Ms. Katie, Owner
Katie Stull is the owner and manager of Excel Dance Centre. She has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 and plans on continuing to dance until someone takes away her shoes!
Katie graduated from Western Michigan University with a Child Psychology major and an Art minor. She also studied dance at Western for 4 years. She has trained throughout her career with Gus Giordano, Joe Tremaine, Darryl Retter, Wade Robson and many more.
Katie has received many awards and recognition for her training through Tremaine Dance, L.A. Underground, Showstoppers, Dance Educators of America and New York City Dance Alliance to name a few.
Katie is a very happily married wife to her husband Kyle, who is a chiropractor in Texas Corners, and an exhausted, yet loving mother of twins, Ella and Wyatt.
Katie is very passionate about her work with the students at Excel; her students and parents mean the world to her. She prides herself on having a studio that offers a friendly, inviting and loving environment where students can come get away and just have fun doing what they love, dance! She also is pleased to share that the studio, it’s music and costuming is age appropriate for every dancer. Katie is very excited to share her passion and love of dance with her students and looks forward to every new year!
Ms. Ginger, Office Manager
Ms. Ginger comes to us from Blaine, Maine and is a lady of several hats here at Excel. In Maine, Ginger was a behavior Health Specialists for several years and has the tools needed to work with children and families which is her passion! Her title is office manager but if you ask any parent here they will tell you she is much more! She loves the bonds and relationships she has created here at Excel and always looks forward to meeting new families.
Ms. Emilee, Gym Teacher
Ms. Emilee grew up in White Lake, MI. She is currently a sophomore at Western Michigan University studying early education and am a member of the Bronco gymnastics team. Emilee has been a competitive gymnast since the age of 9 and can’t wait to help the dancers of Excel improve their tumbling! “I have a passion for kids and am always looking at the positive side of life!”
Ms. Sara C., Teacher
Ms. Sara C. is the artistic director of The =ibrium Dance Project, founded in the summer of 2012, which has shown work in IN, MI, NJ, NY, OH, and WI and internationally in Toronto, ON Canada. She has performed with Bill Evans Dance Company, Blue Tribe African Dance Company, Blythe Edens Dance Company, The Gran Lakou Haitian Folkloric Dance Company, Indy Convergence, The New Mexico Contemporary Dance Alliance, Motus Dance Theatre, SMAG Dance Collective, and is very excited to be performing with Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers this fall.
Ms. Sara has served on faculty at Ball State University and Anderson University, has taught children of all ages for over a decade, and is certified in the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban/Bartenieff-Based Modern Dance Technique. She is currently working toward her MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is a recipient of the Chancellors Graduate Student Award, and received her BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico in 2003 with departmental honors and received the Friends of Dance Scholarship, The Provost Award for Artistic and Academic Achievement, The Bill Evans Dance Teachers Intensive Scholarship, and the Barbara Kiker Award for Excellence in Dance. She is so excited to share the love of dance with the students at Excel!
Ms. MiKayla, Teacher
MiKayla Reid began dancing at age three and has danced with Excel since 2004. She officially began teaching for us during the summer of 2012. Ms. MiKayla is in her final year at Western Michigan University as a Child & Family development major, with double minors in Dance and Business. She currently teaches a variety of ages and dance genres and she also joined the gymnastics program in 2013. Ms. MiKayla couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the Excel family, combining her love for dance and children!
Ms. Stefanie, Teacher
Ms. Stefanie has been dancing since the age of 3 and competed for several years earning many awards. She started her dancing at Excel in 2005 where she trained with Ms. Katie for several years and became an official team member in 2011. Ms. Stefanie currently specializes in Pre-School classes up to level 1 and has a huge heart for kids.
Ms. Megan, Teacher
Ms. Megan started dancing at the age of 5 and spent most of her years dancing competitively at Star Struck Dance center and Michelle’s Academy of Dance. She is currently a Junior at Western Michigan University with a double major in Dance and Psychology and also a part of Hip-Hop Connexion and the Western Dance Project. She loves sharing her passion of dance with others and is very happy to be a part of the Excel family!
Ms. Sarah T., Teacher
Sarah has been dancing since she was 3 years old. While growing up in Portage, she danced and competed with local studios and was a part of Dance Inc. company teams. She has trained with Showstoppers, Tremaine and Company Dance. She also continues her dance training at local conventions each year. Sarah loves sharing her passion for dance with our students watching them grow!
Ms. Laura, Teacher
Laura graduated from Oklahoma City University where she earned a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree in Dance Performance. She has worked on cruise ships, in Las Vegas and primarily, in the musical theatre world of New York City. Credits include the national tours of Crazy For You, Beauty and the Beast and My Fair Lady. She has also worked in regional theatre across the country, modeled for “Dance Spirit” Magazine and most successfully, performed as a Radio City Rockette at Radio City Music Hall.
As a Radio City Rockette, she has performed on The Tony Awards with Hugh Jackman, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Rockefeller Center’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has done several interviews, including with NBC’s Campbell Brown and has taught GMA’s Kate Snow what it takes to be a Rockette. She also served as Assistance Dance Captain and Swing in 2005.
Laura has taught master classes in Virginia, Kansas, Michigan and at regional Dance Competitions. She has also taught many Rockette Experiences in New York City. She recently taught adjunct at both Wayne State University and Oakland University. Laura is married to Greg and the proud mother of Ella, Oliver and Harper. She is a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor and also the owner of Centered Pilates in Kalamazoo.