Kercheval Dance Faculty

FEATURING COLLEGE DEGREES, EXTENSIVE TRAINING & REAL DANCE EXPERIENCE.

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TRACY HALSO GAP

Artistic Director | Instructor

Bachelors In Dance Oklahoma City University

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 all over the country. 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.

"have courage and be kind"

ADAM GAP

Studio Director | Instructor

Bachelors in Business Merrimack College

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.

"Practice the way you want to perform"

SAMANTHA BLACKBURN

Instructor | Ballet Director

Certified STOTT Pilates & CLI Certified In Dance

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.

"practice makes almost perfect"

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COURTNEY CHAMPAGNE

Instructor | Student Development

Bachelors In Dance Western Michigan University

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.

"find meaning in your movement"

MADDY PETZ

Instructor

Bachelors In Dance Wayne State University

With a BFA in dance from Wayne State University, she performed extensively within the department including works created by Twyla Tharp, Pilobolus and Meg Paul. She has received two Copperfoot Awards for her choreography, in addition to being a finalist for the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award. Musical theatre performance is also one of her great passions; her most recent project including choreography, and performance in the ensemble of Mamma Mia The Musical, under the direction of Scotty Arnold. Currently, she is dancing for professional companies Take Root Dance, and Dance Among Women, all while continuing to create and present work of her own in the Detroit area. Maddy has been dancing nearly her entire life, and has always maintained an energetic, vibrant, presence on and off the stage. Striving to uphold a positivity throughout her day to day life, she finds great joy within the rehearsal and creative process that dance has to offer.

"how you do anything, is how you do everything"

AMANDA ZAWASIA

Instructor

Bachelors In Dance Wayne State University

Amanda spent the past year as a performer with Disney Cruise Line. Amanda graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University achieving a BFA in Dance as well as a BSED in Kinesiology concentrated in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Psychology.She has had the opportunity to attend multiple intensives including Sydney Dance Company’s Professional Intensive, The Rockettes Invitational Week, Complexions Contemporary Ballet DSI, Dance Italia, and more. Amanda’s experience and education has shaped her into an athletic and energetic performer, and she is eager to continue her career as a dancer and movement educator.

"Our dreams can come true, if we have courage to pursue them"

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DAN TERRELL

Instructor

CLI Certified In Dance

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.

Catera Burgess

Instructor

Bachelors In Dance Western Michigan

Bio Coming Soon

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BRIAN WIRGAU

Instructor

Bachelors In Dance Oakland University

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.

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CATHERINE O'GORMAN

Instructor | Assistant

Bachelors in Education Oakland University

Catherine started dancing at the age of three. When she graduated from South High School in 2014 she joined the Kercheval Dance family. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Oakland University. She loves being at the studio and enjoys helping students find their own appreciation for dance

Mr. Bob

Family Relations | Front Desk

ESQ. | CPA

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.

MISS CATHIE

Student Relations

Registered Nurse

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.