Katie Kruse
Artistic Staff

Dancing since the age of 4, Katie Kruse trained competitively for 13 years in these disciplines with Dance Productions Unlimited (DPU) in Arnold, MO. The well rounded dancer graduated from Fox High School in 1998. Shortly after graduating Katie then began working at a Miss Lisa’s Dance Studio in Fenton, MO and began honing her craft, working with recreational classes in all genres, as well as the competition team.

In 2000, Katie married her high school sweetheart, Kevin Kruse, and they moved to Charleston, South Carolina as he was active duty Navy. For the next 9 years, the couple moved around the United States, living in upstate NewYork for 5 years and Seattle, Washington for 3 years where she continued to share her passion and love of dance at A High Step Dance Academy (WA) and A Class Act Dance (NY). Katie continued to take classes and teach wherever her travels led her.

In 2009, She and her family, Kevin, Daughters Mackenzie and Kaylie and Twins Andrea and Kevin, moved back to St. Louis, MO. She began teaching at Dynamic Edge Dance Center and worked extensively with their competition team and recreational classes over the next 8 years.

Katie has continued her Dance education by taking master classes and attending many conventions. Her choreography has won many first place honors and awards for excellence in technique.

She was extremely excited to come back to DPU in 2017. There’s nothing quite like coming back to the place where it all started and she is extremely excited to have her daughters continue their dance education in the place she was taught. Most of all she is so thrilled to be back in the class room sharing her wealth of experience with a new generation of Dance Productions Students.

Classes

Mini Ballet

A technique based class that focuses on body placement and alignment while integrating grace, elegance and poise. Dancers will learn formal Ballet terminology, barre work and combinations in center. Designed for dancers age 5-7 who want to learn ballet basics. Dancers will require pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Mini Acro

A 15 minute add on class for dancers wanting to learn basic acrobatics skills and coordination. Mini Acro accommodates dancers 2-5 years of age. Dancers require no shoes for this class.

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Jr/Teen Musical Theater

A performance based class that focuses on incorporating a theatrical approach to combine songs, acting and dance. Dancers will learn a background of multiple musicals, acting, improvisational games and expanding on portraying virtually any character. Dances will explore how dance and theatre intertwine.

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Blossoms

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on strength, coordination and creative movement. Accommodates dancers 5-7 years of age. Dancers require black tie up tap shoes and black jazz shoes for this class.

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Wild Flowers

 A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap and Jazz fundamentals. This class focuses on improving technique, exploring stylistic movement and expanding musicality. Wild Flowers accommodates dancers 7-8 years of age. Dancers will require black tie up tap shoes and black jazz shoes for this class.

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Seedlings

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on basic technique, rhythm and creative movement. Seedlings accommodates dancers 3-5 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Seedlings

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on basic technique, rhythm and creative movement. Seedlings accommodates dancers 3-5 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Sprouts

A 30 minute introductory class teaching fundamentals of Tap steps, Ballet positions, creative movement and listening skills. Sprouts accommodates dancers 2-3 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up tap shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Sprouts

A 30 minute introductory class teaching fundamentals of Tap steps, Ballet positions, creative movement and listening skills. Sprouts accommodates dancers 2-3 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up tap shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Ballet (7-10)

A technique based class that focuses on body placement and alignment while in- tegrating grace, elegance and poise. Dancers will learn formal Ballet terminology, barre work and combinations in center. Designed for dancers age 7-10 who want to further their ballet knowledge and training. Dancers will require pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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