Brenda Ketter is the founder, owner, and director of Dance Etcetera established in fall 2003. She has been involved in dancing and twirling since the age of 8. She has spent many years performing and competing in local, state, and regional shows and competitions. Brenda was a majorette at Wayne High School and went on to coaching feature twirlers of Bethel High School, Stebbins High School, Troy High School and Dayton Christian Schools. She has been a certified coach with the United States Twirling Association since 1979 and is a USTA certified competitive judge. Brenda has held the office of President and Secretary of the Ohio Baton Council and is now the current Treasurer. She has held a position on the board for 20 years helping to promote the sport of Baton Twirling. Brenda has been teaching for over 40 years and is the creator of Twirl Magic competition baton teams and soloists. Her twirlers have traveled to Florida, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, and Iowa to compete in the National Baton Twirling Championships of USTA. She has trained her students in dance twirl, solo twirling, two-baton, basic march, and military marching. She has also had 18 queens crowned in the Miss Twirl of Ohio Pageant and has instructed her pageant contestants in modeling, interviewing, and show twirl. Brenda is a mother of three, working a full time job at Prairie Farms, and is a Mimi to Hannah, Jacob, Elizabeth, Daniel, Zoe and Francis.
Alycia Ketter has been dancing since age 2. She was on dance and baton teams and attended Miss Twirl of Ohio Pageants in her youth. She studied dance at Sinclair and has attended many national competitions and conventions, some of which were taught by world-famous choreographers known for many works, including her favorite show, So You Think You Can Dance. Alycia is Acrobatic Arts certified and currently holds the position of Vice President of the Miami Valley Dance Teachers Association. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wilmington University in Newcastle, Delaware. Her full-time work is in the field of Clinical Research and she recently completed her studies in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate program, at the Boonshoft Shool of Medicine in pursuit of her Master's degree. She prides herself on always striving to further her education in dance and in her everyday life, and helping youth become strong and confident young individuals.
Stephanie Moore has been with Dance Etcetera since the studio opened in August 2003. She has been dancing since the age of 7 and twirling since the age of 10. She has studied and continues to grow in all areas of dance. She was a member of the Twirl Magic Competition Team and soloist, which is under the direction of Ms. Ketter. She was the Feature Twirler at Walter E. Stebbins High School and Co-Captain of the Drill Team. She started teaching as a student teacher with Ms. Brenda. After high school Mrs. Stephanie went on to be an Assistant Coach of the Impressions Dance Team in Beavercreek for 3 years. She then moved on to coaching the Dance Team and Color Guard at her alma mater for 3 years; before returing to studio teaching. She has donated her time to help choreograph dances for several local cheerleading and dance teams. She was a judge for Showcase Amercan Unlimited and was a staff member with All American Cheer and Dance Pro Bowl Tour. Over the last several years she has held various officer positions with Miami Valley Dance Teacher Association. She is our Dance Competition Director, as well as our Fundraising Coordinator. In addition to teaching she works full time. She is married to her supportive husband, Paul and step mom to 2 wonderful boys, Zach and Preston.
Blair Downey started teaching at Dance Etcetera in the fall of 2007, but has actually been dancing for over 35 years and loving every beat. Her main dance background is in jazz and lyrical, but she has also trained in ballet, contemporary, modern, acrobats, hip hop, tap, Middle-Eastern, and whatever else she can get her hands (and feet) on! She has received a Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in dance, as well as an Associates degree in Marketing Management from Sinclair Community College. She keeps up with continuing her dance education by attending various dance conventions with a variety of choreographers and styles, in and out of state such as: The Pulse with teachers like Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Laurieann Gibson and Brian Friedman; Monsters with teachers such as B-boy Flomaster, Rhapsody James and Will Wingfield; JUMP Tour with Doug Caldwell, Teddy Forance, and Misha Gabriel, and annual local dance conventions. She is our recital finale coordinator/choreographer, as well as orgainzer of our participation in the Star Spangled Heights 4th of July Parade when we are able to attend. She lives in Huber Heights with her husband Eric and their daughter Moira. Her and her husband each attribute to a lot of our success throughout our regular & competition dance season.
Jessie Blake started dancing with Miss Brenda at the age of two. She was a part of Baton and Dance teams for 13 years. She was crowned Miss Tiny Tot Twirl of Ohio in 1998. Miss Jess has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acro, baton, tap and hip hop, however baton will always hold a special place in her heart. In 2010 she graduated from Bethel High School and currently helps run a small business along with her friends and family. Most of her time she likes to spend with her niece Marlie and other family members, also enjoys watching football, working out and just about anything outdoors. We are so blessed she has been a part of our dance family for so long and we look forward to the future with her.
Shelby Kleiser moved to Ohio in 2004. She attended Wayne H.S. where she participated as a Warriorette all four years, including being named as Captain her senior year. Shelby started dancing with Dance Etcetera in 2008. In 2009, Shelby performed with the All American Cheer & Dance during the Thanksgiving Day NFL football game. In 2011, she graduated from Wayne, participated in nationals with our senior hip hop competition team, and had the opportunity to dance during the half-time show for the NFL Pro-Bowl in Hawaii. Shelby has gone on to graduate from animal behavior college in 2012 and currently works full-time as an independent dog trainer. Shelby has taken and taught a variety of styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, and acrobats. She continues to further her knowledge and understanding of dance by attending various dance conventions.
Ashley Lowe has been with us since we opened in 2003, she was 4. She started competition team at age 7 and has competed in many styles of dance in groups as well as solos. She graduated from Wayne High School in 2017 and is now attending Sinclair Community College majoring in Education. Every year she continues to attend dance conventions to keep up with her love of dancing. She has been a student teacher since the age of 10 and this season, 2020-2021, she will begin taking on her own classes as well as continuing to assist others. She has helped teach many styles of dance from ballet, tap, jazz, acro, contemporary and lyrical. Her favorite style of dance is contemporary. Ashely is a great asset to us and helps all of our teachers when they need her!
Elise Berry has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been a part of Dance Etcetera for 13 years, as a student. She was a part of our competitive teams, as well as a soloist in different styles of dance. She is a 2020 graduate of Wayne High School, where she was a member of the Warriorettes for all 4 years. She held different officer ranks and went on to hold the rank of Captain her senior year. She honors her Hungarian heritage folk dancin with the Dayton Hungarian Festival Club Dancers. Dance is one of her greatest passions and she cannot wait to continue this as one of our Assistant Teachers. She is a Senior at Wright State University where she is majoring in Biology to become an Environmental Scientist. She may be young but she is a welcome addition to our staff.
Juan Kinley was born in Los Angeles, California but grew up in Xenia, Ohio where he graduated from Xenia High School. He started dance at 16 years old, participating in talent shows and watching street performers. Juan joined a dance crew in 2001 with whom he traveled to different multicultural events like Columbus's Hip Hop Expo, Cincinnati's Scribble Jam, Wright State May Daze, Cleveland's Pepsi Motion Tour and many other high schools and colleges to perform He learned different styles of hip hop dance by studying music videos and dancers from all of the cities he traveled to or he would purchase various dance battle videos to watch and learn from that. Juan specializes in locking, popping, b-boying, house and 80's style from the aforementioned research. He has had a huge impact on our Hip Hop Teams and everyone enjoys his classes. We are so thankful to have him as a member of our dance family.
Shelbi Craft has been dancing at Dance Etcetera since the age of 5. She was a part of our competitive dance and baton teams, as well as a soloist in different styles of dance. She also attended 2 Miss Twirl of Ohio Pageants in the past. She is currently assisting Miss Ashley with her dance classes. She is a 2017 Wayne High School graduate and recently received her cerification as a phlebotomy technician. She is currently attending Sinclair community College majoring in Radiologic Technology. She is no stranger to our program and is a great asset to our staff.