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Meet the Owners

Angie Messner


Angie is Co-owner of NuEvolution Dance Studio. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary.  She has attended many competitions, convention and master classes throughout high school and later studied dance at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has choreographed for various events and organizations throughout her dance career and owned and operated a successful dance studio in Virginia.  After moving to Arizona in 1995 she taught dance at Jeanne’s School of Dance, Heat Wave Dance Academy and Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department.

Her goal as a teacher is to build each dancer’s self-esteem and confidence while teaching proper technique.  She especially enjoys working with the very young dancers and feels there is nothing more rewarding than watching them grow from tiny toddlers into graceful and poised dancers.  Her goal as co-owner of NuEvolution Dance studio is to provide the best possible dance training in a loving and nurturing environment.

Rashell Rodriguez


Rashell is originally from Long Island, New York and was a Baton Twirler growing up and the Captain of her High School Dance Team. She has a Degree in Business Management from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).

Rashell moved to AZ in 2003 with her family where her girls found the love of dance.  She was employed as the Studio Manager of Jeanne’s School of Dance before becoming the Co-Owner of NuEvolution Dance Studio. Both of her daughter danced at NuEvolution Dance Studio until they graduated High School. Alexsys went to college on a Division I Softball Scholarship and Tayla is a current Dance Instructor at NuEvolution and was on NBC World of Dance for 2 seasons. She has 25+ years Management experience with over 10 being Dance Studio.

She is proud to be an owner of NuEvolution and loves her dance family!

Our Staff

Christina Hampton

Ms. Hampton began her ballet career with training in Belgium from Bejart soloist, Daniel Lambo.  She also trained at Tidewater Ballet with Pat Sorrell, Virginia State Ballet, Star Dancer’s Ballet in Tokyo, Japan and she was a full scholarship student at Chicago City Ballet.  Christina also spent two summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB).
She began her professional career in 1986 with Tampa Ballet and moved on to perform in Ruth Page’s production of the “Nutcracker” in Chicago.  In 1987, she became principal dancer with Minnesota Ballet where she performed in roles such as Odette/Odile, Aurora and Swanhilda.  Christina moved to Miami in 1995 and performed the Snow Queen in Miami Ballet’s Nutcracker directed by Yanis Pikieris.  In 1996 she was principal guest artist with Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet directed by Rodney Gustafson.

While in California, Christina was offered a position with Hartford Ballet where she performed soloist and principal roles in Graham Lustig’s “Evening,” Bronislava Nijinska’s Blue Girl in “Les Biches” and Artistic Director Kirk Peterson‘s “Nutcracker.“ She spent the last eight years of her twenty year career as a principal dancer with Ballet Florida.  She performed in works by world renowned choreographers such as Glen Tetley‘s “Sphinx,“  Val Caniparoli‘s “Lambarena,“ Lar Lubovitch‘s “Smile with my Heart,“ and “Musette,“ Sean Lavery‘s “Sleeping Beauty“ and “Classical Symphony,“ Ben Stevenson‘s “Dracula“ and “Esmeralda“ pas de deux, Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night” and Twyla Tharp‘s “Baker‘s Dozen.“
Christina Hampton’s career as a dance instructor has included associations with such prestigious schools as Chicago City Ballet School, School of Minnesota Ballet, Miami Conservatory, Academy of Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Ballet Center and Jeanne’s School of Dance, NuEvolution Dance Studio.

She has been a “Summer Guest Faculty” member at CPYB since 1999. In October 2019, she was a guest ballet teacher at Brigham Young University (BYU) and at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa Florida in 2015 as well. Ms. Hampton’s experience as a ballet teacher has spanned over 37 years.

Sal Banuelos

Sal Banuelos has been dancing professionally for over 17 years and has been teaching choreography and hip hop for over 12 years. Sal has studied many different Urban styles, such as popping, breaking, locking, open hip hop style, krump, smooth and swag filled choreography and many more. He has also studied Martial Arts for over 25 years of his life. He has mastered and earned the title of Sifu, which means father in the style of Kajukenbo.

He is a Director and founder of a well-known Arizona hip-hop crew “The Elektrolytes” that have traveled and performed on many well-known tv shows and stages around the world that include: America’s Got Talent, MTV’s American’s Dance Crew, Hip Hop International, NBC’s  World of dance Choreographer, Street Dance China Choreographer and Disney’s Channel Shake it up. Not only is Sal a dancer, but he also loves to sing, act and play the guitar, in hopes that one day he can get the chance to share all his talents with the world.

Cheryl Ayers

Ms. Cheryl began her dance training at the age of three and has studied all forms of dance.  She trained and performed with the Colorado Ballet under Lillian Covillo, Friedann Parker, Ulrikke Smitt, Kris Kehl, and Mikaslaw Morowski. During her twelve-year professional career, dancing as a soloist and principal dancer, she performed such roles as Carabosse & Jewels from Sleeping Beauty, Step-sister in Cinderella, and Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen in Nutcracker.
Ms. Cheryl loves to teach and has done so for more than 25 years. Her teaching career began at Miller’s Dance while she was still performing at Colorado Ballet. During that time she also choreographed, performed, and produced several High School and Community Theater musicals, including Grease, My Fair Lady, Music Man, A Chorus Line, The King and I, Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof. After leaving Colorado Ballet, she taught ballet at several Denver-area dance studios.

After moving to Arizona, she started and directed a liturgical dance program at a local church.  Once her children entered grade school, she began assisting with cheer and dance programs at their school and teaching in local dance studios.  She is still teaching and taking dance and is the Assistant Artistic Director at Arizona Youth Ballet.
She strives to further her knowledge through college level programs in dance, kinesthetic alignment, movement, body awareness, and injury prevention.

Her love for dance shows in her positive energy and commitment to inspire​​

Kat Messner

Kat Messner began her Ballet training with Christina Hampton at age 13. She has attended summer intensives at The Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, in New York.  Kat competed in varsity hip hop and jazz with Basha High School's Kinesis dance company and graduated as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts in 2011. Kat went on to attend the BFA program at the University of Arizona School of Dance where she studied Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. Kat is also an Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate, having earned equity points for her performance in Arizona Theatre Company’s production of The Great Gatsby.

Recently she cast and choreographed a music video for the band Brydes and is currently a member of Rogue Dance Theater.  Today, Kat Messner is a dance instructor and a choreographer at NuEvolution Dance Studio. Kat feels that a positive learning environment is of utmost importance and hopes to inspire creativity in all of her students.

Katelyn Garlock

Katelyn has been dancing since she was 5 years old and received most of her dance training in the Valley. She fell in love with dance competitions at an early age and had the opportunity to learn from some very talented choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Melanie Moore, Brian Friedman, Stacey Tookey, Tyce Diorio and Mandy Moore. She graduated from Mesquite High School in 2011 as a member of the National Dance Honor Society and a dancer and choreographer for the school’s dance team. While pursuing her college degree, Katelyn started teaching dance and setting choreography for competition teams. In 2015 she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary Education.

Katelyn believes in the importance of ongoing dance education and continues to study dance at Chandler Gilbert Community College as well as attending master classes with some of the top choreographers in the business. Katelyn is one of NuEvolution’s Company instructors and has won many prestigious awards for her choreography. She teaches Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, technique and Musical Theater.

Miranda Felice

Miranda was born and raised in Arizona, and received most of her training in the valley.  Throughout her training, she performed various roles such as: Chinese and Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker, and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Miranda has had the opportunity to spend her summers training with American Ballet Theater and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.  Miranda was a part of her high school dance team where her love for choreographing began to spark.  When she began teaching dance 10 years ago, she quickly realized her passion for inspiring children.  Miranda graduated in May of 2014 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Special Education, and now teaches preschool for children primarily affected by Autism.  Now, she is thrilled to be teaching at NuEvolution for her third season.

Valerie Aguinaga

Valerie is trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and has musical theater experience in productions such as “The Music Man”, “Annie” and “The Fiddler On the Roof”.
Kind of a late-bloomer, her formal training began at the age of 14 in ballet, lyrical and jazz under the direction of Sheree Skiles at The Ballet Theater in CA. For two years she danced the parts of Lead Russian and in a trio for Arabian in their production of The Nutcracker.

At 16 she was scouted out by Laurie Schwimmer to be a member of her competitive jazz and tap dance team, “Dance Attack II”. With them she was able to travel the country performing and competing, ultimately placing 2nd at the US Open in the Cabaret Division. At the age of 18 she was employed as a backup dancer and choreographer for Tito Puente Jr. She toured internationally and performed in events such as the opening ceremonies of the Staples Center in LA, the Caribbean Music Expo in Jamaica, the exclusive Beverly Hills Hotel New Years Eve Gala, and an album release at the iconic Tower Records.

Valerie has a teaching certificate in Kinesiological Stretching from ElasticSteel and is a certified Acro teacher through Acrobatic Arts. She is also a certified Zumba instructor and a certified fitness instructor through AAFA with specialized training in teaching yoga and Pilates.

Tayla Rodriguez

Tayla has been dancing since the age of 3. She's been with the studio since the age of 5, graduated and is now an instructor at NuEvolution. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz Funk.

Besides being a Studio and Competitive dancer winner high overall awards, Tayla danced with the Elektrolytes Dance Crew, danced and choreographed for her High School Dance Company, was on Season 2 and 3 of NBC's World of Dance and auditioned for America’s Got Talent making the callbacks.

Tayla is currently a student at Arizona State University, Dance Instructor at NuEvolution, Choreographer for Basha HS Kismet Dance Company and other HS dance teams in the valley and a professional dancer with Automatic Response Dance Company. She loves to choreograph, express herself through dance and share her passion of dance with all ages.

Keri Rodriguez

Keri Rodriguez is originally from New York and recently moved to Arizona with her husband and two kids. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and danced competitively for many years. She has been teaching dance for the past 15 years and was very involved in choreographing for the Senior and Elite competition teams at the studio she worked for in NY.

Her favorite style of dance is Jazz. She has taught many styles of dance from Jazz to Hip Hip, ballet to lyrical and tap as well. She very much enjoys teaching but will always have a passion for taking classes and continuously learning. Keri believes in having a firm understanding in the basics of dance in order to build on ones skill in the world of dance. She is very happy to be a part of the Nuevolution Dance Family.

Emily Allen

Emily Allen has been a part of the dance industry nearly her entire life. She has advanced knowledge and training in hip hop, stretch and strength, and contemporary styles of dance. She’s been a member of the world-renowned hip hop crew, the Elektrolytes.

She enjoys touring and competing with the Elektrolytes throughout the country and has earned many top awards. She is passionate about teaching the youth and guiding them to a successful and fun dance experience!

Lauren Gunning

Lauren has been dancing at the same studio since the age of 5 and has grown before our eyes. She graduated from Perry High School and is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and more. She officially started teaching at the studio during her Senior year taking over 2 hip hop classes and subbing for our teaching staff.

Lauren has competed at several competitions throughout the valley, scoring top and overall, she danced with the Elektrolytes Dance Crew, danced with Perry High School’s Moveo Dance Company and auditioned for America’s Got Talent, making the callbacks.

Lauren is currently a student at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and will continue as a Dance Instructor at NuEvolution. She enjoys dance and wants to be an influence and roll model to all of the dancers at the studio.

Jena Lee Banuelos

Jena has taught in  the valley for the last 10 years, certified in Acrobatics as well as strength training specifically for dancers. Jena started dancing at the age of 3 in Chicago Illinois , she danced in many musicals and productions growing up as well as being a full time gymnast, she competed level 9 at 13 years old where she found her love for teaching, her gymnastics school was the number 1 special Olympic program in the Nation where Team members were student teachers twice a week.

From there Jena continued her dance training at her High School and Scottsdale Community College, where she studied ballet and modern dance for 3 years. Jena currently is passionate about the technical side of dance as well as teaching young dancers how to train correctly

What We Believe

At NuEvolution Dance Studio we believe in promoting creativity, confidence, a strong work ethic and teamwork while creating childhood memories that will last a lifetime. Our amazing staff are eager to help your child fall in love with dance from their very first toddler class to their graduating performance.
We would love for your to be a part of our dance family.

Happy Parents and Dancers

  • Nuevolution is amazing because of the wonderful staff and talented instructors! I won't take my children anywhere else and I would, and do, recommend them to everyone!
    Brittany Morris Brittany Morris
  • My daughter has been dancing here for over a year. I absolutely love it, and so does she. This studio is amazing and the staff and teachers are like family. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful it is, I highly recommend it!
    Christopher Kellogg Christopher Kellogg
  • I have 2 daughters that started here about 3 years ago and this studio has become our family! Never thought i'd end up in the dance life but love every moment of it!
    Benjamin Hansen Benjamin Hansen
  • We Love our dance studio! The staff is wonderful, caring and kind. The teachers are excellent. My shy daughter has grown so much in just a few months. She is more confident and loves to dance because of Nuevolution dance studio.
    Casey Langen Casey Langen
  • We are just wrapping up my daughters first season with this studio after dancing at another in Chandler and one out of state and it has by far been both of our favorites. The entire studio made her feel so welcome as well as the parents! The older girls look out for the younger and the teachers truly have the girls and family’s best interest at heart! It is truly a dance family and I am happy that my daughter has chosen to continue to be a part of it!
    Janelle Gephart Janelle Gephart

Nuevolution Dance Studio

19035 E San Tan Blvd, Queen Creek, AZ

480-988-3877 ​

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