Heidi Wuerthele
Heid Wuerthele

Heidi Wuerthele, owner & director of Dance Xplosion, has been dancing for over 30 years. Trained at the Gail Wildfong School of Dance, she studied the Cecchetti method of ballet and was examined by elite members of the Cecchetti Council of America. She’s trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hiphop, and lyrical. Heidi danced throughout college while earning her elementary degree. She has her early childhood endorsement and taught in the public schools for five years before opening a dance studio. Heidi's strong knowledge of dance and classroom teaching experiences have provided her with the perfect combination to give children a structured and positive dance education. She has continued her professional dance development by taking master classes from the Alvin Alley Dance Theater, Rockette Sonya Livingston, Tap Dog Anthony LaCasio, hiphop artist Barry Youngblood--Just to name a few. Heidi has received several dance awards for both solo and group competitions throughout her dance career. In 1992 and 1993 Heidi held the title of Miss Gladwin County using a tap solo as the talent component of the pageant. In addition to her own competitive experiences, Heidi has trained numerous competitive dancers at various studios. Her students have earned overall high point awards & national championship titles. Heidi prides herself on making dance a fun and enjoyable experience for students of all ages and abilities.

Miss Terri
Ms. Terri
Miss Terri has been a dance instructor for many years.  She is a Qualified Cecchetti instructor and holds her Licentiate Certification.  In addition to ballet, she has taught Polynesian, jazz, tap, Spanish and acrobatics. Down River Civic Ballet, Southgate Community Players, Washtenaw Dance Association, Cecchetti Council of America and Dance Masters of America are a few of the performing arts organizations to which she has belonged during her teaching career. She owned and operated her own studio for years.  Since closing her studio in 2003, she has been teaching for other studios in the Wayne and Washtenaw County areas. Miss Terri is currently a member of the National Executive Board of the Cecchetti Council of America and serves as its Membership Chair.  She continues to study dance and has recently begun to train other teachers in the Cecchetti Method. Miss Terri resides in Ann Arbor with her husband Paul.  She is co-owner of Maxwell Solutions, LLC, an engineering and educational consulting firm.
Miss Kim
Ms. Kim
Miss Kim is entering her second year at the University of Michigan and strives to expand her involvement in dance in the future. Her passion for the art started at the age of three when she enthusiastically took her first tap and ballet classes. She soon demonstrated her dedication by joining the company at her studio, performing three seasons with them before moving to Ann Arbor. Once in Michigan, Miss Kim furthered her dance career with Dance Alliance Repertory Company in Saline. She has trained continuously in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and kickline. She also has experience in Flamenco, modern, and ballroom dancing. Through her local studio, she has taken lessons in New York at Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway. Miss Kim has also traveled to LA for summer intensive workshops coordinated by LA Dance Magic and Chicago for LA Dance Magic Conventions. In addition to competitions, benefit concerts, guest performances, and recitals, Miss Kim has gained experience in eight performances of the Nutcracker. She is currently taking dance classes through the U of M dance department.
Miss Beverly
Mrs. Beverly
Miss Beverly has been teaching dance for the past 25 years. She received a BA in Dance from Bowling Green State University. She remained in Ohio teaching for local studios and participating in community theater with The Fort Findlay Playhouse and the Findlay Light Opera. She taught dance in Ohio public schools for 15 years with Arts Unlimited, a program based out of Bowling Green State University that prepares teachers and students in movement perception and aesthetic elements of live performances. She moved to Michigan and received her MFA in Dance Performance from The University of Michigan. She performed with Intersect Dance Theater, Feet With a Beat and Barbara Neri & Dancers. She has taught for Swing City Dance Studio in Ann Arbor and Dance Steps Studio in Tecumseh. She continues to teach for Dance Alliance in Saline and for Ann Arbor's Rec & Ed program. Beverly is a second degree blackbelt with the American Taekwondo Association and lives in Tecumseh with her husband and two boys.
Miss Megan
Ms. Megan

Megan started her dance career at the age of nine. Her training includes ballet, modern, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. Megan danced competitively for eight years and has been awarded many honors including judge recognition, several overall placements, and many high standing achievements and scholarships. In 2012, Megan was asked to serve as assistant and demonstrator for Hollywood Connection Dance Convention. She is also a member of Pure Existence Dance Company, based in Dexter, MI. In addition to her performing success, Megan has also been recognized for her choreography including an invitation to choreograph for the Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Fashion Show. At Nationals 2012, Megan was awarded best student choreography of the competition. Megan is a student at Eastern Michigan University majoring in dance. She has received many scholarships for dance as well as academics. Megan is excited to explore the different realms of dance and immerse herself even further into the world of choreography!
Miss Doris
Ms. Doris
Miss Doris has been dancing since the age of 4 and is trained in hip-hop, modern, jazz and ballet. She recently graduated with Honors from Eastern Michigan University and received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Performance. During her training with the EMU dance program, Miss Doris has worked with influential choreographers, including Daniel Gwirtzman, and Christopher Huggins. She has also attended numerous master classes with directors and dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Company, Batsheva Dance Company, and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, just to name a few. As a member of hip-hop dance companies, Dance2XS and F.Y.L., Miss Doris has also had the opportunity to work with renowned hip-hop choreographers and instructors from L.A. and Chicago, including Ian Eastwood.
Miss Olivia
Ms. Olivia
Olivia has been dancing for over 15 years, moving on to Dance Xplosion at the age of 5 as one of its founding members and now alumni. Olivia has been a member of Dance Xplosion's competition team for many years. Olivia trains in several genres of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. Olivia is an active student in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and is studying for her Intermediate level student exam, striving to complete all eight grades during her dance career as well as her teacher's certifications. In addition to annual recitals, Olivia has performed in the Canton Liberty Fest and also the Kids Artistic Review's National Star Showcase in 2010. During her seasons of competitive dance, Olivia has earned many special judges awards such as the Exceptional Emotion award from Applause Talent in 2014. Olivia has placed in the overalls with her solos in several regional competitions over the years. In 2012, Olivia was the recipient of the Gail Wildfong Scholarship and in 2014 was a recipient of the Dupree Dance Summer Intensive Scholarship. Olivia has had the opportunity to attend many workshops including classes at Marygrove College and conventions through Hollywood Vibe, KAR, and Dupree Dance. She has had the opportunity to be instructed by dancers such as Ellenore Scott, Kent Boyd, Marko Germar, Gina Starbuck, Melissa Sandvig, Mark Goodman, Ade Obayomi, and many others. Olivia is a student at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, where she is studying youth ministry and photography. Her love of dance continues to grow everyday and desires to share it with as many people as she can!
Ms. Tonya
Ms. Tonya
Ms. Tonya has been dancing for over 16 years. She has studied all forms of dance including ballet, tap, lyrical, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Studying the Cecchetti method, she has examined and now teaches the art form to children. She has danced at Fine Arts Academy and Dance Alliance. She also danced for two and half years and was an officer for Eastern Michigan University Dance Team. She has danced and cheered competitively for several years, and performed nationally in Orlando Florida. She has also danced in New York City, for Piston’s games, and was a Michigan Twister’s semi-pro football team dancer.  Tonya has a strong passion for teaching dance and has taught for several local studios. Tonya is currently at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a degree in Special Education.
Miss Megan
Ms. Megan

Megan started taking gymnastics at the age of four. She competed and trained in vault, bars, beam, and floor. Her favorite events are floor and vault. She was on the Varsity Gymnastics team all four years of high school and captain for two of those years. She went to Division 2 Regionals all four years in gymnastics and competed in the All Around. Megan is also trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and modern. With her combined dance/gymnastics background, Megan is able to coach to the needs of both dancer and gymnast alike. Megan graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. She is currently studying to be a certified personal trainer. While at CMU, Megan coached gymnastics to kids ages 3-13. After graduating from Central she coached her high school gymnastics team before joining a local gym to coach private lessons, group classes preschool through 14, and tumbling skills of all ages.

Miss Tera Sky
Ms. Sarah

Miss Tera Sky has over 25 years of dance experience. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Modern and Lyrical. Tera Sky danced in an elite high school dance company where she had the opportunity to choreograph solos and large groups, as well as study and performed at an intense Cecchetti ballet studio for 14 years. Tera Sky danced throughout college at Western Michigan University and continued dancing after transferring to Eastern Michigan University. She was an active participant in the EMU dance department earning several key roles in their performances. Most recently, Tera Sky completed an intensive two week dance study in Seattle, WA, earning her a certificate in creative movement for children.