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Our Faculty

Lynne Taylor-Kilgore

Studio Director - Company and Recreational Instructor

 

Lynne is the owner and director of Synergy Dance Academy, as well as an Instructor for our recreational program and competitive company - Synergy Dance Company. Lynne has been dancing/teaching for over 30 years and prior to that was a competitive gymnast.

 

She is 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. Lynne also holds certifications in Progressive Ballet Training (PBT), Progressive Contemporary Training (PCT) and Acrobatics Arts.  

 

Lynne is a former Dance Masters Miss Dance of Michigan and a finalist on Star Search. In addition to her dancing background, she has also worked for Elite Modeling Agency in Michigan and NYC.

 

 Education is key to Lynne as she continues her training in various subjects, such as Cecchetti and other dance disciplines by taking master classes throughout the country.

 

Synergy has received received several regional and national choreography awards for Lynne's work with her  competitive groups, her greatest joy is sharing her love of dance with her students and dance families.

Carrie Neal

Company and Recreational Instructor

 

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.

Kristen Hudecz

Company and Recreational Instructor - Private Technique Coach

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!

Chyna Eurich

Private Lesson Coach

Chyna Eurich started dancing when she was 3 years old and has never stopped. She has been dancing for 20 years and started teaching 4 years ago. Here at Synergy, Chyna teaches for our recreational program, the competition team, and is available for private lessons all year long. 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. Her preferred genre, as a young dancer, was ballet, and it continues to be her passion. She is determined to expand her education with ballet mechanics and injury prevention. Chyna has become a certified PBT (Progressive Ballet Technique) instructor just for that purpose. She has also broadened her genre to include jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and pointe. 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 knowledge and love of dance with your children.

Nicole Hahn

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. 

Devon Campbell

Company Hip Hop Instructor

Devon Campbell known professionally as “Uri Mercury”, has been an active Michigan dancer/choreographer for the past 17 years.  Some of his most notable work includes being a featured dancer on “Screamtour 2012” with Mindless Behavior, OMG Girls, and Diggy Simmons, opening for Lil Wayne, back up dancer/choreographer for The Shop Boys, R&B singers: LaBritney, Princeton, Loreal, Rocco, Ryan Allen, Nielle,  Deleante Kareer, Cullen Emadrey, Remington Loyd, JaVon Lewis, Female Emcee B. Focus, Rodney Howard, Male Impersonator: Ric Key, as well as Drag Icons: Kourtney Breeze, and Melanie Von Kruz.  Mr. Campbell also had the opportunity to choreograph 17 consecutive sets for Motor City Choreographers Collective, as well as a set choreography for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Outside of studio work and commercial work, Uri’s true love comes from Dance Crews/Companies .  

Tori Liptow

Company and Recreational Instructor/Private Lesson 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!

Makayla Riggs

Company and Recreational Instructor/Choreography Coach

Makayla Riggs is a passionate and energetic dance teacher with a rich background in a variety of dance genres. Her dance journey began at age 7 and eventually led her to competitive dancing by age 9. She honed her skills at Synergy Dance Academy where she excelled in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Heels Dancing, Cecchetti method and more. Throughout high school, she expanded her dance education through Churchill High School's Creative and Performing Arts program and explored choreography/dance at esteemed institutions like Marygrove College and the University of Michigan. Makayla graduated from Western Michigan University in 2023 with a Health Science degree and a minor in Dance, developing her knowledge in Jazz, Ballet, and Modern. She also obtained a certification in Dance Studio Management and taught dance to underserved communities through Movement Exchange.

 

With experience teaching students from ages 3 to 18 in ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, and tap across various studios in Michigan, Makayla brings her expertise, enthusiasm, and innovative teaching methods to Synergy Dance Academy. She is passionate about mentoring young dancers and eager to contribute to both their personal and artistic growth, as well as continuing her own professional development as a dance teacher. 

Gabriela Morones

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 have 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 an assistant coach for the Stevenson High School Dance Club. I received my Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine December 2021 and my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy December 2022 from SVSU. I am a school based occupational therapist, a head coach for Miracle League of Plymouth Astros, and a supervisor at Camp ABLE. I am Co-Director of the Dance 4 Everyone adaptive dance program here at Synergy. I am also Rhythm Work Integrative Dance Certified.

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