Meet The Team
Cole Ripp, the visionary behind Dynamic Dance Company, is a young and driven individual who graduated from Waunakee in 2018, currently at the age of twenty-two. After completing his high school journey, Cole embarked on a path of nurturing young minds as an assistant teacher at an early child care center in Waunakee. Over the past two years, he has taken on the role of a lead teacher, dedicating himself to fostering a nurturing learning environment for the little ones.
In addition to his work in child care, Cole has demonstrated his passion for dance by investing a decade of his life into the art form. At the age of ten, he commenced his training at Spotlight Dance Academy, where he discovered that dance resonated deeply with his soul. Embracing the opportunity to compete in lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop routines as part of the academy's competition team for four years, Cole thrived on the thrill of traveling around the country for dance competitions. This exposure to diverse dance styles from different regions broadened his horizons at a tender age.
During his high school years, Cole auditioned for and secured a spot on the Waunakee High School Varsity Dance Team, an experience that brought immense joy to his heart. Throughout his four years on the team, he achieved numerous milestones, being voted as the most valuable dancer for two consecutive years, serving as captain in his junior and senior years, and earning the prestigious all-state title in his senior year.
Despite a fulfilling high school dance team experience, Cole's passion for dance was far from satiated. Fuelled by determination and hard work, he and Madi Smith took a leap of faith and initiated the Waunakee Middle School Dance Team through the Waunakee School District. This courageous step eventually led them to take up the roles of Varsity Dance Team coaches. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Cole and Madi's relentless efforts resulted in the team achieving the title of regional champions.
Cole feels deeply honored to be surrounded by so many talented dancers and to be an integral part of Waunakee's Dance Program. As an instructor, his goal is to equip his dancers with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the dance world beyond high school. He aims to create an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere at Dynamic Dance Company, encouraging every member to flourish and reach their full potential as dancers.
As he looks ahead, Cole is eager to continue working with his dedicated company members and welcomes new recreational teams to join the journey. With boundless excitement, he eagerly awaits the start of another fantastic dance season, where he can continue to nurture the love for dance and witness the growth of each dancer at Dynamic Dance Company.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Alexis Frazer, a remarkable seventeen-year-old dancer and instructor, exudes a passion for dance that ignited at the tender age of two. Throughout her dance journey, Alexis has amassed an impressive collection of titles and scholarships, showcasing her exceptional talent and dedication. Among her proudest accomplishments is achieving her lifelong dream of making it to The Dance Awards, an extraordinary milestone that solidifies her place among the dance elite.
Her adoration for dance spans various styles, with contemporary, lyrical, and sassy jazz holding a special place in her heart. The way she effortlessly glides through movements, expressing emotions through dance, is nothing short of mesmerizing.
In addition to her exceptional dance prowess, Alexis is an academically driven individual who is currently an incoming senior at Madison Country Day School. Looking ahead, she aspires to pursue a career as a therapist or psychologist, with a focus on young children aged three to ten. Her innate ability to connect with children and her compassionate nature make her an ideal candidate for such a fulfilling profession. Alexis has extensive experience working with kids, and her nurturing and patient demeanor create a safe and comfortable environment for the little ones to thrive.
Within the walls of Dynamic Dance Company, Alexis wears multiple hats. As a student, she continually hones her skills, seeking growth and improvement in her craft. As an instructor, her talents shine as she imparts her knowledge and passion to the young dancers under her tutelage. Her ability to connect with her students, combined with her expertise in various dance styles, makes her an invaluable asset to the dance community.
Alexis's journey as a dancer and her dedication to her studies and future career aspirations exemplify the qualities of a well-rounded and driven individual. With her infectious enthusiasm and unwavering commitment, she serves as an inspiration to her peers and the aspiring dancers at Dynamic Dance Company. As she continues to excel in both her academic and dance pursuits, the future holds great promise for Alexis Frazer, a true star in the making.
Nikki Witt, the assistant director at Dynamic Dance Company, shares a profound connection with dance that stretches back to her childhood in Waunakee. Growing up alongside her cousin Cole, the founder of DDC, Nikki nurtured a dream of one day running a dance studio together. Dancing since the tender age of 3, Nikki's passion for the art form knows no bounds. But her love for movement extends beyond dance, as she boasts a background in gymnastics and cheer, having been part of all three varsity high school teams and earning a spot on the prestigious UCA All American Cheer team. Her dedication to the craft led her to compete on a travel team across different states, enriching her experience with various styles of dance.
Presently residing in McFarland with her husband and three beautiful children, Nikki leads a dual life as a 4K teacher at an early learning center in Madison. Although dance holds a special place in her heart, her ultimate goal is to create a safe, loving, and friendly environment at Dynamic Dance Company, where every dancer can experience fun and joy.
To Nikki, dance transcends the limitations of spoken language. In her classes, she aspires to empower her dancers, making them feel invincible and fearless. But above all, her utmost priority is instilling confidence in her students, helping them embrace their unique selves.
Nikki's dedication to fostering a positive and nurturing atmosphere for her dancers reflects her unwavering commitment to the art of movement. With her guiding spirit, aspiring dancers at Dynamic Dance Company are destined to flourish and discover the beauty of dance as a powerful form of expression and self-discovery.