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 abilities, 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, Pre-School

  

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 the highlight of her career winning a Best Tap Choreography award at Platinum Dance Competition. 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 ages 3-18. She hopes to instill in your child a love for dance, and the determination to never give up on your dreams. Kelley is beyond excited for the amazing opportunity she has been given to own her own dance studio- a dream she has had for years! She would like to welcome all of the KDC families with open arms!

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KIM ALEXANDER: Hawaiian/Tahitian, Zumbini, Tap

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.  She is excited to be part of KDC's inaugural season! 

 


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Lindsey Breslin: WERQ

 

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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LISA FUGITT: Office Manager

 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 joining the staff at Kelley's Dance Craze, and is looking forward to the upcoming season.   

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CHRISTIANA (CHRISSY) GOHR: Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Conditioning, Pre-School, Assistant Office Manager

Christiana 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

 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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SAMANTHA (SAM) PENIVE: Hip Hop, Sub for all genres

Sam has been dancing for 17 years and trained competitively for 13 years. She has trained in multiple styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Hip Hop. She began assisting classes at age 9, knowing she wanted to become a teacher. She has appeared in several recitals, regional/national competitions, and theatre productions. Sam is attending Wayne State University as a Dance major. She has taught and choreographed for about 3 years, and is excited to share her love of dance with KDC! She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this journey and being able to teach alongside some of her closest friends and favorite people! 

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BRIANNA (BRI) SCHMIDT: Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Turns/Jumps/Leaps, Conditioning

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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GINA THOMPSON: Jazz, Move With Me

 
Gina discovered her love for dance when she was just five years old.  In her younger years, she studied and competed dance, figure skating and gymnastics.  Primarily studying at Bunny Sanford’s School of Dance and Robert Lee School of Dance, Gina was accepted into Jazz Dance Theatre’s youth performing company as a teen.  She graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University where she completed her studies in Dance, Creative Writing and World Literature.  During her time in college, she had the privilege of studying with and performing for internationally renowned dance masters such as Kathleen Hermsdorf, Donald MacKayle and Derrick Evans, to name a few.  One of her most memorable honors in college was being selected to perform the contemporary African piece “Lynching: Then and Now” (Trudy Cobb) for the 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. convocations.   Gina also studied dance, poetry and photography in the inspiring city of Prague, Czech Republic before completing her Bachelors of the Arts.  Before opening Neu Wixom Dance Academy in 2006, Gina was a substitute teacher in the Wayne-Westland School District and she taught dance and gymnastics to all ages in the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.  Gina specifically holds a deep interest in kinesiology, injury-prevention and physical therapy.  After having her daughter Brooke in 2016, Gina made the difficult decision to eventually close Neu Wixom Dance Academy in 2018 to be able to focus more on her family.  She is thrilled to stay on as a competition and recreational teacher at KDC, and to continue to work with many of her students from her previous studio.  It is Miss Gina’s greatest hope to help develop and share in all of her student’s passions for learning the art of dance.

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JULIE WILSON: Ballet, Hip Hop

  

Beginning as a young figure skater, Julie excelled in ballet as a part of her conditioning off of the ice, always having ideas for songs and moves, eventually becoming more involved in her own freestyle choreography.  This led to her  studying Russian ballet.  She also performed in talent shows, musicals, played the violin, sang in choir, played softball, basketball and wrote songs in her down time. Singing and dancing ushered her studies to Chicago and L.A. for masterclasses, workshops, and competitions. Seeking the best mentors led to a move to Los Angeles to sing and dance professionally where she trained extensively in hip hop and ballet.  Training in voice, acting and dancing provided commercial and print work (Toyota, Southwest Airlines, Kellogg’s to name a few) as she studied at The Second City and sang at open mics. She began teaching figure skating and dance after being asked to choreograph and fill in for an absent choreographer.  It eventually led to choreographing a piece for Reebok profiling athletes and featured her as the dancer. Her mentors are Hama, Jaime Rogers, Kana Miyamoto, Richard Perry, and Anthony Peck.  Julie is very excited to continue with teaching at KDC!

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

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. 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 Child Psychology and Business. 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.