KDC STAFF

Kelley's Dance Craze is proud to have a staff of professional instructors who continue their own education and teacher training by attending national master classes, dance teacher training programs, courses, workshops, and conventions.  Every KDC dance instructor is passionate about teaching all ages and levels, from pre-school dance to adult dance/fitness.  We love what we do, and it shows! 


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KELLEY PARONISH: Owner/Director, Tap, Ballet, Pre-School, Competition Team Choreographer

  

Kelley discovered her love for dance at the age of four. She studied tap, jazz, and ballet at Sheryl’s School of Dance for twelve years and competed in many regional and national dance competitions, including Dance Masters of Michigan and Showstopper. Ten years later, Kelley immersed herself in her first love, tap, at Ginny’s Danceworks. She enjoyed her advanced adult tap classes so much, she pursued a career as a tap instructor. From 2006-2013, Kelley was the Competition Director, Competitive Tap Team Choreographer, and Office Manager for Neu Wixom Dance Academy in Wixom, MI. After moving to Westland in 2013, Kelley was  a TDA Competition Team Choreographer for the next 5 years. She has led her Solos/Duets/Trios and Groups to numerous awards over the past decade including “Innovative Concept”, “Tip Top Tappers’, “Excellent Execution”, and “Future Rockettes”, as well as multiple top overall achievements, and 2 Video of the Year nominations. Her dancers consistently place in the top 10 at competition. In 2016, Kelley’s Mini Tap Team won 1st Place Overall National Champions at Hall Of Fame Dance Nationals in Virginia Beach. In 2018, Kelley had a huge highlight in her career winning a Best Tap Choreography award at Platinum Dance Competition. 

 In Kelley's first year as a Studio Owner/Director, KDC was a two time winner of the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award- the most important and respectable award you can win at a competition. Kelley led her teams/dancers to four 1st Place Overall Regional wins, along with multiple other placements and accolades. 

She was also recently named Head Coach for the 

2019-2020 Walled Lake Western Poms Team. 

Through dance, Kelley also gets to live out her other passion- working with children. She is a former pre-school teacher with a great love for teaching dancers of all ages. She hopes to instill in your child a love for dance, and the determination to never give up on your dreams. Kelley would like to welcome all of the KDC families with open arms!

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KIM ALEXANDER: Hawaiian/Tahitian, Zumbini, Adult Dance, Competition Team Choreographer

Kim began dance training at the age of 5 at American Dance Academy in Garden City.  She studied tap, jazz, Cecchetti ballet (through Grade VI), Hawaiian and baton.  She was a member of many award winning competition groups both at state and national levels. Kim danced in Russia, Poland and Denmark as part of the International Youth Exchange and at Walt Disney World as part of Magic Music Days.  Kim has performed in many parades, community festivals, an Easter Seals telethon, competed in modeling pageants and appeared in a 2002 Winter Olympics commercial. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught elementary school in the Wayne-Westland Community School District from 2001-2014 and is now a stay-at-home parent.  She is a past board member and choreographer for the Distinguished Young Women of Wayne-Westland and the Distinguished Young Women of Michigan Scholarship Programs (formerly Junior Miss).  Kim is the owner/director of the Polynesian entertainment group, Na Wahine O Ke Anuenue LLC.  Her competitive Tahitian dancers have won numerous high score and overall awards as well as special judge's awards.  Kim is also a licensed Zumbini and Rhythm Works instructor. 

 


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KYRA BIRRELL: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pre-School

Kyra began dancing at the age of 13, and started competing the year after. She quickly fell in love with the art of dance, and decided she wanted to do it for the rest of her life! Kyra has trained in many styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. She has performed in many competitions, recitals, and showcases. She is currently a dance major at Madonna University under the instruction of Susan Panek, Tracy Halloran, and Stephen Hadala. Kyra is very excited to teach and share her love of dance with all of the students, parents, and staff at KDC!

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LINDSEY BRESLIN: "WERQ" Adult Fitness Instructor

Lindsey is a certified WERQ dance fitness instructor. She took her first WERQ class in 2014, and ever since,  was deemed a WERQaholic! She pursued her certification in November 2017, and with the help from some amazing people and opportunities, her WERQ journey has taken off ! Lindsey strongly believes that music and dance brings people together, and she strives to accomplish just that in class. She promises that you WILL sweat and you won’t be able to leave class without a smile on your face (or you will smile the whole time). A few fun facts about Lindsey: She loves Tiramisu; She loves watching NHL hockey; and traveling is her jam! Lindsey also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Oakland University (Go Grizzlies!).  

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RACHEL FITZHUGH: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pre-School , Adult Dance

Bio coming soon!

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LISA FUGITT: Front Desk

 Lisa danced from the age of 4 through the age of 13.  As an adult she rekindled her love of dance and began taking Hip-Hop.  She soon added Tap, Hawaiian, and Ballet to her dance repertoire.  She has two daughters, Shelby and Sierra, that have been competitive dancers for 10 and 5 years respectively.  During her daughters' time at their previous studio, Lisa worked the front desk for several years.  She was also responsible for rhinestoning most of the competitive costumes.  She is so exited to be a part of the staff at Kelley's Dance Craze, and is looking forward to the upcoming season.   

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ALYSON GAY: Front Desk

Bio coming soon!

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CHRISTIANA (CHRISSY) GOHR: Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Turns/Jumps/Leaps, Conditioning, Pre-School, Competition Team Choreographer

 Chrissy began taking dance lessons at the age of three, training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. She began assisting classes when she was 12 and soon fell in love with teaching. Chrissy performed in many recitals and competitions, both regional and national. She was also recently named Assistant Coach for the 2019-2020 Walled Lake Western Poms Team. Chrissy is excited to connect and work with the staff and students of KDC and is hoping to build a strong community and a second home for her students.    

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GRANT LORENZ: "ZUMBA" Adult Fitness Instructor

 Grant has been a Zumba lover for 5 years, and a Zumba instructor for nearly 4. He loves teaching and has passion for music and moving others. Grant is currently licensed to teach a variety of Zumba formats including: Zumba Step, Zumba Toning and Strong by Zumba. He also holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and French.  

  

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BRIANNA (BRI) SCHMIDT: Contemporary, Jazz, Turns/Jumps/Leaps, Conditioning, Competition Team Choreographer

Bri began dance at age three, and began competing at the age of seven. She has participated in many regional and national dance competitions, including Rainbow, KAR, and many others. She has studied a variety of types of dance including, tap, jazz, musical theater, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, and modern. She has assisted, and choreographed for multiple classes from ages 4-18. Bri is a student at Wayne State University, and is majoring in dance and business to continue her dance education. She looks forward to working with the staff and students at KDC, and helping dancers grow in their talents and love for dance!    

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KIMBERLY SCHNEIDER: In Studio Physical Therapist (*DPT, PT, ATC)

Kim graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University in 2005, and continued on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Oakland University in 2009. She furthers her clinical knowledge by participating in continuing education: she has completed training in Kinesio Taping® and Mulligan Concept as well as certification in Graston Technique. Kim has in-depth experience working with high school athletes, patients in acute trauma, post-op orthopedic patients and is the clinical director for the ATI in Canton, MI. Kim is very excited to join the KDC staff, and she looks forward to being able to care for our students/staff if injuries were to arise.   

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GABRIELLE (GABI) YOUNG: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Turns/Jumps/Leaps, Conditioning, Pre-School, Competition Team Choreographer

  

Gabi began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Cecchetti, and Pointe, dancing for 15 years and competing for 9.  She has assisted and choreographed multiple dances for many ages. This past dance season, Gabi's teams went on to win multiple top 10 placements and special awards including "Personality and Musicality", and her Musical Theatre Trio won First Place Overall! Gabi was also recently named as Assistant Coach for the 2019-2020 Walled Lake Western Poms Team. She attends Oakland Community College and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Gabi is proud to teach in a place she called home for many years, and is excited to help her students grow in poise, grace, and confidence as dancers.