Meet Our Instructors
From left to right:
Miss Alayna Horne - Student Assistant
Miss Hailey Smith - Assistant Choreographer
Ms. Kaylee Naden Shoats - Owner, Artistic Director, Lead Instructor & Choreographer
Miss Abigail Laskey - Assistant Instructor
Miss Peyton Chalus - Student Assistant
Missing from Photo: Miss Kamara Holmes - Student Assistant
Who Are We?
Owner, Artistic Director Choreographer & Lead Instructor
Ms. Kaylee is the Owner, Artistic Director, Lead Instructor and Choreographer of Feel the Rhythm Dance Studio. She is extremely grateful to continue to build the wonderful legacy of Feel the Rhythm. Born and raised in the Mon Valley, she graduated from Belle Vernon Area High School and continued her education at Penn State University where she received her BA in Advertising as well as a Minor in Psychology.
Ms. Kaylee started her dance career at the age of three with Darla Kash at Darla Kash School of Dance. She studied with Ms. Darla up until 2008 and from there started her journey at FTR as soon as it was opened by Ms. Michelle Trilli. While studying at FTR, she student-taught for 3 years and came back to Feel the Rhythm in 2017 after completing college as an assistant instructor and choreographer.
Not only did she study with both Darla Kash and Michelle Trilli, but she also traveled with what was previously known as North Pittsburgh Dance Academy under the instruction of Erin Vekkeli to Florida to perform in the Magic Kingdom at the age of 11.
Kaylee was a member of the Belle Vernon Area Dance Team throughout high school and served as a co-captain her senior year. With the BVA Dance Team, she had the opportunity to travel, once again, to Orlando, Florida and perform in parades in both the Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios.
While she may not have studied dance in college, she continues to expand her dance education. Kaylee has taken multiple classes and master classes at Millennium Dance Complex: Pittsburgh as well as the Playground LA. She is also a Zumba and Zumba Gold certified instructor as well as a certified Yoga Instructor.
Ms. Kaylee loves being able to share her passion with her students and loves nothing more than to see the same passion and love spark within each student who walks through the doors of FTR. She understands that dance is a huge commitment and could not be more thankful and grateful for the parents and students who make dance such an important part of their lives. She would like to thank the parents of FTR for entrusting their children's dance education to her. It is her biggest goal to provide students with a judgment-free zone and safe place to express themselves while furthering their dance education and the love and dedication they show.