Hearts in Motion

4336 Plainfield Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Tel: 616.226.6412

heartsinmotiondp@gmail.com

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Alison Brown

Owner

Miss Ali is the founder of the Hearts in Motion Dance Project. She was formally trained at the Grand Rapids Ballet, then continued her dance education at Ada Dance Academy throughout middle and high school. She holds an elementary teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University as well as a degree in public relations and business.  She spent five years involved with GVSU Dance Troupe, choreographing seven pieces for the organization and serving on the executive board as head of fundraising. Miss Ali loves to continue her dance education by taking dance classes in the community as well as attending various conferences.  She has attended the Dance Teacher Summit three times, where she has studied both business and teaching courses under professionals like Twitch, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels and more! She has also taken classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and is module 1 certified to teach Acro through Acrobatic Arts. 

 

At Hearts in Motion, Ali teaches many of the classes from baby ballet classes to teen competitive team.  She loves working with all different levels and styles of dancer as each of them is wonderful and unique!  One of her favorite parts of teaching is seeing her students set and reach their goals!  She started The Hearts in Motion Dance Project with the simple thought that everyone can dance!

Kylie Krason

competition co-director

Kylie Krason started dancing at the age of four in Flushing, MI, where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling. She attended Grand Valley State University where she was a part of GVSU Dance Troupe for three years and the Dance Troupe Ensemble. After graduating from Grand Valley with her B.S. in Psychology she spent some time in Australia where she attended dance workshops and classes to further her dance education. Kylie has previously taught at Center Stage Dance Academy in Flushing and is a former member of Vertical Ambition Dance Company. She also coached the Grand Rapids Drive dance team in its first year.  Miss Kylie also works to continue her education and has attended the Dance Teacher Summit three times to further her teaching practices taking classes from industry professionals. Kylie is also module 1 certified to teach acro through Acrobatic Arts. 

 

This is Kylie's seventh year with Hearts in Motion and we love having her smiling face at the studio!  You will see Miss Kylie teaching on Monday and Tuesday evenings - teaching jazz, tap, acro and private lessons. Miss Kylie is also competition co-director. She will be choreographing some pieces and will be part of all competition planning!

Ashley McCreery

Ashley started dance at Center Stage Dance Company in Oxford when she was 3 years old. While there, she danced competitlvely for ten years starting at age - winning numerous awards and learning a lot!  Ashley grew up in Oxford, MI and lived there her entire life until moving to Grand Rapids to attend Grand Valley State Univeristy. She is currently a Senior this year pursuing a degree in finance.  You can find Miss Ashley teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year in our fun-filled preschool classes!

This is Miss Ashley's sixth year working with Hearts in Motion and we love having her smiling face around the studio! 

Shanna Massey

Originally from Flint, Michigan, Shanna has been dancing since she was just two years of age. Growing up in a family owned and operated dance studio had its perks, including the opportunity to become a teacher's assistant at the age of 12!  Shanna has danced with Flushing Performing Arts Center, Young People's Ballet Theatre, Center Stage Dance Academy, and Vertical Ambition Dance Company. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the growth her students experience throughout the year and to witness the moment they fall in love with performing!  When she's not dancing, Shanna enjoys spending time in the U.P. camping, swimming in Lake Superior, and chasing waterfalls.
This is Miss Shanna's fifth year with Hearts in Motion and we are so happy to have her! Miss Shanna recently got married and is currently in Grad School. She will be teaching basic ballet and tap on Saturdays this Season!

Ashley Oostindie

Originally from Grand Rapids, Ashley Oostindie has most recently returned from performing in multiple shows and parades at Walt Disney World for the last three years. Ashley studied dance performance at Oklahoma City University before transferring to Penn State University, from which she has her bachelor’s degree. Ashley trained at Body Language Dance Company and the Grand Rapids Ballet. She also attended classes and intensive programs such as the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program in New York City, under the direction of Dorrell Martin and the Radio City Rockette summer intensive program. She has also taken numerous classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Ashley’s regional performance credits include GVSU’s production of Cinderella under the direction of Jefferson Baum and the Grand Rapids Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker under the direction of Gordon Pierce Schmidt. Ashley has also performed in ABC’s Unforgettable Christmas Celebration.

This is Miss Ashley's third year with Hearts in Motion! She will be teaching on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in both technique and competitive routines. We love Miss Ashley!

Liz Coulston

Growing up in Niles, Michigan, Liz studied dance at Debbie Werbrouck’s School of Dance for 13 years.  She then earned her bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University.  During her time as a student at ONU, she worked with numerous dance companies including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance, and River North Dance Chicago.  She also taught at Rhythm in Motion Dance Centre in Ada, Ohio.  After graduation, she spent her summer with American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina and then returned to southwest Michigan to teach at her “home” studio as well as perform and choreograph for Patchwork Dance Company.  Liz then moved to Chicago to perform with Simantikos Dance Chicago.  She was also a part of the work study program at Lou Conte Dance Studio.  Additionally, Liz taught dance classes at numerous dance studios and after school programs in the city.  Outside of teaching, Liz has choreographed various musicals in southwest Michigan.  Recent choreography credits include Chicago (Southwestern Michigan College), The Little Mermaid (Southwestern Michigan College), Spring Awakening (Lake Michigan College), and My Fair Lady (Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra).  

 

Liz recently accepted a job with St. Mary's of Notre Dame but will be setting a few competitive pieces for us this season! 

Briana Scoby

Briana Scoby is a Dance instructor/Choreographer originally from Central Florida, currently living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her love of dancing began at the age of 2 when her parents realized that she preferred to dance through the house rather than walk, and they quickly enrolled her at a studio. Her passion for dance continues to this day. Briana studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical & Modern dance at A Dancer's Place; James Dance Center and Susan's Danceworks, all in Central Florida. She was a member of the James Imagemakers Dance Company & Susan's Danceworks Dance Company winning gold, high gold & platinum awards. She won the title of Miss Teen Dance on the Beach in 2008. Briana began student teaching at the age of 12, and following graduation in 2010, accepted a position as a dance instructor in Central Florida. Briana has done choreography for The Florida Lake Symphony Orchestra, East Hollywood Pictures "What the Dickens" Flash Mob Contest & Florida Hospital.


After relocating to Michigan in 2017, Briana spent the next year teaching Ballet and Tap at The Dance Network. She has trained with Mr. Juan Sanchez of Dance Educators of America, Miss Judy James, formerly of the St. Louis Ballet, Miss Kat Wildish, formerly of the New York City Ballet & the American Ballet Theatre and at the Ailey Extension and Broadway Dance Center in New York City,Miss Kari Huffman, a former dancer with the Royal Caribbean Cruise line & former director of Kari's Dance Factory in Key West, Fl. Briana has also performed at Disney Springs; at Universal Studios, Fl, and with the LC Swing Band in Central Florida.

 

Recently married to Kevin Scoby, her childhood sweetheart, Briana spends her time away from the studio working in her father-in-law's business, exploring her new home state of Michigan and working towards becoming an American Ballet Theater Certified Instructor.This is Miss Briana's second year with Hearts in Motion and we are so happy to have her teaching a variety of classes!

ÅNDREA PECK

Miss Ãndrea started studying dance at Carol Ann’s Dance Studio at the age of eleven.  She began teaching dance while in high school in East Tawas, West Branch and Pinconning, MI.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.  During the summers while attending Central, she would attend Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School at S.U.N.Y Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. As a post graduate of their program, she has successfully passed her exams in ballet and jazz.  She has been a member of Dance Masters of Michigan, Chapter 4 since 2011.  

Miss Ãndrea continued teaching throughout Michigan in other studios and taught ballet to competitive figure skaters until she moved to the west side of the state to attend law school. While in law school, Miss Ãndrea, albeit minimally, kept dance in her life by teaching ballet and hip hop in a recreational program in Wyoming, MI and doing choreography for various types of performances.  In 2018, Miss Ãndrea earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and also studied at Hertford College at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.  This is Miss Andrea's second year with HMD. She will be teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in a variety of styles this season!  

Gabrielle Soltysiak

Miss Gabrielle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She began dancing when she was 3 years old at Dance Dimensions, and remained there throughout middle school. While in high school, she continued her training at The Dance Network and was a part of their competitive team. 

Gabrielle was also heavily involved with The Worship and Creative Arts Team at Resurrection Life Church for nine years; as both a dancer and a choreographer.

Most recently, she has taught Ballet for The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation.

 

Miss Gabrielle attended Grand Valley State University to obtain a Biomedical Science Degree. She has been married to her husband, Jacob, for five years. They have two incredible children, Ezekiel (4) and Isabelle (3). She is so excited to share her passion for dance with her daughter! 

Sarah Bethel

Sarah began dancing at a young age and trained locally at Academy of Dance Arts in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary.  Among the special trainings she has accomplished during her dance career include: achieving Cecchetti levels 1-4, attending workshops through River North Chicago, and Dance Ad Deum in Texas.  In 2006, she toured the United States and Canada with Sidewalk Productions, a dance company in Lakeside, Montana.  For five seasons, she was a company dance member with balletmore dance ensemble of Grand Rapids.  She has also performed with Dance In The Annex, at Wealthy Theatre.  In the fall of 2017, Sarah created Grand Rapids Dance Ensemble.  GRDE is a contemporary dance company created to provide adult dancers new opportunities to perform and choreograph.  She has been teaching dance for over ten years and is excited to be teaching at Hearts In Motion this season!

Meet Miss Sarah on Monday evenings teaching pre-school and Kindergarten classes! 

Kaitlyn DeSatterlee

Kaitlyn is from Grand Rapids, MI and began her training locally at the age of 3.  She began competing around 9 years old up until 17 years of age. She attended Western Michigan University where she furthered her education in dance and earned a Bachelor of the Fine Arts performance degree. As part of her education, she studied the history of dance, lighting and staging/production management, pedagogy,  kinesiology, and various courses of choreography and movement exploration.  She had many opportunities to perform in both professional and faculty works set in the Winter Gala concert every year. Her choreography was selected to perform in the Orchesis Dance Concert for four years in a row, in which she produced the choreography, and music/costume/lighting design.  Kaitlyn also began teaching at a local dance studio in Kalamazoo in 2009 and taught jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and privates up into 2018. In Kaitlyns second year at WMU, she became the General Director for Hip Hop ConnXion, which is a Chicago-based hip hop company, and she directed the company for 3 years. Kaitlyn had opportunities to travel to San Francisco and train with Alonzo King Ballet Lines, travel to Seattle to train at Velocity Dance Center, and was selected to participate in an international initiative program to China. Kaitlyn spent 3 weeks training and performing in Taiwan, Chengdu, and Beijing, China, and she also taught hip hop master classes in both Taiwan and Chengdu. Upon graduation in 2013, Kaitlyn moved to New York City to further her career. She then performed on Holland America Cruise Line and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. 

 

Kaitlyn is now still working individually with some dance students she’s had over the last 10 years, and she is going on her fifth season working for CRU Dance. She is living in Rockford and is busy planning her wedding and playing with their 1 year old German Shepherd. Kaitlyn is so excited to be back teaching dance classes and can’t wait to meet all of her students. She is so happy to be a part of Hearts in Motion Dance! 

Logan Presnell

Mr. Logan started dancing in high school through his involvement in show choir! From there he began studying hip hop, tap, and jazz in Indianapolis, Indiana where he grew up. After high school, Logan moved to Huntington, Indiana for college where he continued to study dance, perform, and direct/choreograph the dance troupe Undignified, which he founded in 2013. Logan received his bachelors degree from Huntington University in 2017 and has just finished up two years of teaching full time for the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Logan also performed in the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring company the past two years.  Logan and his wife Sarah just moved to Grand Rapids last month and are excited to be in the city and he is thrilled to be sharing his passion for dance with all of the new students!