Kercheval Dance Faculty

Featuring college degrees, extensive training, and real dance experience.

Tracy Halso Gap *Artistic Director

Tracy graduated Summa Cum Laude from OCU, the “best preparatory dance program in the nation” according to Dance Magazine. Her professional performance experience includes productions and parades at numerous theme parks, such as Walt Disney World, Kings Dominion, and Dorney Park. She has studied and performed with dance companies, including Dance Magazine's "Original Jazz Company" Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Tulsa Ballet, American Spirit Dance Company, and Oakland Dance Theater. While studying at OCU, she performed in the televised Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular with all-stars Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks. In addition to her performance experience, Tracy has an extensive background in dance pedagogy. She has judged for Dance Masters of America and taught all styles of dance in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma. Her true passion is to share the art of dance with students of all ages. Tracy's enthusiasm and knowledge enhance her classes so students can celebrate the mastery and imagination of dance.

Bachelors of Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University

Adam Gap *Studio Director

Adam has traveled the world while performing for Royal Caribbean International. He has showcased his enthusiasm on stage with audiences at Cedar Fair Theme Parks nationwide and The Belagio in Las Vegas.  He studied and performed all styles of dance with the American Spirit Dance Company. His dance education includes nationally recognized Oklahoma City University, Grand Valley State University and numerous intensives with world-renowned choreographers.  Adam has judged and taught on the national dance convention circuit, as well as for universities and private studios. In addition to his dance achievements, Adam graduated with honors from Merrimack College in Boston with his Bachelors in Business Administration. Adam creates a welcoming and positive environment for students to grow through dance, developing tools to succeed in the arts and all facets of life.

Bachelors of Business Administration from Merrimack College

Courtney Champagne *Instructor | Makeup Director

Courtney grew up dancing in the metro Detroit area. She trained with American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York. She received her professional training from Western Michigan University, where she was also a teaching assistant for several semesters. Over the years, she has been privileged to work with many talented choreographers and perform for numerous events at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts. As a company member of MoreDances, she performed works by Ali Woerner, Jeff Rubedal, and Janet Clayton-Reid. Courtney is a certified Pilates instructor, and has extensive training in STOTT Pilates. Courtney plays prominent role in designing costumes, hair, and makeup for our Kercheval Dance Team.

Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University

Samantha Blackburn *Instructor | Ballet/Pointe Director

Samantha grew up in Taylor, MI and trained under the direction of Patricia Squire Lorenz & Leif Lorenze. She has studied extensively in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Modern, with her main focus in Ballet. Samantha was chosen to be a trainee with Ballet Austin, as well as perform with Charleston Ballet Theatre. She has had the opportunity to attend multiple summer intensives including: Joffrey Midwest, Joffrey New York, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus, Ballet Austin and Milwaukee Ballet.  Her dance career has given her the opportunity to work with inspirational choreographers from all over the world. Samantha enjoys sharing her passion of dance with her students, especially for classical and contemporary Ballet.

CLI Certified * Certified STOTT Pilates

Brian Wirgau *Instructor

Brian was a member of Macomb Ballet company; a pre professional ballet company. He received a BFA in dance from Oakland University and is the recipient of the 2019 Oakland University MaTilDa award in Outstanding Dance Performance. During his time at Oakland University, Brian was a member of Oakland University’s Repertory Dance Company. During Brian’s senior year he began his first season dancing as an apprentice with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. He has had the privilege of performing Surge at Jacob’s Pillow. Brian is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor.

Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Oakland University

Ashley Serbenta *Instructor

Ashley grew up dancing in Grand Rapids, MI.  She has been dancing for over 17 years and began sharing her love of dance through teaching at age 16. She has trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet and hip hop.  Her main focus and continued training is in hip hop. She loves sharing hip hop technique with her students and helping them grow in their love for dance.  Ashley danced and choreographed with Cultura Collective as they participated in ArtPrize, an independently organized international art competition.  Cultura Collective was fortunate enough to be one of the winners of ArtPrize in 2016. Ashley danced in The Haunt in Grand Rapids and trained with the DanceSpire family as well. She also works with several middle school and high school dance teams creating award winning routines.

CLI Dance Certified

Dan Terrell

Daniel Terrell began his dance career in Detroit, MI at 17 years old.  He graduated from Novi High School and trained at Big City Dance Center. He has competed and performed works by Ade Obayomi, Blake McGrath, Kam Saunders, Christa Smutek, Lauren Garrett and many others. He has performed professionally at various dance festivals and showcases in Michigan, New York, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, and California. For 3 years he performed professionally with Water Street Dance Milwaukee, formerly known as SueMo Dance Company, as well as the resident choreographer for the second company, SueMo II.  Daniel also works for Revolution Dance Competition. He has set competitive guest works on Big City Dance Center, Studio One Dance Company, and Epic Dance Complex.  After living in Los Angeles for 3 years, Daniel has returned to the Midwest to further his career as a choreographer and teacher.

CLI Dance Certified * Extensive Professional Expierence

Mr. Bob *Reception & Family Relations

Mr. Bob is here to help. Whether its with your schedule or making sure your dancer makes it out to your car safely. Mr. Bob will be happy to assist you.

CPA*ESQ

Ms. Cathie *Reception & Student Relations

Ms. Cathie is present in the studio lobby during most classes for ages 6 and under. She assists with students needs and will be happy to answer any questions throughout the dance season. 

Registered Nurse

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- KICKSTART (2-4yrs)

- SIDEKICKS (4-5yrs)

- ROCKSTARS (5-7yrs)

- SPARKS (7-10yrs)

- SHOCKS (10-14yrs)

- BALLET

- HIP-HOP

- TAP

- JAZZ

- LYRICAL

- CONTEMORARY

- DANCE TEAM

HOURS

MONDAY 1Pm-9pm

TUESDAY 4pm-9pm

WEDNESDAY 4pm-9pm

THURSDAY 4pm-9pm

FRIDAY 1pm-6pm

SATURDAY 9am-2pm

SUNDAY CLOSED

*GP PUBLIC SCHOOL CALENDAR

*HOLIDAY HOURS VARY

*JUNE-AUGUST HOURS VARY

Contact Us

660 ST CLAIR
GROSSE POINTE, MI 48230

Tel: (313) 343-5678
info@KerchevalDance.com

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