Instructors

 

At Grace, we are proud of our diverse and highly-qualified instructors who teach with passion and kindness! Take a look below and get to know us a bit:

 
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Jenny Riley-Doyle, Owner - until 30 June 2018

Specializations
Ballet Master | Choreographer | Artistic Director | Yoga & Pilates | Berlitz German Language Trainer

Jenny danced for many years in her hometown Theatre of Nordhausen until 1995. She performed in "Der Wasserkristall", "Coppelia", "Sheherazade", "Esmeralda" in Nordhausen, Eisenach, Göttingen, Northeim and Erfurt to name a few. In 1999, she received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and worked as a personnel manager in Kaiserslautern. In California in 2001, Jenny received certification as a Ballet Master with Dance Masters of America, Inc and as a Fitness Trainer with "AFAA" as well as with "Deutscher Sportbund" in 2005 in Germany. While in California, she also trained at the Berlitz Language Center as a German Teacher. She is also a certified Pilates Teacher since 2003 through "Powder Blue Productions" and "Pfälzer Turnerbund." Jenny is a certified Yoga teacher since 2005 with "NAFTA", "AFAA", Vinyasa Power Yoga Akademie Deutschland. In addition, Jenny holds certifications in "Youth Fitness", "Nutrition", "Prenatal Exercises", "Bosu", "CardioKickboxing" and "Aqua Fitness" from "AFAA." Jenny has taught at "The Dance Network" in Fairfield, California, at Gold's Gym, 24 hour Fitness, Travis Youth Center, Southside Fitness Center on Ramstein Air Base, Adult Continuing Education on Ramstein Air Base, Tanzsportverein Ramstein and many more. She started the Ramstein Dance Company in March 2009 and opened up Grace Studio in Kaiserslautern on 27 August 2010. Jenny loves children, different cultures,languages and philosophies and yoga

"We rise by lifting others" Robert Ingersoll 

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Olga Anikeyenko, Owner - starting 1 July 2018

Olga Anikeyenko is a professional Ukrainian ballet dancer with 22 years of experience on theatre stages. She acquired her study in Kiev in the state Ballet Academy. She studied there for 8 years and was trained in the Vaganova Method of dancing. Her teacher was Ms. G. N. Kirillova, who was the successor and student of Vaganova, A. Kalchenko and T. Tajakina. She finished her studies with high honors.  In the period of 1990 till 1996, she was hired as a dancer in the Kiev National Theater of Ballet and Opera, where she danced many solo roles. She worked there with famous choreographers like V.Kovtun, V. Litvinov, A.Ratmansky. She also performed in Prag in the National Theater and in the Kairo Opera. From 1997 until 2012, she worked as First Solo Dancer in Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. During her career, she danced all of the classical repertoire and many contemporary pieces as well.   She has been teaching ballet since 2004  and has been a certified Polestar Pilates Trainer since 2008 (Polestar Pilates Education Miami). Olga is also a member of the German Association of Pilates. 

Since 2013, she is  the managing director of the Pilates Studio and Ballet School Kaiserslautern.

 
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Laure Courau

Specializations
Ballet | Pointe | Modern Contemporary | Pilates

Laure Courau was born in Arcachon, Southern France. She studied classical and contemporary dance at the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux and was taught in the French method. After, she won the third prize at the International Dance Contest of Biarritz. In 1996, she  came to Germany and studied at the University of Music and Dance of Cologne  where she learned the Russian ballet method as well. She graduated with the Bachelor of Arts certification. Since 1999, she gained dance experience in various theaters like Tanzforum Köln (opera of cologne), South Thuringian State Theater Meiningen, Landestheater Eisenach, Theater Hagen and the Baden State Theater Karlsruhe. Since 2007, Laure Courau has been a part of the Ballet Ensemble at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. She performed under 3 differents ballet directors, often as a soloist. In 2015 and 2016, she also choreographed two pieces for the dancers of the Pfalztheater Ballet Company:  „Le Villi“ which is an Opera -Ballet  composed by Giacomo Puccini and „The Hours“ composed by Philip Glass. Since 2006, she has been teaching in different schools and has been invited to workshops in Germany and France. Since 2013, she has also been giving classes at the Pilates Studio and Ballet School Kaiserslautern with Olga Anikeyenko.

Katelyn Skelley

Specializations
Ballet | Pointe | Pas de Deux| Modern

Katelyn is a professional ballerina currently dancing as a guest artist with the Pfalztheater. She has trained with the Minnesota Dance Theatre and majored in Dance at the New York University - BFA. She did additional training with the School of American Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Training Program. She performed with many dance companies like TU, Minnesota Dance Theatre and currently Pfalztheater. She also choreographed for professional companies and lead master classes at the Boston Conservatory and Alonzo King Lines Training Program among many other things.

Missy Mueller

Specializations
Ballet | Modern | Rhythmic Gymnastics | Jazz | Tap | Hip Hop

Missy is a former Rhythmic Gymnastics National Group Team member who spent 13 years competing nationally for the sport. She has 10+ years experience of coaching all levels from recreational to National Team. This includes leading an intermediate group team to become
Junior Olympic Champions within two years. She is USAG certified and has judged regionally in the States. She has two BA Degrees from the University of South Florida in Dance and Theatre Design. Before Missy left the States, she performed with a local Cirque company, incorporating Rhythmic Gymnastics into acro, aerial and other circus acts. Missy is also available to teach private lessons at Grace!

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Raeanne Graupmann

Specializations
Tap | Ballet | Lyrical | Jazz | Modern

Raeanne began dancing at the age of three at her local hometown studio in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She predominately studied classical ballet while also studying jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre. Throughout her years of dance Raeanne has been fortunate to work with James Sewell of James Sewell Ballet, Daniel and Julie Blake of Ballet Blake, Regina Milam of Dance Etc., and many other prestigious artists from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In her 9 years of teaching she has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, creative movement, tots, dance fundamentals, musical theatre, modern, jazz funk, lyrical and contemporary. She has also had choreography featured in musicals, vaudevilles, flash mobs, liturgical Christmas performances, award winning solos and duets, and more than 75 performances. Through her teaching, Raeanne hopes to convey a love of classical dance to a new generation, cultivating in them an undying passion for the art.