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!
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.
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, and NBC's World Of Dance Season 2. 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.
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!
Randi has been with Dance Nation since 2016! I have dedicated my entire life to dance and dance education. Her professional dance careers goes from dancing since she was 5 years old to coaching many high school pom/cheer teams to choreographing many award winning routines here at Dance Nation and at other dance companies. Her true passion lies in dance education. She has taught dance here at Arizona Dance and Company/Dance Nation for over 10 years. Dance can truly shape children into successful adults. Her 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 her students met their life long friends in dance class. Dance is such a beautiful thing and she is beyond excited to be sharing her 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.