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Dance Revolutions - Teacher Bios

Jen McNeice owner of Dance Revolutions in Spring Lake Michigan

JEN MC NEICE – OWNER

Miss Jen is the Artistic Director and Owner of Dance Revolutions of Spring Lake, MI and a choreographer for the Dance Revolutions regional award winning competition troupe. She began her dance career at age 8 and started competing at the age of 13. Jen began teaching at the age of 16 and realized this was something she loved to do. Jen continued to follow her passion for dance and teaching by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance at Western Michigan University. She has over twenty years of experience as an instructor of multiple disciplines including jazz, tap, hip-hop and creative movement. Throughout her college career at Western, she had the opportunity to perform in many dance concerts. She also was chosen to be a dancer in a piece that was selected to compete at The Jazz Dance World Congress, which is an international showcase of jazz choreographers. Her choreography and talented young dancers have won numerous awards at regional competitions. She has also choreographed award winning dancers for other studios in Michigan. It has always been a dream for Jen to own a dance studio and use her talents to teach others. She not only has a passion for dance but for children as well. Jen was blessed with her first child, Brecklyn in January 2013. Her philosophy in life as well as in dance is… LIVE, DREAM, DANCE!!

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KIM GAVER

Kim Gaver grew up in Fruitport, and started her dance training at the age of 7 at Diane’s School of Dance. She quickly fell in love with dancing, and especially loved jazz, hip hop, and tap. At 13, Kim became a part of the competition team at the studio, and participated in both regional and national dance competitions. She taught creative movement, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and company classes while at the studio. While attending Muskegon community College, Kim performed in several Overbrook Theater Dance Concerts and grew to appreciate Modern Dance as well. She then attended Western Michigan University for her BA in Dance, and she was fortunate to perform every semester while at Western.

After graduating from WMU, Kim choreographed two high school musicals for Kalamazoo Central High School, and then followed her dream to NYC. She auditioned for Mia Michael’s RAW workshop and was granted the opportunity to perform one of Ms. Michael’s works in NYC. Kim and her husband Matt later moved to NY, where she became a company member of Westchester Danceworks which provided more performance opportunities. Her favorite place to be is onstage, or at the beach! Kim then attended Mercy College (Bronx, NY) and received her Master’s in Education. She has spent the last 7 years as a Special Educator teaching in the Bronx, and Annapolis, MD. Kim and her husband Matt recently moved back to West MI with their baby girl, Ellery, and she looks forward to teaching dance again. 

dance revolution teacher Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards started dancing at the young age of 5. Right away she knew dance was her lifelong passion. By the time Erica was 10 years old she was competing with the Center Stage Showteam in Battle Creek, Michigan. While on this competitive showteam, she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. Erica competed on this competitive team from the age of 10 until the age of 18. During those 8 years, she attended several competitions and conventions around the United States and worked with great names such as Ray Leeper and Mia Micheals. Throughout her high school dancing career, she won several National and Regional titles. After graduating high school, Erica went on to college at Western Michigan University. While at Western, she studied dance and concert performance and earned her BA in dance and communications. She was also a part of the Western Michigan Dance Team and performed at the football, volleyball, and basketball games. When Erica graduated from WMU in 2006, she moved back to her home town of Battle Creek and started her teaching career. Erica taught at Center Stage Dance Studio for 8 years. Over those 8 years, she won several choreography awards and her students received great recognition for their excellence in ballet technique. She also played a big role in developing the hip hop program at Center Stage. While living in Battle Creek, Erica also spent time as the head coach for the Harper Creek High School Dance Team and held this position for 5 years. Under her direction, the HC Dance Team started a hip hop dance workshop for the kids in the community each winter. She has also held several workshops and intensives with private schools and studios in and around the Kalamazoo area. In 2013 Erica moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned a teaching position at Dance Dimensions and continued to receive recognition for her choreography. She stayed there for 2 years and in 2015 started teaching at Ada Dance Academy. Erica loves teaching and bringing out her student's passion and love for dance.

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Alyssa Sherwood

Alyssa, originally from Detroit, Michigan, began her dance training at age 3. She has received training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical; as well as with Modern and Hip-hop styles. She had the opportunity to compete at many dance competitions, scoring 1st place, High Points, Platinum, High Gold, and specialty awards. She also performed for the Detroit Piston’s NBA team on multiple occasions. After moving, Alyssa continued her dance training, focusing on classical ballet and contemporary. During her high school years, she trained at many places, including Brighton School of Ballet. She was cast in lead roles in many ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Patineur, and The Ballet Madeline. Alyssa enhanced her training at Checchetti Counsel of America’s Summer Program, Ballet Magnificat!, and Joffrey Midwest under John Magnus. After graduating, Ms. Coeman was accepted into the training program at Light of the World Ballet under Ashley Rollinson. As a trainee, she had the opportunity to perform and tour with the professional company. She was placed in roles on the original productions of Life Song, You are Special, and Christmas. She also joined them for a trip to the country of the Philippines in 2009. Alyssa danced as a company dancer for Votum Dance company in Fort Worth, Texas, performing many original works. After this, she joined Paradosi Ballet Company in Seattle, Washington as an Apprentice and moved to Company Dancer after one year. She was cast in roles in Commissioned, A Walk with Paul, Remember When, and Sealed. While with Paradosi, Alyssa toured with the company nationally and internationally. Alyssa moved to Holland, MI in 2013 to join Turning Pointe School of Dance as both a teacher a choreographer. While here, she helped the staff and board to develop Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet – Turning Pointe’s non-profit, professional company. She was promoted to role of Artistic Director within the first year. Alyssa has also served as the school’s Interim Assistant Director and has put on the full-length theater production “The Story” at the Knickerbocker Theater. While with Turing Pointe and Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet, had the opportunity to create the dance productions “Petrushka” with the Holland Symphony, “Sure Foundations,” “Stories,” “FireBird,” and “Healing of the Soul.” She has created opportunities to use dance to impact the community for those that are at-risk and under-served through special outreach programs. Alyssa has over eight year of teaching experience, and four years in choreography. She teaches all ages – from beginner to professional – in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and tap. In addition to teaching many master classes throughout the state of Michigan, Alyssa has had the opportunity to train dancers that have gone of to prestigious universities and professional training programs. She is currently the Arts Coordinator for Bella Vita Solutions – a day program for adults with disabilities.

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Kristi Schneider

Kristi Schneider was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of MI. She was drawn to dance at the age of seven and has been dancing her way through life ever since. Kristi’s early dance training and teaching experience was with the First Street Academy of Dance in Menominee, MI under the direction of Susan Bunting. During these years, Kristi also participated in summer intensive training at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Dance Masters of America conventions. Kristi continued her training at Alma College where she studied Exercise and Health Science and dance. Kristi performed with the Alma College Dance Company from 2000-2004 and spent a term studying dance and theater in London, England. Kristi now works as a physical therapist and continues to integrate her professional skill set with her personal passion for dance. Kristi has been an instructor with Dance Revolutions since 2010. She enjoys sharing her joy of movement and respect for the physical capacity of the human body with her students. Kristi likes teaching dance skills, but also aims to instill confidence, wellness, and artistic creativity. In 2015, Kristi trained with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY to instruct Dance for PD® (Parkinsons Disease) classes. Kristi believes that dance is a medium for students of all ages to build life skills, foster physical and emotional wellness, and harness artistic expression.

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BRANDON MEIER

Brandon began dancing in west Michigan during elementary school and has since danced throughout the Midwest and Europe. Brandon has danced with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp both locally and internationally, Grand Valley State University, Wright State University, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, and Inlet Dance Theatre. He graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance from Grand Valley State University. Brandon has taught dance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Rockford School of Dance, TuTus and Pointe Shoes Dance Academy, and now Dance Revolutions. He is excited to share his passion and unique approach to dance with you!

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