Our passionate professional high energy staff has been teaching in our community over 25 combined years. We are dedicated to bringing out the best in our dancers in and outside of the studio. Our staff is committed to bringing the latest in dance training and class techniques to DCT.
Kayla Shorma founded Dreams Come True Dance Studio in 2009
with a mission to teach the love and art of dance through technique fun and
flair. Kayla’s life long passion for dance began with donning her first dance
shoes at age 3. Over the years she has learned and studied multiple dance
forms including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Clogging, Tap and Lyrical. Coach Kayla married her husband, Paul, in August 2010. They live in Grand Rapids with their daughter Breezie, son Knox and their Chihuahua Cider. They also have over 20 Chickens and a hamster. Kayla enjoys hanging time with family, being on the lake and cooking. She loves, anything food, boating and bonfires. She can drink pickle juice like a champ.
As a child Kayla worked with the Masula Children’s Theatre, performed at the state fair talent show semi finals with her own choreography and participated in Beauty pagents across the Northland holding many titles. Kayla danced in more than 35 performances before graduating high school. As a teen, Kayla was offered the opportunity to student teach alongside her dance instructors. In High School she also attended workshops by James Sewell and his Company of Dancers, Galina Mezentseva, Alvin Ailey and others. She performed in the Festival of States in St. Petersberg Florida and also at the Bands of America in St.Louis MI for Colorguard. Kayla graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2003.
During College she studied children’s health and received her Associates Degree in Childhood Development. She also focused some of her studies in human anatomy and nursing. Prior to opening her dance studio in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Kayla coached gymnastics for four years and was USAG safety certified. She started a small dance program where she coached. The dance program flourished and expanded to become her now 250 plus-student base today. She had instructed her students to go on and receive college scholarships and programs through dance.
Coach Kayla believes Dance is a life-long learning process and she continues to participate in classes and workshops. She is Acrobatic Arts Certified and has passed the Dance K-12 testing for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations. In the summer of 2019 Kayla was a student and took several classes in California. Her choreography has been successful in many ways inside outside of the dance world. High score awards, Platinum, and judges choreography awards to name a few. In 2018 Kayla coach done of her very talented students to win Nationals 1st overall. Kayla has choreographed for figure skating, body building, beauty pageants, gymnastics and Special needs routines. She has also done work with the Grand Rapids Players and other community organizations. Kayla is a proud member of the Special Education Advisory Board for district 318. Traveling to towns surrounding the Grand Rapids area to teach through Community Education is something Kayla really enjoys. She has found purpose in sharing her knowledge and experience raising a child on the Autistic spectrum and wants to help others who are given that path or have children with Special Needs. She strives to not only teach her students the art, technique of dance, but also confidence, grace, poise and being comfortable in your own skin.
Casey was made for the stage. She started in beauty pageants at a young age where she won and participated in state and national events, wining Minnesota at the age of 2. She began dancing a the age of 4.
Casey is experienced in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Irish and
Musical Theatre dance. She has been to many master classes with
various dance companies including James Sewell, the Moscow Ballet, and ABT. She also attended the West Coast Dance Explosion. While dancing in high school, Coach Casey student taught alongside
her instructors for 6 years. She was in color guard for 3 years where
she performed at Disney World. She graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2011. Casey also performed in many local musicals. She toured with an Irish step dancing group for 4 years as well.
Being a coach is what Casey does best. She loves pushing her dancers to their greatest achievements using technique, artistry and talent. Casey has her Yoga teaching certification and Acrobatic Arts certification. When Casey is not dancing she enjoys doing hair, hardcore ab workouts and spending time with her cats Cecilia and CJ. Casey has a fuzzy sock collection of over 30 pairs. She got engaged in front of the princess Castle at Magic Kingdom in the summer of 2015.Casey married the love of her life in Florida June 2018. She is expecting a baby girl this fall!
Casey began coaching at DCT in the summer of 2011. In the summer of 2018 Coach Casey's very own choreography was performed at the Epcot World Stage in Orlando Florida. She is an incredible choreographer, her routines over the years have won many high score, choreography and encore awards. She had instructed her students to go on and receive college scholarships and programs through dance.
Chelsey grew up surrounded by dance. Hailing from three generations of dance instructors, and the daughter of Ballroom Instructors, she was probably dancing before she was born. As a child and adult, she’s performed in many dance and community theater productions through which she gained experience in ballet, jazz, urban jazz, modern, and clogging. One of her recent and favorite moments on stage was when she played the role of “Belle” in the Grand Rapids Players production of “Beauty and the Beast”.
After teaching Dance Fundamentals and choreographing children’s theater productions in Grand Rapids, she went on to teach and perform throughout central Minnesota. She’s a member of the DanceBarn Collective, a group of professional dancers committed to bringing dance opportunities to communities in rural areas.
Chelsey also enjoys singing, painting, gardening, and yoga. When she’s not dancing or playing Disney Princess she’s hunting four-leaf clovers with major success!
Haley has been dancing since she was 2. She has been a member of DCT since the doors opened in 2009 and before that she studied dance and gymnastics under Coach Kayla. Haley has studied Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Acro. Having trained alongside her instructors as a helper for four years, Haley is in high school and loves to share her passion for dance with others through teaching. Haley has been a competitive dancer since 2011 and has been awarded multiple honors and titles. Her greatest accomplishment to date was in the Spring of 2015 winning the Super Star of the North Award granting her much recognition and numerous prizes including an opportunity to perform during the All American Half Time performance during the Citrus Bowl in Orlando FL. She also won a Nationals invite to perform in Wisconsin Dells in the Spring of 2016 and
perform in their Showcase. She recently won a choreography award for her own choreographed solo at a regional competition in Duluth, MN in April 2016. Haley has been on many award winning teams, been a member of numerous invite-only opportunities and has attended many conventions and master classes. Her choreography has been regionally recognized and has scored in overall high score awards and judged choice. She was awarded an invite in the 2018 Competitive Season to participate in the Dancewerks Experience North of Chicago and plans to attend along with a 1st overall award for her Solo. She also has received a total of 4 Nationals invites.
When Haley is not dancing she can be found "hitting the books". Haley began coaching at DCT in the Spring of 2014. Haley is doing choreography for our Soloists while in school at St. Scholastica and plans to go into the medical field. Haley's dancing and experience through her chosen sport brought her much success with college scholarships and opportunity after Highschool.
Ali began her dancing career at the age of 3 and joined DCT when they began in 2009. Hard work and dedication to the sport of dance, Ali has studied many forms of dance including Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, and Hip-Hop. Ali became a competitive dancer in 2011, has competed in numerous competitions, attended many conventions and joined in different types of master classes.
On January 1, 2016 Ali had the amazing opportunity to perform in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl All American Half-time in Orlando FL. She also received an invite to perform at the Triple S National Convention in Wisconsin Dells, where she competed and also took master classes with renowned dancers and choreographers in the dance world. In the 2017 Competitive Season Ali placed in the top 10 at Celebration Talent Regionals. In the 2018 Competitive Season Ali received a musicality award at Triple S Regionals and scored 3rd overall. At Celebration Talent Regional she received invitations to Nationals for her Lyrical Solo and will perform the Summer of 2018 in WI Dells for the National Title.
When Ali is not at the studio, she is focusing on her school work and is a part of the honor roll. Ali Graduated High school and the PSEO program at ICC. She plans to attend St. Olaf to major in political science and will also be a part of their dance program.
Ali loves all things chocolate and is a major bookworm; she loves sharing her love of dance. Ali teaches Competitive Solo duet, and Trios.
Alyssa has been with DCT from the start. She performed in the first Spring Show with Dreams Come True in 2009 and continued in the program through High School Graduation. Alyssa is experienced in Jazz, Lyrical, & Hip Hop. As a DCT dancer she performed in 7 shows with her class and also performed 2 solos and a duet. In high school she enjoyed performing with her team at GRHS pep fests too.
She graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2016. Alyssa has experience in working in early childhood in Grand Rapids and the metro area. She is CPR & First aid certified. Alyssa is going school for nursing and working at the hospital along with Coaching at DCT.
Alyssa is a mom to her son Gunner. She loves being a mom.
Charli has been dancing for Dreams Come True since 2013. She has been successful as a team dancer, duets and as a soloist. Charli has won countless team awards and has had her solos receive extra recognition. Some of those awards are judges choice and encore awards. Charli has studied many forms of dance including: Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary.
She has been involved with the theatre program for 7 years and doing choreography for 3 of those years. One of her most popular parts played was the Lion in the Wizard of Oz production. She also coaches two 5th grade math masters teams and is very involved with the Marching band in the Colorguard.
In the Summer of 2017 Charli traveled along with some of her teammates to perform in the National televised Citrus bowl halftime show.
Amanda Stelten is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During my time in Eau Claire, competed as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Dance Team at local and national competitions for three seasons, and lead the team as a Captain for two. Prior to college, she grew up in Chaska, Minnesota where she trained in various styles with a local studio beginning at age three. Amanda was also a member of the Chaska Dance Team where she competed in High Kick and Jazz for 6 years, and was a part of the 2012 and 2013 MSHSL State Championship winning teams. She worked with DCT for 1 full season and has continued to offer classes and choreography to us. She graduated her master degree at Eastern Illinois University for Communication Disorders.
Emilee has been dancing since she was 4 years old with Dreams Come True. Emilee has experienced many types of dance including: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. Through these forms she has performed in teams, solos, duets and trios. She has been competing in dance since 2011. Emilee performed in the National Televised Citrus Bowl Halftime Show in the summer of 2017 in Orlando Florida. She also performed at Disney World with the Dance the World performance experience in 2018. She danced on the World's stage at Epcot and danced down mainstreet of Magic Kingdom in a parade. Emilee has been student coaching at DCT and is looking forwards to sharing her passion for dance with her students. When Emilee isn't at dance or school she can be found playing with her dogs and cats, hanging out with her sister and her two brothers, deeply invested in whatever she may be reading, or drawing. She also loves to do makeup!
Kylie began dancing at the age of 5 years old. She has been dancing at DCT since 2014. She has taken classes in Acro, Lyrical , Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. She started competing in 2015 with Team, Solo and Duet routines. She has been job shadowing and junior coaching for 3 years now. She is entering her second year at PSEO at ICC. The room lights up when Kylie walks in and she can't wait to shine her light on her students. She loves being outside and with family. Kylie loves plants and has a large collection of them!