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 a former  NFL professional cheerleader where she had the opportunity to live 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.

     
photo Toinette Tamayo

Ballet Instructor for Level I, II, & III Classes

     
photo Mimi Haddix

Instructor

     
photo Gwen-Renae' Collins

Student Instructor

     
photo Aka'Ne Tinsley

Student Instructor