Triple Threat Dance & Theatre Company

photo Kristen Quesada

(Owner/Artstic Director, Instructor & Choreographer)

Kristen’s love for the performing arts began at 3 years old when she entered her first dance class, and that love has turned into a life-long passion. Kristen trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical-theatre dance all throughout her youth, and continues to take master classes around the country. She has been a dance teacher & choreographer for the past 20+ years. Kristen holds a masters degree in Secondary Education, and currently teaches Drama and English at Salem High School in Canton. Kristen performed in many plays and musicals throughout her life, and served as Director of Park Players at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park for 8 years, still serving as choreographer for the musicals. Triple Threat Dance & Theatre Company provides an exciting opportunity to combine her experience in the dance and theatre worlds, while enthusiastically training students to maximize their performance potential. In addition, Kristen traveled the country as a Narrator and Product Specialist for companies including Ford, Buick, and Cadillac on the International Auto Show Circuit. She has judged for National Dance Competitions, taught numerous master dance classes in tap and jazz at festivals and conventions. She also lived in NYC for a short time where she studied at Broadway Dance Center. Kristen has directed and choreographed numerous plays and musicals; a few of her favorites being 42nd Street, Jekyll & Hyde, Pride & Prejudice, and Sweet Charity. Kristen’s former students of dance and theatre have gone on to work as professional performers on Cruise lines, at amusement parks, for the Radio-City Music Hall Rockettes, in local and national television commercials, Las-Vegas shows, and in professional theatre. Kristen is certified to teach dance by Dance Masters of Michigan and Dance Masters of America.


photo Nicole Hopkins

(Competitive Company Co-Director, Instructor & Choreographer)

Nicole Hopkins began dancing at four years old and received most of her early training at Encore Dance Academy in Westland, MI. At Encore, Nicole studied Ballet (Cecchetti Method), Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical. She was also a member of Encore’s regional and national award-winning competition company. As a young student, Nicole performed in the Nutcracker with the Plymouth-Canton Ballet Company. During this time, she also studied with artists Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano (Jazz Dance Chicago), Karen Hebert, Suzan Quinn, and Mia Michaels. Nicole furthered her education by attending Eastern Michigan University, where she studied Dance and Social Studies. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree and Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate (Secondary Education). During College, Nicole performed in Detroit's America's Thanksgiving Day Parade and worked as a Print Model for Leo's Dancewear and Mattel Toys. Nicole began teaching dance in High School and has continued to do so for the past 12 years. She is a certified ZUMBA instructor, a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Masters of Michigan, and is a past director of the Teen Miss Dance of Michigan Scholarship Competition. Many of her students have received regional and national overall awards, have gone on to study dance nationally and internationally, and currently work at the professional level. Most recently, Nicole completed a Masters Degree at Marygrove College in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She also continues her education by teaching classes and attending workshops throughout the year, and by working as an adjudicator for the national dance competition circuit. Currently, Nicole is the Co-Director of the Arts Academy in the Woods Dance Department where she teaches ballet, modern, and choreography full-time to high school students from the Metro-Detroit area.


photo Samantha Molinaro

Samantha Sarnecky’s love for dance began at the age of 4 with her first class at Encore Dance Academy. Her passion grew when she joined Encore’s competitive team at age 7. For over 10 years Samantha was a dedicated member of many top score and overall award winning routines at various regional and national dance competitions across the country. Samantha also performed various roles in the Plymouth-Canton Ballet Company and Livonia Civic Ballet Company versions of the Nutcracker. She has valued the opportunities of having taken master classes with many well known choreographers including Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Nick Bass, Dee Caspary, Dennis Caspary and Rhonda Miller as fundamental components of her dance education. As a 2007 Ladywood High School graduate, she was named Wayne County Junior Miss 2007 and was recognized as the 2007 Physical Fitness and Poise Winner at Michigan’s Junior Miss. After graduation, Samantha attended the University of Detroit Mercy where she was a member of the dance team, “Titans In Motion”. With the desire to promote the importance of education and following one’s passion, Samantha served as a choreographer for the Wayne-Westland Junior Miss and Michigan’s Junior Miss programs, and also was the co-founder/director/choreographer of Plymouth Canton Junior Miss program. Samantha is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Science for Nursing. Wanting to have the opportunity to influence dancers of all ages, Samantha has also turned to teaching dance and has been a part of the Encore Dance Academy staff for the past 3 years. She enjoys teaching all styles of dance and all ages. Samantha feels a special affinity for jazz, tap and hip hop. As part of the Triple Threat family, Samantha looks forward to being able to influence students of all ages to always follow their passions.

photo Ashley Mears

Ashley found her love for dance at a young age, but didn’t begin her training until the age of 11. She found that dance came natural for her and quickly progressed. Her passion grew when she became a competitive dancer at the age of 13. Ashley went on to win numerous awards and overall high scores in her competitive career. In high school, she was a member of the prestigious Salem Varsity Rockettes, a pom and dance team. Post-graduation, Ashley went on to choreograph productions for community theatre groups at Cherry Hill Village Theatre as well as for the Park Players at Salem High School. Ashley has been in many theatrical productions including Guys and Dolls, 42ndStreet, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and High School Musical. Professionally, Ashley was a member of the Detroit Ignition Dance Team, “The Spark”. Ashley was also a dancer for Eastern Michigan University’s competitive dance team. Throughout Ashley’s dance preparation, she has taken classes from many elite instructors and choreographers including Dennis Caspary, Mia Michaels, and Frank Hatchett, just to name a few. Ashley is excited to share her creative knowledge with the students of Triple Threat and is looking forward to a great year!!

photo Victoria Riley

photo Kristin Budzisz

Kristin’s love of dance started when she stepped into her first Tap class at the age of 2.She was instantly hooked and expanded her training to all different styles including Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pom-Pon, Acro and Pointe. Growing up, she was privileged to be able to travel the country with Encore Dance Academy to compete at the regional and national level while taking as many convention classes along the way as possible. While completing an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Kristin became a member of the Eastern Michigan University Official Dance Team and was able to perform at all football, basketball, and soccer games. She was even able to travel to MAC championships games and perform at the University of Michigan stadium. She was a member of the University of Michigan Dance2XS Hip-Hop dance team and co-captain of the Eagles Competitive Dance team at Eastern. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, California where she studied at Millennium Dance Complex from top choreographers such as Steven “Twitch” Boss, David Moore, and Travis Wall (just to name a few). Kristin most recently received her Master of Science in Human Resource and Organizational Development degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is thankful to still be sharing her love of dance with the students of Triple Threat DTC and looks forward to the creative road ahead.

photo Kimmy Elliott

Kimberly began her theatre career at the Marquis Theatre in Downtown Northville. Since her start back in 2002, Kimberly has performed with many groups around the state of Michigan, including her high school group, the Park Players. She was awarded the Theatre Honor Key and graduated with Thespian Honors. Kimberly has taught drama at the Plymouth Arts Council and has co-directed children’s shows with Dynamic Stage Productions. Some of Kimberly’s stage credits include Bonnie & Clyde (Bonnie), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Proposals (Annie Robbins) Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet) You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy Van Pelt) The Pajama Game (Gladys Hotchkiss) Grease (Sandy Dumbrowski) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) and, How To Succeed… (Hedy LaRue). Being an actress, singer and dancer herself, Kimberly is looking forward to teaching and guiding Triple Threat students toward their true potential.

photo Abbey Smith

Abbey began her ballet training with Cornelia Sampson at the Rochester School of Dance and Michigan Ballet Theatre. In 2008, after attending two summer courses at The School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City, Abbey received the Audrey Rose Scholarship and was invited to study at SAB during it’s winter term program. While there, she performed in four annual SAB workshops with roles in George Balanchine’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Cortège Hongrois, Who Cares? and Bourrée Fantasque as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s Scenes de Ballet. Abbey found a passion for choreography during her experience with the New York Choreographic Institute and choreographed in the SAB Student Choreography Workshop. Directors Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo selected her to participate in a SAB’s growing student teacher program during her senior year. Abbey has attended summer intensives at Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Austin. After graduating from SAB in 2013, she received a position in Ballet Austin’s Fellowship Program in Austin, TX. Abbey is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is currently pursuing her B.F.A in Dance from Oakland University and hopes to share her love for ballet with many students.

photo Alex Perrilli

Alex Perelli is a professionally trained gymnast who has received countless regional and national awards during his childhood as a competitive gymnast. His talent and ability in gymnastics is both impressive and inspirational. Most of Alex’s training has been at MAG (Michigan Academy of Gymnastics), where he also teaches children and teens of all ages. His experience as a gymnast and coach will be an asset as he joins Triple Threat faculty this fall. In addition to gymnastics, Alex is a talented and skilled runner, as he broke the 100 Meter Dash record in high school. Growing up in Livonia, Alex was the city champ in Track in the 100 and 200 his senior year. We are proud to add Alex to our talented teaching staff, where he will share his knowledge and passion for gymnastics with our students.

photo Tyler Williams

Tyler was born in Las Vegas, and raised in Detroit. His love for dancing began in 6th grade, and he has been continuing to create and perfect his dance and choreography skills since then. He has 8 years of teaching dance under his belt, and is excited to be an important part of the Triple Threat family. Tyler has performed in numerous shows, halftime shows, and competitions at a variety of venues. He has also competed and won numerous dance battles and is huge into the hip-hop dance scene in the Detroit area. Currently, Tyler is a member of the dance crew, Motiv8. Tyler's talent and expertise include Freestyle, Krump, Hip-Hop, Breakin, Poppin, and Choreography. In his spare time, Tyler is a big gamer and loves cartoons!

photo Melanee Hirvela

  Heather Keeter Dolan

  Sawyer Jones

Coming soon!

photo Marisa Petrarca

Marisa’s dance career started at the age of three, and danced locally throughout high school, training in contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap, technique, and Cecchetti Ballet. All four years of high school, Marisa was on PCEP Varsity Dance Team where she helped with editing music and choreography. In 2015 she decided to move on from studio dancing to more performance based and professional companies. She joined Pure Existence X2, a pre professional contemporary company in Ann Arbor, where she studied in contemporary, modern, improvisation, and choreography. Marisa also joined a professional hip hop company, Next Level Dance Company, where she studies hip hop, jit, animation, jazz funk, and whacking & voguing. In 2017, she began working with local artists. Her first music video feature was in “Xxxtra” by LaBritney. After that, she started performing with Zayion McCall famous for his hit song “Juju on that Beat” and Alias Aiir another local artist. Her most recent music video feature was in Mob Diva’s “Is You Rollin”. She is currently on the Eastern Michigan University  Dance Team. Marisa’s latest special event was opening up for the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at Detroit Music Weekend. She plans to continue her dancing career and challenging herself along the way. Marisa is eager to share her passion for dance with her Triple Threat students! 

photo Megan Stuart

Megan’s love for dance started at a young age and her passion grew upon receiving her B.F.A. in dance from Marygrove College where she graduated with high honors. She is a founding member of ConteXture Dance Detroit, a Detroit based contemporary-modern company under the direction of Tracy Halloran Pearson. Throughout her career, Megan has had the honor to work with many incredible instructors and choreographers including Kevin Iega-Jeff, Kiki Lucas, Meredith Dincolo, Brian Hare, and Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson. She has performed in numerous festivals and showcases across the nation including the Dumbo Dance Festival in NYC, Brighton Dance Festival, the Art Lab J Dance Race, American College Dance Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, and Motor City Choreography Collective. While her love for dance is rooted in performing, it has expanded to an equal appreciation for teaching where she is inspired to share her passion with the next generation of dance artists. She has taught and choreographed for the Marygrove College Dance Company, Arts Academy in the Woods Dance Company, and several renowned studios in the metro Detroit area.

  Brian Blankenship
  Patricia Lanzon