Ryanne has 25 years of dance experience with a strong background of training and performance in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. She began her training and competitive dance exposure at Susan's School of Dance winning numerous top, overall awards and bids to national competitions each season. In addition to studio dance, she competed on Munster High School's dance team for 4 years winning several IHSDTA State Championships at the JV and Varsity Elite level. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communications with a minor in Performing Arts at Iowa State University, she joined Orchesis II Dance Company and found her niche for choreography and leadership.
After college, Ryanne continued training at renowned Chicago dance studios including Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center and Beyond Words Dance Center. Ryanne has been teaching and creating competitive choreography for 6 years and has won numerous top, overall and choreography awards. She absolutely loves to see her students push themselves to new heights through competitive training experiences. She currently teaches at various studios across the Chicagoland area as well as choreographing for studio and high school competitive dance teams. Ryanne is currently a member of The Kate Jablonski Statement under the direction of Kate Jablonski. She is elated to begin the Activ8 Dance Company journey as a Co-Artistic Director and build a strong, supportive community for ambitious dancers.
kimmy ehlke Co-Artistic director
Kimberly (Kimmy) Ehlke has 28 years of dance experience and began her training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theater in the Metro Detroit area at several national award-winning studios. Growing up, Kimmy had the opportunity to train with SYTYCD choreographer, Sonya Tayeh, for two years in the styles of modern, contemporary, and jazz, and participated in several professional performance opportunities, such as opening for the premiere of a Jeff Daniels film and performing for the Detroit Pistons’ halftime show. Kimmy was also part of Walled Lake Western High School’s nationally ranked, three-time State Champion Varsity dance team, where she discovered her passion for choreography and began to develop her leadership skills as a team Captain.
After graduating high school, in addition to setting choreography for her former dance team, Kimmy continued to dance and choreograph in college, where she graduated with a degree in business, dance, and leadership from Central Michigan University. She’s been teaching in the Chicagoland area for 7 years, and during that time, Kimmy built and directed an award-winning competitive team, earning numerous top and overall awards. Her accolades include a Choreography Award, the Industry Dance Awards’ People’s Choice Award in Chicago, and a local Video of the Year Award and national nomination. Kimmy is beyond ecstatic to share her passion and bring her extensive experience to Activ8 Dance Company as a Co-Artistic Director.