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!
Miss 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, Miss 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, Miss 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, Miss 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, Miss Kelley’s Mini Tap Team won 1st Place Overall National Champions at Hall Of Fame Dance Nationals in Virginia Beach. In 2018, Miss Kelley had a huge highlight in her career winning a Best Tap Choreography award at Platinum Dance Competition.
In Miss 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. Miss 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, Miss 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. Miss Kelley would like to welcome all of the KDC families with open arms!
Miss 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. Miss 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. Miss 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). 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. Miss Kim is also a licensed Zumbini and Rhythm Works instructor.
Miss 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! Miss 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. Miss Kyra is very excited to teach and share her love of dance with all of the students, parents, and staff at KDC!
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!).
Miss Rachel began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained in various studios in Houston, TX, St. Petersburg, FL and Baltimore, MD; predominately in Ballet and Modern dance. She had the privilege of attending the Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg, FL for 3 years and attended The Ailey School’s Summer Dance Intensive in NYC. Miss Rachel has been a dance educator for over 18 years, working with ages 2 and up. She has spent the majority of her career teaching in and around the Baltimore, Maryland area in both private studios and community-based based programs. She served as program director for both Ballet School of Glyndon in Reisterstown, MD and Coppermine Fieldhouse Dance in Baltimore, MD for several years. Rachel is a firm believer that continuing education is imperative to being a well-rounded dance teacher. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America since 2012, and completed the teacher certification program in Ballet, Modern and Jazz in 2015. She was a certified instructor for the Bella Ballerina curriculum from 2017-2018. She is certified as an instructor for the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance program in summer 2018. Most recently, Miss Rachel obtained her teaching certificate for Progressing Ballet Technique and competed coursework for Dancer Health and Injury Prevention presented by the Harkness Center for Dance Injury Prevention through the National Dance Educators Organization, including special topics of Pointe readiness and adolescent health and development. Miss Rachel teaches primarily Vagonova ballet technique, Horton modern technique and Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet and Tap. She is a proud mom of competitive dancer, Lylah, and computer gamer, Gabe. During the day, she works in Business Development for Detroit-based company, Amber Engine.
Miss 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, Miss 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.
Miss Alyson began dancing at the age of three. Until the age of 18, she enjoyed a variety of types of dance including Tap ( her favorite and she often choreographs tap routines in her head!) , Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, and Liturgical dance. She competed in regional competitions, performed in multiple recitals and Christmas shows, and at the age of 14, was cast as Cinderella in her dance studio's annual recital. She spent her dance career studying under Debbie Dececo Lannen at Oakland Dance Studio. Miss Alyson and Miss Kelley met through their daughters' dance classes, and have enjoyed watching their daughters grow in talent and grace. Miss Alyson is a mother to 3 children and works full time as an elementary school secretary. Joining the KDC staff and being a part of Miss Kelley's dream is a true joy. She looks forward to getting to know all of the wonderful students and families and sharing in their love of dance. She is a dancer at heart and takes pride in being a dance mom to many dancers over the years.
Miss Chrissy began taking dance lessons and performing in recitals at the age of three and began competing both regionally and nationally at the age of 13. She has studied a variety of styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Modern. At 12 years old, she became an assistant to her ballet teacher and soon fell in love with teaching. In the years leading up to her graduation, Miss Chrissy assisted many classes varying in style and age. Post graduation, she has dedicated her time to ensuring her students have the best dance education possible by studying varying methods of teaching, technique, history, and human anatomy. This past year she choreographed her first full production "Water Lilies" as the opening number for KDC's recital and was awarded multiple "Best Costume" awards in the competitive circuit. She was also recently named as Co-Assistant Coach for the 2019-2020 Walled Lake Western Poms Team along with Miss Gabi. Miss Chrissy is excited to connect and work with the staff and students of KDC, and is hoping to build a strong community and second home for her students.
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.
Miss 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 Theatere, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Modern. Miss Bri's students won many placements and titles this past competition season, including first overall, and placing in the top ten at every competition, as well a choreography award. Miss Bri co-choreographed a production this past season with Miss Gabi for KDC’s first annual recital. Miss Bri is a student at Wayne State University, and is majoring in dance 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!
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.
Miss 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. During her years as a dancer, she assisted and choreographed multiple dances for many ages. This past dance season, Miss Gabi's Musical Theatre Trio won 1st Place Overall, and her teams went on to win multiple top 10 placements and special awards including "Personality and Musicality". She also co-choreographed a production this past season with Miss Bri for KDC’s first annual recital. Miss Gabi was recently named as Co-Assistant Coach for the 2019-2020 Walled Lake Western Varsity Poms Team along with Miss Chrissy. She is currently attending her second year at Oakland Community College and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Miss 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.