meet our staff
Ms. Pam has been inspired by children for many years and believes if children are given the opportunity to create, dream and try new experiences they will find their dream. Dance gives a child confidence, self-esteem, creativity and a chance to fulfill their dreams. Ms. Pam attended Macomb Community College, Saginaw Valley State University and Oakland University to obtain a continuing degree in Elementary Education and Business. She retired from Anchor Bay Schools after 20 years and was also Assistant JV Dance Coach. Ms. Pam has always supported and been involved in school activities at Anchor Bay, L'Anse Creuse, Lutheran North, and New Haven. She also makes it a priority to support and participate in community events in Chesterfield, New Baltimore, New Haven, Mt. Clemens and others surrounding the studio.
The last 13 years have been inspiring and successful as the studio continues to grow and be one of the most outstanding studios in Macomb County; Metro Detroit Area. Some awards to name a few, Industry Dance Award, Four time World Series Champion, Several National Champion Awards, Vote for the Best Channel 4, Best Studio Detroit, People Choice Awards, Entertainment Awards, Outstanding Choreography Award, Countless Crystal Awards, Sportsmanship Award, Scholarship Award, Title Awards, Costume Awards just to name a few.
FRONT DESK/OFFICE STAFF
Sarah Kraft has been dancing and in the dance industry for twenty five years. She has performed with the Goo Goo Dolls, Jessie McCartney, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts at the “ Bob that Head Tour” at the Palace of Auburn Hills. She has performed in many hair/fashion shows, flash mobs and special performances around the area. Sarah has also been in Taylor Swifts Music video.
Sarah has also traveled to New York City to Train under The Joffrey Ballet School. While training under fabulous New York choreographers Sarah was chosen to perform a piece by Marles Yearby, the choreographer from the Broadway show RENT. Sarah takes her dance education and teaching very seriously and has attended The Pulse, 24/7 dance convention and The Dance Teacher Summit in California and New York. She has taken Many classes from Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Denise Wall, Stacey Tookey, Twitch, Dave Scott, Sonya Tayeh, Al Blackstone and many more.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major of Dance and a Minor of Business Administration from Wayne State University. At Wayne State Sarah had the opportunity to train and perform under many professional names and companies while finishing her degree. Ms. Sarah is now in the middle of gaining her master’s degree at Wayne State university where she will have a Master is of Arts in theater and dance education.
Sarah has been teaching for 15 years and is the Competition Director at Drop Everything & Dance Studio. She teaches all ages and can teach all styles. She has choreographed for many high schools, middle schools ,Universities and Studios in Michigan. Which have all placed with top Honors and Choreography awards.Sarah is a Professional Competition Judge for KAR and Rainbow Dance Competition. She also works with Reaction Dance Force as a choreographer as well as teaching summer camps. Sarah has also traveled throughout Michigan to teach at many Choreography masterclasses and workshops.
Sarah’s choreography has placed with high achievements at all studio and high school competitions. Her choreography has earned her Multiple Nationals and Regional championships, Teacher of the Year at KAR Nationals, Countless National & Regionals Choreography awards. Multiple placements in top 5, multiple Crystal awards, Judges Choice awards, Most Entertaining awards, Scholarship winners, Best Showmanship, Technique excellence awards, as well as many Top and Outstanding Choreography awards. Miss Sarah loves to share her passion for dance and is excited to help other dancers find that same passion.
ASSISTANT COMPETITION DIRECTOR
Shelby has been dancing since age 3, competitively dancing for 9 years. Shelby has been instructing competitive dance since 2011. Ms. Shelby teaches all styles of dance with us. Winning numerous awards with Drop Everything & Dance studio's competition team such as, best in category, 1st place, 2nd place and much more.
While instructing competitive teams at D.E.D. Shelby also coached varsity dance at Lutheran High school North. There she coached the team into 3 time Catholic League Champions for the first time in the school's history. She is inducted into the Detroit Catholic League of Michigan Hall Of Fame.
Outside of D.E.D. Ms. Shelby is a graphic and web designer. Graduated from Specs Howard School of Media Arts and Macomb Community College.
PRE COMPANY DIRECTOR/ COMPETITIVE COACH
Lindsay graduated from Central Michigan University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Interpersonal and Pubic Communication along with minors in Dance and Recreation. She worked 14 years in the event industry with experiences in sales, coordinating, catering, and decor. She had her first son, Jace in 2017 and her second, Cade in 2018.
Her dance career began at age 2.5 in ballet and tumbling classes at Borgo Sisters School of Dance in Royal Oak Michigan. She moved into Linda Desment's Dance Class in Sterling Heights taking various classes in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical and modern. At age 11, she was moved into the advanced ballet training and was on pointe by 13 years old.
Spent 4 years dancing with the Warren Mott High School Dance Team focusing on Jazz and Pom competing with the Universal Dance Association. At Central Michigan University she performed with the Orchesis Dance Theater.
Most recently, Ms Lindsay Choreographed Fraser Dance Team Pom and Jazz routines for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.
So far she has 11 years teaching dance at Drop Everything & Dance Studio 7 of which as a competition coach. She is most proud of her overall placements including several place finishes and multiple judges awards including Most Entertaining, Broadway Bound, and best in Musical Theater in a National Competition in 2015.
BALLET INSTRUCTOR/ COMPETITIVE COACH/ PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Miss Jessica was born in southeast Michigan and grew up dancing since the age of 5. She trained in many different styles of dance, with a focus in ballet. She was in the Macomb Ballet Company for 5 years, danced on her high school’s Varsity dance team for a year, and then went on to further her education in dance at Western Michigan University. Miss Jessica danced, choreographed, and was stage manager for an interactive Disney-affiliated company for 10 years, traveling around eastern Michigan. She has been a dance teacher since she was 16 years old at various studios throughout Michigan. She also taught group fitness classes and personal training since 2013. Since graduating in 2015 with a BA in dance and a BS in exercise science, her passions for teaching dance and conditioning dancers for injury prevention have coincided. Miss Jessica’s goal in teaching is to integrate correct anatomical positions with proper dance technique to develop strong bodies that can enjoy movement for a lifetime.
BALLET INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/COMPETITIVE COACH
Allyson Leach has been dancing since she was three years old in various styles. She trained at Ann Parsley School of Dance for 15 years, and was a member of the Macomb Ballet Company for 10 years in which she danced soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty, and The Wizard of Oz. Additionally, Allyson is Cechetti certified from Primary I to Grade VI. Allyson attended summer Ballet intensives at the Joffrey Ballet School, and competed in the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet competition. Allyson began teaching five years ago, and has been at D.E.D for three years. She is set to graduate from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in August 2020.
Nicole graduated from University of Detroit Mercy B.S. in Nursing and R.N. with future goals of M.S. in Nursing. Ms. Nicole has been dancing since 4 years old where she started Assistant Teaching at 14 years old. Ms. Nicole also was a dance Instructor in Mental Health Facilities for 2 years. She also was the captain and Solo Performer with LCN Guard. Ms. Nicole performed in Disney World’s Pre-Electrical Parade and participated in Disney's Performing Arts Clinics.
Ms. Ally has been with Drop Everything & Dance for nine years. She spent seven of those years as a dancer on the competition team, winning multiple regional and national titles with her team. The past two years, Ms. Ally has been teaching the instructional classes at DED with ages ranging from three to seventeen. She attended Oakland University for two years, majoring in Elementary Education, but later decided her passion was with cosmetology. This year she will be pursuing a career in cosmetology and hopes to merge her two passions some day and work for a dance company, dance tv show, or magazine doing hair and makeup.
Alix graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She has 26 years of dance experience, 11 years teaching experience - competitive and recreational. She also has 6 years traveling the country judging and stage managing for Legacy Dance Championships. She received a full scholarship to Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, IL under the direction of the late, great Gus Giordano. She is a master class instructor and choreographed for many school dance teams and studio competition teams with nationally recognized for choreography and costuming. She also assisted in opening number for Legacy Dance Championships and Applause Talent. Ms. Alix has 6 years performing in America's Thansgiving Day Parade and performed with Jason Derulo, Kid Rock, Ashanti, MKTO, Mike Posner, Vanilla Ice, and more!
Miss Amy is an Oakland University Graduate who majored in Communication with a focus in marketing. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old in all styles. She was captain of the Oakland University dance team for 2 of her four years on the team, and also choreographed and edited music there. Miss Amy has choreographed for local Michigan high schools, as well as the working on couples first wedding dances. While in college, she interned in NYC working with Bebe Rexha, Courtney Love, Andy Grammer, Cassadee Pope and others. She also interned at Channel 955 and was On Air with Beau Daniels as Intern A.Shaw. Currently, Miss Amy is living in Chicago, and is working at an Insurance Brokerage, but she is still choreographing and coaches competition hip hop at D.E.D and has been with the studio since 2016.
Marissa Carpenter started dancing at 5 years old and began dancing at D.E.D. when she was 6. At the age of 9 she began dancing competitively and began assisting at 14. During her time competing she won awards for her solos, trios, and group dances. One of her biggest achievements was winning the technical excellence award for her solo. She also had the opportunity to recompete her solo after making it into the top 5 in her category. Many of the group dances she was apart of also had the opportunity to recompete for higher placements as well as a winning. Marissa also had the opportunity to perform in many parades, at numerous pistons games, Minor league baseball games, gymnastic championships, and flash mobs. Marissa has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. Currently she is going for her Bachelor of Science in dance at Wayne State University with intentions to graduate in the summer of 2023.