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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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