Our Staff


Audra Turley

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       Audra Turley is the owner and an instructor here at our studio. She is a Master Graduate of Dance Educators of America and has been a studio owner for over 2 decades. Audra was born and raised in Lincoln and started dancing at the age of 3. During her junior-high years she began assisting in classes at a studio, which eventually led to her instructing her own classes in high-school. In 1988 Audra became co-owner of a dance studio where she instructed until opening Audra’s Studio of Dance in 1997. 

         Currently residing in Lincoln with her husband Brian and daughter Faith, Audra wants the families that join the studio to feel welcome and strives to ensure that all of the students enjoy their dance experience while learning the art of dance.

Brande Montgomery

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        Brande Montgomery is an instructor at the studio with over 25 years of dance experience. She began her dance career in 1989, at the age of 4, right here at the studio. She’s an Alumni of both the Competition Team and the Flying Feet Cloggers, having performed at festivals and events across the midwest, including Six Flags St. Louis and Walt Disney World. In her competitive career, Brande received numerous awards and recognitions including a National Overall win at Footlites National Dance Competition. 

         Outside of the studio, Brande extends her love for dance to the LCHS Railette Dance Team where she has been the coach since 2009. She is both proud & humbled at the fact that she gets to spend the teaching phase of her dance career at the same studio where some of her most cherished memories were made.

Kirstin Smith

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      Kirstin Smith was born and raised in Lincoln, where she currently resides with her husband Dewey and daughter Natalie. She spent 15 years dancing with Audra, learning the techniques of ballet, jazz, and tap. She has also performed on all levels of the Flying Feet Clogging Competition team, performing at competitions both in and out of state. Kirstin was also on the LCHS’s Railette team. At the age of 18 Kirstin joined the United States Marine Corps, where she spent 11 years working in Supply Management. While in the Marines, Kirstin was able to travel the world, serving two tours in Iraq and three years in Japan. After her time with the Marines, Kirsten returned to Lincoln and is now an instructor here at Audra’s.

       Kirsten is excited to be an instructor here at Audra’s and to help your children learn the art of dance.

Mario Gurule

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       Mario Gurule, originally from Las Vegas and Reno, moved to Lincoln 4 years ago with his wife Kristin. His dance carreer has included dancing in shows in Las Vegas, Reno, and California as well as being involved in competitive Ballroom and Hip-Hop dance. Mario has also taught all around the world; Traveling to China, Hong Kong, Kenya and Canada, using dance to teach people about culture and themselves.

         Mario joined the staff at Audra’s during the summer of 2014 and has been a wonderful addition to our teaching staff and dance family.


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