Motivated Movers

Motivated Movers is the premiere program for professional artists seeking beginner dance training. Our holistic approach to dance and movement training is proven to help you excel both in and out of the audition room.  We choose to create a dance environment that celebrates growth and movement at every stage - making our classes unlike any others. 

At Motivated Movers...

  • We believe in a safe-space learning environment free of comparison and judgement.

  • We believe in celebrating the whole artist, placing personal and professional growth side by side.

  • We believe in cultivating community both on and off the dance floor.

  • We believe YOU ARE ENOUGH. You have unique gifts to offer at every moment, at every audition.

On the dance floor, we will...

  • Set an intention for every class and audition

  • Hold our thoughts, words, and actions accountable

  • Utilize positive affirmations to keep ourselves present in the moment

  • Gain tools of assimilation to connect the mind and body through movement

  • Explore visual, auditory, and kinesthetic ways of learning

  • Empower one another to face our fears


Motivated Alumni are Embracing Movement Everywhere!

Broadway and National Tours:

  • Phantom of the Opera

  • My Fair Lady

  • Fiddler on the Roof

  • The King and I

  • Miss Saigon

  • The Lion King

  • Dr. Zhivago

  • Groundhog Day

  • Spring Awakening

  • Come From Away

  • A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Finding Neverland

  • Jersey Boys

  • Cats

  • Kinky Boots

  • The Book of Mormon

  • And more!

Regional Theaters and Cruise Ships:

  • Papermill Playhouse

  • The Kennedy Center

  • Roundabout Theater

  • Arena Stage

  • Goodman Theatre

  • Ford's Theatre

  • The Muny

  • Ogonquit Playhouse

  • Tuacahn Center for the Arts

  • John W. Engeman Theatre

  • Westchester Playhouse

  • Disney Cruises

  • Royal Caribbean

  • Aida Cruises

  • And more!

The Team

Co-Founder, Executive Director
Elise Melendez

Co-Founder, Founding Teaching Artist
Jesse Miller

Director of Community Engagement
Caitlin Hornik

Director of Operations
Kevin Melendez

Lead Teaching Artist
Anna Terese Stone

Resident Teaching Artist
Rachel Schur

Resident Teaching Artist
Colleen Hayes

Resident Teaching Artist
Katy Kauffman

Resident Teaching Artist
Kristi Smith

Community Manager
Lisa Michelle Wyner

Past Guest Artists Include: