Mrs. Kim Berry is the proud owner, of Amplified Performing Arts Center. She graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Dance. Ms. Kim has danced and cheered for most of her life. She was the Captain of the N.S.U. Dazzlers for 2 years and the N.S.U. Co-Captain of cheer for 2 years. She danced professionally at the Cenla Performing Arts Company while pursuing her teaching career. Ms. Kim taught in the Natchitoches Parish School System for 5 years and loved every minute of it. Her passion has always been to train students in the art of dance and cheer. She opened her first successful studio in Natchitoches, LA in 1990 and trained students for 6 years before moving to Niceville. Since owning her studio in Natchitoches and Niceville, she has had the opportunity to see many of her students get scholarships in dance and cheer at the college level, open their own studios, and even pursue professional careers in dance and cheer. Her competitive dance companies and cheer teams have won thousands of platinum and gold first place trophies that fill the studio.
Mrs. Jill E. Kerschitz is one of Amplified Performing Arts Center dance instructors and chorographers. She has been dancing for the past 26 years and has been teaching dance for the past 13 years, 10 of those years with APAC. She has performed in the Orange Bowl Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Rose Bowl Parade, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, and Crazy for You.
Jill received her Associate of Arts degree from Okaloosa Walton College where she was on a dance scholarship with the Arts Division under the direction of the late Frances Herron. In addition to teaching at APAC, she has coached and choreographed for several middle and high school dance teams in the surrounding area. She has been the choreographer for Niceville High School Varsity Dance Team, and the Lewis Middle School Dance Team.
Currently, Jill teaches Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. She teaches both recreational students as well as competitive. Her competitive students have won many awards at both Regional and National levels. Jill takes great pride in being a role model for her students as well as being a part in many children’s lives every day.
Mrs. Kristen Elder began dancing at the age of 3, and danced for Disney at the age of 12. She danced at a studio in Orlando for 11 years, and then moved to Crestview. She started dancing with Get Amped! in 2001 and became an instructor in 2003. Her classes include Level 1 ballet and jazz, Level 2 ballet and jazz, tap, hip hop, and leaps and turns. She choreographs competitive solos, duets, small groups, and large groups. She has won choreography awards and special recognitions awards for her work.
Kristen was captain of the Crestview High School Dazzlers for 4 years, and captain of the OWC Raider Rhythms in 2005.
Kristen still competes herself and has won numerous gold, platinum, and overall awards, including Collegiate Miss Dancer of the Year in 2005. She graduated Northwest Florida State College 2010 with her degree in Elementary Education, and currently teaches preschool at Shoal River Learning Center in Crestview. Her passion and love of dance is what makes her love to teach. She wants to inspire others the way she has been inspired. She believes dance is a great outlet for people of any age, and wants to share her joy with everyone else.
Mary Elizabeth Lang is proud to call New Orleans, Louisiana home. Beginning her training at a young age at Rhonda Edmundson School of Dance, she has studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, traveled to Greenwich, England to attend the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, and spent an extensive amount of time participating in the world of the organization of Dance Masters of America. One of her favorite experiences is being a part of the National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Her passion for dance lead her to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she received her B.F.A in Dance Education. At Southern Miss, Mary participated in the Repertory Dance Company where she worked and trained with choreographers such as Trebien Pollard, Stacy Reischman Fletcher, Kelly Ferris Lester, and Julie Hammond White. After graduation, Mary ventured to Mobile, Alabama where she was the established Dance Educator at Benton Cato Rain High School.. Mary Elizabeth moved to New York City to attend New York University's Dance Education Masters Program. While in NYC, Mary had the opportunity to work for Joffrey Ballet School both in the studio and in the office. She is involved in the National Dance Education Organization and held a Board Position on the New York State Dance Education Association. With her M.A in Dance Education Mary plans to continue to promote her philosophy of "Defy and Define".
Shelby Satterfield is a native of Destin Florida, began dancing at the age of three. She continued her training at Northwest Florida Ballet where she danced in the company trainee program until she joined the company where she danced for 5 years. While at Northwest Florida Ballet, Shelby trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern and had the opportunity to perform many classical and contemporary works in various venues. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, Shelby moved to Orlando to further her education at the University of Central Florida where she participated in the dance minor program and danced with UCF's Knights and Damsels Dance Company. Shelby also danced professionally with ME Dance Inc., the Center for Contemporary Dance and Dawn Branch Works while living in Central Florida.