklahoma City Ballet as a Corp de Ballet member in 2015, Ms. Vendt has since performed in many ballets, including featured positions like the Kissing Girl in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo and as the Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade.