Instructors

Karen Napier, Director

While studying dance, Karen grew weary of seeing Christianity removed from the  art, and vowed to provide a place where Christian dancers could study classical ballet and other dance arts in a God-glorifying manner. This became the Audience of One dance studio. Our mission is to always dance in God’s honor, whether in our studio classroom or a national ballet competition. Mrs. Karen reared her daughters in a dancing home, and it is a joy to have them now teaching for her, in this family dance ministry.

Monica Halvorson

Monica is a proud graduate of Florida State University. She has been on staff with us for 12 years and is known throughout the dance community for her creative contemporary and jazz pieces. Her students have received numerous top awards at regional and national dance competitions, and she is often complimented by dance judges for thinking “outside of the box”. Monica works with our upper elementary, high school and college dancers and enjoys fine tuning their technique to create a versatile, well-rounded dancer. Her goal is to inspire her students to express themselves through their movement, and to be a positive role model for each student. Monica teaches elementary jazz & acrobats, as well as advanced tap, jazz and contemporary.

Roxanne Rich

Roxanne has been taking dance since she was 2 years old and has been an instructor with Audience of One dance since she was 16. She received her dance training from our studio and is known for her talents as a dancer and choreographer. Roxanne is also a principal dancer of the Redeemer Dance Company as well as a professional aerialist. Her goal is that her passion for dance will be contagious and continue in her students. Roxanne is a proud FSU graduate and is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Roxanne teaches advanced hip hop and our stretch and condition class.

Joanna Bush

Joanna was born in Panama City. She has been taking classes with Audience of One since she was in Pre-K and assistant teaching since she was in 6th grade. Now as a college student at Gulf Coast State College, Joanna is honored to become a teacher. She has been in church since before she was born, and helped out with Children's church as early as she could. She has a love for all children and tries to get to know them and their way of learning. She has always loved getting to dance and worship our Savior at the same time. Joanna teaches preschool and lower elementary tap, ballet, and hip-hop. 

 
Alex Taylor

Alex has been dancing since she was 2 years old and trained with Audience of One since 2015. She co-leads the dance team at High Praise Worship Center and continues to train and take dance classes to further build her dancing abilities & technique. Her goal is to share her love and passion for dance with her students, to help them step out of their comfort zones, to develop the gifts God has given them, and to excel as dancers.

Emily French

Emily began dancing at the age of 5. She has trained in various styles from ballet to hip hop but has a strong passion for contemporary. During the years she danced competitively, Emily won numerous top awards for both on and off stage. She attends classes regularly to stay fresh on new choreography and styles. Emily is also a RaDanceCrew member where she assists teachers and choreographers at workshop classes. Her hearts cry is to pour into others what she has learned over the years and to help develop the gifts and talents of her students that God has given them.

Lauren Kolmetz

Lauren is a Panama City native with a BA in Theatre from the University of South Florida. She is currently a dance adjunct at Gulf Coast State College. TV and Film credits include Law & OrderHope & FaithThird WatchThe Stepford Wives and The Producers. Choreography credits include Forum, Cabaret, Guys & DollsInto the Woods, and Annie. Lauren is the Artistic Director of Redeemer Dance Company. Recent projects include teaching for Emerald Coast Theatre Company, board member of Global Arts Society and traveling with Project Dance. 

Audrey Duncan
Audrey was born and raised in the Panama City area and has danced with Audience of One since she was five. Loving dance, and a challenge, she has taken various styles of dance over the years: primarily Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary/Lyrical. Outside of dance, Audrey is actively involved in her church, has interests in drawing and photography, and loves spending time with her family! Being the third of eight kids, she loves working with children. Audrey began teaching at Audience of One in the fall of 2020 and is excited to be able to teach another year. She is thankful to God for the opportunity to make a positive impact on her students’ lives and to help them grow in their dancing abilities.
Valerie Peebles

Valerie was born and raised in Panama City. She has danced under the instruction of Karen Napier since the young age of 3, and began teaching at Audience of One in 2018. From preschool boys tumbling to middle school jazz and tap, her love for the arts and her students shines bright. After a 2 year hiatus she is so thankful to be back with her Audience of One family.

Jaime Smith

Ms. Smith received her formal ballet training at The Northwest Florida Ballet under the direction of Bernadette Clements and Fiona Fairrie. At fifteen years old, she was accepted as an apprentice with The Sarasota Ballet Company and continued to expand her performance career. She received a BFA in Visual and Performing Arts from Florida State University while training with Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company. Ms. Smith is very much excited and blessed to be a part of the AO1 family and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance and choreography with the young dancers who are the heart and soul of this studio.