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About Us

Our Story

Hi! Our names are Annie Hackett and Adam Theisen and we are the owners of the Kenosha Academy of Performing Arts. As fine arts professionals, we have performed, directed, produced or choreographed over 100 pieces, and have over twenty-five years teaching experience. While professionally living and working in Chicago, IL, we found that we really wanted to relocate to a smaller community where we could make a bigger difference in the lives of students interested in the performing arts.

We founded the Kenosha Academy of Performing Arts in 2006 to address the need for a full academic dance school in the Kenosha area. Our original location on 75th street was 1600 square feet, had one studio and only 30 students.

In 2008 our enrollment had increased to 180 students and we had 5 dance teachers on faculty. We had outgrown our space and our parking lot! We decided to look for a new location and expand.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that all students deserve a plan to feel safe and inspired to grow as artists. Through quality dance and music lessons we teach life lessons that foster community, develop leadership skills, self confidence, motivation, and creative thinking. Regardless of ability, all students will experience the joy of reaching his or her personal level of accomplishment and find a passion for the arts that will last a lifetime.

We strive to create a positive community for families through empathetic, attentive service and the understanding that each family’s educational needs are different. Parents will find a convenient location, friendly service, and welcoming atmosphere. We encourage a culture of interaction among families to create comfort, loyalty and value for everyone. Families stay with us because of our commitment to excellence and costumer care. 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that all students deserve a place to feel safe and inspired to grow as artists. Through quality dance and music lessons we teach life lessons that foster community, develop leadership skills, self confidence, motivation, and creative thinking. Regardless of ability, all students will experience the joy of reaching his or her personal level of accomplishment and find a passion for the arts that will last a lifetime.

We strive to create a positive community for families through empathetic, attentive service and the understanding that each family’s educational needs are different. Parents will find a convenient location, friendly service, and welcoming atmosphere. We encourage a culture of interaction among families to create comfort, loyalty and value for everyone. Families stay with us become of our commitment to excellence and customer care.

Our Staff

ANNIE HACKETT
Owner & KAPA Director

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TODD RICHARDS
Music Instructor

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SUSAN MYERS
Dance Instructor

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ROBIN NASSAR
Dance Instructor

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RAE SLAGER
Dance Instructor

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MITCHELL HALEY
Dance Instructor

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LYNN SCHULTZ
Music Instructor

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ELIZABETH ANDERSON
Dance Instructor

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KYRRI SCHOBER
Music Instructor

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JENNA JOZEFOWSKI
Dance Instructor

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HEATHER CHENAULT
Dance Instructor

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CARLEY KLEBBA
Dance Instructor

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KRISTIN STUCKMYER
Music Instructor

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BECKY MIKOS
Dance Instructor

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ANNETTE THOMANN
Dance Instructor

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JERI GRAY
Special Events Coordinator

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ALLISON BISCHOFF
Marketing Director & Desk Host

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HALEY MOORE
Desk Host

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MAI CLAYPOOL
Dance Instructor

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KATY SHANAHAN
Music Instructor

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LAURA WILLIAMS
Dance Instructor

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CHARLES BROWN (BUZZY)
Dance Instructor

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