Office Phone: 319-465-4111
Please use the Monticello Address to mail anything to Almost Famous Dance. Thank you!
Monticello Almost Famous Studio & Headquarters:
231 S. Cedar Street Suite A.
Monticello, Ia 52310
Farley Almost Famous Studio:
908 1st St NW
Farley, Ia 52046
Melissa Ehrisman - Owner/Farley Director
Melissa Ehrisman (Owner) Director/Instructor
Melissa has been involved in Dance since the age of ten. While on the National Championship Dance Team at Cascade High School she and teammates obtained numerous State and National Titles as well as earning numerous individual achievements which include; Most Valuable Dancer of 2004 and 4th Place as a State Soloist in 2004. Melissa has been teaching Dance and choreographing routines since the age of sixteen and has ever since found a great passion and love in doing so, and has been awarded multiple choreography awards for many studios and dance teams. Melissa has been the Coach/Choreographer for the award winning Western Dubuque Bobcat Dance Team since 2006, and at that time also began teaching children in the Epworth/Peosta/Farley Communities through the Just For Kix and WD Kix Programs. She has also held the position as Operations Manager, Dance Director, and Gymnastics Instructor for Twisters Gymnastics and Dance Program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 2007 - 2009. Currently Melissa has multiple Dancers continuing their Dance Education as members of the University of Northern Iowa Dance Team, and Arizona State University Dance Program. Melissa loves working with children and her main goal is to create a passion for creativity and dance in the heart of every child she interacts with. She currently lives in Monticello with her husband Brandon and son Cooper.
Shanna Forbes- Rec Instructor
Shanna has been involved in dance since the age of three. She is a current graduate of the award winning Anamosa High School Dance Team. This will be her thrid year teaching with Almost Famous Dance Studio. Shanna will be a freshman at Clarke University this fall and will be continuing her success in Dance as a Clarke University Dance Team member. Shanna is excited for the upcoming Dance Season at Almost Famous Studio.
Andrea Davis - Gymnastics Instructor
Andrea Davis will be a freshman at the University of Dubuque this fall She has had 14 years of dance experience. Gymnastics has been apart ofher life for the past 12 years. She was a member of Monticello ClubDance, Monticello High School Competition Cheer, Almost FamousCompetition Dance, and an instructor for Almost Famous Dance andTumble. Andrea is a member of the University of Dubuque Cheer andStunt Team. This will be Andrea's third year teaching with Almost Famous and is excited to start her 1st year as director of the Almost
Famous All Star Cheer program in Farley. Andrea is AACA certified and
can't wait to start the new season.
Drew Ritchie - Cheer Instructor
Drew Ritchie has many years of experience in Competing and Coaching Cheer Programs which include the following; Current Head Cheer Coach at the University of Dubuque Cheer and Stunt Team, Current National Cheerleader Association (NCA) Staff/Instructor, Former Head Cheer Coach at Middleton High School (Wisconsin) 2012-2011, Former Assistant Coach of Cheer Xcel All Stars (Las Vegas, NV) 2008 – 2009, Former CWCC Camp Counselor/Coach 2003-2007, Former Member and Volunteer Coach with the University of Wisconsin Cheer and Stunt Team 2004 – 2007. While on the University of Wisconsin Cheer and Stunt Team Drew helped earn his team four National Championship Titles and acted as team captain his senior year. Drew is AACCA Safety Certified, NCSSE Masters Level Coaching Certified, NFHS Concussion Class Completed, and CPR, First Aid, AED Certified. Drew currently lives in Dubuque and acts the Head Coach of the first ever Almost Famous All Star Cheer Competition Team, and the University of Dubuque Head Cheer and Stunt Team Coach.
Amanda Hackney -Owner/Monticello Director
Amanda Hackney (Owner) Director/Instructor
Amanda has been involved in dance and cheer since she was ten. She was a proud member of the Cascade All Star Junior Dance Team, the Nationally ranked Cascade High School Dance Team, and a Cascade High School Cheerleader. During Amanda's high school years she helped coach the Cascade All-Stars Dance Team, Captain of the Cascade High School Dance Team, and won numerous awards. Amanda attended Capri College in 2005. During her schooling she was a dance instructor for the Cedar Rapids Just for Kix Dance Studio. While continuing her passion for dance she decided to open up a Just for Kix for Monticello. Amanda Directed the Monticello Just for Kix Program for four years. Amanda coaches the award winning Anamosa Dance Team, and Monticello Club Dance. This is going on Amanda's 7th year coaching and teaching dance. Amanda currently lives in Monticello with her husband Drew, and son Hayden. She stays busy with dance, cheer, and choreographing for several high school and college teams. Amanda is certified in dance safety and loves to share her passion for dance with others. Amanda has had several students go on to the next level of dance and cheer at the following schools: Iowa State Dance, Loyola University Chicago Dance, St. Ambrose Cheer, University of Northern Iowa Cheer, Kirkwood College Dance, Clarke University Dance, and Wartburg College Dance.
Jen Grassi - Rec Instructor
Jen has been dancing for the 18 years. She has taken 14 years of studio training with mulitiple studios Iowa DanceForce, In Motion Dance Studio, and National Dance Acdaemy. Jen was on the award winning Anamosa High School Dance Team. Jen continued on with her passion for dance by getting her coaching endorsement during college. She coachedthe Cedar Falls High School Dance Team, and she directed the CedarFalls Just for Kix Dance Program for three years. Jen will be on hersecond year working with Almost Famous Competition Team.
Emily Turnis - Rec Instructor
Emily has been involved in dance since the age of three. As a proud member of the nationally ranked Xavier dance team she obtained numerous 1st place awards at State in both Pom and Jazz categories, as well as Division 1 rankings with her self choreographed solos. Emily attend the University of Northern Iowa in 2007 and was a member of their nationally ranked dance team as well as their club dance group, Orchesis. During her collegiate dancing career Emily brought home several awards and honors. Emily has had the privilege to judge numerous competitions and auditions and has been fortunate enough to choreograph state champion routines for a variety of high schools and soloists across Iowa. Dance has been her passion for over 20 years and she has been involved in nearly every facet of dancing and is very excited to begin her first year as an instructor and is honored to call Almost Famous home. Emily currently resides in Cedar Rapids.
Laura Zumbach - Cheer Instructor
Laura has been involved in cheerleading and gymnastics throughout her life. She was involved in gymnastics till about the age of 10. She was involved in cheerleading through clinics being offered and started cheering her freshman year of high school. She was a member of Monticello High School cheer and cheered all sports-basketball, football, and wrestling. She also did the competition cheer team winning state champions for the first time ever. In high school Laura had a passion for cheer and has been coaching cheerleading at Monticello High School since 2009. She loves working with kids and teaching them all the techniques dealt with cheerleading. Laura is currently attending college for Elementary Education. She currently lives in Monticello with her husband Cody. Laura is AACCA Spirit Safety Certified, and is currently getting certified for tumbling.