Ascend Studios

9110 Harmony Dr, Midwest City, OK 73130, USA

(405) 737-3032 / (405) 808-1342

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THE ASCEND STUDIOS TEAM

Ascend Studios is proud to have passionate, well educated instructors with varying certifications and degrees in the field of dance & movement. Our team is dedicated to our student's safety, technical proficiency, and overall health & well being. Scroll down to get to know some of our instructors!

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With a Bachelors Degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, Jessie Dolezel, the owner and creative force behind Ascend Studios, knows what it takes to become a true dancer. With over 15 years of training and professional dance experience Jessie brings a wealth of knowledge & passion to the studio. 
Jessie has taught ballet, jazz, modern & tap classes throughout her career. Sharing her love of dance with all students is her passion! Jessie served as a founding member of the Oral Roberts University dance program &
throughout her training has had the privilege of working with professional artists from many companies including Oklahoma City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and others, giving her a broad range of experiences and rich background in technique.
Her performance experience includes roles with Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, & Living Water Dance Company. Classical repertoire includes: The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Paquita, Napoli, & Concerto Barocco. She has set the following classical choreography: Pas de Quatre, variations from Paquita, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Owner/Director/Instructor

JESSIE DOLEZEL

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With a Bachelors Degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, Jessie Dolezel, the owner and creative force behind Ascend Studios, knows what it takes to become a true dancer. With over 15 years of training and professional dance experience Jessie brings a wealth of knowledge & passion to the studio. 
Jessie has taught ballet, jazz, modern & tap classes throughout her career. Sharing her love of dance with all students is her passion! Jessie served as a founding member of the Oral Roberts University dance program &
throughout her training has had the privilege of working with professional artists from many companies including Oklahoma City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and others, giving her a broad range of experiences and rich background in technique.
Her performance experience includes roles with Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, & Living Water Dance Company. Classical repertoire includes: The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Paquita, Napoli, & Concerto Barocco. She has set the following classical choreography: Pas de Quatre, variations from Paquita, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Instructor / Social Media Coordinator

ALISSA CARTWRIGHT

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Miss Tachana brings a range of experience to our team, from administrative experience that she puts to good use in our front office, to many years of dance experience. We are so excited to have Miss Tachana as a part of the team!

Office Manager / Instructor

TACHANA COLE

Gillian Dodd started dancing and the young age of four at Norther Plains Ballet company in Bismarck, North Dakota and studied under Hollis Macintosh. During her time there she was promoted into their studio ballet company,promoted to pointe and performed in lead roles in company productions that included Snow White and The Nutcracker. After moving to Oklahoma Gillian danced with the Oklahoma City Ballet School, and The Dance Department under the owner Karen Clark and Tasha Hinex, head coach for Oklahoma City University. Gillian has vast experience competing in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and modern, and has won multiple high score awards including multiple platinum and diamond awards in the categories of hip hop and lyrical. Gillian also continued  her ballet and pointe training and added tap and tumbling classes throughout her high school years.

Gillian joined the team at Ascend Studios in 2016 and is so happy to continue her dancing with us!

Instructor

GILLIAN DODD

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Miss Madeline continues as an instructor with us this year, bringing her years of experience with DMC Dance to the studio.

Instructor

MADELINE MERCER

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Megan is so excited to be teaching at Ascend Studios! She is originally from Oklahoma, but grew up in Minnesota where she was a member of several competitive teams, as well as a teacher, at Ms. Melinda’s Dance Studio. Megan returned to Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma City University, where she graduated with a degree in Dance Management in May of 2017. At OCU, Megan performed with the American Spirit Dance Company and Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dancers, as well as in the Student Choreography Show and Project 21: The Dance Concert. She also completed the Summer Training Program at Broadway Dance Center, where she took classes and master classes from Crystal Chapman, Greg Zane, David Marquez, Lane Napper, Jamie Salmon, Jim Cooney, Chip Abbott, Ray Hesselink, and many others.  Since college, Megan has been teaching in local studios as well as Oklahoma City Public Schools through the BalletReach program at Oklahoma City Ballet.  Megan lives with her husband Joey in Oklahoma City.

Instructor

MEGAN SIMPSON

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Samantha Russell is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. While at USM, Samantha was recognized in her department for Outstanding Junior and Most Memorable Senior Piece.

While in undergraduate, Samantha attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina for two summers where she studied under numerous artists including: Elizabeth Corbett (Forsythe Company), Jennifer Nugent (Bill T. Jones Company) Teena Marie Custer (Venus Fly Trap Crew), Pamela Pietro (Anthony Morgan Dance Company), Gerri Houlihan (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company) and Sherone Price (Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble).

Shortly after graduating from USM, Samantha moved to Edmond, Oklahoma to perform for a season with Arrows International Dance Company. Since moving to the OKC area, Samantha has taught at multiple studios where she loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and enjoys teaching many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and contemporary.

Instructor

SAMANTHA RUSSELL