Katie grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She began dancing at age 3 and danced seriously throughout grade school. She started dancing at Music in Motion Dance Academy and was there for 13 years. She then went on to train specifically in ballet at Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, under the direction of Anna Maria Martinez. She also briefly trained at Denise Walls Dance Energy and Ballet Virginia International. Katie went on to study dance in college, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in dance performance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Throughout college, she was part of numerous faculty works and choreographed/performed for student showcases. She also trained during her college years at Todd Rosenlieb Dance Center, where she took classes and was a dancer/choreographer for their apprentice company. Katie also attended American College Dance Festival and later the famed American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. In 2013, Katie moved with her Fiancé to Michigan. During her time in Michigan, Katie was very active in the dance community. She taught and choreographed for the competition team at Neu Wixom Dance Academy for 5 years. Katie also taught and choreographed at Center Stage Dance Company, trained with Pure Existence Dance Company under Jodi Randolph- a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, and was an intern for the professional development program at Brighton Dance Festival- under Kathy King and many other professional dance artists. Katie also received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in 2015 from Plymouth Yoga Room and taught yoga at numerous studios in Michigan. Wanting to be back in the South, Katie moved to South Carolina in 2018 and plans on making it her forever home. Katie currently is the Assistant Manager at Cyclebar in Mt. Pleasant. She continues to dance and is a member of the Charleston Dance Project- a contemporary dance company in downtown Charleston. She is so happy to bring her experience and passion for dance to Planet Dance!
Nancy has been involved in dance for more than 30 years, teaching for the past 20 years. She received her training from the Myrtle Beach School of Performing Arts, where she was trained and examined in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. She was also a member of the Strand Ballet Theatre and Karavan Moving Company. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America and the Southern Council of Dance Masters since 1999. She is currently the past president of Chapter 44 and director for the Solo title competition. Nancy has also been a member of the Cecchetti Council of America since 1993. She is the current registrar of the South Coastal Committee. Nancy is also the co-director of the dance program for Berkeley County’s Student Talent Enrichment Program (S.T.E.P.). Her students have won numerous awards at regional and national competitions, and some have gone on to continue their dance profession teaching, judging, and performing throughout the country.
All our teachers have been involved in dance most of their lives and continue to excel with certification through Dance Masters of America and The Cecchetti Council of America. Not only are they certified, most have had careers of their own within the dance world!
Michael began his instruction in dance at Deborah Case Dance Academy in McAllen, TX at the age of 4, starting off with traditional Spanish dances of Folklorico and Flamenco. After realizing his passion for the art form, he decided to broaden his training. At the age of 7 he began his training in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern techniques where he also traveled around TX working with different Master Teachers. Finally realizing the importance of a solid background in Ballet he began his training at a late age of 14, receiving ballet instruction by Galina Mezentseva of the Kirov Ballet, Alex Ossadnik of Ballet Theatre de Bordeaux, and with Michael & Olga Wise of Moscow Classical Ballet. Michael then began performing with The Rio Grande Valley Ballet where he has worked and performed in lead roles in different classical and contemporary ballets. Michael began his teaching at the age of 15 with students ranging from 4-50 years of age in classes of Ballet, tap, jazz and modern. He began choreographing for both local performances at his studio along with choreographies for competition pieces in YAGP, Co Dance, and Treamaine. He also has worked with local artist in Rio Grande Valley TX with music videos, live concerts, musicals and plays. Michael is former Mr. Dance of America 2013.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Janine Kaiser grew up in Sumter where she began dancing at the Freed School of Performing Arts at the age of 2 1/2. She became part of the Freed Spirit Dance Company for 3 years before graduating high school. At Freed’s she studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern, and tap under Andrea Freed Levenson. She then attended Coker College where she obtained a Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics and a minor in dance. She was also a part of the Coker College Dance Team, took a study abroad session in Europe for dance, and has had the opportunity to dance in pieces set by the Amy Marshall Dance Company and The Wanda Project. During her years at Coker she taught at the Brenda Cranford’s School of Dance, where she taught tap, ballet, and jazz to all ages. At Brenda’s she got introduced to hip-hop and has since included it with her other favorites, modern and jazz.
Gingham Hoover, originally from Florence, SC, moved to Summerville three years ago. She has been involved with cheerleading and tumbling for over 20 years. As a cheerleader at Francis Marion University, Gingham worked with Action Cheer and Tumble teaching classes and summer camps. In 2000 she started her own company, Ms. Gingham's Tumbling. She has worked with dance studios, martial arts students, double dutch teams and all-star competitive cheerleaders to help them strengthen their acrobatic skills. Many of her students have gone on to cheer for teams including NFL team Carolina Panther Topcats, USC Gamecocks and Coastal Carolina. Gingham joined Planet Dance in December of 2012 as an acrobatics instructor.
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Brenna has been involved in dance, cheerleading and gymnastics for 20 years. She began her training in Goose Creek, SC at Bonnie’s School of Dance. After years of training in Ballet, Acrobatics and Jazz she moved on to having a private instructor in Gymnastics. She spent her high school years dancing and cheerleading where she won numerous awards, including a top 25 national placement. Brenna has taught competitive cheer and dance teams winning top placements in their divisions. She is a member of Dance Masters of America and is the current President and Junior Member director of Southern Council of Dance Masters Chapter 44. She is also a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and has completed her Associate Grade III Teachers examination. She is the proud teacher Petite Miss dance of South Carolina 2009 and 2017, and along with her business partner the former Mr. Dance of America 2013.