Brian Morris has a huge passion for dance adjudication. He grew up training in local dance studios and competed in all large circuits. Brian has won many titles like Mr.Starquest, Mr.Legacy, Mr.Spotlight and was also a part of his award-winning high school dance team. While dancing for Civic Memorial High School, Brian won 4 State Titles, 4 Grand Championships, All-American Dancer, and Top Gun Turns. Brian also has a huge passion for color guard and winter guard arts. He competed with world-class circuits in WGI and DCI. Brian began his dance adjudication career with a passion to provide more than just a score, but critiques to truly help the teams/person grow. Brian strives to provide the most effective feedback for dance teams, studios, and dancers across the United States. Brian judges for many associations like IDTA (Illinois Drill Team Association) certified general effect judge, IHSA (Illinois High School Association) certified official, IHSDTA (Indiana High School Dance Team Association) advanced judge, DTU (Dance Team Union), NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), TeamDance National Championship (Studio Competition). Brian also has received a certification from NDCA as an advanced dance judge. Brian also serves as a volunteer on the marketing team for NDCA (National Dance Coaches Association).
Briana Cottingham started dancing at age 5. She began her dance career at Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance. She studied there for 3 years until her mother’s studio, Mia’s Elite School of Dance, opened in Belton, Missouri. She became a prominent member of their competition team winning numerous awards on a regional and national level. Achievements include: Ms. PrimeTime, Ms. Showbiz, and runner up Ms. StarQuest. Briana continued dancing throughout high school and was a Varsity Prowler all 4 years at Raymore-Peculiar High School. She attends the University Of Missouri-Kansas City. She was a member of the Division One UMKC dance team. Briana has been a dance teacher and choreographer for her studio, high school dance team, and college dance team. She is known for her innovative choreography and has won multiple choreography awards. Briana has worked with various high school dance teams including Harrisonville, Staley, and Blue Valley, helping them with technique, choreography, and being on the judges panel. She is studying Elementary Education, grades 1-6, and then plans to get her masters in Education. Her goal is to work in administration one day. Briana has been on the Deans List, National Honor Society, A+ Program, and Honors College. She was also selected for the prestigious Kansas City Elementary Teachers Club Scholarship. She is a substitute teacher for the Belton School District.
Courtney Benner discovered her passion for the art of dance when she began her dance training in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of two. Courtney spent 9 years in the competition dance circuit with Conservatory of Dance Education (C.O.D.E.) where she received many regional and national awards. She studied dance under the direction of Mr. Phil Vitug and has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and musical theatre. Courtney has had the opportunity to volunteer for 10 years and perform as a principal dancer with the non-profit Liberty Youth Ballet Company. Throughout high school she was a member of Liberty North’s Varsity Golden Girls dance team, receiving many honors including a Missouri State Championship in 2015. The dance industry has allowed Courtney to become versatile with her many experiences through teaching, assisting choreographers, choreographing, and performing with Vitug Entertainment Productions. This included taking part in Worlds of Fun’s new summer event, Carnivale. Courtney also had the opportunity to train at the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City for two summers. After graduating, she decided to pursue dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City. In school, she had the privilege of working with Sabrina Maddison Cannon, Ronald Tice, DeeAnna Hiett, and Gary Abbott, along with many talented students in the conservatory. After four years, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography.
Kathryn Elliott started dancing in Illinois when she was 3 years old. When she moved to Kansas City, she danced at a few different studios until she found her home at The Movement and Company. She is still currently working there, teaching a variety of classes. In high school, she was a member of the Raymore-Peculiar Prowlers. Throughout studio dance and high school dance, she had numerous top five and first place finishes at regional and national competitions. After graduation from high school, she continued to dance in college. She danced on Avila’s dance team, The Glitter Girls, all four years. Throughout her time at Avila, the Glitter Girls have won Conference championships, and had numerous top 10 and top 5 finishes at Nationals. And now Kathryn has gone back to her alma mater, Avila, where she coaches the Glitter Girls. She is also an elementary school teacher in the Center School District in Kansas City.