Our passionate professional high energy staff has been teaching in our community for over a decade. 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, a Duck named Cheesecake and a horse named Ginger. Kayla enjoys 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.
Rachelle has 12 years of dance experience in a variety of styles, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pom, and kick line to name a few! She performed for many years in Wisconsin and competed for most of them as well, including at a national level. Her favorite memories are the countless years she danced in the Nutcracker ballet, as well as winning Jamfest National Championships with her dedicated teammates in middle school. She has a passion to see young people grow in confidence in their abilities and is so excited to join this team!
Outside of the studio, you are likely to run into Rachelle at a fitness class at the Y where she is also a proud board member, or at her church where she serves on staff as the children's pastor, or at Target sipping on Starbucks and wandering aimlessly. She is very dedicated to serving young people in this community and tries to incorporate that into every aspect of her life. She loves cats and Taylor Swift and the color pink and is VERY passionate about all three.
Bev likes to say that she began her dance story at the age of four. Like most children, music inspired her to movement; to twirl, to jump and leap.“My mother was a piano teacher and our living room was my stage!”
It was the beginning of a 50-year love of dance; a journey of professional training, performance and teaching.
Bev’s formal dance education includes study with the Minnesota Dance Theater, St. Olaf College, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet in Chicago, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as exposure to a multitude of Master Teachers and Choreographers.
“I’ve been fortunate to have had training in a diversity of dance forms from amazing teachers!”
Bev is most known for being one of the original founders of the Reif Center Dance Program. She began teaching Ballet and Modern dance for the Reif in 1990. In 1994 she became the program director.
“This is where I met Coach Kayla; a young, talented dance student who would go on to make her own dance dreams come true!”
Like Coach Kayla, many of Bev’s former students have gone on to dance professionally, work in arts-related fields or continue to study recreationally while pursuing other career paths.
“I’m excited to be working with Kayla and Dreams Come True! I’ve never worked with competitive dancers before. My plan is to develop curriculum based in strong ballet technique that is specific to their needs.”
In 2017, Bev opened “Studio 17”; a dance studio in southern WI. As was her experience at the Reif, student enrollment grew quickly and plans were in the works to grow into a new building. Sadly, Covid changed those plans. To be close to family, she and her husband David have moved back to Grand Rapids where they look forward to creating wonderful memories with their children and grandchildren.
“I hated to see the studio close, but like many others who struggled through the pandemic, I had to re-evaluate my life priorities.” In addition to teaching dance, Bev’s passions extend to writing, painting, gardening and knitting. She also a registered nurse and has enjoyed a full rewarding career working primarily as an Emergency Room Nurse.
“I always tell my students, if you can imagine yourself doing something, then you can learn to do that thing. With hard work and determination, you can do anything! You can become the person you imagine yourself to be!”
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 is St. Olaf to major in political science and will also be a part of their dance program. Ali has been studying and performing with their dance company for two tears. Ali loves all things chocolate and is a major bookworm; she loves sharing her love of dance.
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.
Amanda hasn't gone a day without hiccups for the past 10 years
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. Charli has qualified to letter in Dance through the Minnesota State High School league for several years.
In the Summer of 2017 Charli traveled along with some of her teammates to perform in the National televised Citrus bowl halftime show. Charli energy and enthusiasm in her classes is infectious. Charli loves chocolate bars but hates chocolate ice-cream. Charli graduated from GRHS in 2021 and has finished her first year at Winona State University pursue a teaching degree. She still plans to implement her talents into the studio.
Gina started dancing at the age of five for Kayla at her very first dance location in Grand Rapids. Gina, a very shy young girl, had a strong drive and passion to dance. Kayla took her under her wing and Gina never looked back. Over the years and through dance, Gina continued to blossom into a more confident and outgoing young girl. As Gina was blossoming so was DCT. Entering into their new studio in downtown Grand Rapids, Gina tried out for and made one of the very first competitive teams. Gina found a strong passion in competing and quickly discovered that dance is her sport!
Gina continued to grow with DCT as they finally moved into their current location. This was another turning point in Gina’s dance career. She continued to work hard at practice and secured her spot on the high commitment teams and developed into even a more confident, passionate and dedicated dancer (improving both with her team and solo competitive scores). Gina was able to letter in dance throughout her high school career which was also a huge honor and achievement for her.
Some of her most memorable dance moments include dancing in the All American Half Time Show in Orlando Florida in 2016, and being on the DCT Dream Team in 2018 which included dancing on the Epcot Center stage and being part of the parade at Magic Kingdom. In closing, Gina is very honored and excited to teach, and enjoys sharing her joy, love and commitment to her sport at DCT!
Skyler has been dancing at DCT since its first location downtown. Slyer has been a part of DCT since the beginning and has grown through the program from the start. She has grown up through the recreational program, moving to competition teams, adding Solos and duets, assisting classes, subbing classes. Now Skyler not only teachers her own classes at DCT, but travels through community ed to teach. Skylers creativity runs deeps and you can see this skill in her choreography. She is loved by her students and cannot wait for the next class time.
Skyler has been awarded many team and solo awards for her technique, form and artistry in her performances. Skyler can be found skateboarding or making drinks at Starbucks when not dancing. She is excited to share her creativity and love for this sport with her students.
Alayna has been dancing at Dreams Come True for the past eleven years. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary,and a little bit of HipHop. In 2015, Alayna joined DCT’s competitive dance team and has won numerous awards for solos, duets, and group dances since then. She has many overall and platinum awards under her belt for her solos in particular.
In the summer of 2020, Alayna sustained a severe knee injury which barred her from competing with her teams in the 2020-2021 season. This setback has not dampened her work ethic as she has made a nearly full recovery and has begun finding her old tricks. Despite her injury, Alayna has been able to coach adaptive lessons for our students with disabilities, coach private lessons for our competitive students, and begin a dance class for our students with disabilities that will have the chance to dance in our recreational dance show 2021. This was the debut of this first time ever class.. This will be Alayna’s first year coaching a team dance and she is so excited to bond with young dancers in the studio. When Alayna isn’t in the dance studio, you might find her baking, studying, or working out. She will be starting her first year at ICC in the PSEO program next fall and can’t wait to take on a bigger role in the studio
Audrey has been dancing at DCT for over 10 years.
She has experience in all dance forms. She has been competing in teams and Solo, Duet and Trios successfully for many years. She has attended National Competitions as well.
Audrey had the opportunity to perform at Walt Disney World in 2018. She performed on Epcot's World Stage and in a parade down main street of Magic Kingdom.
Audrey is performing again at Disney World in December 2020.
She is excited to share her passion of dance with her students. When Audrey isn't dancing she is a barista or skateboarding.
Madison has been dancing with DCT for 13 years when it first opened in 2009. She has been through the recreational program then moving into competitive teams where she also helped with classes and subbed in classes. Madison has so much in studio teaching experience and is looking forwards to having classes of her own. She has so many ideas to share with her students.
Solos, duets and group routines she has diverse her self in over the years at Competitions. She has competed in many competitions through out Minnesota and Wisconsin. Madison has brought her dance talent all the way to Orlando Floria at Walt Disney World. In 2018 she performed on the World Stage at Epcot and danced in a parade down mainstream at Magic Kingdom.
Madison will also be teaching a dance class for students with Special needs and a variety of recreational classes.
She also lettered in dance in 2022 through the Minnesota State High School League. When she is not dancing she nanny’s and babysits. Madison can also shop for hours and never get bored. She loves music and dancing, she wouldn’t want to do anything else then dance with DCT and her friends that she considers family.