We are an independent dance studio on the Northwest side serving Tucson and the surrounding communities. Our staff are extremely knowledgeable in a variety of dance styles including: Ballroom, Country, Latin, Swing and Salsa. We teach from the absolute newcomer to competitive dancers. Private lessons are offered as well as group classes & wedding dance choreography. Youth Classes are available for children 5 ~ 18yo. that include Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Our main dance floor is Tucson’s largest private floating maple floor at 2,520sf as well as a 1,320sf semi-private junior ballroom with a dedicated sound system.

Meet the Owners

 

Chris Lechner

He began dancing because of his wife. After 24 years of her persistence, Chris  decided to buy her dance lessons for their anniversary. Little did they know how important dance would become in their life.

Chris and his wife,Dawn, competed locally in the Cactus Classic and Sahuaro Ball finishing first in their ballroom Am/Am division.

In 2017 Chris competed in the UCWDC Pro/Am circuit with several 1st & 2nd place finishes.  He placed 5th overall at the world finals in San Francisco. Chris and his partner, Jessica, have also competed in other ballroom events with multiple 1st place finishes. In 2018, they performed for the annual Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona Dancing With Our Stars charity event.

Chris has been the Vice President for USA Dance Southern Arizona Chapter since 2017.  He is passionate about building the dance community and enjoys engaging with others who share his love of dance.

Dawn Lechner

Dawn has always loved dancing! She studied Ballet, Lyrical and Jazz at age 13 with a performing dance troupe called Stars. She performed in the Tempe Stadium for the Independence Day Celebration with headliners, the Osmonds and Lee Greenwood. Dawn was part of the first place winning Stars team performing at the Rex Allen Days Parade. 

Dawn studied Creative Dance and Theater Arts at Palo Verde high school and performed in several plays and dance performances. Moving for Junior & Senior years to Canyon Del Oro High School, she was part of a large CATS finale production choreographed by Mia Hanson, from Up With People in 1988. Dawn started to enjoy creating and directing dance choreography. She choreographed talent show pieces for her family and friends. Working on costumes, she loved the creation of the cat ears, tails and fuzzy belly cat outfits. (This love can still be seen today with the many costume socials she suggests and crazy costumes she creates.)

 After high school, Dawn married Chris, and continued to dance socially thru the years until her children were grown.

In 2013, Chris presented her with formal dance lessons and that began her next love of ballroom, latin, and country dancing. They have competed together locally and placed first and second in most events. In 2017, Dawn and her professional partner competed in UCWDC events in San Diego, Albuquerque, Denver, and Phoenix and had all podium placements.  She competed in a very contested field at UCWDC Worlds in San Fransisco in 2018 and placed 6th. 

Shortly following Worlds, Dawn was sidelined with a non-dance related injury. During the recovery, Dawn and Chris opened Music In Motion Dance Studio. Dawn started her dance instructor training in 2018. She has returned to dance in December 2019 and is eager to continue in her dancing and training. Dawn is now excited to teach others the love of dance.

 

Meet the Staff

Mike D’Amico

Mike started dancing in high school starring in musical theater productions at age 15 and began ballroom dancing while in college at Write State University in 1998.

Mike started teaching professionally in 1999 at Arthur Murray Dance Studioin Columbus Ohio.

He also danced and sang in a professional dance company  while in Columbus Ohio for 2 years via Heidi Spears Sottak while teaching at Arthur Murray. Mike taught and competed with students professionally for 5 years and attended many dance camps.

He moved to Tucson in 2004 and began teaching at Shall We Dance. That same year he was introduced to country western dancing and started competing in the UCWDC. He danced Division II with Colleen Concannon and moved up to Division I and won his way into Masters.

Mike has traveled the world competing professionally and with students for 21 years in American Rhythm, Same Sex Latin, and Country. He’s been certified in Arthur Murray’s Bronze syllabus as well as the Bronze and Silver syllabus of DVIDA. Mike’s judged numerous ballroom events through the UCWDC.

Mike is an accomplished dancer and  Grand Masters Champion with both Colleen Concannon and Maryann Harvey, having placed in the top 6 in Masters at worlds several times with both. He currently competes with students of all ages and levels in both Country and Ballroom while competing in Masters with Maryann Harvey. Mike was awarded the Classic Choice Award from Kay Bryan when Colleen retired.

Monica Vargas

Monica has been dancing all of her life. Although there were hardships along the way she has fought and persevered to become the dancer / teacher she is today. She teaches youth and adult group classes as well private lessons in Hip-Hop, Latin and Ballroom. Monica has a great passion for teaching children and shows them that they are special and capable of doing anything they work hard at. Monica is excited to continue showing her students the benefits and how it improves their daily lives.

Sevon Marcel Reynolds

Sevon has been dancing ever since he heard the very beating of his own heart, he absolutely loves to dance! Sevon taught at Southwest Dance Academy until the studio closed in 2017. While transitioning, he met with an old crew mate, Demarko English to create FaceOff Dance Company. Shortly thereafter he joined Primitive Dance Company and took 2nd place in World of Dance AZ in 2018. Sevon is continuing his growth in dance within all aspects while teaching at Music in Motion as the adult Hip-Hop teacher.

 

Nikki Reck

Nikki Reck has been dancing for 18 years and has been teaching just over 6. Nikki trained primarily in Ballet for 9 years before branching into different genres. At the age of 15, She was accepted into a prestigious competitive dance company that placed 1st in state and ranked 4th in the nation. In this company, Nikki trained in different genres including; Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Nikki then moved to Prescott, AZ and was hired as a dance teacher at Fusion of Movement where she taught all ages of children the basics of dance. She coached two competitive dance teams that took home 1st place, Gold and High gold awards. Nikki has a very strong passion for dance and for those who want to learn. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with all levels and ages of kids & adults who have an interest in dance.

Ashley Hubbard

Ashley Hubbard has always had a passion for dance.  She started her journey at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio, later known as Encore’ Dance Academy, at the age of 5.  She stayed with Encore’ Dance academy for 12 ½ years. She then continued her dancing journey at Safford Dance Academy for 3 ½ years. During those 3 ½ years is when Ashley got her first paying job as a teacher while completing two Associates degrees in Business, two certificates in Business, and being awarded the Outstanding Business Student Award.  Ashley then moved to Tucson Arizona to further her business and dance education at The University of Arizona.  There she became a part of a non-profit dance company, Dance For A Cause where she met two important people who led to her later endeavors.  One of those endeavors was a teaching job with Doodles Dance Academy, now known as Southwest Dance Academy, and a teaching job with The Danceloft.  The other was a company position with the non-profit dance company Leaps for Lives where she continues to share her love of dance to help better those in need. While with Leaps for Lives, Ashely and the Director created their first Junior Company where she still teaches and co-directs.  In 2018 Ashley gained two new teaching positions. One with La Petite Academy teaching children classes and the other at Tucson Movement Arts teaching children and adult classes. In mid-2019 Ashley obtained a tumbling instructor job with her local YMCA and in late 2019 she obtained a teaching position with an up and coming studio, Music in Motion. At music in Motion Ashley will be creating a specialized curriculum for her Tiny Dancers program, Beginning Ballet, Intermediate/Advance Ballet, and Lyrical classes.

 

Through the continuing 26 years of Ashley’s dance journey she has met many people, conquered many challenges, helped different companies thrive, taught many amazing and talented students, won many awards not only for herself, but for those she taught, and can’t wait to continue her journey with you.