USASF Certified Levels 1-5 tumbling - USASF Certified Levels 1-5 Stunting - AACCA Safety Certified - CPR Certified
Melanie along with her four sisters and one brother literally grew up in their Mother's dance studio. Melanie shares her passion for the arts with her mother, Gail Kivett. Through Gail's teaching and nurturing, Melanie excelled in all forms of dance. Melanie was trained from age three in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. As she grew she also excelled in Hip-Hop, Gymnastics, Pom-Pon and Cheer.
Melanie attended Swartz Creek High school and graduated in 1991. During her years at Swartz Creek High she earned her place on their award winning Pom and Cheer teams. During this time she also began teaching at her mother's studio (Smooth Steps Dance Academy) in Swartz Creek. Melanie excelled at teaching Jazz, Pom and Gymnastics. She earned her first National Award for top Choreographer in 1998.
Melanie attended WMU as a college freshman, but she missed teaching dance and being near her family. She decided to continue her education closer to home where she attend MCC. Melanie earned two degrees from MCC and became a RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist). She continued to teach dance at Smooth Steps Dance Academy while practicing Dental Hygiene.
Melanie Married Nate D. Eashoo in 1998 and they have two great children, Nick and Natalie. Nick and Natalie spend a lot of time at SSGA. Nick is a great gymnast and Natalie is becoming a wonderful dancer and gymnast as well.
In 2001 SSGA went from a dream to a full time career and business built on Melanie's passion. She has been very fortunate to build a teaching staff of like minded teachers and coaches. Melanie is a competitor at heart, and she gets to exercise that desire with her Panther Cheer and Pom teams. Melanie puts a lot of effort and focus in the SSGA Panther Cheer and Pom teams. Melanie finds the most joy in the faces of her students. She enjoys nothing more than watching them have fun, work hard and accomplish their personal goals.
Nate brings his years of business experience to manage the day to day operation of SSGA. Nate attended MCC and the University of Michigan/Flint after graduating from Davison High School in 1981. His strong ties to this community made Davison the obvious choice to set up shop.
Davison residence enjoy living in a community that demand academic and athletic excellence. Nate is very proud that SSGA is so highly regarded in this outstanding community. Nate continues to find ways to improve the product and services offered by SSGA. Nothing is taken for granted. He understands that maintaining and growing a business requires being in touch with your cliental and exceeding their expectations. He is committed to continually improving on the staff, facility and services offered.
Gail began dance at age of three. She was taught and trained by Lena Pelio of Flint Michigan. Gail excelled as a student particularly in Tap, her favorite form of dance. By age twelve Gail (McKeon) Kivett started her own dance studio located in her parents basement. Over the years her dance program became more and more popular becoming one of Genesee Counties largest and most highly regarded dance studios. Gail raised her six children in her studio and passed her love and passion of dance to each of them. Gail founded Smooth Steps Dance Studio in Swartz Creek and owned and operated it for well over fourty years before turning over the business to her daugher Alison Williston-Kivett. Alison continues to run Smooth Steps Dance Studio with the same love of dance she inherited from her mother. Gail fully supported Melanie's decision in 2001 to start SSGA in Davison. Melanie and Nate both know without Gail's support and direction SSGA would not exist today. Gail continues to teach and influence both SSGA and Smooth Steps Dance Studio. She is one of the most highly respected Dance Instructors in the area and our students are better dancers and people because of Gail's influence.
USASF Certified Level 1-5 Tosses - USASF Certified Level 1-5 Stunting
Melissa does so much for SSGA it is impossible to list. She runs Costumes Galore ordering and selecting SSGA recital costumes each year. She has coached Panther Cheer teams, assists with registration and class scheduling just to name of few . Melissa has been with SSGA right from our humble beginning when she enrolled her daughter, Kalee in dance classes. She has become one of the most important people to ever walk through the doors of SSGA and her value can not be measured. With a warm heart and sincere smile she always does her best to get the task at hand done. SSGA would not be what it is today without her.
Please join us in welcoming Leanna Conroy Case back to SSGA! We could not be more excited to bring you this news. Leanna's resume and list of achievements in the sport of cheer is extensive and second to none. We hold Leanna in the highest regard as a coach, a leader, a person and mentor. Get ready for excellence Panther Cheer athletes! Coach Leanna will be a major influence on our entire Panther Cheer program.
Coached at Swartz Creek HS from 1988-2007. MCCA State finalists 94,95,97,98,99,01,02,03,04,05,06. MCCA Regional champions 03,04,05,06. MCCA State finals top 10 finishes 94,98,99,01,02,03,05,06. MCCA State finals top 5 finish (4th) 2002. UCA national’s finals 12th place large varsity 2002. UCA Nationals 5th place, Super varsity 2003 (made the ESPN broadcast).
Heidi started cheering at the age of 13. She was captain of her Varsity cheer team and was named Most Valuable her senior year at Kearsley High School. Heidi coached middle school cheer and worked her way up to Varsity level. Throughout her six years (1999 thru 2004)of coaching school cheer her teams attended many UCA cheer competitions and camps and won multiple first and 2nd place titles. Her last Varsity cheer team won the prestigious "Leadership" award. Heidi is a highly regarded coach and leader at SSGA.
Natalie has been involved in Dance, Cheer and Gymnastics since she took her first steps in life. Natalie has always been one of the most committed and focused students at SSGA. She applies the same focus and discipline as a Coach, Choreographer, Dance Teacher and Tumbling Coach. She leads by example and has earned the respect of parents and students alike. Even though she is very young, her experience and dedication put her at the forefront in her field of expertise. She enjoys being a mentor for SSGA students with a confident, firm and example based style of leading.