All Devine Instructors have an award-winning record as a performer, choreographer, or teacher as well as an advanced education – that often includes a related bachelor’s degree, professional training, or both!
Dr. Brianna MOOERS
Ms. Bri recently graduated with a doctorate in Physical Therapy from DMU. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a dance minor through Iowa State University in 2016 and uses both of her degrees to train our dancers at the highest level. She’s been a team choreographer for Devine for the past eight years with many pieces placing in the top 10. She has trained at The Edge in L.A. with SYTYCD choreographers, Movements Lifestyle in L.A and Titans of Dance! Bri has been dancing for nearly 20 years and loves the art more than anybody I know. It is not uncommon to find her in the studio dancing when all the lights are turned out and everyone else has gone home. I am so happy to have her here at Devine because she shares that love of dance with each of her students and shows why hard work pays off. She hopes to leave each dancer she trains with the mindset of “Fall down 7, stand up 8.”
Ms. Jill was raised in West Des Moines and trained with Janice Baker at The Dance Place and The Robert Thomas Dancecenter in Ames. During her training, Jill performed with Iowa Dance Theatre. Jill moved back to Iowa from Wisconsin where she was the head of the ballet and lyrical department for the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA) for 10 years and served as director of the dance company, which competed at multiple conventions and competitions with numerous first place awards and high-point trophies. Additionally, Jill choreographed many dances for Stageworks Project Inc. such as “The Nutcracker” and “Peter Pan.” She also studied in Madison, Wisconsin at The Pointe Academy and Madison Professional Dance under Susan Marsden. She has had students go on to careers such as: JLO Move Live Tour with Derek Hough, Thunder Girls Oklahoma City Thunders, as well as further studies in Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, River North, Oklahoma City University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Utah Valley University, Western Michigan. She recently choreographed and directed Peter Pan Ballet with Iowa Dance Theatre, as well as some sections of The Nutcracker. Jill owns “Custom Made Tiaras by Jill Kragie.” She has been making headpieces for dancers for years to use in competitions, recitals, theatre productions, and more (everything from tiaras to turtle shells)! Jill feels very blessed to be where she is today, as well as having so many wonderful students here at Devine Dancers.
Ms. Chris has been twirling baton since she was 7 years old. She was a featured twirler at Norwalk High School. She competed at state and national levels until she went to college winning many titles and representing the state of Iowa at Nationals at Notre Dame University. Christina attended Iowa State University where she majored in Early Childhood Education and was the feature twirler from 1998-2002! She lives in Waukee with her husband Michael and four children. Christina enjoys working at Devine Dancers and teaching baton to the students.
Ms. Antonia danced for 8 years in Des Moines when she was younger and finished her last 5 years at Devine. She graduated from Lincoln High School in the top 15% of her class and was captain and main choreographer of the Railettes Dance Team. She received two choreography awards her senior year and her contemporary number placed top 5 at State of Iowa Dance Competition 2015. She also received numerous showmanship awards at competitions while competing as a soloist and won many 1st overalls and top 10 awards while competing with the Devine team. She graduated in 2019 with her B.S. degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and plans to earn her master’s shortly after graduation. Antonia has been teaching at Devine for 3 years now and working with the team for one year as a choreographer and teacher with many of her pieces receiving high adjudications at the Regional level. Antonia couldn’t imagine her life without the dancers and the experience she has gotten from teaching. Antonia always loved being on stage but she loves teaching her dancers more than anything. She can’t wait to see what this year brings and is excited to continue her love and passion of dance as a teacher at Devine.
Satine started dancing about 30 years ago and hasn’t stopped yet. Years of competitions and performing helped her realize having a healthy diet and strong body are vital, not only for a dance, but just being a mom! She’s studied Barre and Pilates, as well as Sculpt and Hot Yoga at CorePower Yoga Colorado. Satine’s certified to teach Barre Sculpt, Yoga Sculpt, Yin Yoga, and Cardio Barre. She has carefully developed a unique Barre Conditioning and Restore program, incorporating light weights and other props to creating strong, healthy bodies! Satine is a wonderful spirit of peace and rejuvenation. She proudly states she enjoys helping people, “discover strengths they didn’t know they had!”
Ms. Laney Hoag is currently in the process of completing her real estate license. She was a member of the Georgia southern dance team and competed nationally with them. She has had 16 years of dance experience. She has lived and taken class in 3 different states and has been trained by professional ballet teachers. She has also received numerous top ten placements competing regionally and nationally across the United States. She is so excited to join this amazing team and share her passion for dance to everyone.
Ms. Charlotte grew up dancing and competing around the country in all forms of dance and went on to receive a B.S. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2017, the first program in the country to offer a dance major. Additionally she is an alumni from Broadway Dance Center’s professional program in New York. Since graduating Charlotte has worked as a choreographer and teacher at a local dance studio in Milwaukee and loves teaching tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theater. Additionally she has had the opportunity to dance for music videos in Chicago and Boston, as well as be the lead choreographer. This past year dance has brought her the privilege of working on sets for both movies as well as TV shows such as Impractical Jokers, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med. Additionally she has been on faculty for numerous dance competitions as both a judge and convention teacher. Charlotte’s passion for dance drives her to new opportunities and she looks forward to continuing to share her love of dance with others.
Mr. Paul obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Dance at Iowa State University. He was introduced to breakdancing during high school where he formed a dance group and started competing in break dance competitions. During college he studied modern dance. Paul worked with various guest artist and has been involved in numerous dance organizations, clubs, events, competitions, and has been awarded the Evelyn Jensen Achievement Award for two consecutive years by Iowa State University department of kinesiology. During that time he was a member of three distinguished dance crews, competing in organized events and performing as honorary guests. He was an executive member for ISU Tumbling Club, Cyclone Breakers, and founded the group “3rd Party Trickers”. Paul received a sponsorship by Logitech and Ultimate Ears in 2015 as an athlete. He had traveled around the country with his tricking team to take workshops on technique, functional fitness, and injury prevention from people such as Michael Guthrie and Jujimufu. Paul works as a Design Engineer and is currently involved with Iowa Dance Theater.