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 10th year of coaching the Ray-Pec Prowlers Dance Team. Most recently, she's accepted the position of Competition Director and Judge Coordinator 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 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.
Pre Company Director/Instructor
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 highly recognized 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 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 frequently took classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey School, and Peridance Center from many acclaimed teachers and attended live dance performances from the Rockettes, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, and others whenever possible.
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 they have a son named Mateo, a crazy puppy named Evie and are expecting a baby girl in October. 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 have become close to her fabulous and supportive fellow teachers, the wonderful dance families and awesome kids who on a daily basis reinforce her love for the joy and art of dance.
Maci grew up in Raymore, Missouri and started dancing when she was 9. Although she loved dance, she also played soccer, competed in gymnastics and became captain of her cheerleading squad in middle school. From the time she was a little girl she always dreamed of becoming a Prowler at Ray-Pec High School. Following in many of her role model's shoes, she made the varsity dance team her freshman year and danced on the team for 4 years. During her high school dance career, her dance team placed 1st in multiple dances at Regional and State Competitions; and their Pom routine placed 17th Overall at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida her senior year. Maci cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs for one season. Maci graduated Magna Cum Laude from Avila University in 2018 with a degree in Communications: Advertising/Public Relations. She is currently working as an Engineering Support Specialist at Honeywell FM&T. Outside of dance, Maci loves spending time with her husband and Golden Retriever, named Gatsby. Maci loves being a role model for young girls, and is honored to be in her 8th year at FEARless Dance Center.
Emmalyn has been passionate about dance since she could tap her little toes on the ground! She started her dance career at the age of 3 and has always loved being on stage. She was a competitive dancer 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. 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 spending time with her son 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 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 went to Staley High School and was on the Staley Emeralds dance team for two years. He 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 scholarship for the 2017-2018 season at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tony also lived in Orlando, FL for 3 years. In that time, he was able to perform with professional dance companies, teach at local studios, and also perform at SeaWorld and Walt Disney World. He now currently resides in Kansas City where he is on his 5th year as a UDA (Universal Dance Association) instructor, and also teaches at Dance Fit Flow which is a dance studio for adults ages 18+.
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Karaleisa Rice is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor in the greater Kansas City, Missouri area. She started dancing at a very young age and trained professionally in all styles of dance. She excels in the style of Tap, as she is an alumni of The American Tap Company. Her vigorous and broad training background has led her to many great opportunities in her dance career.
Karaleisa started teaching very early in her dance career and has choreographed for many studios all over the Midwest. Her work has received numerous awards throughout the country for choreography, technique, and precision as well as national championship titles. After finishing school in Missouri, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to dance professionally and continue her training. While Karaleisa lived in Las Vegas, she worked with world renowned choreographers such as Helene Phillips, Don Bellamy, Adam Cates, Tony Coppola, Colleen Craig, Don Mirault, and Justin Bryant.
Karaleisa has been working in the competition dance circuit for over 10 years and has loved every bit of it. She has had the opportunity to assist many choreographers, teach numerous master classes, and learn from some of the most amazing dance instructors in the world.
Karaleisa hopes to bring knowledge and positivity to the competition dance world, all while making an impact on others. She is looking forward to all of the opportunities that this year has to offer.
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Sara Clayton grew up dancing at Studio J in Independence, MO and was a four-year member of her high school dance team at Blue Springs South. She went to Missouri State University and was a member of the Sugar Bears Dance Team for four years, serving as Captain her last two year. During college, Sara began teaching dance at a local dance studio in Springfield. 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. Additionally, graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019. She practices outpatient orthopedics in Prairie Village, KS and Empower Physical Therapy & Performance. Sara has taught several summer sessions with Fearless and joined our year-round staff in 2018.
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 also coaches the Ray-Pec Prowlers JV team. She has a chocolate lab/ golden retriever mix named Bear who is the biggest cuddle bug and loves to play in the sprinkler. Maddie also recently got engaged and is slowly starting to plan her wedding. This is her 2nd 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!
Kelsey started dancing years ago at another local dance studio, Starstruck PAC, and danced competitively until she graduated in 2009. She attended Kansas State Univeristy where she danced on the Classy Cats for all 4 years and served as the team captain her senior year. She was able to attend NDA nationals with the Classy Cats in 2011 and 2013.
Once Kelsey graduated she came back to Kansas City to teach at Starstruck and assistant coach the Olathe North Eaglettes. After being back for a year, she missed being part of a team and auditioned for Chiefs in 2013. She danced on the Chiefs field for 3 years and then retired to own her own fitness studio, Pure Barre Overland Park.
As much as she loves practicing as a dietitian and running a fitness studio, dance is her true passion. Kelsey couldn’t keep dance out of her life so she was more than honored to have a place on the Fearless Staff. She has taught several summers, but she is now starting her second fall season with Fearless and is so excited to be with the dancers each week! Kelsey specializes in jazz and contemporary, but you can catch her in a hip hop class every now and again! She also an extrovert at heart so never be afraid to stop and connect. Kelsey feels the studio is more than just classes, it is also a family.
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 husband and Dachshund and exercising. She was an Elementary Teacher for 3 years in the Lee’s Summit School District and now is an Energy Consultant for Solera Energy LLC. She is looking forward to her second season with Fearless Dance Center and can’t wait to see what the season holds!
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!