MEET OUR FACULTY
Footworks Dance Studio is proud to have a faculty of professional dance instructors who are very passionate about the art of dance. Our instructors are dedicated to helping each child progress through their training and reach their highest potential.
Get to Know our Faculty
Click on the photos below to learn about each staff member.
Owner & Director
Krystie Serviss hails from Long Island, New York and has over a decade of performance, teaching and choreography experience. Krystie received her B.A. in Dance Performance, specializing in Dance Education from Slippery Rock University. She took part in many National Dance Festivals, choreographed for and performed in Fall, Winter and Faculty/Guest Concerts and was even the first student to produce, direct and present her works in her own showcase, “Break the Mold”. Her choreography was also selected to perform in the professional dance company’s, Evolve Productions, ‘LOVE production’ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 2011, Krystie was chosen by Slippery Rock University's dance department to study abroad and dance in Paris, France. There, Krystie studied under the most prestigious instructors from the Paris Opera and was photographed in their Parisian dance magazine. Krystie has been choreographing since the age of 17. She won her first National title for her choreography at only the age of 18. From there, she has received many prestigious awards as a competition team coach and choreographer such as over 10 Industry Dance Awards Nominations, over 15 regional and national choreography awards, dance studio excellence awards, and many overalls. Her students can be seen modeling for dancewear, assisting conventions, receiving scholarships at conventions as well as performing for artists such as Kanye West. With her Industry Dance Awards nominations, she had the amazing opportunity to attend the awards ceremony as well as the Dancer’s Against Cancer Brunch in Los Angeles, California.
Dance has been a part of Krystie’s life since she was three years old. When asked what she wanted to be growing up, the answer was consistently a dance teacher and dance studio owner. Krystie is so excited to be the Director of Footworks and could not be anymore thankful for the opportunity. Sharing her gift of teaching with children of all ages is what brings her the most joy. Krystie hopes to instill work ethic, confidence, determination and a passion for dance in each of her dancers. At Footworks, she wants to provide not only dance training in a fun, safe and positive environment, but also a second home to every dancer who walks through the door.
Krystie is thrilled that she is able to spread her love and joy of dance to the younger generations and hopes to continue to inspire, motivate and mentor dancers for years to come.
Instructor & Choreographer
Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Stacy began her love for dance at the age of 3. During her studio years she studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and was a part of her studios competition team. Since Stacy loved the stage so much she was also a part of theater throughout all her school years. During high school Stacy performed in many theater productions and served as assistant choreographer.
Continuing to study the subject she loved the most, Stacy majored in Dance at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. During her 4 yrs at SRU she was involved with the Slippery Rock Dance Theater which would perform multiple times throughout the year as well as many opportunities for student choreography. This is where she fell in love with modern dance and improvisation. During her junior year, Stacy was hand selected by the dance department to study abroad in London, England.
After graduating from Slippery Rock University she was sought out to teach dance at the University for their Continuing Education program for local children. On top of instructing at a multiple location studio right out of college she would also find herself teaching dance to local middle schoolers through the Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh.
In 2002, Stacy took a leap of faith and moved to Florida with her now husband. She instantly landed a dance instructor position which allowed her to choreograph for the Macy’s Day Parade at Universal Studios, as well as many community performances and community parades. Stacy also had the privilege to have her work adjudicated by a panel of well-known So You Think You Can Dance choreographers.
In 2011, she made the move to Footworks where she has been teaching as well as choreographing for the Competition and Performance dance teams. She has also been a big part of the Winter Garden Christmas Parade for Footworks.
Stacy has enjoyed her time at Footworks since day one and is always looking forward to the future.
Instructor & Choreographer
Ms. Kayla’s dance journey began at her mother’s dance studio in New Jersey at the age of 2 where she took classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, and Pointe. She was a member of the studio’s competition team. At the age of 18 she became the team’s Director, where she has won numerous high score and specialty awards for her choreography. Her students have also received many scholarships and have gone on to perform on Broadway and dance for Philadelphia Soul Dance Team, the Jr. Sixers Dancers, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girls.
Miss Kayla participated in a five-year teacher training program and began teaching full time in 2003. Her true passion for dance didn’t erupt until she started going to conventions where she has learned from choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Jamal Sims, Tyce Diorio, Travis Wall, LaurieAnn Gibson, Stacey Tookey, Joe Lanteri, Joey Dowling, Wade Robson and more. Her professional studies include a BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Miss Kayla has been teaching at Footworks since 2016 and is thrilled to start another amazing year!
Instructor & Choreographer
Melissa moved to Orlando in 2012 from St. Louis, where she was a ballet, tap and lyrical teacher for the well-known Davenport sisters. She has been teaching dance for over 28 years. She currently teaches ballet, pointe and tumbling in Kissimmee and is looking forward to teaching ballet at Footworks.
As a teenager, Melissa trained though out the United States with Joffrey New York, BalletMet, BalletAspen and the Cecchetti Council of America. Her professional endeavors include Atrek Modern Dance Company, Webster Dance Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall. She has toured with Buena Vista Pictures as "Mary Poppins" in the live show Magical Memories, and performed for two Christmas seasons with the Radio City Christmas Show as a Ballerina Bear and the flying Ghost of Christmas Past.
Melissa is certified in Progressing Ballet Training and in ballet and jazz, by Dance Masters of America. She is a member of PBT, Acrobatics Arts, DMA and FDM. Melissa is married with four children and currently reside in South Orlando.
While Melissa’s passion is teaching, she wears many other hats. Don’t be surprised to see her at your local dance wear store, your local hardware store, LGBTQ events in Orlando, or one of the many race tracks in south Florida.
Instructor & Choreographer
Suzanne grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she performed and competed in several local shows, dance competitions, and conventions starting from 5 years old. Directly out of high school, she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer, where she continued to study at Tremaine Dance Center on a year-long scholarship. Since then she has traveled and performed as a professional dancer in various shows throughout the world.
Suzanne ended up discovering a love for Aerial Arts and started rigorously training at “Every Day Circus.” Soon she began performing solos and duets of aerial performances, including silks, lyra, and hammock, every weekend in St. Louis; all while traveling back to Orlando, FL during the week to dance in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” show.
During her full dance/aerial career of over 20 years, she has incorporated her love of ballet in the air teaching students, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm, making dancers well-rounded in class and as performers. She is excited and proud to continue the aerial program at Footworks since 2014.
Suzanne also graduated from University of South Florida in 2014 with Masters of Science in Nursing. You can find her treating and caring for pediatric and adult patients as a Nurse Practitioner in Clermont, FL. She is also a proud mother of her 2 young boys whom you may find running around dancing at Footworks studio.