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. Hayley not only loves performing, she has a passion for teaching dance. This led her to open her very own dance studio, FEARless Dance Center in Raymore, Missouri, 4 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.
Ashley Vaters (Co-Director/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 currently coaching the Ray Pec JV Dance team and is extremely excited to work with all the students at FEARless Dance Center.
Marissa Agueros (Co-Director/Office Manager): 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. She’s always had a special place in her heart for children and is super excited to be able to work with children of all ages and share her love of dance with them.
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. Although she didn't have as much dance experience as most of the girls on the team, she worked really hard and was voted Most Improved Dancer her freshman year. 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. She atttends Avila University in plans to pursue a degree in Graphic Design. Maci loves being a role model for young girls, and is extremely excited to be apart of the FEARless Team.
Tara Jackson (Hip Hop Instructor): Miss Tara attended Omaha North High School in Omaha, NE where she was appointed Captain of the Omaha North High Pom Squad at the end of her sophomore dance season and choreographed for Omaha North High School Pom Squad until she graduated in 2000. During her senior year in high school, Universal Dance Association (UDA), extended the invitation to Tara Jackson to become apart of a nationally known dance association. For Two Years, through UDA, Tara traveled as a Professional Dance Instructor, teaching dance to college and high school dancers. After graduating high school Tara went on to complete her B.S. in Human Services and her Master’s in Students Affairs Practice in Higher Education at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. Tara initially started as Captain and lead choreographer of the dance team for Wayne State College and after graduating in 2003 with her B.S., became the Head Coach and choreographer of the Wayne State College Dance Team. Tara danced professionally for two years as an Omaha Beef Prime Dancer in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and two years for the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League (UFL). She has participated in choreographing the Cotillion 2011, Ebony of Excellence formal event. Currently, Tara is a professional dancer for an organization in Missouri. Outside of her professional career as a dancer, Tara devotes much of her time to her son, Teryn.
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. At Donna’s, she developed a special excitement for tapping and musical theatre! 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, Emmalyn has been investing in her nursing career at Monarch Plastic Surgery and enjoys every minute of it! She is EXTREMELY excited to facilitate other young girls and boys in their journey with dance!
Christina Aiello (Ballet Instructor): Christina has been dancing since the age of 3. She began in competition dance at Dancerz Unlimited in Prairie Village, KS. At age 9, she enrolled in classes at Kansas City Ballet and started dancing there full time at age 12. During her time at Kansas City Ballet, she performed in The Nutcracker in various roles. She also joined the Kansas City Youth Ballet where she was able to perform various classical ballet and contemporary dance pieces. Christina travelled to Europe with the Youth Ballet to perform in the Young Tanzsommer Festival. Christina has also spent time training with The Jillana School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet and LINES Ballet. Upon graduating high school, Christina attended the University of Arizona to study towards a BFA in Dance Performance. While in Arizona, she was asked to join ConDanza Contemporary Repertoire Company. Christina was invited to teach at the Simi Dance Center Summer Intensive in a suburb of Los Angeles, CA. During a summer dance intensive at LINES Ballet in San Francisco, she was asked to stay as a trainee. Christina returned to Kansas in the fall of 2013 and recently graduated with her Masters in Health, Human Performance and Recreation from Pittsburg State University. During her time at PSU, she was a Graduate Assistant for the HHPR department and helped develop the dance minor program and coursework. Christina recently returned to Kansas City and is looking forward to her first year teaching at Fearless Dance Center!
Tim Mincher (Strength & Conditioning Coach): Attended Ray-Pec High School where he competed in Football and Wrestling Earning All State honors and winning a State Championship in Football for the Panthers, After High School Tim attended Pittsburg State and Avila University where he continued his education along with his football career, After college Tim coached high school football and became a trainer. Tim has coached strength and conditioning classes along with boxing and kickboxing and is excited to see how far he can push the dancers at FDC!
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.