Create Space KC Teachers

Create Space KC teachers are creative and unique artists bringing their diverse experiences and endless passions to our corner of Waldo. Every class is brought to you 100% by each individual teacher's vision and love, so there's always something new at Create Space KC.

Ballroom Dancing:

Chris McMahon

Tomhanks604@yahoo.com

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Meghan Throckmorton

Art and Yoga

Meghan tried a lot of things from teaching English to designing products before she found her true love teaching at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She started Create Space KC to further her love of sharing the arts with her community.

When she's not teaching, Meghan is making things and bringing people together. She is a fiber artist, gardener, natural dyer, and curious soul who wishes people were known more for their loves than their labor.

Meghan is also a certified yoga teacher, and all her classes aim to nurture creativity and calm through movement, art experiences, and stories. She loves listening, looking on the bright side, and making joyful messes.

Jen Hurst

Speech/Language Pathologist

My name is Jen Hurst and I am the owner of Speech & Swallowing Specialists, a private practice helping my clients live their best lives. I have been a speech pathologist for nearly two decades and live in Brookside with my husband and two kids.

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Autumn Fraser

Anime and Drawing

Hello, My name is Autumn Fraser. I'm a local artist from Kansas city. I've been creating all my life; recently I've started hosting personal art lessons and paint & sips. I've hosted children's art lessons and teen creative lock-ins at Kansas city public library for a few years. I love teaching all the art tips I've learned over the years, I'm super excited to create with you.

Photo credit: Brandi Lynchard Photography

Monica Kane

Watercolor Painting and Art

Monica Kane is a Venezuelan-American designer, illustrator, teacher, and mom. She graduated from Temple University Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a BFA in Interactive Design. After working as a designer at Hallmark for nearly a decade, she started her own design studio:

https://www.monicakanedesign.com

 

She is passionate about watercolors, gouache, collage, paper, hand drawing, lettering, digital illustration, and color. She loves making products and patterns for fabric, wallpaper, etc. Crafting has been her thing since she can remember. She loves up-cycling and re-imagining used materials to create something beautiful. 

 

She has taught watercolor, plush toy making, and Spanish, both one-on-one and for small groups. She loves working with children, teens, and adults.

 

Monica is inspired by nature, has an organic style, and always encourages her students to use art as a way to explore, play, and bring joy into our lives.

 

website: https://www.monicakanedesign.com

 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/monica.kane.design/

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Bri Pegg

Process Art

Hello! I'm Bri, owner & founder of Make • Shop! I bring 10 years of experience as an elementary and early childhood arts educator, where I fell head over heels in LOVE for process-based art! I saw first-hand the joy, the healing, and the confidence it brought my students, and I knew in my heart I wanted to create an environment for families in Kansas City to access these kinds of experiences. As for me- I have always loved art, and I've always loved children. When I began working as a teacher, I realized that the only thing I loved more than making things, was helping others make things! The first hint of a smile when a child feels pride in their work... The uninhibited handfuls of glitter and their unapologetic use of glue! All of it brings me so much joy. I firmly believe the world needs more of it. So, here we are!

A'isha

Belly Dance

A’isha is a multi-award-winning Oriental-style belly dance performer, instructor, and show producer. Notably among other awards, she won first place at the 2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition (American Cabaret category) in Los Angeles, CA, and second place in 2021 (Goddess category). 

Her love for belly dance started in 2005 and made this art her life passion ever since. A’isha has trained with the top belly dance teachers in the world and started instructing her own students in 2014. She is recognized for her particular teaching method which is student-centric and aimed at discovering and building on one’s strengths so students can reach their full potential at a pace that is appropriate for them. 

A’isha performs regularly in local, national, and international belly dance shows, fundraisers, art shows, and private events, and participates in belly dance competitions. She and her students performed in numerous local art events, festivals, shows, and workshops. 

 

Please see her bio and accomplishments by visiting: www.aishadancer.com

 

Instagram: @aisha_dancer

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A'isha

Belly Dance

A’isha is a multi-award-winning Oriental-style belly dance performer, instructor, and show producer. Notably among other awards, she won first place at the 2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition (American Cabaret category) in Los Angeles, CA, and second place in 2021 (Goddess category). 

Her love for belly dance started in 2005 and made this art her life passion ever since. A’isha has trained with the top belly dance teachers in the world and started instructing her own students in 2014. She is recognized for her particular teaching method which is student-centric and aimed at discovering and building on one’s strengths so students can reach their full potential at a pace that is appropriate for them. 

A’isha performs regularly in local, national, and international belly dance shows, fundraisers, art shows, and private events, and participates in belly dance competitions. She and her students performed in numerous local art events, festivals, shows, and workshops. 

 

Please see her bio and accomplishments by visiting: www.aishadancer.com

 

Instagram: @aisha_dancer

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A'isha

Belly Dance

A’isha is a multi-award-winning Oriental-style belly dance performer, instructor, and show producer. Notably among other awards, she won first place at the 2020 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition (American Cabaret category) in Los Angeles, CA, and second place in 2021 (Goddess category). 

Her love for belly dance started in 2005 and made this art her life passion ever since. A’isha has trained with the top belly dance teachers in the world and started instructing her own students in 2014. She is recognized for her particular teaching method which is student-centric and aimed at discovering and building on one’s strengths so students can reach their full potential at a pace that is appropriate for them. 

A’isha performs regularly in local, national, and international belly dance shows, fundraisers, art shows, and private events, and participates in belly dance competitions. She and her students performed in numerous local art events, festivals, shows, and workshops. 

 

Please see her bio and accomplishments by visiting: www.aishadancer.com

 

Instagram: @aisha_dancer

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Emmi
Scott

Yoga

Emmi's calling as a yoga teacher is to assist her students in developing a practice that will help them live their very best lives. In Emmi's yoga classes, you will experience the rhythm of one breath, one movement vinyasa. Expect intentional sequencing, options, and opportunities to challenge yourself, both physically and mentally.

 

Emmi has been practicing yoga for more than a decade and teaching since 2018. She specializes in teaching vinyasa, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra.

Melinda
Hedgecorth

Flamenco Dance

Melinda has lived the last 14 years in one of the capital cities of flamenco and sister city to KC, Sevilla, Spain.  She spent her time performing in order to gain experience with local guitarists and singers practicing the codes and signals which make up the language of flamenco.  She developed her skills in flamenco clubs, cultural centers, museums and theatres, learning more onstage with her able musicians than she had ever learned in a studio setting.
Melinda is once again a Kansas City resident and is inspired to pass on the precious information shared with her during those years.  She teaches across Kansas and Missouri as part of her school 45° which is also the name of her new LLC which will help promote two performance groups Siento y Vivo Flamenco with guitarist Beau Bledsoe and Flamenkcmo with husband and singer/guitarist Antonio Rojas Flor.  As a reaction to Covid-19 they have been staging Pop Up performances in local neighborhoods as well as providing Step of the Week classes online and Flamenco Film Happy Hour Chats in order to share and learn from others.  Melinda is currently developing ideas for original choreographies to be presented at Spring performances with the Topeka and Springfield Symphonies performed with Ensemble Iberica.

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Barbara
Jurgensmeier

Music

Barbara Jurgensmeier is a board-certified music therapist, currently teaching preschool music classes. She has had experience working with a wide range of populations, including children with varying developmental disabilities and at-risk youth and adolescents.

 

Barbara loves using the engaging and motivating qualities of music to not only promote musical concepts, but to enhance skills like attention, focus, impulse control, communication, social interaction, and autonomy as well.

 

Your child will love moving, exploring, playing, and learning with music. Drop in for a class or contact Barbara with registration information and/or any questions you may have.

Jammer Throckmorton

Ukelele and Guitar

When he's not building stone walls or maintaining outdoor art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Jammer is playing music. He's been playing guitar for over 30 years, and plays bass and uke, too. He wishes more people dabbled in music because it's a hobby that brings people together. He's easygoing and friends with everyone he meets.