Owner, Artistic Director and Instructor
Erin has been sharing her passion for dance with students for over 16 years. She is the Owner and Artistic Director of Spotlight Dance Academy, which opened its doors in 2005. Since then, she has instructed dancers who have begun their own successful dance careers as teachers, collegiate dancers, choreographers, coaches, and professional dancers. Here at Spotlight, Erin instills not only technique and performance ability in our dancers, but takes pride in providing an environment where dancers have role models that can teach them life lessons aside from the dance world.
She began dancing at the age of 2 in the Baraboo area and is extensively trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. Throughout her years as as student she performed for the David Taylor Dance Company in the Rain Forest Ballet, along with other large productions such as Swan Lake, Cats, Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty. During her college career, Erin was a member and choreographer of her college dance team, performed at halftime for the Harlem Globetrotters, choreographed for local high school dance teams, and taught for several local studios. While at Spotlight, Erin coached the Waunakee High School Varsity Dance Team for 5 years, winning WACPC Regional and State titles in D1 Hip Hop, a first for the Waunakee Dance Team. She was also an Instructor for Wisconsin Dance Camps, where she, along with a group of All Star Dancers from around the state of Wisconsin, performed at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Since Spotlight has opened, it has grown extensively in both its recreational and competitive programs, with nearly 200 dancers. The competitive program has longstanding achievements, including awards and placements in all divisions throughout the Midwest and selective national competitions. Spotlight Dance Academy has made their mark as an established and successful studio in the competitive world, with several judges awards, choreographer awards, and standout dancer awards among others. Erin is also extremely proud of the growth Spotlight's recreational program has had, providing dancers with a strong technical foundation while making classes fun, interactive and exciting!
"We strive to continue to bring new and innovative ideas to Spotlight to strengthen our programs and improve our dancers opportunities and abilities. I cannot begin to express my love for the Spotlight family, which has become such an enormous part of my life."
Studio Manager, Head of Competitive Program, Instructor
This is Amy's seventh year working at Spotlight Dance Academy. She was recently promoted to Studio Manager/Head of Competitive Program in addition to teaching competitive teams.
Amy started dancing at the age of three in the Milwaukee area. Along with studio dance through senior year of high school, she was a member of her high school dance team for her senior year. She went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and competed on their dance team for all four years of college. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication.
Since college graduation, she went on to explore more avenues of dance all while working at SDA. Some of her accomplishments include : Co-choreographer/backup dancer in two music videos, spending a week in LA taking class, choreographer's award in 2015, taught master classes and guest choreographer for outside studios.
Amy is also the head coach of the Waunakee high school dance team. This is her sixth year coaching and has two regional, one state and two national titles in the D1 Hip Hop division.
Amy has had a strong passion for dance as long as she can remember. She wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up and Spotlight Dance Academy has put two of her loves together to create an amazing career. She absolutely loves being a part of the SDA family and being able to share her joy and passion of dance with the community.
Alex began her formal dance training at the age of 10 and continued through high school where she was a member of her dance team as well as Point Dance Ensemble, a company offering a pre-professional experience for dancers to learn and evolve in performing, choreographing and teaching.
Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2015 with a BA in Arts Management and minor in Dance. As an arts manager she has learned the importance of promoting and marketing the arts in the community and spreading the artistic and cultural values dance has to offer. Through her studies in dance composition, movement analysis and technique classes in modern, lyrical and various jazz styles, Alex has built a strong foundation for her dancers to participate in a healthy, fun and collaborative environment.
In college Alex was the assistant coach of SPASH Dance Team and a two-year member and two-year coach of the UWSP competitive dance team. Alex led the team to their first appearance at the most prestigious college championship in the country, UDA Dance Team Nationals in Orlando, Florida. While not in class or teaching, Alex would hold workshops for local dance teams and choreograph team routines, solos and duets.
In fall 2015 Alex studied abroad in London where she interned with Young Actors Theatre & Fourth Day PR. Her time with YAT gave her the opportunity to assist with children's hip hop classes and various acting classes. In the classroom she studied art, theatre and took many dance classes at Pineapple Studios, broadening her work in contemporary and street/commercial dance.
Her passion for dance comes from the root of its expressive and evolving qualities. She loves watching young dancers explore movement from its simplest form all the way to technical proficiency. She can't wait to begin teaching at Spotlight and become a member of the SDA family!
Grace began dancing at the age of three, with a background in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She was a member of the Waunakee High School Varsity Dance Team for four years, where she was captain for two years. During her senior year they placed 1st for both WACPC Regional and State D1 Hip Hop. In addition to this, she competed with Spotlight Dance Academy during her senior year. Since then she has been pursuing a career in dance along with working as a nanny. Grace spent an extended period of time in LA focusing on expanding her knowledge and ability in hip hop, attending classes at world renowned studios such as the International Dance Academy Hollywood (IDA), Movement Lifestyle, and Millennium Dance Complex.
In the 2016-17 school year, Grace was hired by the Waunakee High School Dance Team as the Head Coach and choreographer. She had a very successful first year as coach, and is confident the program will continue to thrive in the years to come!
In her own words, her love for dance comes because "it's extremely gratifying to be in a profession where individuality isn't just accepted, but encouraged. And I love giving students a challenge to rise too. There's nothing better than seeing hard work and determination pay off".
Instructor - Catherine Rogers
Instructor - Abigail Henninger
Instructor - Lauren Pfeil
Instructor - Noah Beavers
Instructor - Katie Maurer
Bios coming soon!
Originally from Waunakee WI, Nicholas Frey has had a wide range of experience and training in the performing arts. From an early age, he participated in regional and community theater around the Madison area. At age 15 Nicholas began his training in dance at various studios in the Madison area. He performed locally with Madison Ballet in "The Nutcracker" and "Peter Pan". Nicholas also participated in dance conventions such as JUMP, NUVO, LADM, and WCDE, where he received numerous awards and scholarships. At 16, Nicholas attended IMTA where he was runner-up junior male model of the year and dancer of the year, among other awards. Nicholas also attended, on full scholarship, the performing arts training camp, Stagedoor Manor, for two summers. Memorable stage credits include: Ren in Footloose, and Jackie in The Wild Party. Nicholas received a Tommy Award for his portrayal of Joe Vegas in FAME!.
Upon graduating high school, Nicholas pursued a career in Los Angeles before attending a university. While there he worked on an array of films, industrials, commercials, and print work, for Nickelodeon, 17 Magazine, Sears, Glee, and Kelly Clarkson to name a few. His work lead to eligibility to join the Screen Actors Guild. Nicholas was also able to train with an assortment of instructors at different studios in the L.A area.
Nicholas is proud to hold a BFA in dance from The University of Arizona School of Dance where he studied ballet, modern, and jazz on scholarship. While at UA, Nicholas had the opportunity to perform works by Michael Williams, Sam Watson, and Doug Nielson. Other repertoire performed while at UA include; River North's "Evolution Of a Dream" and Jose Limon's "The Unsung".
Nicholas continues to pursue a career in performance and currently does freelance choreography and instruction.