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Carlee was born and raised in northern Indiana where she started taking dance classes at the age of 6. She danced competitively for Dance Magic where she was trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, musical theatre, and tap. Carlee began teaching beginning ballet, tap, and jazz classes in high school. Carlee attended the University of Indianapolis after graduation, where earned a spot on the dance team performing at collegiate football and basketball games. While on the team, Carlee served as secretary and vice-president. Upon graduation, Carlee took over coaching the team and has recently completed her third season as head coach. Under her direction, the team has won multiple UDA awards including Program Improvement and Most Spirited Team.
Carlee earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and recently earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She works for Easter Seals Crossroads as a pediatric occupational therapist. When Carlee isn’t dancing or coaching she enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family. Carlee is excited to be on staff at Inspire and looks forward to watching her students improve while sharing her passion with others!
Miss Alana began her gymnastics training at the age of three. From 3 to 14, she was a part of Spats Aero and she traveled the US, competing in various national championships in duo/trio and group tumbling acrobatics. During this time, she was also a recreational dancer and then a cheerleader for six years.
She has been a dance and tumbling instructor for 12 years and brings great energy to the studio. Her love for her students shows in all she does. She enjoys teaching jazz, hip hop, tumbling and tap.
Miss Alana is also the owner of Hello Gorgeous Salon in Greenwood. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her wife Katie, dog Leeloo and family.
Miss Trista is our talented studio director and her love of teaching is the heart of Inspire Dance Company. She has trained in many styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz Funk and Hip Hop. She graduated with honors in 1997 with her degree in dance and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She coached the award-winning Laserette Dance Team in Dayton, Ohio for over 15 years and choreographed and taught for many Ohio based studios before moving to Indianapolis. During her four years with Showcase America and Creative Dance Productions, she taught talented students from all over the country. Miss Trista has assisted with four Citrus Bowl halftime productions and choreographed an all star-dance group that performed at Walt Disney World and on Carnival Cruise Ships. She was also a judge for Showcase America for 5 years and has had the pleasure of judging Ameridance Nationals at Disney World's Wide World of Sports. Miss Trista brings a passion for teaching and the belief that anyone can learn with the right attitude and drive. Her unique background and extensive experience make her a valuable asset for Inspire Dance Company.
When not teaching dance, Miss Trista enjoys attending bible study at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood. She resides in Greenwood with her husband of 12 years, Brad, daughter Autumn (12), son Nate (9), son Nick (5).
Abby Newport- Dance Instructor
Trista Horner- Studio Director, Dance Instructor, Competitive Coach
Miss Tracy brings great energy to the studio. Starting as a substitute, she now teaches ballet and is a member of our competitive staff. She danced at Laurie Popovich School of Dance in Warren, Michigan, attended a summer intensive with Atlanta Ballet at age 12 and at age 14, she auditioned for the Michigan Ballet Theater's Nutcracker production. She remained a company member for the next four years, performing in groups and as a soloist for their annual Nutcracker production and and a variety of spring performances. She also traveled with them once a year for RDA midstates competitions. She minored in dance performance at Butler University.
She works retail pharmacy and lives in Greenwood with her husband, Travis, and their two children, Denton and Leah. They have a goal to visit all 50 states with their children. Miss Tracy's favorite quote is "dance like no one is watching". We are thrilled to have Tracy on staff with us.
Yu Qin Hao is a master level teacher with a professional ballet background. Before coming to the States in the 1980's, she performed in the Royal Ballet of China and danced for several US presidents.
She teaches intermediate and advanced ballet with us. She brings knowledge and a love for dance that helps our advanced level students continue to grow. We are thankful to have such a talented teacher on staff.
Tracy Britt- Dance Instructor, Competitive Coach
Alana Bell-Wayt- Dance Instructor, Competitive Coach
Miss Abby started dancing at the age of two in and has been involved in Indy's southside arts since. She has danced in many places including Cozumel Mexico, Hawaii, on a cruise ship, the former RCA Dome that hosted NCYC, and Kings Island. She received her high school letters for Show Choir and Theater from Roncalli High School. In college, she was given several scholarships for being Captain of the VU Blazerettes and choreographer for their show choir, operas, and musicals.
She has been teaching dance, cheer, tumbling, vocal, and theater since 2004. Miss Abby has worked with many students that have physical and/or mental disabilities as well as ESL learners. Not only did she facilitate a group of dancers to perform in Downtown Disney and a talent show through the Greenwood Community Center, she has also had numerous students be accepted into the Butler Nutcracker and Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
Miss Abby survives daily life with coffee, music, books, laughter, and glitter. She and her husband were introduced through a mutual friend and married in 2005. On days off, Miss Abby enjoys being outdoors and near the water with family. She loves musicals and all things Disney. Besides taking care of two children and an enormous array of pets, she is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from IUPUC. Her favorite quote is from Walt Disney himself: “If you can dream it, you can do it. Remember, this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
Inspire's other talented teachers include:
Carlee Green- Dance Instructor
Yu Qin Hao- Dance Instructor