The Centre Stage Staff is made up of dedicated, talented, and qualified dance professionals who love to dance and it shows! We will love your children and help them to unlock their potential as they discover the star within!
Owner and Director Katrina Wyckoff
Katrina Wyckoff began dancing at age 3 and has never stopped. She trained competitively as a child and then danced at Brigham Young University. Katrina was recruited to dance and coach for a professional dance/cheer team in the German Football League in Saarbrucken, Germany called the Saarbrucken Hurricanes. There she performed for thousands of people on a regular basis and led her team to be recruited for many professional and corporate events around Germany. Upon her return to the United States, Katrina began teaching dance and coaching cheerleading. Katrina taught cheer at Cross Middle School, CDO High School, and Ironwood High School while teaching at Centre Stage Dance Studio. In 2006, Katrina took over Centre Stage Dance Studio and moved into the role as Director and Visionary . Katrina has opened multiple locations in multiple states, including three locations in Tucson, one of which is a ground breaking aerial arts dance studio training students who hope to someday compete in the Olympics. Under her direction, Centre Stage has quadrupled in size and gone on to become a premier and respected pre-professional and competitive dance training facility. Centre Stage has welcomed literally thousands of dancers through its doors. These dancers have gone on to win many awards at competitions (including many national and even world titles), they have danced on the world stage opening for greats such as Tim McGraw or at the opening event of Cars Land at California Adventure, and the studio has won best dance studio in Oro Valley. Katrina’s sound leadership mind and dedication to the industry has led her to become a sought after mentor and keynote speaker for studio owner groups, including the Studio Owners’ Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Katrina is currently part of an elite collective of Women CEO’s from around the world who are masterminding to redefine studio business in order to bring the greatest opportunities and most enchanting experiences to students in the performing arts.
Katrina’s greatest joy and happiness still stems from seeing each dancer grow and blossom as they discover their own star potential from within.
Trained by The American Ballet Theater National Teachers Training Course 2014. Certified in Zumba, aqua Zumba, and kids Zumba 2014. Certified Pole Instructor and Aerial Silks Instructor 2014. Member of the US Pole Sports Federation Executive Committee 2015. Delegate to the World Games in Indonesia for pole sport 2016 National Champion USPSF Doubles Pole Sport 2017. Lead Dance Director for the LDS Tucson Temple Cultural Celebration choreographing and directing a televised performance for 2500 teenagers 2017. Certified Judge for POSA 2017. Judge trainer for POSA 2018. Three time Super Diamond Award Studio Evolution 2019.
Katrina has seven children, four grandchildren, and loves to travel with her husband, Michael Wyckoff.
Ballet Manager and Instructor Jme MacArthur
Instructor- Eva Ramirez
Eva Ramirez was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona and began dancing when she was two years old. By the age of seven, she began competing with All That Dance’s company and attending a variety of conventions in which she received multiple awards and scholarships. For the next 11 years she trained and competed in many genres including tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, Broadway, hip-hop, acrobatics, ballet, and pointe. At the age of 13, she began training pre-professionally at prestigious studios across the country including Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Center, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Eva began her teaching career the following year by assisting and contributing choreography to her competitive teams as well as her high school’s dance program. She soon became an instructor herself and has absolutely loved teaching ever since. Currently, Eva is studying Physiology and Evolutionary Biology as well as dancing at the University of Arizona. She is a recent addition to the Centre Stage Staff and she is truly overjoyed to continue sharing her love of dance with her students.
Instructor- Aubrey Zimmerman
Aubrey Zimmerman has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She has trained at studios in both Tucson and Tempe and studied under numerous amazing teachers from all over the United States. She attended two summer intensives at Houston Ballet and one at Austin Ballet. She has also participated in summer workshops at MODAS in New Mexico, and Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Most recently, Aubrey was invited, on scholarship, to attend Perry Mansfield and work with artistic director Banning Bouldin and the company members of New Dialect.
Aubrey Loves to perform. She has taken every opportunity she has been given to perform via competitions, recitals, and now professional shows and programs. In the summer of 2016, she went on a performing tour of Europe, performing in Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland. She has won multiple regional titles in competitions and was a Junior national champion at the age of 10.
During high school she was an honor student at a college preparatory school while commuting from Tucson to Tempe 4-5 days a week to continue her training in dance. Aubrey has a tremendous dedication to dance education and loves to support every dancer around her.
Aubrey is a well rounded dancer trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip hop.
She is currently dancing on scholarship of the University of Arizona School of Dance. She loves teaching as much as she loves to dance!
Studio Manager- Michelle Jones
Michelle is one of the Centre Stage MVP’s. Michelle has been an integral part of growing our Centre Stage Family into the large and diversified group that it is. When she’s not busy running every aspect of this well-oiled dance studio machine, Michelle is a professional competitive athlete, certified aerial silks instructor, and fitness instructor. Michelle is always friendly, motivated, and willing to help anyone out at a moment’s notice. Her problem solving attitude and sparkling personality are contagious. She is an invaluable community leader, confidante, and friend.
Dance Instructor- Karli Heim
Karli started dancing when she was three years old. She is experienced in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, hip hop, and jazz funk! She continued her dance career at The School of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix. She was in the Pre-Profession Performance Company where she trained under the prestigious Carlos Valcárcel. With his training, she was able to train with The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC as well as The Colorado Ballet! When she was sixteen years old she was asked to join a strictly Adult Professional Performance Company at Millennium Dance Complex Denver. With this opportunity, she has been able to train under many well known choreographers such as JoJo Gomez, Jersey, Antoine Troupe and many many more! She has also performed multiple pieces at Carnival, The Millennium Experience in LA, and even for Demi Lovato under these choreographers. She also works for a traveling convention called Infinity Dance Project, (who is currently re-launching as ETA – Empowering Talents for the Arts). She has taught many competition pieces and for several sutdios prior to coming to Centre Stage.
Karli says, “I strive to teach the same passion that was instilled in me over 16 years ago. I love being a part of the Centre Stage Family!”