Michelle Crittenden Owner/Instructor
Michelle grew up dancing to Soul Train, Solid Gold, and American Bandstand, and as a Cheerleader. She is a former Kansas State University Classy Cat, Butler Community College Honeybear, Cheerleader for the Indoor Football team’s Wichita Warlords and Wichita Wild. She was also co-director of the Wichita Wildthings- Dance Team. Michelle has coached dance teams at the high school level and enjoyed trips to UDA camps and 5 Star Productions Competitions. For 15 years she has conducted various dance camps clinics to young children, high school teams and dancers at the collegiate level, including Bethany College, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Wellington Community Theater, and Camp Corral - for children of wounded warriors.
Michelle loves learning and growing in all aspects and you can usually find her on the dance floor at workshops, taking online training courses, and building strong connections and relationships in the community and dance industry.
Michelle was the 2019 recipient of the Women of Wellington Professional Business Woman of the Year, and was a 2013 nominee for the Young Professional of the Year. Michelle is married to Danny and has two kids, Adelynn and Micah.
Stephanie joined the studio in 2017 and brought a lifetime of love for dance with her. She’s taught lyrical, jazz, tap, and this summer’s TLT technique classes. Stephanie also choreographs for our Showstarz Competition Team.
Stephanie began dancing at the age of 3 and danced competitively for 10 years. Stephanie started teaching at the age of 16, and has taught beginner through advanced levels of tap, combination classes, jazz, hip hop, and ballet and Competition Choreography. Stephanie also coached WHS cheerleading for 4 years. Stephanie works in the school system, is active in her church and is married to Brady and has 2 teenage sons.
Gabby joined our teaching staff in 2018 teaching ballet and tap classes. Gabby also choreographs for our Showstarz Competition Team- winning a Choreography Award in 2018. Gabby Stout has enjoyed dance for the past 11 years. She loves teaching her passion to others and being a role model for kids. Her favorite styles are contemporary, lyrical, tap and jazz. Gabby is a member of the WHS Crimson Dance Team. She proudly participates in Leadership Club, National Honors Society, SCCDAT Youth Council, and Art Club. When she's not dancing she’s most likely spending quality time with friends or family.
Haley grew up dancing and competing from a young age. When we opened our doors in 2010- she was the first one through taking Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. While in high school - Haley started assisting class and creating tap choreography. We were thrilled to have Haley return to the studio as a teacher - teaching our Baby Combo Classes, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap classes, as well as Showstarz Choreography. You can also find Haley keeping the studio tidy and greeting dancers at the front desk. When she’s not teaching class - she is entertained by her silly daughter, Scarlett. Haley is also working towards her degree in Elementary Education.
Haleigh was a substitute teacher for our studio last spring and we were so excited she was able to join our staff this season! She’ll be teaching Ballet/Lyrical and Contemporary Classes. Haleigh began her dance training when she was five years old and has been hooked ever since! She grew up training at The Movement Authority where she enjoyed doing dance competitions and conventions, for which she received numerous awards and scholarships. Haleigh attended Wichita State University, where she received her BFA in Dance and performed in numerous dance productions as well as the musical theatre production Chicago. While there, she trained in ballet, jazz, modern and musical theatre dance. After graduation Haleigh went on to dance for Norwegian Cruise Lines in Miami, FL and most recently performed with the Wichita arena football dance team Lady Force. Haleigh is currently working towards a Bachelors Degree in elementary education at WSU.
Kalyna joined our teaching staff in the Summer of 2013. In those years she’s taught jazz, contemporary, and hip hop classes as well as combo classes and Adult Heels Classes. Her competition choreography and dancers have won many special judges awards, music awards, and a Golden Ticket to Nationals. Kalyna brings such a creative energy to the studio.
Kalyna danced for the Kansas Koyotes Indoor Football Team, the Emporia State Stingers Dance Team, and captain of her high school dance team, the Del Valle Conquerettes - El Paso, TX. She also coached the Emporia High School dance team from 2010-2011. Kalyna makes the world a more beautiful place.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Are you passionate about dancing? Do you want to get PAID to share your love of dance with others? Teaching dance sounds like the perfect opportunity for you! We are always looking to add positive role models to our team and looking to expand out class offering for all ages and abilities! Please download our applicationand/or email info@encoredancewellington.