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Synergy Dance Academy
Studio Director - Company and Recreational Instructor
I am the owner and director of Synergy Dance Academy, as well as a teacher for our recreational program and competitive company. I've been dancing/teaching for over 35 years and prior to that was a competitive gymnast.
I am a registered teacher with The Cecchetti Council of America, a member of Dance Educators of America and a certified teacher of Dance Masters of America. I also hold certifications in Progressive Ballet Training (PBT), Progressive Contemporary Training (PCT) and Acrobatics Arts.
I am a former Dance Masters Miss Dance of Michigan and a finalist on Star Search. In addition to my dancing background I have also worked for Elite Modeling Agency in Michigan and NYC. Education is key to me and I continue my training in various subjects, such as Cecchetti and other dance disciplines by taking master classes throughout the country.
I am fortunate to have received several regional and national choreography awards for my competitive groups and I love to share my passion for dance with my students.
Company and Recreational Instructor
Amy began dancing at the tender age of three and her love of dance and performing has continued throughout her life. Amy is a Livonia Churchhill graduate were she was a member of the Creative and Performing Arts Program. She has participated in numerous regional and national competitions and performances. Amy attended Wayne State University on a talent scholarship where she studied dance education. While at WSU Amy enjoyed performing with the "Company One" dance ensemble. Amy had success professioanlly with her dancing including performing with recording artist Seal representing Audi in the North American Show. Amy continues her studies in dance while teaching at Synergy and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance and performing with her students at Synergy.
Carrie Neal has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching for 7 years. She studied all styles of dance as a young student, but centered her focus on tap in her teens. As a teacher, she loves to see her students excel and grow in skill levels, but more so in self confidence and self expression. She pushes her students to continue challenging themselves and to never stop learning. Carrie has been a part of Synergy Dance Academy since we opened in 2009 and is honored to call Synergy home.
Company and Recreational Instructor/Director of Pre-K Classes
Chyna began dancing at the age of three and she has never stopped. Her very first class was ballet and that was just the beginning. Over the years her dance genre grew to include jazz, lyrical, tap, pointe, and hip hop. Her real love for dance really started here at our own studio, Synergy, where she had the privilege of dancing with Synergy’s competitive dance team for 4 years. She continues to attend dance workshops throughout the year where she has been inspired by some of the leading choreographers of today. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance with your children and hopes to inspire them.
Company and Recreational Instructor - Pre-Company Instructor
Kristen “Kris” Hudecz is a passionate dance educator, performer, and choreographer who has been dancing for more than twenty years. Kris first trained recreationally and competitively at Gail Wildfong School of Dance in her hometown of Gladwin, Michigan before achieving her Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work and Dance Performance from Eastern Michigan University in April 2020. She has danced in works choreographed by Levi Marsman (instructor at Ailey Extension, New York, NY) and William Crowley (student of Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, NY and Graham Intensive instructor in Paris, France), and currently works as a company dancer for local jazz and contemporary dance company, ConteXture Dance Detroit. Kris’s choreography has been honored with selection for performance at several Southeast Michigan dance concerts, adjudication at the American College Dance Association East-Central Conference, and commissioned guest art at her alma mater. Kris is a highly active dance educator and has extensive experience with ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, tap, hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, improvisation, pre-ballet and creative movement. Her students and work are consistently highly commended at dance competitions and community dance events. She is thrilled to be a new part of the SDA Team!
Company and Recreational Instructor
Hi I am Nicole Hahn, I am a Synergy Dance Company Alumni and have been with Synergy since 2011. During my time on the team I studied many different genres of dance, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Since joining the company and even since I have graduated, I have been to dance workshops to further my training with teachers of all different styles. Over the years I have assisted classes of different levels, as well as filled in when teachers were absent. Dancing and Choreographing bring me so much joy and excitement that I can’t wait to share my love and knowledge in the classroom.
Hello dancers! I have been teaching dance for over 30 years at various private schools and was Co-Director of The Children's Ballet Theatre of Lansing. I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. My previous performance experience includes dances choreographed by U of M dance professors and renowned choreographers, Peter Sparling, Gay Delange and Jessica Fogel. In my earlier years, I danced with regional ballet companies such as Northern Ballet Theatre and CAS Ballet Theater. I enjoy being able to bring joy into the lives of the students by choreographing innovative works, while allowing them to have fun, learn new skills and be excited about dance. I believe it is an honor to be able to teach each student and is excited about the coming year.
Student Teacher and Choreography Coach
Hello dancers, I'm so happy to be teaching at Synergy this year. I am on the competition team and have been dancing at Synergy since I was two and competing since I was 6. I was on Synergy’s first ever mini competition team. I study all genres of dance including hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and pointe. I am currently in grade four Cecchetti. I have assisted many classes over the last 2 years from fairy tale ballet to advanced jazz. I attend Stevenson high school. I am also on the dance team there as well. I'm so excited to be sharing my love of dance with you this year!
Company and Recreational Instructor/Choreography Coach
Hello I am Gabriela Morones, I am a Synergy Dance Company alumni. I danced with Mrs. Lynne Taylor-Kilgore from the age of 3 until 18. I was on the competition team since the age 5. I have studied lyrical, ballet, cecchetti, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, hip-hop, pointe, heels, jazz-funk hip hop and have performed on sidelines. I was on both the JV and Varsity PCEP dance team’s and the Saginaw Valley State University Dance Team (SVSU-DT). I have performed at college football, basketball, and soccer games. I attended NDA dance camps and their Nationals. At NDA 2018 Nationals, SVSU-DT finished in 5th place for both hip-hop and jazz at the finals. I have performed at Piston games with SVSU-DT and Mrs. Lynne. I am a coach for the Stevenson High School Dance Team. I received my Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine December 2021 from SVSU. I am anticipated to receive my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from SVSU December 2022. Even while away at college I visited my Synergy family and substituted as much as possible. I am excited to be back home with my Synergy family and teaching the new generation of dancers.
Student Teacher/Choreography Coach
Hello, my name is Ashley, and I’m a competitive dancer at Synergy. I started dancing at Synergy when I was 4 years old and joined the company at 5, I was also a part of the first mini competition team. I am currently on the PCEP Dance Team, and in grade four Cecchetti. I’ve trained in many genres like jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, pointe, musical theater, tap, and pom. I have assisted for three years with classes like fairy tale ballet and hip-hop. I am so excited to teach while I continue to learn and grow as a dancer.