Youth Performing Arts 

in conjuction with
 Allen Park: Parks and Recreation

Dance Instructors 

MISS RACHEL YERKE
TEACHES MONDAY CLASSES

Miss Rachel Yerke has been dancing since the age of 4, when she began taking ballet and tap classes.  She spent 10 years on a competition team, competing in tap, jazz, and musical theater, while taking additional classes in ballet, lyrical, and technique/theory.  While in high school, she choreographed several numbers for school musicals and special performances.  It was during this time that she began spreading her love of dance through teaching.  While studying at Hillsdale College, Rachel continued her dance classes, adding three years of Scottish Highland dance training to her resume. In her final year of College, Rachel choreographed the central tap number for the spring musical, for which she received special recognition from representatives for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  She now looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students, and hopes to help them grow as both dancers and individuals.

MISS KAITLYN LASSEN
TEACHES WEDNESDAY CLASSES

Miss Kaitlyn Lassen began dancing when she was only 18 months old at Taylor Dance located in Taylor, Michigan, where she has spent 16 years learning tap, jazz, and hip hop.  She has had the opportunity to dance with guest choreographers from the hit television series “So You Think You Can Dance” where she traveled to New York for a week with her dance studio and take numerous classes at “Steps on Broadway” and will be traveling with them once more next summer. She has also worked with a professional dancer who was in the Broadway musical “Chicago” Miss Kaitlyn was so honored to have been given these opportunities and hopes to share her love and passion for dance to a new generation so they can see how truly humble and heartwarming it is to know that you accomplished something when you walk out on stage.

MISS LINDSAY HARTING
TEACHES THURSDAY CLASSES  

Miss Lindsay Harting began dancing at the age of three at Barbara Hatch School of Dance in Farmington, Michigan, where she spent 15 years learning ballet, pointe, jazz, and lyrical. Her love of dance continued at Grand Valley State University where she joined Dance Troupe, and expanded her education to include tap, musical theater, contemporary, and modern styles. She served as both the Fundraising Representative and Vice President of the organization, and choreographed for four years, teaching styles including ballet, lyrical, and musical theater to students. Lindsay finds great joy in sharing her love of dance and is excited for the opportunity to share her passion with a new generation of dancers.

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Theater Directors

MISS KELLY KNICK
DIRECTOR

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MR. JEREMY PALMER
VOCAL DIRECTOR

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MISS ABBEY KNICK
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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