Experience McPherson Classical Coaching Academy

Dedicated to Dance

Our People

Meet The Founder

Jessica Magnall started her training with the Colorado School of Ballet in 1994. She has trained in Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti, and Vagonva Methods with professional instructors from across the state, country, and around the world.  Jessica graduated from Wichita State University in 2009 and then moved to Toronto, Canada to attend Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher training program and became a professional dance instructor.

 

Jessica strongly believes in continuing education and has a passion for kineseology (the study of movement of the body), dance physics, and pedagogy (the study of teaching children) . She holds numerous certifications including distinction ratings on World Class Examinations, Alixa Flexibility and Progressing Ballet Technique certifications along with several other fitness certififcations to insure top-notch training and safety in all aspects of dance.  

 

As the founder of MCCA, Jessica feels strongly about making sure to put dancers' safety and well being at the top priorty.  From the flooring they dance on to the specialized coaching plans developed for each individual child, creating dancers with a life-long appreciation for dance and successful lives is the top priorty at MCCA. We create a nurturing enviorment where dancers can explore their individuality as artists, grow in technique, flexibility and strength, learn important life lessons, and most importantly have fun and build lasting friendships. 

Here at McPherson Classical Coaching Academy, we have a passion for the art of dance and for helping others discover their inner dancer. Are you ready to get up and move? Contact us today to learn more about our studio.

Elissa Pelletier

Elissa Pelletier has been training in classical ballet since the age of 2 and is well versed in Cecchetti, Vaganova, RAD, and Balanchine techniques. Her professional level training began in Colorado Springs, CO, dancing primarily with The Peak Ballet Theatre of Colorado and The Colorado Classical Youth ballet.   By the age of 11, Elissa had earned both 2nd and 3rd place titles, in the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition which entitled her to compete in the YAGP finals in New York City, where she scored highly and was offered critiques while training with some of the top ballet professionals in the world.  By the age of 12, Elissa was accepted into multiple summer programs on scholarship including, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Kirov Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet. After 16 years of training and performing, Elissa has joined the teaching world and has now been educating young students for several years.She loves training aspiring young artists to become professionally trained dancers and also enjoys setting choreography, and creating artistic masterpieces that captivate audiences. She is thrilled to be bringing the joy of ballet to MCCA.

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Maggie Spicer-Brown

Maggie Spicer Brown is a Kansas native, growing up with Salina Community Theatre and going on to receive her Bachelor's in Music from Oklahoma City University. Professionally, her favorite credits include the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, Glinda U/S), Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda) & Mamma Mia (Lisa) at Casa Manana, and Freaky Friday (Torrey) & A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Maggie has choreographed and taught dance across the country, and is very excited to be joining the McPherson Academy team! 

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Crystal Holmes

Crystal has been dancing since she was 12 years old and has studied ballet, hip hop, jazz, fitness and other styles. She has passed the Cecchetti Council of America ballet technique exams for levels 1-3.  She has been teaching dance for various ages for seven years. Crystal enjoys the creativity and expression of dance. In 2019 she earned certification in Barre, and particularly loves the combination of safe movement and dance technique that is used to create a Barre class. When she’s not dancing, you can find Crystal teaching special needs kids, reading, or baking cakes.