Quote: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada
Ms. Kristen Messner has been an instructor for 35 years and is beginning her 24th season as owner and artistic director of All About Dance! By Kristen in June 0f 2015.
She is a member of Dance Masters of America and Dance Masters of Ohio. She also holds certification in acro-gymnastics, tap, ballet, and jazz as recognized through Dance Masters of America. Kristen is an active member of the Cecchetti Council of America and has achieved certification of the Intermediate Professional VI level as according to the Cecchetti Ballet system. Kristen has been named the acting Vice-President of the Cecchetti Council of Ohio for the past five years.
Miss Kristen’s professional dance career includes performing on Holland America Cruise Lines as well as dance promos for touring professional shows and industrials around the Cleveland area. She stays very active as a dance student herself by attending weekly classes in traditional jazz with Miss Dee Hillier and Cecchetti Ballet. In addition, Ms. Messner enjoys attending numerous dance conventions and workshops around the country pertaining to current styles, technique and enhancement of dance education.
For many summers, Kristen has traveled to Boston MA, Orlando FL, and Phoenix, AZ to attend the Dance Life Teacher Conferences where she enjoys taking class from some favorite instructors such as Joe Tremaine, Joe Lanteri, Finus Jhung, Roni Mahler, Jo Rowan and Gregg Russell. In addition, for nearly two decades, Kristen attended and then graduated from Dance Masters of America National Teacher’s Training School at the University of Buffalo in New York. She also has attended the Cecchetti Council of America’s National Teacher Training Seminar held in Holland, Michigan for the past few summers and will attend again this summer on scholarship.
As a youth, Kristen was an Ohio State champion gymnast during her years as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls YWCA Gymnastics Team.
Miss Kristen is an alumnus of Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Behavioral Sciences. She resides in Kent, Ohio and while away from the studio she loves attending many different workout classes as well as dining out, traveling, shopping, decorating and spending time with her family and friends and Olliepop.