Faculty

Faculty

Donna Casey/Owner

I began my dance career at the early age of 4  in Phoenix, AZ and continued with my passion through High School and College.

Performing with the Arizona Repertory Theatre in “Pippin” and “The King and I” helped my staging background. Since 1981, I became an accredited member of “Dance Masters of Arizona.” I started teaching when I was 16, and worked at “Spisak Dance Academy” (6 years), “Betty Johnson School of Dance” (10 years) and in Albuquerque, NM at “Alwin’s School of Dance” (2 years).

Completing a dream of mine, I moved here over 16 years ago to open my own studio. I am continuing with the dream going on my 17th year in Prescott, AZ.

My “PASSION” for my craft is deep rooted in my soul. Many of my students have gone on to dance professionally in venues such as DisneyWorld in Florida, to Five Star Shows in Las Vegas, New York, and all over the world. A few talented students have captured DMA titles in Arizona Regional competitions. Meri Morris “Miss Dance of Arizona” (1989); Anjuli Regnier “Petite Miss Dance of Arizona” (2000); 11th place at the nationals in New Orleans, Piper Stockel “Petite Miss Dance of Arizona” (2001) and 3rd runner-up at the national competition in New York; and Lindsay Carter “Little Miss Dance of Arizona” (2003).

“It’s not what I set out to do; it’s what I had to do. It’s not a business I thought I might try, it’s what I knew I would succeed in.”
Our community has been blessed with a studio that offers it all. From the once a week student to the Pre-Professional Company “RhythMotion.” Additionally we provide Prescott and surrounding areas with special events such as: Master classees & teachers from across the US, Northern Arizona Dance Conventions, Competition Benefits, Parades, performances at retirement homes, holiday shows, hospital shows, mall shows and much more.

Building healthy bodies, Strong minds and positive personalities, students learn the benefit of giving back to the community by giving themselves.Our motto is: Look at the rest but “Dance with the Best

Our Instructors
Alexa Griswold

Alexa Griswold

Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Tumbling

Alexa Griswold

Alexa Griswold

Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Tumbling

Alexa grew up dancing at The Dance Studio. She started at the age of 3 in a 4-6 year old Tap class. She danced for 15 years before going off to college. She has been apart of RythMotion and has competed in many different dance competitions over the years. She competed on a dance cruise for two years in a row and loved meeting studios from all over. She loved to be apart of everything! She has done every style of dance from Tap and Ballet to Jazz and Hip Hop. She also loves to tumble and show her creativity when dancing. She can do it all! Dance has always been a passion for her and she is excited to be teaching others the love of dancing!

Darlene Thompson

Darlene Thompson

Tap & Jazz

Darlene Thompson

Darlene Thompson

Tap & Jazz

Donna Casey

Donna Casey

Owner/Instructor/ Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Lyrical & Contemporary

Donna Casey

Donna Casey

Owner/Instructor/ Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Lyrical & Contemporary

I began my dance career at the early age of 4 in Phoenix, AZ and continued with my passion through High School and College. Performing with the Arizona Repertory Theatre in “Pippin” and “The King and I” helped my staging background. Since 1981, I became an accredited member of “Dance Masters of Arizona.” I started teaching when I was 16, and worked at “Spisak Dance Academy” (6 years), “Betty Johnson School of Dance” (10 years) and in Albuquerque, NM at “Alwin’s School of Dance” (2 years). Completing a dream of mine, I moved here to open my own studio over 16 years ago. I am continuing with the dream going on my 21st year in Prescott, AZ. My “PASSION” for my craft is deep rooted in my soul. Many of my students have gone on to dance professionally in venues such as DisneyWorld in Florida, to Five Star Shows in Las Vegas, New York, and all over the world. Come and explore the wonderful classes that TDS has to offer at our Prescott & Chino Valley locations...You and/or your children will have FUN and LOVE their classes.

Katie Flood

Katie Flood

Tap, Jazz & Lyrical

Katie Flood

Katie Flood

Tap, Jazz & Lyrical

Tap & Jazz Instructor. Katie Flood teaches our adult and teen jazz and tap classes at the studio. She has danced since the age of 3 and has been instructed in all disciplines of dance. Katie has been a part of The Dance Studio family since we opened 21 years ago. For the past 15 years Katie has taught jazz, tap, and ballet at various studios throughout Northern Arizona. Katie has been a part of and competed with our Rhythmotion dance company, Yavapai College Dance Team and Stand Proud traveling company. She has traveled across the U.S . performing for audiences of all ages. She now teaches for the dance studio one day a week and works full time as a dental hygienist and mom. She loves kids of all ages and is so proud to be a part of our studio.

Lena Thompson

Lena Thompson

Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop & Contemporary

Lena Thompson

Lena Thompson

Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop & Contemporary

Miss Lena grew up at The Dance Studio. She has turned into an amazing person, teacher and choreographer. She knows how to teach dance yet make it as FUN as possible. Her background in theatre has helped her connect with any song and have her students tell the story. TDS is extremely happy to have Miss Lena on staff teaching any style; Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary & Hip Hop.

Marissa Melchiors

Marissa Melchiors

Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe & Mini's

Marissa Melchiors

Marissa Melchiors

Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe & Mini's

Marissa Melchiors began her dance training at age three, and her ballet training at age seven. She is experienced in several styles of ballet including Vagonova, Balanchine, and Royal Academy of Dance. Marissa has appeared in the San Diego Ballet’s The Nutcracker on three occasions. She has trained in Taos, NM at the Jillana School, in Salt Lake City with Ballet West, and in Washington D.C. with the Kirov Academy of Ballet. After high school Marissa spent a year as a ballet major at Utah Valley University. She then danced with State Street Ballet in California for two years where she appeared in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Snow White and Scheherazade. Most recently she was a member of Soli Contemporary Ballet in Michigan where she appeared in Petrushka and various original works performed throughout the state.

Taylor Lewis

Taylor Lewis

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary & Hip Hop

Taylor Lewis

Taylor Lewis

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary & Hip Hop

Miss Taylor grew up at The Dance Studio and has grown into not only an amazing dancer but her love for her craft shines through in every class she teaches and child she meets. Her love of dance show also in her very unique and creative Choreography. Taylor is the Co-Director of RhythMotion Performing Company and loves to help each dancer achieve their full potential. From Beginners to the very advanced, Miss Taylor can do it

Philosophy / Mission Statement

POSITIVE PERSONALITIES…. TEAMWORK

“TEACHING DANCE…TOUCHING LIVES”

Here at TDS we do not just offer many different styles and levels of dance. More than anything else, we offer a lifestyle. TDS changes people for the better–we build positive personalities through a warm, loving, caring atmosphere through hard work and commitment. Learning to set high goals and achieving them, builds self-esteem. One of our motto’s “Fake it till ya make it” is posted on the wall to remind us daily never to give up until we achieve our goal.

 

DREAM, STRIVE TO BE THE BEST AND ACHIEVE THAT WHICH WE SET OUR MINDS TO…

 

BUILDING STRONG MINDS….comes directly from not giving up. Set a goal, fall down, and pick yourself back up time and time again until you finally reach the top.  When you set a goal and achieve that which you desire, this knowledge that nothing is impossible solidifies a can-do attitude.

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HEALTHY BODIES…..A by product of dancing, is building a healthy body. Exercise throughout your life will help you maintain a strong, pain free, healthy body.  While we enjoy the art form of any dance class, we can also improve our health. Building a strong body that can take on the world, and health that can carry us throughout our entire life.

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POSITIVE PERSONALITIES…. TEAMWORK is a big part of creating a positive personality. It teaches us all to work together and strive to seek out the best in everyone. Learning how to change, improve and build our personalities as to get along in a group setting. Another highlight in creating our personalities stems from exercise itself. A direct result of exercise is the happy endorphin sometimes called a “Runners High”. Exercise releases this endorphin which produces a euphoric, calm, clear state of mind. When people exercise they get a boost in their mood and happiness, feelings of accomplishment and also a break from life.

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The Dance Studio offers many opportunities to discover your creative soul in a positive, nurturing, healthy environment to create the very best person you can be.