Meet our Dance Instructors


KATHRYN MCCARTY

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Kathryn began her dance education over thirty years ago in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. She has trained and performed with companies such as Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware and Ballet West. Kathryn attended the University of Utah as a ballet major before relocating to Southern California to tour bothnationally & internationally with The Young Americans. Some of Kathryn’s professional creditsinclude “One Man’s Dream II” (Tokyo Disneyland), Dance Captain & Mainstage dancer on board The Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Lines) as well as numerous regional theater productions acrossthe country. Several of her favorite credits include: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”, Crazy For You” and “Pippin”.

Kathryn relocated to Grand Island in 2008, where she took on the role of Ballet Director at Smitty’s Performing Arts Center. During her seven years at the studio, Kathryn choreographed several productions of “The Nutcracker: Land of the Sweets” as well as for their national award winning competition team where she also received several awards for her choreography. In 2014, Kathryn founded Central Nebraska Youth Ballet, the tri-cities only youth ballet company. Several of her students have gone on to train with companies such as American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Chicago & Miami City Ballet; performed in the Youth America Grand Prix international dance competition and have received recognition at dance conventions for their ballet technique.

Diversity in dance styles and education has allowed Kathryn to not only limit herself to ballet but she also continues to train dancers in jazz, lyrical, musical theater and tap. Kathryn has choreographed for many college dance teams in the state including Midland University and Hastings College. She also continues to share her passion with high school dance teams & studios across the state, as well as choreographing for several high school musicals across the state. She, along side of her husband, Ryan McCarty, co-coach the Northwest Dance Team and have earned many honors including state runner up titles in 2017 & 2018. The couple also own a dance retail store, Dressed to Dance, here in Grand Island. Kathryn loves to share her knowledge & passion of dance with this generation’s young artists. She has recently been on the judging panel for the collegiate GPAC conference and adjudicates for dance competitions both regionally & nationally. She is honored to be co-directing, along side of her husband, for the Dance Academy at Create 308, along with Company 308 for the second season. Looking for an incredible season ahead!


RYAN MCCARTY

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Born and raised in the good old G.I., Ryan started his dancing at the age of 14. Being involved in dance organizations & freestyle sessions with friends. Ryan has always been drawn to the art and style of Hip Hop.

After High School, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he joined “The Young Americans” for 4 years. During his time with the group, he performed and taught/stage directed throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Japan as well as the United States.

Ryan moved back to his roots in Nebraska to continue his passion for dance and teaching. He was the Hip Hop Director for Smitty’s Performing Arts Center for 9 years. He has taught and worked with multiple studios throughout the state as well as teaching master classes and choreographing competitive routines for studios across the country. He choreographs at the collegiate level as well as for several high school programs, dance teams and has been recognized at the state and national level for his choreography.

Ryan and his wife, Kathryn, co-own a dance retail store and co-coach the GINW Dance Team in Grand Island. He currently works as an assistant to the technical director at Third City Christian Church as well as assisting in the children’s ministry program during the week. Ryan travels on the weekends as a Regional Director for Nexstar National Talent Competition.

Ryan’s passion for the art of Hip Hop continues to grow through the students he has the pleasure of working with. He continues to further his experience through conventions & teacher/training workshops. Ryan believes that Create 308 offers a unique and one of a kind program to Nebraska let alone the Grand Island community and is excited to be a part of the journey!


ABBY MILLER

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Abby has been dancing since she was 6 years old. She is trained in jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and tap. Throughout high school, Abby danced competitively on Smitty's Xtreme Team in Grand Island. She was a co-captain of the Grand Island Central Catholic dance team, and helped choreograph many of their dances, including 3 state-winning jazz routines. Abby continued her passion for dance by joining the Scarlet's Dance Team at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2012. Abby graduated in December of 2016 with degrees in early childhood education and elementary education. She taught Kindergarten at Jefferson Elementary last year, and will be teaching First Grade this coming year. Abby is so excited to teach and watch your children grow throughout the year. She can't wait to get started!


CHLOE NUNNENKAMP

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Chloe started her dance journey with Celebration Ministry of arts in Littleton, Colorado at age 8. She was trained in classical ballet, lyrical and contemporary until 2001 when she started teaching. Chloe has taught ages 3 to adult and has loved every minute of it. Dance is a huge passion for her because it can tell a story and help express deep feelings and experiences. She loves the opportunity at Create 308 to teach others how to use this style of communication as well.


VIJAY OLANDER

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Vijay is from Lincoln, Nebraska. His has expertise in Tap, Hip Hop, Break, Step, and Bollywood dancing. He began his dance training at the age of eight under the leadership of Bob and Stephanie Chase at Chase Dance. Vijay was granted opportunities to learn from great artists like Gregg Russell (nationally recognized tap dancer) for five years, some of Michael Jackson's back-up dancers, Taylor Swift's lead dancer (Justin Boulet), dancers from the "So You Think You Can Dance?" TV series, dancers from the "Step Up" series movies, and more. Vijay has also taught at multiple dance workshops in various parts of Nebraska. Vijay has been on staff at Dance Dynamics since 2012. Vijay is the co-founder, choreographer, and instructor of multiple award winning groups: The B.O.Y.S.”, “Pra-DA-Geezzz”, and “Rhythm of the Sole”. Vijay has been choreographing competition pieces since 2009 and has received multiple choreography awards. He is active in the dance community and serves as a board member for Nebraska for the Arts. Vijay has a great passion for dance and loves sharing his enthusiasm for it through his teaching.


MEGAN WARDYN

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Megan is currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences. She is a member of the Husker Scarlet’s Dance team and serves as the team’s Skills Coordinator. Following graduation, she plans to continue on to graduate school to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Megan grew up in Grand Island where she danced competitively for many years, training in jazz, contemporary, acro, pointe, ballet, tap and hip hop. She loves getting the opportunity to come back to her hometown and teach such hard working and talented kids with the same passion she had growing up.