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 is in her 16th season coaching The University of Michigan Dance Team. 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 13 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.
Leah was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennesse where she was a part of both studio and school dance teams. She was on the Farragut Middle School and Farragut High School dance teams, both of which ranked nationally. After graduation she stepped in as a technique coach for both middle and high schools. While working with both teams and attending nationals with the teams, the middle school became UDA National Champions and the high school ranked 5th. As for herself, she trained under Jordan McLaughlin, a three time National Champion. With Jordan McLaughlin she helped to choreograph for Worlds and several other competition pieces. Her training includes dance technique, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom and hip-hop tricks. At Virginia Tech she pursued a major in national security and double minor in philosophy, politics, and economics. During this time she was a member of the university's dance team and lettered within her first semester. While in Michigan she plans to finish her Masters through Virginia Tech and work for the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center. Leah is currently the head coach for the Dexter High School and helps out with the Michigan Dance Team.
Rachel has been dancing for over 20 years and holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Oakland University. She also holds a certificate of completion from The Hydrama Classical Greek Theatre Training Program in Hydra, Greece. Dance credits include choreographing for such production as Antigone, Under Milkwood, British Invasion and We've Got Dancin' To Do. Rachel has also danced for The Detroit Dolls and Kid Rock.
Katelyn is from from Oakland, Nebraska. She currently resides in Gregory, Michigan. Katelyn has been dancing since she was 3 years old at Blair Dance Center in Blair, Nebraska. She went on to collegiate level dancing at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Katelyn was able to be a part of amazing team and do competitive and Game Day performances. They are a 4 time National Champion team in the NAIA & D3 Division. She also got to experience being a part of musicals in the performing arts, music videos, and performances with professional singers and dancers. Dancing has always been her dream and she loves to keep sharing her love for this sport with our students!
Carson has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She trained in a variety of styles including jazz, pom, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. Carson began competing as a dancer at age 11 and has won various regional, national, and world champion titles in her time since. She enjoys being a part of a team and striving for goals with others by her side. She has been teaching for 3 years now and is passionate about watching her students grow as dancers and people. Carson is currently a student at the University of Michigan and a proud member of the University of Michigan Dance Team.
Kayla's latest achievement as a dancer has been making the University of Michigan dance team, for the fourth year, her senior year! During her past three years, the team had their best finishes in program history in jazz and hip hop at UDA College Nationals. Along with the success at UDA, Kayla and some of her teammates are National Champions in the D1A Game Day division at NCA. She is also continuing her adventures as a third year employee of the highly respected dance company, Universal Dance Association. Over the past two years she has worked several high school and college camps in the summer taking her to fifteen different states across the country. She has choreographed for several high school and middle school dance teams in different genres of dance, and been hired to clean choreography by other schools as well. This year she was named the new technique consultant for her former high school, that she was a four year member of, Swartz Creek.
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 baby boy; she welcomed in December of 2017. Kimberly could not be more thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Dancers Edge!
Dancer's Edge Administrative Staff
Katy B., Studio Manager
Jenn B., Administrative Assistant
Kathleen F., Alicia J., Jen M., and Pam S., Front Desk/Customer Service
Kathleen F., Alicia J., Jen M., Janet M., and Pam S., Advisory Board