Cole Ripp is the Owner / Director of Dynamic Dance Company LLC
Elite Team Instructor
Cole Ripp, founder of Dynamic Dance Company, graduated from Waunakee in 2018 and is currently 22 years old. Cole spent his first year out of school working full time as an assistant teacher at an early child care center here in Waunakee.Throughout the last two years, Cole was working full time during the day as a lead teacher. Cole has also spent the past two years working as one of the Head Coaches for the Waunakee Middle School Dance Team, which was started up by Madi Smith and himself. They had a fabulous first year but were unable to have a season last year with the corona virus hitting. They are back up and running this year and Cole can not wait to watch the team and the Waunakee Dance Program continue to grow. Cole Ripp and Madi Smith spent the last year working as the new head coaches of the Waunakee High Schools Varsity Dance Team and are so excited for a more normalized season this coming year.
Cole has been dancing for 10 years and started his training at Spotlight Dance Academy at the age of 10. Right then, he instantly found that dance was his passion. During his training at SDA, he was on the competition team for four years and competed with lyrical, jazz, and hip hop routines. Cole loved traveling around the country for competitions and being able to have the opportunity to see all sorts of dance from different areas at such a young age. Starting his freshman year of high school Cole auditioned for the Waunakee High School Varsity Dance Team and made it! He loved it so much that he stuck with it all four years of high school. Cole believes he had a fulfilling dance team experience with making many accomplishments; such as being voted most valuable dancer for two years, being voted captain his junior and senior year, and making all state his senior year. Even though he had a fulfilling dance team experience, he just wasn't ready to be done. With his hard work and determination, he started up a Waunakee Middle School Dance Team through the Waunakee School District. Cole and Madi then moved on to be the Varsity Dance Team coaches and even with the crazy covid year, they were able to lead the team to becoming regional champions. Cole feels honored to have the opportunity to work with so many talented dancers as well as continue being a part of Waunakee's Dance Program.
As you can tell, dance was a huge part of Cole's life and after he graduated he knew he couldn't be done just yet. Cole has worked very hard to get to where he is right now with starting up the Waunakee Middle School Dance Team, as well as opening up his very own dance company at the age of 19. His goal as an instructor is to help prepare his dancers for what is next to come in the dance world after high school. He hopes every member enjoys their time here at Dynamic Dance Company, and grows to be the best dancer they can be. Cole is very excited to continue working with his company members and new recreational teams. He can not wait for another great dance season this year!
MEET OUR STAFF:
Instructor: Summer Session Adult and Alumni Classes
About Megan~ Megan Jensen is an All American Waunakee Alumni Athlete. She started her journey of dancing at 3 years old. She is now 22, living in Milwaukee, WI with her handsome cat Vamp. She is currently a daycare lead teacher and teacher aide at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Mequon. On the weekends she serves at The Wisconsin Country Club in Brown Deer. She is a woman of many talents and a positive, organic, raw energy to have in the studio. Megan dances at a variety of studios to continue her training, learning different styles, and strengthening her abilities. You will find numerous music, promotional, and international videos in her dance resume. Currently in Milwaukee, she dances and competes on an all girls dance crew, called Krush. She made the Waunakee Varsity Dance Team all 4 years of high school and won numerous awards, including co-captain. She also competed for Spotlight Dance Academy from their first year till 2017. Her favorite styles of dance are hip hop and a groove. Not only has Megan loved dancing but she also has a love for stunts and cheer. Her senior year of high school, she was captain of the Waunakee Varsity Cheer Team. This created the opportunity for her to dance at the New Year's Eve Parade in London. Megan is thrilled to be back for her second summer dancing and teaching at Dynamic Dance Company, with her close friend and studio owner, Cole Ripp. Not only will she help teach dance but also build a strong connection with each and every dancer. She can’t wait to see all the old and new faces that will be a part of this company!
Instructor: Guest Choreographer, Social Media
About Nicole~ Nicole Witt is from Waunakee where she started her journey of dancing at 3 years old. She is now 21, living in Mcfarland with her husband Zach, step son Hunter, and daughter Blakely. She is currently a preschool teacher at Kids Crossing Early Learning center in Madison. She is not only a great teacher but loves being around kids at all ages. Nicole has danced at a majority of studios to learn different styles of dance and get experience with different teachers. She has danced at Kehl, Spotlight Dance Academy, Midwest Performing Arts, and was on the Waunakee Varsity Dance Team. She has danced around the United States on a travel team competing at amazing companies such as Nuvo. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and hip hop. Not only has Nicole loved dancing but she also has a love for tricks and acrobatics. She was on the Waunakee Varsity Gymnastics Team her freshman year of high school as well as the Varsity Cheer Squad her senior year of high school. Nicole is thrilled to start dancing and teaching again at Dynamic Dance Company with her cousin Cole Ripp (the owner) who she grew up dancing with. Not only will she help teach dance but also build a strong connection with each and every dancer. She can’t wait to see all the old and new faces that will be a part of this company!
Instructor: Fall Session
About Chloe~ Chloe Smith is a Waunakee Alumni who graduated back in 2015. She is currently 24 years old and recently moved back to Waunakee from Milwaukee. Chloe moved back home after finishing nursing school at the beginning of October and is currently taking time off to study for her boards. Chloe began her dance career when she was 3 years old, where she danced and competed in a variety of styles of dance for both Kehl and Spotlight Dance Academy. Her favorite style’s of dance include Hip Hop and Jazz. Not only does Chloe love to dance but she also has a passion for tricks and acrobatics. She participated in gymnastics starting at the age of 3 until she was 15 years old and eventually spent some time teaching gymnastics at Badger Gymnastics her senior year of high school. Chloe was also a member of Waunakee Varsity Dance team all four years of high school where she was a captain both her junior and senior year. During her four years on the Varsity team, the team placed first at regionals in both 2012 and 2015, as well as holds the 2012 state championship title. After high school, Chloe went on to dance in college where she danced on UW Lacrosse’s collegiate dance team for three years and was one of four captains her final year. The team competed in Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, and attended a variety of competitions around the state as well as DX Nationals in Minneapolis, MN. Chloe is thrilled to start dancing again at Dynamic Dance Company with her close friend and studio owner, Cole Ripp, and is excited to share her knowledge, skills, and love for dance with each of the students of Dynamic Dance Company!