Meet the Teachers
Marissa Quivey, Owner
Marissa Quivey graduated from Western Michigan University in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and a certificate in Dance Studio Management. During her time at WMU, she has had the opportunity to perform Paul Taylor's work, Esplanade. She has also performed in faculty pieces choreographed by David Curwen, Jeremy Blair, and Monique Haley, along with many student choreographed pieces. Marissa has had many of her works showcased in performances at WMU such as Orchesis, the Martha Hearron memorial, and Graduating Presentations. She has also had her work presented at the American College Dance Association. She has had the opportunity to perform in two music videos through the Hollywood Summer Tour summer intensive. Marissa loves teaching and choreographing, and is excited for the future of Quivey Dance Company. Marissa teaches all of the contemporary classes and jazz 5.
Kelly Anderson, originally from Milwaukee, WI is a senior at Western Michigan University working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Social Psychology. During her time at WMU, Kelly has had the privilege to perform many professional works including Happy Little Things by Aszure Barton, The Gettin’ by Kyle Abraham, Diphthong by Brian Enos, and Continuum by Rennie Harris. In addition, Kelly has had the honor of performing in multiple faculty and student choreographed pieces while at Western Michigan University. Kelly was also a member of the WMU department of dance touring ensemble, Western Dance Project. With the ensemble, Kelly traveled throughout the Midwest performing repertoire and teaching outreach classes. As supplemental training, Kelly has attended intensives such as American Dance Festival’s New York Winter Intensive and DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceForce and ChoreoLab. During these intensives, Kelly has learned and performed works by Christian Denice, Joshua Manculich, and Manuel Vignoulle. Also, Kelly serves as the President of Orchesis Dance Society – a student organization within the department of dance – and is a dance diplomat with the organization Movement Exchange in which she teaches dance classes to local schools and has traveled to Panama twice to engage in global outreach. Kelly teaches two tap classes and technique on Monday nights.
Coming from an active background of dance and athletics, Lauren completed her education at Western Michigan University, obtaining two Bachelors degrees in Dance and Exercise Science. While in the university, Lauren was selected for membership in Western Dance Project (WDP) performance ensemble.With WDP, Lauren worked with Eddy Ocampo, Ashley Deran and Annie Franklin, performing in Kalamazoo, Chicago, and Illinois suburbs. Lauren was also a director, and member, of the nationally known dance company Hip Hop ConnXion from 2012 – 2016.
An energetic motivator, Lauren has been teaching dance since 2008; bringing life into any class she instructs. Lauren enjoys sharing her love for dance and fitness with youth, and strives to generate a love for movement in young dancers.With her foundational knowledge of exercise science, Lauren includes kinesiology, anatomy, and biomechanics into her teaching so students gain a broad understanding of how their bodies are truly machines made for movement. Lauren teaches two hip hop classes at QDC on Monday nights.
Allie Renner is currently studying at Western Michigan University Department of Dance under the BFA program. Allie has danced with the Cecchetti Council of America, Inaside Chicago Dance, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Met, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago Dance Connection, Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Allie danced as a little girl at Cary-Grove Performing Arts Centre (CGPAC), and started dancing at age 3. Currently, she teaches ballet, pointe and yoga techniques at Quivey Dance Company.
I began dancing when I was three years old. Growing up I took classes in Ballet, training in both the Russian and Cecchetti methods, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-hop, and Pom-Pon. At the age of five I began dancing competitively and won numerous awards over the years. In addition, I have attended Dancer Palooza in Long Beach, California on a scholarship and have performed in various competitions Allstar pieces at Nationals. Now, I am a Junior at Western Michigan University studying both Exercise Science and Dance to pursue my dream of one day owning my own studio and gym where I can teach dance and personal train. Aside from my studies, I am also a third-year member on the Dance Team at Western. However, when I do take a break from dance I enjoy my free time traveling, camping, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends. Michaela teaches conditioning on Tuesdays.