Our team of dance instructors, teaching assistants, and current dance students look forward to meeting you!
Below is a brief introduction to the Dance Fever team:
- Holly Griffin Cagle - Owner & Founder
Born into a dancing family in Eastern North Carolina, Holly was
exposed to dance at a very young age. Her parents have been
shag dancing since the early days of the dance and were inducted
into the Myrtle and Atlantic Beach Shag Hall of Fames. Holly
studied jazz, tap, & ballet from the age of three until
graduating from high school. She furthered her dance studies
by majoring in dance at East Carolina University where she
was a member of the East Carolina Dance Association. Holly continues to dance competitively and travel the country teaching - she has recently performed at the Palace Theatre, USA Grand Nationals, and even on "Good Morning America."
Holly brings to the classroom 25 years of dance experience
and 15 years of instructional experience at various studios
in the Carolinas. She has choreographed award-winning routines
for several Little Miss North Carolina & Little Miss
Mecklenburg County winners and countless dance competition
teams including the East Carolina Dance Association Team.
In addition to her award-winning lyrical, hip-hop, and tap choreography, Holly is a member of the National Shag Dance Team and 2007 National Shag Dance Champion in the NonPro Division.
- Karlie Kissman Krizanik - Head Instructor & Competition Team
Karlie began dancing at age 3 at Marguerite's Academy of Dance in Erie, PA. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, acrobatics, and was a member of their Acrobatic Adagio Company by age 13. At that time she began student teaching and then eventually took on her own classes. She has experience participating in and coaching gymnastics, cheerleading and dance teams. Karlie attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelors in Child Development and Family Relations and minored in dance. At IUP she was also a member of the Dance Theater Company. She continued teaching dance through college and recently moved to Charlotte to work on her Masters in Dance Education at UNCC. Karlie is excited to share her 10 years of teaching experience, 20 years of dancing and her passion for dance with her students!
- Jenn Floyd - Youth Dance Instruction
Jenn grew up In Durham , NC where she started taking tap, ballet, jazz, modern ,contemporary, and acro/gymnastics classes at the age of 7. Once she entered Jr High she became a cheerleader and continued to cheer and dance thru her senior year in high school. Upon graduating from Northern Durham high school, she attended UNC Charlotte and was chosen a member of the Gold Duster dance team. In the 4 years she danced on the UNC Charlotte Gold Duster Dance Team, they won an NCA/NDA National Collegiate Championship (1997). She was also chosen as an NCA/NDA dance instructor for jr high and high school camps. Jenn graduated with a BA in Communications Studies and continued her involvement with the UNC Charlotte Gold Dusters dance team with the honor of being chosen as the coach for the team in 2009.
- Amanda Britton - Office Manager & Youth Dance Instruction
Amanda is a familiar face to Dance Fever Charlotte as she has been a member of our competition team and a student assistant since our inception. She is a native Charlottean and began taking dance at the age of 2, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop. Amanda has danced competitively for over 10 years. Some of her competition venues have been Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Disneyland, CA. She is a graduate of JM Robinson High School in Concord and was accepted into the Art Department at UNC Charlotte where she is currently a Junior.
- Morgan Britton - Youth Dance Instruction
Morgan is another alumni of Dance Fever Charlotte. She is one of our very first students and part of the foundation of our studio. She competed as a part of our competition team and was an award winning and always entertaining soloist. Morgan is currently at UNC Charlotte and is happy to be back sharing her love of dance with current Dance Fever students.
- Alexis Hauhuth - Youth Dance Instruction
Alexis grew up in Winston-Salem and begin dancing at the age of 5. By age 8 she was studying ballet at the NC School of the Arts preparatory program. By high school she was attending the NC School of the Arts full time until graduating in 2009 and leaving for college. She is currently a student at UNC Charlotte where she is studying Elementary Education but has continued to study dance with intensive programs with the Miami City & San Francisco ballets.
- Geoff Burdick - Shag Instruction
In the late 80's after much encouragement from his parents, Geoff started shag dancing in North Myrtle Beach. Being hesitant, he decided to check out this dance to see what it is all about. After seeing the pretty ladies and the fancy footwork, Geoff realized this dance was for him. He has competed and won in many contest since 1990, including the 1992 Junior National Shag Dance Championship. In 1995, he won the Non-Pro National Shag Dance Championship and continues to compete in mixed double contests. He is a 4-time participant of the National Shag Dance Championship Dance Team promoting shag all over the Carolinas including at a sold out Charlotte Hornets game, the USA Grand Nationals, and the recent opening of the new Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach. In 2002, he was inducted into the Shagger's Hall of Fame "Keeper of the Dance" bestowed upon former Junior Shaggers who continue to promote and grow shag dancing. In addition, he was recently inducted to the Charlotte Hall of Fame "Youngblood's". Geoff is a board member of the Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers. He is known for his bowling shoes....make sure to ask him why!:)
Dance Fever Charlotte periodically brings professional guest dance instructors into the studio to work with our students.
- CJ Reid - Summer 2012
Carl Reid Jr, better known by our students as "CJ", is from Charlotte. CJ is an experienced jazz, modern, and hip-hop dancer who has been choreographing in the Charlotte area for many years. CJ graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a BA in Theatre. While at Pembroke, CJ was the choreographer for several "step teams" as well as the UNCP Cheer Squad. In addition, he was a choroegrapher and member of the UNCP Hip-Hop Dance Team. CJ really enjoys working with students and helping them feel the joy of dancing as only CJ can do!
- Jessica King – December 2008
Jessica King is an accomplished artist, photographer, dancer, choreographer, and teacher. For the past year she has had the unique distinction of training and working with Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, TyceDiorio, Tabitha and Napoleon, and Wade Robson to name a few. While touring as a Top Ten Finalist from the hit Fox reality television show, "So You Think You Can Dance" she found herself performing, center stage, to audiences all across the country.
- Jessica Pack – August 2008
Originally from South Carolina, Jessica Pack is a seven year veteran of the NYC Radio City Music Hall's "Rockettes" having the honor of being one of the few dancers invited back for the 2008-09 season without having to participate in the annual auditions. Jessica was on the national tour of "42nd Street" as well as "CopaCabana"
- Dena Rizzo – August 2007
Originally from South Carolina, Dena Rizzo now lives in New York City where she is very active in the dance scene. Hip Hop is her neverending passion and through working with Showstopper Dance Competitions, Darrin Henson's Dance Groove Tour, and her instructional videos she has been able to share the love for Hip Hop and Breakin' to the world.