2023 Directors of the Year CURRENT Standings
What are Directors of the year?
Each studio's SUPERStar points are added all year long together!
At Nationals, the 15 studios with the most SUPERStar points are crowned Directors of the Year.

The TOP TWO Directors will be called DOUBLE PLATINUM Directors of the Year
The next 8 Directors will be called PLATINUM Directors of the Year
The next top 5 Directors will be called GOLD Directors of the Year

Last competition updated:
National Championships 2023

See Dance and Clogging Rankings Below


Dance Directors of the Year

2022 Double Platinum Level

Kimberly Nelson  - Step In Time 98530 Points

I started dancing at the age of three and new ever since then I wanted to be a dance teacher and have my own Dance Studio. When I turned 20 I decided it was time to do just that. I had a registration in Payson and I started with only three students and it has grown to over a hundred. Most of my dancers are on competition teams and they also compete solos/duets/trio's. We love competing at America on Stage and I am so honored to be a Director of the Year. I couldn't have done it without my awesome dancers and my assistant coach Miss Brenna. In my spare time I love hanging out with my husband and 2 daughters. I also enjoy a great shopping spree and vacationing where ever is warm!
Shanna Cook 
- N-Step Dance Academy  57175 Points

Shanna began dancing at a very young age, studying Tap, Ballet and Jazz; later gymnastics and cheerleading. After a severe injury to her hip and ankle, she was told she could no longer do gymnastics. Determined, she decided to try clogging. She loved clogging and was a natural, she had the opportunity to go to Nashville several times and perform on the Grand Ole Opery stage, she got to meet the staff of Hee-Haw and solute her hometown. She also worked with Merrill Osmond where she performed in TV specials, music videos, stadium of fire, and other performances for our troops abroad, Top Ten Honored Americans and other once in a lifetime opportunities. She also studied Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballroom and Lyrical styles during this time. Shanna began teaching dance and clogging when she was 15 years old. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience. Her dances have won many overall awards, and she has been recognized for her creative choreography. She loves teaching and developing dancers, as well as teachers. She has been the owner of N-Step Dance Academy for 17 years and loves working with the children of Tooele County.

2022 Platinum Level

Lindsey Camp 
 - Sunshine Dance Cedar  55235 Points

Lindsey Camp grew up dancing in the Color Country Dance Studio specializing in Jazz, Contemporary and Clogging. She opened her studio in Cedar City many years later and has been training students to get them most out of the talent, enjoying seeing them on stage wining several awards and Overalls.
Jana Shaw 
- Shaw Dance  49798 Points

Dance has been and is a very important part of my life. I believe that students can learn things about themselves, others, and even other educational subject areas through dance that they could not learn in any other setting. I believe that dance should be a positive experience for all participants, regardless of whatever innate talents they may or may not have. Our philosophy is to build versatile, well-rounded dancers, while building the self-esteem and confidence of the individual.
Amanda Wherry 
- All About Dance  44745 Points

My name is Amanda Wherry and I am the owner/choreographer for All About Dance Studio in Twin Falls, ID! I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and I knew at an early age that my dream was to be a dance teacher. In 2011 I was able to open AAD, I felt so accomplished and like I had reached my goal, even more so this year since this year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!
I went to the College of Southern Idaho where I danced on the dance team. My husband was a cheerleader for CSI which is how we met and now we have three wonderful kiddos.
I am so excited to be in the competition world and apart of the A.O.S. family!
Karissa Molen 
- Intensity Dance  41180 Points

Karissa Molen is the Owner/Director of Intensity Dance Team (IDT) in Heber City, Utah. She trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary genres of dance from the time she was three years old through her college years. At the request of two of her younger cousins, she started teaching two classes of eight girls total in 2012 while she was earning her degree in Dance (BFA) from Utah Valley University. IDT has grown from 8 dancers in 2012 to over 300 dancers in 2019-2020. There are now 10 championship competition teams, 32 additional non-team classes, 5 Instructors and 2 studios! With IDT, Karissa wanted to provide an opportunity for dancers to receive instruction from highly qualified instructors in different genres of dance with the opportunity to perform/compete without the high expense or too much required time in the studio.
Karissa loves to hike, go sky diving, try new adventures and meet new people.She loves Disneyland, the beach, holidays (especially Christmas) and is a lifelong, loyal BYU fan. She is always ready for a party and loves to spend time with her family. She is the aunt to 3 beautiful little girls and can't wait for them to start taking her dance classes.
Karissa is so grateful for the America On Stage Competitions which provide a great atmosphere for all dancers to progress and succeed. She is honored that IDT has been awarded numerous A.O. S. Team Overall Grand Championships since 2012 and thankful for the A.O,S, Open Dance Nationals Studio Overall Grand Championships that IDT has been awarded in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Anne Weichers
- American Expression of Dance 39985 Points
Anne Weichers, Artistic Director of AED Dance studio for the past 29 years.   She has a BA from BYU where she was a member of the BYU Cougarettes and Cheer Squad.   Anne has choreographed for many High Schools,  Community Productions and studios through the west.   Anne loves sharing her passion for dance with the dancers in her community and adores her amazing students. Anne's strength comes from the amazing friendships she has with her dancers, fellow teachers, and dance friends throughout the world. She loves to see the light shine in each person as they catch the excitement of being on stage. She shares this love of dance with her two amazing daughters and can't wait to see what the future holds!  
Natalie Story 
- N & B Dance Factory  39355 Points
As dance teachers we love seeing a dance come together. We love seeing what we choreograph come alive on stage! We love creating a routine or dance vision in our head that is amazing when it’s performed! We love watching our students grow and develop! Our dance studio was awarded director of the year, and that’s because we have such an amazing staff!!! I truly love and appreciate Miss Bree, Miss Abbie, Miss Jerica, Coach Kylee, Coach Sarah, Miss Mckell and Miss Michelle so much! Our assistants and subs are the best: Coach Terika, Miss Jayda, Miss Jacey, Miss Ragen, Miss Hannah and Coach Hannah!
What a great dance family we have! We love what we do!As dance teachers we all know we have the best job ever! And how Awesome is Greg and America On Stage! We love AOS!!!
Courtney Blaser 
 - Studio 17  39115 Points
Courtney Blaser began dancing at the age of 3. She has been extensively trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. She began dancing competitively when she was fourteen. In high school she was a member of the Eagle Edge Dance Team as well as a dancer at Studio C. She was captain her junior and senior year and lead her team to State, Regionals, and Nationals, taking the 1st place title in lyrical at the ESPN dance competition. After high school she went on to teach jazz in Boise. She continued her education at Boise State and danced there for six years, while pursuing her dance minor. She spent two college summers dancing for the Hotshots Dance Team performing at the Boise Burn games under the direction of Jaime Moore. She was also a member of the Del Sol Ballroom Dance Team. She graduated from Boise State in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. She moved to Payette seven years ago and is the owner of Studio 17, a local dance studio. She currently dances for FUSE in Boise. She has been married twelve years to the love of her life and has five children. She loves dancing and loves working with others as they continually teach her about love, passion, hard work, and success.ut more than anything, spending time with her family.
Julia Penate 
- Legacy Dance  34980 Points
Julia has studied and taught many styles of dance: jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, Latin American folkloric, Arabic, Polynesian and ballroom. Her true love is ballroom. She also has a great love for choreography and has co-directed many musical theater productions including Annie, The Lion King Jr, The King and I, Hello Dolly, Seussical, Guys and Dolls Jr, Mulan, Beauty & The Beast, Into the Woods, and Aladdin Jr.

She has won many awards with the dance studio she owns and directs, Legacy Dance Studio, including many 1st place awards in jazz and ballroom, first place in the Utah Team Match championships in elementary ballroom, “Platinum” placement in jazz competitions, and received “Judges Choice” and “Top Technique” awards. As a ballroom competitor she has placed as a national finalist in Amateur Cabaret, Pre-Champ American Rhythm, and Gold Mambo and Swing.

Julia also enjoys teaching and playing the piano, b

2022 Gold Level

Jackie Frazier 
- R&R Company  33045 Points

“There is nothing that's worth working towards more than the confidence and pride when our girls shine.”
It has always been and always will be about the kids; their confidence, their growth, their joy, and the love they bring to my life. The kiddos, all of them, are what have built us into what we are today. At R&R Art Center we strive to CREATE, curating artistry, confidence, skill, and passion in each and everyone of our students, from age 2 to 99. I’ve been privileged to be a part of this community; a body of moms, volunteers, staff, teens, contractors, and spouses whose desires are as great as mine, building children from the inside out, while refining their technique and developing their art.
I’ve not only had the privilege of placing AOS' Director of the Year the last two years, but since 2019, I have also taken to the stage myself. After two kids and a 15 year break from competing, I've had the amazing opportunity to compete right alongside the kiddos that inspire me everyday. Our staff family shares my passion for not only the art of dance and the creativity in movement, but the drive for emotional enhancement of our students. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for their support and dedication. We work together not only as a studio, but also as a team on the dance floor.
I started dancing at the age of 5 in a small town in Idaho, enjoying my high school years as a Pi-rette. I started teaching and choreographing in 2007 and received my master's degree in teaching in 2011. I opened my first studio in 2010, rebranding to a center filled with a preschool, dance, cheer, and tumbling program in 2014. I am honored to be spotlighted today, and grateful for the everyday experience and privilege of coaching my young students in multiple styles of dance. I am proud to state that what began as a small seven student dream in a master bedroom of a daycare, has now blossomed into a fully functioning community art center with standards for love and artistry above the rest.
Chansey Eames 
- Straight Up Dance  28370 Points

“There is no greater joy than teaching our younger generation a talent, self discipline, accountability both to themselves and teammates, motivation, and confidence. These are attributes that will shape who they become. It’s amazing to watch the different dancers and see how they grow. I have never had a more fulfilling experience in my life.” – Chansey Eames In college, Chansey represented her school as the Dance Sterling Scholar and attended Snow College in the Dance Major Program on Scholarship. She later attended SLCC in Business Management. Chansey has toured/performed in DisneyLand, Carnival Cruise Lines, and throughout the Mexican Riviera.

Chansey continues to attend workshops annually so she can stay current on new dance styles and technique and is CLI certified.
Ciera Hensley & Amanda Heine  
 - Legacy Dance Company 25630 Points

Ciera and Amanda are from Prineville, Oregon where they are the founding Directors of Legacy Dance Company which opened in 2016. Amanda has been teaching for 17 years and Ciera has been teaching for 10 years. Collectively, they opened LDC with a goal to provide their small community with a place for everyone to dance. Their competitive program, Legacy Elite, has won many titles at both the State and National levels, and they’ve been recognized as an ADCC Studio of Excellence. Ciera previously taught dance in Colorado at A Dance Place, before moving back to Oregon. In addition to Directing at LDC, she is also a Middle School Special Education Teacher. Amanda coached high school dance team for 14 years winning many state titles, receiving the Coach of the Year Award, serving on the DDCA Board of Directors from 2017-2021, and is also a Certified Performance Judge for the organization. 
Brittany Stott 
- Dancerz Edge  25630 Points

After moving to the small town of Meadow, Utah, Brittany Stott started teaching a few hours of dance to get out of the house. Eight years later Dancerz Edge Studio has blossomed into quite a few more hours out of the house for her. Brittany loves teaching her dancers, cloggers, and cheerleaders. However when she is not at the studio she is busy helping on the farm, chasing calves and kids, or catching up on laundry!! She enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 kids, they are usually outside and constantly jumping from one adventure to the next! Brittany is grateful for all the amazing relationships she has gained in her small town the last 10 years and the teachers that help her at the studio and succeed at life!
Jared Lopez 
- TGG 20625 Points
Jared Lopez was born and raised in Idaho where he found his love for dance. He quickly dedicated more and more of his time to it as it became his new lifestyle. Jared since the age of 15 has been part of Idaho’s growing dance scene and prides himself in the community work put in to raise up the next generation of dancers. He is responsible for the rise of the HipHop scene, multiple battles, competitions, and bringing opportunities to all dancers old and new. Along with events and opportunities Jared also created multiple dance programs funded by local and federal government that give all students the opportunity to dance. Jared now spends his free time with his  family, trying new activities, and worshipping God. 
Dance Totals 2023
Points Studio Director
98530 Step In Time Dance Kimberly Nelson
57175 N-Step Dance Academy, Inc. Shanna Cook
55235 Sunshine Dance Cedar Lindsey Camp
49795 Shaw Dance Studio, Inc. Jana Shaw
44745 All About Dance Studio Amanda Wherry
41180 Intensity Dance Team Karissa Molen
39985 American Expression of Dance Anne Weichers
39355 N & B Dance Factory Natalie Story
39115 Studio 17 Courtney Blaser
34980 Legacy Dance Studio Julia Penate
33045 R & R Company Jackie Frazier
28370 Straight Up Dance Academy Chansey Eames
25630 Legacy Dance Company Ciera Hensley & Amanda Heine
25630 Dancerz Edge Brittany Stott
20625 TGG Dance Studio LLC Jared Lopez
20300 Jr Jam Dance Studio Debbie Kishpaugh (Kristen LeGore Studio Manager)
19915 Diva Dance Company Wendy Schild
18870 Steps PAC Susan L Crowther
18655 The Studio Dance Company (TSDC) Wendy Gardiner
16550 Move Dance Studio Cherese Emery
15355 MCD Dance Academy Marnie Shook
14610 Aspire Dance Academy Cassie Warner
14510 Center Stage Performing Arts Kim DelGrosso
14145 American Falls Studio Ashley Ames
13865 Hot Shots Dance Studio Colleen Bills
13050 Ultimate Dance Etc. Hillary Howard/ Misty Anderson
12255 Razz & Rhythm Dance Academy Missy Maughan
11785 Dance Force dance studio Brook Jensen
11505 Idaho Rhythm Dance Co. Robbie Walker
11060 Dance Magic Studios Nicole Mikkelson
10600 TDC Athletics Jordan Boyle
10360 Lake Dance Steps Raquel Lake
10360 T & T Dance Tawna & Taura Marriott
10030 Impact Dance Center Adrian Goto
9550 Dance It Amy Reinke
9360 STARS! Katrina Wyckoff and Caddie Welling
9120 Dance Image Academy Coach D Dannielle Manus
8800 Dancers Edge Studios Michelle Pecora
8650 Dancer's Edge Rexburg Kelsie Carter
8390 Encore Dance Studio Julia Tatton
7930 Lime-Light Dance Studio Natasha Baker
7865 Dance Impressions Mallorie Johns
7550 Dansation Brianne Bennett
7500 Dynamics Studios Kimberly Hobbs
6855 Showtime Dance Company Lindsey Oman & Heidi Hurdsman
6605 Fuzion Dance Studio Marcel Parkinson
5930 Step-N-Time "Creative Motion" Trina Mittelstadt
5780 Dance Unlimited Rigby Krista Briggs
5775 Thompson Lane Entertainment Rosalyn Korany
5505 Empact Athletics Kensley Moss
5465 Express Yourself Dance Jennifer Feltner
5410 Nebo Dance Academy Nikkii Sperry
5335 Just Dance Brittany Ann Dyches
5280 Dance Fusion Michelle Summers
5260 Innovations Dance Academy Brianna Griffeth
5100 Precious Gems Dance Studio Brittany Hoyt
5075 Starstruck Dance & Tumbling Brandy Christensen
4990 Triple Step Dance Jessica Mohler
4835 Atomic Dance Studio Shawnee Higham
4305 Methods of Movement Susan English & Mindy Rooney
3900 Little Steps Dance Jennifer and Laureasa Ricci
3820 Backstage Dance & Tumbling, LLC Amy Bertram
3790 Motion Dance Academy Kacie Christensen
3735 Studio B Dance Company Natalie Butler
3735 Ground Control Studio Adison Hillstead & Hailey Hillstead
3610 Empowered Dance Misty Peterson
3520 The Rhythm Dance Academy Trinity Vincent
3490 ECHO School of Dance Echo Waldron
3475 Synergy Mandi Stefanoff
3460 Linda Fenton Dance Studio Brittani Bailey
3375 Dance Company Jennifer Hill
3330 Mining City Dance Co. Kathy Rowe
3110 5678 Dance Company Deonna Wells
3090 Mustang Dance Team Tiffany Chandler
2850 Dazzling Stars Performance Cheer Diane Windley & Shelli Welch
2840 Lil' Utes Cheer Squad Tamra Yazzie
2800 Tri-Umph Dance Studio Shelly Umphenour
2755 Limited Edition Studio Sharon Wall / Nicole Wall
2725 Red Rock Dance and Performing Arts Jenna Corry
2660 Piute High School Dance Company Carol Springer
2600 Inspire Dance Academy Natalie McQuiston
2495 Instep Dance studio Tasha Jackson Timberlee Wood
2465 Morgan Academy of Dance Kalie Wessman
2440 Color Country Cloggers/Sunshine Dance Parowan Heather Mineer
2430 Star Valley Dance Amanda Culpepper
2410 Stomp it Out Cloggers McKenna Flores
2390 Grace Dance Academy Nikki Heidemann
2285 Pure Heart Dance Becky Bradshaw
2260 Western Elite Academy Jackie Hammrich
2080 In Motion Dance Studio LeAndrena Hadlock & Wendy Francis
1955 Starlite Dance Academy Sandy Dringman-Peterson
1955 Beaver Dance Academy Danielle Fails
1950 The Collective PAC Courtney Harrison
1870 Provo High Dance Jocelyn Smith
1840 TDS - The Danz Studio TeriLee Hammond
1830 Eternal Motion Sarah Vuittonet-Aguilar
1820 Encore Productions Cami Rose
1750 LaShars Dance Studio Jennifer Dean
1720 Wyldfire Dance Studio April Craig
1565 Sorella Dance Company Niqole Riding and Tiffany Patten
1475 The Dance Club Sheryl Dowling
1430 Starshine Studios, LLC Shannon Wilson
1360 Artistic Dance Project Mady Beighley and Janalyn Memmott
1310 Canyon Dance Academy Andrea Worwood
1205 Hollywood Dance Studios Holly Davis & Kelsey Alley
1200 The Dance Sette Studio Lisette Garza
1130 Rockie Mountain Stars Kateira Patterson
1115 Dance Extreme Arielle Kessler
795 Dynamite Cheer Kellie Buchanan
795 American Academy of Innovation Tera Thorne
780 Energy Dance Chalee Rawlings
735 Utah COPA Suzanne J. Balser
675 Synergy Dance Academy Meghan Honey- S.Mortensen
655 Best Dance Company Stacey Landon & Jennifer Toll
600 Complexity Jessica Balcer
540 Discovery Dance School Kristen Combs and Chelby Vogt
490 Stars Dance Academy Lori Zechmann
480 Surge Dance Studio Bryea Sorensen
450 Seasons Dance Company Aissa Mitton
410 Dance Unlimited Christina Shell & Tamra Nefzger
380 Studio 56 Dance Center Amy Moore
370 The Dance Centre Charity Duersch
335 HC Dance Company Hailey Christensen
320 Rhythm Nation Tap Company Wendy Isaacson
305 Elite Academy NaCole Brown
295 Rocky Mountain Dance Trisha Wilstead
290 Elite Dance Academy LLC Aubrey Ann Johnson
285 Helper Rush Cheer Kayla Haycock / Shianne Cooper
280 Fierce Dance Studio Trisha Cuvelier
255 Utah Dance Artists Brooke Healy
240 Dance Factory Kristie L. Roche
220 Front & Center Dance Valerie Dansie
210 The Pointe Academy Megan Warnick
195 Shantel's Voice Studio Shantel Bingham
170 The Winner School Kellie Barber
165 Kickin' It Dance Co Tammy Westberg/Brook Sellers
160 Motions Dance Studio Hannah McKarcher
145 The Spot Dance Studio Andrea Williams-Rhodes
120 jazz n place dance studio Chelsey Befus
115 Elite Academy Studio Arial Larsen
110 The Hive Dance Co. Jentri Crawford & Tammy Pilcher
105 Expressions Dance Amy Simkins
105 The Dancer's Edge Kyleigh Dye
100 Spartan Dance Force (Minico High School) Sandee Nelson
100 Poise Dance Center Brook Cain & Brittney Dahlman
60 Spot On Dance Studio Jazlyn Hyder
60 Devotion Dance Academy Diana Anderson
60 Rocky Mountain Dance Morgan Hale
55 West Pointe Studios Donna Clinger
50 Elite Dance studio Lesley Smith
50 HIP dance company Mindy Petersen
50 Studio C Carol Fipps
45 Vision Dance Center Lisa Bunker
30 Steps Dance Company melany watt
30 - Keesha Hempel
30 Local Motion Amy Jackman
30 Synergy Academy Kristen Evans
30 Davis Dance Academy Tiffiny Smalley
30 Studio 1 McKenna Lynch
30 The Point Dance Studio Jeanine Nielson
30 Utah Dance Artists Tammisty Katz
30 Dance Addiction Nikole Schultz
30 Utah Dance Artists Cicily Oldham
25 Elevated Dance Project Melissa Larson & Kim Machado
25 Danceology Tracy Curvelo
25 Dance N' Toes Brooke Cherry
25 Taryn It Up Taryn Bartholomew
25 independent michele boyack
15 Elite Academy Zoe Watts
5 Groove The Academy Allie Short and Kim Boulton


Clogging/ Power Tap Directors of the Year

2022 Double Platinum Level

 Maria & Greg Tucker  - Rocky Mountain Express  240915 Points
Maria and Greg direct Rocky Mtn Express. Maria has been teaching for 25 years, Greg 27 years, and just celebrated our studio’s anniversary recital. Maria: I graduated from BYU with a teaching degree and a dance minor. I had my dream teaching job lined up, but then suddenly switched gears and decided to focus on teaching dance instead... and I’ve never looked back! I absolutely love my job, mostly because of the people that come with it. Oh, and I’m also a major movie star because of dance- (you can ask for my autograph next time you see me You just never know where clogging can take you, and I am living proof! Love this life we have.
Kandice Anderson
 & Cambria Gibson
 - K&C's Fab 5  167655 Points
Kandice and Cambria are in their 10th year as a studio, but they have been friends for much longer than that! Cambria and Kandice first competed a short duet together 20 years ago and won the short duet MVP. They love thinking back on how their studio began and how it has grown and changed over the past 10 years. There have been many personal and team MVP’s won, but more than winning they have seen their students fail and get back up, cheer on competitors, and become a proud part of this amazing clogging family with America On Stage. K&C’s FAB 5 studio not only teaches clogging, but offers friendships and memories that last a lifetime. Their studio would not be successful without their amazing teachers and behind the scenes help. Thanks Emileigh Hillstead! The students and parents at K&C’s FAB 5 studio are truly the best!

2022 Platinum Level

LaChere Vawdrey 
& Emily Wright- LaChere's Fab 5  150865 Points
LaChere was born and raised in Morgan, Utah. She, along with her 4 FABULOUS SISTERS have been clogging since the beginning of time… well…their time at least! She, along with her husband and dance partner, Randy Vawdrey , moved their family to Pocatello, ID 18 years ago. Since living in Idaho, LaChere has blessed her students with her talent and love of dance!! Her positive example, keen ear for the perfect rhythm and music, her high expectations of precision and a knack for helping each student rise to their full potential through hard work are just a few of the things that have inspired so many of her dancers. With a growing studio and the everyday demands of life, LaChere has added new teachers and staff members that have the same expectations to help make the studio better than ever. Recently, LaChere has welcomed her dearest friend, emerging dance teacher and “all-around” dedicated right hand man, Emily Wright, as a partner to the growing studio. We truly have been blessed with the best staff, the most dedicated students and super supportive parents ever!! LaChere, Randy and each member of the FAB 5 family have worked diligently to instill in each of the students and our dance family the importance of always “SHINING THE LIGHT”!!
We love our FAB 5 FAMILY!!
Bethany Hulse  - Extreme Rhythm  136270 Points
I’m Bethany Hulse. Owner and Director of Extreme Rhythm Cloggers. Lucky enough to be Mom to 4 amazing kids and one very patient husband. This season Extreme Rhythm is celebrating 20 years of adventure and dancing. We are blessed with the absolute best staff and families ever. So thankful they are willing to share their love of clogging with our students. We love America On Stage and all that it does to build a community of cloggers. Looking forward to another year of competition.


Tara Osborn  - Foothill Cloggers  129360 Points
Tara Osborn is the owner/director of the Foothill Clogging in Genola, Utah. After being away from clogging for ten years, her love for clogging brought her back. She decided to try and share her love of dance with all those around. Foothill loves competing with America on Stage and performing as much as possible. In the past 16 years they have toured as a studio to California 3 times, Branson Missouri 2 times, and a cruise to the Bahamas.
She is extremely grateful to have strengthened her studio in ability and size over the last 16 years to a full time business. Now 160+ dancers strong. She is blessed with so many amazing dancers, families, and friends in her life due to this amazing thing we call clogging. Tara says her most favorite thing about clogging is being able to share it with Jenna, her daughter. If she is not clogging or working on her studio, she prefers to spend her time hanging with her family, being a booster mom, scrapbooking, or riding a horse. Tara and her husband own a small ranch where we work together with our two boys and one daughter.
Adison & Hailey Hillstead  - Ground Control  79595 Points
Hailey is the owner of GCS taking care of all the behind-the-scenes business legwork and together Adison and Hailey direct Ground Control Studio out of Twin Falls, Idaho both instructing, choreographing and coaching students. Their dream has been to expand their studio to include more dance space and dance styles- something they were finally able to achieve in 2019! Ground Control Studio now has clogging/power tap, ballroom and hip hop programs with almost 100 students and an amazing staff!
The Hillsteads also choreograph theatrical routines for the local TFHS show choir JIVE! and produce two large musical productions a year on top of their studio’s annual dance show featured every May at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Twin Falls. Hailey Hillstead’s love for theatre keeps her busy acting, singing and dancing on stage in local musicals each year- and she also runs a wedding floral business of her own on the side, while Adison Hillstead, A.O.S. Hall of Fame and Ring of Glory inductee, tours with the ALL THAT all-male clogging group throughout the year. Little Lexi Hillstead is turning 9 this year and loves dancing ballet. Their combined love for the outdoors and travel is what this little family enjoys most when they’re not already singing, laughing and dancing together.
The Hillsteads and Ground Control Studio are excited to bring their new ideas and hard working teams to the stage for another year of fun! Thank you, America On Stage!
Vickie Neilson 
& Ashley Fewkes- NRG  75000 Points
NRG has been established for 19 years... It is staffed and ran by family. NRG has so much love and cherishes all their dance families and students so much. The families we have met along the way have been such a blessing in our lives. Vickie Neilson runs ALL behind the scenes from tours, registeration, shoe orders, make-up and we all know the list goes on and on. Ashley Fewkes runs the students lol choreography, music and etc. She also has 2 daughters that help her out tremendously and do an incredible job. Presley Fewkes who is 13, she is a cheerleader at North Layton Jr High and 2019 MVP Female freestyle title holder and EvVah Fewkes who is 11 and In Student Government at her school is 2018 MVP Rookie winner. Together they are quite the team. Vickie has been in the clogging business for years it goes way back to Brian and the Steele Family Cloggers. She loves those memories. Her Husband is Frank Neilson, they have been married for 43 years and together they have 5 children, 20 grandchildren and just recently in September joined the Great Grandma and Grandpa club and loving it. She has been doing daycare for 35+ years. I think it's safe to say she adores children. Ashley has been clogging since the age of 8 and teaching since 11. She has been married to her "Clogging" sweetheart Preston Fewkes for almost 15 years. They have 4 children. Presley 13, EvVah 11, Tyce 9 and then 2 year old Madden. Ashley has also been a cosmetologist for 16 years. Vickie and Ashley love clogging and love owning a studio to be able to share their love for dance with all their amazing hard working and so very talented students. Thank you to America on Stage for all they do for the clogging world and love they give for all of us to share our talents. A very BIG Good luck to NRG this season, we love you!!!
Amber Henrie  - NextStep  58970 Points
Amber Henrie is a member of the All Star All-American team in freestyle, solos, short duet and long duet. Amber has been clogging for 20+ years and teaching for 12 years. Before starting NextStep, she previously taught for Pride & Passion Studio and Extreme Rhythm. Amber is an award winning dancer, instructor and choreographer. She has had the opportunity to perform and compete all over the world including Disneyland, Nashville, Las Vegas, New York City, London, Serbia, Romania and more. Amber graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. She is married to a very supportive husband, Austin Henrie, and they have 3 awesome kids (Claire, Jack and Tucker). Amber has a passion for dancing and teaching. She strives to help her students see the best in themselves, and to build confidence on and off the stage.
Kasandra Parker  - InStep Clogging  49820 Points

Hi! I’m Kasandra Parker - director of In Step Clogging in Rigby, Idaho. This is our 12th year as a studio! We are loving what we’re doing and loving all the students we get to interact with!
I’m blessed to have fantastic teachers and amazing clogging families who make this worth it!!
My favorite place to relax and chill weekly is my date nights with my hubby. And the ultimate is when we get to do that on a warm sunny beach!!
Robbie Walker  - Idaho Rhythm  43355 Points

Robbie Walker has been stomping and double-stepping since the 80's! He's a proud alumni and now owner of Idaho Rhythm with his lovely and talented wife, Kara and 4 kids. The best place to relax and kick back? - - Date nights are the way to go!!!
Idaho Rhythm has been in the dance world since 1983, and has an amazing staff that creates a positive impact for kids that with an enrollment of over 400. They have been a staple in the local community and seek to enrich the lives of all students by creating a safe place for dancers to go and to grow. They believe that lessons in the classroom are lessons for life and have a 360 degree vision of building great kids, not just great dancers.

2022 Gold Level

McKenna Flores  - Stomp It Out  38990 Points

McKenna is the owner and director of stomp it out cloggers. Ever since she was little, she knew she wanted to be a mom and have a clogging studio just like her mom and aunt. McKenna grew up dancing with her mom at Clogging Express, then her aunt and uncle with Rocky Mountain Express. She started her studio in her parents basement at age 16 as a way to pay for her own clogging tours. After high school, she continued her studio while attending BYU and dancing on the BYU folk dance team. Upon graduation her studio has grown, and she continues to have a passion to help others find a love for clogging, performance, and helping develop self confidence. It’s her dream come true.
Shaundalee/Melissa Morgan  - Idaho Xpress 35540 Points
Jamie & Ryan Moore - J4C and Moore 34030 Points
“ Just 4 Clicks and Moore!” Clogging studio just started their 5th year this season. Jamie teaches and choreographs along with her daughter Sarah. Ryan does the behind the scenes stuff like fixing shoes, putting floors together, computer I.T, etc. Jamie grew up clogging with Hay Day Cloggers In Kaysville, Utah and then danced a couple years at Steele Family. She took a break from clogging when her and Ryan got married. They have 4 wonderful kids. Jamie came back to clogging when Nicole Moyes started “Just 4 Clicks” studio and asked her to teach. She taught there for 8 years and opened her own studio when Nicole’s studio closed. It has always been Jamie’s dream to own a clogging studio and to teach! She is so thankful for the support of her family and dance family. We are thankful for the friendships and support of other studios and love being a part of America On Stage
Krista Hasler  - DoubleTap Dance Company 31895 Points
Krista Hasler is the director of DoubleTap Dance Company in Boise Idaho. Krista Hasler started dancing at 4 in her fathers basement studio.  Her love for clogging and folk dance took her to 13 foreign countries as she represented the United States at festivals starting at age 12.  She taught in her dad’s studio and at BYU-I under her dad Charles West while she was a student there.  She took a brief 15 year break from competing, teaching, and performing but still always looked for any opportunity to let loose on the dance floor. She pursued her Masters degree at BYU in Social Work and worked as a clinical therapist with teenagers in residential treatment. She married Will Hasler who was also a folk dancer and clogger and his support has made the studio possible. 6 years ago her daughters asked her to teach them and that is how DoubleTap Dance started. 12 little friends came for clogging in the garage. Now 55 students come every Tuesday for “garage clogging.” It has organically grown by word of mouth and is the most incredible hobby job she could imagine! Thank you to America on Stage for providing our studio with opportunities to truly work our very hardest and to feel pride and accomplishment in our talents as we showcase them on stage! .






Leah & Dan Coffman 
 - Starz Unlimited  29665 Points

Dan and Leah Coffman of New Plymouth, ID have owned and directed Gem Cloggers Dance Studio since the Summer of 2006. Since then it has been a whirlwind of tapping away by hundreds of cloggers including their own five children. (The Gem Cloggers are now beginning their 30th year!) 

Leah began her clogging life as a teenager taking classes during the infancy of Gem Cloggers while it was first getting off the ground. She has been there from practically the beginning, all thanks to her amazing Aunt Kari, the creator and founder of Gem Cloggers, who recruited her into the newly formed studio. After years of learning and clogging competitively, Leah was given the opportunity to teach and then eventually own and direct the amazing Gem Cloggers!  

Dan has been clogging ever since he caught the bug during his time dating his girlfriend and future wife, Leah. He has been teaching classes from Rec to Competition ever since, and also occasionally dances and competes with the studio’s top team, the Diamonds. 
Clogging/Power Tap 2023 Final Results
Points Studio Director
240915 Rocky Mountain Express Maria Tucker
167655 K & C's Fab 5 Studio Kandice Anderson & C. Gib
150865 LaChere's Fab 5 Studio LaChere Vawdrey
136270 Extreme Rhythm Bethany Hulse
129360 Foothill Cloggers Tara Osborn
79595 Ground Control Studio Adison Hillstead & Hailey Hillstead
75000 NRG Vickie Neilson
58970 NextStep Amber Henrie
49820 In Step Clogging Kasandra Parker
43355 Idaho Rhythm Dance Co. Robbie Walker
38990 Stomp it Out Cloggers McKenna Flores
35440 Idaho Xpress Shaundalee/Melissa Morgan
34030 Just 4 Clicks (and Moore!) Jamie and Ryan Moore
31895 DoubleTap Dance Company Krista Hasler
29665 Gem Cloggers Leah & Dan Coffman
28670 Starz Unlimited Brandi Gollinger
25210 Veva's Fab 5 Studio Veva Ahlstrom
20530 Color Country Cloggers Heather Mineer
15590 Razz & Rhythm Dance Academy Missy Maughan
14380 Project Dance Lisa Timothy
13745 Morgan Academy of Dance Yvonne Kennison
12175 High Country Conservatory of Dance Michelle Meehleis
10515 Pulse Force Clogging Nicale Yarbrough
8660 Midtown Cloggers Dance Studio Dixie Christopherson
8395 Eagle Creek Cloggers Karen Baxter
7170 All About Dance Chandra McCain-Finch
5770 Empower Clogging Studio Shelby Kicenski
4735 All American Cloggers Megan Nelson
3630 Absaroka Mountain Thunder Tara Shorb and Cindy Bjornestad
2550 Dance Factory Kristie L. Roche
2530 Rhythm-N-Motion Cami Olson
2325 N & B Dance Factory Natalie Story & Bella C
1975 Muddy River Cloggers Corinne Messer
1840 Dancerz Edge Brittany Stott
1750 Surge Dance Studio Bryea Sorensen
1455 Bon Family & California All Star Cloggers Brian Bon
1350 Click-N-Time Cloggers Autumn Coats
1285 Fuzion Dance Studio Marcel Parkinson
840 Backstage Dance & Tumbling, LLC Amy Bertram
760 High Desert Dance Jackie Price
370 TDC Athletics Sara Scott
315 The Clogging Effect Allie Bundy
270 Percussive Dance Jennifer Gennings
100 Rhythm Nation Tap Company Wendy Isaacson
90 Silver Creek Clogging Ruth Skouson Mattox
70 Morgan Academy of Dance Kalie Wessman
55 T & T Dance Tawna & Taura Marriott
25 Pulse Force Clogging LaChere Vawdrey
25 Green Valley Dance Studios Shauna Blake
10 Straight Up Dance Academy Chansey Eames


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