My Name is Isabelle Houghton. I have been attending Miss Dees for 11 years and have been a part of the Dancimation team for 8 of those years. I have also been an assistant teacher/substitute teacher for 3 years. In the past 11 years I have done tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance. I am looking forward to teaching classes weekly this year.
My Name is Mackenzie Miller. The last 16 years I've had the pleasure of dancing at Miss Dee's School of Dance. I have learned the dance styles of tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and pointe. In the last few years I have been an assistant teacher for preschool through beginner competitive classes and now teach classes on my own. I have
also had the opportunity to dance on the Dancimation Competitive Team.
My name is Brenna Kimmet and I started dancing when I was 6 years old at Miss Dee’s School of Dance. I continued my passion and education for dance since then. I have studied many styles such as tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, modern, jazz, character, and Broadway. I have traveled to many places to perform such as Chicago, Disney, The Big Red Boat cruise line, Carnival Cruise line, Iberostar Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and many competitions. I have three children, Hailey, Hayden and Harper. Along with teaching them my creativity with dance and my passion for it, I love teaching students and watching them grow.
“When I dance, I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole, that is why I dance.” ~Mae West
My name is Robyn Christensen and I started dancing when I was in the second grade at Miss Dee's School of Dance
and continued on for 7 years. I took some time off and came back in 2011 to help Miss Dee celebrate her 25th anniversary with a reunion dance in the recital. I have two children Jackson and Jaelyn. In my time at Miss Dee's
School of Dance, I have to danced with Dancimation in places like Disney World, aboard The Big Red Boat, in the Bahamas and Chicago to name a few. I was trained by Miss Dee in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Ballet, all of which I love.
Dance is to be free in thought!
My Name is Kristen Meinhardt. For the past 16 years I have had the privilege of learning the art of dance at Miss Dee's. I have taken classes in pointe, tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. I have also been a part of the Dancimation competitive team. Dance has given me opportunities that have allowed me to broaden my horizons. One of those experiences was assistant teaching and eventually teaching classes on my own. Through teaching
I have been able to grow in my own dancing as well.
My Name is Miranda Merlington. I have had the opportunity to dance at Miss Dee’s School of Dance for 9 wonderful years. I have taken pointe, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and tap. I've also had the privilege
of being a part of Dancimation for 8 years. I have had the pleasure of being an assistant teacher/teacher for the last
Dance has given me endless opportunities. With dance I've gotten to express all my emotions and connect with myself and the people around me.
My name is Dionne Luxford and I started dancing when I was 2 years old and have been dancing all my life. I have studied with many different dance instructors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles including Nan Giordano, Brian Friedman, Roberta Cassidy, Suave, Frank Hatchett, Bobby Ziegler, Don Mirault, Mia Micheals and many others. I am a certified dance instructor from Dance Educators of America from where I graduated with my certification equivalent to a Bachelors degrees in dance education. I continue to increase my knowledge even today by taking classes in Chicago and at conventions on a regular basis.
I have traveled to many different places to perform including the Costa del Sol in Spain where the performing company I was traveling with performed at a Fourth of July party hosted by Prince Kashoggi. Some of the guests included Elizabeth Taylor, George Hamilton, Rod Stewart, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and other international royalty. I have performed in Disney World twice and aboard the Big Red Boat and Carnival Cruise lines and at the Iberostar Resorts in Mexico along with the Dancimation Performing Company
All styles of dance have a place in my heart so it is very difficult to pick a favorite. Each style allows me to convey a different part of myself. Classical Ballet and Lyrical allow me to express the slow flowing emotions of a ballad or classic piece of music. Tap allows me to explore the rhythm and intricacy of the sounds that can be made with my feet. Musical Theater gives a chance to portray a character from a movie or musical. Jazz and Hip Hop gives the opportunity to have fun and get funky.
Teaching dance is more than a job to me, it is my passion. Watching children grow and learn in the art of dance while becoming more confident and disciplined in themselves is a very rewarding experience. Over the past 33 years of teaching I have enjoyed sharing my energies and abilities with over 1000 students and know that through dance they have become more confident and stronger individuals no matter what occupation they pursue.