DANCING WITH THE Y CAST
Hello, my name is Ashley Allen, I’m from Davison MI. I danced at the Flint School of Performing Arts for 16 years. During which studying many ballet techniques and modern dance. I've performed in many ballets and variations such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixtoe, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita, and many more. I’ve also studied with the Burklyn Ballet Theater, members of the Balanchine Trust Foundation, and toured Europe with “The Stars of Tomorrow” in 2015 and 2019. I’ve choreographed for many events such as Michigan Youth Arts, FSPAs Emerging Choreographer, FIAs Night of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and for Burklyn Ballet. Within this year I’ve also started my teaching career at Frankenmuth Dance Directions, teaching ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and modern dance. Outside of dance I figure skate, play music, and do photography. This is my first year with dancing with the Y I am really exited!
Mackenzie is a native of Northern Michigan and started dancing at the age of 3. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014 and while there, performed in Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. In addition, Mackenzie has performed Martha Graham’s Panorama at the Joyce Theater in New York City and while in Paris, took company class with the Paris Opera Ballet. She graduated from the University of Michigan where she earned a degree in Theater Arts. Mackenzie has studied various techniques such as Humphrey Limon, Congolese, improvisation and composition. For many years, she has taught regionally and volunteered time to mentor and choreograph for Winter Guards in Michigan and Indiana. She now shares love and knowledge of the arts as an instructor at The Landing Dance Academy. Mackenzie would like to give a special thanks to my parents and brother who have supported me throughout the years and Chandlar R. Gabara for helping me throughout this process.
Kait is so excited to participate in Dancing with the Y Stars for the first time. Kait has been in dance for 18 years. Studying ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical and pointe. Spending most of her life in and around performing arts. She has choreographed Alice in Wonderland Jr. the Musical for Footlighter Junior. Performing in many musicals such as Aida, Legally Blonde, The Music Man, The Addams Family and many more. She is currently working at a local high school in the special education department. Kait has thoroughly enjoyed her time spent in preparation for this event. She would like to thank everyone that has supported her through this process. Kait would like to give a special thank you to Alex for his continuous support in her crazy antics.
Alicia has lived in the Cadillac area for 17 years where she works as a physician at Family Practice of Cadillac. Dance has been an important part of her life since the age of three when she started taking Tap, Jazz, and Ballet lessons and continued for many years. She competed on a dance team called “The Thunderbirds” and then continued her dance training at Hope College. After moving to Cadillac, She taught ballet/hip hop for a few years but now has turned her time to helping with this event. Alicia has been married to her husband Jason, for 28 years and has three awesome kids, Zach, Anna, and Drew. She loves to choreograph and is proud to support the Y in such a fun event.
The Dancing with the Y Stars event is one of Bridget’s yearly highlights! This is her 7th year
as a choreographer. She teaches at The Landing Dance Academy and has choreographed the
last 4 Cadillac High School musicals. A graduate from CHS, she married high-school sweetheart,
David Coffey. With a BA from Western Michigan University and a minor in dance, she
spent 15 years in Metro Detroit and is happy to make Cadillac home again for the last 11
years. She is a mother to Tim, a Brevard College student, Megan, a CHS student, and a black
lab. She would like to give a special thanks to Corey and Traci for always being willing to try
new things, work hard, and share their humor during dance rehearsals!
Hannah Sengelaub has found herself calling Cadillac home for the last 7 years. Here she lives with her husband, Derek and their 9 year old son, Jude. The last 5 of those years she has been able to share her passion for dance with the students of The Landing Dance Academy. Tap dancing is Hannah's favorite, though she loves all types. She grew up in the Big Rapids area where she practically lived at her local dance studio, becoming educated in many styles. Dancing with the Y Stars is one of the things Hannah looks most forward to every year. This is her fourth year choreographing for this event. "Being able to be creative in a way that serves my community is such a beautiful experience. Every year I get to meet new inspiring people that just want to help our local youth! What's not to love?" This year she gets the pleasure of watching her husband join in on the fun, but as her competition.
Jenn Ott-Reagan is so excited to be back at Dancing with the Y Stars. She has done choreography for ballet and many musicals, so expect a little flare and sizzle in her couple’s dance steps. Jenn is enjoying the process with Miranda and Adam, but Adam “won’t stop singing,” said Jenn.
This fundraiser is close to her heart as she was the concept originator and original planner of Dancing with the Y Stars. “ I can’t believe it has lasted this long. I’m so happy that this crazy idea I had turned out to be a continuing, successful, fundraiser,” said Jenn. With that in mind, she and her dance couple must win!
Jenn is a mom of 2 teenagers, Rylie and Tommy, 3 large Labradors and a Cat.
Melissa danced and performed in her younger years, and has resurrected her love of performing
by acting, singing, dancing, choreographing and directing with the Cadillac Footliters,
Dancing with the Y Stars, and the United Way Murder Mystery. She is thrilled to be involved
with Dancing with the Y Stars again and happy to be active in organizations that help to
impact our community in a positive way.
Joe is a relatively recent transplant to Cadillac, arriving from Lansing, MI in 2016 to be Wolverine Power Cooperative’s General Counsel after time serving as the General Counsel to the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan House of Representatives. Acting since the age of ten, Joe pays the bills with the law, but loves the spotlight – he and his partner, Melissa Schultz, won the Judges’ Choice trophy at this illustrious event in 2017! Joe also serves the community as a city Planning Commission member, President of Cadillac’s Footliters, and as an active participant in downtown development issues.
Dan returns for his fourth (fifth if you count last year’s one minute video) year as one of your DWTY Stars hosts. Dan lives with his wife and three children on the shores of beautiful Lake Cadillac. When he isn’t at home doing his share (22%) of the household duties; he is spending his time as a golf and basketball at Cadillac High School or playing golf. Never one to take life too seriously, he hopes you can all sit back, relax and enjoy the show the way he would.