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Dance Revolutions - Teacher Bios

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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. 

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DANIELLE KAYE


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Keziah Fulton

Keziah has been dancing for over 35 yrs teaching for about 25. Tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, basic modern, musical theater, swing, belly dance, competition dance and fitness classes. Studied at western Michigan University and Oklahoma City university. Owned a dance studio in mid Michigan for several years and had 3 competitive dance teams that were nationally recognized

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Andrea Van Beek

Andrea began her dance career at age of 3 in ballet. Her love and passion for dance bloomed, and by high school she was dancing 4 days/week in the Grand Rapids area. She soon became the dance director for Champion Gymnastics & Dance (formerly of GH), toured China with New Olympians International Show Teams, and was on scholarship with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. In 1995 Andrea's choreography received special recognition & was requested to perform at the ACDFA state convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1996 Andrea received her BFA in Professional Dance Performance from East Carolina University. While there, she performed with East Carolina Dance Theatre, and received the Dancer of the Year Award for 1996. Andrea has also been on scholarship at Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Dance Center) in NYC. She has studied under such world-renowned artists as Gus Giordanio, Lou Conte, Alan Arnett, Katiti King, Frank Chaves, Patti Weeks, and Joe Carow. Andrea has taught at Danceworks in Grand Rapids, Ada Dance Company, Ballet Arts, Muskegon Community College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Muskegon Civic Theater, and Holland Arts Council. Most recently, Andrea performed with Dancing With the Local Stars in Muskegon as a pro dancer and choreographer. Andrea currently resides in Grand Haven with her four children and is an RN Case Manager in Grand Rapids.

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ELLA LOCHINSKI

Ella (Dunn) Lochinski started studying ballet seriously with Nancy Baum. Under the direction of Jefferson Baum, Ella spent several summers as a member of Blue Lake Ballet Ensemble and twice toured Europe with the International Ballet Ensemble. She attended Grand Valley State University as a Dance Major where she was privileged to dance principle roles such as Odette/Odile in 'Swan Lake' and Liberty Bell in George Balanchine's 'Stars and Stripes.' Ella now lives in Grand Haven with her husband and two sons.

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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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KRISTI SCHNEIDER

Kristi Schneider grew up in Menominee, MI. Her fascination and love for dance started as a youngster at the YMCA. She was signed up for gymnastics, but (according to her mom) was much more intrigued by the dancers across the hall. She started ballet classes at age 7 and was hooked from that moment on. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at the First Street Academy of Dance in Menominee. She participated in the company and was an apprentice teacher through high school. She attended Dance Masters of America conventions and Interlochen Arts Camp as part of her training during these years. Kristi attended Alma College to study Exercise and Health Science, and performed with the Alma College Dance Company. Through the Alma College Dance Department she had the opportunity to spend a term in London, England studying performing, as well as participate in her first dance productions including The Nutrcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, and Coppelia. After Alma College, Kristi studied physical therapy at Grand Valley State University. She currently works as a physical therapist and enjoys taking and teaching beginner level ballet classes at Dance Revolutions. She and her husband, Paul, have fun with their daughter, Samantha, and their golden retriever, Gracie. They love spending time outdoors during all four seasons.

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