Meet The Staff

A Team of Dancers

Our team of instructors is dedicated to teaching you the technique you need to take your dancing to the next level! Whether you’re here for recreation or for professional training, we can help you reach your goals! Continue browsing our team profiles below to learn more about our innovative, passionate staff who all come with a lifetime of dance history.

 
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Colle Fischer

Owner/Artistic Director

Colle Fischer began her journey and passion for dance at the age of 3. By the age of 9 she was performing up to 6 days a week as Molly and Felicity in the American Girl production of Circle of Friends. In 2007, she began training as a competitive dancer, attending competitions and conventions throughout Indiana and the Chicagoland area. Colle fulfilled her love for modern and ballet dance by graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education from Columbia College Chicago. Through Columbia, she took full advantage of training and studying with Joe Goode Dance Company in San Francisco under the direction of Joe Goode and intensives at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. From 2014-2016 she was a member of the Reveries in Motion Dance Company under artistic director Heather Peterson. In 2016, she moved from Chicago back to her home town in Crown Point where she became a barre instructor at Studio Barre and began coaching the Taft Middle School dance team. Miss Colle will be teaching toddler combo, modern, jazz, and more! Colle is very happy to share her experiences and passion of dance to the youth of NW Indiana at 413!

Annie Vassar

Studio Manager/Artistic Director

Annie has been dancing for 26 years and instructing for 10 of those years. Annie has trained in a variety of studios and teams, and minored in dance at Indiana State University. In her time at ISU, she was also a member and choreographer of the Fusion Dance Company. She has trained in ballet/pointe, jazz, hiphop, lyrical, modern, contemporary, pom, ballroom, and fitness-based dance.
Annie has instructed a variety of dance classes, taught camps/workshops throughout the state, and has lead large group dance instruction. 
Annie is currently an instructor in jazz, lyrical, turns/leaps and hiphop but also has experience in ballet/pointe, pom, modern and contemporary.  Her passion for dance and teaching others to feel confident dancing is inspiring. She believes the best part about teaching is seeing students grow in their abilities and cannot wait to see the growth the students will make at 413! Annie believes that dance is a true escape from the pressures of every day life. She enjoys teaching students how to express themselves through dance and seeing them express themselves in a new way as she learned to do herself. 
Annie currently resides in Crown Point, is a school teacher and is an assistant track coach, as well as one of the coaches of the Taft Middle School Dance Team.

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Jenna Salczynski

Instructor

Jenna started dancing when she was three years old with her mom’s studio. At seven years old, she began training and competitively dancing at another local dance studio. As a teen she trained extensively in all forms of dance and continued to compete at national levels, winning many top overall and "Dancer of the Year" awards. 
Along with the various competitions that Jenna has attended, she performed at Disney World with her team and was nominated to attend a dance workshop in New York along side other dancers.
Once Jenna graduated from high school she could not see her dancing coming to an end. She received and accepted a scholarship to compete on the dance team at Calumet College of St. Joseph. After a year of dance at the college, Jenna decided that it was time she shared her love and passion of dance with upcoming dancers.
She has taught classes at other studios as well as coached the Varsity Dance Team at Clark High School. She managed to take them to a championship win their very first year competing. 
Jenna is excited to continue to grow as a dancer and a teacher and is looking forward to being on staff with 413!

Chelsea Doss

Instructor

Chelsea has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching the art of dance since 2011.  She began her dance journey very young, spending countless hours training in local dance studios for most of her life.  She was a part of her studio’s company team and trained in all sorts of styles including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, contemporary, pom, hip-hop, and lyrical.  Chelsea was a part of her competitive school team from 2005-2009.   With great success as a competitive dancer, both as a soloist and as a team member, she proceeded after high school to pursue her dream of coaching.  She currently coaches Crown Point High School’s Varsity Dance Team out of Crown Point, IN.  Chelsea has enjoyed choreographing and holding workshops/clinics for local school teams and studios for many years.  Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Indiana University.  She is also a proud wife and full time mommy!
Chelsea will be instructing pom and jazz classes at 4.1.3 Dance Academy.  She hopes that her time here at 4.1.3. will leave a positive impact on those who decide to take her classes!

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Michelle Hamstra

Ballet/Pointe Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Valerie Jones

Hiphop Instructor

Valerie Jones is an experienced dancer from Northwest Indiana. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and competing since she was 8. Valerie danced with multiple local studios and collected national titles all over the country. She then transitioned to school teams, first joining Taft Middle School for 2 years, then CP Varsity for 4 years. After high school, Valerie danced with the Code Red Dance Team at Ball State University. She competed at UDA College Nationals placing in the top 10 of D1A hip hop. She also joined Outlet Hip Hop troupe where she expanded her knowledge of different styles of hip hop. While in college, Valerie choreographed for middle school, high school and college dance teams. She now lives in Chicago where she works for the TV show News Nation on WGN America. Valerie looks forward to joining the 4.1.3 crew and sharing her love of hip hop with the dancers!

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Tashira Chandler

Beginning Hiphop Instructor

Tashira Chandler is very excited to be an instructor at 4.1.3 Dance Academy. She began dancing at Mayfair Academy on the South Side of Chicago. After that she went to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she received a B.A. in Dance/Choreography with a Minor in Sound Design. While at SIUE, she created multiple pieces that were seen in Main Stage productions, Student Productions, smaller showcases, and was commissioned to create a piece for Turning Pointe Dance Academy's Company students for their Charity/Benefit Performance. She also served alongside the head of the Dance Department as the Assistant Artistic Director and Co-Choreographer for the 50th Anniversary of Dance in Concert. She was also selected to take two pieces to the annual dance conference, ACDA. She loves to dance and shares that love with whomever she is around. She is excited to have graduated and be able to put her degree in use to help share dance with her students.

Alyssa Androff

Beginning Technique Instructor

Alyssa is an experience dancer who underwent teacher training with 4.1.3. through our Composition program. Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 6 and has been trained in a variety of styles such as: ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hiphop and more. She is currently a member of 4.1.3. Company and is continuing teacher training throughout the year to ensure your dancer is getting the best possible instruction. Alyssa is excited to teach dancers not only proper technique but how to believe in oneself.

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Jane Georgas

Beginning Ballet Instructor

Jane graduated from Crown Point High School in 2020, where she was on the varsity dance team and is now attending Indiana University. She is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Dance, on a pre-med track. Jane has trained at different studios in a variety of styles since she was 4 years old, including 4.1.3. Jane has been in Joffrey Ballet Chicago’s Nutcracker Children’s Cast, and other local ballet shows. Jane is so excited to teach and share her love for dance at 4.1.3. this year!

Jamie Mroz

Receptionist

Jamie is our wonderful receptionist. If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, tuition, or available classes, Jamie is your girl! She's extremely hardworking and helpful and we love having her as a part of our 4.1.3 family!


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4.1.3. Dance Academy

Where All Thing Are Possible

 

219-779-9036

1926 N Main St
Crown Point, Lake County 46307
USA

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