INSTRUCTORS

Christine Mattmiller Fink

Christine has been studio trained since the age of 5. She has studied at several professional studios throughout her life in Madison, WI; Dallas, TX; and Marion, OH. When her family moved to Rice Lake, WI in 2001, she became a member of the Rice Lake High School Dance Team. After high school, Christine attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There she worked at a local dance studio as an instructor, and was also a member of the UWEC dance team. Every year they competed at the UDA National Competition in Orlando, FL, placing top 6 in the nation with both jazz and hip hop. In 2008, she graduated from UWEC with a business-entrepreneurship major and an IT minor. She then combined her dance knowledge and business knowledge to form Christine’s Dance Company. Now, 11 years later, she is proud of her successful and growing studio. Having the ability to impact so many young lives is beyond rewarding for Christine, it is her true passion in life.

Cathy jones wolf

Cathy began her dance training at the age of 4 under her mother, Virginia Stevens Jones, at Stevens Dance Studio - with an emphasis in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Pointe. Earned a BA in Dramatic and Technical Theater from Cleveland State University. Choreographed and directed many Broadway musicals including 42nd Street, Gypsy, My One & Only, Evita, Music Man, and many more. Holds the highest level of Teacher Certification along with the highest level of Permanent Examiner with the Cecchetti Council of America. Cathy loves sharing her love of this phenomenal art form we call dance with her students."

 

 

Maren McMannes

Maren grew up in Minnetonka, MN where she was studio trained at Summit Dance Shoppe for 8 years. She then danced on the competitive team at Minnetonka High School for two years. For her last two years of high school, Maren danced with an All Star team that competed at the UDA National Dance Team Championship in Florida. She was voted captain both years and received the UDA All American Award her senior year. For college, Maren attended North Dakota State University, where she danced her freshman year. She majored in Psychology and minored in neuroscience. The NDSU dance team competes at UDA College Nationals, and while on the team, Maren won a national championship in pom and received 6th place in jazz. After her freshman year, Maren began teaching dance at local studios as well as coached a local high school dance team. Once Maren graduated, she moved to Milwaukee, WI where she attended graduate school for her Masters in counseling. While in grad school, she coached multiple competitive teams at an All Star studio. Maren recently graduated and moved to Rice Lake with her husband. She is extremely excited to continue her passion for dance with Christine’s Dance Company!

Annika Nelson

Annika has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been a CDC competitive dancer since 2013. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. As far as teaching goes, she loves teaching jazz and lyrical classes! Seeing those that she teaches grow as dancers is very rewarding. When Annika is not at the dance studio, she enjoys wakesurfing, hanging with friends, and, of course, working on homework.

Lexi Wager

Lexi has been in love with dance since the age of 3! She started her dance training at CDC in 2012 competing on a competition team. Some of her favorite styles of dance are lyrical, jazz and Pom! Lexi competes with a High Kick and a Pom routine for the RLHS Warriorettes. She loves that CDC offers Pom/Kick classes for young dancers who plan to dance on a dance team too when they get older! Pom/Kick classes are definitely her favorite to teach. Lexi loves being able to share her dance team knowledge and skills with her students at the studio!

Jillian Brunette

Jillian has been dancing since the age of 3. She is currently a member of a CDC competition team as well as a member of the RLHS Warriorettes dance team. Jillian enjoys teaching and sharing her passion of dance with younger kids.

Taylor zuzek

Taylor has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been dancing at Christine's Dance Company for 11 years! This is her 8th year competing at Christine's and her 5th year of being an instructor. Taylor is also a current member of the Rice Lake High School Dance Team. She has been trained in many dance styles such as ballet, lyrical, pom, jazz, kick, and a few classes of tap and hip hop. Her favorite style of dance is lyrical and her favorite style to teach is pom and lyrical. Taylor’s favorite part of CDC is sharing her passion for dance with others and helping younger dancers grow. When Taylor is not dancing she enjoys riding horses, going on the lake, and of course cheering on her other fellow CDC company dancers.

Megan richter

Megan primarily studies ballet and pointe at CDC. She loves taking those classes, knowing they are properly developing her strength and technique. Megan’s favorite class to teach is hip hop. She loves teaching mainly to be involved and build relationships with the younger students at CDC. Watching them grow and develop as dancers is very rewarding for Megan.  After high school, she would love to continue her dance training on a college dance team. She plans to attend a UW college for biology and engineering. When Megan is not at the studio, she can be found hanging out with friends, on the track running, or doing homework.

Chambray simpkins

Chambray has been dancing on one of the CDC competition teams for four years. She is also a current member of the RLHS Warriorettes dance team. She started teaching last season, and she cannot believe how amazing it is to help the younger dancers. One of her biggest passions in life is dance and knowing that she gets to share and influence the younger ones who are just starting out ... and according to her, it is the best feeling ever. Once Chambray graduates, she wants to attend a college with a dance team so she can continue her love for dance.

Michelle Marshall

front desk manager

Michelle has two daughters, Aubrey and Madison. Madison loves playing soccer and basketball, while Aubrey is a competitive dancer at CDC. This is where Michelle’s love for dance began by watching her daughter Aubrey! Michelle currently works full-time at Compeer Financial and part-time at CDC’s front desk.