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Kristen Teffeteller

Owner/Founder at Leopard Dance Arts

Location
Greater Nashville Area
Industry
Performing Arts
Current
  1. Leopard Dance Arts,
  2. Playing By Air Productions
Previous
  1. Verizon Wireless,
  2. The Shoe Dept.,
  3. Sidelines [student newspaper]
Education
  1. Middle Tennessee State University
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Websites
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Leopard Dance Arts

Leopard Dance Arts

Owner/Founder

– Present

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Background

Summary

Audiences are mesmerized by the artistry and emotion of Kristen’s performances, whether on stage or as ambient entertainment. Kristen’s easily adaptable acts provide for seamless integration with existing theater, dance & variety shows. Additionally, appearances are customized for a variety of venues and events and are often self-contained.

Kristen has multiple talents, including hoop, dance, aerial, fire hooping, glow hooping and dance flags/fans, which will enhance any event and can be mixed depending on your event. All performances are insured by Performers of the US and documentation can be provided upon request.

Specialties:Hoop, dance, trapeze, dance flags, fire hooping, aerial silk, glow hooping, multi-hooping

Experience

Owner/Founder

Leopard Dance Arts
– Present (4 years 1 month)

Kristen of Leopard Dance Arts is a Nashville-based performer melding classical & contemporary dance with circus arts and prop manipulation. A variety of acts are available and performances are often customized for the event, space & desired effect.

Dance, Prop Manipulation, Juggling, Aerial Dance, Hooping, Fire, Glow, FLOW Arts

Hoop Dancer & Aerialist, Variety Artist

Playing By Air Productions
– Present (4 years 10 months)

Playing By Air offers high-energy, creative performances for the performing arts, corporate meetings and special events with a refreshing and professional style.

Kristen specializes in hoop dance, a circus art combining multiple dance forms while utilizing one to four hoops. She also performs as a dancer and trapeze artist.

Senior Representative - Credit

Verizon Wireless
(1 year 2 months)

Reviewing credit applications; providing troubleshooting & basic customer service to the retail, internet & telesales channels

Senior Customer Care representative -- Concessions Team

Verizon Wireless
(3 years 3 months)

As of October 2008, I transferred to the Midwest Concessions Team, handling all transactions for the Business Use lines of Midwest Area Verizon Wireless employees.

I assist our customers on a wide variety of issues ranging from billing & payments to more complex technical troubleshooting & setup of devices. I also act as a liason between the customer and other departments when necessary. My responsiblities include educating & assisting the customer on the issues while providing a friendly, respectable voice to the Verizon Wireless brand/identity.

Additionally, I have competed in my call center for RockStar, which tested my knowledge and marketing skills on email & internet access for Verizon Wireless customers.

Store Manager

The Shoe Dept.
(7 months)

As a new store manager, I literally opened this retail location in Tullahoma, TN. The pre-opening process consisted of interviewing/hiring temporary employees, obtaining tax paperwork & business licenses, unpackaging all freight and assembling the store into the pre-selected floor set.

I personally hired, trained and directed a small staff consisting of five to six employees. All employees including myself were responsible for customer handling, register operations, weekly shipment procedures and day-to-day maintainance. Additionally, my personal duties included scheduling, payroll, sales reports, communications with upper management and inventory audits & orders.

Before resigning, I conditioned my assistant manager to take my position through hands-on practice of the managerial duties. The assistant manager and I worked together, interviewing new employees and selecting potential assistant managers and third keyholders.

Assistant Manager

The Shoe Dept.
(2 years 10 months)

I was responsible for opening/closing procedures, customer handling, register operations, weekly shipment procedures and day-to-day maintainance. As assistant manager, my duties included liason between associates and store manager, enacting all directives from management, being on-call at any time and occasionally handling the scheduling & payroll for the manager. Whenever another store needed assistance due to low staff or audits, I would travel up to an hour away from my store to enact the requested tasks.

In January 2007, our store manager resigned; I stepped in as interim store manager until a permanent manager was selected. I began permanently handling the scheduling, payroll and sales reports while maintaining my usual duties during a 52-hour work week. Our permanent store manager began in late February 2007 and I returned to assistant manager until my promotion in April 2007.

Editor and Staff Writer

Sidelines [student newspaper]
(1 year)

From January-August 2006, I was a staff writer for "Sidelines" and its weekly entertainment tabloid "Exposure." My tenure as editor of "Exposure" ran from August-December 2006.

I penned several articles following AP style ranging from interviews with local/regional artists and breaking campus news to features and reviews.

Duties included leading brainstorming sessions with reporters, participating in staff & editor meetings, copy editing all articles, layout, payroll and local events calendar coordination.

During my semester as editor, I worked closely with my designer, the advisor and another editor to present an ever-evolving entertainment weekly to the students at MTSU.

All articles and editor's notes during my tenure at "Sidelines" can be found in the link section below.

Server

Cracker Barrel
(2 years 1 month)

My main focus was on our guests, the service and the presentation of the guest area. I cheerfully attended my guests in an efficient & timely manner. My guests often needed my assistance in selecting an entree; as a server, I would lend my extensive knowledge of our menu to the guest.

Duties as a Cracker Barrel server included coordination with the kitchen, other servers and management for correct & timely meal delivery, arranging the meal for visual appeal, keeping a clean workstation "on-the-go," lifting (up to 40 lbs) and stocking essential items when needed, assisting my peers with their guests when needed and acting as an additional floor trainer for new employees.

Courses

Middle Tennessee State University

  • Marketing of Recordings
  • Magazine Writing and Reviews

Languages

  1. Spanish

Skills

  • Dance
  • Acrobatics
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Customer Service
  • Trapeze
  • Microsoft Office
  • Marketing
  • Social Networking
  • Team Leadership
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Outlook

Education

Middle Tennessee State University

Bachelor of Science, Recording Industry Business, Journalism

During my education, I worked full-time to support myself and pay all my expenses. Although I did not have much time for additional activities, I strove to keep my grades high while serving as a member of the student newspaper.

My classes covered a myraid of topics within the fields of recording industry and journalism. Several courses come to mind: Copyright Law, International Recording Industry, Publicity, Music Business, Entertainment Law, Reviewing & Criticism and Magazine Writing. While these do not fully describe everything I learned, it does serve as a reference to why I chose to attend MTSU: our celebrated College of Mass Communications.

In addition, I worked as a staff writer during the spring and summer semesters of 2006. I provided articles for the main newspaper, the weekly entertainment tabloid, "Exposure," and I accepted the position of "Exposure" editor in August 2006.

Activities and Societies: "Sidelines" [student newspaper]

Heritage High School

High School Diploma, Marketing, Fine Arts

During my high school years, I spent much of my time on the field with the marching band & flag corps. I held several leadership positions within this music society, including captain of the corps. Thanks to those four years on the field, I can carry the weight of any project with patience and determination; not to mention, I can handle the heat both literally & figuratively.

DECA provided me an outlet for business & creative acumen. I manned the school's spirit store, held the treasurer's position, participated in our biannual variety show and assisted with coordinating the biannual fashion show and the annual Little World Christmas shop for children, as well as participate in both. Although competition was a small part, I enlisted to compete both junior & senior years. I, along with my competition partner, was selected for the 2002 National Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah; although we did not win, we were excited to be part of the premiere category, Internet Marketing.

Activities and Societies: DECA, Marching Band, Concert Band, Dance Team, Flag Corps

Organizations

MTSU Alumni

Honors & Awards

Middle Tennessee State University Dean's List
Middle Tennessee St. Univ. Presidental Scholar

Who's Who among American High School Students
National DECA competitor
State DECA competitor

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