Melissa Weaver Krieger

Director/Instructor

Miss Melissa has always had a passion for dance and performing since she took her first tap class at age 2. She grew up studying multiple forms of dance at area studios and attending conventions with master teachers. While studying at Millikin University she pursued a dance minor and was a 4 year member, 2 year captain of their nationally ranked dance team. She graduated in 2013 with an Accounting and Business Management degree. She was thrilled to return home in fall of 2014 and continue to grow this amazing dance program in her precious hometown. This is Miss Melissa's 14th year of teaching dance. She is the current dance team coach at Sullivan High School and previously coached at Mt. Zion and Warrensburg-Latham. Miss Melissa is well versed in teaching all ages and types of dance. She has completed her Module 1 and 2 training course through Acrobatic Arts Association. She attends many dance conventions and conferences to further her dance education each year. She has been honored with choreography awards for her work with our competition team. She prides herself on really caring about our students inside the dance room and out! 

Casey McClain

Instructor

Miss Casey is ready to start year 5! Miss Casey's extensive training and performance history dates back to when she was 3. She grew up training intensively at area studios. In high school, not only was she a part of the award winning Sullivan Singers, but also became a National Title Winner competing her solo at dance competitions. Casey went on to further her education at Eastern receiving her degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. While there she was a member of THE EIU Dancers. After graduating she pursued a life long dream of performing for Disney in Orlando, Fl. She quickly moved up the ranks to earn the role of dancing Mickey in their famous Fantasmic! show. She recently completed her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UIS. Miss Casey trains her dancers to turn them into the most beautiful dancers she knows they are capable of being! 

Mindie Weaver

Instructor

Miss Mindie has grown up dancing in Sullivan studying many types of dance. She has been an assistant since age 12 learning the art of teaching. She is currently a college student pursuing education. She is excited to begin her 5th year of teaching! She recently complete her Module 1 certification through Acrobatic Arts. Miss Mindie is gifted with patience that makes her an amazing instructor for our tiniest dancers. 

Grace Lynch

Instructor

Miss Grace is excited to start her second year teaching at Sullivan Dance Studio. Although she is a newer teacher, she is no stranger to the studio. You may recognize her from performing in past recitals and on stage as one of our SDS Leaders. Miss Grace has spent the past 5 years assisting Miss Melissa & other instructors in classes. She participated in the Acrobatic Arts teacher training program as well. When not dancing, she loves spending her time on stage in local musicals. 

Abby Hussong

Instructor & Front Desk

After spending months assisting Miss Danielle in classes, Miss Abby is excited to teach her own classes this year. Abby is a recent graduate of Sullivan High School. She was involved in many activities there such as National Honor Society, Sullivan Singers, co-captain of SHS Dance Team, football cheer and volunteering in elementary school classrooms. She currently attends Lake Land College in their physical therapist assistant program. In her free time she loves to make unique, delicious cakes! 

Tammy Foster

Instructor

Miss Tammy grew up in Sullivan and is now raising her 5 children in this great community. She received her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the U of I. She works as a Child Development Specialist for Baby TALK. These qualifications make her such a great instructor for our youngest dancers! She's excited to start her 4th year as an instructor! She also doubles as a dance mom for Adalee & Sophie!

Melissa Lynch

Office Manager

Melissa Lynch is very excited to begin her 3rd year with Sullivan Dance Studio as the Office Manager. This fall, you won't see her pretty face at the front desk. However, she will be available by email for assistance. She has loved watching dance for as long as she can remember and finally got to take her first ever dance class last year with Miss Melissa in Beginner Adult Tap. She's no stranger to dance or the Sullivan Dance Studio though! Melissa Lynch has been a dance mom for over a decade to her 5 dancing kids Grace, Cian, Zoe, Ellie, and Fionn. She is a stay-at-home mom and former teacher. 

Sue Weaver

Business Manager

​It was Sue's initiative that first brought a dance studio to Sullivan. She recognized there were many children that wanted to take dance class without driving 30-40 minutes outside of town. Her deep passion for children has been the driving force behind the success of the local program over the years. You probably know her from the Sullivan Civic Center where she taught swim lessons, fitness classes, and more. She is excited to support her daughter's new venture to continue to bring dance to Sullivan. Don't let her fool you about her dancing past... Miss Sue was quite the ballerina and gymnast back in her day and she can still whip out some amazing tap time steps! She never misses an SDS event and you might even find her teaching every once in awhile ;) 

Ashlee Florey

Instructor

Miss Ashlee is so excited to join our staff this year. You may recognize her from being a proud and involved SDS dance mom of Avery & Oliver. She is a special education teacher at Sullivan Elementary School. Miss Ashlee teaches jazz and hip hop to our beginner dancers. Ever have a dance mom question? Ashlee has the answer! :) 

Charlie Emel

After-School Care Leader & Front Desk

We are so excited to have Charlie join our team this year! She is a recent graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. While an undergraduate student, Charlie was involved with residential life and Associated Student Council. Charlie plans on returning to school sometime in the near future to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work and Child Law and Policy. In her free time, Charlie enjoys reading, exercising, and trying new foods. She is great with technology and ready to take on all the students’ remote learning needs!

Danielle Moxley

Substitute Instructor

Miss Danielle is excited to be staying on staff as a substitute instructor and assisting with competition choreography. She specializes in hip hop! Her classes are known for sending the kids out sweating and beaming with self confidence. She loves attending dance conventions to keep up with hottest new trends of hip hop. Growing up in Sullivan she not only was a dancer, and a Sullivan Singer, but also the hit of half-time with her fire baton twirling performances! You might recognize her friendly face from the First Community Bank of Moultrie County, volunteer work leading a boy scout troop or youth activities at her church. She is the proud mom of Ivan, Lily, & Jax! 

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