Our team of instructors are dedicated to teaching your dancer the technique they need to take their dancing to the next level! Whether you’re here for recreation or for professional training, we can help you reach your goals! Continue reading below to learn more about our innovative, passionate & hard-working staff who all come with a lifetime of dance history.
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!
Studio Manager/Artistic Director
Annie has been dancing for 27 years and instructing for the last 11 of those years. Annie has trained in a variety of studios and teams and additionally 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 turns/leaps, combo and many of our company dancers, but also has experience teaching many other styles. 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. She is a Blended and Instructional Design Specialist in Crown Point Schools, and coaches Taft & CPHS JV Dance Teams alongside Colle.
Jenna was our 2021 Teacher of the Year!
She 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 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!
Michelle began dancing when she was 3 years old. She trained and competed with studios all over Northwest Indiana before heading to Chicago to focus on her ballet training. During her dance career she performed in many Nutcrackers including the Joffrey Ballet. She has also performed in Swan Lake, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and variations from Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Don Q and Cappelia. When she was 16 years old she began teaching dance and has continued to do that for almost 20 years in Colorado, Illinois and Indiana. She has taught pre-dance, ballet at various levels, pre-pointe, pointe, jazz, lyrical and coached dance team for 8 years at the middle school and high school level. In 2015 she opened at fitness boutique in Crown Point called Studio Barre. Michelle is excited to be back teaching ballet again. She is excited to pour her years of experience into the students at 413.
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!
Ryan Hoffmann has been dancing since she was seven years old. While training at Visceral Dance Center in Chicago for the past seven years, Ryan has had the opportunity to spend her summers traveling across the US and Canada to pursue her passion. Summer intensives include Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Master Ballet Academy, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Arts Umbrella, and Ballet West. Ryan spent several seasons performing with IYB. Starring in local productions of Nutcracker and Peter Pan. Ryan is a 3 time national title holder at Showstopper. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and ballet as well as hip hop. Ryan is excited to share her experience and passion with the dancers at 4.1.3!
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.
Beginning Ballet Instructor
Miss Shannon started dancing at the age of 5 in her hometown of Cary, IL, and hasn’t stopped dancing since! She has over 20 years of classical ballet training, as well as a strong focus on Pointe. Shannon loves everything that ballet encompasses. The control, the focus it takes to build upon each new step, and the feeling of getting lost in the movement and the music is something she loves! She grew up studying in Chechetti technique, and over the last 20 years has studied with multiple instructors in each area of the art, including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, variation studies and character. Shannon has attended multiple summer intensives including 2 summers at the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, 2 at the American Ballet Theatre and as a chaperone for the Milwaukee Ballet School summer intensive. Upon graduation from Ball State University, she continued her training at Lou Conte dance studio in Chicago, white teaching Ballet and Pointe at a local studio. Miss Shannon is also a full time mommy to 2 little girls, who are the light of her world!! She is so excited to be a part of the 413 teaching team, and cannot wait to meet your dancer!!
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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