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.

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!

Abi Wiggins

Instructor

Abi is from Holly Springs, North Carolina where she started dancing at the age of three. Her parents owned Studio Five Dance Company where she trained and danced competitively in genres including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, and Clogging. Abi found her love of teaching dance when she became a teacher's assistant and later started choreographing and teaching her own classes. After her parents sold their dance studio, Abi continued her training and became an alumna of Cary Dance Productions in Cary, North Carolina. Here, Abi was able to expand her knowledge as a dance instructor as well as work with many professionals from the dance industry. Abi went on to study at Appalachian State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Dance Studies. While at Appalachian State University, Abi trained extensively in ballet technique and facets of modern dance including Graham and Hawkins technique. Abi was also a part of the Appalachian Dance Ensemble where she performed works from students, faculty, guest choreographers and attended conferences such as the American College Dance Association. Abi now resides in Charlotte where she is working on obtaining her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Abi is so excited to continue to share her passion for dance with all the Dance Fever students!

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.

Kaitlyn Brantley Dance Fever

Kaitlyn Brantley

Instructor/Office Assistant

Kaitlyn is from Indian Trail, North Carolina where she started dancing at the age of three. She has danced competitively and trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and acro/tumbling. She graduated from Central Academy of Technology and Arts where she was in the Performing Arts Academy for dance. She is currently a sophomore at UNC Charlotte where she is double majoring in Dance Education and Exercise Science.

Alison Steinmetz

Instructor

Ali was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, in which she had extensive ballet training. After her time with gymnastics was over, she joined a non-competitive dance studio where she trained in all styles. This training led her to be a member of the University at Buffalo Dazzler dance team for 2 years. In 2018, she joined the professional dance team for the professional lacrosse team, the Buffalo Bandits. In her third and final year on the team, Ali served as Assistant Captain. Once graduating college, she joined the dance studio that she once trained at as a Teacher. Ali just recently moved from New York and resides in South Charlotte, also working at FIG as a Marketing Strategist. She loves to explore all that Charlotte has to offer and is very excited to join the Dance Fever family this year. She hopes to bring her unique background in gymnastics and technical training to her students, all while continuing her own dance training and education!

Alyssa Bainey

Instructor/Office Assistant

Alyssa is originally from Queens, New York, where she started dancing at the age of four. Upon moving to North Carolina, Alyssa continued her love for dance at Cabarrus Dance Academy training in various dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, and pointe. In her high school career, she danced on her school dance team while also holding the position of Assistant Choreographer for the spring musicals. She is now a student at UNC Charlotte with a major in Dance Education and minor in Psychology. Outside of her class schedule, Alyssa serves as a member of UNC Charlotte’s Dance Department Student Advisory Council. Her goal in life is to share her passion of dance with others, so that they can experience the same joy that dance has brought to her!

Cordelia Dance Fever

Cordelia Hogan

Ballet Instructor

Cordelia Hogan, a Virginia native, began dancing at age four at a competitive studio in her hometown. She trained in many styles, including ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, and contemporary. Coined the "Ballet Girl" at her studio, Cordelia became known for her love for and commitment to ballet. Over her time at that studio, Cordelia competed in many dance competitions and performed roles such as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in their annual production of The Nutcracker. Cordelia moved to North Carolina in 2017 to attend Duke University. She graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Dance and Linguistics, and a minor in Ancient Greek. During her time at Duke, Cordelia danced in several performances sponsored by the Duke Dance Program, as well as performances by Devils en Pointe, the only student-run ballet company on campus. Also at Duke, Cordelia played the trumpet in the Duke University Marching and Pep Band, performing at all home Football and Basketball games. Currently, Cordelia lives in NoDa with her boyfriend, Ryan, and their cat, Cookie. Cordelia works remotely for Prudent Growth Partners, a real estate investment firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is excited to join the staff here at Dance Fever and to have the opportunity to share with the students her passion for ballet.