Payton Kline ~ Ballet
Payton grew up in Gilbert, AZ and began training with Ms. Angie Messner at age 3. She then train under the direction of Sharon Meko at Ballet Etudes, and Christina Hampton at Arizona Youth Ballet. She received several scholarships from top Ballet Companies and attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. In 2016 Payton was invited to audition for Ballett Dortmund’s Junior Company in Dortmund, Germany. In 2017, she accepted an apprenticeship with the Minnesota Ballet under the direction of Robert Gardner. During her time she performed roles such as Baseball Boy in Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns; Arabian Maiden, Flower, and Snowflake in The Nutcracker; and Les Petits Cygnets (Four Little Swans) in Swan Lake. She also got the opportunity to perform in two original works: Laura Goodman’s Curl, Uncurl, And…, and Nikolaus Wourms’s Under the Parasol.
Payton retired from dancing professionally in October of 2018 and is now pursuing her BA in English from Arizona State University. She is delighted to have come full circle and to be teaching at NuEvolution. She hopes to inspire other little dancers to pursue their wildest dreams, no matter what they may be.
Miranda Felice ~ Princess Ballerinas, Princess Ballerinas & Tappers, Ballet, Technique and Company Choreographer
Miranda was born and raised in Arizona, and received most of her training in the valley. Throughout her training, she performed various roles such as: Chinese and Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker, and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Miranda has had the opportunity to spend her summers training with American Ballet Theater and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Miranda was a part of her high school dance team where her love for choreographing began to spark. When she began teaching dance 10 years ago, she quickly realized her passion for inspiring children. Miranda graduated in May of 2014 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Special Education, and now teaches preschool for children primarily affected by Autism. Now, she is thrilled to be teaching at NuEvolution for her third season.
Valerie Aguinaga ~ Princess Ballerinas, Princess Ballerinas & Tappers, Prima Ballerinas & Tappers, Lyrical and Acro
Valerie is trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and has musical theater experience in productions such as “The Music Man”, “Annie” and “The Fiddler On the Roof”.
Kind of a late-bloomer, her formal training began at the age of 14 in ballet, lyrical and jazz under the direction of Sheree Skiles at The Ballet Theater in CA. For two years she danced the parts of Lead Russian and in a trio for Arabian in their production of The Nutcracker. At 16 she was scouted out by Laurie Schwimmer to be a member of her competitive jazz and tap dance team, “Dance Attack II”. With them she was able to travel the country performing and competing, ultimately placing 2nd at the US Open in the Cabaret Division. At the age of 18 she was employed as a backup dancer and choreographer for Tito Puente Jr. She toured internationally and performed in events such as the opening ceremonies of the Staples Center in LA, the Caribbean Music Expo in Jamaica, the exclusive Beverly Hills Hotel New Years Eve Gala, and an album release at the iconic Tower Records. Valerie has a teaching certificate in Kinesiological Stretching from ElasticSteel and is a certified Acro teacher through Acrobatic Arts. She is also a certified Zumba instructor and a certified fitness instructor through AAFA with specialized training in teaching yoga and Pilates.
Katelyn Garlock ~ Technique, Musical Theater and Company Choreographer
Katelyn has been dancing since she was 5 years old and received most of her dance training in the Valley. She fell in love with dance competitions at an early age and had the opportunity to learn from some very talented choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Melanie Moore, Brian Friedman, Stacey Tookey, Tyce Diorio and Mandy Moore. She graduated from Mesquite High School in 2011 as a member of the National Dance Honor Society and a dancer and choreographer for the school’s dance team. While pursuing her college degree, Katelyn started teaching dance and setting choreography for competition teams. In 2015 she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary Education. Katelyn believes in the importance of ongoing dance education and continues to study dance at Chandler Gilbert Community College as well as attending master classes with some of the top choreographers in the business. Katelyn is one of NuEvolution’s Company instructors and has won many prestigious awards for her choreography. She teaches Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, technique and Musical Theater.
Kat Messner ~ Technique, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Company Choreographer
Kat Messner began her Ballet training with Christina Hampton at age 13. She has attended summer intensives at The Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, in New York. Kat competed in varsity hip hop and jazz with Basha High School's Kinesis dance company and graduated as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts in 2011. Kat went on to attend the BFA program at the University of Arizona School of Dance where she studied Ballet, Modern, and Jazz with equal emphasis. Kat is also an Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate, having earned equity points for her performance in Arizona Theatre Company’s production of The Great Gatsby. Recently she cast and choreographed a music video for the band Brydes and is curently a member of Rogue Dance Theater. Today, Kat Messner is a dance instructor and a choreographer at NuEvolution Dance Studio. Kat feels that a positive learning environment is of utmost importance and hopes to inspire creativity in all of her students.
Cheryl Ayers ~ Ballet, Pointe and Variations
Ms. Cheryl began her dance training at the age of three and has studied all forms of dance. She trained and performed with the Colorado Ballet under Lillian Covillo, Friedann Parker, Ulrikke Smitt, Kris Kehl, and Mikaslaw Morowski. During her twelve-year professional career, dancing as a soloist and principal dancer, she performed such roles as Carabosse & Jewels from Sleeping Beauty, Step-sister in Cinderella, and Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen in Nutcracker.
Ms. Cheryl loves to teach and has done so for more than 25 years. Her teaching career began at Miller’s Dance while she was still performing at Colorado Ballet. During that time she also choreographed, performed, and produced several High School and Community Theater musicals, including Grease, My Fair Lady, Music Man, A Chorus Line, The King and I, Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof. After leaving Colorado Ballet, she taught ballet at several Denver-area dance studios.
After moving to Arizona, she started and directed a liturgical dance program at a local church. Once her children entered grade school, she began assisting with cheer and dance programs at their school and teaching in local dance studios. She is still teaching and taking dance and is the Assistant Artistic Director at Arizona Youth Ballet.
She strives to further her knowledge through college level programs in dance, kinesthetic alignment, movement, body awareness, and injury prevention.
Her love for dance shows in her positive energy and commitment to inspire
Christina Hampton ~ Ballet and Pointe
Ms. Hampton’s career as a dance instructor has included associations with such prestigious schools as Chicago City Ballet School, School of Minnesota Ballet, Hartford Ballet School, Miami Conservatory, Academy of Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Ballet Center and Jeanne’s School of Dance. For 16 years, Ms. Hampton has been honored to be a guest teacher for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) Summer Program, which has been named the best program in the nation and 5th internationally!
Over her 20 year professional career she was a company dancer with Tampa Ballet, Hartford Ballet and was principal dancer with Minnesota Ballet and Ballet Florida. She performed works by world renowned choreographers and coaches, including Glen Tetley, Val Caniparoli, Daniel Ezralow, Lar Lubovitch, Sean Lavery, Ben Stevenson, Jerome Robbins, Gelsey Kirkland, Mauricio Wainrot, George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp.
Shanika Jeanjacques - Miss Nika ~ Hip Hop
Originally from Los Angeles California, Miss Nika has been dancing since the age of three years old. Nika currently works with the youth in her community during her spare time as a youth event coordinator. To share her love for dance she has been teaching dance at her church and choreographing for performances and events. She has been a resident of Arizona for five years, Her son is currently enrolled in the Full Company & Boys Hip Hop Company at NuEvolution Dance Studio. Miss Nika is excited to be working with our younger children to help bring out the best in their skills using HIP HOP technique.
Sal Banuelos ~ Hip Hop/Company Choreographer
Sal is Co Founder and Choreographer of the Elektrolytes Dance Crew. Elektrolytes are season 7 Champs of
MTV's America's Best Dance Crew and just appeared on Season 8, America's Best Dance Crew ~ Road to the VMAs . Sal had the opportunity to perform with R&B artist Neyo. Besides being "World Champions representing the US at Hip Hop International,
he has appeared on Disney's "Shake it Up" , The Latin Grammy's performing with LAFMO and has toured the world with the Elecktrolytes. Sal is also a singer and Martial Artist. Sal continues to share his love of dance with us at NuEvolution, touring with the Elekrolytes, and has also formed the Elekrto Academy.
Angie Messner ~ Princess Ballerinas, Princess Ballerinas & Tappers and Prima Ballerinas & Tappers
Angie is Co-owner of NuEvolution Dance Studio. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. She has attended many competitions, convention and master classes throughout high school and later studied dance at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has choreographed for various events and organizations throughout her dance career and owned and operated a successful dance studio in Virginia. After moving to Arizona in 1995 she taught dance at Jeanne’s School of Dance, Heat Wave Dance Academy and Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department. Her goal as a teacher is to build each dancer’s self-esteem and confidence while teaching proper technique. She especially enjoys working with the very young dancers and feels there is nothing more rewarding than watching them grow from tiny toddlers into graceful and poised dancers. Her goal as co-owner of NuEvolution Dance studio is to provide the best possible dance training in a loving and nurturing environment.
Darcy Wolf - Princess Ballerinas, Tap & Acro
Darcy Wolf was born and raised in Arizona. She started dancing at the age of 2 at Tempe Dance Academy. She then moved to Globe at the age of 5 and continued dancing at Lynn’s school of dance.
She has traveled all over the country performing in places like LA, New York, Las Vegas, Florida, and the Bahamas, as well as at Disneyland and Disneyworld. She has also performed with Ballet Arizona and the Eugene Ballet Company in The Nutcracker. Darcy started teaching at the age of 14 and is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, and lyrical .
She has 2 girls dancing at NuEvolution Dance Studio and we are excited to have her as part of our teaching staff.