Owner/Director, Acro, Pre-Cecchetti and Cecchetti Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Kinder-Classes, Pointe
Ms. Kristen Messner has been an instructor for 36 years and will have completed her 24th season as owner and artistic director of All About Dance! By Kristen in June of 2017. 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-Chairperson of the Cecchetti Council of Ohio for the past seven years. Additionally, Kristen is certified in Acrobatics through Acrobatic Arts, an organization dedicated to teaching the highest of standards in skills and safety through graded levels of acrobatic technique.
Ms. 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 Ms. 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 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 where she will return this summer to continue enhancing her technique and dance education. Kristen also has attended the Cecchetti Council of America’s International Summer School held in Hope, Michigan for the past seven summers and will attend again this summer on a CCO scholarship. Additional, Kristen has traveled around the country to attend Dance Life Teacher Conferences & retreats where she enjoys enhancing her business skills as well as dance education with such great instructors as Joe Tremaine, Finus Jhung, and Gregg Russell.
As a youth, Kristen was an Ohio State champion gymnast during her years as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls YWCA Gymnastics Team. Ms. 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.