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Meet the Owners

Angie Messner


Angie, co-owner of NuEvolution Dance Studio, embarked on her dance journey at the tender age of 4, transitioning seamlessly into teaching during her teenage years. Her dance repertoire spans ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary styles. Hailing from Virginia, she honed her craft at Virginia Commonwealth University before venturing into choreography for diverse events, competitions, and organizations. With a thriving dance studio under her belt in Virginia, Angie expanded her expertise by obtaining certifications in Preschool Dance and Strength Training with a focus on injury prevention from CLI Studios.


Upon relocating to Arizona in 1995, Angie shared her passion for dance at Jeanne’s School of Dance, Heat Wave Dance Academy, and the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department. Her teaching philosophy prioritizes nurturing each dancer's self-esteem and confidence while instilling proper technique.  Angie finds unparalleled fulfillment in witnessing the transformation from toddlers to poised performers.


As co-owner of NuEvolution Dance Studio, Angie is dedicated to fostering a supportive and enriching environment, aiming to offer unparalleled dance training experiences.

Rashell Rodriguez


Rashell is originally from Long Island, New York and was a Competitive Baton Twirler and Instructor growing up. She was 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 husband and two daughters where they 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 daughters danced competitively at NuEvolution Dance Studio until they graduated High School. Alexsys went to college on a Division I Softball Scholarship and is currently a dog trainer. Tayla is a current Dance Instructor at NuEvolution, Pom Coach and was on NBC World of Dance for 2 seasons. She has over 30 years of Management experience with over 15 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.

Kat Vance

Kat Vance 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.

April Haskins

April has been dancing since the age of 2 and competing since she was 4. She is trained in multiple styles such as Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, and more. Along with being a studio and competitive dancer winning overall awards, April was a Core member of the Pulse dance team at Desert Ridge High School where she was awarded a perfect score of choreography in the AZDEO Dance Festival. She was also a principal dancer at Arizona Youth Ballet and given the opportunity to dance the roles of Snow Queen, Cinderella, and Marzipan. April auditioned for America’s Got Talent making it to Callbacks with NuEvolution’s Hip Hop company.





Sara Lamb

Sara Lamb is thrilled to join the staff at NuEvolution Dance. She has been teaching ballet for 13 years. She was trained in classical ballet at Jeanne's School of Dance for 12 years, and later under Christina Hampton's tutelage. She joined Arizona Youth Ballet in its first year in 2010, and danced for an additional four years with the company. During her years with AZYB, she performed roles such as Dew Drop Fairy, Arabian, Spanish, and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She also danced as a Big Swan in Swan Lake, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle's mother in Giselle. Sara earned her master's degree in Mass Communication and her bachelor's degree in English Literature.


Gabby's dance journey began at the tender age of three, and since then, she has immersed herself in a diverse range of styles, mastering the intricacies of tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Her dedication to the craft and relentless pursuit of excellence have not only shaped her into an exceptional dancer but have also garnered her numerous accolades in competitive dance circuits. 

With a repertoire of awards celebrating her skill, creativity, and stage presence, Gabby stands as a testament to the transformative power of dance. Her performances have not only mesmerized audiences but have inspired aspiring dancers to reach new heights. 

Beyond the spotlight, Gabby's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility is a cornerstone of our studio's philosophy. Holding a certification from the state department of developmental disabilities, (DDD) Gabby is uniquely equipped to work with children of all learning abilities. Her passion for creating an inclusive and supportive environment shines through in every class, ensuring that every dancer, regardless of their background or abilities, feels welcome and empowered. 

We are ecstatic to have her on our teaching staff. 


Nina Brambila is a Nuevolution alumni and a graduate from the Institute for American Musical Theater in New York City. Nina was awarded a scholarship to this prestigious school where she trained in all styles of dance along with voice training, and acting lessons. She studied under Broadway actors, directors, producers, and choreographers such as Michael Minarik, Richard Hinds, and Jenny DiNoia. Nina is currently a professional dancer with the Arizona Rattlers Cheer team. Nina is been teaching dance for the past 10 years as both an assistant teacher and as a lead teacher for Nuevolution Dance Studio.

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