Faculty

Nicole Brook

Performing Arts Supervisor

Nicole Brook has more than 30 years of experience in dance, including training, performing, choreographing, and teaching.  For six years she performed throughout Central Florida with the ballet/modern company East Coast Dance Theatre, under the direction of Erika Rappa.  Some of the performances in her repertoire include: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Carousel, Serenade, Hansel & Gretel and Goldfinger.   While earning her BA at the University of Central Florida, Nicole danced for Disney and was an assistant choreographer for a special event performance of the musical Evita at Disney MGM Studios.   She taught locally for Woodstock School of Ballet and Academy of Dance in Canton prior to coming to Roswell Performing Arts.  She has been a Performing Arts Supervisor for the City of Roswell for 12 years, and founded Dance Starz in 2009. Nicole has shepherded the program’s spectacular growth from 24 dancers in it’s first season to more than 60 today.

Katie Owerbach Mulnix

Dance Starz Assistant Director
and Competition Team Director

Katie Mulnix is currently in her 10th season as a professional dancer with The Georgia Ballet. She grew up in Rochester, NY where she trained with the Draper Center for Dance Education, Botsford School of Dance, and the Rochester City Ballet.  In addition, she has studied with Hubbard Street Chicago, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. She moved to the Atlanta area after graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of South Carolina with a dual degree in Ballet Performance/Choreography and Economics, and a minor in business.  With the USC Dance Company she had the opportunity to perform many works by George Balanchine and has worked with Helen Pickett, Alan Hineline, and Thaddeus Davis.  With the Georgia Ballet she has performed in many productions including The Nutcracker, Carmen Suite, Sleepy Hollow, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Peter Pan, Serenade, Firebird, The Four Seasons, and Swan Lake.  TThis is her 10th year with Roswell Performing Arts!

Liz Leatherwood

Performing Arts Choreographer

Liz attended Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School as a Dance Major.  She has trained with Ann Avery of Atlanta Ballet, Peter Paulos of Augusta Ballet, the Late Great Tommy Sutton, Broadway’s  Michael Blevins and Cobb County’s own Marcus Alfred and Annie Day.  Liz also attended University of West Georgia.  Throughout her career she has performed in various dance concerts and still performs at Roswell Performing Arts with the Adult Tap Class that she has taught for 5 years and The Dancers Backstage since 2018.  Her favorite part of working in the Performing Arts is when her students take all the hours of hard work and put it all together into an amazing performance.

Katrina Loncaric

Instructor

Katrina Loncaric is a choreographer and dance instructor versed in teaching nearly every type of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Preschool Dance and Music Theatre. Her choreography has been seen all around the Atlanta area  with The Atlanta Jazz Theatre and MZ Stageworks. Since growing up and receiving her training with Dan and Company Studios in Dunwoody, GA, and St. Pius X High School, Katrina has been blessed with sharing her talents around the world.  Most notably, Katrina worked with Susan Stroman in the Broadway production of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, where she not only danced in the Ensemble, but also performed as the Understudy to the female lead, Ulla. She also performed in the Las Vegas production of The Producers sharing the stage with Tony Danza and David Hasselhoff.  In Las Vegas, Katrina was also a Feature Singer and Showgirl in the long running Las Vegas spectacular, Don Arden’s Jublilee!  She has also been seen around the world traveling as a Cabaret Vocalist with Azamara Club Cruises performing in the ship’s production shows, and regularly taking  the stage with her own “One-Woman Cabaret”.  Katrina holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and has studied and performed Improv and Sketch Comedy with The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, Second City, and The Groundlings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.  Some favorite musical regional credits include: A Chorus Line (Judy); Crazy For You (Irene); Damn Yankees (Lola); and Hair (Jeannie).

Katie Veldhuis

Instructor

Katie Veldhuis is a Georgia native with a B.A. in Dance from Kennesaw State University where she danced with the KSU Dance Company. She began dancing at the age of 3.  As a  company member of Atlanta Dance Theatre for 8 years, she was able to perform in Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland and Hansel & Gretel. Her favorite role was Odile in Swan Lake. She attended SERBA where she performed in the Gala category for 5 consecutive years and was awarded a scholarship to the Louisville Summer Intensive. Other summer intensives include Festival Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet, and Ballet Austin.  Katie has performed on many stages across the country; highlights include performing at the Kennedy Center twice with Gala honors and working with Lauri Stallings and her company, glo ATL, at Symphony Hall in Atlanta. She went on to cheer as an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader in the NFL.