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Meet Our Staff

Kristin Peterson Iovino, (Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Ballet, Contemporary, Creative Movement, MAD Co. Youth Company Director) owner and director of MotionArts Dance Academy, is a native of South Bend, Indiana. Her dance career accidentally started when she moved next door to a dance teacher at the age of 8! She received her training in ballet and modern dance at Southold Dance Theater under Bonnie Bolini Baxter and Joann Barkes. Kristin was a Southold Dance Theater company member from 1989-1992, performing in a variety of ballet and modern productions including the lead role of Clara in The Nutcracker. She attended St. Olaf College where she danced and performed for 4 years with the St. Olaf Modern Dance company under Janice Hawes Roberts. While at St. Olaf, Kristin had the opportunity to work with guest artists from around the United States as well as attending The American College Dance Festival. 

 After graduating with a degree in sports medicine from St. Olaf in 1996, Kristin returned to South Bend becoming the Associate Director of Dance for the Conservatory of Dance from 1996-2000, teaching ballet, pointe and modern dance. She also served as a rehearsal director for Conservatory’s student company.  In 1997 Kristin joined Southold Dance Theater’s Adult Ensemble which provided dance outreach, education and performance in schools for grades K-6 as well as performing company repertoire and creating new choreography for company dancers. Kristin has guest taught for Culver Academy and St. Mary’s College, also serving as a guest choreographer and student choreography adjudicator for St. Mary’s Student Dance Company.

In 2000 Kristin and her husband Gabe moved to Bloomington, she attended nursing school and worked at IU Health's Bloomington Hospital on the Orthopedic Unit from 2002-2013. Kristin served as ballet “coach” to Bloomington United Gymnastics from 2001-2003 as well as offering private instruction. In 2014 she took a position as a ballet instructor at Windfall School of Dance and January 2015 was named the Director of the school. She loves to create programming that gets kids and adults excited about dance technique and dance performance. Partnering with MCCSC School Aged Care Program in the fall of 2015, Kristin created an after school dance program still used in MCCSC’s after school care programing, introducing dance to hundreds of area students.

In August of 2016, Kristin opened MotionArts Dance Academy to help fill a need  she saw in the dance community in Bloomington. MotionArts' focus in contemporary dance and classical ballet training for children, teens and adults makes it unique. Whether a dancer is looking for a serious program, or a fun class to take once a week, all our dancers receive the same quality of training and feedback. The goal of MotionArts is to provide quality dance education with an emphasis on perfecting technique, while igniting the passion and joy to create and perform! We hope you join us!

Julian Goodwin-Ferris (Boy's Ballet) from Houston TX, received his training with Houston Ballet Academy as well as summer programs with the Royal Danish Ballet Summer School and ABT California. Julian is currently a Ballet Major in the IU Ballet Program, having just returned to his studies at IU after a year contract with Ballet Austin. Julian is excited to announce he has just received a contract with Miami City Ballet for next fall! 


Samantha Hyde (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, African Dance) Samantha Hyde is a native of Akron, Ohio and holds a BA from Denison University in Dance, Black Studies and History. At Denison University, she studied under Stafford Berry Jr. of African American Dance Ensemble (Durham, NC). She served as a Department Fellow, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant, as well as completing a senior thesis titled “An Exploration of Dance Education within Public Education and Community Organizations.”  Samantha spent the summer of 2012 at Bates Dance Festival interning in the Young Artist Program (a festival-run arts summer camp for local students). She is an alumnus of a Denver-based AmeriCorps program, having served a year at a small arts-education non-profit. Samantha went on to work with Colorado Ballet for 4 years, originally as an Outreach Faculty member, in 2014 she became the Education Programs Manager and in 2016, she became the Director of Education. She served as a selected member of the Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE) Content Collaboratives Committee forDance, has published a unit of study for CDE and presented at the 2015 Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO) conference. Samantha relocated to Ohio in late 2017 in order to pursue personal goals such as travel to Guinea, West Africa for intensive dance and drum study. She is enrolled at Indiana University this fall to obtain a dual Master's degree in Library Science and African Studies.


Joy Jones (mini-MAD Director, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Youth Company Choreographer, Costume Designer) began dancing after watching her big sister take class and then begging to be included. After that, she was hooked. She studied ballet in Southern California for fifteen years and then added modern into the mix. Joy went on to dance and choreograph with regional modern dance company, Mt. Movers, in Johnson City, Tennessee from 1993-2000. She even managed to work dance into the thesis for her graduate degree. Joy has taught dance to both children and adults throughout the years and is looking forward to teaching lyrical dance at MotionArts.


Claire Liechty (Jazz, Contemporary) is a native of Carmel, Indiana and is currently pursuing her degree in Contemporary Dance with a minor in Adaptive Movement Studies at IU. Claire recieved her early training at Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers. She has studied Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop with goal of teaching and performing professionally after graduation. She most recently completed a two week intensive studying under dancers from the Paul Taylor Dance Company, learning Taylor technique and choreography! She is excited to share her experiences with our students this fall.


Anne Ellis McCombe (Contemporary) is a 2014 graduate of the IU Contemporary Dance Program with a Masters in Arts Administration. Anne recieved her early training at Debbie Werbrouk's School of Dance in South Bend, where she also performed as a member of their youth company. Anne has experience in creating programming, teaching, choreography and performance for multiple organizations including The Boy's and Girl's Club, as a student in the IU Contemporary Dance Program, as well as for MoCo. We are excited to have Anne join our team!


Bekka Potter (Adult Ballet, Pointe, School Assistant) You may see Bekka around the studio not only teaching ballet, but also helping at the desk, answering questions and organizing and assisting with performances! A Bloomington native, Bekka began dancing at age four and has 28 years of dance experience. She studied primarily ballet, including attending intensive summer ballet programs in Maine and Idaho. In high school and college she began to study other dance styles and forms of expression, including color-guard, modern, jazz, tap, and Irish step dance. Bekka has been teaching adult ballet since 2011 and welcomes the opportunity to share her passion for dance! 


Megan Shishman (Tap) is a Senior at IU. Megan grew up in South Bend, IN where she received her training at the Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance. Meg has been tapping her feet at MotionArts since we opened and is excited to be passing on her love of Tap Dance!


 Lynne Hall (Creative Movement Sub) My name is Lynne Hall and I am thrilled to be your creative movement teacher.  I taught preschool and kindergarten for 20+ years before my current position as a research associate at Indiana University’s Early Childhood Center. I taught for several years at Fairview Elementary (Bloomington’s Artful Learning and Performing Arts Academy) and have also served as an art camp instructor for Ivy Tech. I have experience teaching visual art, drama, music, and movement with preschoolers.  I live in Bloomington with my husband Eric and youngest son Kaleb, who is a junior at Bloomington High School South.  I also have a daughter, Ashton (a high school Spanish teacher in Indianapolis), a son Corbett (a manager at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and another son Mason (a sophomore at Purdue University studying environmental engineering).  I’m looking forward to spending time with the “littles” as they learn to move and control their bodies while creatively expressing themselves through movement.


Chris Bultman  (Theater) is a native of Bloomington. After earning a BA in Music Performance from Butler University he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a performance career. In California, Chris performed in classical theatre, musicals, opera, and television. While performing, he also taught performing arts at The Curtis School. After receiving his Master’s in Education in 2008, Chris and his family moved back to Indiana, where he taught music at Marlin Elementary and choir at Tri-North Middle School. Chris has been teaching Performing Arts at The Project School for the past eight years. This year marks his 23rd year in the teaching profession.