Kim grew up taking dance lessons and competing in gymnastics. Eventually, dance became her number one passion and she continued to develop her skills throughout high school and college, working with a wealth of talented choreographers from all over the world.
Kim recieved her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University with a major in dance. She was also honored with the ASU Faculty Award for Excellence in Dance Education. Kim later earned her teaching credentials from Chapman University.
Kim was performing as an Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader when she began her first year of teaching dance, simultaneously taking on the responsiblity of coaching the varsity pom-line. Not long after, she recieved the “KNIX Teacher of the Week Award.”
Kim taught dance in the high school systems for over 12 years, working with over 220 students each year. Kim choreographs and teaches ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip hop, tumbling, and more. She choreographs for musicals and has staged and directed over one hundred sellout dance productions. Her solo performers have gone on to perform in various dance companies. Some currently teach and perform professionally.
Rachelle Ramage ~ Lyrical / Turns & Leaps
Rachelle started dancing at the age of 4 at a private Kids dance studio in Ontario, Canada. She remained a student at this studio for 15 years. While there she participated in both national /international competitions and workshops. After high school she joined the dance company at her University in Buffalo, New York. While in University Rachelle worked for a promotional agency where she auditioned and managed models that performed at corporate events. At 22 she moved to Arizona and continued to take local dance classes and teach. Currently Rachelle works as a Special Education and dance teacher.
Amy Schmidt ~ Jazz / Ballet / Lyrical / Tap / Acrobatics
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Amy grew up dancing starting from the age of 2 and a half years old. She started her dance training at Spisak Dance Academy and was a part of their company, “The Jataba Dance Troupe”. While there she trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, and acrobatics. As a company member Amy performed in their annual Nutcracker Ballet every year and several other performances including the opening ceremonies for the AZ Diamondbacks, Magic Music Days at Disneyland, and various other performances throughout the valley. While on the company, she also competed in various competitions and conventions all throughout the valley and nationally. She was entered in group dances and solos in competitions ranging from Dance Masters of Arizona, Dance Masters of America, American Dance Awards, LA Dance Force, Showstopper, Spotlight, Jump, Dupree Dance Convention, and many more! Through the competition world she was also exposed to master classes from big names in the dance industry such as Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Judy Rice, and Joey Dowling to name a few. Currently Amy is a company dancer for Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble and Fusion Company. She also has been teaching jazz, contemporary, and ballet at various studios throughout the valley. Amy loves teaching dance and sharing her knowledge of technique with her students. She is happy to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the students!
Daniel McKeon ~ Tap Dance
Started dance at the age of 3 with an overwhelming love for dance. During his childhood years he took lessons at Betty Johnson’s school of dance where he studied with Suzy Gurino and Jennifer Miller in the dance form of tap. From there he went on performing at various venues such as numerous appearances at the Orpheum theater and Herberger theater.
Daniel is currently involved with Suzy Gurino and Jennifer Miller’s tap group called TAP 24.7. The crew travels and performs in multiple states. Some other Tap dancers that he has studied with include Chloe Arnold, who has had appearances on “So you think you can dance” and works as Beyoncé’s double and Gregg Russell who has worked with Michael Jackson.
At the moment Danny is studying music at PVCC and once graduated, he will continue his studies at USC or ASU to pursue a degree in composition. Danny’s motto comes from the gifted composer Beethoven, “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets for it and knowledge will raise men to the divine.”
Danny believes that with just the right amount of passion and perseverance any goal can be achieved.
Sara O’Connor -Ballet
Sara was trained in classical and contemporary ballet on the east coast under such teachers as Kip Martin (formerly Cincinnati Ballet) Alexei Charov, Natalya Charova, and John Sherman (all current or former PA Ballet). She supplemented her ballet technique with classes in various modern and contemporary jazz styles. She participated in the work/study program at Koresh Dance Studio in Philadelphia, PA, and while there, trained in the Koresh style of modernjazz with Roni Koresh and Melissa Rector. A strong desire to learn more about movement, physiology, and healing for dancers motivated Sara to become involved with and certified in both yoga and therapeutic massage. Now based in Phoenix, Sara enjoys taking class, teaching students of all ages and levels, and creating choreography for multiple styles and audiences. She has spent the last few years working with competition dancers and directing/choreographing for performance teams. She wants to impart to her students a respect for the body and its abilities through challenging classes supported by a strong working knowledge of anatomy, movement, and the classical dance vocabulary.
Jill Mausbach – Tumbling / Strength and Flexibility
Jill is a Scottsdale native and started gymnastics at age 5. She was a competitive gymnast in the valley training at Desert Devils and Extreme Gymnastics. After years of hard work and dedication to the sport, she received a full ride gymnastics scholarship to Boise State University. After competition ending injuries, Jill moved back to Scottsdale and completed her Bachelor’s at ASU in Elementary Education. She has been teaching early childhood elementary for the past 12 years in the Paradise Valley School District. Jill has a passion for seeing that all her students succeed, in and out of the classroom, and instills hard work values into all of her students. She is excited to get back to her tumbling roots and teach the very talented dancers at Pinnacle Dance North.
Nathan Bennett – Contemporary / Ballet / Jazz / Acro / Hip Hop
25-year-old dance teacher from a small town in Michigan, began his training at the age of six. A gymnast and dancer, he competed in multiple genres of dance, eventually expanding to the
full range of styles. Quickly finding his passion, he immersed himself in the realm of competition dance. Nathan pursued a degree in Dance at Oakland University. He performed with Oakland Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Company, and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. Nathan continues to share his love of dance through his choreography, classes, and his fun-loving attitude. His specialties include contemporary, ballet, jazz, acro, and hip hop. Nathan loves being goofy and sharing his passion for dance with his students while helping them become the best artists and individuals that they can be.
Shanna Trigili – Contemporary / Ballet / Jazz / Acro / Hip Hop
Originally from Long Island, NY, Shanna has always been creative, artistic and energetic. She started her dance education at 8 yrs old at one of the most prestigious competitive dance studios in New York, training in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and tap. At 14 she received a scholarship to join the studio's competitive dance team. Over the years Shanna earned numerous first place high score titles at both regional and national competitions. She has performed with her dance team at such iconic venues as Carnegie Hall and Disneyland. She has had the opportunity to take many classes with legends such as Gelsey Kirkland, Gregory Hines, Joe Lanteri and Gus Giordano. In addition, Shanna has trained with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company and was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet summer program for three seasons. Shanna began teaching at the age of 18 and has received recognition throughout the country for her choreography and costume design. Many of her routines have qualified for the Championships at national competitions. Her passion in life is to instill a love of dance and an understanding of proper technique in all her students. Shanna strives to create a warm and caring environment in which her students can learn, grow and thrive.
Kids Dance Studio Scottsdale AZ
Our dance teachers in Scottsdale, AZ are committed to providing high quality dance instruction and performance opportunities for children and teenagers alike. As dedicated professionals, our instructors are eager to share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with students, as well as serve as positive role models. Because our team is comprised of dancers with professional dancing experience as well as experience in dance education, we are able to offer instruction of the highest caliber along with the perspective that comes from years of experience in the world of dance. Our students complete their dance classes having learned much more than the basics, and many go on to become dancers for life.
Thanks to the vast experience and skills of our instructors, Pinnacle Dance North is pleased to be able to offer dance classes in a variety of styles, including:
Regardless of your level of experience, you’ll find that the instruction at Pinnacle Dance North is patient, encouraging and of the highest quality. Our instructors love to work with young people and help mold the next generation of great dancers.
When your child is interested in learning from highly qualified and approachable dance instructors in Scottsdale, AZ, come visit Pinnacle Dance North or call us at 480-538-5355. We’d love to welcome you into our studio and help you become the dancer you’ve always wanted to be!