ABOUT FEARLESS DANCE CENTER
Our instructors are highly trained and educated in all areas of dance. You have the choice of more than one instructor to fit your child’s personality and learning style. The energetic and friendly staff are invested in making a difference in your dancer's life through dance and having fun along the way!
Hayley Houchen is from Peculiar, Mo and has been dancing since she could walk. Competing with her studio regionally and nationally as a child, along with her time on high school dance team, helped form her passion for dance. After graduating high school she traveled the country teaching camps for the Universal Dance Association for two years. She danced professionally for the Missouri Comets for one season. From there, she went on to cheer 5 years for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders. As a member of the Chiefs Cheerleaders, she was a co-captain for one year, a captain for two years and was also the 2016 Pro Bowl Representative in Hawaii. She has been able to choreograph many routines, perform for our military in state and overseas on tour, compile youth halftime performances, and be a leader of the Junior Chiefs Cheerleader Program. She was on staff for the Cheerleaders for 5 years immediately after retiring from cheering. Hayley is in her 11th year of coaching the Ray-Pec Prowlers Dance Team. Most recently, she's accepted the position of Competition Director for the national dance competition - Inferno Dance. Hayley loves every avenue dance has led her down but her passion for teaching led her to open her very own dance studio, FEARless Dance Center in Raymore, Missouri 8.5 years ago. From the second the doors opened her studio became home to hundreds of dancers who take recreationally and competitively. She runs a fully competitive dance program out of her studio, where her dancers win many regional and national titles. Hayley's choreography is recognized and awarded at many regional and national competitions for various age groups. Owning her own studio has transformed her love of dance in ways she could never imagine and leaves her feeling extremely blessed to be able to have dance as her daily job. When she isn't teaching dance, she loves to spend time with her fiancé Brady and their dog Tenney.
Marissa started dancing at the age of 4 and continued until middle school competing at various competitions regionally and nationally. She was then on the Ray-Pec middle school dance team and then the high school’s varsity dance team (Ray-Pec Prowlers) her Senior year. Marissa’s favorite type of dance is tap. She was awarded various awards growing up for excelling in this style of dance; one including the Most Improved Tap award at her local dance studio. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and is excited to implement these skills through the form of dance classes. She is the mom of three little boys and Hayley's sister. Outside of FEARless she is a licensed esthetician at Salon and Spa de Crist. Marissa has been with FDC since the moment the doors have opened and plays a key part in our success each year. She’s always had a special place in her heart for children and loves that she is able to work with children of all ages and share her love of dance with them.
Kayla began training in dance at the age of 4 years old in her hometown of Raymore, Missouri. Growing up, she danced competitively at a local studio and earned many overall local and national awards and titles, including Dance Masters of America Heart of America Miss Dance. Kayla also danced for one year on the Raymore-Peculiar High School dance team, The Prowlers, where she competed at the state championship level.
Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue her dance education at the collegiate level. Kayla attended Marymount Manhattan College on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Alongside a rigorous academic course load, she studied Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Composition/Choreography, Dance History, and Anatomy for Dancers under world renowned teachers and choreographers. In 2009, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Dance Performance.
While living in New York, Kayla took advantage of the diverse dance education and classes all around her. She trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey School, and Peridance Center under many acclaimed teachers.
In 2017, after 12 years in New York City, Kayla moved back to Missouri and was ecstatic to be hired at Fearless Dance Center. She teaches Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Tumbling at both the recreational and competitive level. Kayla truly believes dance is a place where all students learn lessons far beyond technique. In her classes she also focuses on positive life skills such as determination and perseverance, self-worth and confidence, kindness to others, and respect.
In her spare time, Kayla enjoys Chiefs Football, Royals Baseball, cooking and spending time with her family. She is married and together they have a 2 year old son named Mateo, a 10 month old daughter named Maya and a crazy puppy named Evie. Kayla also works as a Client Services Specialist for American Century Investments. She feels beyond honored to be a part of the FDC staff and to continue her connection to her amazingly talented and supportive fellow teachers, our wonderful dance families and the awesome kids who on a daily basis reinforce her love for the joy and art of dance.
Katelynne, or Miss Kati, is from Raymore, MO. She started out playing soccer at the age of five, but met a friend in 5th grade who was a dancer and decided she needed to give it a shot. Since the age of 12 that's all that she's wanted to do! She trained and competed all the way through high school and was also on the Ray-Pec Prowlers her freshman year. She trained with a pre-professional company called CollabLab, and was given the opportunity to assist with choreography for high school dance teams and studios in South Dakota during her sophomore year at Ray-Pec, where she found her passion for choreography and teaching other dancers. After high school, she danced on the KC Roos Dance Team at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for her freshman year.
Miss Kati is currently a junior at UMKC studying Elementary Education with hopes of being a 1st grade teacher! Her dream is to be able to have an integrative classroom that allows students with special needs to learn among their peers. Kati and her high school sweetheart, Jake have been together for 5 years. Their first child is their fur baby Bailey, who is a two-year-old goldendoodle that is spoiled rotten. In her free time, Kati loves to watch sports with her boyfriend, snuggle her dog, read books, and cook new healthy recipes!
Kati is excited beyond words to be a part of the Fearless family and develop a relationship with each dancer. She is excited to learn as much from the dancers at Fearless as she hopes they learn from her. Kati feels blessed to be a part of the FDC staff and to be able to continue doing what she loves with such amazing people!
This will be Emmalyn’s 8th year with FEARless!
Emmalyn started her dance career at the age of 3 and has always loved expressing herself through dance. She was a competitive dancer 4th grade through high school at Donna’s Doorway in Belton, MO. She also was the captain of her dance team at O’Hara High School for 2 years, performing all 4 years with the Celtics. She enjoys ALL genera of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, modern, hip-hop, and even a bit of clogging! As she moved through school, she became a Glitter Girl at Avila University and brought home multiple medals for placing 3rd in the nation in hip-hop as well as placing in the top 5 in jazz. She served as a captain her senior year at Avila. After graduation, Emmalyn danced for the Kansas City Chiefs and cheered with them for one season, where she met Hayley. She has choreographed for multiple high school dance teams in the area including Harrisonville HS Dance Team and Gardner Dance Team. Outside of dance, Emma loves going on adventures with her 3 kids and husband, as well as advocating for social justice through Noonday Collection jewelry. She is humbled and honored to spend time with your children every week at FEARless, and loves watching them grow!
Tony Iiams was born and raised in Kansas City, MO where he started dancing at the age of 9. Throughout the years he has had the privilege of working with several different instructors, training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz funk, hip hop, pom, and ballet. Tony attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a year where he was a member of the collegiate UMKC dance team. He was offered the yearlong dance scholarship for the 2017-2018 season at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tony lived in Orlando, FL for 3 years, in that time he was able to perform with Marshall Ellis Dance Company, teach at local studios, and also perform at SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World. He now currently resides in Kansas City where he is on his 6th year as a UDA (Universal Dance Association) instructor, teaches at several local dance studios, is the Assistant Dance Coach for North Kansas City High School, and is the owner/director of his very own freelance dance choreography and technique company ‘Tony’s Techniques’’!
Sara Clayton grew up dancing at Studio J in Independence, MO. She was
a four-year member of her high school dance team at Blue Springs South
and was Captain her senior year. For college, Sara attended Missouri
State University and was a member of the Sugar Bears Dance Team for
four years, serving as Captain her last two years. During college,
Sara began teaching dance at a local dance studio in Springfield,
where she also worked with several high school dance teams in the
area. Sara graduated with her Bachelors in Science in Exercise and
Movement Science in 2014. After college, Sara danced professionally
for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders for four years, serving as
Co-Captain her fourth year. Sara graduated from the University of
Kansas Medical Center with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.
She specializes in outpatient orthopedics and dance physical therapy
in Prairie Village, KS at Empower Physical Therapy & Performance. Sara
is Empower's Director of Dance and Performing Arts and became a Board
Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2022. Sara has taught
several summer sessions with Fearless Dance Center and officially
joined our year-round staff in 2018. Sara has choreographed for
several high school dance teams and has choreographed quarter break
routines for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders. She spent one year
judging for the Inferno Dance Competition. Sara specializes in jazz,
lyrical, contemporary, pom, hip hop, technique, and strength and
conditioning. Sara is also one of our coaches for Fearless Dance Team.
Maddie is from Raymore, Mo and has been loving the sport of dance since the age of 3. She started dancing competitively at a local dance studio called Broadway Babies along with several other staff members of FEARless and continued the love throughout her childhood. She then went on to make her high school dance team, the Ray-Pec Prowlers, where she was on the Varsity team all 4 years. (Ms. Hayley was her coach) She competed at many regional, state and national competitions winning numerous awards. After high school she attended the University of Central Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Child and Family Development. At UCM she was on the dance team (UCM Mulekickers) for 2 years where they competed at the UDA College Nationals placing in the top 10 both years. Outside of the dance world, Maddie works for CIOX Medical Records and is currently planning her wedding for next fall! She has a chocolate lab/ golden retriever mix named Bear who is the biggest cuddle bug and loves to play in the sprinkler. This is her 3rd year teaching at FEARless Dance Center, but she has always been a part of this dance family. She was one of “the originals” when FEARless first opened. Maddie is extremely blessed to be a part of this wonderful dance family and so excited to continue doing what she loves!
Lucas Feliciano was born and raised in Williamstown, New Jersey. He started his dance journey at the age of 17 as a Zumba Instructor and Varsity dancer for his high school’s dance team. Lucas was then accepted into University of The Arts in Philadelphia accepting a Major in Dance. While attending University of The Arts Lucas trained in many styles such as Ballet, Modern, Post Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Student Comp, Contemporary, Graham and more. He also had the Guidance from many extraordinary professors such as Anne White, Suzanne Slenn, Denis Gronostayskiy, Wayne St. David, Tommie Waheed (Evans), Dinita Clark, Jesse Zaritt, Kim Bears-Bailey, and Olivier Tarpaga. Lucas then received many great opportunities to dance in shows for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Universal Studios Orlando, and Seaworld Orlando. Lucas also danced for Drapinski Dance Company while in Florida where he performed for three seasons. After dancing in Orlando FL for five years Lucas then moved to Kansas City, MO to be with his partner Tony. Lucas is still training in styles of Lyrical, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Tap, Modern, and Musical Theater. While also working as an instructor and choreographer. Lucas’ biggest joy is being able to work with his students and help them grow towards their future goals!
Ashley has been dancing competitively from the time she was 3 years old until high school. At which time she spent 4 years on the Ray-Pec Prowlers performing and competing at both regional and state competitions. After graduating Ashley went on to dance for the Missouri Comets for one season and the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons. Since retiring from cheering Ashley volunteered with the high school dance team for a number of years and was later the assistant coach for the JV Prowlers for 3 years. Ashley was with us when we opened the doors to Fearless and is returning after a year off to get married and start a family with the birth of her little girl Karsyn. Ashley’s heart has always found dance to be an escape that brings her joy. She is so excited to be back and to foster that same feeling within our recreational dancers after a year off from teaching.
Olivia started dancing at the age of 3 at a studio in Lee’s Summit, MO. She continued dancing competitively through middle school. In high school she was on the Lee’s Summit West Dance Team for 4 years where she was a state champion for 2 years. After high school she attended Missouri State University and was a member of the Sugar Bears Dance Team for 4 years. They placed in the top 10 at UDA nationals all 4 years. After graduation, she was a member of the Chiefs Cheerleaders for 2 years and cheered at the Super Bowl in 2020.
Outside of dancing she enjoys watching football, hanging out with her dachshund and exercising. She was an Elementary Teacher for 3 years in the Lee’s Summit School District and now is an outside sales representative. She is looking forward to her third season with Fearless Dance Center and can’t wait to see what the season holds!
Kelsey is a dance teacher, barre instructor and dietitian. She has been teaching with FEARless for three years and specializes in jazz, pom and technique. Prior to teaching, Kelsey cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs for 3 years, dance at K-State for all 4 years of college where she has served as captain and grew up dancing at a local Kansas City studio called Starstruck P.A.C. She also enjoys the opportunity to choreograph for dance teams and has worked with several in the area creating national pom and jazz routines. Kelsey also choreographed for K-State and Chiefs Cheer while she was dancing on the teams. Outside of dance, she enjoys time with her husband, Adam, and her two cats. Yes, it’s safe to say she is a crazy cat lady, but don’t worry she still love you if you’re a dog person. Kelsey will be teaching on Tuesday nights, but enjoys scheduling private lessons with your dancer so be sure to reach out if your dancer wants extra attention on jazz, pom or dance technique!
Anna is a freelance artist working between London, England and Kansas City. She has recently worked with choreographers and companies such as The Glitch Project (London), Fubunation (London), Olivia Emert (Kansas City), Haley Kostas (Kansas City), and Alison Curtis-Jones (London). She attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, England earning a BA in contemporary dance and has trained at GagaLab NYC, BalletMet, The Kansas City Ballet, Joffrey, and Wylliams and Henry Contemporary Dance.
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