Ms. Hannah Eaton
Hannah Eaton began her training at the Von Heidecke Dance Center. She started competing at the age of 9 before continuing her training with Lindy Wade at Nouveau Dance Company in 2009. Hannah has competed all over the Nation and won titles including National Champions of 2011 and 2012. Hannah has been apart of the Drive Studio of Dance staff for 5 years and is so excited to act as the new Artistic Director and Owner of Drive Studio of Dance and founder of the Artistic Devotion Dance Company.
Ms. Keeley Musick
Keeley Musick started dancing at age three and has been instructing dance and tumbling since 2013. She studied at Legacy School of the Arts and with the Milwaukee Ballet. She is classically trained in: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop. Along with her dance background Keeley trained in competitive Cheerleading and Tumbling.
Ms. Torie Richards
Torie Richards started dancing at age 5 in Greensboro, NC where she studied with Ms. Emily Adams at The Ballet Arts Dance Academy. She danced there for 7 years taking ballet/pointe, tap and jazz before moving to Macomb, IL and dancing at Dana's Dance and Tumbling studio. Torie also danced on the Macomb High School dance team, where hip hop and poms were the main focus. In addition to being a team member, she served as Captain her Senior year. Torie is very excited about her journey as one of the core recreation instructors at DRIVE, as well as continuing her "Dance Mom" role for her daughter!
Ms. Whitney Willard
Whitney attended Western Illinois University. There Whitney was able to study various styles of acting, singing, and dance making her the dynamic performer she is today. Her favorite credits include: Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre, Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along, and Jan in Grease.
Whitney has since been a Tour Actor/Director on two national tours with Missoula Children's Theatre. She has worked with hundreds of children all over the country (Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, California, Alabama, Texas, and Colorado) directing shows, conducting workshops, and mentoring children in theatre and dance.
Whitney is so excited to join the amazing team at Drive, and can't wait to help every dancer be the best that they can be both on and off the marley!
Ms. Nissi Shalome Smith
Nissi is a Senior pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Art in Musical Theatre at Western Illinois University. Recently winning the national Kennedy Center’s American Collegiate Theatre Festival’s Open Jar Award, she just attended the Open Jar Institute in New York City where she had the opportunity to work with many Broadway professionals. Being a performer herself, she’s worked at great theatre companies like Crossroads Repertory Theatre and Timberlake Playhouse. Smith has had choreography performed and adjudicated at the American Collegiate Dance Association, and have choreographed many pieces for Western Illinois University’s University Dance Theatre. Smith is well trained in many dance styles: Musical Theatre, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, African, and more. She is elated to share her knowledge and experiences with the students at Drive Studio of Dance.