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 and a Duck. 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.
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.
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.
Haley has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She joined DCT when the doors opened in 2009 having studied dance and gymnastics under Coach Kayla. Haley has studied in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Acro.
In 2011, Haley was amongst the first group of students to compete with DCT and has since won countless awards and honors for her many solos, duets, trios, and group performances throughout the years. Her greatest achievement was winning 3 titles in one night, including SuperStar of the North for 2015. This awarded her an all expense paid trip to Orlando, FL where she performed in the the All American Halftime Show at the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s eve. Her team was also invited the next year. Haley has received 4 National Competition invitations to perform in the opening showcases as well as compete in the competitions for a national title. Haley also received 2 scholarship invites to study under many renowned instructors at the Ellen Werksman Dancewerks Experience near Chicago, IL. Along with dancing, Haley began teaching at DCT in the Spring of 2014 after years of training alongside the other instructors. She has taught all types of dance classes both recreational and competitive. Her choreography has won many overalls and other awards, in 2016 she won a choreography award with her own solo. She loves to share her experience and passion for dance with others through teaching. Haley graduated high school in 2019 with her Associate of Arts and Associate of Science in Health Sciences degrees from the PSEO program at ICC.
Haley is currently a student at Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she is double-majoring in Biology and Psychology following a Pre-Med track. All of her experience with dance has earned her many scholarships and opportunities after High School. Among all of her dancing and studying she finds leisure in reading, watching Netflix, and especially traveling. Haley has been to 12 countries and plans to visit many more!
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 can’t wait to share her joy, love and commitment to her sport at DCT!
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.
Brooke began dancing at Dreams Come True the age of nine, participating in recreational dance for two years and competing since then. She has performed a variety of different types of dance, including Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acro, and Ballet. She has competed with many group routines and solos.
She has been successful in her dance career so far, receiving Platinum awards, judge’s choice awards, and overall awards for some of her solos and groups. Recently, from the Masquerade Dance Competition in 2021, she was invited to perform in an opening routine at nationals along with many talented dancers. She also danced in a Disney World parade and on the Epcot stage in 2018 with many of her friends from DCT. Brooke started as a helper coach in 2017, and adores getting to know her students while sharing her passion for dance with them.
Brooke loves the stage. She performs not only with DCT, but has also been involved in the community and high school theater programs, is an active member in the Grand Rapid Color Guard, and sings with the high school Concert Choir. Brooke has an admiration for music of many kinds and loves to read and write. Her most recent hobby that she is crazy about is roller skating.
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
Skyler has been dancing at DCT since its first location downtown. 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.
Skyler has been awarded many team and solo awards for her technique, form and artistry in her performances. Skyler can be found skateboarding when not dancing. She is excited to share her creativity and love for this sport with her students.
Alanna has been dancing since the age of 3 and joined DCT when they began in 2009. She has taken classes in Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. Alanna has performed with teams, solos, duets, and a trio. She has been in competitive dance since 2013.
Alanna has competed nationally and regional. In 2018, Alanna performed at Walt Disney World. She performed on the World’s Stage in Epcot and did a parade performance down Main Street Magic Kingdom. Alanna has qualified to letter in Dance through the Minnesota State High School League for a few years. Along with dance Alanna is a Football Cheerleader for the GNK Titans. She has been Captain of her squad for the past 2 years and has been cheering since 7th grade. Alanna has qualified to letter in Cheer through the Minnesota State High School League for 4 years.