Dance Fever

Staff

Introducing Dance Fever's 2021-22  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 danced/cheered competitively. She began teaching at 13 and has been doing so ever since!  Karlie earned a Bachelor's in Child Development and Family Relations with a minor in Dance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Upon moving to Charlotte, Karlie 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. After teaching with Dance Fever, Karlie fulfilled her lifetime dream of becoming the studio owner and director. She is beyond excited and proud to call Dance Fever home. Karlie's goal is to continuously learn and grow as a life long student of dance and to 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 Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor

Jessica Bukkhegyi

Huntersville Manager / Instructor

Jessica is an alumnus of Dance Fever Charlotte and a graduate of UNC Charlotte. She began her love of dance at the age of 3 and eventually became part of the Dance Fever competition team for as well as a teacher’s assistant.  Miss Jess has been teaching at Dance Fever for seven years and specializes in PreDance and Combination classes.  Jessica previously taught special education teacher in Gaston County. Miss Jess recently took on a new role as MOM to son Aiden.

Taryn Moreno

Charlotte Manager / Instructor

Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor Taryn was raised in Fort Mill, SC where her passion for dance began at the very young age of two. She began performing and competing all around the country in Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Pom, Lyrical, and much more! Taryn began teaching at the age of 19 while receiving her degree in Sport Management at Winthrop University. She has had the privilege of dancing for the University by performing with the Dance Department in many different showcases and musicals. Taryn danced professionally for the Charlotte Checkers CheckMates and coached the Winthrop Spirit Squad upon graduation. Taryn and Garrett reside in Cotswold, Charlotte with their two Cockapoo puppies, Stella and Grace. In her free time, Taryn takes as many adult dance classes as she can to continue her education in dance.

April Carte

Instructor / Office Assistant

April has been a part of the Dance Fever family since she was 5 years old and started competing at age 8. As a student at Dance Fever, she trained in all dance styles and spent many hours student teaching.  April is excited to have joined the teaching staff and remains an important part of the Dance Fever family. When not teaching you can find her working the front desk. April is now a senior at UNC Charlotte majoring in Communications where she is also the Editor-In-Chief for the Niner Times.

Jessica Bedson

Instructor

Jessica Bedson was born and raised in New York, and found her love for dancing at 3 years old. She has trained, and competed in all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern and Hip-Hop. Jessica has had the pleasure of choreographing for many different musical theatre performances, dance intensives, and competitive dance performances. She has been teaching dance for 10 years now, and performed professionally with the Dance Works New York City Company for a total of 4 seasons. Jessica has always had a passion for the arts, studying Fine art for her Bachelor's degree at Queens College in New York, and a Masters in Clinical Art Therapy, at Long Island University. Outside of Dance Fever Charlotte, Jessica works as a Clinical Art therapist, supporting people in their mental health. She is passionate about spreading her love for dance and creative expression with others, and is extremely excited to be a part of Dance Fever Charlotte.

Gabby Lockovich

Instructor

Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor Gabby Lockovich was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. A graduate of Lake Norman Charter High School, Gabby is now a junior at UNCC.  She started dancing at Dance Fever Charlotte in seventh grade, training in ballet, jazz, acro and was a part of the competition team as well as a student-teacher.  In her free time, she loves to travel, shop, and spend time outdoors.

Brianna Graves

Instructor

Brianna started dancing at the age of 2 in Arizona and is entering into her 20th year dancing, as well as her 8th year teaching dance. She trained at a young age in both Arizona and California before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. She started competing with dance at the age of 8 and has trained in many diverse styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre, latin dance, and hip hop. She began assisting dance classes through the fine arts program at her school in the 6th grade and eventually started teaching her own classes before graduating high school. She has experience working with various ages of dancers ranging from preschoolers up to adults in many styles. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Studies. Throughout her college experience she had the opportunity to perform in and choreograph for main stage shows, such as the Appalachian Dance Ensemble, as well as club showcases. She was also the President of Entropy Dance Crew, a hip hop and street styles dance club at App State. After graduating, she moved back to Charlotte and is very excited to start teaching at Dance Fever this year as she continues spreading her knowledge and passion of dance onto the younger generation of dancers!

Meghan Chaney

Instructor

Meghan is a native of North Carolina and started her dance journey at the age of 2.5. She danced competitively growing up and had the opportunity to learn from some amazing choreographers from all across the U.S. Growing up she performed at dance festivals, college football and basketball games, and at Disney. Meghan danced throughout college and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and dramatic arts. She has been teaching dance since 2014 and loves working with dancers of all ages and skill levels. Meghan has many years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, musical theater, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. She loves to share her passion for all styles of dance with her students. Meghan strives to create a classroom environment that excites students to learn and grow and challenge themselves in new ways, while also developing a love and appreciation for the arts. She is exited to be a part of the Dance Fever Team and cannot wait to meet everyone!