About Dancer's Edge
Welcome to Dancer's Edge! We believe in finding the hidden talent and potential in every student! Helping dancers achieve all of their personal and professional goals are essential to establishing a foundation for future success. Dance teaches us dedication, hard work, leadership, perseverance, teamwork and much more. Developing a well-rounded dancer with concrete life-skills enhances self-confidence and is the core of our curriculum. Using positive feedback, teacher analysis and self-analysis, students are encouraged to continually learn and grow through self-motivation, determination and a passion for excellence. Come dance with us and see the difference!
Dancer's Edge Instructors
Valerie Stead Potsos is the head coach of the nationally ranked University of Michigan Dance Team. She is the Director/Owner of Dancer's Edge in Dexter, Michigan. She has choreographed for professional corporate sponsors including Ford Motor Company and much more. Dancer’s Edge was named as “Top Studios on the Move” in Dance Spirit for 2007. Her articles on coaching and dance have appeared in Dance Spirit, American Cheerleader and in Motion Magazines. She is a seminar presenter, and consultant for AACCA (American Association of Cheer Coaches and Administrators) and staff member for Universal Dance Association on topics such as Motivation, Leadership, Team-building and many more!
Along with judging local and state competitions, Valerie has judged studio, high school, College Dance Nationals and Worlds as well for various organizations including Nexstar, Contest of Champions and many more. She coached The Royal Oak Kimball Dance Company and The Royal Oak Kimball Varsity Dance Team for 8 years and has been the coach of The University of Michigan Dance Team since 2001. She also teaches for the kinesiology department, “U-Move” at The University of Michigan. A choreographer for several teams and studios, Valerie has also choreographed for professional singers and for Ford Motor Company at Ford Field. She has been dancing since age three and teaching dance since age fourteen and was a member and captain of The University of Michigan Dance Team. Valerie graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Communication and Dance Education and has additional graduate studies in Secondary Education from Michigan State University. Valerie resides in Dexter, MI with her husband and three children.
Jenn has been teaching dance in the Dexter area for over 20 years. She specializes in the young dancer and teaches tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. Jenn was the director of the Very Young Dancer program at Dexter Academy of Dance under Mollie Murphy for 7 years. She has 10 years' experience in private Summer Camp Administration and lesson planning/teaching in numerous subjects from reading to fine Italian cooking. She is an avid musical theatre performer and choreographer. She works with many area theatre groups such as Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Dexter Community Players, Saline Area Players, Pinckney Players, and the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society both onstage, as a choreographer, and as a dance captain.
Meg grew up in the Dexter community passionate about dance. Meg began dancing at the age of two and competing at the age of eight. Meg trained in a variety of styles of dance, such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, pom, and hip-hop. Meg is a former member of the Dexter High School dance team and a former student of Dancer's Edge. Meg enjoys passing on her love and knowledge of dance to the next generation of dancers. Meg has coached the Mill Creek Middle School Dance Team and has taught at Dancer's Edge for over two years. Meg is currently a student at the University of Michigan and a member of the nationally-ranked University of Michigan Dance Team.
John, originally hailing from Ann Arbor has made a return to Michigan from Los Angeles, CA bringing with him over 10 years of professional experience in Hip Hop movement and Jazz Funk. While getting his degree in Musical Theatre at California State University Northridge (CSUN) where he would star in the shows Urinetown and The Drowsy Chaperone, John was also pursuing his professional career as a dancer and choreographer, having danced with artists such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Luis Fonsi, and Zendaya as well as having choreographed for artists and networks such as Sammi Sanchez, Tyson Venegas, Got Milk?, Radio Disney, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior. After a long career in Los Angeles, John moved to New York City after being accepted into The Stella Adler Studio of Acting where he learned from world class faculty and starred in the shows August: Osage County, Troilus and Cressida, and Eastern Standard. John's first job after graduating from Stella Adler was an Off-Broadway production entitled Comfort Women: A New Musical which then invited him to do the production in Los Angeles which replanted him back in LA. But now John is back home in Michigan and is especially excited to be working with the elite staff and students at Dancer's Edge!
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Miss Rachel just absolutely loves being a dance teacher. She has been teaching at Dancer's Edge since 2016 and it truly feels like home. Miss Rachel has been blessed to do some pretty cool stuff including play Shelby in Steel Magnolias at The Purple Rose Theatre Co., dance in an NFL halftime show, choreograph shows like Mary Poppins and Hello Dolly for The Encore Musical Theatre Co., choreograph for Oakland University and Community High School in Ann Arbor, be a hipster in a Ford commercial, be a fit model for Carhartt, sing the national anthem at a CrossFit competition, be a CrossFit coach, do three shows in one summer at The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, sing in an off Broadway Theatre, and get married to a pretty cool dude. She is also an assistant coach for The University of Michigan Dance Team under the direction of the one and only Coach Val. Miss Rachel holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University and a certificate in Classical Greek Theatre from Hydrama (Hydra, Greece). Miss Rachel loves making pizza with her husband Giuliano, belting out some Jesus music, and taking their dog Beans out for a nice long walk. She hopes to teach her students to strive for a life of significance rather than success.
Devon has been dancing since she was two years old, and since that time has trained for over 15 years in all styles. In High School, she was a four-year Varsity Dance Team member. Her team made it to finals at UDA’s National Competition all four years, and in 2017 placed second in their pom category. Currently, she is a second year member of the Michigan Dance Team, and is studying chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.
Jordan is from Dexter, MI and began dancing at Dancer’s Edge when she was three, started competing when she was nine, and began assisting and teaching when she was in high school. She was also a member of the Mill Creek and Dexter High School Dance Teams. Jordan is attending the University of Michigan and is also a UDA staff member. She has trained in various levels of ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, pom, and hip hop. Jordan enjoys working with dancers of all ages and levels. She loves to share her passion with dancers and allow them to grow in their own way.
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Ashley is a competition and ballet instructor at Dancer's Edge. She has been dancing for over 30 years and teaching for 15. She has taught all ages at a variety of studios but is happy to have return to Dancer's Edge where she fell in love with teaching. She has extensive ballet training, but also enjoys jazz, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Ashley received a Bachelor's of Science from Eastern Michigan University in Dance Studio Management. She began her dance training under Wendi DuBois and became a member of Youth Dance Theatre. Ashley enjoys choreographing for her students and has won choreography awards over the years. Ashley believes in building a strong technical foundation for her students to be able to develop their skills safely in a positive environment. Ashley lives on Belleville Lake with her son and two kitties.
Ali teaches technique for competition and recreational students as well as choreographs. The 2020-2021 season will be Ali's 3rd year at Dancer's Edge. She has trained in almost all types of dance since she was three. Currently Ali is studying Dance & Movement Science at the University of Michigan. Ali's dance training comes from a combination of studio and dance team dance. Ali will complete her BFA in 2022. Ali is a senior member of the University of Michigan Dance Team. Ali believe dance should be fun but also instructional on not only how to be a better mover, but why technique works for the body. Ali is very excited for this upcoming year, working with more students.
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Hannah hails from the west side of Michigan, and has many years of dance experience. She began dancing at the age of three, and then competing at age ten. She began teaching at the age of fourteen, and has taught and choreographed dancers of all levels in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Hip-Hop. Her choreography has received many overall high score and judge’s awards on the west side of the state. For the past two years, Hannah has been a member of UDA staff where she teaches Jazz, Pom, and Hip Hop routines to dance teams around the Midwest. Overall, Hannah’s teaching philosophy is to view dance in a holistic manner, using dance as a way to grow as a human and an artist. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in business at the University of Michigan.
Allyse grew up in the Metro Detroit area, where she began dancing at the age of three. She trained at Big City Dance Center under the direction of Lisa Fruchey, where she trained in several styles and received many awards at the regional and national level. Growing up, she worked with choreographers such as Heather Southwell, Mollee Gray, Tokyo, Marinda Davis, Ade Obayomi, and Kacy Combs. She recently graduated with honors from Point Park University with a BFA in dance with an emphasis in jazz and a BS in Business Management. While at Point Park, Allyse was a member of the Conservatory of Performing Arts and had the honor of performing pieces by Mark Burrell, Kiesha Lalama, Jason McDole, Kiki Lucas, and many others. She also was involved in many industrials in the Pittsburgh area under the direction of Jason Coll and Kiesha Lalama, dancing for Howard Hanna and the Pittsburgh Pirates. She is a current graduate student at Emerson College, obtaining a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She is thrilled to be back in Michigan and cannot wait to share her passion of dance with Dancer’s Edge!
Morgan is a dance instructor at Dancer's Edge, where she teaches acro, pom, and other styles, as well as coaching the Mini Comp Team. This is her third year at Dancer's Edge. She is currently a junior at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science. She has danced since the age of four, including dancing with J. Dance Kollective and her high school dance team in Fairfax, VA, and is now a member of Cadence Dance Company at Michigan. Morgan believes that dance training is life training, and above all you should dance because you love it. Morgan is from Fairfax, VA.
Kim has been studying dance and performing for over twenty-five years, and has been teaching for over ten. Kimberly is an alum of the Repertory Company at Deborah’s Stage Door. She is experienced in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. As a teenager, she competed extensively throughout the country; winning numerous awards including top overall soloist at Showstopper’s East Coast National Dance Competition three years in a row. She also received many scholarships at major dance conventions such as New York City Dance Alliance, West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine, L.A. Dance Magic and Co. Dance Convention. Aside from competing, Kimberly had the opportunity to perform with Jerry Lewis, Ricky Martin in Palm Springs, members from N*sync at Detroit's Hob Nobble Gobble and was featured in Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade for many years.
Upon high school graduation, Kimberly received a scholarship to the dance program at The University of Michigan. While at U of M, she had the opportunity to study under Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Amy Chavasse, and Robin Wilson; as well as dance with The University of Michigan Dance Team. After attaining her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she accepted a scholarship to a summer intensive with River North Dance Company in Chicago and moved to NYC in the fall to further pursue her dance career.
While in New York, Kimberly was a company member of The Next Stage Project, Jennifer Muller/ The Works, and DoubleTake Dance Company. She had the opportunity to perform throughout the east coast at renowned venues such as New York’s City Center, New York’s Summer Stage, Brooklyn Ballet Theater, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance Theater. She was also featured in a solo performance with her husband; a percussionist, at The Juilliard School.
Kimberly and her husband relocated to the Ann Arbor area, and over the last six years, has found her passion of teaching. She has been keeping busy as a dance instructor as well as a mommy to her son. Kimberly could not be more thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Dancers Edge!
Alyssa is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and a student of University of Michigan. She is trained in a variety of styles such as tap, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, and pom throughout her 13 years at Imprint Dance Company. Following her participation in the Varsity Dance Team at Forest Hills Central High School, Alyssa continued her dance career as a member of the University of Michigan Dance Team. Alyssa has taught dancers ages 5-18 at her hometown studio for a few years, and is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance at Dancer's Edge! She has choreographed ballet pieces for junior dancers that have received high honors at local competitions. In addition to this, Alyssa choreographed several performances as a two year captain of her high school dance team. Alyssa believes dance should be an enjoyable outlet for kids of all ages and types and is dedicated to creating a safe and happy learning environment.
Dancer's Edge Administrative Staff
Katy B., Studio Manager
Jenn B., Sabrina P., Administrative Assistant
Alicia J., Rachael K., Sabrina P., Front Desk/Customer Service
Alicia J., Rachael K., Janet M., Advisory Board