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Tamara Howe

As a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Tamara Howe is an accomplished dancer and continues to inspire students through the teaching of dance. Tamara began her dance training at Yvette Sparks Dance Center in Gillette WY. Through the years, she has studied with Tony Coppola, Bill Evans, Gary Abbott, Gus Giordano, Jay Franke, Peter Pucci, General McArthur Hambrick, Marsha Fay Knight, Margaret Wilson, the American Repertory Dance Company and many others. She continues to attend master classes and workshops throughout the country expanding her training and versatility in dance. She has performed in numerous productions including the Nutcracker, Inanna, Carmina Burana, Vertical dance productions, and also traveled to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the University of Wyoming to perform Velorio: A Vigil for the Deceased choreographed by Bill Evans. She continues to choreograph and teach dance throughout Wyoming and Kansas. Her choreography has won outstanding choreography awards and many top placements at competitions. Tamara has also served as the choreographer for the Kansas Distinguished Young Woman Program held annually in Belleville, KS for  five years. In 2005, she completed an internship at the White House Athletic Center in Washington D.C.  Prior to graduation, Tamara served as Miss Wyoming 2003 in the Miss America Organization promoting arts in education.

Tamara is currently a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Dance Masters of America. As a member of the Salina community, Tamara was a participant in the 2006-2007 Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class.  Tamara is married to Steven and is the proud mom to three boys:  Isak, William and Eli.


Mara Klenda

Mara Whitaker Klenda began her ballet training at the age of three in Tacoma, Washington. She has studied with David Howard, George de la Pena, Rebecca Wright, Kimberly Glasco, Boston Ballet School, Wichita State University, and chiefly with Nancy Hervey and Jill Landrith at Nancy Hervey School of Ballet in Wichita, Kansas. In 1989, Mara joined Ballet Wichita, formerly Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, as a junior member. In 1995 she was promoted to soloist, and to principal in 1998. Her roles include Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, and nearly every other female role in "The Nutcracker", Effie in "La Sylphide", Mazurka in "Les Sylphide", "Paquita", Little Swan in "Swan Lake" , the title role in Snow White and many others. Mara created roles in Jill Landrith's "Merlin's Song", "Blue", "Torch", and others. Mara also worked with guest choreographers Sean Duus of Kansas City Ballet and Rebecca Wright, formerly of American Ballet Theatre. In 1999 Mara was awarded the Kansas Cultural Trust. Mara has been a ballet teacher and choreographer in Kansas for over a decade. She has taught at the Nancy Hervey School of Ballet, the school of Ballet Wichita. She has also been on staff at the Center For World Dance, The Movement Authority, Wichita YMCA, Goddard Public Schools and is currently Ballet Mistress at Artistree at the Forum in Hutchinson, KS.  Mara is pleased to be on staff at Tamara Howe School of Dance.


Michelle Eppenbach

Michelle, from Falun, Ks, is a recent graduate of Bethany College. She has been dancing for 17 years and has been a member of the Rhythm Company. Michelle has been trained by Peggy Simms and Tamara Howe. She was also captain of the Bethany Swedehearts Dance Team during her third year of college. She also enjoys coaching the Smoky Valley Wildfires Dance Team in Lindsborg.






Ashley Eppenbach

Ashley is a recent graduate of Kansas State University. She majored in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Ashley has been dancing since she was 4 years old, and started under the instruction of Peggy Simms.There she was part of the Jr. Show Troupe that performed in Hawaii. She transferred to Tamara Howe her 8th grade year. She has been on Senior Company and traveled to many workshops and competitions under Tamara Howe. While in Manhattan Ashley worked for the Manhattan Parks & Rec Department teaching dance and can now be found creating floral designs through her business Knotted.


Megan Robl

A Salina native, Megan has been dancing since age 11. She is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University, where she earned a B.S. in Public Relations and minors in Business and Dance. As a student of the K-State Dance Program, Megan trained with Julie L. Pentz, David Ollington, Neil Dunn, and numerous guest artists. She danced in multiple productions of Spring Dance,Winter Dance, and Student Spotlight, as well as participated in the Kansas Dance Festival and American College Dance Festival.Megan was also a proud member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble and served as treasurer of KanDance, the dance program’s student organization. Megan has been teaching dance throughout the Salina and Manhattan communities since 2007. She has worked with students age three to adult and helped develop classes for adults with special needs. While in Manhattan, she was a choreographer and performer for Manhattan Arts Center’s Dance Attack and the lead dance instructor for Manhattan Parks & Recreation. In the community, Megan is a member of the K-State Dance Advisory Council and has served as chairperson for Salina’s Dancers Against Pediatric Cancer. She is currently an instructor for Salina Public Library’s CLASS Program and Salina Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic Rec Program. Megan loves to teach and is passionate about sharing the joys of dance with everyone!



"We chose THSD because we care about more than just Dance!  We wanted a place that chooses appropriate
music and choreography for the age of the students.  The educational background of the instructors is a huge benefit!" ~ R.S.


Master Teacher Program Artists:

Each year THSD brings in guest artists to work with our students. Genres range from tap to ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary , musical theatre and more! We are so thankful for all they do! Read below to see how they feel about THSD!

Marsha Fay Knight - Professor University of Wyoming Theatre & Dance | Fall 2008
"I found Tamara Howe's students possessed a genuine eagerness to learn; their open attitudes created a positive atmosphere in class that was inspiring and made my residency productive and gratifying."

General McArthur Hambrick - Assistant Professor University of West Virginia | Spring 2008, Spring 2011
"The students were very open to learning new styles of jazz technique and choreography. You could tell that the students had solid technique and were ready for whatever I threw their way. Not to mention how impressed I was by their work ethic and discipline."

Yvette Sparks - Owner Yvette Sparks Dance Center | Fall 2009
"My experience was an absolute joy because I worked with amazing students who were very focused, talented, and eager to learn."

Donna Packard - Faculty at Yvette Sparks Dance Center & Live 2 Dance Wyoming | Fall 2010
"THSD is home town dance school with welcoming staff, parents and of course your wonderful students. Thank YOU for allowing me to share my skills with your talent."

Hayley Mac Cooper | Spring 2011
"I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the students and faculty at Tamara Howe School of Dance. It is rare to find a studio that is committed to educating their dancers in such a well rounded way that provides the opportunity for their students to grow not only in their comprehensive technique, but in their self-worth as individuals".

Alexander Weinman | Broadway Dance Center & Steps on Broadway Instructor - Spring 2011, Spring 2012

Dustin Phillips | Spring & Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016
"Tamara Howe School of Dance ROCKS!!! The dancers, teachers and staff are wonderful people with lots of talent! Can't wait to come back and teach!"

Sheraton Shepard | Faculty of Pat's School of Dance in NC | Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016

Julie Pentz & Neil Dunn| Faculty at Kansas State University - Summer 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Amazing dance spaces and Incredible Dancers who always bring 100% to their dance classes. Tamara Howe not only offers the finest in dance training, she is teaching her students to be the best citizens possible.

Gary Abbott | Associate Artistic Director Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Chicago, IL & Associate Professor at UMKC | Summer 2015, 2016
Inspired and appreciated!! The dancers at the Tamara Howe School of Dance are always a joy to teach! Talented and eager! Can't wait to dance with you all again!

Diane Turner | Turner Dance in Omaha, NE | Summer 2014, 2015, 2016
Awesome! Students and Faculty so friendly, open, receptive and energetic. THSD is my favorite studio! I love guest teaching there!

Beverly Spell | The Ballet Studio, LSPA and Leap N' Learn in Lafayette, LA | Summer 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the dancers and staff of THSD. I look forward to returning and working with everyone again!