Owner/Director Paradigm Dance Project
Kim has studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Muusical Theatre, Ballroom and Modern since she was 9 years old. She has studio training at a competitive level and protege training at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kim also trained in Seattle at the University of Washington and has performed off Broadway at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.
Kim opened her own recreational/competitive dance studio (Gotta Dance) in Winona, MN in 2004. She owned, directed, instructed and choreographed Gotta Dance students for over a decade before turning the studio over to a new owner and making a transition. In 2015 she started Paradigm Dance Project with her sister, Tiffany Clair. Paradigm is now under the ownership/direction of Tiffany Clair,
Kim is thrilled to be returning to the Midwest and will be back in the studio along side her sister offering instruction and choreography to competitive dancers and local high school and collegiate dance team members, as they work to enhance their dance team competitive skills.
Kim participated in the Seattle Sonic NBA Dance Team during college. She served as Captain for 3 years and had the honor of being chosen to travel to Germany, Spain, Thailand and London with the NBA All-Stars Team.
Adding to her credits, Kim participated in the entertainment industry by being cast in numerous movies, commercials, music videos and T.V. series.
Recently, Kim served as the Director/Head Coach for several Division 1 universities coaching both their dance and cheer teams (University of Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oral Roberts University).
Alessandra started dancing at Toby Lagervall Dance Studio/Dance Dana & Company, where she danced with the Moscow Ballet Company in their production of The Great Russian Nutcracker. She graduated with Honors from Perpich Center for Arts Education, where she studied under Mary Harding and Tom Kanthak. While at PCAE Alessandra worked with numerous guest artists (Ellie Sandstrom, Jeffery Peterson, and composer Marc Mellits, to name a few), and participated in master classes with Eddie Oroyan, Michelle Miller, Stephan Reynolds and several other dance professionals.
At PCAE Alessandra also choreographed and performed in the annual shows, as well as venues throughout the Twin Cities area.
Alessandra attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she graduated Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance and a Minor in Creative Writing. At UWSP she trained under Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Michael Estanich, and Pamela Luedtke. While at UWSP she worked with multiple artists like Kelly Bartlett, Lily Cai, Claudio Muñoz, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Billy Siegenfeld, Luc Vanier, and several others. She also choreographed works and performed in the dance program’s major productions Afterimages and Danstage.
Alessandra is now teaching dance technique in numerous genres, and creating choreography across the Midwest. She has received choreography awards, and has had her work showcased by students at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In addition, she judges both Regional and National dance competitions.
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Hailey is an accomplished dancer in training. She began dancing with us at the age of 4 and has trained consistently since that age in all styles of dance. Hailey has won numerous scholarships and titles with companies such as Jump and Radix. Hailey was the recipient of Grand National Titles. She was selected as an apprentice with Tremaine Company for the 2018-19 season and again for the 2019-20 season. As Hailey travels the country with Tremaine, she continues to learn from some of the best instructors in the world. We are fortunate to have Hailey with us at Paradigm.
Carter Full was raised in Rollingstone, Minnesota. He started dancing at the age of 5 and started competitive dance at the age of 8. Carter trained at Gotta Dance under the direction of Kim Whipple in Winona, MN where he began his training in the following styles: Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Contemporary. As he grew, Carter trained at The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and with Ballet LaCrosse under the direction of Larissa Oberly. He performed in 3 separate productions including: Coppelia, The Little Mermaid, and A Little Princess. Carter traveled and trained with various dance conventions including Artistic Dance Exchange (ADE) where he was a participant in the All-Star Prodigy Program. Carter was a multi-participant of Elite Tap Feet where he performed at the Twin Cities Tap Festival in Minneapolis, MN. After school, Carter went on to train in New York City. Carter is a graduate of the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center. In addition to training at Broadway Dance Center, Carter also received training at Peridance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Brickhouse NYC. While in New York City, Carter added Theater Dance, Street Styles and Acting to his repertoire. Most recently, Carter performed as an entertainer with Disney Cruise Lines on the Disney Wonder.
Hello my name is Ellie Messmann, I have been dancing for fifteen years. I trained under Kim Whipple and Tiffany Clair. I am a member of the Tremaine Performance Company and I enjoy travelling across the states assisting all the incredible instructors. I enjoy taking classes at the various Conventions that PDP attends and I love competition as well! I want to share my love of dance with the students at PDP.
Donovan Reagan, originally named Roland Darnel Butchee, was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1984 and in 1985 Donovan was adopted in Galveston, TX by his loving family, who resides in Corpus Christi today. After seeing his first ballet, The Nutcracker, performed by Corpus Christi Ballet Theatre, it wasn’t until 1995 that he would grace his first dance floor in California. Little did Donovan know how far this career would take him.
At the age of 14 he attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA in the San Jacinto Mountains, overlooking Hemet, CA. While at Idyllwild, Donovan had the honor of training under Jean-Marie Martz (Ballet – Director of Idyllwild Dance Department, former professional with Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, and Heidelberg Ballet), Anne Krampen (Ballet - assistant director of Idyllwild Dance Department, former member of the National Ballet of Canada), Deborah Brockus (Jazz – former Chair of Idyllwild Dance Department, Director of Brockus Project Dance Company, current Jazz professor with Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.), Stephanie Gilliland (Modern – founder and developer of high impact modern), and also Sean Greene (Bella Lewitsky Modern – current professor with Chapman University Dance Department, director and founder of Shield Wall Dance Company, former professional with Bella Lewitzky Dance company and right hand man of Bella Lewitzky, co-founder of Idyllwild Arts Academy).
Shortly after attending IWAA, Donovan found himself in college while dancing with the Bolshoi West, under the direction of Ms. Dorothy Percival. After multiple performances under the direction of Ms. Percival, including his favorite yet not so popular Carmina Borana, Donovan was ushered off to the Joffrey Ballet School of New York City, NY under direction of Edith D’Addario and Gerald Arpino. While an apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet, Donovan found his truest passion for dance and has yet to look back, even after he suffered what should have been a career ending injury. While in New York, Donovan also trained at Steps on Broadway with Joe Lanteri (Jazz), Roxanne Butterfly (Tap), and Ethan Stieffel (Ballet). Donovan also had the honor of training with World Tap Champion Mike Minery both in California and in Texas, as well as Richard Gibson and Zory Karah in San Francisco, CA. Donovan also had the opportunity of performing with Sandy and Don Duncan, Michael Lee Scott, Michael Levine (former Joffrey Ballet), Michael Bannigan, Connor Walsh & Karina Gonzalez of Houston Ballet, to name a few.
After 17 years of teaching and dancing professionally, Donovan decided to establish a pre-professional training facility in 2016 known as YAPP 361 Dance Studio. Focused on providing the highest quality training for individuals of all levels and ages, through YAPP 361 Dance Studio, Donovan also instilled in his students the importance of humility and giving back to the community through the artistry of dance. In 2018 Donovan aided Kim Whipple in selecting top rated TAMUCC Dance & Cheer Teams and fundraising for their athletic department. In 2019 Donovan and Kim collaborated in the coaching of students for YAGP Houston Regional competition. Within these two years, Donovan & Kim Whipple found a kindred spirit with each other in their vision for improving the dance community in the United States and making high quality training accessible for all.
During his teaching career, Donovan has had students accepted to training programs with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet New York, Boston Conservatory, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Lines Ballet, School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Houston Ballet to name a few. His choreography has won numerous awards at competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix, New York City Dance Alliance, Jump, and has been featured on national TV as well.
Donovan Reagan, now in Rochester, after performing with multiple companies and establishing YAPP 361 Dance Studio, is continuing his focus of giving back to the art form and instructors that shaped him into the professional he is today.