• Tina Hansen
    Tina Hansen Director

    In 1994 Tina Hansen was able to follow her dream when she founded The Dance Factory. The school has grown to be one of South East Wisconsin’s most known and loved studios for many reasons. Her students have been accepted into the professional level programs at, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, in Winnipeg Canada, are graduates of the famed Julliard college in New York, and most high school graduates receive scholarships in dance, if they attend college for dance or a related field.

    Currently, her former dance graduates can be seen working in off Broadway productions in New York, in Los Angeles California for industrial films as well as London, UK.

    The Dance Factory is a mix of a friendly, fun, and professional atmosphere!  The primary focus of the school, is based on our ballet program. It is from a strong technical ballet background, that our dancers gain the strength and knowledge for other dance disciplines. A balance of structure and freedom are encouraged to keep the joy of dance and the discipline needed to excel in check.   Here at The Dance Factory, we are committed to keeping both aspects of training young dancers’ for their success in this field

    Being owned, operated, by a team of professional dancers, TDF will surely give you the experience that you are looking for.

    We invite you to attend one of our classes. Come and meet our faculty, dance on our floors and fall in love with DANCE! TDF promises to be a memorable and gratifying dance experience.

    • Tessa Ritchey
      Tessa Ritchey Teacher and Choreographer

      Tessa Ritchey was born and raised in Walworth, Wisconsin, where she trained at The Dance Factory. She graduated from The University of Iowa in 2018 with a B. F. A in Dance Performance and Choreography. Tessa has furthered her training by attending intensives such as American Dance Festival, ELSCO Dance Intensive, NW Dance Projects Five Dance Days, the Gypsy Project and Water Street Dance Festival. While in College Tessa apprenticed for Dance In the Parks, in Chicago, where she was able to perform and help run the shows. Along with performance experience, she has had multiple of her own choreographic works produced by the university, one of which was selected to perform at the 2018 ACDA North Central Conference. After college, Tessa has had her work presented at the College of DuPage’s Choreographic Showcase, MADCO 2’s Dare To Dance, Trifecta’s A New Light, the Iowa Dance Festival, Emergence, SMUSH Moves Vol. 7, JELLO and MKE Fringe. Tessa has had the privilege of working with Alluvion, a Chicago Dance Company, premiering a work in 2019 as well as this past April. Currently, Tessa is in her second season with Danceworks Performance MKE as a Company Dancer. 

      • Kamie Rhyan
        Kamie Rhyan Front Desk, Teacher

        Kamie Rhyan was born and raised in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where she trained at The Dance Factory. Her training consisted of all dance disciplines with a focus in the Cecchetti and Vagonova methods. After her training she moved to Boca Raton, Florida to begin her teaching career. Here Kamie taught and choreographed award-winning pieces that were performed in Florida and the Midwest. While living in Florida she continued her education for dance at Florida Atlantic University. She later moved back to Wisconsin to begin an Assistant Teacher Training program which mentors the teaches of tomorrow. Here she took students on an international mentorship to the Caribbean to continue to share her knowledge and passion with students around the world. Kamie has also directed performance groups and shows that are displayed over Southern Wisconsin. 

        • Garrett Volpendesta
          Garrett Volpendesta Teacher and Choreographer

          I stepped into my first dance class at the age of six and never looked back. Dance has been my biggest passion ever since and when I started choreographing and teaching back when I was in high school I knew that it was my calling. Since then I have 15 years of teaching dance under my belt, teaching in several studios throughout Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

          Currently I teach at multiple studios throughout the week introducing new programs that have been excelling at each facility, Coach for multiple competition teams and run a young performance group called HYPE (Helping Young Performers Entertain) out of my home studio The Dance Factory in Delavan, Wisconsin. This performance group of mine has done dozens of performances around Wisconsin and Illinois appearing on television multiple times and recently performed for the Harlem Globetrotters halftime entertainment in 2018 and have been asked to return this year to perform as their halftime performance again.

          My performance career started as soon as I started dancing and as of 2018 I have performed in over 8,500 shows. Most of those shows have been through the corporate entertainment scene including the Six Flags Corporation where I have been a dance captain of four international award-winning shows that I also co-wrote and co-choreographed. I was also nominated for the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) for the best male corporate entertainment performer.

          During my years with the Six Flags Corporation I have also choreographed, produced, directed and written over a dozen shows for them. Outside of corporate entertainment I have been blessed with opportunities to with Neil Berg in his traveling Broadway review show “100 Years of Broadway”, sharing the stage with multiple Broadway stars such as Tony Nominated Carter Calvert and Brad Little. I have also had theater performance training under Barbara DelMastro and some training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet back in my youth.

          Excelling in the fields of hip hop and tap I am looking forward to branching out with my work and spreading my knowledge with dancers and inspiring young performers by starting to travel and offer master classes and workshops around the states.

           

          • Moe Gardner
            Moe Gardner

            Miss Moe has been a part of The Dance Factory family since 1998. She was a student from ‘98 until her graduation in 2012. She joined the staff in 2014 and has worked with students of all ages in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. Miss Moe has also been involved in The Nutcracker for the past  20 holiday seasons as both a cast member and choreographer. Her favorite style of dance is Tap, and she has performed in many thanksgiving day parades through the Chicago human rhythm project. When she isn’t teaching, Miss Moe likes to spend time with her dog and is involved in several community programs to continue to keep the arts alive in all capacities. 

            • Maureen Kilmer
              Maureen Kilmer Teacher

              Bio coming soon!

              • Ann Depierto
                Ann Depierto Dance Studio Manager

                Bio coming soon!

                • Ashley James
                  Ashley James Teacher and Choreographer

                  Bio coming soon!

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