Students of the Jody Phillips Dance Company will present their 22nd recital at 6 p.m. today in Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

Students of the Jody Phillips Dance Company will present their 22nd recital at 6 p.m. today in Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Theme will be “We Will Rock You,” with students planning to do  just that, set against a wide range of music from Queen to Boston. In preparation for the recital, students were educated on the masters of rock history, and said that they really enjoyed the diversity of the music they are ready to perform.
Staff of Jody Phillips Dance Company has been sharing their passion for excellence in dance with children in the Pittsburg area for 22 years.
“We want to make a difference in the life of a child, and we do it through the art of dance,” Phillips said. “It is so rewarding  to watch the small children become young successful adults. JPDC’s seniors who have started with JPDC when they were small have graduated with honors and scholarships, and/are  also on a collegiate dance team. We continue to study, research and bring the latest techniques to our students, making sure we give them the very best program available.”
Phillips said that she and her staff are very proud of their four graduating seniors. Kelci Newkirk graduated with honors and is planning to attend Pittsburg State  University. Sydney Zortz was first in her class, and she and Sadie Thomas are both planning to attend PSU and will be part of the PSU Crimson and Gold Dance Team. Kristina Parsons will be attending Butler County Community College on a dance and choral scholarship, and plans to transfer to  Ithica University in New York.
“They are all true examples of JPDC’s ‘Rhythm of Excellence’,” Phillips said.
She also extended her thanks to her “dedicated and fantastic” staff. “It is because of these individuals who share their time and talent that we have such a wonderful studio,” she said. “A few of our great JPDC instructors are Kim Fowler, Beth Bradshaw, Natalie Jepson Kundiger, Mandi Haake,  Whitney  Kiesling, Ashley Naylor and Janette Mauk.”
Assistants are Audrey Hubler, Sydney Zortz, Sara Gazaway, Summer Warren and Tammy Kalancey.
“I’d also like to thank the students and parents,” Phillips said. “I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful JPDC family. I would also like to thank Pizza Hut, Commerce Bank and Pepsi.”
She said that JPDC has new studio dance floors, and soon will have new windows in the entire building, located 511 N. Locust. “The building is one of the most wonderful kept secrets with classic character,” Phillips said. “It is a true dance studio one could find in New York City or Chicago!”
JPDC specializes in dance lessons and musical theater classes for children aged 3 to adult. The summer program focuses on fun and techniques, and registrations are still being taken. Parents can take Pilates classes at the same time their child is having dance lessons.
Anyone wishing to register a child or needing additional information may call 620-235-0430 or 913-897-9888, or go online to or