Kelley Haney

Founder/Creative Director

 

Kelley is a dance teacher and homeschool mom. She and her husband Dave are the proud parents of 5 children, Samantha, Jeffrey, James, Matthew and Miranda. In the “dance world” Kelley is known for her creative choreography, attention to detail and love for children. She prayerfully chooses music and choreography for her classes. She leads the Leap of Faith Dance Company staff with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” She founded Leap of Faith Dance Company in 2003 and feels blessed by the staff, volunteers and families God has surrounded her with during this journey.

 

Kelley has studied many different styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, military and Broadway. Her performance experience includes dancing since the age of four at a variety of studios, competition teams and performance venues. Kelley began choreographing at the age of 16 for central Ohio high school dance teams, dance camps nationwide, and pageant soloists. She has also choreographed for Walt Disney World, Hawaii’s Hula Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers halftime show, and the Columbus Crewzers. Kelley has judged pageants and dance competitions since 1989. Some of Kelley’s personal awards include Miss All American, Miss Showcase Star, Miss Dance Ohio, Miss Dance USA pageant finalist, a four year full dance scholarship to the University of Hawaii, and the 1999-2000 Showcase of America Director of the Year Award and the 2014 Sunny 95 “20 Outstanding Women” award..

 

Kelley humbly attributes all of the above success to our Lord and Savior. “With Christ all things are possible.”

INSTRUCTORS

Dawn Hostetler

Head Instructor / Co-Director

Bio

Dawn has been blessed to have had dance in her life since childhood and joined Leap of Faith Dance Company in 2007. She and her husband Brandon love spending time with their daughters, Summer and Star!

 

Dawn began her dance profession at New Tradition’s Dance Company in Mansfield. She then pursued her education at The Ohio State University by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and serving as a member of the Buckeye Dance Force. Here, she achieved captain her junior year and collegiately competed with the Universal Dance Association on ESPN. Since 1993, Dawn has choreographed for dancers throughout Ohio for various State, Regional and National Championships. She has composed pieces for OSU basketball halftime shows, Showcase Camps and Productions, United Spirit Association, San Diego State University Dance Team, Boston University Cheer Squad and Morehead State University Dance Team and the Florida Citrus Bowl halftime show.

 

Dawn has a strong background in jazz, hip hop, contemporary and cheerleading and has studied ballet and lyrical. She has attended various workshops and classes in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and New York City.

 

Dawn has found her home at Leap of Faith Dance Company and feels so blessed that the Lord has led her here to serve a ministry through dance and worship!

Anna Johnson

Bio

Anna joined the Leap of Faith Dance Company staff in 2012. She is a 2015 graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration. Anna trained at Ballet Met Columbus in classical ballet, pointe, tap, character, modern, and jazz. In 2015 she joined the office staff as graphic designer.Dawn has a strong background in jazz, hip hop, contemporary and cheerleading and has studied ballet and lyrical. She has attended various workshops and classes around the country.

Rachel Keathley

Bio

Rachel is an alumni of Leap of Faith Dance Company and has been a member of staff since 2008 as an Assistant before promoting to Instructor in 2011. Rachel has enjoyed dance as a member of her high school dance teams, award-winning competitive dance teams as a dance soloist and member of The Company.

Hailey Major

Bio

Hailey is an alumni of Leap of Faith Dance Company and has been a member of staff since 2003. She enjoyed years of competitive dance studying jazz, pom pom, lyrical and hip hop. Hailey has been awarded multiple dance titles, including 2007 CDP Miss Dance Power USA. Hailey has trained under Kelley for 20 years.

Emily Meacham

Bio

Emily joined Leap of Faith Dance Company staff in 2010. Her dance background includes tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern and ballroom. She is certified as an ACE Fitness Professional. Emily is involved in church ministry and has served as a Sunday school teacher, Awana Commander, and Praise Director.

Andrea Montgomery

Bio

Andrea joined the Leap of Faith Dance Company staff in 2009. She trained in gymnastics and dance and was awarded the 2003 Miss Dance Drill Team title. She was a member of the Wright State University dance team and has coached high school dance teams.

Laura Shorter

Bio

Laura joined the Leap of Faith Dance Company staff in 2015. Laura trained with Worthington Civic Ballet, BalletMet, The Fort Hayes Pre-Professional Dance Program, and The Ohio State University where she entered college as a dance education major, studying under Susan Van Pelt.  Areas of dance experience include ballet, jazz, tap, and modern.

Jill Storey

Bio

Jill joined Leap of Faith Dance Company in 2012. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a BFA in Dance and a Business minor. Jill received formal dance training in Dublin, OH with continued dance education in New York and Chicago. She has also participated in The Jazz Dance World Congress. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, lyrical and modern.

Nadia Maggelet

Bio

Nadia joined Leap of Faith Dance Company in 2016. She danced with Ashland Regional Ballet for 11 years and studied at the Cincinnati Ballet for 3 weeks. Nadia has danced in many ballets, including the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and The Blue Bird.

ALON AUGUSTE

Bio

Alon joined Leap of Faith Dance Company in 2015. Alon has studied Break dancing since 1996, Alon has traveled the U.S. performing alongside of some major artists and competing in several competitions. As an instructor, Alon has taught the art of breaking to many in the Columbus area and loves to inspire the next generation to continue the dance. 

 

KATIE NICHOLSON

Bio

Katie joined Leap of Faith Dance Company in 2015. Katie studied at Opus II Dance Studio and danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Firebird. Katie participated in Ballet Magnificat’s summer program and toured the country with DAYUMA for a year. Katie was also a principal dancer in the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant.

 

INSTRUCTORS IN TRAINING

James

Tabitha

Carrie

Rachel

Faith

ASSISTANTS

Andrew

Sophia

Deanna

Faith

Kiersten

Shalisha

Avery

Miranda

Apprentices

Liz

Janie

Korynn

Israeli

Jayden

Rachel

Anna

Isabelle

Christa

Lydia

OFFICE STAFF

Jennifer Newton

Colleen Burges

Matthew