Instructors

To teach is to touch a life forever.





Mark and Caren Krupinski | Founders & Directors

Mark and Caren Krupinski have owned and operated Krupinski Academy of Dance for 40 years. They have joyfully trained dancers that have circled the world performing on stage, screen and television.

After performing at The Muny for 23 years, Mark became the choreographer and director for the Muny Kids and Muny Teens. He serves as an Assistant Choreographer and consultant for Muny main stage shows. He also donates his time to choreographing for the Variety Club of St. Louis.

Other endevors include designing dance programs for local high schools, on the faculty for 10 years at Webster University, and an original performer in American Dance Machine- NYC.

Caren has taught dance for 30 years and has created a highly acclaimed pre-school children’s dance program. She has performed in St. Louis Civic Ballet Company, an original dancer in the St Louis Cardinal Football “Big Red Line” and spent five years working in Six Flags Show Operations Department.

Together, for the past 24 years, Mark and Caren have served as Directors representing the state of Missouri in the Dance Excellence International Dance Festival held in Los Angeles, CA.

They also co-founded American Dance Troupe of St. Louis, which is a non-profit organization which provides young dancers the opportunity to experience life in a dance company.

 

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.  Ashley is happily married to a wonderful guy named Patrick. Ashley has two lovely dogs named Noodle & Holly, enjoys traveling, and has a strong love for the movie Jurassic Park.

 

Abbey Wagoner l Office Manager & Instructor

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.

 

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.

 

Miss Suzanne l Dance Instructor

Suzanne graduated from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville with a degree in Informational Systems. She currently works in the field of Information Technology. Suzanne studied dance for 15 years before becoming an instructor. In her spare time Suzanne takes kickboxing classes and likes to travel.

 

Amber Franek l Dance Instructor

Amber Franek received a Bachelors of Art in dance degree with departmental honors from Webster University. Upon graduation Franek moved to the Atlanta area to work as associate director and principal dancer for Advocate Arts Contemporary Dance. While there Franek taught at multiple studios and choreographed for Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, Live Arts Theater, Project Dance and many more. Most recently she performed with Fuerta Dance Company on their stage show luna(tics) and their upcoming full length film en la mente. Franek is excited to share her passion and knowledge with the students at Krupinski’s Academy.

 

Hannah DuBois l Dance Instructor

Hannah DuBois was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She started ballet classes at the age of three and received her dance training through the Somerset Ballet School and the Kansas City Ballet School. While at the Kansas City Ballet, Hannah had the opportunity to dance a variety of children’s roles in The Nutcracker for many Christmas seasons, and was also a member of the junior performing company, the Kansas City Youth Ballet. Hannah attended summer intensives at the Kansas City Ballet, Austin Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
After graduating from St. James Academy, Hannah attended Lindenwood University. While in college, she performed with the University Dance Ensemble and represented the university while attending regional competitions for the American College Dance Association. During her freshman year at Lindenwood University, Hannah performed in Waltz of the Snowflakes and Waltz of the Flowers in the St. Louis Ballet production of The Nutcracker. She also choreographed and performed to the The Nutcracker Suite with the Alton Symphony Orchestra.
Hannah graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in May 2016.  Hannah currently resides in St. Peters, Missouri, and danced with Missouri Ballet Theatre as a member of the Corps de Ballet last season. This year she will be dancing with Common Thread Contemporary Ballet Company in its inaugural season. Hannah loves to share her love of dance through teaching and hopes to inspire students for many years to come.

 

Tara Willey l Guest Instructor

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.

Miss Cathy l Office Staff

I am a wife, Mother of four wonderful daughters, Grandmother of nine awesome grandchildren.   In my 36 years at the studio it has been wonderful to see the growth, both in the children and the studio too.  Even with my many jobs and other interests, my love for the studio and students keeps me coming back.

 

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.

 

Miss Traci l Adjunct Dance Instructor

Traci has been teaching dance at Krupinski Academy of Dance since 2001. She holds a Bachelors degree in Dance from Webster University as well as a Psychology degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Traci has been teaching for over 10 years at various studios throughout the St. Louis area. She has choreographed most recently for American Dance Troupe and has been a featured dancer/actor and model in various commercials and print advertisements. She is currently a member of Beyond Motion Dance Company.

 

Andrea Sarasin l Dance Instructor

Andrea grew up in New Hampshire and started dancing at Kathy Blake Dance Studios at the age of 2. She studied many styles while growing up including hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theater, modern, and more! After graduating high school, she attended The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts based in Corona, CA. She had the opportunity to do 11 international tours with the group travelling to countries such as Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and the US. Andrea has worked with over 40,000 students worldwide! In 2017, she transitioned to Senior Producer for the organization where she helped to coordinate over 450 Young American performances all over the world annually. She has just recently relocated to St. Louis and cannot wait to get to know the amazing Krupinski Academy community!