Tiffany began dancing at the age of 4 and was also a gymnast for 10 years. In 1998 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from ASU. Her Senior year she was awarded a Choreography Scholarship and was chosen to be part of the committee to choose the following year's faculty at ASU. In 1999 she also graduated from SWIHA (Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts) in Massage Therapy. In her dance career she has been lucky enough to do summer training with Chuck Davis, Mark Morris, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., and The Pulse. She was awarded a Pulse Teacher Scholarship to dance in New York in 2010 with the SYTYCD choreographers. She was tested and certified in ballet, jazz, and modern in 2006 to become of member of Dance Masters of America, a national dance teacher association. In 2013 she tested, and is now a Certified Examiner for DMA in Ballet and Modern. Tiffany has been the owner and director of DMDA since 2000. She graduated in 2021 with her Master of Fine Arts at ASU with a Dance Teaching Artist Praxis Certificate. She will be teaching at Grand Canyon University as an Adjunt Professor of Dance starting in Fall of 2021. She will also be teaching at Ridgeline Academy in Anthem. Inspiring children to love the discipline and passion that dance can bring is what drives her to teach. She is strongly aware and thrives for both the mental and physical health of the students that she is lucky enough to teach.
Alexis Stephens began dancing at the early age of three. Growing up she had the opportunity to work with renowned ballet instructor Olga Tarasova, among other highly educated instructors. She studied extensively in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and (later on) modern. After her journey with competition and studio dance ended, she continued her pursuit of dance by diving into the realm of choreography in her high schools dance company. After high school, she continued her choreographic and performance pursuits at Arizona State University, where she graduated in 2015 with her BFA in Dance/Dance Education. While she attended ASU, Alexis was awarded several academic and dance talent scholarships. Upon completion of the program, she was honored to have been awarded a certificate from the School of Dance for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance.”
Throughout her dance career, Alexis has been privileged to work with Epik Dance Company, Halo Movement Collective, Scorpius Dance Theatre, and several other local artists in the valley. She has performed in multple live productions including, but not limited to, “A Vampire Tale,” "All In the Heir" "Underland: A White Nightmare,” "Savage Beauty," "Memoriam," and "Cell." She currently teaches and shares her passion for dance with her students at INSPIRE Entertainment, and Dynamic Motion Dance Academy. While performing and teaching professionally, Alexis continues to further her dance education. She has attended many summer training programs with companies such as River North Dance Chicago and MusEffect in LA. She continues to develop her own craft by traveling and taking classes from some of her favorite artists, such as Cat Cogliandro. Alexis has become one of Arizona’s most sought after contemporary choreographers. She has a hungry heart for dance and it is her passion to inspire others the way that dance has always inspired her.
Lyndsie Clymer has been dancing since she was 3 years old at DMDA. She has taken Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Breaking, Modern, Ballroom, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Acrobatics. Lyndsie was apart of a competitive team for 6 years, where she loved to perform with her fellow dancers. Since the age of 12 Lyndsie has been assisting her mentors Tiffany Fox and Sherry Henderson. She is now pursuing her dream of teaching, Lyndsie has worked with various levels of dancers ages ranging form 2-18. Lyndsie recently got her certification in Jazz with Dance Master of America. She is currently working on her Certification for Acro with Acrobatic Art. Lyndsie is a Choreographer and Director at Musical Theater of Anthem. She has done many shows there, her favorites being Mary Poppins, Once On This Island, and 13. Lyndsie teaches dance at different studios and schools around Arizona. She is a guest choreographer at Boulder Creek High School with the Choir and Dance Program. Along with working in elementary and preschools with extra curricular activities. Lyndsie was given the Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Award in 2015, which only a few were awarded in the state of Arizona. Lyndsie’s choreography has be awarded and recognizes through Competitions, NYAs and district evaluations. She is incredibly grateful to be able to do what she loves every single day. Lyndsie truly just loves to teach dance and work with kids. DMDA has been Lyndsie’s home studio since 2001. Lyndsie is excited to continue working with the students of DMDA, helping them reach new endeavors with their strength, flexibility and technique.
Katie Kirwan began her early training in Middletown, Ohio under Phyllis DeWeese and later studied under Raphael Grigorian in Corning, New York, Dayton Ballet, Pointe Park College, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. At Indiana University, she earned her Bachelor of Science in ballet and arts management under the wonderful teaching of Violette Verdy, Jasque Cesbron and Leslie Peck. In North Carolina, she began teaching at DancePlace, the official school of North Carolina Dance Theatre. However, the highlight of her career was dancing with Ballet Magnificat! under Kathy Thibodeaux from 2001 – 2008 as a soloist company member. In the fall of 2008, she taught at Dance Center Prague, a conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic. After moving to Chicago she taught and worked full time for the Joffrey Ballet Academy from 2009 – 2015, including 5 years as Joffrey Ballet’s Children’s Cast Head Ballet Master for The Nutcracker.
Katie returned to graduate school in 2012 to earn her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She currently works with children with complex medical needs, but also enjoys working with adults. With her background in OT, she has been the creator of a Parkinson’s Disease dance project in the Chicago area, and a children’s dance class through her current job, providing group therapy through the medium of dance to children with a range of abilities including those using bracing, wheelchairs and other devices for mobility. It is her passion to expand dance opportunities to all people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Sara Muchnij is a professional dancer from Phoenix, Arizona. She has been dancing since the age of 3 with 16 of those being at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy. She has taken Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She also trained in Modern, Ballroom, Musical Theater, and Acrobatics. Sara recently toured with the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, where she was not only a dancer but she ran the lights, music, and set up. During the summer of 2019 she was given the opportunity to train with Staib Dance Company in Sorrento, Italy. She has also had the opportunity to perform in many shows including the 13th floor haunted house, the I.D.E.A. Dance Fashion show, dancing for the stars charity event, and many more. Sara has also recently booked and filmed a commercial, and continues to explore different opportunities of performing.
Sara was on the DMDA competition team for about 10 years and is now choreographing for the team. Sara has also taken some dance classes at Masters Ballet Academy, Plumb performing Arts, and travels during the summer to take classes from a variety of teachers. Sara went to Boulder Creek High School where she was a member of the Performance Team, was the Vice President and President of the after school dance club NHSDA, voted best dancer in her High School superlatives and choreographed the Mr. BC pageant. During her High School years Sara choreographed many dances for different levels of students and continues to teach at Boulder Creek as a guest choreographer. Sara studied the history of dance and hip hop at Paradise Valley Community College, and has an Associates Degree in Arts. She is certified in teaching Jazz dance with Dance Educators of America. Along with this her choreography has been recognized and awarded at various competitions. Sara has been teaching at DMDA for about 5 years, and does choreography/ teaching jobs throughout the community. She loves connecting with the students on many different levels. Sara loves to teach and work with students to help them find a love for dance while pushing them to become better dancers and grow as people every day.
Ms. Deena Grew up dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area and attained her Masters Degree in Dance Choreography and Performance. Deena's professional dance career included dancing for the San Francisco 49ers GoldRush, as a Warrior Girl dancer for the NBA Golden State Warriors, as well as dancing in Disneyland's water spectacular Fantasmic! Deena was runner-up to Miss California (Miss America Organization) and won many National dance titles and numerous scholarship awards throughout her career. Though no award has been as great as the joy Ms. Deena sees in her student's faces when they learn to dance! Deena has spent the last 23 years teaching dance to ages 2.5 through adult. She has a passion for teaching and instills that same passion and love for movement, fitness and the art form in each of her dancers. Come take a class from Ms. Deena and see why you too will be hooked on dance forever!!
Mikayla Skogen started a ballet class at the age of three years old at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy and fell in love. She’s been dancing ever since. She has danced all styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, tap, and musical theater. Although her favorite by far is, Ballet. She has been a guest ballerina for a few studios around Arizona and attended college for Dance Education at GCU (Grand Canyon University). She is also certified in Ballet through DMA (Dance Masters of America). Currently she is a dance teacher at the place where it all began, Dynamic Motion Dance Academy and absolutely adores teaching the little ones. She has a passion for children and and for dance and thankfully she has a job that combines those two together. She would love to own her own studio one day and continue to share her love for dance with others!
HD was raised in North Phoenix and took her first dance class at the age of 3. She grew up as a competitive dancer and was trained in ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre. At 14, she began assisting her mentor Jose Soto at local studios and high schools. Her time with Jose not only strengthened her as a dancer but also helped to shape her teaching style. Also at 14, she was selected by Vicky Harris as the first-ever prodigy for Choreography Pros (dance team choreography for Pro, collegiate and high school teams). A year later, she was selected as a prodigy for NRG Dance Project where she was discovered by Robert Hoffman III and signed with Go2Talent Agency.
HD is passionate about training young dancers and unlocking their full potential. She began her teaching career at 14, teaching her first hip hop class for Arizona RawTalent. She also has taught students of all ages at Conservatory of Dance, Dalton Dance Theatre, and A Time to Dance. She is a guest teacher at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Los Angeles where she choreographed and assisted with staging their 2019 production of “Newsies.”
For the past 3 years, HD worked as a professional dancer in Los Angeles. Her dance performances included commercials, full-length productions, concerts, and pageants. While in LA, she trained with industry professionals including Oththan Burnside, Nicole Kirkland, Amari Marshall, Kennis Marquis, Brooklyn Jai, and Thalia Ramos.
HD is also a singer/songwriter, plays guitar, and is a professional fire eater.
Native of Arizona, Velaine Jollé has been a lover of the world of dance for as long as she can remember. She began her dance training at the age of 3. Velaine broadened her scope with tumbling, cheerleading, wrestling and bodybuilding throughout her teen and early 20’s. She studied and danced more at G.C.C. with the Physical Graffiti Company and Lenna DeMarco. She’s traveled and performed with many dance companies and entertainment corporations like Nebellen, Twilight Productions, Dance Fx for over a decade, soaking up as much as possible and always willing to learn more. This gave her the exposure and knowledge of more urban styles like hip hop and all the genres within it. With over 25 years of teaching, performing and sharing her passion of dance with others, she now holds the title of Co-Artistic Director at 2 valley dance studios and has been awarded various choreography and judge’s awards throughout the competitive dance circuit. Although her training was very broad and diverse with strong technical foundations, she specializes in acrobatic tumbling and foundational hip hop as well as lyrical, jazz and contemporary styling. Spread the love & share the dance!!
I started dancing at DMDA when I was 11, my first year consisting of jazz only. After being persuaded to try ballet, I took a trial class and instantly fell in love. From then on my focus was directed towards ballet. I continued training at dmda in jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, ballet and pointe. In my sophomore year of highschool I was given the opportunity to train at ballet Arizona in which case I switched there for a couple years. During these years I performed in a professional production of the nutcracker, as well as student performances of swan lake, Giselle, sleeping beauty, and don Quixote. Throughout highschool I also danced in my schools ensemble and continued my training in jazz, contemporary, modern, and was then exposed to tap and hip hop. During my senior year of highschool I choreographed a solo for student choreography which was then picked to be in the schools dance concert. That year I was given another incredible opportunity, which was to go to New York with my ensemble and train at Alvin Ailey and Broadway dance center. Once I graduated I realized that I wanted to teach, and share my love of dancing fully understanding the challenges students face as dancers. I then decided to come back to dmda, my forever home studio to start what will hopefully be my life long work. While teaching at dmda, I will continue to study the fine arts in college to master my craft.