Alumni






Here are just a few of the talented artists that our instructors have taught:

JENNA FISCHER

from NBC’s The Office

JERRY MITCHELL

Broadway Choreographer for Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and more!

KATY GRENFELL

Broadway Star

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Ashley Krupinski Canale | Dance Instructor

After graduating from Visitation Academy in 2004, Ashley joined the world-renowned Young Americans in Los Angeles, CA. She performed on two international tours (Germany, Holland, Scotland, England) and at the Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre in Harbor Springs, MI. Ashley was also a principal dancer in “The Magic of Christmas” at the LaMirada Theatre (2004-2007), a backup dancer for Nickelodeon star Ashley Argota, and performed at various industry events in Hollywood, CA. She is also very proud to be apart of a documentary (ft. Mark Walberg) about her Young American tour workshop teaching at a German prison.

Ashley has also performed in over 35 Equity productions at The Muny. She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She has been both assistant choreographer and dance captain on several productions. Ashley is an original member of Muny Kids & Teens. She has worked with Liza Gennaro, Mercedes Ellington, Kelli Barclay, Gemze de Lappe and many others. For the past few years, she has also assisted Mark Krupinski with the Muny Kids.

While living in New York City & Los Angeles, Ashley furthered her dance education at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and The Edge Performing Arts Center. She has studied under the instruction of Doug Caldwell, Suzi Taylor, Traci Stanfield, Mandy Moore, Keith Clifton, Dana Moore, Randy Skinner, Chio and others. Ashley is currently a staff member and master teacher at the Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in Los Angeles. She is also a proud American Dance Troupe alumni!

In 2009, Ashley attended the Paris Fashion Institute and worked at Paris Fashion Week S/S 2010. She is a co-founder of Kdottie Designs (www.kdottiedesigns.com) as well as a blogger (www.lecafedelakdottie.com).

Ashley is happily married to a wonderful guy named Patrick. She works full time at Krupinski Academy of Dance! Ashley has two lovely dogs named Noodle & Holly, enjoys traveling, and has a strong love for the movie Jurassic Park.

In 2016, Ashley became certified to teach gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics by USA Gymnastics Association. She is excited to start a Rhythmic Gymnastics program, at the studio, during this Olympic year!

 

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Abbey Wagoner l Office Manager

Abbey has been dancing since the age of three. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, musical theater and lyrical with Mark and Caren Krupinski. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Public Relations she returned home to Krupinski’s. Abbey has been teaching and working as the office manager since 2001.

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Miss Susan l Dance Instructor

Susan has been dancing since she was three years old. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe and musical theater. She received training from Krupinski Academy of Dance and went on to study dance at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She graduated in 2003 from SIUE. Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Theater and Dance with a Dance emphasis. She had the honor of being a member of the University Dance Organization. Susan has been teaching dance for over eight years.

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Julia Bullock

Soprano Julia Bullock, “a notable native daughter” of St. Louis (STL Post-Dispatch) is currently building a career in classical music.   Julia has already sung in some of the premiere concert halls and music festivals across North America; and excitedly makes her South American operatic debut singing the role of Pamina in Peter Brook’s production of A Magic Flute. Heralded by the NY Times as a performer of “appealing freshness,” Julia recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Upshaw/Dennehey – Singer/Composer Workshop, and is thrilled to return to Carnegie Hall to perform with the American Symphony Orchestra in February 2012.  She holds degrees from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and The Eastman School if Music; and this fall she will attend The Juilliard School.

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Katy Grenfell

Katy Grenfell began her career at the St. Louis Muny doing such shows as “Bye Bye Birdie”, “George M” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.  She went on to perform on Broadway in the original companies of “Grease” with Rosie O’Donnell, “The Life” and “Hairspray”.  You can also see her on TV in Louie CK, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, and As the World Turns.  She made her big screen debut last year along side Robert DeNiro in “Everybody’s Fine”.  Special thanks to Mark Krupinski and Sheila Dugan: the best teachers a girl could ask for!

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Louis A. Williams Jr, 
Is currently opening a new show at the Wynn Las Vegas; Steve Wynns SHOWSTOPPERS, Broadway at it’s Most Breathtaking.
Other Theatre credits include ‘Soloist’ in LA Traviata, at LA Opera, LA PhilharmonicALADDIN (Starring Ben Vereen), WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY (dance captain), A CHORUS LINE (Larry)OKLAHOMA and HAIRSPRAY, ‘Soloist’ in AIDARINALDO, DON GIOVANNI, GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES, and SALOME at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and several MUNY productions.  TV/Film: LAST OF THE SHOWMEN, starring Ben Vereen, and promo for NBC series, “Marry Me”.  Music Video: Fergie “A LITTLE PARTY NEVER KILLED NOBODY (ALL WE GOT).” Louis received a BFA in Dance from Webster University.  Scholarship recipient at Krupinski Academy of Dance, The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and River North Chicago Dance Company.
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Lori Buchanan

Lori Buchanan just graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Theatre and minors in Dance and Psychology. During her time at NU, Lori was heavily involved with the drum, rhythm, and dance group Boomshaka, performing for the NU student body and elementary school students all over the Chicago area, and acting as artistic director of the group for her final two years. She also danced in many productions with the NU Dance Program, performing works by Annie Beserra, Joel Hall, Billy Siegenfeld, and choreographing her own piece for the Fall Dance Concert. She also had the amazing opportunity to spend three weeks on a sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea on a Sea|Mester, a sailing-focused study abroad program that takes students around the globe. In the musical theatre world, Lori was fortunate enough to choreograph a student production of Seussical the Musical, and assist Matt Raftery as choreographer of the Theatre Program’s production of Godspell this summer.  Now, Lori is starting post-college life as a resident of Chicago’s beautiful Lakeview neighborhood and working at Chicago Sailing, a sailing school and boat rental company. In the fall, she will begin a yearlong apprenticeship as a dancer with Striding Lion performance group and continue to audition for theatre and dance all over Chicago.

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Michelle N Aubuchon

After “graduating” from Krupinski Academy of Dance I joined the Young Americans in California.  I traveled for one year teaching music and dance in Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland.  Currently live in Chicago, IL and am in my senior year at Loyola University Chicago studying Public Relations for nonprofit. Although I currently live in Chicago, I serve on the board of CJ’s Journey Foundation,  a nonprofit organization started in honor of my younger brother who passed away from Childhood Cancer.

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Sarah Wolff

Sarah graduated from Paul McCartney’s LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Art), where she shook his hand at Graduation! During her third year, she  played Charity in Sweet Charity. She also starred in a short film by Fargone Films in London. Sarah now lives in NYC!

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Emily Knox

Emily grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she began singing and dancing at the age of 5. She studied dance at Krupinski Academy and was a member of the kids and teens choruses in numerous shows at the Muny. She was also a member of the Muny Teens program. After graduating from Penn State University with a B.F.A. in musical theater, Emily moved to New York City and spent the next five years performing in New York, on cruise ships and at Regional theaters including the Muny.  She also taught with Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids for two years in New York. Emily recently traveled halfway across the world for the unique opportunity to teach Musical theater classes in Dubai! She teaches students of all ages at her private voice studio, Emily Knox Studios.

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Tess Boyer

Whether it’s dancing, singing, choreographing, modeling, acting, or coaching, Tess is one that is known to put her whole heart into it. She is recognized in the Illinois Dance Team Association as one of their alumni dancers, assistant coaches, and two-time state championship hip-hop choreographer. Tess has been dancing for 16 years, choreographing for 6 years, and coaching/teaching for 3 years. Not only is dance one of her passions, but she is known for her vocal ability as well. She has participated in the Muny productions as a Muny kid and Muny teen for 12 years, competed in several vocal competitions, went on National tour with Dragon Tales/Vee productions as their lead character, was crowned Miss Jr Teen America in 2004, and was honored to sing the National Anthem at the St Louis Rams Breast Cancer Awareness game as a 2012 St Louis Rams Cheerleader. Tess is still pursuing music, as she is the singergirl in SMASHBAND as well as the co-writer/lead singer of her original songs with the country band, “Tess & The Brothermen”.  Currently, Tess coaches and choreographs at Edwardsville High School in Illinois. She is extremely passionate about dance and is privileged to assist in developing a dancer’s experience and career.

 

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Jack Sippel l Guest Teacher

Jack Sippel is a St. Louis native and graduate of Lafayette High School.  Jack grew up at dancing at Krupinski Academy of Dance where he started in the All Boys Class and finished his time at the studio in the Advanced Class.  During his time at Krupinski Academy of Dance, Jack attended and performed in several of the convention trips, took part in several years of American Dance Troupe and was also a Senior Ensemble member.  Jack has performed with more than 9 different schools and theater groups around the St. Louis Area.  He spent many years as a Muny Kid and Muny Teen before joining the equity ensemble.   Also growing up, Jack trained and competed at Olympiad Gymnasts where he became the Missouri State Champion in gymnastics.  Some of his professional credits include The Variety Club of St. Louis, The Muny, 1st National Tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Memphis, 1st National Tour of Disney’s Newsies, the world premiere of Chasing Rainbows: the Road to Oz and West Side Story and the Tony Award Winning Paper Mill Playhouse.  You can keep up with Jack Sippel by following him on Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter at @JackJSippel.

 

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Heather Corndorf

A professionally trained dancer and choreographer, Heather C knows form and function. Beginning in Chicago and now in Minneapolis, Heather has taught group fitness classes at Equinox, Crunch, Gorilla Sports, Calhoun Beach Club, and Life Time Fitness as a Master Instructor. Outside of the gym Heather trains and teaches at corporate and charity events, schools, and fitness conferences. She has been featured in consumer and commercial fitness DVDs and videos. Heather has a BFA in dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is ACE certified.Visit her website at www.heathercfitness.com

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Kim McClay

Kim McClay recently graduated with a Bacherlor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Millikin University! Throughout her 4 years at MU, she was highly involved in their Department of Theatre & Dance; performing in mainstage shows, student projects, and dance concerts. She also got to study at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England for a semester! Kim has performed regionally at Stages St. Louis & Great Plains Theatre since graduation and just made the move to NYC!

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Timothy Dunn
TIMOTHY DUNN is a comedy person currently living in NYC, but he spent many a night/Saturday ballet at ol’ KAD! After going off and getting his BS in Communications/Theatre from Northwestern University, Tim moved to New York and was thrilled to join the company of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in January 2008, where he’s been an actor, writer, and producer.
 
Outside of UCB, Tim’s performed Off and Off-Off Broadway, as a nationally-heard voice actor, a commercial actor and a live event and television host. He writes, too. Duh. Among other credits, Tim has been featured on Conan, in NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” promos, as a segment host on “Toni On New York!” (WPIX-NY11), and on THE ANIMAL PLANET, where his latest comedy/hosting project, PET-O-RAMA, enjoyed a nice run. Woo hoo! 
 
Tim still aggressively tries to shoe-horn dance into his comedy performances, and even though he is currently ten thousand years old, his left split and triple-right pirouette are still ON POINT! www.timothydunncomedy.com
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Jarek Stultz

Jarek A. Stultz brings over 22 years of experience in training, performing, and educating to his studio classroom. After Krupinski’s, he joined the Young Americans and has worked with over 50,000 kids across 7 countries and 3 continents teaching musical theater, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. He was an associate professor of dance at the University of Alaska and a performer for Disney Cruise Lines. After a brief stint as a resident choreographer and dance instructor for a non-profit in Tennessee, he and his business partner (and Krupinski alum) Susannah Corrington have recently opened the Jarek Stultz Dance Academy; offering classes to students from all walks of life in the Memphis area.

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Jack Ciapciak
Jack Ciapciak currently lives in New York City, but gets home to St. Louis as much as possible! After graduating high school, he attended NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a BFA in Playwriting. During college he earned his equity card singing and dancing at The Muny, before deciding to switch gears and focus on writing full-time. Jack currently works as the writers’ PA for Blue Bloods on CBS and spends his free time writing his own plays!

 

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“I pretty much grew up at Krupinski Dance Academy under the tutelage of Mark and all the talented instructors there. Studying tap, jazz, and ballet really prepared me for the number of Muny shows, summer-stock roles, and even viral videos that I would get involved with in the years that followed!
I have since been living in Los Angeles since 2008 and continue to perform whenever I get a chance. I went from dancing and acting on stage to now writing and producing behind the camera alongside my wife Emily McGregor — we’ve been happily since 2013. In my day-to-day I work in digital media, helping clients like Kevin Hart establish themselves on YouTube and various other social media outlets.
On a personal level, my time with the Krupinski family — and Mark specifically — was integral to building my personal confidence on stage and off. I went from a nervous kid with far, far too many questions, to someone who could be trusted to vamp or step in at a minute’s notice to help the show. I would not be the improviser I am today without those critical moments of trust that were shown to me, to believe in myself, and to challenge myself even things become most difficult. I want to sincerely thank Krupinski Dance Academy for teaching me that.”

 

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Kyle Fowler

Kyle has been performing professionally for over 15 years. Growing up in St. Louis, Kyle spent several years with the MUNY in its summer shows, as well as the kids and teens choruses. Recently, he relocated to Orlando after being based out of NYC for almost eight years. He has had the privilege of performing around the world with Holland America and Disney Cruise Line, tours in the US as well as Japan, and at several regional theaters across the country. Currently, he is a commercial actor, principal equity performer at Walt Disney World, and is also a teacher for Central Florida Community Arts. Kyle holds a B.F.A. in Music Theater and a dance minor from Millikin University.

 

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Lauren Graf

After graduating with a BA Theatre and Drama from Indiana University, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as an actress and makeup artist for four years. She got the chance to work on a Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial, some tv shows and independent films, and a show which toured at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She moved to Houston briefly and worked as a makeup artist there, and eventually  came back to St. Louis, MO. She continued working as a makeup artist and eventually wanted a career change that was more fulfilling for her, so she volunteered and then got involved in the health care field. She works as a paramedic on an ambulance now and still works as a freelance makeup artist on the side. She met her husband, who is a police officer and 82nd Airborne Infantry Army veteran. They’ve been married for 3 years. Lauren has a 6 year old stepson, Dominic, and together they have a 2 year old daughter, Morgan. Life is good!!!

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Claire Logan l Guest Teacher

Claire is currently a Junior at Indiana University earning her BFA in Musical Theatre. She spent 15 years growing up at Krupinski Academy of Dance, attending conventions such as The Pulse, NYCDA and Dance Excellence. A MunyKid and MunyTeen, she was in the youth ensemble for 25+ shows at The MUNY. She has performed professionally with STAGES St. Louis, Indiana Festival Theatre and Cardinal Stage Company.

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Hannah Finnegan

Resume: HFinnegan.pages

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Jonathon Saia

Jonathon Saia works in television production in Los Angeles. He has produced documentaries on O.J. Simpson for A&E and worked with two of his personal heroes, Judge Judy and RuPaul. He attended college in New York City and got married in 2013. Jonathon is passionate about film preservation and has numerous projects in development that celebrate Hollywood’s glorious history. Much love to Mark and Caren and the whole Krupinski team for so many years of fun.

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Bridget McKinney

Getting ready to start her senior year at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Bridget will graduate in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). During her time at Belmont, Bridget has been involved in Ambassadors and currently serves at the Vice President of Executive. She also has been involved in Greek Sing with her sorority over the past three years where she still is able to dance! After graduation, Bridget hopes to pursue a career in pediatric oncology nursing.

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Alison Wild

Originally from St. Louis, Alison began her dance training at Krupinski Academy at age nine and soon joined the American Dance Troupe and also participated in the annual Dance Excellence trip to LA for a number of years. She then attended the Savannah College of Art & Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Fashion Marketing & Management and a minor in Dance. During her time at SCAD, she was a principal dancer in two mainstage dance productions, La Traversee and La Reve, and performed in various student films and at the Savannah Dance Festival. After gradating, Alison moved to New York City where she is currently a Photo Editor for Entertainment Weekly magazine. In her free time, she trains and performs in aerial silks and fits in dance whenever she can. Film and TV credits include: The Hunger Games: Catching FireOrange is the New BlackFlesh and BoneBlue Bloods, and Girls. Much love to the Krupinski team!

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Lauren Hoehne

Lauren Hoehne is a student at Missouri State University working to earn her BFA in Computer Animation plus a minor in Computer Science.  In the summer of 2012, with no prior dance instruction, she joined Krupinski Academy of Dance to pursue ballet. Lauren has been dancing ever since, and has been preforming with Springfield Ballet for the past several years where she has been in multiple productions such as The Nutcracker, Peter Rabbit and Other Tales by Beatrix Potter, and Snow White.

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Joel Breeden

After studying at Krupinski Academy of Dance and performing with ensembles such as, The American Dance Troupe, The Senior Ensemble, Krupinski and Company and The Muny Kids and Teens, Joel— a St. Louis native— is currently studying at The Boston Conservatory at Berkee to receive his BFA in Musical Theater. Since his arrive in Massachusetts, he has performed in Catch Me If You Can (ensemble/swing/dance captain), Side Show (roustabout) directed by the Tony Award Nominated Bill Russel and the institutions 150th Anniversary Gala Performance featuring the award-winning actor Alan Cumming as a featured dancer and soloist. Joel is looking forward to the upcoming years at The BoCo, where he was recently offered a position as a dance assistant to the head of the Musical Theater Dance department, Michelle Chassé. Instagram//@joeldouglasbreeden

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Elly Weller

Elly is majoring in business at the University of Mississippi. First semester, she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She also served as an ambassador for the baseball team through Ole Miss Diamond Girls this spring. Elly joined four honors society and made Chancellor’s Honor Roll, all as a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

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Tara Willey

Tara just finished her freshman year as a BFA Music Theatre major at Elon University in North Carolina! She is so grateful to be pursuing what she loves most in such a wonderful program. In February, she was fortunate enough to play “Rumpleteaser” in Elon Univeristy’s production of CATS. She has loved the nonstop learning throughout the year, and cannot wait to continue growing in her passions. Aside from dancing and singing all day, she really enjoys doing yoga in the campus garden and eating bounties of hummus.

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McKinley Seale

McKinley is studying for her BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. She plans to audition for her dance minor in the Spring of 2018.

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Aniston Briggs

Aniston currently goes to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a Sports Psychology major with a minor in Child Development. Aniston takes dance classes throughout the week! She hopes to eventually be a Sports psychologist and specialize in young dancers!

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Laine Strobel

Laine is going into her sophomore year at the University of Alabama and is double majoring in dance and nutrition. At UA, she is in the school’s company, Alabama Repertory Dance Theater, and performed this year in The Nutcracker and Swan Lake