Hayley Houchen (Owner/Director/Instructor):
Hayley Houchen is from Peculiar, Mo and has been dancing since she could walk. Competing with her studio regionally and nationally as a child, along with her time on high school dance team, helped form her passion for dance. After graduating high school she traveled the country teaching camps for the Universal Dance Association for two years. She danced professionally for the Missouri Comets for one season. From there, she went on to cheer 5 years for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders. As a member of the Chiefs Cheerleaders, she was a co-captain for one year, a captain for two years and was also the 2016 Pro Bowl Representative in Hawaii. She has been able to choreograph many routines, perform for our military in state and overseas on tour, compile youth halftime performances, and be a leader of the Junior Chiefs Cheerleader Program. She is now on staff for the Cheerleaders for the third year. Hayley is in her 9th year of coaching the Ray-Pec Prowlers Dance Team. Most recently, she's accepted the position of Compeition Director and Judge Coordinator for the national dance compeititon Inferno Dance. Hayley loves every avenue dance has led her down but her passion for teaching led her to open her very own dance studio, FEARless Dance Center in Raymore, Missouri five years ago. From the second the doors opened her studio became home to hundreds of dancers who take recreationally and competitively. She runs a fully competitive dance program out of her studio, where her dancers win many regional and national titles. Hayley's choreography is recognized and awarded at many regional and national competitions for various age groups. Owning her own studio has transformed her love of dance in ways she could never imagine and leaves her feeling extremely blessed to be able to have dance as her daily job.
Marissa Agueros (Co-Director/Instructor): Marissa started dancing at the age of 4 and continued until middle school competing at various competitions regionally and nationally. She was then on the Ray-Pec middle school dance team and then the high school’s varsity dance team (Ray-Pec Prowlers) her Senior year. Marissa’s favorite type of dance is tap. She was awarded various awards growing up for excelling in this style of dance; one including the Most Improved Tap award at her local dance studio. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and is excited to implement these skills through the form of dance classes. She is the mom of three little boys and Hayley's sister. Marissa has been with FDC since the moemnt the doors have opened and plays a key part in our success each year. She’s always had a special place in her heart for children and loves that she is able to work with children of all ages and share her love of dance with them.
Ashley Vaters (Instructor): Ashley started dancing when she was three years old and simply fell in love with the sport. Her dance background began in the studio like most children where she competed regionally and nationally throughout her childhood. She then went on to make her high school's varsity dance team (Ray-Pec Prowlers) all four years of high school, after which she had the opportunity to continue dancing semi-professionally for the MISL Comets Indoor Soccer team and later professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then she has been teaching at a dance studio, helping out with dance teams, and continues to perform when opportunity arises. After getting to teach dance on a regular basis she discovered her passion for dance itself went far beyond just dancing but in sharing that passion with others through teaching as well. She is extremely excited to be teaching for her 6th year at FEARless Dance Center.
Maci Hodges (Instructor): Maci grew up in Raymore, Missouri and started dancing when she was 9. Although she loved dance, she also played soccer, competed in gymnastics and became captain of her cheerleading squad in middle school. From the time she was a little girl she always dreamed of becoming a Prowler at Ray-Pec High School. Following in many of her role model's shoes, she made the varsity dance team her freshman year and danced on the team for 4 years. During her high school dance career, her dance team placed 1st in multiple dances at Regional and State Competitions; and their Pom routine placed 17th Overall at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida her senior year. Maci cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs for one season. Maci graduated Magna Cum Laude from Avila University in 2018 with a degree in Communications: Advertising/Public Relations. She is currently working as a Client Services Specialist at American Century Investments. Maci loves being a role model for young girls, and is honored to be in her 6th year at FEARless Dance Center.
Tara Jackson (Instructor): Tara has been a Hip Hop Instructor at Fearless Dance Center for 5 years! Tara Jackson is the Founder/Creator of Kreative Force Choreo, LLC, an innovative dance choreography company created to provide crowd rocking and wildly energetic game day/ competition routines and/or pre-choreographed dance routines to high school, college/university, and professional level dance teams. In addition, she is Professionally Certified as a Master Trainer and Choreographer for WERQ Dance Fitness, a wildly addictive cardio dance fitness workout based on popular Hip Hop and Pop music. WERQ Fitness is offered in 40 different states and counting. Tara is currently both a Hip Hop Instructor/Choreographer and Hip Hop Cardio Fitness Instructor/Choreographer at Dance Fit Flow in Kansas City, MO, the first dance studio in KC created to offer a variety of dance and fitness classes exclusively for adults. Previously, Tara danced professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders in the National Football League (NFL) for four years (Rookie Season 2013/2014 through the 2016/2017 Football Season). During this time, she served as one of the Co-Captains of the KC Chiefs Cheerleaders. Since becoming a KC Chiefs Cheerleader Alumni in 2017, Tara has continued to provide professional choreography for the KC Chiefs Cheerleaders upon request
Emmalyn Case (Instructor): Emmalyn has been passionate about dance since she could tap her little toes on the ground! She started her dance career at the age of 3 and has always loved being on stage. She was a competitive dancer through high school at Donna’s Doorway in Belton, MO. She also was the captain of her dance team at O’Hara High School for 2 years, performing all 4 years with the Celtics. She enjoys ALL genera of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, modern, hip-hop, and even a bit of clogging! As she moved through school, she became a Glitter Girl at Avila University and brought home multiple medals for placing 3rd in the nation in hip-hop as well as placing in the top 5 in jazz. She served as a captain her senior year at Avila. After graduation, Emmalyn danced for the Kansas City Chiefs and cheered with them for one season. She has choreographed for multiple high school dance teams in the area including Harrisonville HS Dance Team, and Gardner Dance Team. Outside of dance, Emma loves spending time with her son and husband, as well as advocating for social justice through Noonday Collection jewelry. She is humbled and honored to spend time with your children every week at FEARless, and loves watching them grow!”
Kayla Leon (Instructor): Kayla began training in dance at the age of 4 years old in her hometown of Raymore, Missouri. Growing up, she danced competitively at a local studio and earned many overall awards and titles, including Dance Masters of America Heart of America Miss Dance. Kayla also danced for one year on the highly recognized Raymore-Peculiar High School dance team, The Prowlers, where she competed at a state championship level.
Upon high school graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue her dance education at the collegiate level. Kayla attended Marymount Manhattan College on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Alongside a rigorous academic course load, she studied Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Choreography, Dance History, and Anatomy for Dancers under world renowned teachers and choreographers such as Katie Langan, Nancy Lushington, Robert Atwood, Sheila Barker, Geoffrey Doig-Marx, and Denise Vale, amongst others. In 2009, she was awarded a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Dance Performance. While living in New York, Kayla took advantage of the diverse dance education and classes all around her. She frequently took classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey School, and Peridance Center from many acclaimed teachers and attended live dance performances from the Rockettes, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, and others whenever possible. In 2017, after 12 years in New York City, Kayla moved back to Missouri and was ecstatic to be hired at Fearless Dance Center. She teaches Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Tumbling at both the recreational and competitive level. Kayla truly believes dance is a place where all students learn lessons far beyond technique. In her classes she also focuses on positive life skills such as determination and perseverance, self-work and confidence, kindness to others, and respect. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys KC Chiefs Football, KC Royals Baseball, cooking and spending time with her husband, family and her crazy dog, Evie. She is expecting her first child, a baby boy, in March of 2020. She feels beyond honored to be a part of the FDC staff and to have become close to her fabulous and supportive fellow teachers, the wonderful dance families and awesome kids who on a daily basis reinforce her love for the joy and art of dance.
Hayley Keith: Hayley Keith is a choreographer and teacher for Fearless Dance Center. In 2004, Hayley witnessed her best friend, Ashley Vaters perform on top of an ice cream truck for a Broadway Babies production and was inspired to take up dance. She's been involved ever since! Hayley moved on to dance competitively and perform for her high school team, the Ray-Pec Prowlers until graduation, 2010. After high school, Hayley took a scholarship offer to attend Avila University and dance competitively for their UDA Nationally Ranked team. In 2014, Hayley received her Bachelor's in Communications and proceeded to take her skills to South Florida where she produced national television commercials and campaigns for the Addiction and Behavioral Health industry. While in Florida, Hayley worked with commercial choreographers and auditioned for teams like Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins. Then in 2017, she moved back home to work for a local digital marketing agency and go back to teaching for Fearless Dance Center and Johnson County Dance Center. Hayley also performs with local band Lost Wax as an LED Robot Transformer and with local band Blown Cover as lead female vocalist. When Hayley isn't dancing, working, or singing, she's usually kicking it with the dance teachers from Fearless or hanging out with her parents at Peculiar Golf. Hayley is a huge fan of the kiddos at Fearless because they motivate her to be the best version of herself. She is proud to represent and support such an incredible organization like FDC!
Kirsty Alexander (Instructor): Kirsty grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and started dancing when she was 7 years old. She danced competitively for her studio right off the bat and eventually went on to make her high school varsity dance team as a freshman. All four years of high school, Linn Mar, competed at the state, regional, and national level. They placed first in the state and region yearly. Kirsty was a captain her junior and senior year, and helped her team place top 5 in the Nation for both Jazz and Pom at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Kirsty attended The University of Iowa where she took several dance and fitness classes. After graduating, she moved to Kansas City and began her "adult life". This is Kirsty's first year with Fearless Dance Center! She is so excited to be back in the dance community where she can help mentor and inspire dancers to live out their passion for dance and have fun with it! When Kirsty is not at FDC, you can find her working as a studio manager at Sweatheory KC, teaching workout classes at Health House, volunteering as a Girls On The Run Coach, eating delicious food, and cuddling with her dog! Kirsty is so excited to be involved in the FDC organization!
Karaleisa Rice (Instructor): Karaleisa is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from Kansas City, Missouri. She started dancing at a very young age and trained professionally in all styles of dance. She excels in the style of Tap, as she is an alumni of The American Tap Company. Her vigorous and broad training background has led her to many great opportunities in her dance career.Karaleisa started teaching very early in her dance career and has choreographed for many studios all over the Midwest. Her work has received numerous awards throughout the country for choreography, technique, and precision. After finishing school in Missouri, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to dance professionally and continue her training. While Karaleisa lived in Las Vegas, she worked with world renowned choreographers such as Helene Phillips, Don Bellamy, Adam Cates, Tony Coppola, Colleen Craig, Don Mirault, and Justin Bryant. Karaleisa has been working in the competition dance circuit for over 4 years and has loved every bit of it. She has had the opportunity to assist many choreographers, teach numerous master classes, and learn from the most amazing dance instructors in the world. Karaleisa hopes to bring knowledge and positivity to the competition dance world, all while making an impact on others. She is looking forward to all of the opportunities that this year has to offer.
Our instructors are highly trained and educated in all areas of dance. You have the choice of more than one instructor to fit your child’s personality and learning style. The energetic and friendly instructors are invested in making a difference in your dancer's life through dance and personally.