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Meet Our Instructors and Office Staff Members

Debra Collier, MDE

Instructor

Miss Deb’s fourth grade dream of opening a studio where she could continue sharing her love of dance became a reality in 1977 after she moved to Warsaw with her husband. For over 40 years she has shared her passion with her students and has enjoyed seeing second and third generations join our studio family. From choreographing for the studio’s Dance Etc. performance group to inspiring students with the beauty of ballet and everything in between, Miss Deb still loves every moment with her students.

As a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Deb received master certification from CNADM after completion of a required research paper and requisite hours of training. Following five years as Principal and three years as President-Elect, Deb was named CNADM President in August of 2010. During her three-year term, she was responsible for the organization’s 100th-year celebration in addition to her regular duties. Miss Deb was the founder of Class Act Dance Troupe, desiring to provide opportunities for her students to share their excitement for dance with our community.

From going to her very first class with a neighborhood friend in Zionsville, Indiana to opening her studio as a newlywed, and now sharing dance with her beautiful granddaughter, Deb’s life has been filled with the joy of dance.  Her experience and love for her students are second to none.

Alexis Banghart

Instructor

Miss Alexis discovered her love of dance at an early age at Debra Collier’s School of Dance and has never looked back.  Her versatility has allowed her to excel in all styles of dance as she trained with Class Act Dance Troupe for the past eight years.

She has trained with many renowned choreographers through her attendance at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and with CADT.  As a graduate of our teacher training program, Miss Alexis joined our teaching staff in 2020 and has quickly become a great asset to our staff.

Whether performing with her troupe family, attending sprint car races, or camping with her mom, dad, and brother, Miss Alexis will always tell you her favorite place to be is with family.  We are so glad she is part of ours!

Amy Clay, MDE

Instructor

Miss Amy has been teaching at the studio since 1992 and loves her job!  She started dancing at the age of three in upstate New York where she lived until the age of 15.  She then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and joined her high school dance team. After high school, Miss Amy attended Grace College and started teaching for Miss Deb.

Through her years at the studio, she has also been a director of Class Act Dance Troupe. She loves teaching at the studio and sharing her love for dance with each of her students.

Miss Amy has her Masters of Dance Education through Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, has served on the board of directors, and became a 25-year member of the organization in 2020.

Her favorite dance discipline is modern and she has enjoyed creating the studio’s modern program and continuing to bring new and exciting choreography to her classroom.  She is married and has a son and a dog named Ralphy! Miss Amy loves Christmas, Hallmark movies, shopping, and coffee!

Kristina Collier, MDE

Instructor

Miss Kristina grew up dancing at the studio. She received her Master Dance Educator accredidation through the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and was honored as CNADM’s member of the year in 2014. Miss Kristina instructs numerous workshops throughout the community as part of the studio’s Community Outreach Program and she is also a director of Class Act Dance Troupe.

She loves teaching all ages, especially the littles and their growing, inquisitive spirit.  She created our Mommy & Me and independent Tiny Twos classes!

Miss Kristina developed an interest in women’s health and recently became certified to teach Dancing for Birth, which is designed for pregnant and postpartum women, to ease labor, delivery and the physical and mental healing post-pregnancy.

She loves to see her students grow, not just as dancers, but as people. She believes each dancer has a gift to offer and is excited to see what their gift is! Outside of dance, she loves donuts, coffee and time with her husband and little girl!

Claire Kois

Instructor

Miss Claire was born and raised right here in Warsaw, Indiana! She began dancing at the studio when she was eight years old and fell in love with the movement and artistry. She is fun-loving and energetic, and if you know Claire, you know you’ll hardly ever see her without a coffee in hand!

Miss Claire performed with Class Act Dance Troupe for seven years and even had the opportunity to perform at Disney World. She is now a director of the troupe and a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.

She enjoys her continuous training through CNADM as she works toward her next level of certification. As a teacher at the studio, she has been instrumental in expanding our Hip Hop and Modern programs. Her love for dance and inspiring others shines through in all she does. She’s a coffee, food, and chocolate enthusiast who loves her career and believes she’s exactly where she belongs!

Annie Petro

Instructor

Miss Annie began her dance training at Debra Collier’s School of Dance at the age of three where her love of dance and movement grew. She was a part of Class Act Dance Troupe for eight years and completed our Teaching Assistant Program.

She recently graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in three years where she studied Dance and Arts Management. While at IU, Annie trained in Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary Dance techniques. Annie values the importance of dance education and furthered her studies at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in North Carolina. She has performed in works by world-renowned choreographers including, Juel D. Lane’s “Ego” and a restaging of Paul Taylor’s “Esplanade” by Michael Trusnovec.

In addition to dance, Annie is passionate about wellness and other movement forms such as aerial silks and holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, and Sports Nutrition.  She recently launched Equipose, offering private and semi-private Pilates equipment classes.

A mover through and through, Miss Annie is excited to share her love of movement with our dancers.

Tammy Seibold, MDE

Instructor

Miss Tammy is a lifetime resident of Warsaw who began her dance journey at the age of six. She has wonderful memories of growing up at the studio. Although she attended Grace College to study elementary education, it wasn’t long before she realized her heart was in the dance classroom. She received her Master Dance Educator certification in 2013 through the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.

Miss Tammy has been a director of Class Act Dance Troupe since 1992 and oversees the troupe’s community presentations and annual performance. A true Disney fan, she loves when the troupe travels to Orlando to perform at her favorite place! Combining time with her husband, Chris, and sons, Trenton and Ryan, with her dancers at Disney World is sheer joy to her!

Miss Tammy loves to see her students’ confidence blossom and realize the joy to be found in dance.  After three decades of teaching, surrounded by her students is still her favorite place to be.

Ashley Cassel

Office

Miss Ashley is the friendly face behind the front desk in the evenings! She started dancing at the studio at the age of four and continued until graduating in 2013 from Warsaw Community High School. She has “behind the scenes” experience from her years as a student and performer, and is always happy to share her knowledge with parents.

Ashley is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in  Accounting at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has a beloved red golden retriever named Rayah that loves to play fetch. Ashley enjoys playing video games and reading in her free time. If you have a question about the studio or even if you just need a band-aid, she is always here to help!

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