Heart of the Valley Dance Academy Staff

Sara Musich

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Sara Musich is the Owner and an instructor at HOTVDA. She began dancing at the age of 5 and has been involved with dance ever since. She has taught all styles of dance with tap being her favorite.

Kim Dercks

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Kim Dercks is the Competition Director and an instructor at HOTVDA. She is an award winning choreographer, receiving numerous outstanding choreography and most entertaining awards at competitions. She teaches tap, jazz and lyrical. 

Laurie David

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Laurie David has been a member of the HOTVDA staff since we opened our doors in 2007. She brings many years of ballet training to our studio, but also teaches jazz and lyrical.  Her creative choreography and ability to tell a story through her work makes her award winning routines stand out. 

Candy Damm

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Candy Damm joined the HOTVDA staff in 2012. As a transplant to our area from Chicago, she brings years of experience as a dancer, instructor, and studio owner. She  is known for her love of anything with glitter or sparkles.  She teaches all styles of dance and has created many award winning routines.

Kristin Smits

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Kristin Smits began her dance career at age three and has worked at HOTVDA since 2007.  She creates  a fun and welcoming environment in her classroom that keeps our dancers returning year after year.  She teaches tap , jazz and ballet. 

Sarah Sandona

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Sarah Sandona is the newest addition to the HOTVDA staff, but she is not new to the studio! She has danced with us for many years as a student and excels in hip hop, jazz and lyrical. 

Brittany Malueg

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Brittany Malueg has  danced all her life - falling in love with lyrical/ contemporary and ballet. Her unique, award winning choreography is entertaining to watch and even more fun to dance! She also teaches tap and jazz at HOTVDA. 

Pat Dercks

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Pat Dercks runs the office at HOTVDA. She can be found working the front desk most nights of the week.  She can answer all your questions and if your lucky - she will share her baking skills with you!

Teaching Assistants

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Heart of the Valley Dance Academy's current teaching assistants are Maddie Titera,  Macy Promer and Alisa Leverenz.  These dancers work together with our staff to help students achieve their full potential.