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.
We are in the process of up-dating our staff’s bios and pictures, but until then, let us introduce our creative and unsurpassed staff with a brief description of who they are and what they teach:
Kia Crader – Owner/Director, Tap and Special Needs
Kia has trained in, choreographed, and taught many styles of dance, but admits her favorite style is tap. Rivaling tap as a beloved dance style is Kia’s work with Special Needs dancers – a class that is near and dear to her heart. She is extremely proud to be the only private dance studio in Northern Nevada that offers dance to the area’s special needs community.
Kia has danced professionally for over 30 years, but started her teaching career at the age of 8 years old – for a penny a class to her friends. 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 Educator’s of America when she was 19 years old.
After an extensive career onstage, in 1994 Kia created her own highly-successful performing arts studio called Fascinating Rhythm School of Performing Arts (Kia’s FR Dance), located in south Reno. 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 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 now Fascinating Rhythm offers 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.
(Alphabetical by first name)
Adreana’s welcoming natural teaching abilities belie her age. Some people are born to teach, inspire, and guide; Adreana is one of those extraordinary persons. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, and modern. She excels at all of them.
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.
Diana Sweeney – Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Stretch & Conditioning, and Leaps & Turns
Watch out for Miss Diana – she is smart, talented, and a non-stop go-getter! Her passionate style of teaching has her dancers working hard and pushing themselves to their personal best. Diana has danced since she was 3 years old in all genres and performed with the Moscow Ballet Company when she was ten. She was a cast member for WNC’s highly successful musical theater program for many years. She is FR Dance’s Competition Coach/Choreographer/Director.
Her amazing choreographic abilities have proven to be both technically challenging and award-winning all the way up to first place at National-level competitions. She recently graduated with degrees in math and education at UNR. Miss Diana was also Miss Nevada 2013 and represented Nevada in that year’s Miss America Pageant; she was one of five contestants that qualified for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) award.
Emily Thicke – Hip Hop and Contemporary
Emily Thicke 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!
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.Emily is classically trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tap. She has studied in LA at The Edge Performing Arts Center, The Milllenium Dance Complex and numerous dance conventions with talented choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Eddie Garcia, Dante, Kenny Wormald, Misha Gabriel and many more.
Jake Peck – Aerial Silks, Cube, Trapeze, and Lyra
Jacob Peck is the aerial instructor for our aerial program at Fascinating Rhythms 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.
Jacob is proficient on many apparatuses such as static trapeze, lyra, hammock, bungee, straps and silks but loves discovering new invented apparatus to twist and play on. Beyond aerials Jacob can been 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 – Jazz, Musical Theater, Disney Musical Theater, Performing Troupe
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!).
In addition to her FR classes, JoAnna is co-choreographer for the children’s dance production in Aladdin, a veritable Birthday Party Master, and the Fairy Godmother of all things Princess and Fairy at Kia’s FR Dance. She is also the Director of FR Dance’s Performing Troupe and a highly sought-after musical theater choreographer thorughout the area.
Kris Swaczyna – Ballet, Pointe, Funk
Kris is the complete package. From dance, to choreography, to directing, Kris is a versatile and dynamic performer armed with a dance style uniquely created from a diverse world of influences. Kris 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.
Lane Saunders – Tap, Aerial Silks, Parkour, and Special Needs
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 was a company member of Sierra Nevada Ballet for 3 years and a featured dancer for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Spirit of the Season show. Additionally, Lane is a regular professional dancer for Karen Burns Productions. He also works for A Victorious Care, providing care for special needs clients.
Marty Lewis – Commerical Jazz (on hiatus)
Marty is famous in the dance world – and not just in Reno – truly, in the world! Marty has truly danced around the world. He teaches Jazz at FR Dance and runs the dance program at I Can Do Anything Charter High School. Like Kia, Marty landed in Reno via the spectacular Hello Hollywood Hello show. Marty’s irrepressible energy and ability to transform his classes by teaching multiple styles of Jazz, make him a favorite teacher to all ages.
Molly Arbogast – Ballet, Pointe, Variations, and Meet Me at the Barre Ballet Workout
Molly has danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Molly’s professional career began with the San Francisco Ballet where she danced from 1982 – 1986. She also danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Reno Ballet Company, and Sierra Nevada Ballet Company. Molly was also the featured dancer in the film ‘Silver Feet,’ directed by Lise Rubenstein.
Ronnie (Quirk) Hendrix – Jazz, Jazz/Tap Combo, Hippity Hop
Ronnie started dancing at age 3 and began formal vocal training at 11. She has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Clogging, Ballroom, Folk and Polynesian dance as well as classical and musical theater vocal training. Born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area, Ronnie grew up dancing and singing and successfully competing on the local and national level. She studied dance with Nevada Festival Ballet, Nevada Ballet Arts, Fascinating Rhythm and spent several summers in L.A. training at the E.D.G.E.
Ronnie has performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle with Nevada Festival Ballet Company, and played Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors, Alma in Music Man , Velma in West Side Story at the Hale Center Theater. She also studied Dance Education at BYU and became a member of Utah Dance Educators Organization (2004-2007), the BYU DancEnsemble Company and the BYU Women’s Choir. “I have 5 beautiful children and a wonderful supportive husband. I love teaching and the opportunity I have to share my passion of the performing arts with others.”
Sean Saunders – Special Needs/Developmentally Delayed Dance, Parkour
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 toteaching FR Dance’s SN/DD dance and Parkour, Sean works for Easter Seals of Nevada as a behavior and autism specialist and is their Information System’s guru.
Vanessa Abare – Ballet, Pre-Pointe, and Pointe
Vanessa has had years of formal dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and adagio as well as 15 years of teaching experience. She has trained with multiple dance companies across the United States including, the Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, State Street Ballet and Ballet International. She has had years of stage experience with performances spanning the U.S.
Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Ecology from the University of Nevada, Reno and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.
Yevette Watts – Happy Feet and Pixie Ballet
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. Miss Yevette continues to dance outside the studio at various local events.