Owner and Instructor
Sam Ensor has been dancing for over 17 years and has been teaching and choreographing for over 6 years. Sam grew up in Ankeny studying all styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop. In her youth, she performed in several dance productions in Iowa. Sam played the roles of Clara, Arabian Queen, Spanish, and many other parts in the Nutcracker, and was also the Dancing Master in Cinderella. In 2010, she won the award of Protégé at The Pulse on Tour convention which allowed her to tour around the country and receive training from renowned professionals in the industry. Sam has received numerous titles and scholarships from other dance conventions and competitions including Miss Dance at Dance Champs, Miss Bravo at Bravo, and All-American Dancer at UDA and NDA. In high school, Sam was on the Ankeny Varsity Dance Team for three years, cheered on the football team as a Varsity Cheerleader, and was in the varsity show choir Visual Adrenaline.
After graduating from Ankeny High School In 2012, Sam studied for two semesters at the American Music and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles as a dance major. During her time there, she was selected to be a part of the AMDA Hip-Hop Crew. Sam then found her passion in teaching and choreographing, and decided that her dream was to open her own dance studio. Sam graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Management. Sam's background in competitive dance, concert performance, studio instruction, and business management allows her to fulfill her purpose of providing students with quality dance instruction in a fun and positive environment. Sam is so excited to share her passion with all of the Motivate dancers!
Emma Volk began her dancing career at the age of 2 and a half and has been teaching and assistant teaching for 3 years. Emma grew up in Moline, Illinois studying many styles of dance including lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and ballet as well as tumbling. Emma soon realized that she wanted to dance more and joined the world of competitive dance at age 7. After her move to Ankeny, Emma took a year off of dance and quickly realized that her previous hobby was also a huge passion. She jumped back into dance and eventually finished out her last year of competitive dance at Motivate Dance becoming our very first alum! Throughout high school Emma also participated in varsity show choir, student council, mayors youth council, and circle of friends. Emma is now studying at Iowa State University with plans to pursue a degree in apparel, merchandise, and design. Dance will always have a special place in Emma’s heart and she feels beyond lucky to get to share it with the next generation of dancers. She hopes to live a life constantly finding a reason to dance and instilling the same attitude as well as confidence in her dancers.
KaLynne Chapman was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With a dancer as a mother, it was no shock her and her sisters were involved in studio dance ever since they were little. During this time she also competed in gymnastics for 10 years. In high school, KaLynne was on the Bishop Kelley Varsity Spirit Squad for 4 years, serving as captain her senior year. During that same year her team was asked to perform at the Oklahoma City Thunder v. Los Angeles Lakers basketball game - which ultimately led the team to be asked back and perform again the following year.
KaLynne has been involved in many different types of athletics. She spent most of her time playing competitive soccer for Hurricane Futbol Club, Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane, and varsity lettering for her high school's team. During her soccer career, multiple championships were won and she was given the chance to captain all three of the teams. When it came down to choose what route she wanted to take for a Student Athletic college career, she chose dance. KaLynne was a part of The University of Tulsa's POM squad where she served as captain her senior year as well.
However, her love for the arts does not stop at dancing. KaLynne graduated with a Fine Arts degree emphasizing in painting from TU. She is also skillfully trained in 3D ceramic work like pottery and hand building, as well as 2D work like photography, drawing, and printmaking.
KaLynne describes dance as a means of therapy; a way to feel strong and vulnerable, powerful and delicate. She says, "There is no better feeling than getting out in front of a crowd and only getting one chance to give it all you have. Only getting one chance to show people how hard you work and what you are capable of. WHAT A RUSH! 'But what if I mess up?' Then you GET to go back to the studio and practice some more because improvement is also a wonderful feeling."