Katie Rhyme has been involved in dance since the age of four studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and gymnastics. She joined the UW-Milwaukee dance program in the fall of 2006 and graduated with her BFA in December 2009. She has worked with faculty members Dani Kuepper, Darci Brown Wutz, Luc Vanier, and Simone Ferro for the UWM Dance Department concerts as well as performing in the student choreographed concert NewDancemakers in 2008. She was a member of the performing group DPC2 at Danceworks for two seasons. In addition to performing she is a teacher at Academy of Dance Arts, Danceworks, and the Wisconsin Athletic Club. She teaches a wide variety of classes in studios, recreation departments, and outreach programs in the MPS district. Her classes include ballet, tap, jazz, creative dance, and Zumba. Recently, Katie has received her liscensure in Therapeutic Massage.
Karen Raymond began dancing at the age of 7 at a local studio. She continued taking classes until the end of high school while she also became the studio’s hip-hop teacher until the spring of 2007. During the summer of 2007, Karen danced for the WI Pro Dance Team, The Diamond Dancers. Karen auditioned and became a Dance Major in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in the Fall of 2006. While studying there, she performed in works by guest artist Daniel Gwirtzman and faculty members, including: Dani Kuepper, Janet Lilly, Darci Brown Wutz, Luc Vanier and Simone Ferro. She graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the same school in December of 2009. Karen taught modern and hip-hop at the Adonai Arts Center from 2008-2010 and danced as a member of DPC2 for two seasons at Danceworks. Currently, Karen is teaching at the Jackson and Germantown Recreation Departments as well as returning to UWM to receive her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction.