Director & Owner
MAMA TO FIVE
TEACHER TO MANY
Hey there! I'm so glad you're here.
I'm Melissa, and I love Dance. I love to be it, teach it, watch it, and create it.
When you come into one of our studios, you become part of the family.
You will be greeted with hugs and taught with encouragement
from a trained and caring professional.
My hope is that you leave our doors better than you came in.
Whether it's expressing a new dance step, or song, building your confidence or heightening your health,
we want you to radiate joy!
We want Dance to be the Highlight of Your Week!
The Dancing House Staff
-Gözde Vaught -
Gözde began her ballet education in Istanbul, Turkey at the age of four with Hulya Songur. She trained in the Royal Academy of Dance method. While studying, Gozde has performed the roles of Odette in Swan Lake, Swanhilda in Coppelia, as well as other roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, and La Fille mal Gardée.
In 2006, she started teaching at various schools in Istanbul, Turkey. After moving to Portland, Oregon she completed her RAD examinations through Advanced 1 with June Taylor. In 2014, Gozde earned the internationally recognized Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS).
She began teaching at Encore Performing Arts Center and founded the Encore Ballet Company in 2016. The company performed "The Sleeping Beauty", "The Night Before Christmas", and "The Nutcracker" under her direction.
Gozde is currently a Certified Teacher with The Royal Academy Of Dance and enjoys teaching this solid technique to her students since 2012. She enjoys spending time with her two sons and husband, exploring Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Health and fitness have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As the daughter of a collegiate athlete, phy ed teacher, and coach, leading an active lifestyle was all I ever knew. I grew up taking dance classes and participating in high school sports and have always loved all forms of exercise, movement and dance.
As an adult, my love of fitness evolved into dance cardio exercise, group fitness classes, strength training, and pilates. I have been teaching group fitness classes since 2008 and teach a variety of formats. I began Evolve Fitness- Hudson in October 2018 to show people that working out can and should be FUN. With a variety of group fitness classes offered, there is a workout for everyone to fall in love with.
I live in Hudson with my husband and two daughters.
-Ari Zontelli -
I’m Miss Ari and I live in lovely Hudson WI. I have been homeschooled my whole life by my wonderful parents.
I graduated high school in 2019, and I'm currently working towards my
Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. I have been dancing for 6 years with TDH and The Phipps Center for the Arts as well as dancing with The Phipps Dance Company. I practiced a variety of different styles including ballet, tap, musical theater, hip hop, contemporary, and my favorite jazz!
I am so very excited to be a part of The Dancing House family!
Bria is a certified group fitness instructor through NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) and a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). She loves barre because it meets you where you are at and is truly for all fitness levels. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a newbie, your legs WILL shake. #embracetheshake This is where you find both mental and physical strength. Your legs, core and arms will all be targeted in this class with intense, controlled movements.
Bria prides herself on teaching students form and technique and not just leading a class through exercises. Her positvity and focus on lifelong health and wellness shine both inside and outside of the studio. She looks forward to teaching and sharing her love for health and fitness with others while laughing and having fun. She lives in Hudson with her husband and three kiddos.
~ Annaleise Wright-
I am Miss Annaleise, I grew up on a farm in the small town of Luck, WI where I began my studio dancing at the age of three at Steps Studio, where I competed. I have practiced tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and lyrical. I also competed with my high school dance team. I have always taken every chance to dance. I am currently attending UW-River Falls to receive my bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications with an emphasis in agriculture, and a minor in Conservation. I am also on the UWRF Dance Team. I am so excited to be a part of the Dancing House family and teach what I love most!
~ Aubrey Loe-
Hi! I'm Miss Aubrey, and I have been dancing since I was eight years old. I currently am a member of the Varsity Raidaires dance team at Hudson High School. My favorite styles of dance are jazz and contemporary, but I also enjoy pom, kick, and hip hop! When I’m not dancing I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, and going shopping! I am so excited to be a part of the TDH staff!
I'm Miss Rachel, born and raised in Hudson, WI. I recently graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachleors degree in biological sciences.
I started dancing at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson when I was 4. I was fortunate enough to be on the Phipps Dance Company for five years, where I was able to perform in and around Hudson and the Twin Cities.
Dance has always been a passion of mine, and I am so excited to share my love of dance with others. I'm thrilled to be apart of TDH and be able to teach, learn, and grow with you all!
~ Rachel Werner-
Hi! I’m Miss Libby.
You also might know me as Ms Melissa’s daughter. I'm a sophomore at the Hudson High School and the second oldest of 5 kids. I'm the president of my class and am involved in many things in my school. I love to sing, dance, and act. I also love to teach students how to dance. My favorite style of dance is tap, or hip hop,but I've done it all. I danced at the Phipps for most of my life growing up. I did tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop! I also did some of the summer dance camps with my mom. Dance camps are definitely my favorite to teach! I am so excited to be able to teach and be part of this family at The Dancing House.
Hi! I am Miss Sophia and I am so excited to be teaching Hip Hop this year! I am a junior at Hudson High School nd I am on the Varsity Raidaires Dance Team. Hip Hop is by far my favorite to perform and teach.
I'm so excited to be on the teaching staff here and excited to teach all of my students something new all while having fun! Can't wait to get started and meet all of my students!
Hi there! I'm Miss Izzi. Dance has been a huge part of my life for many years. While attending UW-River Falls, I danced with the UWRF Dance Theatre for 5 years and choreographed for 6 years. I also danced with the Swing Dance Club for many years and met my fiance through there! At UWRF, I got my degree in Communications and Psychology. My favorite style of dance is modern and ballet, but I also love partnering.
When I'm not dancing, I'm usually out taking pictures or coaching gymnastics. I'm so excited to be a part of the Dancing House family!
Hello, My name is Tom Larson.
I'm very excited to be a part of The Dancing House! My goal is for you to be able to dance comfortably anytime and anywhere.
I've been teaching ballroom dance since 2000. I've been owner/instructor at Ballroom & Wedding Dance Studio - Minneapolis since 2003. I also performed part time with Continental Ballet for 5 years.
Teaching dance is meaningful to me because I get to make a positive change in someone's life. Whether I'm teaching a wedding couple, father/daughter, or special needs group, I help people enjoy their lives, and overcome their fears.
I believe the secret to a successful life has 2 parts..... "Enjoy your life & help others do the same" - Tom Larson
Media and Marketing
I'm Mindy and I have been been a student at TDH for a about 4 years. I've taken tap, ballet, yoga, and absolutely love BoogieFit!
More recently I have taken on a huge roll in social media strategy and content creation for the business.
For example, the fun BoogieFit videos, TDH Virtual Dance on Demand and the posts on the coaching aspect of Melissa's business.
My goal is to help clarify the message of who and what TDH does and getting it in front of the right eyes to help grow the business.
I’ve lived in Hudson, WI for 18 years. I fell in love with the area after attending college at UWRF.
My husband, Dean, and I have four beautiful children that keep us very busy. I have been blessed to have the ability to stay at home with my kiddos for the last 15 years.
Although I have zero dance experience myself, I am a dance mama (as well as a gymnastics, baseball, basketball, and track and field mama!!) My favorite thing to do is to watch my kids doing what they love!
When I’m not running my kids around I enjoy family vacations, family dinners, health, fitness, and fun! I work “behind the scenes” at The Dancing House. Making sure our families have a positive, high quality experience is my top priority.