Our Instructors


 Miss Megan started dancing at the age of three years old and has never stopped. She started dancing at the Dancers EDGE 9 years ago and then joined the Company and competed for 6 years and loved it! Megan has been a teachers assistant for the past couple years and loves working with kids! She is a senior at Linn Mar high school and is in the varsity show choir 10th Street Edition! She also was a JV Pom her freshman year of high school. She is involved in many clubs at Linn Mar including SODA, TRY, Lean On Me, LM Buddies, and Student Ambassedors. Miss Megan teaches Tinies and Hip Hop classes. 

Miss Megan started dancing at the age of three years old and has never stopped. She started dancing at the Dancers EDGE 9 years ago and then joined the Company and competed for 6 years and loved it! Megan has been a teachers assistant for the past couple years and loves working with kids! She is a senior at Linn Mar high school and is in the varsity show choir 10th Street Edition! She also was a JV Pom her freshman year of high school. She is involved in many clubs at Linn Mar including SODA, TRY, Lean On Me, LM Buddies, and Student Ambassedors. Miss Megan teaches Tinies and Hip Hop classes. 

 Miss Maddie started at The Dancer's EDGE as a student in Miss Stephanie’s Tinies class in 2008, which was the year the studio first opened. Since then, she has performed in Recital every year. In 2012, she was accepted into The Company and went on to compete for 6 years. In 2014, she started as an EDGE Assistant and has been been assisting in a dance class room ever since. Maddie is also involved in the varsity show choir Tenth Street Edition and many clubs and organizations at school including SODA, TRY, Lean On Me, Student Council, Student Advisory, Student Ambassadors, LMTV News, Model United Nations, Contest Speech (can you tell she loves getting involved?!) As an instructor, Miss Maddie focuses on Hip Hop and Tinies and loves to work with kids of all different ages!

Miss Maddie started at The Dancer's EDGE as a student in Miss Stephanie’s Tinies class in 2008, which was the year the studio first opened. Since then, she has performed in Recital every year. In 2012, she was accepted into The Company and went on to compete for 6 years. In 2014, she started as an EDGE Assistant and has been been assisting in a dance class room ever since. Maddie is also involved in the varsity show choir Tenth Street Edition and many clubs and organizations at school including SODA, TRY, Lean On Me, Student Council, Student Advisory, Student Ambassadors, LMTV News, Model United Nations, Contest Speech (can you tell she loves getting involved?!) As an instructor, Miss Maddie focuses on Hip Hop and Tinies and loves to work with kids of all different ages!

  Libby Dunnigan    libby@dancersedgeonline.com

Carolon is a 2016 Dancer’s EDGE alum that joined our teaching staff in the fall of 2017. When she was just three years old, her mom signed her up for a ballet class and she has been dancing ever since! In 2009, Carolon started taking classes at The Dancer’s EDGE and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical. In her years as a student, Carolon was involved in the studio as a teaching assistant, a member of the Company, and a dancer in The Nutcracker. She attends the University of Iowa where she is majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Dance. Carolon loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and teaching them how to work hard while having fun!

 Carol received her early dance training in Cedar Rapids from Dieman-Bennett dancer Linda Earley. She earned her BFA with honors in dance performance from The University of Iowa and MFA in dance directing from The Ohio State University. She is a certified teacher of Labanotation (dance notation) and director from Labanotation scores. Carol is the dance instructor in the theatre department at Coe College and has choreographed extensively for theatre productions in the Cedar Rapids area. Carol’s ballet students have attended such programs as the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive and Joffrey Ballet Chicago's International Summer Dance Intensive, competed at the Youth America Grand Prix, and performed as apprentices/trainees with companies such as Charleston Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre/Charlotte Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, and as members of Milwaukee Ballet II and Portland Festival Ballet. Carol teaches ballet at The Dancer's EDGE as an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. 

Carol received her early dance training in Cedar Rapids from Dieman-Bennett dancer Linda Earley. She earned her BFA with honors in dance performance from The University of Iowa and MFA in dance directing from The Ohio State University. She is a certified teacher of Labanotation (dance notation) and director from Labanotation scores. Carol is the dance instructor in the theatre department at Coe College and has choreographed extensively for theatre productions in the Cedar Rapids area. Carol’s ballet students have attended such programs as the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive and Joffrey Ballet Chicago's International Summer Dance Intensive, competed at the Youth America Grand Prix, and performed as apprentices/trainees with companies such as Charleston Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre/Charlotte Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, and as members of Milwaukee Ballet II and Portland Festival Ballet. Carol teaches ballet at The Dancer's EDGE as an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. 

 Matt Shea is a Cedar Rapids native. He began dancing at the age of 3. He continued his training from many various studios in the Cedar Rapids area.  He attended the University of Iowa under the direction of Linda Crist, Jeffrey Bullock, David Berkley, & Alan Sener. He found his love of teaching through local theater & dance studios. He has over 20 years of experience teaching. Many of his students have gone on to collegiate dance programs/teams, danced for the NBA/NFL, & many have gone on to become dance instructors themselves. Matt enjoys pushing his students to help reach their full potential.

Matt Shea is a Cedar Rapids native. He began dancing at the age of 3. He continued his training from many various studios in the Cedar Rapids area.  He attended the University of Iowa under the direction of Linda Crist, Jeffrey Bullock, David Berkley, & Alan Sener. He found his love of teaching through local theater & dance studios. He has over 20 years of experience teaching. Many of his students have gone on to collegiate dance programs/teams, danced for the NBA/NFL, & many have gone on to become dance instructors themselves. Matt enjoys pushing his students to help reach their full potential.

  Kelsie grew up in Cedar Rapids and has been dancing since the age of three. She credits her competitive drive and success to the life lessons she learned on the dance floor and being a part of a competitive team. After being a three year Dancer’s EDGE Company member and graduating high school, Kelsie attended the University of Iowa where she was a member of the Iowa Dance Team for four years. She recently graduated with a major in Health Promotion and a minor in Human Relations.

 Kelsie grew up in Cedar Rapids and has been dancing since the age of three. She credits her competitive drive and success to the life lessons she learned on the dance floor and being a part of a competitive team. After being a three year Dancer’s EDGE Company member and graduating high school, Kelsie attended the University of Iowa where she was a member of the Iowa Dance Team for four years. She recently graduated with a major in Health Promotion and a minor in Human Relations.

 Charlie is Cedar Rapids native and co-founded The Dancer's EDGE with his wife Stephanie in 2008. He has been dancing for nearly 30 years and instructs Tap, Hip Hop and Tinies classes at the studio in addition to directing the studio's competition team, The Dancer's EDGE Company. He graduated from the University of Iowa after having studied Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and also holds a Minor in Vocal Music Performance from Cornell College. Charlie’s choreography has won numerous Grand Championship, Most Entertaining, and Best Choreography honors throughout the country, including a 2016 Industry Dance Award. He has an infectious passion for teaching and feels most at home when he's in the classroom acting like a big kid amongst his students. When Charlie isn’t dancing, he enjoys detailing his car to an insanely nerdy level, playing with his adorable puppies, traveling, and spending time with his wife and family.

Charlie is Cedar Rapids native and co-founded The Dancer's EDGE with his wife Stephanie in 2008. He has been dancing for nearly 30 years and instructs Tap, Hip Hop and Tinies classes at the studio in addition to directing the studio's competition team, The Dancer's EDGE Company. He graduated from the University of Iowa after having studied Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and also holds a Minor in Vocal Music Performance from Cornell College. Charlie’s choreography has won numerous Grand Championship, Most Entertaining, and Best Choreography honors throughout the country, including a 2016 Industry Dance Award. He has an infectious passion for teaching and feels most at home when he's in the classroom acting like a big kid amongst his students. When Charlie isn’t dancing, he enjoys detailing his car to an insanely nerdy level, playing with his adorable puppies, traveling, and spending time with his wife and family.

 Nichole began dancing at the age of 5 and started teaching her own classes when she was in high school. She attended the University of Iowa where she earned a B.A. in Dance and was a member and captain of the nationally ranked Iowa Dance Team. Upon graduating from Iowa Nichole moved to Los Angeles where she taught at several studios throughout the area and also coached a nationally competitive high school dance team. While living in L.A. she also had the opportunity to train with some of the countries most sought after instructors at studios such as Millennium Dance Complex and the Edge Performing Arts Center. After a couple of years in L.A., she returned to Cedar Rapids and began teaching at the EDGE as well as continued working as a dance team coach and choreographer. Over the years Nichole has performed with several Eastern Iowa companies including Theater Cedar Rapids, The Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, and has been a Spanish Dancer in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Her choreography has won numerous awards at both dance team and dance studio competitions throughout the midwest.    

Nichole began dancing at the age of 5 and started teaching her own classes when she was in high school. She attended the University of Iowa where she earned a B.A. in Dance and was a member and captain of the nationally ranked Iowa Dance Team. Upon graduating from Iowa Nichole moved to Los Angeles where she taught at several studios throughout the area and also coached a nationally competitive high school dance team. While living in L.A. she also had the opportunity to train with some of the countries most sought after instructors at studios such as Millennium Dance Complex and the Edge Performing Arts Center. After a couple of years in L.A., she returned to Cedar Rapids and began teaching at the EDGE as well as continued working as a dance team coach and choreographer. Over the years Nichole has performed with several Eastern Iowa companies including Theater Cedar Rapids, The Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, and has been a Spanish Dancer in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Her choreography has won numerous awards at both dance team and dance studio competitions throughout the midwest. 

 

 
 

Admin & Support Staff


 Katlyn began dancing at The Dancer's EDGE in 2008; throughout her time at the EDGE, she was involved with our Company Program and was a Teacher's Assistant until she graduated in 2014. In 2018, she completed her Finance degree at Iowa State University. She served as the Executive Sponsorship Co-Director for Iowa State Dance Marathon and worked at Wells Fargo throughout college. Currently, she works as a Credit Analyst at GreatAmerica Financial Services and is our Office Manager at night and on the weekends (hence the late night responses to emails!). As our Office Manager, Katlyn coordinates our "behind the scenes" tasks, manages special projects/events and helps all of our wonderful EDGY families with any questions they may encounter. In her spare time, she enjoys biking/running, traveling, reading sappy romantic books and eating Birthday Cake Halo Top.

Katlyn began dancing at The Dancer's EDGE in 2008; throughout her time at the EDGE, she was involved with our Company Program and was a Teacher's Assistant until she graduated in 2014. In 2018, she completed her Finance degree at Iowa State University. She served as the Executive Sponsorship Co-Director for Iowa State Dance Marathon and worked at Wells Fargo throughout college. Currently, she works as a Credit Analyst at GreatAmerica Financial Services and is our Office Manager at night and on the weekends (hence the late night responses to emails!). As our Office Manager, Katlyn coordinates our "behind the scenes" tasks, manages special projects/events and helps all of our wonderful EDGY families with any questions they may encounter. In her spare time, she enjoys biking/running, traveling, reading sappy romantic books and eating Birthday Cake Halo Top.