On behalf of the Dance Mania family, we want to welcome you. We are excited to bring the legendary Dance Mania to Nashville and are glad you choose to join us! Dance Mania Nashville, is a local dance studio, specializing in a variety of dance styles for ages 2 and up. Our dance studio offers princess ballerina, recreational dance, competitive dance, and leisure classes. No matter what your dance goals are, we provide the same great professional quality training. From beginner to advanced, Dance Mania Nashville  offers something for everyone.

Thank you for joining us, we look forward to getting to know you and your dancer(s). At Dance Mania we are passionate about dance, education, and our students. Come join us for a trial dance class, which is free and available to anyone. Sign up here

Welcome to Dance Mania - Where Passion Meets Precision

At Dance Mania, we're more than just a dance studio; we're a family united by our love for dance and our commitment to excellence. Established in 1999 in Melbourne, FL, as Dance Mania Allstars, our journey began with a dedication to fostering talent and building champions. Dance Mania All-Stars is a state-of-the-art dance program offering ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pom and hip hop dance styles. This dance program, has given students the opportunity to be part of a team with a proven track record of high standards, morals, and goals. They are proudly entering their 25th dance season!! 

In 2023, we expanded our legacy with the introduction of Dance Mania Nashville, broadening our reach and enriching the lives of dancers across regions. Dance Mania Nashville is owned and operated by Kirstin Hawk who has run a competitive dance program located in Nashville TN, since 2007. We are so thrilled to be the newest member of the Dance Mania family.

Dance Mania Nashville has competitive teams for dancers novice to advanced. We also have recreational classes for those who wish to take a weekly class without the commitment of a team. Should you be interested in a team dancers will participate in an evaluation process.At the end of the evaluation process the coaches will place dancers on competitive teams or in classes that best match their attitude and abilities. These placements will be going on through the summer for 2023. Our competitive teams train and compete throughout the season in regional and national competitions. Their age group and team type they are participating on determines their competition schedule, practice times, and team commitment level.

Dance Mania All Stars in Florida holds over 500 championship titles including WORLD CHAMPIONS! All curriculum, staffing and mission statements will be the same across both locations.

Our History


Our Goal


Our Staff

Dance Mania Nashville

Kirstin Hawk, owner of Dance Mania Nashville

Kirstin Hawk


Dana Parsons

Dana Parsons

Brand Manager

Kara Harper Dance Mania Nashville

Kara Harper

Director of Operations

Gracie Fontaine Dance Mania coach

Gracie Fontaine

Head Coach

Caeden Rodgers Dance Mania coach

Caeden Rodgers

Head Coach

Maddy Russel Dance Mania Coach

Maddy Russel

Head Coach

Sydney Cash Dance Mania Coach

Sydney Cash

Head Coach

Kyle Blevens dance mania coach

Kyle Blevens

Head Coach

Ballet Director

Shelby Beevers


Necole Elizer Preschool Dance Mania Coach

Nécole Elizer

Preschool Curriculum/Homeschool Academy Director

Tumbling Coach and Preschool Tumbling Director

Tumbling Coach

Sarah Thomas

Conditioning Instructor 

Lilly Charron


Andrea Chapman

Guest Instructor

Kaitlyn Conley

Director of College recruitment program

Kaylea Winton

Courtney Siefkes

Novice Team Director

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Benefits of Dance

Dancing isn’t just about the steps and music. It’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Dancing enhances your life in so many ways!

FUN - Dancing is a great way to add excitement to your life. Although learning to dance takes concentration and dedication, you will be constantly surrounded by artistic, cheerful people who make learning a pleasurable and worthwhile experience. So join us and have some fun here at Dance Mania Nashville!

HEALTH - When you dance, your cardiovascular system improves, your muscle tone increases and you burn calories. This low-impact aerobic activity also increases flexibility, strength, and balance. Olympic athletes often dance as part of their training to sharpen their control, agility, and speed. Dancing is great exercise, and Dance Mania Nashville offers a pleasant, fun atmosphere in which to learn the art of dance.

CONFIDENCE - Dancers maintain a quality of self-confidence and the ability to enjoy themselves more in social situations. When you learn how to dance, your entire mental viewpoint will take on a fresh sense of creativity, motivation, and energy. This new self-confidence in your dancing abilities will shift to other aspects of your life as well.

SELF-EXPRESSION - Dance provides an emotional outlet so that you can express your feelings through your body movements with passion and aptitude. Dancing will bring out, improve upon, and strengthen your ability to permanently use these powerful qualities even when you are not dancing.

SOCIAL - Dance lessons are an easy, low-pressure way to meet people. Dance Mania Nashville provides nightly dance practices, team bonding gatherings, and regional, national and international competitions, as well as fun trips to many different locations across the country. Our studio is the perfect way to make your best friends!

RELAXATION - In today’s fast-paced world, we sometimes forget to take a moment for ourselves. Dancing provides an enjoyable outlet from your normal routine, plus a chance to relieve stress and concentrate on yourself.

MOTOR SKILLS - Whether or not sports are of interest, developing both gross and fine motor skills is crucial for children of all ages. Due to the various styles used during each practice, dance can improve motor skills and muscle memory starting from a very young age as they train even the most basic dance skills.   


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What our dance family is saying


Competitive dance is truly a home away from home and a second family for our children. In addition to the top notch dance training that my daughter receives from Dance Mania, she has also gained enormous confidence, independence and a sense of true camaraderie among her dance peers. Dance Mania Nashville is the complete package.

Brooke Faught


My daughter Ella has danced with Kirstin Hawk for 9 years now. She has made the best memories of her life at dance! This studio has loved and supported her every step of the way! We love the family aspect of our studio and look forward to this next chapter as a part of Dance Mania Nashville! Dance Mania has already embraced us with so much knowledge, encouragement and support! The future is looking so bright!

Tina Babel


5 years ago we moved to Nashville and from the moment our daughter met Kirstin she knew she found her coach. Kirstin welcomed our daughter with open arms, pushed her to her fullest potential and created a dance family for these girls that feels like a second home. Kirstin’s love and commitment to these girls goes far beyond the stage. She has taught our daughter the meaning of dedication, perseverance, commitment and friendship. We are grateful for Kirstin’s mentorship with our daughter both on and off the competition stage!

Rachael Farkus

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Sydney Cash

Sydney has spent the past 4 years dancing on the San Diego State Dance Team. SDSU placed 1st in the UDA D1A Hip Hop division her freshman year and most recently placed 2nd with the highest scoring routine in their teams history. Sydney is graduating this May with an accounting degree and is continuing her education at Belmont’s Massey Graduate School of Business. Sydney grew up dancing in Nashville and is super excited to move back and join Dance Mania Nashville!

Relocating to Nashville to join the Dance Mania family!

Sydney Studio Roles

Head Coach
Private Lesson Instructor
Technique Class Instructor
Master Class Instructor

Caeden Rogers

Caeden grew up in Ashburn, Virginia and danced competitively at PowerWorx Dance for 12 years. She then went on to become a member of the University of Tennessee Dance Team and won 2 National Championships while being on the team! Caeden is going to graduate at the end of May with a degree in Supply Chain Management and a collateral in Marketing.

Nashville native and moving back home to join the Dance Mania family!

Caeden's Studio Roles

Head Coach
Assistant Coach
Private Lesson Instructor
Technique Class Instructor
Master Class Instructor

Nécole Elizer

Nécole is originally from Hendersonville, TN. She began cheering at 7 and was a two time TYFA All Star Cheerleader. She later trained at Center Stage Dance Academy and was a member of the nationally ranked Station Camp High School dance team. In high school and college she performed in numerous musicals cementing her love for the fine arts. Nécole went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Theatre Education, Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction, and PhD in Exceptional Learning from Tennessee Tech University.

As a professional educator, Nécole taught students of all abilities in early childhood settings for five years. She also taught at Stephen F. Austin University and Tennessee Tech University where she trained pre-service educators on curriculum development and implementation. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Evaluation for Metro Nashville Public Schools where she evaluates schools, district initiatives, and educational programs. Her proudest role however, is being a dance mom to her own Dance Mania Nashville dancer!

Nécole will serve as our Preschool Curriculum Director managing parent communication, curriculum implementation, and best practice for classroom management in our preschool recreation program. She will also help coach our tiniest competition teams.

Nécole's Studio Roles

Preschool Curriculum Director
Tiny/Peewee Coach

Kirstin Hawk

A lifelong dancer, Kirstin began her dance teaching career 24 years ago. She has combined her love of dance with her degree in early childhood education. While a veteran of teaching and judging studio dance, she recognized the need for dance in schools many years ago . She founded many of the middle and high school dance teams in the greater Nashville area resulting in many state and a national championship. Kirstin co-founded the Music City All Stars in 2006. Her award winningchoreography has resulted in numerous national championships and finalists in the USASF Dance Worlds. Kirstin has served as a member of the USASF Worlds Advisory Board, Varsity Dance Cast board, and very involved in the dance team industry.
Her biggest accomplishment in her life is being a mother of her 9 year old Emerson. She has a passion for education and helping each child find their full potential. Bringing dance mania Nashville to life is an incredible honor. She can’t wait to lead the many parents and children who choose to join our dance family.


Dana Parsons

Dana has been dancing/training for over 30 years and has extensive training in jazz, pom, hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical/contemporary. She was an original member of the very first Dance Mania team in 1999 and is an alumni State and National Champion. She has been coaching and choreographing at Dance Mania for over 18 years and has led numerous teams through successful and triumphant championships. In addition, she choreographs for nationally ranked school, all-star dance, and college dance teams all over the country. She has competed with the nationally renowned Top-Gun Open dance team in Miami, has been a part of the professional COA cheer and dance staff teaching camps and judging competitions, and was a back-up dancer for recording artist Jennifer Glass. In 2009, she was awarded the “Coach Leadership” award at a national competition. In 2010, she was awarded the “Dance Coach of the Year” award at the USASF dance world’s competition, where she was chosen amongst coaches from all over the world. She was named the 2022 International Coach of the Year by the International Cheer Union. She was also chosen to be a member of the USASF dance advisory board, and the rules & regulations committee. She currently is the owner, creative director, and choreographer at Dance Mania All-stars, a choreographer for teams throughout the country, and a dance judge for national competitions.


Claudia Monja Guedes

I have been exposed to and performed for world renowned choreographers such as Fernando Alonso, Ramona de Saá Bello, Ana Julia Bermudez, José Zamorano and a methodology conference with Alicia Alonso. These experiences taught me the strength and weakness of Cuban methodology. I was brought to Africa to lead the way into the expression of the classic, neo-classic and Cuban technique while at the same time expanding on my own skills, experience and technique with the Vaganova Ballet School. The synergy of my training has given me a unique visual style which has appealed to audiences and critics the world over and has awarded me as a principal dancer.

I have successfully executed the principal roles in the following performances: Giselle (2012, 2019), Don Quijote (2015), La Traviata (2016), Big City Big dream (2017), Carmen, Nutcracker and a contemporary performance Fire and Ice by world renowned choreographer Redha Benteifour (2018/2019). During my time at Nashville Ballet, I have appeared on the cover of Point magazine (Feb 2022) and performed the principal roles in: Lucy Negro(2022 – broadcast on PBS; national tour to Kansas City and Denver), Firebird (2022), the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum in Nutcracker (2022/23), Anthology (2023), Cinderella (fairy Godmother and stepmother – 2022), Autumn in Four Seasons (2023) all choreographed by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Two Neoclassical pieces by Donald Byrd: 1. The Reframing Narrative at the Kennedy Centre From Others Suns world premiere, 2. In The Time I Leave It (2023). Snow Blind (Zena – 2023) by Cathy Marston. 4T Balanchine (Four Temperament 2023 – Choleric). Tutto Tranne Il Lavelloe Della Cucina by Val Caniparoli (2022). A Neoclassical piece by Justin Peck: The Lord couple in The Year of the Rabbit (2023 – national tour: Charleston), Included in my repertoire of soloist achievements are: Cinderella – Fairy Godmother and Stepmother, Snow White – Queen, Giselle – Queen of Willis, Sleeping Beauty – Lilac Fairy and Pas de trois, Le Bayadère – Gamzatti and Shadow pas de trois, Nutcracker – Fairy, Dying Swan, Coppelia – Friend and Dawn, Contemporary piece from the repertoire of Joburg Ballet. Further I had several performances in Corps de Ballet. Together with pas de duex: Flame of Paris, Spring Water, Grand pas Classique, Black Swan, Don Quijote, Walpurgisnacht, Firebird, Rose Adage and Esmeralda variation.

As part of social and cultural development and exposure workshops in townships and poorer
communities, I was a brand ambassador for the arts performing for the youth. I further helped raise funds for cancer through a charity drive in Knysna and Hermanus in South Africa.
I frequently travelled to countries such as China, Ecuador, Colombia, Ethiopia, Zambia and Italy to showcase each company’s collaborative mastery of techniques.

 I Identify and develop each students strengths and abilities.
 Awakening the beauty of movement and flow in the style of the dance.

 Evoking the passion for dance and expression of movement.

 Grounding each student’s technique in the classic, neo-classic methodology.

10.2021 – present Principal dancer - Nashville Ballet
09.2022 – present Ballet instructor - Nashville Ballet
09.2018 – present Ballet instructor and Physical Trainer – Claudia Monja School of Ballet
01.2012 – 09.2021 Principal dancer - Joburg Ballet
10.2005 – 11.2011 Soloist – Ballet of Camagüey Cuba
06.2005 – 09.2009 Aspirant – National Ballet of Cuba


Kaeli Dorsey

Kaeli is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She began tumbling at the age of 5 when she started gymnastics at Intrigue Athletics. She continued her training at DC Dance Factory where she danced for 7 years on the competition team. After her dance career, she pursued tumbling and began cheerleading at her high school where she won 4 state championships, and 2 national championships. In Kaeli’s senior year of high school she was one of 15 girls selected for the Tennessee All State Cheer Team. After graduating from high school in 2018, Kaeli continued to cheer in college and was on the University of Alabama cheerleading team. By having her mother, Susan Dorsey, as her coach and being able to watch her throughout the years, she developed a passion and love to teach tumbling.


Lance Bowie

Lance Bowie was a college gymnast at the University of Washington. He was born and raised in Anchorage,AK and was the first Alaskan male gymnast to qualify for the USA JO National Championships. He is now one of the cheer coaches for the Vanderbilt Cheer Team. He is known for his positive encouragement and is truly the biggest cheerleader to of all his students.


Ashley Green

Ashley has lived bi-coastally between Nashville and Los Angeles, and has immersed herself in the entertainment industry learning, guiding and supporting her daughters as they began and grew in their acting careers. During that time, she found her passion for guiding others on their journeys in this ever-evolving industry.
Ashley has a degree in elementary education from The University of Kentucky. She is a former collegiate and NFL cheerleader and has worked commercially in the local market.
She now resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and adorable dog, Knox!
She is looking forward to helping educate dancers on opportunities to become involved in the entertainment industry.


Kyle Blevens

Kyle was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. He began dancing at 2 years old and danced competitively through high school. He then was a cheerleader at the University of Tennessee where he graduated with a Supply Chain Management degree. Kyle is very excited to help spread his positive attitude and energy to all the students he teaches.


Gracie Fontaine

Gracie spent 15 seasons at Dance Mania Allstars where she was a 2019 World Champion. She then spent 4 Years dancing at the University of Tennessee where she went on to win 2 National Championships! She also travels all over the country to teach classes and choreograph routines. Gracie is graduating this spring with a sports broadcasting degree!


Maddy Russel

Madison Russell is from Long Beach, California and has spent her last 4 years earning her public relations degree and dancing with the national championship winning dance team at the University of Tennessee. During those four years, Madison and her team won a Division 1 Pom National Championship and Division 1 Game Day national championship. What she loved most about her career was cheering on the Vols in Neyland Stadium. Before her time at TN, Madison was on her high school pom team which collected 4 national championship titles at UDA. Madison now resides in Nashville and is so excited to to share her expertise and passion for dance with youth dancers and she can’t wait to meet you all!