Instructors

About Dance Etc.

Professional Dance Instructors in Boulder City, NV

Meet Our Staff

Miss Anna

Anna is originally from South Florida, and continued her dance training in Atlanta, GA where she was awarded studio scholarships to The Edge and Tremaine Dance Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

She has choreographed and performed with stars Kristine W, Sheena Easton, David Cassidy, Jay Leno, Earth, Wind & Fire, & the Commodores. Anna’s choreography has been seen on Las Vegas stages, cruise ships, & international venues with her most recent project being the “Masquerade” project inside Harrah’s New Orleans.

Her Las Vegas stage credits include:

“Storm” at Mandalay Bay
“David Cassidy’s At the Copa”
“Spellbound” at Harrah’s
“Fierce” at MGM Grand
Anna also has headlined on Princess Cruise Lines performing Aerial Acrobatics and as a stunt flyer for Fisher Technical for the new
“Tinker bell” laser light show inside Disneyland.
She currently owns Dance Etc. in Boulder City, NV, is a member of IDEA Fitness & Wellness and continues to educate her love of technique,
passion and strength.
“Miss Anna” always encourages her students to
“Dance from the Heart”

Gregory

Gregory’s Performing Credits include:

Five International Touring companies of “Tap Dogs”
“Imagine”, Luxor, Las Vegas
“Starlight Express”, LV Hilton
“42nd Street”
“Grease”
“Crazy for You”
“George M”
“Meet me in St. Louis”
“Will Rogers Follies

Choreography Credits:

The Asian Tours of: Iron Beats, Liberty on the Street, & Hot Tickets
Spellbound & Masquerade Village, Las Vegas
Cruise Ship productions for Norwegian, Celebrity, Cunard, & Royal Cruise Lines

Television credits:

“John Hancock tour of Olympic Champions” &“Rock & Roll Gymnastics” for ABC/NBC. Gregory is a master teacher & adjudicator for the following convention circuits: Dance Educators, Dance Masters, Triple Threat, Spotlight Dance Cup, Thunderstruck, Hall of Fame, & West Coast Dance Explosion. He has choreographed many high score winning routines for studios nationwide. He is also a guest teacher for Celine Dion’s “A New Day.” Gregory remains on staff at the University of Nevada, Studio One, and has been an amazing part of our family here at Dance Etc. for over twenty years.

Miss Danielle

Danielle was born in Sacramento, California and moved to Nevada in 1981. She started dancing at Dance Etc at the age of two and danced through her early twenties under Miss Amy’s guidance. She starting teaching while in high school and has taught everything from jazz to baby ballet.

Danielle is now the “Studio Manager” and has been a part of Dance Etc. for 30 years. She loves watching the dancers grow up at the studio and looks forward to her own children spending many happy years with Miss Anna at Dance Etc.

Dare

Dare Kujawa is originally from Mapelwood, MN and studied at the Larkin Dance Studio under the instruction of Michelle Larkin. He was awarded the West Coast National Elite Male Champ in 2009, and has continued his training with some of the leading choreographers in the business. Especially as one of the top 10 guys on the Season 9 “So you think you can Dance.”

He has worked with such artists as Kristine W, Debra Cox, Queen Latifah, & the Jonas Brothers, just to name a few. Dare continues to work professionally in Las Vegas for many industrials, and travels around the country teaching convention and sharing his love for dance.

Dare’s stage and TV/film credits include:

“Love” & “Mystere” Cirque du Soleil- Las Vegas
ScaldaVision- Cirque Du Soleil- Andorra Spain
“Live to Dance” Paula Abdul
“Star Search” 2005
“Step Up 2 Premiere”
“Tarzan Premiere”

We are so lucky to have Dare join our staff and share his unbelievable talent and choreography with our students.

Jake

Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Jake Phillips began dancing at the age of 18 at our studio, Dance Etc… with Intensive study later on by professional choreographers in the Las Vegas area and Boulder City. His work ethic moved him into the professional realm very quickly where he performed behind such recording artists as Imelda Papin, Wayne Newton, Wayne Brady, Kelly Clarkson, Curtis Blow, Ghostface Kilah, & the Wu Tang Clan.  He was also a contestant on Season 9 of “So you think you can Dance- Vegas Week”. Jake’s choreography has been recognized by some of the best choreographers judging the country.

He currently instructs at Dance Etc. in Boulder City, and is the director of the dance department at Somerset Academy Sky Pointe Campus. 
His Las Vegas stage credits include:

“MJ Live”
“Frank Marino’s Divas”
“Legends”

Jake’s passion for dance is contagious and he still trains, taking advantage of every class he can take from some of the most influential choreographers in the business. His goal is to give back all that he is learning to our younger generation of students so that they can follow their dreams as he is. We are very proud of our Mr. Jake!

Amy

Amy was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she received her extensive dance training starting at the age of seven.  She booked her first job in 1997 for Skechers, as a shoe model.  Amy continued her dance career attending the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and International Studies, where she majored in dance.  Amy has since toured the world dancing on cruise ships, has worked as David Copperfield’s assistant, modeled for Dos Equis XX, Magic Convention, Wynn Las Vegas, and many more.  She has also danced beside many popular artists such as Wale, Grand Master Dee, Too Short, Drake, and at the age of 17, danced in the Billboard Music Awards for Beyonce.  Her most recent stage Credits include MJ Live, a tribute to Michael Jackson, and dancing in “Donnie & Marie” at the Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas as well as performing with them on tour. Amy uses her passion of movement and exercise in her everyday life.  Amy’s proudest moment in life would be when she became a mother in 2012.  We are so thankful to have Amy’s amazing talent and beautiful choreography excite and progress our students.

Giovanna

Giovanna started dancing at the age of three and grew up studying dance and music in the Buffalo, New York area. She competed in dance and music festivals in addition to performing in both musicals and instrumental ensembles.  She received a BFA in Dance from ‘The Ohio State University’ dance program with a focus in choreography and performance. While living in Ohio she took an interest in health and wellness and received her Pilates certification. Giovanna moved to the west coast to pursue a performance career and is currently performing in MJ Live at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. In addition to teaching dance, Pilates and performing, she has choreographed for various showcases and benefit performances in the Las Vegas area such as Golden Rainbow and A Choreographers’ Showcase, a collaboration between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque Du Soleil. 

Yekaterina (Kate)

Yekaterina Yurtayeva (Kate) was born in Russia to an artistic family. Her mother is a classically trained pianist. Kate’s paternal grandfather was a then-well known opera singer (baritone) and Kate’s paternal grandmother was a leading concertmaster at Omsk State Music Theatre. Kate’s maternal grandmother was a distinguished music teacher. Since early age Kate loved to dance and at the age of 6 she was accepted to a ballet school that was run by Omsk State Music Theatre. Students of the school always participated in ballet productions of the theatre and after couple years of intense training Kate started dancing solos on the professional stage. Several solos were choreographed specially for her. It was a great responsibility and honor for the little ballerina.

At the age of 9 she left Omsk for Novosibirsk to study in the famous Novosibirsk State Choreographic College. Every year the college selects a limited number of students after all candidates perform for judges-professors of the college. Kate got selected into the top 10 out of 300 candidates that arrived to Novosibirsk from different Russian cities for try-outs.
While in the college Kate went through rigorous ballet training and performed different parts in ballets, such as “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker” and others, that were performed on the stage of Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, one of the best theatres in Russia.

After finishing her studies in Novosibirsk Kate moved back to Omsk and got her degree in teaching ballet, folk, ballroom and modern dance from Omsk State College of Arts and Culture. After graduating from the college she was offered a dancer position at the State Dance Company and eventually was promoted to a principal dancer. During those years Kate was coaching dancers of the company and choreographed most of the performances.

At the age of 20 Kate moved to the USA. After her performance in “Nutcracker” in 2002 she was offered a job at New Mexico Ballet Company but at that time couldn’t accept any job as a newly arrived immigrant. Since 2003 Kate has been working as a ballet teacher in dance schools of Denver area .Besides that, every year she is invited to judge national dance competitions that are held in New Orleans.

James Deutz (Jimmy D)

James Deutz (Jimmy D) is originally from North St. Paul, Minnesota. He studied under the direction of Shirley Larkin at the Larkin Dance Studio, and continued to instruct across the country. He’s performed and choreographed in numerous shows internationally.

His stage credits include:

“42nd Street”,
“Crazy for You”, “Spellbound” & “EFX” just to name a few.

He’s worked with such stars as Amy Adams, Nick Jonas & Drew Carey, and has performed with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Gloria Estefan, Coolio, and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and also was assistant choreographer for “Las Vegas’ 100 Year Anniversary Show.” His choreography credits range from commercial/ industrials to large-scale productions in venues internationally. His most recent choreography project was “ESCAPE” at the Grand Sierra Resort under Q productions.

Miss Jeni

Jeni Campbell was born and raised right here in fabulous Boulder City. She sprouted as a little dancer at the famous Dance Etc. at just six years of age. Naturally, she loved every minute of it, especially the honor of training with the amazing Miss Amy. At the age of ten, Jeni relished the opportunity to perform in the Nevada Dance Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker.” She blossomed as a young dancer over the next few years, and after graduating from BCHS, spent a few years outside of Boulder City. In 1996, she met her most wonderful husband, and they were married in Las Vegas on October 25, 1997. Jeni and her husband have three beautiful children, Tyler, Brynlee, and Halle. Over the past two decades, Jeni has been delighted to be a part of Dance Etc. as an intermittent instructor of dance and step aerobics. She is thrilled to be currently tutoring the radiant 3 and 4 year-olds in Baby Ballet.

Jayme

Jayme grew up dancing at Dance Etc… and discovered her love for dance in high school. Some of her past credits at the studio include:

Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”
Cinderella in “Cinderella”
The Rose in “Alice in Wonderland”
Snow Queen & Arabian Doll in “The Nutcracker”

Jayme has worked with companies such as P.S. Productions and
Dick Foster Productions & Huntsman Entertainment. Which she performed in such shows as “Legally Blonde the Musical” & “Tarzan” & Co Choreographed “Bring it On” at the Super Summer Concert Series at Spring Mountain Ranch. Jayme also worked for The Walt Disney Company dancing inside Disneyland in the “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” & “A Christmas Fantasy Parade”. Jayme’s students have brought such inspiration to her that she is currently studying elementary education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Meredith

Meredith was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and began dancing and competing at a young age. She received numerous scholarship awards and furthered her education with a move to Los Angeles at the age of 17. She has danced in the MTV Video Music Awards, BET awards, The Voice, and iTunes Festival London. She has taught all over the world with conventions and competitions. Meredith moved from L.A to Las Vegas to perform with Toni Braxton in her residency at the Flamingo. While performing with the R&B star she also danced for the Pussycat Dolls Las Vegas as a soloist. She then performed in the water spectacular, “Le Reve”, created by Franco Dragone. She was with Cirque du Soleil’s the Beatles “LOVE” and also in the movie “Worlds Away”. She has directed and choreographed for BMW China’s release of BMW i3 in Beijing. She performed for the television comedy “Super Fun Night” with Rebel Wilson and “DOVE” with Lea Michele. She has danced with Ciara for her Album debut on BET awards as well as Trey Songs, Della, Jason Derulo, Marcus and Omarion, and toured with Usher internationally for 2 years. She is a versatile dancer trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Adagio and Ballroom. Meredith can also juggle, rope and pole trick, and is scuba certified.

To register for a class or for more information about our talented instructors and wonderful studio, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you!