Instructors & Staff

photo DeShonte' Cobin

Owner & Artistic Director

DeShonte' Cobin, Owner and Artistic Instructor of Creative Movements "Techniques-N-Dance", LLC founded the program in September 2008 with a purpose of promoting self-esteem, self-awareness, and personal growth while teaching the art distinct dance genres. She began her dance training at the age of three in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. She later developed a special love for "Tap" and took master class under the direction of Mr. Lonnie McFadden. Since then, DeShonte' has had the privilege of working with the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey as a summer camp "Tap" and "Jazz" instructor. Some of her choreography and instruction include the Allen Chapel AME Liturgical Praise dance director, dance workshops, Releve Dance Ensemble, the AME Church Midwest Conference young people department, Verbal Visions Spoken Word Ministry, Unity Productions gospel play "Say Yes", and private events and programs.

DeShonte' obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Johnson County Community College, Certificate of Business Entrepreneurship though the Kansas Women's Business Center, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Baker University.

She is dedicated and has a passion for working with youth while challenging them to strive for excellence in all that they do. DeShonte' believes in instilling values not just for the moment, but values that will last a life time.

     
photo Ashley Murray

Instructor

 

Ashley Murray grew up in Kansas City, KS. She began her dance and gymnastics training at the age of 3. She competed on the tumbling team for 5 years and competitive dance company for 5 years competing in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, and Production. Ashley’s drive and determination landed her as a dance & gymnastics assistant from 2006-2009, and the opportunity to instruct her own dance class by 2010. She was a cheerleader in 2006-2007 and a dancer in 2008-2010 for Piper High School, where she graduated from in 2010.

Ashley attended and graduated from Kansas State University where she received her B.A in Interior Design. Her dance training and ability afforded her the opportunity to be a Kansas State Classy Cat (2011-2014), and a member of the national competitive group in 2013, where the team ranked 7th in the nation. Along with Ashley's many accomplishments, she was selected for various dance roles in the Kansas State Dance Department productions over the past few years.

Ashley is currently a  NFL professional cheerleader where she is living out her passion for dance and performance. Ashley looks forward to continue working with the students of Creative Movements where she hopes to inspire and motivate students to reach their dreams. 

     
photo Demetria Cobin

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Cobin is known around the dance studio as Mrs. “C” or “grandma”. She really enjoys interacting with the students as well as seeing their personal growth. Mrs. Cobin has assisted in the operations of the dance studio from its inception. She enjoys customer service as her profession as well as being noted for attention to detail. She is married over 40 years, has three children and two grandchildren.

     
  June Neal-Key

Instructor

 

Dancing was first nature to her, and this desire set a course for a life of dancing. At age 16, she started the first baton class to be taught and available to any dance studio in the city.
 

June had an illustrious career as a child performer. She started performing one year after she started dance lessons. She soon learned that she was the only acrobatic and contortionist dancer in the metropolitan area. Her career spanned all kind of local variety shows, parades, exhibitions, competitions and many more. She was invited to New York by Alvin Ailey to visit him and his school and be his special guest when he opened at the Metropolitan Opera. June formerly also served as first vice president of the Professional Dance Teachers Association for four years along with many other lifetime accomplishments and honors.

Her love of the arts continues with instruction in acrobatics and baton as her life has been dedicated to teaching children the art of dance in various dance technique styles while encouraging children to develop inner expressions through dance and beautiful movements.

We are grateful and honored for the opportunity to have Mrs. June's experience and legacy be a part of Creative Movements.

 

     
  James "SugEasy" Singleton

Instructor

 

James "SugEasy" Singleton is a dancer, choreographer, artist, and instructor who's focus is Hip Hop dance, culture, and history. His passion for dance began at the age of four. He began winning competitions on a local and national level by the time he entered elementary school. 

Sug has had the opportunity to learn from great original, Hip Hop pioneers such as Emilio "Buddah Stretch" Austin Jr., Steven "SugaPop" Daniells-Silva and many others. Sug has had the privledge to share the stage and perform with multiple artists such as Pomeroy, Ne-Yo, Blink 182, Dave Matthews, LL Cool J, and work with Red Bull, MTV2, and ESPN3.

The love for dance has led Sug to teach both children and adults of all ages and capabilities as well as going beyond the dance floor and into communities, schools, and churches. Regardless of what setting he is found teaching in, he not only serves as a instructor or choreographer, but as a friend and mentor to all his students.

With Hip Hop continuing to evolve and become more competitive, Sug's passion is to teach the authentic foundations of Hip Hop Dance while creating routines that are engaging with musicality and dynamics. He emphasis quality teaching and believes inspiring every student  to be their best and to always know that their is always something we can learn from others.