A Family Centered Dance Eductation
Ms. Mackenzie (OWNER/DIRECTOR) began dancing at the age of three at Dance Ltd. in Decatur, Indiana. She continued dancing with Decatur Dance Academy once ownership switched over in 1999. This is her 25th year dancing. She is trained in numerous techniques such as acrobatics, ballet, cheerleading, clogging, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hawaiian, hip hop, modern, musical theater, pointe, and tap. She began assisting at the age of 12 and taught her first class at the age of 17. Whilst she was at Decatur Dance Academy she attended numerous workshops and conventions. She has trained under numerous well-known professionals in the industry including Sasha Mallory, Marty Dew, Joe Tremaine, and many more! She even appeared on the Dance Moms show in 2014. In addition to dancing, Ms. Mackenzie cheered at South Adams Jr./Sr. High School from 7th-12th grade. She was also voted captain her senior year and later went on to coach the South Adams Jr. High Cheer Squad in 2012. After high school, Ms. Mackenzie went to St. Francis where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Exercise Science. During her senior internship she interned with Tricia Graf owner of Studio 149 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Under Ms. Graf, Mackenzie expanded her knowledge of ballet and tap and sharpened her business skills. Currently Ms. Mackenzie is again enrolled at the University of St. Francis where she will graduate with her Master’s in Business Administration in August of 2019. While she isn’t at the studio, Ms. Mackenzie stays busy with her boys Matt (husband), Atticus (son), and Fitzgerald (son). She also teaches dance and fitness classes at the University of St. Francis. Ms. Mackenzie is excited for the sixth year at Swiss City Dance and can’t believe we’ve been open for five seasons already!
Ms. Anastasia (TEACHER) began dancing at the age of three making this her 22nd year of dance. She began her dancing career at Jenni's Studio of Dance in Bluffton, Indiana and later switched to Decatur Dance Academy. She assisted at Decatur Dance Academy for many years. She began teaching at the age of 15. Miss Anastasia has attended numerous dance conventions including Tremaine, Step With Me Stuart, and Dance Educators of America. She also attended a workshop with Sasha Mallory from So You Think You Can Dance. Miss Anastasia also competed with the Dance Mom dancers and appeared on their show in 2014. In addition to dance, Miss Anastasia started gymnastics at the age of 8. She later joined a competitive gymnastics team for two years. In the meantime, she also tumbled for five years. Miss Anastasia graduated from Norwell High School in Ossian, Indiana. While she was in high school, she cheered on the varsity cheer squad all four years. Miss Anastasia is currently working in Bluffton as a dental assistant. She is married to her husband Nico and they have a little boy named Eli and baby girl due in June!
Miss Caley (TEACHER) is a local from Berne, Indiana. She has been dancing for 21 years. Her first 9 years of dance she danced at Suzy Fuelling's Dance Academy in Decatur, Indiana. She then danced for 6 years at Razz M' Jazz also in Decatur, Indiana. Since 2013 she has danced at 5678 School of Dance. During college, she danced with the IPFW Dancing Dons for 3 year. Miss Caley has taught dancers of all ages and had the privilege to coach the IPFW Dancing Dons while enrolled in college. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and clogging. For 5 years, she was on a competitive clogging team called Indiana Clogging Express. Her clogging team traveled around the Midwest, as well as the south competing in different clogging competitions. Miss Caley has also received many high point awards from various dance competitions. Miss Caley attended IPFW where she received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Leadership Supervision with a focus in Human Resources. Miss Caley currently resides in Berne, IN where she teaches dance at both Swiss City Dance and 5678 School of Dance. In addition to teaching dance, she also works at South Adams Schools.
Ms. Devan (TEACHER) started dancing at age three making this her 21st year of dance! She began her dance training in Decatur at Suzy Fuelling’s Dance Academy. Throughout her training she studied jazz, tap, clogging, lyrical, and irish. Clogging quickly became her favorite and she stopped all forms of dance to focus strictly on clogging! Ms. Devan ended up following her clogging teacher Annie when she split from Suzy Fuelling’s Dance Studio to form Ricochet. Ms. Devan trained under Annie at Ricochet in Auburn, Indiana throughout most of her high school career. With Ricochet she attended several national championships. In 2011, Ms. Devan began teaching the clogging program at Decatur Dance Academy in Decatur, Indiana. She continued choreographing when she went to college at Purdue University up until Decatur Dance Academy closed in 2014. At Purdue, she received a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. Ms. Devan currently resides in Linn Grove, IN with her husband, Eric, and their dog, Eleanor. In addition to teaching at Swiss City Dance she works at a local Veterinary office in Bluffton, IN.
Miss Emily (TEACHER) has been dancing for ten years this year. She danced for seven years at Decatur Dance Academy and two years at Razz M Jazz. She started assisting in dance classes at the age of 12. She is trained in several styles of dance such as ballet, clogging, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, hawaiian, salsa, irish, modern, and pointe. She has also competed in all styles of dance during. In addition to dancing, Miss Emily also cheered at Bellmont High school throughout high school. After finishing high school, she was an assistant cheer coach at Bellmont Middle School during her summers home from college. Miss Emily attended the University of Toledo where she studied pathology with the goal to do autopsies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with two honors distinctions in three years. She did a year of service as an Americorp Vista member where she created a food program that fed 90 kids a week and raised $35,000 to continue that program on after she left. While serving she served at a nonprofit called Starr Commonwealth where she received many certifications in trauma specifically. Due to her training with Starr Commonwealth she then gained the certification of a trauma practitioner. In addition to teaching at Swiss City Dance, Miss Emily is the Executive Director of McKenzie’s Hope the Child Advocacy Center in Huntington, IN. She lives in Huntington, IN with her loving fiancé Skyler Hayes and two dogs Buddy, and Gracie. She will be getting married in November of 2019.
Ms. Hannah (TEACHER) started dancing at the age of three at Dance LTD in Decatur, IN. Throughout her training she has studied ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, irish, hip hop, musical theatre, pointe, lyrical, and modern. At the age of 12 she began assisting and at age 16 she began teaching at Decatur Dance Academy in Decatur, IN. Ms. Hannah has a total of 23 years of dance and 12 years of teaching under her belt. Ms. Hannah has trained under several well-known professionals at various conventions and workshops throughouther dance career. After high school, she graduated from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While at the University of Saint Francis, Ms. Hannah continued her dance education by taking college level courses in jazz and ballet. She currently works as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room at Lutheran Hospital. Ms. Hannah resides in the country of Decatur, IN with her husband, Matt, and their daughter, Isabelle.
Ms. Holly (TEACHER) began cheering under Jay County High School Cheerleading instruction at age ten. She has a total of 21 years’ experience in cheerleading, including cheering with the competitive squad, the Gym City Jumpers, and with elementary, middle school, and Jay County High School Cheerleading. As a Jay County cheerleader, she competed in over 20 competitions, all with top 5 finishes, including 1 national title, 3 state titles, and 9 first and second place finishes. She has also competed in stunt, jump, and tumbling competitions, as well as cheered on the sidelines for school sports for a total of 7 years. She has attended several UCA cheer camps and earned the honor of becoming a UCA All Star and a recommendation to become a UCA instructor. She graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a dual degree in Elementary Education/Mild Intervention and has taught as an elementary resource teacher for three years. Since being married and having four children she has been the assistant coach for East Jay Middle School for one year, head cheerleading coach at General Shanks Elementary for 3 years and has judged at several Jay County Cheerleading Clinic Performance Days. She has been an instructor at Swiss City Dance for three years.
Miss Karley (TEACHER) has been dancing ever since she could walk. Her dance career began at Suzy Fuelling’s dance studio where she started with ballet and then clogging at the young age of three and a half! She then continued on to Decatur Dance Academy where she spent most of her years as a young dancer. Karley has been taught by Ms. Mackenzie and also has taught with Ms. Mackenzie, which is where she credits a lot of her teaching skills. Ms. Karley then finished her career as a dancer with Razz M’ Jazz Dance studio where she competed with her team all across the U.S and won many national titles, judges awards, and overall placements! Karley has experience and training in many techniques such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, clogging, modern, musical theater, Hawaiian, tap, and acro. She is currently a Junior AgriBusiness Marketing and Communications major at Huntington University where she also participates on their dance team for fun!
Ms. Kasey (TEACHER) started dancing at the age of 3 in Bluffton, Indiana at Jenni’s Dance Studio. She later continued her dance training in Decatur at Decatur Dance Academy. While there, she trained in acrobatics, ballet, jazz, and tap. Ms. Kasey quickly fell in love with ballet and decided to pursue strictly ballet in Bluffton at the Creative Arts School. There she began pointe as a young teen and her passion was ignited. She continued her ballet and pointe training until she graduated high school. After high school she attended college at the University of Indianapolis where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work. While in college, Ms. Kasey missed dancing terribly and wished to pursue it again. Ms. Kasey joined Swiss City Dance this past season and is excited for more years to come! In addition to the studio, Ms. Kasey works as a memory care support specialist at Canterbury Nursing and Rehab. She resides in Fort Wayne with her husband, Josh, their two dogs and their cat.
Ms. Kirsten (OFFICE MANAGER) is also local from Berne, Indiana. She attended South Adams High School. She resides in Berne with her husband, Michael, and their four children. Before joining our staff, Ms. Kirsten was a stay at home mom. This year Kirsten has expanded her dance experience with joining our Adult Clogging class. Within the studio, she is the receptionist, fundraising coordinator, and Ms. Mackenzie’s right-hand woman. She is excited for her third year at Swiss City Dance.
Ms. Maggie (TEACHER) started dancing at the age of four. She studied dance at Dance LTD, Decatur Dance Academy, Suzy Fuelling’s, and Razz M’ Jazz. Over the years she has studied ballet, jazz, clogging, acro, cheer, lyrical, and hip hop. She competed in various competitions over the years. In addition to dance, she was also a cheerleader from middle school throughout high school. She competed at state level in high school cheerleading. She is a graduate of Bellmont High School and earned her associate degree in general studies at Ivy Tech. She married her husband Kyle in 2015 and has two children, Deryk and Elise. She has worked at Berne Ready Mix as a bookkeeper since 2014. This is Maggie’s second year as a dance instructor at Swiss City Dance!
Back: Miss Amanda, Miss Amarah, Miss Emily, & Miss Megan,
Middle: Miss Audra & Miss Madalyn
Front: Miss Anna & Miss Haley
Back: Ms. Kirsten, Ms. Maggie, & Miss Emily
Middle: Ms. Kasey, Ms. Hannah, Ms. Holly, & Ms. Devan
Front: Ms. Mackenzie, Ms. Anastasia, & Miss Karley
Not Pictured: Miss Caley
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