We have been in the business for many years and have accumulated a very strong, reliable, caring and knowledgeable staff. The staff attends workshops throughout the year to keep up on the latest styles and techniques. Here is our talented staff:
Miya Rollenhagen (owner): Miya has been instructing dance & gymnastics for 29 years. She is Safety Certified, holds her Meet Director’s Certification and is a member of USA Gymnastics. Her philosophy is to help surface creative abilities in all students so that they can discover their own creative processes and potential that can be used in everyday life. Miya has 2 children.
Anna Alpert: Anna has been on our staff since 1977. Anna has a degree in education. Anna has been affiliated with the Miss Michigan and Miss Muskegon Ottawa Pageants. Anna has passed her Professional Intermediate Teachers Certificate in ballet. She also enjoys teaching character and ethnic dancing. Anna is married and has 3 children.
Samantha Cottrell: Samantha is in her 2nd year with us on staff. She is a student at Fruitport High School. Samantha is the owner of a horse and she enjoys spending time riding.
Diane Braun-Cutie': This will be her first year as staff at Cassell. She owned her own dance studio, (Diane's School of Dance) for over 30 years. She wants to just be able to enjoy teaching dance. We are happy to have her joiing us!
Trena Goyings: Trena is a student at Baker College. She has been a teacher and competitive student for many years. She enjoys camping, going to country music concerts and shopping!
Heather Greene: Heather joined our staff in 2000. She was a competitive gymnast in high school and a former coach of the Mona Shores Gymnastics Team. Heather is also active in dance.
Julie Jolman: Julie started at Cassell in 1999. Julie has been active in Muskegon Civic Theater and choreographed and performed in many of Overbrook Dance Theaters Programs. She is married and has one son.
Madison Jurkas: Madison is a current competitive dancer and is going into her 2nd year as a staff member.
Dava Lakatos: Dava has been a part of Cassell Gymnastics & Dance practically all her life! She was a competitive gymnast when she was younger. She is currently a competitive dancer with us. She attends Mona Shores High School and is the proud big sister of 3 sisters!
Darci Reinink: Darci joined our staff in 2004. She has been active in dance for many years. Darci was active in the Miss Muskegon Pageant over the years as a contestant or principal dancer. She has 2 children.
Amy Sparks: Amy was a competitive dancer when she was younger. She teaches recreational dance classes. She has one son, Colby and one daughter, Ashley.
Maria Tetzloff: Maria joined our staff in 2007. Her specialties are Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. She teaches both recreational and competitive dance. She is the proud mother of one son, Brayden.
Patti Winsemius: Patti has been involved in dance for many years. She has 3 children. She teaches both recreational and competitive dance and brings musical theatre to life.
Assistant Teachers 2017 - 2018