Meet Our Teachers
OUR PASSIONATE TEACHERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE AT SUNFLOWER STATE DANCE. WITH A LOVE FOR BOTH DANCE AND TEACHING, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD IS IN GREAT HANDS.
Rachel Weitekamp is the owner and artistic director of Sunflower State Dance. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas class of 2015, where she studied Psychology and Dance. Miss Rachel has taught at the studio since 2012 and became the owner in 2014. She is thrilled to be able to provide art education to Eudora and the surrounding communities!
Prior to moving to Kansas, Miss Rachel took part in many artistic ventures including being member of the Springfield Ballet Company, a pre-professional ballet company. As a company member she was cast in many productions including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo + Juliet, and Rock Ballet. Miss Rachel has also been a participant in Nashville Ballet’s summer intensive and Carolina Ballet Theatre’s Summer Works programs. Miss Rachel has a passion and love of dance that she deeply enjoys sharing with her students.
- Favorite Style: Classical Ballet
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Pets: Scooter the Female cat
- Community Organizations: Eudora Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Miss Alexa Rush is from Houston, Texas and has been dancing since the age of five. She was a part of numerous dance studios and competition teams throughout her elementary and high school career. Miss Alexa graduated from The University of Kansas in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Dance. Miss Alexa was a member of the University Dance Company for two years during this time. She currently works full-time as a SPED Paraeducator at Broken Arrow Elementary in Lawrence and teaches dance intensives during the summer and winter breaks for two high school dance teams in Texas.
Favorite Style : "Lyrical, contemporary and modern dance are by far my favorite styles because I love the freedom and creativity that they allow."
Pets: a dog named Hudson - a tan lab and poodle mix
Fun Fact: Miss Alexa is getting married this fall! Congrats!
Rhianna Jordan is from Salina, KS. She has studied dance since the age of 2. Rhianna is skilled in tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, ballet, and modern. She has travelled to summer intensives in Chicago, Ill and in Hutchinson, KS. She has competed in many dance competitions and attended many dance conventions, one winning the “Dancer with Heart” award. Other skills and hobbies of Rhianna’s include playing the piano, playing the clarinet, singing, and acting. Currently, Rhianna is pursuing a BFA in Dance at KU. Along with being a dance major, she is on the Unity Hip Hop Dance Crew at KU. Rhianna’s future plans include attending a dance conservatory and joining a dance company (preferable Alvin Ailey) and traveling the world performing on many stages.
Pets: Dog named Remy
Miss Rihanna is the 2016-2017 president of KU's Unity Hip Hop Dance Crew
Falletta Kirksey is a dancer and choreographer from Thornton, Colorado. Currently, she is attending school at the University of Kansas as a major in Dance. Dancing since the age of five, she has performed numerous contemporary and classical ballet works, such as The Nutcracker, La Vivandière, and Les Sylphides. When learning Les Sylphides, she was under the instruction of former Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo dancer Howard Sayette. As well as being classically trained in the style of Cecchetti, she is trained in many other styles including jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, hip hop, and character. Last summer, she attended a summer program in Los Angeles for The Joffrey Ballet where she learned from great choreographers and dancers such as Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Anh Dillon, and Josie Walsh. After graduating, she hopes to join either ballet or ballet/contemporary company where she can expand her knowledge and spread her love of dance.
Favorite style of dance: any kind of pointe work (classical or contemporary)
Fun Fact: "although I am a dancer and am graceful when I dance, I am the most clumsy person I've ever met."
Favorite Book: The Host