Freestyle Dance Co. - Company Message
TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES 
Our people are among the most talented in the industry. 
It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

 
Melanie Ellis- owner/director
Melanie Ellis- owner/director
Mrs. Melanie has truly been dancing since she took her first step. By age 11 she had put together her first dance group for her brother's Little League Football team. She was Senior Captain of National Champion High School Dance team, the Eastwood Trooperettes. There she was awarded with MIss High Kick, Best Jumps, Miss Showtime, and NDA All-Star. She then went on to BYU to receive her degree. While she was there, she started a performing Hip Hop Dance group called Club Style. She also taught and choreographed the prestigious "Dance Showcase Company" and "Ballet Academy". She was a member of the "Wasatch Fever", the official dance team of a Minor League Football Team- the "Wasatch Wildcats". She choreographed and performed for a professional basketball team in Mexico at that time and then moved to Costa Rica where she had the privilege of dancing with an awesome hip hop group and teaching at a local studio, "Merecumbe".. Since her move to Arizona, she taught and coached dance teams at East Valley High School and Queen Creek High School. directed the dance team at East Valley HIgh School, choreographed for various advanced dance groups around the Valley, and taught advanced Hip Hop at some local studios before beginning her dream of owning her own studio. She has now settled in San Tan Valley with her husband and 4 wonderful kids and is currently the dance teacher at the distinguished Benjamin Franklin High School as well as the head coach of the Varsity Chargerettes.. Melanie loves sharing her talents and love of dance with all of her students and always strives to uplift and inspire.
Rachel Larson
Miss Rachel began dancing at age 4. She danced at Champion Studios in El Paso, Texas and went on to be captain for the nationally ranked Eastwood Trooperettes. She was chosen as an All-Star dancer and held honors in best jumps, best funk dancer and all-around dancer. She is known for her spunky personality, stage presence, amazing teaching abilities, and modern creativity. She really brings out the best in her students and always encourages hard work while having fun. She has a phenomenal ability to connect with young children and teenagers alike! Everybody loves Miss Rachel! She works her dancers hard! Their hard work has paid off as her routines have frequently won the high score in every category. Miss Rachel enjoyed coaching pom at Queen Creek High School and now guest choreographs for different teams.. She is married with three beautiful children.
Rachel Larson
Emily Augustin
Emily Augustin
Miss Emily has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She was a Company dancer for Lynn's School of Dance and AZ Desert Dance for 5 years. She then went on to dance on the Varsity Pom Squad at Queen Creek High. She has competed numerous times and has won many top awards. She is a wonderful teacher who shares her love of tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical with all of her students. Her routines are very innovative and she is known for focusing on the details. Dancing has always been her passion and it is a huge excitement when she sees her students improve and grow into beautiful dancers. Her little ones inspire with their amazing routines! She currently is the Assistant Coach of the Benjamin Franklin High School Chargerettes. Her choreography led us to a state championship in 2019. She is a talented and creative choreographer who emphasizes technique, technique technique! She is married with an amazing little boy!
Kayleen Palmer
Miss Kayleen grew up in Snowflake, AZ and had the opportunity to dance in studio and as a part of her high school team. She went on to earn a degree from Brigham Young University in Dance Performance. While she attended BYU she participated on the International Folk Dancing team! She has been taught by some of the best in the industry and is a master of teaching and perfecting technique. She has worked for other studios as their main choreographer and director and we are so lucky she has decided to park with Freestyle and bring her expertise to our company. Her dedication to helping her students improve is evident in every practice. She is currently teaching Dance and Theatre at Benjamin Franklin High School.
Kayleen Palmer
Megan Counseller
Megan Counseller
Two-time National Champion, Megan's passion and technique inspires all those who know her. She has an undeniable talent and best of all, she is an amazing teacher as well1 She has been a competitive dancer for 8 years and has now brought her talents to Freestyle. She has a unique ability to tell a story through her choreography and makes everyone she teaches feel like an amazing dancer. We are so happy to have her on board!
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