Nancy Dianne Stark
Nancy is the Studio Director. Before taking on the responsibilities as Director of the Studio, she danced professionally as a founding member of the Milwaukee Ballet Company and also danced in the Vienna Operetta Carnival at the Performing Arts Center. Over the years, she has had the opportunity of studying with such well known teachers as the late Professor Jury Gotschalks, Professor Myron Nadel, William Reilly and Lupe Serrano of the American Ballet Theater. She has also studied in Chicago at the Stone-Camyron Ballet School, the Gus Giordano Jazz Center in Evanston, Illinois, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin College Conservatory.
Nancy believes a teacher must never cease to learn and therefore attends numerous workshops and seminars for Dance Teachers throughout the year. She is a lifetime member of the Dance Masters of Wisconsin (DMW) and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM), each of which is a national organization that strives for higher education in Dance. She also enjoys working with the youth of the community and has done choreography work for the Menomonee Falls North musical “Finnian’s Rainbow” as well as numerous Band Revues and Menomonee Falls Junior Miss Programs.
In June 2009, the Menomonee Falls School District recognized Nancy as a distinguished alumni by induction into the Menomonee Falls High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame. An independent committee of teachers and administrators selected Nancy for inclusion in this select group in recognition of her substantial and long standing contributions to the fine arts and community programs since having graduated from the Menomonee Falls High School. A permanent plaque recognizing this induction has been installed on the Wall of Recognition in the lobby of the Menomonee Falls High School Auditorium.
Heather Kempen, CDE (HK)
Heather began her dance career at the age of three as a student of the Studio. During her fifteen years at the Studio, she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling, and Modern Dance and participated in the Student Teaching Apprenticeship Program. In addition to her participation at the Studio, Heather also attends many classes at Milwaukee Ballet School, Danceworks in Milwaukee, and Dance Masters of Wisconsin and CNADM workshops and conventions throughout the year.
Heather graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in May of 2000, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. At the U of M, she had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Lise Houlton (former American Ballet Theater dancer and Director of the Minnesota Dance Theater), Cathy Young (former member of JAZZDANCE and renowned Minneapolis Jazz choreographer), and modern dancers/choreographers Paula Mann and Erin Thompson. As a part of the University Dance Theater, Heather performed in Jose Limon’s “There Is A Time”, set by Carl Flink and Emilie Plauche of the Jose Limon Dance Company of New York City, and understudied Paula Mann’s “Mad Rush” as a part of the University Dance Theater’s “Women At Work” concert.
Heather is a member of the Dance Masters of Wisconsin as well as the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 2006, Heather passed the Certified Dance Instructor (CDE) Examination administered by the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Heather is also an American Ballet Theater (ABTⓇ) Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABTⓇ Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary thru Level 3 of the ABTⓇ National Training Curriculum at its Detroit workshop in 2016.
Melissa Anderson (MA)
Miss Melissa has been happily teaching Ballet and Pointe technique at Nancy Dianne Studio since 2005. A native of Milwaukee, she has performed in Soloist and Principal Roles with companies as diverse as the Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan, Southern Ballet Theatre (now the Orlando Ballet), Michigan Opera Theater and the Icelandic National Ballet. Currently she enjoys dancing with Danceworks Performance Company, a Contemporary dance ensemble located in Milwaukee, WI and directed by Dani Kuepper, where she has been a member since 2002. Melissa also teaches ballet as adjunct faculty at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts.
Melissa enjoys sharing, teaching and choreographing at large dance conventions such as Chicago National Association of Dance Masters CNADM, Dance Masters of Wisconsin DMW, Southern Dance Masters, Atlanta’s Ballet Fest and SPARK, Texas Association Teachers of Dance TATD and the National Association for Dance and Affiliated Arts NADAA.
Melissa is an American Ballet Theatre (ABTⓇ) Certified Teacher. She has successfully completed the ABTⓇ Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABTⓇ National Training Curriculum. Miss Melissa has been featured in Dance Magazine’s Dancer Online Chat, and in Dance Teacher Magazine. You can connect with her on Facebook at Melissa Anderson Ballet, Pointe, Choreography, Performance.
Holly Heisdorf (HH)
Holly was first introduced to dancing at the age of two and a half at Melody 'n Motion in West Bend. She began her training at Nancy Dianne Studio of Dance at the age of ten and continued through her completion of high school, taking classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Modern Dance. During her high school years, she became involved with the Studio's Student Teaching Apprenticeship Program and was accepted into the Advanced Placement Level in all of her dance disciplines. Holly graduated from West Bend East High School in May 2006 and went on to study at the University of Iowa where she graduated in May 2010 with Bachelor degrees in Dance as well as Business Administration-Finance. While at the University of Iowa, Holly won several scholarships as a result of her demonstrated abilities in Dance as well as having performed in numerous undergraduate performances. She became a member of Milwaukee's Danceworks Tap Company, "Danceworks On Tap” in 2012. Additionally, Holly was dance instructor and choreographer for the Falls Patio Players Summer Camp's production of "Annie Jr.". She is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.
Miranda Zielinski (MZ)
Miranda began training in dance at the Studio at the age of 3 and continued on until graduating from Germantown High School. During her 15 years at the Studio she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern Dance and in her High School years participated in the Student Teaching Apprenticeship Program. Miranda has attended multiple Chicago National Association of Dance Masters intensives, and was awarded the 2015 College Scholarship from Dance Masters of Wisconsin.
Miranda has just graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. Here she has had the opportunity to work with and perform works choreographed by faculty members Darci Wutz, Dani Kuepper and visiting Professor Rhea Speights. In addition to faculty works, she has been previously selected to perform in works done by 5 student choreographers. She was also given the opportunity to work with New York visual artist, Xavier Cha and Chicago based choreographer Molly Shanahan.
Chelsey Wagner (CW)
Chelsey began her dance training at the Studio at the age of seven and has studied Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance. During her high school years she participated in the Student Teaching Apprenticeship Program as well as having participated in multiple Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and Dance Masters of Wisconsin workshops. Chelsey has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she completed a double undergraduate major in Dance and Business. As an Undergraduate at UWM she has had the opportunity to perform in several works choreographed by both students and faculty and also had the opportunity to study with the Milwaukee Ballet during their six-week summer intensive in 2017. In addition to teaching at the Studio, she is currently a continuing student at UWM pursuing a Masters Degree in Business Administration concentrating on Business Analytics.