Introducing Dance Fever Charlotte’s 2016-17 Teaching Staff:
Karlie Krizanik – Owner/Director
Karlie’s love for dance began in Erie, PA at the age of three training in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, gymnastics, cheerleading and more. As a teen she joined her studio’s Acrobatic Adagio Company and cheered and danced competitively. She began teaching at the young age of 13 and has been doing so ever since! She earned a Bachelors in Child Development and Family relations with a minor in Dance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended the University of North Carolina Charlotte for graduate school, earning a Masters in Dance Education. Karlie has been employed as a Dance Educator with Rowan-Salisbury School District, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District and has experience specializing dance instruction for students with special needs. Recently, Karlie fulfilled her life time dream of becoming a studio owner and director. She is beyond excited and proud to call Dance Fever Charlotte home. Karlie’s goal is to continuously learn as a life long student of dance and share that knowledge, providing excellent dance education to all students!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
Krystal Bravo – Instructor
Krystal has been a part of the Dance Fever team since the very beginning, first as a student then as an instructor. She is a graduate from East Carolina University where she got her BFA in Dance Education and a minor in Business Administration. Ballet, tap, jazz, and competitive dance have been her passion since age 4. The last 8 years she has developed a new love for Carolina shag dance as well. Krystal is currently a dance teacher in CMS schools and continues to share her love and passion for dance with children every day.
Jessica Bukkhegyi – Instructor
Jessica is an alumni of Dance Fever Charlotte and a graduate of Cox Mill High School. She began her love of dance at the age of 3 and eventually became part of the Dance Fever competition team for 7 years as well as a teacher’s assistant. Jessica is a student at UNC Charlotte and majoring in Special Eduction.
Carly Griffin – Instructor
Carly’s love for dance began at the age of three and is now a dance major at UNC Charlotte. She danced competitively for over 10 years along with many years of gymnastics training. Carly has had the privilege of studying under professionals such as Kim Jones (Martha Graham Dance Company) and Rachel Tucker (original member of the Broadway production “The Lion King”). Carly is also a part of Range of Motion Dance Ensemble who performs on campus and around the Charlotte area. She enjoys going to conventions and taking classes outside of school to expand her training. Carly performed at the American College Dance Festival under the choreography of Jillian Ackerman and studied abroad in Italy for dance with Arkè dance studio during the summer of 2014, under the program Connecting the Past to the Present: Baroque to Modern Dance. “I have many years of experience in teaching dance of all levels and styles. I am excited to become part of the Dance Fever family and share my love for dance”.
Melanie Koch – Instructor
Miss Melanie is a Pennsylvania native who is new to Charlotte. She studied Speech-Language Pathology at Bloomsburg University and Old Dominion University and is currently working as a Speech Therapist in the Charlotte area. She was a company member at Berks Ballet Theatre and attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts program as a modern dance major. Melanie taught for several years at Bloomsburg School of Dance and was the jazz teacher for the Bloomsburg University Dance Ensemble. She is grateful that dance continues to be a part of her life here in North Carolina, and is excited to be a part of the Dance Fever team!
Veronica Moretti Niebuhr – Ballet Instructor
Veronica received her early training from Bette Ann Rossi at Atwood Performing Arts, Festival Ballet of RI, and Boston Ballet. She spent a lot of time in Boston, where at 16 she was the youngest choreographer to participate in the Boston Aids Benefits, alongside Bill T. Jones and Boston Ballet. Veronica went on to perform with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, performed in music videos, made a movie, and danced with a fledgling modern company in New York. Veronica started working with some of the young children who performed on Broadway and realized, she should be teaching! Then she met her husband and life really started changing, they started a family and ended up moving to Savannah, GA, where she ran her own school for 7 years, was a faculty member at Armstrong Atlantic University, and a judge for many dance competitions. Currently she is on the faculty at Charlotte Ballet.
Kaylee Bravo – Instructor