Christine is the director of TC Dance Academy for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of Ball State University where she majored in physical education and dance. Dancers under her direction and choreography have received top honors in regional and national dance competitions, pageants, pursued collegiate degrees in dance, professional status and also acclaimed television exposure. Skip and Christine have three children and five grandchildren.
Maude-Jo started dancing at TC Dance: the very first year it opened. She began teaching when she was a junior in high school and continued to teach while she completed her Associate of Science in Business from IPFW, with a minor in Dance and Dance Pedagogy. Since then, dance has taken her in many different directions. She was involved in the Miss America scholarship program for three years, winning 3 preliminary pageants and the talent award for her tap routine at Miss Indiana. Maude-Jo has been featured on the TV show Dance Fever on ABC Family. She performed in the onboard production shows for Royal Caribbean and has even been a magician’s assistant and a back-up dancer for an Elvis impersonator. Outside of TC Dance, Maude is one of the lead singers in the country band Northport Road. Maude-Jo loves sharing her passion for dance with all the talented students at the academy and is proud to call TC Dance her home. Maude-Jo is married to Ryan and they reside in Fort Wayne.
How can it be that I’ve been a part of this dance studio for 29 years? I’m much too young for that! I began as a custodian and costume coordinator….started working at the desk part time….and I’m currently the Assistant Director. I am married to RJ and have 3 children. Most importantly, I am also a grandma to two wonderful granddaughters! Oh wait…I’m much too young for that too! When people ask me “What do you do at the dance studio?” I reply “Everything but dance!”
Kim has been teaching at TC Dance for the past 13 years. Not only is she a teacher at TC Dance but is an alumni of TC Dance. She loves being able to share her passion for the art of dance with all of her students. During her teaching career she has received several high score and a choreography awards, Kim has received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University with high honors Magna Cum Laude. She majored in Dance Performance and minored in Dance Education and Business Management. While at Ball State she performed and choreographed for the Ball State Dance Theatre. During her senior year she was awarded Dancer of the Year and Senior Choreography Project Award along with several other awards for her dedication to dance at the collegiate level. Currently Kim resides in Avilla with her husband Rob, their son Blake, and twins Sullivan and Noelle.
Originally from San Bernardino, California Justin began dancing at the age of 7. He grew up competing on the east coast and west coast winning national awards along the way. After high school he was a professional dancer for the cruise line industry for 6 years; working for Holland America, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. During that time he was dance captain and company manager of up to 16 cast members. Justin performed in shows featuring themes from Los Vegas to Broadway where he traveled the globe. On land, Justin has worked for Arthur Murray International teaching and competing in the genre of ballroom, he was trained by world winning international Latin and Smooth champions. Justin has the pleasure to be a teacher at TC Dance, here in Kendallville IN. Justin is currently a doctor of physical therapy and is working towards blending the art and science of human movement.
This is Melanie’s forth year teaching at TC Dance. She is very grateful to be a part of the TC Dance family and loves being able to share her passion for dance with all of her students! Melanie grew up dancing at Northeast School of Dance in Ft Wayne for 16 years. For 10 of those years she competed at multiple competitions, winning several national titles. She also received several state titles competing with her high school dance team. Outside of TC Dance, Melanie is an Aveda trained licensed cosmetologist, working at a salon in downtown Ft Wayne, as a stylist.
Danielle is grateful to be joining the TC Dance family for her first year of teaching!
Dance has always had a special place in Danielle's life and she is elated to share her passion and love for dance at TC! Danielle took her first dance class at the age of 2, and began seriously training at the age of 13 with Patricia Krus School of Dance and Fort Wayne Ballet. She has experience in many styles, with her favorites being Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, and Hip Hop!
Danielle graduated from Indiana University Fort Wayne with a degree in Dental Laboratory Technologies.
Danielle loves to take any opportunity she can to further her dance knowledge and experience! She is currently a dancer for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants "Madame Ants" and the Fort Wayne Blue Bombers "Bombshells."
Shelby Carmichael began teaching dance and tumbling at TC Dance in 2017. She danced at TC Dance growing up and is a former competitive gymnast. Shelby has been teaching tumbling for over 10 years and is currently a judge for IHSAA gymnastics. She is a graduate of Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. During college Shelby danced with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and coached gymnastics for SET-10 and More Than Gymnastics. Shelby is a former titleholder through the Miss America Scholarship Organization where she continues to dedicate her time as a Co-Director to the Miss Limberlost & Northern Lakes’ Organization. Outside of TC Dance, Shelby works for AMI Investment Management and resides in LaGrange.
Julie is excited to be a regular staff member at TC Dance! Formerly a resident of Muncie IN and founder of Dazzle Dance and Cheer in Muncie, her family has relocated to the Ft. Wayne area. As a guest artist at TC Dance for the past two years, she celebrates over 25years as a professional teacher and choreographer. Her students have achieved the highest honors, both regionally and nationally. Julie also has many theatrical credits including choreography and performance in the musicals Grease, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Annie, South Pacific, and Tommy, just to name a few. Julie received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and marking from Ball State University.
Julie continues to train with guest artists and attend conventions and workshops to stay up to date with the latest trends and movement in the dance world. She continually strives to enhance her knowledge of dance and sharpen her teaching skills.
I am originally from the Indianapolis area, and have been dancing since the age of three. I have had the honor of being under the direction of: Kelly Grimes, Christine Thacker, Kelly Behringer, Michelle Allison, Gregory Hancock, Martin Casanova, Daniel Wiles, Jennifer Hinshaw, Laura Byron, Ariana DeBose, etc. I have extensive training in Ballet, Pointe and Horton Modern Technique and am well-versed in Tap and Jazz, including Broadway, Fosse, & LA styles. I have also seriously studied Ballroom, Bollywood, Khattak, and Scottish Highland. I was apart of the pre professional student company G2 with Gregory Hancock Dance Theater throughout high school. I am an alumni of Indiana State University having obtained my B.S. in Public Health and Sustainability.
I am excited to be on the teaching staff at TC Dance Academy! In the past I was a substitute teacher at TC Dance for three years and an assistant teacher for five years. As a student I have danced for 17 years with 15 of those being spent at TC Dance and I am happy to be back as a teacher! While at TC Dance, I was a competition dancer for 9 years, performed at Walt Disney World, and completed summer intensives with the Radio City Rockettes for 2 summers. I also was part of The Moving Company at IUPUI for a year and served as lead choreographer and dance captain. Now I am a junior at Trine University studying Physical Therapy. Aside from being a full-time student, I work at Kendallville Physical Therapy, a sister of Kappa Sigma Alpha, a member of National Society of Leaders and Success, and spend time with my family. I look forward to spending a wonderful year with you all.
I am thrilled to be on the teaching staff at TC Dance Academy! In the past I was an assistant teacher for 4 years and as a student I have danced for 14 years at TC and I am so honored to be back as a teacher. While at TC Dance, I was a competition dancer for 9 years, auditioned for Norwegian cruise line and was in a music video for a local singer. Currently I am a freshman at Ivy Tech, dancing for a company in Fort Wayne called Mikautadze dance theatre. I look forward to spending another year at my second home!
As of this year, Shari will be with TC Dance 14 years! Shari has her certifications in Personal Training, Pilates and Zumba. Shari is a licensed hairdresser, owns her own salon and works in Ft Wayne too. She also does personal training to groups three mornings a week. She is married to Larry and has two children, one grandson, Hank Lee and one granddaughter, Cora Ann! Shari is very proud of her accomplishments in making people aware of their health and enjoys every minute of her fitness world and loves to help those who seek her professional advice!
Wow! It is amazing how fast time goes. I have been involved with TC Dance for 14 years. Watching our daughter Lindsey grow as a dancer and an individual has been an incredible experience. I enjoy working at the front desk on Saturday mornings. We feel very lucky to have found a wonderful group of people we call our second family. I live in Brimfield with my husband Greg and our daughter Lindsey.
If you are interested in any program at TC Dance and want to be involved in a family atmosphere with fun physical activity come see us at 810 Commerce Drive Kendallville, IN 46755 or call us at 260-347-0332.