Justin and Will Sears-Watson are the founders and owners of Phoenix Rising Dance Studios in Indianapolis, Indiana.
They opened the studio in 2016 in northwest Indianapolis with the goal of creating a space where dancers from all backgrounds could come together to share their creativity, build their confidence, and celebrate dance in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Justin and Will’s vision has grown to become unlike any other dance studio in the Indianapolis area where students come from all over for a quality dance education within a family-like atmosphere that believes anything is possible.
Justin and Will moved the studio to its current location on the east side of Indianapolis in 2019.
Instructor- Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Competitive Team Coach
Justin Sears-Watson is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and professional choreographer.
He began is professional career as a company member at Giordano and Thodos Dance Chicago, after studying at Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. In 2012, Justin moved to Indianapolis where he spent six seasons dancing with Dance Kaleidoscope while teaching at prestigious dance studios around the city.
Now as the Creative Director and co-founder of Phoenix Rising Dance Studios, Justin uses the foundations of art to engage and motivate students of all ages. He is a firm supporter of arts integration and SEL. Justin recently became a teaching artist at the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and continues to teach at the collegiate level at Indiana University and Butler University in addition for Arts for Learning. He is also the creator of the @BlackOpsDanceProject.
Will Sears-Watson is a seasoned and well-traveled hairdresser and salon owner. After he and Justin were married in 2012, they pooled their talents in business and the arts and founded Indianapolis Contemporary Dance Company, later renamed Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Will serves as the Executive Director of both companies and also works with Child Advocates, representing and advocating for children going through the foster care system in court.
Instructor- Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap
Competitive Team Assistant Coach, Communications Liaison
Jordan’s bio is coming soon!
Instructor- Ballet, Contemporary
Amanda Browning relocated to Indianapolis with her family in 2018 and since then has performed with Phoenix Rising Dance Company and Crossroads Dance. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Belhaven University and has performed with various companies and projects, such as Ad Deum Dance Company, Front Porch Dance, Kim Robards Dance, Ormao Dance, and Moving Collective. She has taught and choreographed at several colleges and trainee programs, and her work has been performed by companies such as the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Louisville Ballet Ensemble, Moving Collective, and was a SERBA Festival recipient. In addition to her love of dance, she runs her own virtual health and fitness coaching business (@amandabrowningfitness) and instructs at Pure Barre Noblesville.
Instructor- Ballet, Contemporary
Competitive Team Assistant Coach
Sarah Taylor hails from Portland, Oregon, where she began ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and passed every major examination with distinction. She is currently a company member at Dance Kaleidoscope. In addition, she has performed with Ballet Concerto, Lake Erie Ballet, SoMar Dance Works and Northwest Dance Theatre. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University with a B.F.A. degree in dance and a minor in nutrition where she was granted both dance and academic scholarships.
She has been highlighted in the second violin in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, a principal role in Dennis Spaight’s Gloria, the Arabian soloist, Merliton, and Waltz of the Flowers soloist in The Nutcracker, and several principal roles in newly choreographed classical and contemporary works. During the summers, Sarah attended intensives at Oregon Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, and was a semi-finalist at the Genée International Ballet in Antwerp, Belgium. Sarah Is excited to teach many different levels of to ballet Phoenix Rising’s students as well as be involved with coaching team students throughout the year. She takes every individual’s students needs and talents into consideration while teaching to ensure them strength in technique, development of artistry, as well as freedom to explore their own creativity.
Brandon Comer grew up in Greenwood, Indiana and received dance training from The Dance Refinery in Indianapolis in addition to being actively involved in the musical theatre and show choir programs at Center Grove High School. After high school, he joined Dance Kaleidoscope and danced for David Hockey for ten years. Brandon is a very fun, energetic, and hard working teacher that has always loved spreading his passion of dance to the next generation.
Instructor- Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz
Justin Rainey is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and trained at the University of Oklahoma with a focus in ballet under the direction of Michael Bearden, and is currently a company member of Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis. He also holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. Justin has spent many years working with children from working at the Boys and Girls Club to coaching basketball to teaching dance and is excited to not only help dancers grow in their technique but to also find their artistry and voice through dance.