We take the time to plan structured classes and bring about the most effective techniques so your dancer gets the most successful outcome. We are determined to provide the best experience to your dancer and ensure growth year after year.
As owner of Amaze Dance Studio I am excited to offer my dance passion to the community! I appreciate your interest and look forward to teaching your student(s) while building the knowledge and love of dance while getting to know your family.
I have been dancing for 29 years, first growing as a student and competitive dancer through college, then as an instructor and coach for over 16 years. Developing competition programs in South Dakota and North Carolina is a success I strive from. I have co-owned a choreography business named Persona Studios. Through Persona Studios I have had over hundreds of first place wins, and received multiple high school state titles and choreography awards.
I am trained in ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, pom and kick. Also, I have taken classes from some of the best choreographers in the world, and attend multiple dance conventions, teacher workshops and clinics yearly. With my extensive background, passion, drive and focus, I am excited to expand my knowledge of dance to your children. My goal is to encourage creativity and teamwork surrounded by positive feedback. I will provide my client(s) with an ultimate experience, while valuing and challenging individuals and team members.
Isabella Garcia is a 24-year-old Sioux Falls native. She began her dance career at the age of six at Dance Expressions in Sioux Falls and participated in recreational classes for twelve years and the competition team for nine years. Following graduation from Roosevelt High School, Isabella competed and performed with the South Dakota State Dance Team in Brookings, South Dakota. Isabella has training and performance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, novelty, hip-hop, and pom. Her greatest dance accomplishments are winning Leap All-Star, UPA All-American, competing at Dance Worlds, helping SDSU advance their dance program, and obtaining a job at Amaze so she can give back to the world that gave so much to her.
Outside of dance, Isabella graduated from South Dakota State University with honors with a bachelor’s of science in nursing and a minor in Spanish. Isabella is currently employed at the Avera Cancer Institute in breast oncology as a registered nurse. She is attending graduate school at Clarkson College in Omaha to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, going to the gym, reading, learning about other cultures/languages, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Karli, a Sioux Falls native, started dance at the age of four at Dance Gallery. After two years, she transitioned to Dance Expressions for their competitive team aspect. She competed in team, solos and duets throughout her years at Dance Expressions, placing high at various competitions, some of her accomplishments include: grand champion two years running and third place all american at DX. Her passion for dance continues at Augustana University as a second year team member on their dance team. This will be her second year teaching dance and has taught all ages from five to 17. Karli is trained in hip hop, jazz, pom, lyrical/contemporary, novelty and ballet.
Karli is currently enrolled as a sophomore at Augustana University. She is studying Exercise Science and has an end goal to become a physician’s assistant in orthopedics. Dance is something that Karli grew up with and is a big part of who she is today. The studio has always been her second family. She has been very thankful for the many coaches who turned into mentors for her throughout her years of dance. Now being a coach, she is excited to be a mentor for dancers here at Amaze Dance Studio.
Briana Nelsen comes with an extensive background in dance and teacher education. Graduating from the University of South Dakota with a masters in school counseling, bachelors in secondary education and a minor in chemistry she loves to use her passion for dance as her outlet. In the most recent years she was captain of the USD dance team, coached Roosevelt High School competitive dance and a past instructor at Dance Expressions. She has choreographed routines for multiple high schools, and judged on the SDHSAA. She is versed in pom, jazz, hip hop, and kick while enjoys all styles of dance.
Lizzie started dance at age 5 at Dancing with Celeste in Sioux City, IA. She danced at the studio
throughout her childhood and eventually taught Ballet, Tap, and Jazz classes. In High School at
Sioux City East Lizzie was a member of the Raiderette dance team competing in Jazz, Lyrical, and
Hip-Hop. Her passion for tap started at Dancing with Celeste and she grew up loving every minute
of tap solos and duets she was able to perform and compete with. After college at USD (Go Yotes!)
she had the opportunity to teach advanced and beginner tap classes at VADO in Vermillion, SD.
Although she had a break in tap dancing, she was so happy to tap again and am now thrilled to
currently be teaching the advanced tap class at Amaze Dance Studio here in Sioux Falls. Lizzie lives
here in Sioux Falls with her husband, Ryan. Besides doing projects at their home, they love
cheering on the Coyotes and spending time with our friends and family.
Christina began dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Expressions. She began with recreational classes and then joined one of the studio’s first competitive teams. She continued with both recreational classes and competition teams through 12th grade as well as competing with Lincoln High School’s dance team for 4 years.
In college, Christina was a member of the USD dance team where she was a captain her JR and SR years. After college, Christina went back to Dance Expressions to begin her coaching career. She has been coaching and instructing for 4 years in both competitive and recreational classes of all ages. She has performance experience and training in ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, pom, kick, and technique. Her passion for coaching comes from the moment of achievement a student has when finally mastering something they have been working so hard for.
Christina was born and raised in Sioux Falls and is a HUGE Yotes fan! Outside of the studio, Christina is a Financial Analyst for the Health Services Division of Sanford Health. She enjoys going to the lake, playing with her dog, and cooking for friends