Meet our amazing staff! We are so lucky to have them a part of the Excel family!
Katie Stull, Owner and Teacher
Katie began taking dance lessons at the age of 2 in Portage, Mi. She continued her training in Michigan for the next 16 years. Katie was involved in Dance Company for 6 years, quickly moving her way to Gold Company. Katie continued her dance training taking several workshops and master classes as well as studying at WMU where she also graduated with a degree in Psychology. Dance is such a passion for her and she loves the opportunity to touch so many lives through the art of dance! Ms. Katie loves every dancer as her own and has loved watching them all grow over the years!
Karly Fruehauf, Office Manager
Ms. Karly, our office manager, has been a part of the Excel family since 2008 when all 3 of her daughters began dancing here! She has loved being around the studio ever since and feels blessed to have such a fun and rewarding job. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from WMU with over 20 years of experience. She loves getting to know the families and dancers at Excel!
Susan, Studio Relations Director and Teacher
Ms. Susan started dancing at the age of 3 in IL at her hometown studio, Impact Dance Studio. She was a member of the WMU dance team for 4 years and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent two years teaching 2nd and 5th grade in Battle Creek, MI. This will be her 5th year teaching at Excel. She has decided to explore different options in the working world and is now working as Excel’s Studio Relations Director. We are so excited to have her join our team full time!
Leah, Company Director and Teacher
Ms. Leah has been dancing with Excel since the age of 5 and is so happy to be back in the teaching seat this time. Leah is currently attending WMU studying Psychology. She was able to teach dance while living in North Carolina and couldn’t wait to get back to teach at her home studio. Ms. Leah has also been a part of Hip Hop ConnXion and worked for American Ballet Theatre in Austin, Texas. She loves being back with the kids and can’t wait for next year!
Jordan, XPressions Director and Teacher
Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Political Science from Western Michigan University. At age two, she began her dance training under Liz Schmidt at Spotlight Dance Works. Jordan has participated in several summer dance intensives including The Joffrey Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Intensive, The Dance Sessions, Complexions Summer Intensive, and CLASS. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Peter Chu (Chuthis.), Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Meg Paul (Twyla Tharp/The Joffrey Ballet), Frank Chavez (River North Dance Chicago), Kirsten Harvey, Julie Bour, Liz Schmidt, Samantha Shelton (American Ballet Theatre), Sonya Tayeh (SYTYCD), Lauren Adams, and Brooke Pierotti. After graduation in 2017, Jordan moved to NYC where she worked for NYC’s acclaimed dance studio Downtown Dance Factory, and worked with artists such as Ashley Rich (SYTYCD). Jordan is glad to be back in Kalamazoo teaching and loves being apart of Excel dance family!
Ms. Olivia has been dancing since the age of 3. She trained for 12 years at Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield, MI. Her passion for dance continued into college where she spent 2 years dancing for the WMU Broncos. Olivia currently works in marketing at Stryker but absolutely loves that she can still help her students find their love and passion for dance!
Ms. Janelle found the world of dance at the age of 13 when she started taking classes at Excel. She was part of three performance teams, as well as XLR8. She loved performing for the Harlem Globetrotters and Disney World! Ms. Janelle was also a dedicated gymnast for 11 years and currently heads our tumbling program. She finds so much joy in combining the gracefulness of dance with the thrill of tumbling and is so happy being part of Excel’s family.
Ms. Skylar, a Michigan native started her prevalent dance training at age 4 in all areas of dance at a local dance studio in Portage, Michigan. As a dancer and choreographer, she specializes in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz and Improv. With her love of teaching and unique choreography, Skylar has spent the last 6 years teaching dance in Michigan. Skylar is also an Early Childhood Montessori Teacher in Augusta, MI. She has a love for working with children and is so excited to continue to share her love and passion for dance with all of the kids at Excel Dance Centre!
Ms. Noelle trained at Rise Dance Center in Schaumburg, IL and has been dancing since the age of 3. She has worked with Chicagoland choreographers such as Trae Turner, Hannah Brictson, Angelina Familara and Karlo Familara. Noelle Is currently a student at Western Michigan University and is in the BFA dance program. Her studies focus mainly in Jazz, Ballet, and Modern, but growing up she has trained in 11 different styles of dance! At WMU, Noelle is also a member of the Hip Hop Connxion Michigan branch. Noelle is thrilled to start teaching at Excel and be part of our dance family! Noelle loves educating students about dance technique and dance history as well!
Ms. Sara took her first dance class at age 4 and has been performing ever since! A Portage native, she danced at Excel from when we opened in 2004 up until she graduated from high school. Since then, Sara has moved around a bit, but has always kept close ties with her Excel family. After commuting from Chicago to teach our Boys Hip Hop workshop for the past couple of years, Sara is so excited to finally be back in Kalamazoo and able to spend more time at Excel-one of her favorite places on earth! In addition to dance classes, Ms. Sara also teaches theatre and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. She also has her Early Childhood credentials and has been working as a Preschool Teacher for several years. Ms. Sara has a huge passion for teaching and seeks to create a safe, creative, engaging, and educational environment in all classes she teaches.
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Olivia Q., Teacher
Olivia Quesada is from Canton, Michigan. She grew up studying at studios in the Metro Detroit area, starting at the age of three, including Triple Threat DTC, the studio her mom owned and operated, and Planet Dance. Olivia’s dance training includes the genres of tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre dance. Olivia has been teaching for local studios for the past two years in all styles of dance. Olivia has competed locally and nationally throughout her youth through her senior year of high school. Olivia is currently a student at WMU, where she is a member of the Hip Hop Connxion Michigan branch. She has trained with professional artists including Dee Caspary, Olivia Cece, Chelsea Sebs, Ade Obayomi, Twitch, Misha Gabriel, Nick Lazzarini, Melanie Moore, Chris Cangero, and Joshua Allen. Olivia’s love of the arts extends beyond dancing to vocal performance and musical theatre. Olivia is delighted to join the talented team of instructors at Excel Dance Centre, spread her passion for the arts, and get to know everyone in her new dance family.
Sam, Summer Coordinator
Ms. Sam grew up dancing competitively at her home studio, Xtreme Dance Sports in Schoolcraft, Michigan. She credits most of her dance training to talented teachers and choreographers such as Anna Vollmar, Angelina Familara, and Francesca Pileci. After high school, Sam attended The University of Dayton, where she was a member of the club dance team, and eventually became the president her last year. Sam choreographed many pieces, specializing in contemporary and lyrical. Sam is happy to be back in the Kalamazoo area, teaching 4th grade and working at Excel in the summers!