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Randi Rezac began dancing and doing gymnastics at the age of 3. She found her way to Arizona Dance & Company/Dance Nation at the age of 10 and started competing right away. She competed and danced with Dance Nation for 7 years and began teaching here soon after. Randi was a member of her Pom team at Mountain Ridge High School competing both regionally and nationally. After high school she became the coach to the Joy Christian High School spirit line and lead them to win many regional titles. She is happy to be back to her home here at Dance Nation sharing her love of dance to all of our students! 

Jayar Fernandez

Mckenze Trachuk

Randi Rezac

 

Kaitlin Moriarty

Katy Huetter was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and started dancing at the age of 3 and competing at the age of 10. Growing up training at a studio as an elite dancer, she has also trained with the Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, Debbie Allen Dance Academy and two summers with the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. In the last couple of years, Katy has danced at various events around the valley, including back up dancer to a local singer. She began teaching at studios a couple of years ago.

Alex Hopp began her dancing in Michigan at the age of 3. She started competing at the age of 10, winning many titles and scholarships at regionals and nationals. Also participating in many summer intensives including Cecchetti Council of America, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School, and Ballet Arizona. At the age of 15, Alex moved to New York City to train at Joffrey Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Trainee Program, in which she trained under Michael Blake in the Jazz and Contemporary program, and Era Jouravlev in the Ballet program. She completed 4 years and received a Certificate of Graduation. Alex then moved to Arizona to train at the School of Ballet Arizona. Some performances include dancing for Japan Day with a piece choreographed by Angelica Stiskin, Vivaldi by Gerald Arpino staged by Nicole Duffy, and an original piece by Stacy Caddell. 

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Madison Carmichael


Christie McDermott - Owner - 

Jayar (J.R.) Fernandez, born in New York, Raised in Chicago, and now living in Phoenix, is a dancer/actor with credits including Adidas "All In" campaign, principle dancer for Mary Kay Cosmetic line, and Fort McDowell Casino to name a few, He has become a recognized dancer also performing countless shows, including Miss Teen World 2008, Celebration of Dance, World Of Dance SD 2010 (3rd Place winners), and BoogieDaBeat 2012 Champion. He is currently performing with 6 Feet Deep and Automatic Response Dance Crew, featured on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew season 1. Along with dance, he also works media and hosts for Pacific Rim Video in Los Angeles, CA , and Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, NV. He currently teaches around the valley at various studios. This year crew 6 Feet Deep competed on NBC's World Of Dance Season 2 


My name is Sloan Sloan and I am very excited to be teaching at Dance Nation, formerly Arizona Dance & Co. I have been dancing for 14 years and competitively for 10. I am highly trained in all aspects of studio dance and in many styles. I trained at Diverse Elements Dance Studio under the prestigious direction of Krista Coney-Barker. I graduated from Horizon High School where I was named “Best Dancer” of my senior class and “Hardest Worker” of my varsity Pom team. I am currently a member of the professional company, Automatic Response. Automatic Response is well known for our involvement in the community through various charity events and performances. Having been featured on the first season of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and placing 3rd at World of Dance 2010, we have also gained much respect throughout the dance world. My main goal is to inspire my students the way I was inspired when I was a young dancer and continue to be inspired by my own teachers, peers, and students every day. I am looking to continually grow as a teacher, choreographer and dancer for years to come. I like to teach by instilling confidence in my students and allowing them to grow as dancers and as people through the excitement of dance. I always strive to create a positive atmosphere for the kids to be able to learn, work hard, and most importantly to have lots of fun at the same time.

McKenze has been dancing since she was six. She spent two seasons dancing for the Arizona Rattlers dance team, seasons 2014 and 2015. She had amazing opportunities dancing with them such as, performing in the 2015 super bowl half time show with Katy Perry and dancing on the Ellen show! Shes been teaching dance for the past 4 years and absolutely love sharing my knowledge and passion for it to the younger kids. She hope to inspire this new generation of dancers to always believe in themselves! 

I have been with Arizona Dance and Company/Dance Nation since the day it opened in 1995! I have dedicated my entire life to dance and dance education. My professional dance careers goes from being a proud member of several of Arizona’s finest pro sports Dance/Cheerleading teams to teaching and choreography multiple award winning routines both here at Arizona Dance and Company and in several others states and also coaching for High School Pom and Dance teams.
My true passion lies in dance education. I have taught dance here at Arizona Dance and Company/Dance Nation  for over 18 years. Seeing my students grow into strong, passionate successful women ranging from Professional Dancers to Doctors and Pharmacist makes my heart happy. I believe that dance education goes far beyond tendu’s and hip hoppin’. It can truly shape children into successful adults. My classes not only focus on formal dance education but also incorporate life lessons such as dedication (to a dance, other teammates and yourself) respect, passion and friendships. Many of my students met in our dance classes at age 3 and not only maintained friendship throughout the years, but are in fact best friends at the age of 21! Dance is such a beautiful thing and I am so beyond excited to be sharing my passion with your children!  

Katy Huetter

Michelle Miller 


Madison Carmichael began dancing at age 3 and began competing at age 7. She competed for 10 years, winning numerous scholarships at conventions, including Co Dance, LADF, Nuvo and Hype. Madison was a member of her Pom team at Pinnacle High School competing both regionally and nationally and was named captain her Senior Year. After graduating from high school, Madison began attending Arizona State University where she was a member of their nationally and internationally recognized dance team. In addition to being a member of the ASU dance team, she began performing with Automatic Response Performance Company, which she still a member of today. Madison began teaching 5 years ago, over her teaching career, her choreography has been recognized by multiple competitions. She is currently teaching at various studios across the valley.

Shasta Sloan


Kaitlin Moriarty was raised in Phoenix, AZ, where she began dancing at the age of three and have been ever since. she spent most my childhood training and competing with Arizona Dance & Company. Following her years of competitive dancing, She was part of her high school Pom team, which helped prepare her for the Arizona State University Dance Team. She was on the Spirit Squad for the University where she cheered on the sidelines at all Home Football games as well as select away games. At these Pac-12 games she also performed pre-game and halftime shows with the ASU Marching Band.  In addition to football season and appearances she cheered at all of the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Sun Devil Basketball games. She was also selected for the two-time, World Champion, Competitive Dance Team which travels to Florida and competes against other D1A universities each year. She feel these experiences and time she spent training with the ASU Dance Team has developed her skills as well as professionalism as a dancer. She have a huge passion for dance, especially teaching and interacting with students, as she feel my best childhood memories were made in the dance studio. She is very excited to be a part of Dance Nation and can’t wait to help her students grow as dancers as well as create lifelong memories!!

Clara was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. She grew up dancing my whole life and in 2014 she had the privilege of dancing for the Arizona rattlers dance team! After that she moved to Hawaii for 3 years where she taught surf and swim lessons along with dance lessons for about two years and then her last year in Hawaii I became a Behavioral Therapist where she worked with children with autism, special needs and developmental delays. She continued to further my career in Behavior Therapy when she moved back to Phoenix for about a year, and then she decided to start a new career path in swim and safety in the water for infants-3 years old as well as special needs and she am now employed at Hubbard Family Swim School along with working at Dance Nation! 

Clara McGowan

Alex Hopp

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