Rendee Combs

Rendee grew up in Buckeye, Arizona and has been dancing since the age of 5. She started dancing at a local studio in Buckeye at the age of 5, and at age 8 was hand- picked by studio director Wanda Manville to join Tempe Dance Academy. At Tempe Dance Rendee had the opportunity to dance and travel all over the United States and abroad. Rendee also attended and performed at many dance workshops and conventions winning numerous awards and scholarships. In college, Rendee attended the University of Arizona where she danced on the University of Arizona Pomline for four years. She had the time of her life as a Pommie, dancing on national TV at Wildcat football and basketball games, including the Fiesta Bowl and the Final Four. She met some of her best friends and her experience was truly unforgettable.

Rendee graduated from UofA in 1995 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Family Studies and began her career in human resources and recruiting. Rendee began her teaching career at the age of 14, when the younger girls in her neighborhood would gather in her garage for dance classes. In 1998, she opened a small dance studio in Buckeye. In 2003 the studio, now known as Desert West Dance Academy, had grown large enough for Rendee to leave her career in Human Resources to focus on her studio and her professional dance career full-time.

Rendee is an award-winning choreographer and certified as a member of Dance Masters of America. Besides her work with DWDA, Rendee serves as a judge at high school and college dance competitions and tryouts all over Arizona.

Lindsay Krieger Gross

Lindsay started her dancing career in Texas at the age of 9 at a Dance Masters of America certified studio where she studied all forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and tumbling. She was able to grow as a competitive dancer and performer through her experience of competing and performing all over Texas and at the national level.

After moving to Arizona just before starting high school, Lindsay decided to leave the competitive dance world to pursue her study of ballet. Lindsay was accepted to the School of Ballet of Arizona under the direction of Kee Juan Han as a member of their intensive ballet training program. Through this training, she was given the opportunity to dance in many of Ballet Arizona’s professional performances including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Seasons, Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Don Quixote. At the end of her high school career Lindsay enrolled at the Arizona State University and was a member of the student dance company known as “Physical Graffiti”. She also performed with both of Arizona’s professional modern dance companies, “Center Dance Ensemble” and “Devere Dance Company.”

In 2001, Lindsay started teaching ballet at Desert West Dance Academy. Since then , she became certified by test to teach Ballet and Jazz with Dance Masters of America 2006. She is proud to have created award winning choreography with the talented DWDA dancers. The competitive trophies and awards are amazing, but the biggest reward for her is when dancers of any level discover their love and passion for dance. She cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the talented dancers of Desert West Dance Academy!