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In addition to Kristin Thompson, the owner and director of K. Moniques Studio of Dance, there are several talented instructors on our staff

Kristin M. Thompson, Owner, Director, and Choreographer

Kristin Kristin Monique (Pagan) Thompson began dancing at age 3 and has studied most styles of dance which include ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and ballroom dancing. She is also a certified group ex and zumba fitness instructor, and her dance studio holds daily classes in both. Kristin began choreographing dance routines at age 17 for the Homestead High School’s Show Choir. She is now in her 13th year of teaching and is the owner/director of K. Moniques’s Studio of Dance in the Covington Plaza Shopping Center at 6336 West Jefferson Blvd in Fort Wayne, IN. Under her professional direction, Kristin’s competitive dancers have won numerous awards in "First Overall", "Best of Show", "Best Choreography", "Best Costume", "Best Entertainment", and "Judges Choice Encore" awards and her dancers have obtained full-ride dance scholarships to prestigious performing arts schools. She is The University of Saint Francis Head Dance Team Director/Choreographer. Kristin has also volunteered countless hours to the Fort Wayne community by holding demonstrations, seminars, and workshops for charities, area businesses, and local schools around the city. Kristin’s passion is her love for children and watching them grow in Life Through Movement.

Cassi Sommer

Cassi Cassi began dancing at age three and has studied most styles of dance which include ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater. Growing up, Cassi has hadopportunities to perform at local, regional, and national dance competitions while under the direction of several different dance studios in the Fort Wayne area. She began assistant teaching dance classes at the age of fourteen. In 2009-2010, Cassi danced for the Freedom Football team in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Cassi was also the coach for the Snider High School Dance Team in 2010-2012. She danced for K. Monique's Studio of Dance for her last three years of high school and now has been teaching and choreographing for K. Monique's Studio of Dance for five years. Along with the art of dance, Cassi is very passionate about children, family, and friends.

Lynn Clemence

Lynn has been part of the dance world for over 30 years. She began in Wisconsin as a performer, joining a company at an early age that performed at such venues as Disney Land and World, aboard the Big Red Boat (Disney's former cruise line) and at countless Milwaukee area venues and festivals. As a teen, she became a member of the SPLASH Dance Team for the Milwaukee WAVE, Wisconsin's professional soccer team. As a competitor, she only ever brought home first place overall standings with her team. She spent two years studying dance at UW-Whitewater before deciding to become licensed as a cosmetologist. Lynn began assistant teaching at age 12 and teaching her own classes at age 15. In her early 20s, she became a studio director. For their recreational program, she enjoyed creating, choreographing and directing annual recitals. With their competition team, she found much success. Aside from leading them to win many overall special and standing awards, a personal highlight for her was winning Best Studio Director herself and the cruise vacation prize that came with it.

Lynn decided to step away from dance for the year she had her first son, but she couldn't stay away for long. She decided to join a new studio as a teacher and choreographer to their recreational students and competitive team. During her time with the team, she continued to lead soloists and groups to victory and herself won numerous Best Choreography awards, as well as a title of Creative Genius.

Lynn's family moved to Indiana in 2016. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Kevin, and has two ridiculously fun and adorable boys, Walter and Weston.

Bradi Whitacre

Bradi Whitacre began dancing at eight years old. She joined company her second year of dance when she was only nine years old. She has studied and competed in many styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and lyrical. She has been recognized at competition for numerous performance awards and has placed top ten under the solo division many times. Bradi has also competed in many dances that have become national champions. She has danced with K Monique’s company for eight years. After graduating in 2014, she joined the staff has an instructor and choreographer. Bradi feels one of the best moments of her dance career came when she was invited to perform her solo for top name choreographers including Ian Eastwood, Laurianne Gibson, and Dave Scott. Bradi hopes to continue to grow as an instructor and choreographer and to share her passion for dance with her students.

Maddy McCarthy

Maddy McCarthy is 18 years old and has been dancing at local, regional, and national competitions for 6 years and has been assisting/teaching for three. She has trained in contemporary, lyrical, open, jazz, hip hop, tap, pointe, and ballet. She started choreography at K Monique's at age 17 and the first dance she choreographed won a national first place award. She loves her job, her students, and her fellow instructors and wants to follow her passion for dance and choreography for the rest of her life. 

Andrea Stiffler

Alaina Herman

Kellee Jackson

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