Kia’s FR Dance is proud to have a highly-qualified staff of teachers who bring a wide assortment of talents to our classes. Most are either former or current professional performers with years of experience in the wild and wonderful world of dance and entertainment. We are also proud of our younger teachers that bring great enthusiasm and fresh ideas to round out our multi-faceted staff.

Let us introduce our creative and unsurpassed staff with a brief description of who they are and what they teach (in alphabetical order):

Kia Crader – Owner/Director;  Special Needs Dance, Tap

 

 

 

 

Miss Kia has danced professionally for over 40 years but started her teaching career at the age of 8 years old – for a penny a class to her friends sharing her love of tap dancing. Her first truly professional teaching job was at the age of 16, for a summer dance camp held at Loyola University in Los Angeles, and then as a dance judge for Mexico City’s Independence Day Parade later that year. Kia earned her Performing Arts membership in the prestigious Dance Educators of America when she was 19 years old. She studied a wide variety of styles from New York City to Los Angeles.

Kia has traveled around the US, Mexico, and Canada, dancing professionally in production shows and in musicals (both as a choreographer and a dancer). She landed in Reno to dance in the famed Hello Hollywood Hello show. While dancing in the show, she met and married her husband, making Reno her permanent home. After an extensive career onstage, Kia created her own highly-successful performing arts studio called Fascinating Rhythm in 1994 . In the beginning, Kia was the only teacher and she specialized in tap dancing (hence the name of the studio). As much as Kia enjoyed performing on stage, she truly loves to share her expertise, talents, and experiences with the next generation’s performers – be it with recreational or professional dancers. Over the years, the studio has grown “in leaps and bounds” and is now called Fascinating Rhythm School of Performing Arts or Kia’s FR Dance, presenting multiple styles of dance from many highly-skilled teachers with a wide curriculum, offering classes in all styles, at all levels, and for all ages, including aerial silks, tumbling and parkour. The majority of FR’s staff are current or former professional dancers. Kia is especially proud of the studio’s Very Special Dance program for our students with various special needs, started in 2006. It is the only private dance program in Northern Nevada for the developmentally delayed community. Our Very Special Dancers have performed for Nevada’s Special Olympics Summer Games, among other related local events.

Kia’s FR Dance was awarded a Certificate of Excellence as one of Reno’s Top Three Dance Studios by Three Best Rated, a world-wide company.

(Alphabetical by first name)

Adreana Lipparelli – Ballet, Choreography, Contemporary, Improv, Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Lyrical, Modern, Stretch & Conditioning

 

Miss Adreana’s welcoming natural teaching abilities belie her age. Some people are born to teach, inspire, and guide; Miss Adreana is one of those extraordinary persons. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, and modern, and excels in all of them. Although her training is varied from several studios, as a younger FR Dancer, she successfully competed in several styles of dance. Her love for the physical and emotional expression that makes dance an art form led her to minor in it.

As a dance minor, she not only developed more physical skills, but also explored the history, theory, and science of the art. She studied technique, styles and choreography classes, along with academic classes. Dance minors challenge their bodies and their minds in this demanding art form. She loved it!

Her beautiful smile lights up the room along with her happy and encouraging way of teaching. She is a graduate from UNR with a major in French, and minors in both Journalism and Dance. Adreana is currently pursuing her fourth degree – in Childhood Education.

 Adreana, along with Lane, is co-director of FR Dance’s Performance Troupe, Competition Preparation Crew, and Competition Team.

Emily Thicke – Hip Hop 

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Miss Emily started dancing when she was three years old and has grown up in the studio environment. Dance is more than her passion, it is who she is and she is truly loved by her students. “I hope that in sharing my passion with my students I can inspire each of them to become the best that they can be, in and out of the studio.” Miss Emily’s classes are definitely upbeat and full of energy! Her dedication and devotion for dance, specifically hip hop, is captivating and full of fun, non-stop movement!

Jake Peck – Aerial Silks, Static Trapeze, and Lyra

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Mister Jake is the aerial instructor for our aerial program at Fascinating Rhythm and has been instructing and performing aerial silks for over a decade. He prides himself on safely expressing one’s self through aerials and dance. He gathers his knowledge nationwide from professionals within the aerial field as well as circus schools and performing arts centers.

Jake is proficient on many apparatuses such as static trapeze, lyra, hammock, bungee, straps and silks but loves discovering newly invented apparatus to twist and play on. Beyond aerials, Jake can be seen walking high on stilts or eating fire. He’s a true circus performer at heart with a passion for teaching aerials to those eager to learn.

JoAnna Wagner – Director of FR Dance’s Library Series: A Night at the Library, Another Night at the Library, A Haunted Night at the Library, and Jack and the Bookstack

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Miss JoAnna has danced professionally since she was a teenager performing at Disneyland. From that ‘magical’ start in entertainment, she went on to dance in Japan, Thailand, Australia, England, and Germany. She has owned her own successful production company and is one of Sesame Street Live’s regular choreographers, including a summer stint in Jamaica (yes, Elmo is in Jamaica – Ya, Mon!).

She is the Director of FR Dance’s popular Library Series and a highly sought-after musical theater choreographer throughout the area.

Kris Swaczyna – Ballet, Funk, Pointe

 

Mister Kris is the complete package. From dance to choreography, to directing, Mister Kris is a versatile and dynamic performer armed with a dance style uniquely created from a diverse world of influences. He has performed and collaborated with numerous artists from around the world. Some of his favorite credits include Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, and Franco Dragone’s Las Vegas Hit Le Rêve.

Originally from Poland, Kris began his dance career at nine years old, studying and graduating from the National Ballet School in Warsaw, Poland. Excelling in ballet, he then moved on to other genres of musical theatre, and pop music. Performing professionally for the past decade, Kris has had ample time to hone in on his craft and make a style of his own. With an onstage energy that is unmatched, his star quality will never cease to impress.

Kristina de Korsak – Ballet, Pointe

 

Ms. Kristina de Korsak studied with Flemming Halby, Frank Bays, and Sally Streets, before training on a scholarship at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under Patricia Wilde and Dana Arey. She began as an apprentice with the Sacramento Ballet, then danced with the Oakland Ballet, and later joined the Mark Foehringer Dance Project. She has toured the US and the Caribbean and worked with choreographers such as Frederic Franklin, Carlos Carvajal, and Mark Foehringer among others.

Ms. de Korsak is passionate about teaching. In addition to holding advanced degrees in higher education (a Masters and a Ph.D. from UC Davis), she was selected to attend the Paris Opera Ballet’s teacher intensive course, Cross Threads, with Elisabeth Platel.  She recently assisted at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland (2018) as an assistant for the classes and coaching sessions. She also loves choreographing and sees children’s natural abilities and joy of dance as the starting point for the pieces she creates.

Her style of teaching Classical Ballet is hands-on, full of tangible and creative descriptions to help dancers understand the proper body positions while maintaining a disciplined yet fun learning experience.

Ms. de Korsak is bilingual and has dual citizenship: American, French

Leslie Govedich – Office Manager, Bookkeeper, Author, Seamstress, Chaos Wrangler

In addition to years of “taking care of business” for FR Dance, Miss Leslie has also been with FR Dance as an adult tapper, the Grandma of a multi-style dancer, and now as the Great-Grandma of a budding dancer. Before FR Dance, Leslie was a controller in the casino industry for many years and continues working in the same regard for a high-end cabinetry company.

Lucia Ferrari – Hip Hop, Lyrical

       

 

 

 

 

We are very excited to welcome Miss Lucia to FR Dance’s staff. Lucia has danced at Kia’s FR Dance for 8- plus years, growing from beginning to advanced in all styles of dance. Lucia has become a well-rounded and accomplished dancer, garnering the highest awards in competitions and great critical acclaim from many different professionals watching her talents soar to new heights.

She is thrilled to become an official student teacher this year wherein she will pass on her finely-honed skills and vast knowledge of dance to FR Dance’s Beginning/Elementary Hip Hop and Lyrical dancers. Lucia is an excellent dancer that is eager to share her passion for dance with encouragement and grace.

Lane Saunders –  Aerial Silks, Disney Musical Theater, Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Parkour, Special Needs Dance, Stretch & Conditioning, Tap

      

 

 

 

Mister Lane has grown up in the studio environment and has a great knack for engaging children and teens of all ages and their parents as well. He is our very own the Pied Piper of Dance. Lane has studied multiple styles of dance since he was 5 and has had the enviable experience of studying from countless world-renown master teachers, such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Gregg Russell, and Anthony Marigerato. He has attended many dance teacher conferences, furthering honing his natural teaching skills. He has also been hired to teach and choreograph for other dance studios in our area.

 

Lane was a company member of Sierra Nevada Ballet for 3 years and has been a featured dancer for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Spirit of the Season show for several years. Additionally, he is a regular professional dancer for Karen Burns Productions. He also works for A Victorious Care, providing care for special needs clients.

Lane competed for many years in several styles of dance both as a child and a young man. Along with Adreana, Lane is co-director of FR Dance’s Performance Troupe, Competition Preparation Crew, and Competition Team.

Mig O’Hara – Tap, Tumbling

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After Miss Mig’s brief break from teaching Tumbling at FR Dance to focus on her highly successful gym program, Legacy T & T (Trampoline & Tumbling), Mig has returned to provide highly qualified training to our dancers that want to have that extra edge in performing. She travels around the world, coaching and choreographing for extremely intense gymnastics meets. Her work is regarded as above-and-beyond, leading most of her students to win in very high-level events.

Mig is a professional dancer, singer, musician, songwriter, choreographer, and gymnast! She does it all and does it well! She also has a one-woman show that is full of great songs and hysterical jokes, while she accompanies herself on the guitar, to boot. 

Mig teaches all styles of dance, but one of her favorites is Tap. She will be teaching an intermediate to advanced level of adult tap.

Sean Saunders – Special Needs Dance, Parkour

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Mister Sean is a graduate from UNR with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in IS (Information Systems) and has a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis. He is a Board Certified “Registered Behavior Technician.” He was an Early Autism Interventionist for UNR highly-acclaimed autism program.

Sean’s former coaching experience at High Sierra Gymnastics is a great asset to the Parkour class. In addition to teaching FR Dance’s Special Needs Dance and Parkour, he works for Easter Seals of Nevada as a behavior and autism specialist and is their Information System’s guru.

Yevette Watts – Ballet/Jazz Combo, Happy Feet,  Jazz/Tap Combo, Pixie Ballet

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Miss Yevette, former owner of Teddy Bear Dancers, brings her love for teaching little ones to love to dance to our youngest, budding dancers that find happiness and joy in moving to music! She has taught hundreds of children the fun of hopping, skipping, jumping, and galloping (and more) using the basic styles of ballet, jazz, and tap.

Yevette was a member of a Wing and A Prayer Dance Company for several years and continues to dance outside the studio at various local events.