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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 As the Founder/Owner/Director of K. Monique’s Studio of Dance, Kristin Monique (Pagan) Thompson brings years of experience and dance knowledge to the table. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has studied numerous styles of dance over the years. She’s studied ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and ballroom dancing. Throughout her dance career, Kristin realized she also had an amazing artistic gift to create masterpieces on stage and began choreographing at the young age of 17. In 1999, she first choreographed for Homestead High School’s Show Choir and she continues to perfect her craft every chance she gets. She enjoys developing young dancers and molding their self-confidence in the process. 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. Her dancers have also obtained full-ride dance scholarships to prestigious performing arts schools around the country. Kristin has also volunteered countless hours to the community of Fort Wayne by holding demonstrations, seminars, and workshops for charities, area businesses, and local schools around the city. She is also a certified Group Ex and Zumba fitness instructor. She instructs Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Strong by Zumba fitness classes as well at the studio. Kristin is a wife and mother of three boys! Her 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.

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.

Andrea Stiffler

Katie Jones

Kim Beckman

Katherine Jones

Kristen Krill

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