As a teacher, I like to challenge my students, and help them to do their best work. If I see them struggling with something, I try to assist them the best that I can. For example, if I am teaching tap dance to the students and see a student struggling, I model the step for them, and let them try it. I also go sound by sound, or count by count with the student mirroring me, to help them get the step that they’re struggling with. This also helps to the student relax, and feel that they can work with me.
I love seeing students grow and develop over time. I find that very rewarding. I love watching students finally becoming successful with movement after struggling with it. I love seeing them work hard on and enjoy something that I have created for them to do. I also enjoy seeing students getting excited over something new that they are learning. I feel that those are the most important reasons why I started teaching.
Kayley Thompson has been dancing since the age of five, and trained for thirteen years at Royal Dance Works. There she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater classes. She performed and competed for many years in Royal Dance Works’ top performance companies, being part of several national 1st place competition wins. She has trained and taken master classes under some of the best dance teachers and choreographers in the nation including: Mia Michaels, Jackie Sleight, Justin Giles, Doug Caldwell, Jaci Royal, Wes Veldink, Travis Wall, Katie Spreadbury, Logan Lipton, Roberto Villanueva, Becky Jung, Alex Ketley, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Michael Williams, Mike Esperanza, Elizabeth George, Cory Finn, Sasha Mallory, Danielle Horn, and Tyce Diorio. Kayley graduated with both her Associates in Arts and Associates in Fine Arts- Dance from Glendale Community College in December, 2012. Under the GCC dance program she won 1st, 2nd, and honorable mention awards for her solo choreography at Maricopa Community College’s Artist of Promise competition, as well as 1st and 3rd place for her group choreography and performance. She is also a Lenna DeMarco Dance Scholarship recipient. Her work has also been showcased at the Center Dance Ensemble’s American Voices concert several times. In the summer of 2013, she was one of 18 choreographers chosen to present choreography in the Scorpius Dance Theatre’s Kick-A show. In April 2012, Kayley was a dancer/actor in the GCC musical theater production “Working”, as well as performing and choreographing for the PUSD Alumni production of the musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2015, "Merrily We Roll Along" (2016), Curtains (2018), and Pirates of Penzance (2019). Kayley graduated in 2015 from Grand Canyon University with a BFA in Dance Education. In addition to teaching and choreographing, her interests also include acting and filmmaking. She hopes to pursue those in the future. Kayley enjoys teaching all styles that she has trained in, and currently teaches tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, ballet, and Twinkle Star classes. Kayley is the director of her own professional dance company, ClassicalFusionDance with the goal of telling stories by fusing her love of the past (film/music/choreographic styles) with a twist of the present.
My rates are for all ages and level types.
Glendale Community College:
Verve Dance Company: Resident dance company of Glendale Community College.
Member for 4 years
Recipient of the Lenna DeMarco Dance Scholarship (2010)
Dancer/Actor/Singer in the GCC Theatre production of Working (2012)
Associates in Fine Arts- Dance
Grand Canyon University:
Ethington Dance Ensemble: Resident dance company of Grand Canyon University.
Member for one year.
BFA in Dance Education
Peoria Unified School District Faculty/Alumni Showcase
• Dancer/Choreographer/Actor/Singer in The Drowsy Chaperone (2015)`
• Dancer/Actor/Singer in Merrily We Roll Along (2016)
• Dancer/Actor/Singer in Curtains (2018)
• Dancer/Actor/Singer in Pirates of Penzance (2019)
Solo choreography featured in Sunrise Mountain High School’s Fall dance concert (2007)
Solo choreography featured in the Royal Dance Works Performance company showcase (2008)
Won 1st place for solo choreography at MCCD’s Artist of Promise competition (2009)
Won 2nd place for solo choreography at MCCD’s Artist of Promise competition (2010)
Won Honorable Mention for solo performance at MCCD’s Artist of Promise competition (2010)
Won 3rd place for group choreography at MCCD’s Artist of Promise competition (2011)
Won 1st place for group choreography and performance at MCCD’s Artist of Promise competition (2012)
Honored at Orpheum and Herberger theaters
Choreography showcased in Center Dance Ensemble’s American Voices concert (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016. 2017), and Scorpius’ Kick –A concert (2013)
Choreography showcased at Grand Canyon University’s Student Spotlight concerts Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and in the GCU dance education department’s Choreography III showcase “A Common Thread.”
Choreography showcased as Student teacher for Sunrise Mountain High School’s dance program’s spring concert, 2015.
Director and head choreographer of ClassicalFusionDance company based in Phoenix (2016-present) The professional dance company specializes in contemporary, jazz, musical theater, and tap styles for their repertoire.
Look Back, Don’t Stare (2017) (choreographed 15 dances for ClassicalFusionDance’s first show)
The Price of Fame (2018) (choreographed 15 dances for CFD’s 2nd show and also directed short films for the show.
L.O.V.E. (2019) (choreographed 12 dances for CFD’s 3rd show and also directed short films for the show
Other dance experience:
Dancer for twenty-five years.
Member of studio Royal Dance Works performance companies for seven years.
Competed in numerous competitions, including nationals.
Performed at Phoenix Suns’ halftime shows three times.
Mastered several styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, acro, and modern/contemporary.
Trained with local tap teacher Renae Bohall-Rochon for ten years.
Trained with former prima ballerina Olga Tarasova for ten years.
Master classes/guest residencies from choreographers including: Mia Michaels, Jackie Sleight, Justin Giles, Brian Friedman, Kenny Jezek, Doug Caldwell, Jaci Royal, Wes Veldink, Travis Wall, Ivan Koumaev, Katie Spreadbury, Logan Lipton, Roberto Villanueva, Becky Jung, Alex Ketley, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Michael Williams, Mike Esperanza, Elizabeth George, Cory Finn, and Tyce Diorio, Sasha Mallory, Danielle Horn.
Dancer in music video for Dreams and Doorways’ “Show Me How to Move” (2016).
Teacher since 2007 (subbed for 4 yrs before teaching at studios)
Substitute teacher at Royal Dance Works (ballet, jazz, tap)
Teacher at Sunago Dance/West Conservatory of Ballet:
Teacher of Beg. and Int. Jazz, Beg. and Int. Tap, and Pre-primary, and Creative Dance classes.
Taught private tap lessons at Sunago Dance
Teacher at Pinnacle Dance North
Teacher of Beg. and Int. Tap, Beginning Hip Hop, and Creative Dance
Teacher at Elite Dance Academy
Teacher of presently or in the past, the following classes and age groups: Beg, Int and Adv Lyrical/Contemporary ages 7-adult, Beg-Adv Tap ages 5-adult, beginning and intermediate Ballet ages 5-adult, Musical Theater ages 7-18, beginning-advanced) ages 7-adult, Beginning and intermediate hip hop , Legs and Feet technique levels 1-3, Pre-dance 1 and 2 (ballet, tap, acro level 1) ages 4-7, Creative Dance ages 3-4, Tiny Tots ages 2-3. Also teaches Twinkle Stars program for 2 ½-6 yr olds.
Teacher at Dance Fusion
• Teacher of Tap and Musical Theater Jazz for youth and adults
I have known Kayley for 3 years now, 2 of which I was a dancer in her company. She is a great teacher and makes dance fun and exciting. She has a lot of energy and knowledge that she will bring to the table. She is an excellent choice for a dance instructor.
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