ALUMNI OUR DIAMONDKATZ
Please send us a bio about you and a headshot or selfie so we can display all your accomplishments. We are so proud and thankful for each of you that dance for the DACE Wildcat Way!
Eli Cavaliero (Class of 2017)
Eli has been with DACE since his senior year of high school. He came to us his senior/graduating year of high school after working on the 2016 Wildcat Show. Since then he played a part in winning a Victory Cup in 2017 with our production titled WALT. Ever since he walked in the door, Eli has been 100% Pure DACE! Nowadays, he is studying Theatre Design and Technology at Oakland University with a focus in stage and production management. Eli has choreographed 3 shows in his dance career including an original show When Life Gives You Lemons (Churchill High School), and Lion King Kids at Livonia Community Theatre. In the future, he would like to open his own theatre company and teach the next generation what it means to be an artist.
Alyssa Wioncek (Class of 2017)
Alyssa has been with DACE since the beginning. Her career at DACE has been "the best experience of my life. It has shaped me into the dancer that I am now, but as a person as well." Alyssa has won numerous awards for her dancing including Miss Dance of America 2017 and Miss KAR 2018 at Regionals. Throughout her time at DACE, Alyssa won 4 Victory Cup Championships from 2015-2018 and numerous National Championships. She is currently at Oakland University studying Physical Therapy.
Molly Denzer (Class of 2014)
Molly Denzer has been in the dance world since the age of three. She grew up in the competitive circuit with training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and some ballroom. She was fortunate to learn and take from many professional choreographers through conventions, and one-on-one training throughout her years. She took her ballet training very seriously, which led her to pursue strictly ballet in a company for three years. She attended the summer intensive with ABT (American Ballet Theatre) for two years, along with two years at the University of Akron. This will be Molly's sixth year at Dance Athletics Competitive Edge, and her second year as a DACE big cat on the staff. She competed for four years as a Wildcat, and was part of multiple National Championships along the way. She leads our newest program of Wonderkatz; the beginning dancers ages 2-4. In addition, she assists and works closely with the competitive team to help build the future of Team Wildcat. As well as dance being a huge part of her life, she is currently enrolled in a combined bachelor's & master's degree program at Eastern Michigan University studying accounting in hopes to pass her CPA exam in the next few years. She will continue her dance training through the Alain Rae Infinity Dance Company, as she continues to learn and grow from the brilliant power siblings themselves, Derek & Courtney Arcenal.
DeAnne Pearson (Class of 2018)
DeAnne has been dancing for 9 years with 2 years at DACE. Within her two years, she has taken part in winning 3 Victory Cups; including the 15-19 Advanced Senior Victory Cup 2018. This coming up fall DeAnne will be attending Business School at Grand Valley State University for a degree in Marketing. She is very excited to see what the future has in store for not only herself but her DACE Family as well.
Justin Grady (Class of 2018)
Justin has been dancing for 11 years with 9 years at DACE. During his time at DACE, he has taken part in winning 4 Victory Cups; including the 15-19 Advanced Senior Victory Cup 2018. In the future, Justin plans to moving to New York to pursue a career in the dance world. Justin is also one of our assistant coaches. The DACE Family wishes the best of luck to you in your endeavors and will continue to be at your side.
Brenna Shaw (Class of 2017)
Brenna has had an incredible career with dance. She started dancing at 3 years old, at the age of 6 began her competitive dancing career. At 8 years old her dance career started and has been full of victories. During her time at DACE, Brenna has taken part in 4 victory cup wins. She just recently graduated from Wayne State Univerity with a Bachelors's Degree inSpeech and Language Pathology and is part of Delta Zeta.
Nicholas Lapere (Class of 2012)
Nicholas has been dancing since the age of 13 and has been at DACE for 11 years. He is the competitive line assistant coach and junior line Hip Hop coach and continues to be apart of the DACE legacy by helping coach the students to achieve greatness. In the fall he will attend Detroit Mercy for a degree dental hygiene.
Lyric K (Class of 2017)
Lyric has been dancing since she was 3 years old. At the age of 9, she began her career at DACE. Lyric has been with DACE for 10 years now! Throughout her career, she has been apart of 3 Victory Cup Championships. Lyric is currently studying at Wayne State University for Biochemistry and Chemical biology. In the future, Lyric sees herself working with genetics focusing on lab work and gene editing.
Hailey Wilson (Class of 2015)
Hailey began her dance career at 2 1/2 years old and has been at DACE for about 7 years. Starting in her senior year, she has been a part of 3 Victory Cup Championship wins. Hailey is currently at Madonna University studying nursing. Her favorite Disney Queen is Elsa! "My favorite memory about the studio is no matter where life takes you, you will always have a studio to come back home to."
Zoie Mink (Class of 2020)
Lexie Buckley (Class of 2021)
Nico Talan (Class of 2021)
Lindsay Mehl (Class of 2021)
Coming to DACE her Senior Year, Lindsay has shown how much of a competitor she really is. Being part of the competitive world since the age of 11 and dancing since the age of 3, Lindsay has been trained in lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, ballet, and more. Throughout her dance career, Lindsay has competed in numerous solos and award-winning routines. You may have seen her in Baggage which also won an award in Year 14. Lindsay is attending UofM at the School of Art and Design and plans to continue dance while in college.