Welcome to UDA.  We are very excited to meet you and look forward to dancing with you this year.  The goal of our dance staff is to provide dance instruction with professionalism, care and passion.

Erin Zintek

Erin Zintek, Recreation Coordinator

Erin is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she started her training under Kellie Plathe from Accent On Dance. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. Pre-professionally and professionally Erin has danced with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, Poetic Rebound Co., Bill Young, KO& Co., Esther Lapointe, Lyfe Dance Company, Top Shake Dance under the direction of Jim McGinn, and created her own modern company The Erin Zintek Movement Project. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study capoeira and participate in company class with the company Balé Folclórico. Besides teaching dance, Erin is a certified Pilates instructor, certified yoga instructor, and is the co-creator of The Ellové Technique®. She formerly taught at BodyVox, Nike World Headquarters, The Portland Ballet, and Multnomah Athletic Club, where she was the Dance Head Coach to the pre-professional dance company. Erin also served on the executive board for Oregon Dance Education Organization. She is excited to be a part of Appleton Parks and Recreation.

Laura Tollefson

This is Laura's 13th year teaching at UDA. Laura is also in her 4th year as the assistant coordinator.  She danced with UDA since the age of 4, and received a scholarship at the age of 8 to dance at Makaroff's School of Ballet. Laura has an associates degree in Marketing and also enjoys judging for the Appleton North Lightning Bolt Explosion dance competition. Laura enjoys teaching all different ages and dance genres for UDA,  as well as choreographing for musicals. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters. 

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Kayla Writt

This is my 12th year at UDA. I was a student here since the age of four. I have taken all forms of dance. Thank you to my husband and parents for supporting my love for teaching with UDA, even though I know you hate me driving so far to do so twice per week! A fun fact about me is I am a 7th grade geography teacher at Campbellsport Middle School!

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Katie Raether

This is my 12th year teaching at UDA! I also took lessons here when I was 5 years old. I love to watch my students grow and accomplish their goals. I get excited when they master a trick they've been working on. A fun fact about me. My husband Jon and I have a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.

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Danielle Braun

This is my 1st year teaching at UDA. I went through the UDA program when growing up and I am so excited to be back as an instructor! I grew up taking mainly tap, and then extending to ballet/jazz/lyrical/ and hip hop in high school when I was on a competitive dance team. I have also choreographed several musical productions including, Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, and Cinderella to name a few. When I'm not dancing, I am teaching choir at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah. I am very excited to rejoin the UDA family! 

Alyssa Braun

Her first year teaching at UDA, Alyssa is thrilled to rejoin the UDA family as an instructor. Growing up learning tap and lyrical through UDA, Alyssa became a Zumba instructor to continue her love of movement while studying Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. 

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Hannah Ceccom

I have been teaching with UDA for 5 years and I also have danced with UDA since I was 10. I love watching my students learn new things and seeing that lightbulb turn on when they get something for the first time. I can’t wait to keep teaching for many years to come! 

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Ellie Debbert

I’m a junior at Appleton East High School and have been dancing with UDA for four years following about 6 years of gymnastics at Heart of the Valley. I love the atmosphere at UDA and enjoy being able to use my gymnastics knowledge to assist others.

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Mary Gagnon