Meet the RD Team
Owner, Founder, Manager, Competition Director, Instructor, Choreographer
Bachelor of Science in Dance Performance and Education from Ball State University
20 years performance and teaching experience
National dance competition title winning teacher and choreographer
State and national title winning dance team coach
Award winning choreographer
National dance competition judge
Professional dance training in NYC
Personal Training and Fitness Instructor
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University. Katie worked in the Cardiopulmonary rehab department at Dekalb Hospital and Luthern Hospital before managing the Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Fitness Center at St. Joe Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Acrobatic Arts Certification
Alixa Flexibility Certification
USA Gymnastics Certified Acrobatics Instructor
USA Gymnastics Certified First Aid Safety and Risk Management Instructor
Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach
Bachelor of Science in Dance from Ball State University
Professional dance training in LA and NYC
Company member of dAnce.Kontemporary
Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s Touring Company
Cast member of over 30 regional theatre productions
Natalie started dancing at a very young age. She joined Steppin' Out Studio of dance in Fort Wayne in 2014 and stayed until she graduated in 2014. Natalie was part of the competition team where she learned and competed in various styles including: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and modern. After high school, Natalie spent two years at Ball State University studying accounting. She also continued her love for dance by joining two dance organizations on campus; a hip-hop only group called "Outlet" and another all-style ensemble called "Operation Black Out".
Joshua Omar Espinosa
Josh has been dancing Hip Hop for as long as he can remember. He came to the United States from the Philippines five years ago. Since then, he has been introduced to styles he never knew existed. During his senior year of high school, he was introduced to dance studios where he learned new styles including: jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and tap. Since then, he has been involved in many dance performances in the Fort Wayne area. Josh is currently a nursing student at IPFW and is planning on continuing his education after graduation to get his masters in Nurse Anesthesiology. Along with his studies, he teaches Hip Hop at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective and is a choreographer for Shawnee Middle School.
Samantha has been dancing since she was 5 years old, and instantly fell in love with dance. She danced for two different studios in Fort Wayne studying and competing in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and more. She continued dancing through college at Purdue University studying Organization Leadership and Supervision with minors in Dance and Communications. She started teaching classes in college, and moved back to Fort Wayne after graduating and continued teaching. Since college, she has become Acrobatic Arts Certified, and she is also Leap n Learn certified. Samantha, now, has been married for 5 years and has an adorable five year old son, named Nate. During the day, she works in independent medical coding and billing with her mom, and spends nights teaching for her second family, Ratio Dance.
Head Cheer Coach
Coach Kenzie danced for fifteen years and taught recreational and competitive dance for seven years. She has won various dance competition awards and is a three time Nexstar National Champion Choreographer. Coach Kenzie is going into her second year as the head cheer coach for DeKalb High School. In May of 2021, she will earn a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Fort Wayne. Coach Kenzie is beyond excited to train athletes and prepare them for their next steps in their cheer career.
Assistant Cheer Coach
Coach Shayla is a senior at the University of Saint Francis in the Social Work program. She will be graduating May 2021 with her BSW. Coach Shayla started dance and cheerleading when she was five years old and cheered up until her junior year of college. She has experience with competitive cheer as well as sideline cheer. She has coached cheer at DeKalb High School, alongside Coach Kenzie, for two years. Coach Shayla cannot wait to take on this new adventure!