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STAFF

Keri Seiger

Studio Owner/Director

Aside from being a long time dance teacher, Keri brings her experience from the business side of the dance world as well a degree in Special Education. She was a dance instructor in Minnesota teaching tap, jazz and hip hop to dancers ages 18 months-18 years old, as well as performing studio manager responsibilities for a local St Paul dance studio.  She continues her dance education by attending numerous dance teacher conventions across the country including Fluid Dance Conventions, Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Teacher Conference, the Dance Teacher Summit and other regional and national workshops.​ Keri is so excited for her vision to become a reality with Meraki Dance Academy, bringing in extremely talented instructors and being able to offer a variety of classes at her studio.  

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Karly-Rose Dains

Studio Manager/Team Director

Karly comes to Meraki Dance Academy with nearly 20 years of experience that is both diverse and noteworthy. An award winning competition choreographer and judge, Karly has been running dance studios, designing programs, coaching and teaching dance and gymnastics to children and adults in Florida, Georgia and the Upper Midwest.  Classically trained in RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) with experience in Cecchetti and Vaganova, Karly is a well rounded instructor and has taught classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-hop, Acro, Lyrical, Modern, Cheerleading and Tap including classes that focus on strengthening, conditioning, flexibility and injury prevention. 

Karly continued her dance training in Colorado dancing with the Denver Ballet and becoming a company member for Youth Ballet Colorado before eventually moving to Iowa. While still a high school student herself she worked setting up after-school dance programs for elementary students. She has choreographed award winning routine for High Schools cheerleading and competitive dance teams. Karly has worked closely with Any Given Child, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to provide an equitable arts education by teaching Hip-hop in P.E. classes in Iowa. 

Michelle Armendarez

Instructor

Michelle started dancing at the age of 3 in San Bernardino, California.  She started training as a dance major at Riverside City College in 2012 and continued her education as the student choreographer/director for Celebrate Dance from 2014-16.  She has received numerous scholarships to Boulder Jazz Dance Workshops in Boulder, Colorado.  She is currently a student at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing her Dance Management and Production degree.  Michelle will be joining the competition teams this year as one of the coaches as well as teaching Lyrical and Musical Theatre.  We are so excited to have her back for another season!

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Emily Trevizo

Instructor

Emily Trevizo was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She started dancing at the age of 5 and loves learning new styles of dance. Emily graduated from Las Vegas Academy as a dance major in 2017. Currently, she works for an entertainment company called “Celebrate Kids” where she gets to hang out with magical characters such as princesses and superheroes. This is where Emily is trained to do some fun face painting and twist cool animal balloons. She has an outgoing and bubbly personality, and is a big believer when it comes to following your passion. Emily is committed to helping everyone find their true potential. Even though she’s new to Meraki Dance Academy, she is ready to help younger dancers learn and grow!

 

 

Lucinda "L.Jay" Luevanos

Instructor

Lucinda (L.Jay) Luevanos has been dancing since she was four, and started her training with the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Company.  She is trained in the techniques of  hip hop, contemporary, ballet,  jazz, lyrical, improv, ballet folklorico, and modern.  She has a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as graduated with UNLV Department of Dance's "Outstanding Performer Award". She has experience training, teaching, choreographing, and performing all throughout Las Vegas, as well as  experience performing in Indianapolis, New York, and South Korea.  Her choreographic works have not only been premiered in four UNLV Dance Concerts, but also in concerts for dance studios and companies throughout Las Vegas. Her love for videography is shown through the visual choreographic art projects that she has choreographed, released, and has also been featured in. Her choreography draws inspiration from mixing the genres of contemporary, modern, and hip-hop.

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Lonnie Chaney

Instructor 

Lonnie Chaney III, 26, from Las Vegas, found his love for dancing at 18 years old. With a major interest in the hip hop company at High Profile Dance Academy, he auditioned and became a powerful leader and choreographer for the team. Chaney graduated with a Bachelor of fine arts in Choreography and Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has training in multiple techniques including ballet, various modern and jazz techniques, West African, contemporary as well as hip hop styles. Lonnie has participated in many tribute shows (legends on tour) but a recurring performer for Moonwalker, a tribute show to Michael Jackson that travels all over the US: Las Vegas local full time job is MJ Live- a live show at the Stratosphere casino nightly in Las Vegas. He's traveled and performed at the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference and alongside UNLV dance performance ensemble to Seoul, Korea to train in ballet twice. Lonnie Chaney III has media credits with Cirque du Soleil "AMANZI", and many opportunities to work on dance concept videos and exhibitions with local artists.  Lonnie is able to give back as a volunteer at The West Las Vegas Art Center with the performance and theatre company, where he began his training.  He is directing The Village dance collective (2018), his very own dance collective for showcases and exhibition in Las Vegas as well as teaching community classes to the public to share his passion with the world through dance.

Laurie Belleume

Instructor

Laurie, has been teaching dance for over twenty years and is excited to share her talents with all of the littles at Meraki. After a career as a Romantic Classical ballet dancer, and raising her children, Laurie began teaching in dance studios.  Laurie enjoys teaching all ages and has helped many studios develop a successful children's program based on combining imagination and dance skills.  She looks forward to bringing her love of children and dance for another year to Meraki Dance Academy!

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Michael "Mic" Washington
Instructor

My name is Michael Washington, I’m from Anaheim California, I’m 25 years old, & I’ve been dancing for as long as I can remember. I learned Tap, Stomp, & African dance while in elementary school. When I got older I was introduced to a few street dance styles called Popping, Waving, Krump, & Chicago Footwork, & those have been my core based dance styles ever since. When I turned 20 I moved to Las Vegas & began street performing on Fremont Street & The Strip for a few years. About two years ago I started taking dance more serious, so I began taking dance classes & joined a dance team for training & it helped out tremendously. I’ve had the chance to open up & perform with music artists, I’ve danced on big stages like World of Dance, & now I get paid for gigs & shows throughout Las Vegas! My goal now is to become a better teacher so one day I can be able to teach all around the world to spread the joy of dance!

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Chelsea Diedrich

Instructor

Chelsea is a full time student athlete at UNLV as a cheerleader.  She is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and has a extreme passion for working with children.  She has been involved in cheerleading and dance since the age of 8 and has an abundance of experience with gymnastics, tumbling and dance.  

Chelsea is excited to bring her knowledge to the Meraki Dance Academy and work with all of the dancers.

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Amadeus Luevanos

Instructor

Amadeus Luevanos is an emerging dance performer who has performed with Kravenko Youth Ballet for seven years since 2013, performed as a guest artist with Nevada Ballet Theatre in the Smith center since 2018 in four productions alongside the company members, and has been trained in ballroom under Tristen Sosa since 2017 and is competing in the Junior Ballroom Olympics. He is a Neo-classical and classical ballet dancer who has many years of experience in all forms of dance ranging from: hip hop, to modern, to ballroom. He has also received the Gateway Performing Arts Scholarship in 2019 for performing a New Works ballet piece. Amadeus has trained the past three summers at ballet intensives in: Austin Texas with American Ballet Theatre 2017’, New York with Ellison Ballet 2018’, and Seattle with Pacific Northwest Ballet 2019’. Amadeus has recently attended and made the top nine spots at the Juilliard audition in San Francisco and is awaiting results from admissions. He has also been accepted to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy as a musical theatre major and plans to continue his performing career in New York. Amadeus has accomplished all of these achievements while simultaneously attending a dual credit High School and College, and is currently on track to graduate with a Regents High School diploma and an Associate of Science Degree. Amadeus is a forward thinking innovative performer and is ready to flourish from every single day coming in his performing career.

Maria Webb

Instructor

Maria graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Management. She grew up practicing Ballet in Las Vegas, Nevada studying under the principal dancers from Nevada Ballet Theatre, Yoomi and Kyudong Kwak, and with the Ballet Mistress of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Tara Foy while attending Las Vegas Academy. In college, Maria pursued Modern to expand her knowledge of dance and performed with MADBOOTS DANCE, Stephanie Batten-Bland, and Garfield Lemonius, to name a few. 
Maria then moved to New York City to dance professionally with Joyce King Dance Company based in Brooklyn, NY and then moved across the country to do a season with SALT Dance Company in Salt Lake City, UT. 
Maria has also done commercial work for "The Blacklist" and "National Geographic". She believes her wide range of experience is very beneficial to students and loves teaching students of all ages!  We are very excited to have Ms Maria join our amazing team at Meraki Dance Academy. 

Marina Tipler grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she trained as a competitive dancer. When she graduated high school, Marina moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to continue her training at Theater Arts Preparatory School. Here she trained not only in commercial and theater dance, but in singing and acting as well. In her career she has performed with RWS' Step One Dance Company touring on Holland America Line, Walmart, Microsoft, Tony Coppola's Rhythm Emsemble, Elite Tap Feet in the Twin Cities, Bellusicous Productions and More

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Instructor

Tiffanie Kalisz

Instructor

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Tiffanie Kalisz, originally from Canonsburg, PA, began dance at the age of three! Tiffanie trained in ballet, point, contemporary, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, clogging, modeling and acrobatics.  By the age of eleven, she was a Junior Elite level gymnast. Tiffanie was invited to train with Olympic Gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and moved to Texas at the tender age of fourteen. Tiffanie went on to receive a full scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County for Gymnastics.  After landing Radio City Music Hall the ‘Easter Extravaganza’, a lifelong goal to perform at ‘Carnegie Hall’ and becoming a member with New York based dance and Gymnastics Company; “Antigravity” Tiffanie spent several months working in NYC. Tiffanie was a member of “Spirit of Atlanta” performing in the closing ceremonies in the 1992 Olympic Games.  Tiffanie has also been in several commercials as well as music videos.  She enjoyed working in films such as National Lampoons Vegas Vacation, For Which He Stands, Oceans 11, Leaving Las Vegas, and Mars Attacks to name a few! Currently Tiffanie is co-owner and National Director of Dance USA Performing Arts Championships based out of Las Vegas Nevada.  

Tiffanie shares these golden words with all fellow dancers; past, present, and future….Dream Big and Reach for the Stars!

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Kaitlin Kieldrup

Instructor

Kaitlin has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She danced competitively at her studio for 14 years and then moved on to her high school dance team. She has grown up with all styles of dance as well as strength and conditioning with other sports. She is a full time student at UNLV as well as an assistant coach for the Centennial High School dance team. Kaitlin believes that no matter what skill level, hard work is the most important quality a person can posses. There is always room for growth. She is excited to work with Meraki and continue growing as a dancer, instructor, and a person.

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Sheila Leech

Instructor

Sheila is a former competitive gymnast and gymnastics center owner, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Seton Hill University. She has been coaching gymnastics for over 25 years, coaching preschool through advanced levels of gymnastics and tumbling. Sheila was a United States gymnastics team coach for the Special Olympics world games in Dublin, Ireland. Along with her extensive gymnastic career she also created a music and movement program for children, including recording a cd for the program. She is married with 2 teenage boys who are also extremely talented; her oldest son is a college student and professional hip hop dancer who most recently was a backup dancer for the Backstreet Boys and her youngest son is a high school student, very active in gymnastics and a level 10 in trampoline. Teaching children is Sheila’s passion, and we are so excited to have her share it with our Acro/Contortion students!

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Kyle Tanguay

Guest Instructor

Kyle Tanguay has been performing since the age of ten and is extremely passionate about what he does. He is currently located in Las Vegas, NV  but is originally from Rochester, New Hampshire. Kyle started his training at Fusion Dance Academy in Dover, New Hampshire under the direction of Jaime Gagner. Upon graduating from Spaulding High School in 2016, he was fortunate enough to join the faculty of nationally touring dance competition and convention, Dancers Inc. Kyle is a graduate from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with his BFA in Dance, earned while under the direction Donna Faye Burchfield. He has been featured in works by artists such as Amy Hall Garner, Gary Jeter, Wayne St. David, Kyle & Dinita Clark, as well as Sidra Bell. Some of Kyle's notable performance credits include American Idol Season 3, The Dizzy Feet Gala (Los Angeles, CA), and Luca Fogale’s ‘Half Saved’ music video in which he was also the choreographer. (Philadelphia, PA). Other performance credits include shows in Orlando Florida, New York City, and Boston Massachusetts. Kyle is excited to be represented by Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation

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Troy & Marisa Corrales

Guest Instructors

Troy & Marisa Corrales are a married couple who have been involved in dance for 15+ years. With Marisa’s studio background and Troy’s extensive hiphop background, they both come together to train young dancers to be above their potential and also produce dynamic, award winning routines. Some of their choreography/professional credits include Jabbawockeez, Dragon Talent Group, UNLV Rebel Girls & Company, Evolve Dance Center, Bunker Dance Center, and much more. 

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Katie Harmeyer & Erika Erlandson

Guest Instructors

Katie & Erika have been dancing for over 25 years with training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and high kick.  They both grew up dancing at a local Minnesota studio and competing on her high school's dance team.  As an adult, Katie has 10 years of studio teaching experience, along with fifteen years as a dance team coach in Minnesota.  Erika has many years of studio teaching and coaching MN Dance Teams and works at Ecolab as a design engineer.

Katie is currently the Dance Team Head Coach in Woodbury, Minnesota and also on the Minnesota Association of Dance Team's Board of Directors providing training and engagement opportunities for high school dance team athletes and coaches.  She is also a high school English teacher.